San Diego's food scene is constantly evolving, with a slew of exciting new restaurants opening across the city. From a refreshing poke spot in Mission Valley to a Little Italy venue serving amazing Baja-inspired cuisine, these are the 10 restaurants lighting up the San Diego dining landscape right now.
Must-order: Grilled Iberico pork “Secreto” with apple mostarda, pancetta and chile flakes
Insider tip: Ask for the off-the-menu Parker House rolls, brushed with chives, parsley, oregano and rosemary honey butter.
Must-order: Osso bucco ravioli
Insider tip: The restaurant currently serves lunch and dinner, but look for weekend brunch to come soon.
Must-order: Triple Threat pork sandwich
Insider tip: Aside being the only location of the local chain to serve fish tacos, it also features a weekend brunch from 9–11 AM.
Must-order: Torchino pasta with seafood sausage
Insider tip: Happy hour is every day from 4–6 PM in the bar area featuring $5 spicy sausage “dogs,” grilled meatballs and more.
Must-order: Month-long specials like Breakfast Bone Marrow and banana bread pancakes
Insider tip: Unlike the North Park location that closes at 3 PM, this place extends its operating hours until 8 PM serving breakfast like pancakes, French toast and more for dinner.
Must-order: Clam toast
Insider tip: Visit the restaurant from 3–6 PM for $1 oyster specials.
Must-order: Fried chicken, available in five or 10 pieces
Insider tip: Work off your meal by playing bocce ball in the adjoining courtyard.
Must-order: Albacore Two Ways (seared and tartare)
Insider tip: When making a reservation, ask for a seat on the first floor by the kitchen for a view of Javier Plascencia at work.
Must-order: Grilled lamb meatballs
Insider tip: Arrive from 5–6 PM for $5 cocktail specials on the weekdays.
Must-order: Sweet and spicy salmon
Insider tip: The vendor continues its weekly farmer's market rounds.