Tony Hawk, San Diego native

New Tony Hawk Restaurant in San Diego to Open Early Next Year

Tony Hawk, one of San Diego’s beloved local celebrities (he’s on our list of celebrities who are from here and also celebrities who live here, is no stranger to entrepreneurial endeavors. Mr. Hawk has previously invested in a few local businesses throughout the years. Now, he is teaming up with Chef Andrew Bachelier and christening a restaurant with his famous name. 

This new restaurant, tentatively named Chick N’ Hawk, is also an ode to the legendary skateboarder’s favorite Looney Toons character, Foghorn Leghorn. 

While poultry, specifically the soon-to-be-famous fried chicken sandwich, is the main attraction, the restaurant will also feature seafood and seasonal produce.

Before becoming the founding chef of a restaurant called Campfire, Chef Bachelier was formally a chef at the Carlsbad restaurant called Jeune Et Jolie

Hawk and Bachelier formed a friendship over their love of skateboarding and food. When the pandemic hit, forcing the restaurant Bachelier worked at to switch to a focus on takeout, Bachelier (like so many of us during the pandemic) re-examined his priorities and left the restaurant. 

Soon after, Bachelier and Hawk got together and discussed their mutual desire to incorporate fried chicken into their next endeavor. So, they hit the road, traveling around the country, trying some of the most famous fried chicken sandwiches around. 

However, with a stroke of luck, the pair found the perfect location for their new restaurant in Encinitas. They will incorporate produce from North County farms and raw seafood dishes into their original idea.

Now, the restaurant is taking over where Fulano’s Mexican Cafe used to be, at 145 Leucadia Boulevard, Encinitas, CA. Currently, the 1,500-square-foot, free-standing restaurant is undergoing renovation to spread its wings and ready itself for success from both food and atmosphere.

Hawk and Bachelier plan to open the restaurant in early 2022. You can read the full story on Eater San Diego.

The banner photo for this article is courtesy of TonyHawk.com

Beach party in San Diego

How to Throw an Epic Beach Party in San Diego

Who doesn’t love a good beach party? Especially if you’re in La Jolla, how can you not love a good beach party in San Diego? With so many beaches at our fingertips, you can easily throw a party to remember. Of course, there are so many things to think about – the theme, the food, the music, the invitations; heck, you could even throw your party on a nude beach if you wanted. While coming up with beach party ideas is hard sometimes, let’s aim to make that a little easier. 

Are you ready to throw an epic beach party in San Diego?

You may fancy yourself capable of throwing the best beach party in San Diego, but there’s more to consider than just the locale. Just because you’re in one of the most idyllic ocean towns in the world doesn’t mean it’s going to be a breeze. You’ve got to consider the time of year. Is it a New Year’s Eve beach party in San Diego? Consider the age range of the guests; this determines what accommodations you need to buy or rent. Considering who will be in attendance and the time of day will also influence the best beach snacks for the type of event you’re aiming to throw. 

These are just several things to consider – time, place, attendees, and the other factors mentioned above. So, if you think you are, in fact, ready to throw a beach party in San Diego, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

What are the best reasons to throw an epic beach party in San Diego?

First on the list of best reasons is location, location, location! You couldn’t ask to be in a more beautiful place in the country and arguably the world. The climate of scenery makes La Jolla an ideal place to throw birthday parties, weddings, bat mitzvahs, really any celebration – including work events! 

  • Birthday Party Ideas – When throwing a beach birthday party, there are unlimited ideas, because individuals are unique. You want to make sure that you send out birthday greeting cards and invitations that match your theme, so pick one first. Many people opt for a luau-type theme for birthday parties, and you can go in a ton of directions to keep it age-appropriate.
  • Weddings – Tons of couples decide to tie the knot on one of the many beaches in San Diego. Your wedding theme is, of course, up to you two as partners and any planners and designers you’ve hired, but remember, drinking on public beaches is not permitted in San Diego, so you are limited in that capacity.
  • Work Events – Work events are a great way to build team morale and keep the company’s values in line amongst employees. A simple picnic or buffet style will work for this type of event. Depending on your company’s budget, however, you can hire a planner depending on the size and scale of the event.

How to Prepare for Your Beach Party?

Throwing any party, let alone a beach party in San Diego, takes some prep work. You must enlist the help of friends or hire planners, designers, and decorators based on the size of the event you are throwing. The list doesn’t end there, and you’ll need caterers and even possibly permits. If your party is more elevated, an ice sculpture will obviously melt, but you could even hire a professional sandcastle builder if you’re trying to make a statement. Try to remember events you went to in the past that are similar to what you’re trying to achieve and build on that. You don’t want to plagiarize someone’s party (especially if they’re on the invite list) simultaneously; however, imitation is the highest form of flattery. 

