Best Hotel Dining in San Diego

August 11, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Drab hotel dining is a thing of the past.

French · Del Mar Mesa · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

Among the "best of the best" say fans of this "splurge" -y New French in Del Mar Mesa’s posh Grand Del Mar resort, where chef William Bradley puts out "inventive" , “elegantly presented” prix fixe meals and "great wines" in “beautiful” surroundings complemented by “exceptional service” ; some find portions a bit "small" given the "sky-high" pricing, but the general consensus is “everyone should go at least once.”
NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar
La Jolla · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

Jason Knibb "makes creative use of locally sourced ingredients" at this "cool, little" Californian in La Jolla's Grande Colonial Hotel featuring a splurge-worthy “Mercy of the Chef” tasting menu and a bargain-filled happy hour in addition to its "excellent" à la carte offerings; solid service and views from the terrace complete the “pleasant” experience.
NOBU San Diego
Japanese · Gaslamp Quarter · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

"Phenomenal" , "artistic" sushi and the "heavenly miso-glazed cod" (the signature dish) reign supreme at Nobu Matsuhisa's "sleek" , "sexy" outpost in the Gaslamp's Hard Rock Hotel; it's "pricey" for sometimes "small" portions, but "amazing quality" , a "trendy" atmosphere and "cute" , "attentive" staffers make up for it.
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.
JRDN Restaurant
Pacific Beach · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.0

There's "lots of buzz" at this seaside Californian located in the "stylish" Tower 23 Hotel in Pacific Beach offering “interesting, seasonal” fare and cocktails on a patio that's "practically on the sand" boasting "magnificent views" ; it's on the pricier side and service can be "hit-and-miss" , but the "amazing scenery" and "people-watching" make up for it, especially at brunch.