New Restaurants and Bars in San Diego

A weekly updated guide to the latest openings
February 26, 2018
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by Zagat Staff

You can’t stay on top of the San Diego dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

Anthem Vegan
Vegetarian · North Park · $$

Fans head to the retro-chic brick-and-mortar outpost of this farmers market favorite in North Park for vegan comfort eats and plant-based pantry staples from the on-site deli and pantry.
City Tacos
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“This isn't your ordinary taco shop” proclaim fans of this inexpensive taqueria with locations in North Park and La Mesa that takes “street food to a whole new level” with inventive spins on classic Mexican staples like pulled lamb tacos with wild mushrooms; a “friendly” staff, comfortable semi-industrial setting and top-notch salsa bar add to the appeal.
Second Nature
Vegetarian · Pacific Beach · $$

Eco-chic space in Pacific Beach with a spacious, sunny patio plating creative vegetarian and vegan dishes (think chipotle lime cauliflower tacos and pulled jackfruit barbecue sandwiches).
Harumama Noodles and Buns
Little Italy · $$

Miniature terrariums dangle from the rafters of this industrial-chic spot in Little Italy plating updated takes on Asian favorites, including ramen, sushi, noodle bowls and cute steamed buns that look like cartoon animals.
Better Buzz Coffee Roasters
Hillcrest · $

Buzzy local chain brewing a bevy of coffee beverages, including cold brew, blended drinks and inventive signature options (plus grilled sandwiches and acai bowls) in quirky, colorful surrounds.
Oi Asian Fusion
Asian · Barrio Logan · $

The San Diego outpost of this Los Angeles-based counter-service chain serves up creative Asian-fusion bowls, steamed bao buns and sides in a straightforward space in Barrio Logan.
Volcano Rabbit
Bar · Gaslamp Quarter · $$

Buzzy venue in the heart of the Gaslamp serving up unique signature tacos and tequila-based cocktails in a stylish space with old-world decor and a patio ideal for people-watching.
Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop
Mexican · $

Fans head to this colorful counter-service chain famous for its zany Mexican wrestling-themed decor and fully-loaded California burritos, tacos and specialty dishes (including Full Nelson Enchiladas and Knockout Fries).
Bivouac Ciderworks
Bar · North Park · $$$

Executive Chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin (ex. JRDN) presents an imaginative menu of New American eats (including several options for gluten-free and vegan diners) alongside a diverse beverage list spanning cider, craft beer, biodynamic wines and cocktails at this hip North Park option.
The Taco Stand
Mexican · North Park · $

Laid-back spot with colorful decor and indoor/outdoor seating serving classic, Tijuana-style Mexican eats plus inventive tacos wrapped in fresh tortillas.
Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria
Peruvian · $$$

Modern and time-honored Peruvian fare – including rotisserie chicken, inventive ceviche and a host of pisco-based cocktails – are offered at this busy venue in Liberty Station with decorated with colorful parasols suspended from the ceiling.
The Pie Joint
Dessert · Point Loma · $

Mini, whole, and meal-sized sweet and savory pies (including options like drunken caramel apple, chocolate mousse, and chicken-bacon pot pie) are the focus of this no-frills locale in Point Loma.
Creamistry
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You'll feel like you're walking into a mad scientist's laboratory at these sweet-treats shops offering flash-frozen ice cream (by means of liquid nitrogen) with individually customizable features, including flavor, type of milk and toppings. The space, like the concept, is high-tech, and offers a show as good as the dessert.
Lager Tap House
Bar · Downtown · $

Guests pour their own craft beer from over two dozen taps at this snug taproom in Horton Plaza serving a selection of gourmet sandwiches and savory bar bites.
West Pac Noodle Bar
Asian · $

This counter-serve option in Coronado by the team behind Stake Chophouse and Leroy’s Kitchen + Bar plates a variety of Asian-fusion eats, including poke bowls, dim sum and noodles dishes in a colorful space with bamboo wallpaper and a bright red bar.
Waterbar
Bar · Pacific Beach · $$

Diners head to this hip and spacious oceanfront outfit in Pacific Beach for New American seafood dishes and a variety of craft cocktails (including several options served in fish bowls).
The Bell Marker
Bar · Downtown · $$$

Guests head to this sophisticated downtown locale with a spacious bar and open kitchen for inventive New American eats (including several vegan options) complemented by an assortment of craft brews on tap, including house-brewed varieties and guest beers.
Salt & Straw
Little Italy · $

Fresh in from Portland, Oregon, this “farm-to-cone” ice creamery chain specializes in small-batch, handmade treats, using ingredients from family-owned farms and crafting creative flavors such as summer sweet corn with buttermilk or apricot-hops. The buzzy spaces are simple but homey, with a handful of seats inside and out.
Cloak & Petal
Japanese · Little Italy · $$$

A giant cherry blossom tree sets the scene for high-end Japanese small plates and creative cocktails at this trendy space in Little Italy with edgy decor meant to look like an abandoned subway station in Tokyo.
Craft Burrito Company
Mexican · $

Over a dozen different burritos stuffed with everything from grilled shrimp to slow-roasted pulled pork are offered at this cozy Del Mar outfit with indoor-outdoor seating and a choice selection of craft brews.