Maybe you went to a Pacific Beach San Diego party in the last few years that had everything you were looking for – the right location, it was during the evening, and the caterer was on point. Either source the same caterer or one that serves a similar style of food. Keep in mind that you need to have a way for guests to quickly dispose of utensils, cups, and napkins that could blow away in the wind and become litter (unless you’re going more sustainable or have hired a crew to wait on guests as well). 

Locations

Just like where you decide to buy your home, start your business or throw a party – location is everything. So, picking your location is one of your top priorities. Let’s dive into some of the options our fair city has to offer.

Downtown, Harbor, and Coronado

Silver Strand State Beach

Silver Strand is great for kids and wheelchair accessible if some of your guests require such amenities. It has ocean and bay shorelines as well. 

Pepper Park 

Pepper Park is a park a little over five acres large. There’s a playground there as well as restrooms, picnic tables, and a boat launch. This is a good option if you need tables but don’t feel like spending your budget on rentals. 

Coronado Beach

Coronado is a more urban beach, which would be great if you’re planning a livelier party. Most people come here for the swimming, sunbathing, or surfing options, so if you don’t want to contend with crowds, this may not be the spot for your party. 

Waterfront Park

Waterfront is an excellent option for a young or middle child’s birthday party. There are tons of areas and equipment for children of all ages to play with and spray fountains. There are also large grassy areas for a picnic-style party. 

Harbor Island Park / Spanish Landing

This park is a beautiful public space overlooking the bay. While it does have a path for walkers and bicyclists that could distract a larger party, the scenery is idyllic and would be an excellent fit for a more intimate gathering. 

Shoreline Park

Shoreline Park is a mile long, and the views are breathtaking. Almost always full of sailboats, the perfect backdrop for any number of parties. Another cool thing about Shoreline is the public art, so there’s always a conversation starter there if many of your guests will be meeting each other for the first time. The park also has a beautiful promenade. This place makes for a great beach party in San Diego.

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

The name says it all when it comes to this locale. The cliffs are simply breathtaking, and you could throw an elevated event here. You would want a planner to help you figure out its logistics, but it’s a majestic setting. 

Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, and Mission Bay

Ocean Beach Dog Beach

Throwing a birthday party for your beloved pet? A mixer for singles who “Must Love Dogs”? This is your spot. Ocean Beach Dog Beach allows dogs to be freely off-leash. Obviously, it will be a casual party, but you can have a lot of fun here with your pet and your pet-loving pals.

Mission Bay Park

Mission Bay Park is wildly popular as a place to swim and sunbathe, even surf, so expect a crowd. It is wheelchair accessible and friendly, which is something to consider. Mission is also super kid-friendly, so another place you should put on your list if your party is geared towards children.

Fiesta Island

I mean, come on, it’s in the name – Party! Fiesta is a pretty big island off Mission Bay and boasts 27 miles of beaches. There are fire pits that could make for a wild party or really intimate as well. As we said, it’s in the name, and this should be on the top of your list while planning. 

South Mission Beach

South Mission Beach is adjacent to lots of shops and other things going on. This is a good suggestion for a quick event and probably pretty casual. But, the beach is lovely and wide, so you could easily set something up if you went with it as your locale. 

Mission Beach Boardwalk

What’s in a name? What’s on a boardwalk? Mission Beach Boardwalk has an old-school feel to it and even an amusement park. You could throw a nostalgic themed party here for older adults in your life or go in plenty of other directions. It will be busy, though, so this isn’t the way to go if you want something quieter. 

Ski Beach

Many locals love this beach for a good reason; the beach is flat, and there are many good places to have a fire pit. It’s busy but never overrun. Ski Beach is a perfect spot if you have a medium-sized party where you want to be able to expand on a theme.

Crown Point Park

If you don’t have much budget or throw something together last minute, Crown Point Park is a fantastic option. There are plenty of picnic tables, grills, bonfire rings, and a giant grassy park where kids can play, or you could set up games like badminton or corn hole—a very casual spot, which frequently makes for the most memorable parties.

Fanuel Street Park

Another actual kid-friendly location, but the views are stunning enough for the adults to appreciate amid the mayhem. Fanuel Street Park has a playground, BBQ grills, a huge grassy park, and bath amenities (helpful if your children are young enough to be prone to accidents and messes).

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach

Though Pacific Beach is definitely busy during the daytime, the spectacular views make it an excellent place for an evening beach party. It has a great, long pier, and the white sandy beaches are perfect for party pictures.

