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San Diego’s 13 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings

By Darlene Horn  |  March 13, 2017
Credit: Curadero

Springtime in San Diego is ushering in a bevy of new restaurants. While some are local chains expanding on familiar concepts (Breakfast Republic, BO-beau and Grater Grilled Cheese), there are also brand-new faces to the scene, including a soulful Mexican spot, a new brewery and a long-awaited project in collaboration with Rick Bayless. Opening dates may change, but here's a look at what's debuting soon across San Diego.


Courtesy of Karina's Group

Karina's Ceviches & More
Anticipated opening:
 March 19
Middletown's restaurant row is getting an infusion of ceviches this spring from Karina's restaurant group. The new shop caters to those on the go, forgoing a full-fledged restaurant experience for a take-out window. Along with ceviches, served in a signature green chile sauce, it will also serve burritos, tacos and other Mexican fare. Karina's shares a kitchen with Saffron Thai Chicken, a Thai-inspired rotisserie chicken restaurant that the restaurant group invested in last year.

3731-B India St.

BO-beau kitchen + cache / Libertad
Anticipated opening: April
The Cohn Restaurant Group has big ideas for Hillcrest, with plans for three concepts under one roof. It starts in April, when BO-beau kitchen and its French-meets-California cuisine will be joined at the hip with Libertad, a brasa-style gourmet taqueria. The third concept is cache — a 19th century-inspired craft cocktail bar tucked behind Libertad.

1027 University Ave.


Courtesy of Curadero

Curadero
Anticipated opening: April
Downtown’s Saltbox shuttered last year; replacing it is Curadero, which is promising soulful, coastal Mexican food. Look for both raw and charcoal-grilled seafood on a menu from executive chef Brad Kraten and executive sous-chef Emiliano Najera. In keeping with the Mexican vibe, south-of-the-border beers, wines and cocktails that incorporate tequila and mezcal will keep the party going.

1047 Fifth Ave.


Rendering courtesy of Park 101

Park 101
Anticipated opening: April
Carlsbad has a lot to look forward to in this 8,000-square-foot multi-use complex, which uses a plaza-style layout to offer a bit of everything from BBQ, fresh-squeezed ready-made juices, espresso and coffee, handmade donuts and to-go sandwiches.

3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad


Courtesy of Grater Grilled Cheese

Grater Grilled Cheese Del Mar
Anticipated opening: April
San Diego’s premier gourmet grilled cheese spot is opening its third location at the Del Mar Highlands Towne Center to the delight of the region's many grilled cheese fans. Like at the spots in Mission Valley and La Jolla and its catered food truck, the menu focuses on classic grilled sammies made with a special blend of five cheeses by chef Gaston Corbala.

3545 Del Mar Heights Rd., Del Mar

Breakfast Republic Ocean Beach
Anticipated opening: April
There's no stopping this locally owned breakfast chain. Ocean Beach is slated to be the fourth location for the brand and its second opening for 2017. Even with locations in North Park, Liberty Station, Encinitas and East Village, we predict there will be a line for regional breakfast specials like shrimp and grits, pancake and French toast flights when this one opens.

4839 Newport Ave.

Rouleur Brewing Company
Anticipated opening: April 8
Rouleur Brewing Company, owned by home brewer-turned-professional Rawley Macias, is about to burst onto the Carlsbad scene. The brewery's tasting room will offer blonde, red, pale, dark and golden strong ales and IPAs among its core beers and will leave room on the 10 taps for seasonal specialties

5840 El Camino Real, Suite 101 Carlsbad


Rendering courtesy of j/Wata Temaki Bar

j/Wata Temaki Bar
Anticipated opening: April
Restaurateur Junya Watanabe successfully ushered in the ramen, poke and sushi roll food trends and is looking to conquer premium sushi hand-rolls (temaki) next. The Convoy restaurant, next to RakiRaki and Pokirrito, will offer a maximum of 22 seats at the sushi bar and serve hand-rolls using locally sourced fish, specially harvested seaweed, sauces and signature sushi rice. 

4646 Convoy St. #103

Waypoint Public Del Sur
Anticipated opening: Early April
North Park's Waypoint Public will soon have a sibling in the Del Sur area. Owned by John Pani, the new counterpart will add a few additions to the menu. Top Chef alum Rich Sweeney, who oversaw the kitchen in North Park, will do double duty as executive chef of both places. He's getting help from Alyse Wallace who has been promoted from sous-chef to chef de cuisine in North Park.

16480 Paseo Del Sur, Suite 105


Courtesy of Rick Bayless

Red O La Jolla
Anticipated opening: May
Award-winning chef Rick Bayless has a hand in the menu at this UTC Mexican fusion restaurant. It's the fourth location of the LA-based restaurant group with spots on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, Newport Beach and Santa Monica. Fresh corn and goat cheese tamales, duck taquitos plus prime steaks and seafood inspired by the tastes of Mexico are created by corporate chef Marc Johnson with direction by Bayless.

4340 La Jolla Village Dr.


Rendering courtesy of Hundred Proof

Hundred Proof
Anticipated opening: May
The folks behind University Heights' Trust Restaurant aren't resting on their laurels. After a busy 2016, they’re following up their success by venturing into bar food and cocktails with this indoor/outdoor space. The new spot is steps away from Trust and puts a focus on handcrafted cocktails. Also a specialty: Boozy shakes and boilermakers — shots of alcohol paired with beer.

4130 Park Blvd.


Courtesy of Darlene Horn

 

San Diego Poke Co.
Anticipated opening: May/June
The poke trend isn't slowing down, as San Diego Poke Company is expanding into a second spot in Normal Heights. The new shop will offer a menu similar to that of the Mission Valley original, with poke bowls, which customers can customize with brown or white rice, mixed greens and flourishes like edamame, fried garlic and crushed Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

3533 Adams Ave.

Nomad Donuts
Anticipated opening: June
Fans of this North Park hot spot will have to wait a bit longer for a second, larger location on University Avenue, which was originally slotted for a mid-spring opening. When it's ready, the space's 3,000 square feet will offer plenty of room to dish up the creative donuts that made Nomad famous (everything from green apple sage to dragonfruit acai), plus housemade Montreal-style wood-fired bagels, sandwiches, and craft beer and wine.

3102 University Ave.