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.
The sister restaurant to Buona Forchetta serves a full complement of Northern Italian specialties, including antipasti, pasta and Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in twin ovens adorned with sparkling gold tiles. The industrial-chic space in Liberty Station features a vintage Fiat converted to a table for two and two spacious patios.
Thai-style rolled ice cream is the name of the game at this trendy Mira Mesa outfit that also offers a selection of sweet, tea-based beverages in a bright, cheerful space with a mural depicting friendly monsters.
NewCoffee ShopPacific Beach
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.
Guests sip housemade gin and vodka cocktails and flights at this hip, female-owned East Village distillery and tasting room with a chic bar and comfortable lounge outfitted with plush couches.
Chic North Park tearoom offering a slim selection of made-to-order matcha beverages (including ceremonial-grade matcha) and light bites in a feminine space with pink banquette seating and bold, botanical wallpaper.
Sprawling Kearny Mesa entertainment venue encompassing private karaoke rooms, a stylish bar pouring craft brews and barrel-aged cocktails and a buzzy restaurant offering an eclectic, globally inspired menu with Mediterranean, Mexican and Asian influences in industrial-chic surrounds.
An all-day menu of chicken and egg-based dishes – including fried chicken, chicken sandwiches and deviled eggs (plus a full bar) – are served at this local chain by the team behind Juniper & Ivy with locations in Encinitas and Little Italy. Modern furnishings, a giant chicken sculpture and a bocce ball court make the space hip and happening.
A variety of craft brews (including German-style imports) are offered alongside elevated pub fare like savory Belgian waffles and eggplant schnitzel at this hip option in the Gaslamp's Pendry San Diego hotel.
Upscale local coffee shop chain and roasting facility offering high-quality coffee and tea (plus cafe fare and housemade pastries) in well appointed surrounds with industrial-chic decor and dog-friendly patios.
An array of upscale New American dishes (including pizza, seasonally inspired small plates and prime cuts of meat and seafood) is on the menu at this bright and airy all-day option in the Gaslamp's Pendry San Diego hotel. The swanky space features an open kitchen, soaring ceilings and a striking herringbone tile floor.
Executive Chef Jose ‘Jojo’ Ruiz (Ironside Fish & Oyster) highlights modern coastal cuisine with an inspired selection of small plates, sushi and composed entrees at this upscale locale in the Gaslamp's Pendry San Diego hotel. Gleaming wood tables, handsome leather chairs and elegant lighting lend a sophisticated (but not stuffy) air to the two-story space.
Inspired New York-style pies and slices adorned with unusual toppings, including raspberry chipotle sauce and pungent garlic paste, are the specialty of this original counter-serve joint with locations in North Park and Pacific Beach.
Single-origin pours, coffee blends, teas, hot chocolate and high-quality pastries from Nutmeg Bakery & Cafe are offered at the busy Encinitas outpost of the popular San Francisco-based coffee chain.
At this hangout in Hillcrest's HUB shopping center, guests feast on hand-pulled noodle dishes and comfort fare with an Asian twist (think buffalo and duck chili fries and Shanghai menudo), paired with dozens of craft brews on tap. Its industrial-chic dining room opens onto a spacious patio.
Expert baristas employ an arsenal of high-tech equipment to brew the best possible cups of coffee or tea at these sophisticated cafes offering a cafe menu of light bites in stylish surrounds.
A comprehensive variety of New American eats (including protein bowls, entree salads and burgers) are offered alongside a well-rounded drink list (featuring fresh juice cocktails, slushies and beer) at this airy indoor/outdoor neighborhood hangout in Ocean Beach.
NewIce Cream ShopTorrey Highlands
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.
“Fantastic”, “fresh” Mexican eats are the forte of this affordable, local chain famed for its ceviche, tortas and tacos you can douse with “great sauces”; the setup is simple – just “order at the counter and hope there is a stool to sit on” – and prepare for lines at peak hours.
Eye-catching Taiwanese-style soup dumplings (including signature black truffle xiao long bao) and funky ‘Freakshakes’ adorned with everything from cotton candy to doughnuts draw diners to this casual and quirky Kearny Mesa hangout in a busy strip mall.
Inventive breakfast fare like s’mores French toast, pancake flights and Vietnamese chicken wing bowls (plus cocktails, beer flights and kombucha) are offered at this cheerful local chain with quirky decor elements like greenery-covered walls and whisk lighting fixtures.