Law Street Beach

The beachline here is backdropped by grassy cliffs, which would make it a picturesque wedding party locale. It’s known for good surfing and jogging so the evening would be a better bet. 

Tourmaline Beach

Tourmaline Beach is a beautiful oceanside like most San Diego beaches, but parking is a bit tough at this beach. So, you would need to plan on traveling as a group, or it could work for people within walking distance or a more intimate gathering.

Calumet Park

Overlooking a bluff, Calumet Park is a grassy and serene location. It’s lined with benches which could be suitable depending on the type of event you’re throwing or a distraction. 

Birdrock & La Jolla

Birdrock Viewpoint

Considered by many as one of the best seaside views in San Diego, Birdrock is beyond beautiful. This is a very relaxing and serene environment that lends itself to all types of parties. 

Windansea Beach

Known mainly for its iconic palm-covered surf shack, this is a popular surfing site. That doesn’t mean you couldn’t host an epic BBQ or luau here, though! It’s worth noting there are no public restrooms available at this beach.

Marine Street Beach

The clear water at Marine Street Beach makes it an easy place to throw a relaxing affair. This location would be great for day or evening events. There are no restrooms or parking; however, street parking is sometimes difficult to obtain. If you’re throwing a significant event here, you’re going to need a shuttle!

La Jolla Cove

This beach, while quaint, is always manned by lifeguards during certain hours. This site offers restrooms as well as showers, so if you’re throwing a proper beach party where you’ll be swimming and building sandcastles, it’s a great pick. Not to mention, there are picnic tables!

La Jolla Shores Park

La Jolla Shores Park isn’t directly on the ocean, but a mere two blocks away, which is beneficial if there are babies at the party. They have a playground which is great for children of all ages, but you’re a short walk to sand and waves if you want them!

Blacks Beach Park

Trying to kick your party up a notch? Well, Blacks Beach gives you the option to go nude if that’s what you’re looking for. You decide what kind of party you want to throw here. Blacks Beach can be difficult to get to since it’s located under the Torrey Bluffs, but it’s worth the visit. Whether you’re going in the buff or not, it’s a beautiful view.

North County Coastal: Del Mar, Encinitas, Cardiff, Carlsbad, and Oceanside

Torrey Pines State Beach

TPSB is an excellent spot for fishing, surfing, and swimming. Additionally, it’s an easy place to throw a beach party! The beach is nice and wide, and there are pre-set-up picnic areas as well. 

Powerhouse Park & Del Mar Beach

Powerhouse Park sets above a beautiful and large sandy beach, making it ideal for a large outdoor party. Guests have the option of relaxing in a gorgeous grassy setting or spending time on the beach. If you’re throwing something black-tie, this is worth checking out. You can go low-key if that’s more your party’s vibe as there is a playground and small picnic area.

Fletcher Cove

The beautiful park at Fletcher Cove even has a viewing deck, which makes it a great spot if lots of photos are taken. It also has picnic tables, playgrounds, and a nice grassy park. Oh, and did we mention basketball? Yeah, for a casual beach party, this place checks a lot of boxes. 

Tide Beach Park

The backdrop of this park is stunning cliffs lined with gorgeous homes, but there’s so much more. The beach is full of perfect white sand and is known for its serene and calming atmosphere. Tide Beach could easily host a beautiful wedding ceremony or just a casual hang-out on the beach.

Swami’s State Marine Conservation Area

If you want your beach party to be in a very natural environment where guests can sneak off and explore to find new favorite places, add this to your list of considerations. The beach is small but clean, and there’s a beautiful little tide pool. 

Cardiff State Beach

This beach is protected as it’s part of a state park system. Cardiff could be a fun location for a wedding where your out-of-town guests want to stay in RVs since there’s a campground nearby. It’s beautiful and definitely worth checking out.

San Elijo State Beach

This beach is big! It’s over two miles, kind of big! It’s best known for its campground and picnic availability, so it’s an option for more relaxed get-togethers. But maybe that’s how beach parties should all be!

Swami’s Beach

Free parking! Dog friendly! Beautiful beach! This place is an easy one to host virtually any event at. The sand is nice and soft at Swami’s, and the sunsets are to die for. 

Encinitas Beach County Park

While not everyone loves a pebbly beach, it could be just what you envisioned for your event. Encinitas Beach County is a beautiful park with lots to offer. 

Grandview Surf Beach

This beach lies at the base of cliffs; it offers parking up above the cliffs, making it easy to access as an event locale. The beaches are beautiful white sand beaches and the view, well, it’s grand!

