From big-name chefs to adventurous concepts from newbies, here's our updated list of the hottest restaurants in San Diego right now. It's one heck of a culinary to-do list!
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: Salmon carpaccio served with extra virgin olive oil, oregano, rosemary, roasted garlic, red onions and avocado
Insider tip: Indoor seating is tight and includes one table for two people and bar seating along the wall for eight.
Must-order: Rabbit meatballs
Insider tip: The restaurant features a weekly Sunday roast, a family-style three-course meal for $29.73 per person.
Must-order: Maui Sunrise (chicken karaage, fried ginger, butter lettuce, ginger avocado, kale, red bell pepper, lotus chips, shiso tempura flakes, sweet chile soy sauce)
Insider tip: Parking near the restaurant is notoriously tight so be prepared to walk a few blocks.
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: Torchino pasta with seafood sausage
Insider tip: Happy hour is every day, 4–6 PM, in the bar area featuring $5 spicy sausage “dogs,” grilled meatballs and more.
Must-order: Triple Threat pork sandwich
Insider tip: Aside from being the only location of the local chain to serve fish tacos, it also features a weekend brunch, 9–11 AM.
Must-order: Osso bucco ravioli
Insider tip: The restaurant currently serves lunch and dinner, but look for weekend brunch to come soon.
Must-order: Cream ale
Insider tip: Mastiff Sausage Company teams up with the brewery by serving housemade sausages and brats.
Must-order: Bitter Bros. Black Sheep (Nitro)
Insider tip: To activate the beer tap, press the special Coin Haus wristband against the bar’s logo posted on every machine.
Must-order: Al pastor pizza, the shop's tribute to the al pastor taco
Insider tip: It's only open for dinner 5–11 PM and closed on Mondays.
Must-order: Funghi pizza
Insider tip: Unlike the original Little Italy location that only has an oven and one rotating pasta dish, this new spot now boasts a full kitchen and several housemade pastas on the menu.
Must-order: Cuban sandwich
Insider tip: It's now open for brunch on the weekends beginning at 9 AM.
Must-order: Cookie 'n' cream Thai ice cream rolls
Insider tip: Expect at least 30 minutes for your order to be completed.