Best Farm-to-Table in San Diego

Eat local
September 12, 2016
by Zagat Staff

These trendy San Diego dining establishments keep their focus tight on seasonal, organic ingredients, creating outstanding farm-to-table cuisine.

Breakfast · East Village · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

This midpriced Californian with a farm-to-table bent adjacent to the Gaslamp's Hotel Solamar appeals to locals and visitors alike with a "fresh, creative" seasonal menu and handcrafted cocktails; the modern-nautical space features a scenic rooftop bar and comfortable dining room decked out in bird cage–like light fixtures and distressed mirrors.
The Patio on Goldfinch
Breakfast · Mission Hills · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.0

“Inventive” seasonal Californian cuisine, "lots of small plates" and "great craft cocktails" await at these "super-cute" , partially "open-air" spots in Mission Hills and Pacific Beach; “accommodating” staffers and moderate bills earn kudos at both locations, but "gorgeous plant-covered topiary walls” and a glass-enclosed cheese cave give the Mission Hills outpost an edge when it comes to design.
Juniper & Ivy
Little Italy · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

“Extremely inventive without being precious” , this “hip” New American in Little Italy is a showcase for Top Chef winner Richard Blais' "amazing" , "playful" molecular cuisine and "superb cocktails" in a "lively" setting; service is “attentive” and an open kitchen gives diners ringside seats for the action, so although it's “a little pricey” , most say "it's a blast" ; P.S. don't miss the “amazing” desserts like the housemade Yodel.
Bellamy's Restaurant
Italian · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

A “hidden jewel” in Escondido, this Cal-French helmed by Patrick Ponsaty earns praise for its “outstanding" fare with modern touches matched with "fantastic wines" ; decor is minimal, but “first-rate” service and relatively "reasonable" pricing make for an “enjoyable” meal.
Whisknladle Bistro & Bar
French · La Jolla · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

Interesting ", " delicious " Cali-French fare and " imaginative " cocktails" await at this "cool" "foodie" spot in La Jolla, where “even the burger is to die for” ; service is "excellent" and the space features plenty of bar seats and ample outdoor tables, so even though a few lament "small portions for the price" , on the whole it “never disappoints.
Prepkitchen Little Italy
Brunch · Little Italy · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

Simple, fresh food done well " sums up this " popular " chainlet from the Whisknladle crew that packs them in " shoulder to shoulder " – especially at happy hour – for " delicious " tapas-style plates from a menu that " changes often " and " very good craft cocktails " in a " cool ", " rustic " setting; " accommodating " service and moderate bills make it a " fun spot to go with friends.
Brunch · La Jolla · $$$

Situated atop the La Plaza Center, this authentic coastal Italian serves up a menu inspired by a 1,600-mile road trip through Italy (think wood-fired pizzas topped with clams, spicy lamb sausage, sunchoke agnolotti and whole roasted branzino) amid views of La Jolla and the Pacific.