Ponto State Beach Jetty

The Jetties at Ponto State Beach are nice and tight together, making them easy to walk across if your guests are likely explorers. This beach is spacious, and the jetties give it a natural feel you could be looking for.

South Carlsbad State Beach

Not only do they have a cliffside campground where you could quickly turn your party into an all-nighter, but they’ve also got picnic grounds and a gorgeous scenic beach. This beach is known best for swimming, fishing, and diving. Lots of fun to be had at SCSB.

North Ponto Beach

Backed by some pretty sharp bluffs, this beach is sand and pebble, so that it would be great for a fire pit. Walking along the beachside here is beautiful as well. 

Tamarack Surf Beach

This beach is right on the border with a neighborhood, so getting super rowdy is not an option. It’s also a stunning ocean view with a laid-back vibe—an excellent choice for a day party. 

Oceanside City Beach

Oceanside City Beach is almost always crowded, so keep that in mind in your party planning. But, it’s an absolutely gorgeous beach with a great pier. There are almost always food vendors nearby, so you could even forego catering and buy everyone’s lunch!

Oceanside Harbor Beach

This beach is an excellent spot for all age groups, so you’re not limited by that while planning. The waves are almost always mild, and there’s not a ton of seaweed – which can be a real turn-off for some—super long pier, which is enjoyable. The beach is a favorite with locals, and there’s also a lot to do in the surrounding area if partygoers want to keep hanging out after you’ve shut down the main party. 

Invitations

As mentioned earlier, after picking a theme, invitations are one of the first party planning steps you need to conquer. You can send out invites indicating a theme before getting all your other ducks in a row. Some people work better under pressure, so it’s good to do it this way. Ways to come up with a great invitation are using free services online to send email invites – not only is this a more sustainable way of sending invites, but it’s also easier for people to get their RSVPs to you quickly. 

If you’re working towards a more formal event and want to send a nice thick cardstock version of an invite, you can either work with a planner that has connections to get them done for you, or source someone local to design, print, even address the invites for you. It’s generally agreed that your invitations need to include obvious things like date, time, and location, but take it a step further if you have expectations on things like preferred attire, parking instructions, and whether or not you want children included. 

If it’s a children’s party, this could be a fun project for you and your kid to do with one another. Can you think of anything sweeter than getting a homemade invitation by the child for whom the party is for? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Decorations

When it comes to decorating for a beach party, there’s a little more to keep in mind than you may have to for a party you’re throwing indoors. Firstly, you need to keep in mind the wind, and you’ll want decorations that aren’t going to fly away, not very environmentally conscious. Consider using a pop-up tent or renting a giant tent if you’re hosting a wedding or more significant event.

If you have a tent, you can quickly secure any type of decorations you’re using for it. You can also connect your decorations to picnic tables and chairs. If you’re inclined to go the DIY route, filling mason jars with beach pebbles and tying decor to them could look beautiful. Also, be mindful if you’re utilizing candles as part of decorations. They must be in a glass container that cannot be blown over and are heavy enough to stay in place. 

When it comes to what you’re going to decorate with, think – garlands, pom poms, balloons, oversized faux flowers from a craft shop. If it’s within your budget, fresh local flowers are always a show stopper. Just make sure that you or a designated crew of people are in charge of responsibly cleaning up any decor you’ve chosen for the event. Please utilize these items responsibly and one more emphasis on candles or anything else that could be a fire hazard (like sparklers or fireworks). 

What Should You Serve at Your Beach Party?

What you should serve at any party is always dependent on many variables: location, age of attendees, budget, and others. It would be best to remember that most people have specific dietary restrictions due to lifestyle choices or food sensitivities. So you’re going to want at least one vegan and a gluten-free option of every course. 

For hors d’oeuvres at a beach party, keep things simple with things like cut fruit and vegetables, or you can serve them kebob style. Simple bowls of healthy chips and nuts are excellent options, and no one ever goes wrong with a beautiful charcuterie board, do they? 

Your main course is going to be dependent on the same variables. If you’re using a catering service, let their chef absolutely handle this. It can be overwhelming to come up with mains, especially if the party is large. Since you’re going to be oceanside, go with easy eats like bbq (with all the fixings set out for guests to build their sandwiches how they like them), pizza is always a crowd-pleaser. Many of the locations mentioned above come equipped with grills, so if you fancy yourself a “grill master,” you can’t miss burgers, hot dogs, or other sausages and grilled veggie kabobs or fresh grilled corn on the cob. Remember your non-meat-eating friends, though, and have black bean burger options for them too! 

