If you’re going to splurge on anything in San Diego, spend your money on the food! There are so many delicious choices for all meals, including dessert. Whether you are craving Italian, Japanese, American, or something totally different, there is a high chance you will find something in San Diego that suits your preferences. Check out some of my favorites below, and let me know which ones make you the most hungry!
This one is by far my favorite, although I may be slightly biased since Italian food is always at the top of my list. Located on a quaint street in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy, I enjoyed some of the freshest pesto I’ve ever had at Buon Appetito. They even served the Italian Birra Moretti, which is always an added perk for me! Little Italy is a safe bet when it comes to food, so this is a good starting point for an area to return to for later meals during your trip.
Union Kitchen and Tap — Gaslamp
This rustic, new American restaurant puts a tasty twist on classic favorites, like their fish tacos with jalapeño cream or their fig flatbread. I opted for the fish and chips during my last visit to Union Kitchen and Tap — Gaslamp and was certainly not disappointed.
Known to have the best Japanese cuisine in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, Taka Restaurant is the place to go for delicious sushi. The space is limited, so remember to make a reservation beforehand, especially if you will be dining with a larger group.
Toscana Café and Wine Bar
You will be more than satisfied without even ordering at food at Toscana Café and Wine Bar. Order a pitcher of their mimosa and start your day on the right foot. No judgment if you are not sharing with anyone! It’s the perfect way to soak up the sunshine of a beautiful California morning.
Of course, it’s only natural that I end with the dessert option! While I cannot speak for the food they serve, their gelato is to die for! I’ll admit, I have never had “bad” gelato, but it’s worth stopping by the Chocolat Cremerie for a satisfying treat if you are in the area. Be ready to try many samples, because it’s a tough decision to make with the many flavor options they offer you.
If you’re looking to stay close to the action in the Gaslamp Quarter, check out the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter Hotel. You’ll be within walking distance of most of the city’s best restaurants and a short trolley ride away from many others. By no means have I been able to even come close to trying out all of San Diego’s best restaurants, but these are some of the highlights from the ones I have tried. Do you have any recommendations to add to the list? Share them below in the comments!