When it comes to dessert, let’s face it, though the weather is idyllic in San Diego, it’s going to be a little warm out, so you want to keep things cool. However, frozen desserts may be out of the question unless you have a way to keep them completely frozen until it’s time to serve. Something like a parfait, a simple apple cake, or even two-bite cupcakes are perfect. There’s also beauty in the simplicity of a tray of cookies. That way, guests don’t feel pressured to partake in dessert, or on the flip side, they can indulge in a ton if they want!

When you’re planning your party, drinks are a fun way to incorporate your theme; some hosts even opt to name drinks specifically for the event. However, you may be bummed to hear this, but alcohol consumption is not permitted on most beaches in San Diego, and you can’t drink at all on the beach at Pacific Beach. While all San Diego beaches worth visiting are so beautiful, it’s easy to get past this, and it does limit you as far as the drink menu is concerned. If you are dead-set on serving alcohol at your event, you can easily apply for permits, though. 

Therefore great alternatives are sparkling waters like Topo Chico, Spindrift, Waterloo, or good old Pelligrino. Making your own cucumber or lemon water is always a refreshing treat if you have the time and inclination. Make sure you’ve got a cooler full of ice and display the drinks artfully while propping your cooler or drink container. 

What Should You Do at Your Beach Party?

What shouldn’t you do at your beach party in San Diego? First of all, you’re in one of the most beautiful places you can be, so celebrate the simplicity of your awe-inspiring surroundings at your event and let them guide your activities planned – if you even want to go that route. If the party is for adults only, you could arrange some games on any part of the spectrum, from corny to risque. You do, at minimum, want some music (as simple as a BlueTooth speaker and curated playlist or hire a quartet if it suits you). If you and your guests are a little athletically inclined, badminton or beach volleyball are always fun. 

If the party is for children, you do need to have some fun plans up your sleeve. Good things for a beach party for children are the same in many ways as indoor parties. But you could have water balloons or squirt guns, a bubble machine, a sandcastle building contest, and the list is endless. But, no matter the age of the people in attendance, favors are always fun, so don’t forget them.

For adults, souvenirs from the party can be specific to the theme (a bottle of pink nail polish if it’s a baby girl gender reveal party, a bottle of wine for any adult that isn’t dry, even gourmet chocolates, even better if they’re local chocolates). For children, favors are easier. Most children are particular about what the theme of their party is going to be, so just stick with that – if it’s a “character” party, favors are easy. If they want a dinosaur or mermaid party, you may have to do a little bit more in-depth shopping, but you get the idea.

The main thing to remember when planning your perfect beach party is to try not to sweat it. You’re in La Jolla, life is easy, and the weather is undoubtedly breezy. Make sure you develop a theme that makes sense for you and the type of event you’re throwing, and the rest will fall into place. Focus on being a good host, and your friends and loved ones (or coworkers) won’t notice the little details that go wrong – and some will go wrong. But, it will be a smashing success if you follow the outlines mentioned above. Cheers!

About the author: Kara Housdan is a professional stylist and freelance writer who focuses on wellness, motherhood, minimalism, and fashion.

Brunch downtown San Diego

Brunch in Downtown San Diego

What’s the best part of life when everybody’s workin’ for the weekend? If you’re like a lot of us, it’s brunch in downtown San Diego. Sure, you’ve got a fantastic coffee subscription bringing your favorite beans to your doorstep on a monthly basis, but nothing beats a bottomless mimosas brunch in downtown San Diego. One of life’s greatest pleasures and indulgences is getting together with loved ones to either lament or celebrate the previous week for an awesome brunch

Finding the Best Brunch in Downtown San Diego

When you live in a city like San Diego, it can be hard to decide who has the best brunch in downtown San Diego, but thankfully, there are many options to choose from. Whether people in your party have dietary restrictions or decide to eat a certain way as part of their lifestyle, there are many places to choose from that can accommodate everyone, from the plant-based vegan to your most carnivorous companions. So, let’s take a look at some of your options for brunch places in downtown San Diego. 

Cafe 21

Cafe 21 is a go-to for many people looking for a delicious brunch, offering farm-to-table fare. Known for their signature drink menu, you’re sure to have a fun brunch, maybe even a little too much fun? They offer live music and events as well, which makes it a lively experience if you’re there during an event. The food is so delicious, and you’ll be happy to know they offer take-out and are available for catering services as well—definitely a solid option for your next Sunday brunch in downtown San Diego. 

  • Gaslamp Location Address: 802 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
  • Phone: (619) 795-0721
  • Everyday Hours: Wed-Sun 8:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m.

Luca Restaurant

With Luca’s contemporary design, it’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to your belly. They offer a predominantly Mediterranean menu composed of seasonal ingredients sourced from California. While it’s one of the top La Jolla breakfast spots, it has a special brunch menu that will leave you wanting to come back for lunch and dinner as well. Some fan favorites for brunch from Luca are the short rib omelette, banana oat pancakes, and of course – eggs Benedict. 

  • Address: 500 W Broadway, San Diego, CA
  • Phone: (619) 764-5160
  • Everyday Hours: Temporarily Closed until 30 Oct 2021

Morning Glory

Technically Morning Glory is located in what is classified as the Bankers Hill/Little Italy area, but that’s close enough to downtown to make this list. (We’re going to stretch the rules a bit for Kettner Exchange down below, too.) The restaurant group Consortium Holdings outdid themselves when they designed this particular breakfast spot. The first thing you should notice about Morning Glory is that the interior design is a light pink hue–vaguely reminding us of Holy Matcha, which has pink-toned locations in both the East Village and North Park. The other thing you want to notice is the cool menu, with section titles like “Pancake Lords,” “Carbs with Culture,” “Eggs a la Benedick,” and “Green Eggs, No Ham.” If you’re looking for brunch and you want it in the downtown area, give this place a try.

  • Address: 550 W. Date St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone:
  • Everyday Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Weekends 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Westgate Hotel

Experience Enchantment at The Westgate Hotel. If you’re looking for an elevated brunch, this is the place you’ve only dreamt of. Though The Westgate has a full menu all week, their weekend brunch menu is what dreams are made of. You’ve got to try the house brioche french toast, smoked salmon, and avocado toast, as well as the Baja omelet. As far as brunch places in downtown San Diego go, you can’t get much classier than The Westgate – so if you and your friends are looking to dress up in your Sunday Best (pearls included), make plans to enjoy yourselves here. They also offer live music on Sundays from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, fun!

  • Address: 1055 2nd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 238-1818
  • Weekend Brunch Hours: Sat & Sun 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

GARAGE Kitchen + Bar

Known for their one-person piano shows, burgers, and craft beer, Garage Kitchen and Bar is still one of the San Diego brunch spots you’ve got to give a try. There is nothing “traditional” about Garage to begin with, including its brunch offerings and hours. They serve brunch Thursday – Monday, making it a real weekday treat if you’ve got plans for brunch in downtown San Diego somewhere else during the weekend. Some standouts on their brunch menu, according to regulars, are the “Best Breakfast Sandwich Ever,” the chilaquiles, and the breakfast shots. With names like Fruit Loops and Cocoa Puffs, you can have an excellent shot with a sweeter side than most. 

  • Address: 655 4th Ave, San Diego, CA
  • Phone: (619) 231-6700
  • Brunch Hours: Thur – Mon 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Dinner Hours: Thur 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Fri & Sat 3:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Cafe Sevilla of San Diego

Mmm, can you think of anything that goes better with a Bloody Mary during brunch than Spanish-style food? Probably not! This is what makes Cafe Sevilla easily one of the best brunch destinations. Cafe Sevilla is located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. If you’re visiting La Jolla, it’s a great spot to grab brunch due to it’s proximity to the convention center, museums, and other San Diego attractions. Not only do they offer live music and Flamenco shows during the week, but they also offer fantastic brunch. They’re best known for their Tapas style brunch, provided in 6 or 9-course options. But if you don’t want to commit to that much, the breakfast meat paella is to die for!

  • Address: 353 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 233-5979
  • Everyday Hours: Mon – Fri: 4:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Sat: 3:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Sun 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Rustic Root

Suppose your criteria when deciding where to get brunch are rustic American fare, rooftop options, signature crafted cocktails, and the Gaslamp District. In that case, Rustic Root checks all your boxes. Not only do they have fabulous drinks (ahem, the Impressing Churchill) and a dinner menu, they have almost the best Sunday brunch in downtown San Diego. Avocado Toast is served everywhere these days, but their take on the green gold toast is delectable. They also are well known for their Acai bowl, which, while simple, somehow tastes better than your usual vegan brunch go-to. While they may not be a place for bottomless mimosas brunch in downtown San Diego, their drink menu is impressive. Honestly, it’s stunning. Whether you want a glass of craft or split a $450 bottle between the table, they’ve got your tastes covered. 

  • Address: 535 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 232-1747
  • Everyday Hours: Wed & Thur: 5:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m., Fri: 4:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m., Sun: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Kettner Exchange

Located in Little Italy and the recipient of the Orchid & Onion award for Architecture, Kettner Exchange’s design pays homage to San Diego’s founding father, William Kettner. Kettner Exchange consists of two indoor/outdoor seating levels filled with subtle nods to the City’s grand bay and nautical history. Chef Brian Redzikowski’s rotating menu features some of the most innovative dishes in San Diego. Their Turkish poached eggs and spicy crispy tuna rice are some brunch favorites. If you’re bringing young children along for your brunch, the Funfetti Pancakes with vanilla icing and fresh maple syrup are about as sugary and fun as you can get! 

  • Address: 2001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 255-2001
  • Everyday Hours: Tue – Thur: 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., Fri: 5:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m., Sat: 11:00 a.m-1:00 a.m., Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

These are just a few of the places you can find the best brunch in downtown San Diego. There are, of course, many other local gems you may stumble upon while visiting La Jolla. If you already have the pleasure of living here, well then – if you know, you know. While there’s always something unique going on during the weekends, brunch offers a moment to fuel yourself with delicious food and maybe catch a slight buzz while catching up with your favorite people in your favorite City. Hopefully, this list makes your next brunch destination decision a little bit easier. Cheers!

About the author: Kara Housdan is a professional stylist and freelance writer who focuses on wellness, motherhood, minimalism, and fashion.

Pannikin, a breakfast spot in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego

Save Time and Eat Right With These Weekday Breakfast Ideas

Health experts say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and yet 25% of Americans don’t even eat it. Many walk out the door to work with just a cup of coffee in hand and don’t consume anything else until mid-morning. Their stomach is growling and they forgot a snack, so they visit the nearest vending machine to find something to satisfy their hunger. All they can find is a candy bar.

The breakfast struggle is real. Mornings are filled with activity, and not enough time to get it all done. You get ready for work, feed the dog, get your kids ready, prepare school lunches, make your lunch, and gather backpacks and briefcases. By the time all that is done, you’re rushing out the door. Breakfast is the last thing on your mind. Maybe what you need isn’t more time, but a few simple weekday breakfast ideas.  

Simple Weekday Breakfast Ideas

If you’re guilty of leaving the house before you eat breakfast, you’re not alone. Don’t stress about breakfast. Weekday breakfast meals can be as easy as a bowl of cereal or a nutritious and filling protein bar. You can easily get all the nutrition you need to focus on that important presentation or critical meeting, in just a few short minutes a day. You don’t need to prepare a 3-course meal for it to be healthy and satisfying.

No-Cook Weekday Breakfast Ideas

When cooking or time is not your friend, there are plenty of no-cook weekday breakfast options. Some of the best weekday breakfast ideas are the ones that work for you. Buy yourself yogurt and granola in advance and eat it while your coffee is brewing. Put a filling protein bar in your car for those mornings when you forget to grab something from the house. An apple and peanut butter are filling and nutritious when you are on the go.

Some other quick, healthy weekday breakfast ideas include a bagel with cream cheese, whole-grain cereal and milk or oat milk, a protein and fruit packed smoothie, or even leftovers from last night’s dinner. The key is not to overthink it and to choose something tasty and filling that doesn’t require you to cook in the morning. When you’re pressed for time, these grab-and-go breakfast ideas will help you nourish your body so you’re not stuck choosing between a Snickers and a Heath bar in the vending machine at 10 a.m. everyday.

Weekday Breakfast Ideas to Make Ahead of Time

If you’re thinking about the next days’ meals the night before, there are plenty of make ahead weekday breakfast options you can choose from. This will save you time in the morning and give you more delicious and nutritious breakfast options besides a bowl of cereal. Oatmeal is known for being a great source of fiber and filled with nutrients your body needs. You can easily put together a bowl of overnight oats with berries to make a delicious morning meal that’s waiting for you in the fridge.

Other make ahead weekday breakfast ideas include breakfast burritos, muffins and quick breads, and simple breakfast egg casseroles. In about 10 minutes, you can make easy breakfast burritos  when you scramble some eggs, cheese, and green onions, roll them up in a tortilla and pop them in the fridge. Come morning, simply reheat your burritos in the microwave before you eat it.

Quick And Healthy Weekday Breakfast Ideas

Eating breakfast doesn’t need to be filled with unhealthy refined carbs and processed junk. It’s easy to eat a healthy meal first-thing in the morning. Some quick and healthy breakfast ideas for weekdays are easy to prepare and perfect for your health needs. Making a quick smoothie can be as simple as pulling your favorite fruits out of the freezer, adding your favorite vegan or whey protein powder and milk or juice to a blender and pressing a button. Making a healthy breakfast can be as simple as eating a bowl of chia yogurt with fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey.

Non-vegans might enjoy a hard boiled egg alongside fruit salad or a piece of fruit from a bowl. If you’re looking for some ideas from across the world, the Brits enjoy beans on toast and eggs at breakfast for a reason. They are healthy, tasty, and satisfying.

Best Grab & Go Weekday Breakfast Places in San Diego (with a focus on the La Jolla area, of course)

San Diego is filled with incredible local eateries with countless grab and go breakfast ideas. Some of the best easy weekday breakfast ideas are the ones you don’t make yourself. These café’s are the best La Jolla breakfast restaurants to run in and grab a delicious breakfast on your way to work.

Pannikin La Jolla

Start the day off right with a delicious burrito, sandwich, or bowl from Pannikin La Jolla’s abundant menu. It’s the perfect place to get a grab and go breakfast meal because they have food you could easily eat at your desk or in the car. They offer eggs, burritos, parfaits, and so much more. They have countless ways to satisfy your stomach each morning. Call ahead with your food order and it will be ready when you arrive.

  • Address: 7467 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: 858-454-5453
  • Everyday Hours: 6:30 AM – 6 PM

Brick & Bell Cafe

Locals love the vast selection of baked goods at Brick & Bell Café. Their warm, moist cinnamon rolls are mouth-watering and keep people coming back for more. They’ve been serving locals and visitors to the area since 2003. From nutritious parfaits to protein packed bagels and breakfast wraps. Their grab-and-go weekday breakfast ideas also include delectable acai bowls that are among the best in the area.

  • The Village: 928 Silverado St., La Jolla, CA, 92037
  • Phone: (858) 551-0928
  • Everyday Hours: 6 AM – 5 PM
  • The Shores: 2216 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, CA, 92037
  • Phone: (858) 333-1673
  • Everyday Hours: 6 AM – 4 PM

Wayfarer Bread & Pastry

Bite into fresh breads and melt in your mouth morning treats from this local favorite. At Wayfarer Bread & Pastry, you’ll find unique croissants and loaves of bread that are perfect to grab for busy mornings. Order some for you and for the whole office. With a menu filled with unique breakfast sandwiches made on their fresh breads, you’ll find something for everyone. 

  • Address: 5525 La Jolla Blvd. La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 454-1924
  • Closed Mon/Tues, Open 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM the rest of the week

Eggies

When you need a simple grab and go breakfast, Eggies has your back. They offer a menu filled with breakfast sandwiches that are out of this world. This isn’t a fast-food breakfast meal. Big, thick buns are filled with eggs and your choice of toppings. You can even order a delicious French toast jar or egg hash in a jar. They’re not a California burrito, but they are just as unique and satisfying. These unique weekday breakfast ideas were designed with busy people in mind.

  • Address: 4465 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Phone: (619) 866-6091
  • Everyday Hours: 7 AM – 3 PM

Honorable Mention: Big City Bagel Cafe

Why the honorable mention? Because this one is near the airport. So it’s only going to be helpful if you have an early flight. They also have a location in Hillcrest, and (sometimes) a kiosk near SDSU. As the name implies, Big City Bagel Café offers a wide variety of fresh-baked bagels daily. They have some of the best easy healthy weekday breakfast ideas in San Diego. You can enjoy a filling sandwich with bagel and lox. Or feast on a bagel topped with egg whites, turkey bacon, and nutritious avocados. For those needing vegetarian weekday breakfast ideas, they have bagels loaded with hummus and veggies. Bagels are one of the simplest grab and go weekday breakfast ideas.

  • Rental Car Center: 3355 Admiral Boland Way, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: They don’t seem to have one
  • Everyday Hours: 6 AM – 5 PM

Conclusion

Eating breakfast on the weekdays doesn’t need to be complicated or take a lot of time. By preparing meals in advance, buying cereal and yogurt, or stopping at one of your favorite La Jolla breakfast spots, you’ll enjoy nutritious and satisfying meals to give you all the energy you need for your busy life. Eating healthy breakfasts can be as simple as you make it.

Note: The banner photo in this article is from Pannikin La Jolla’s Instagram.

Thanksgiving in San Diego

Hosting a San Diego Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is an American tradition that has come to mean more about family and traditions than anything else. A wonderfully gluttonous holiday, Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego means one thing above all other things: food. 

If you are thinking of hosting a San Diego Thanksgiving dinner, you may be stressing about the amount of food you need to prepare, or getting everything just right. Does this sound like you? Maybe it’s time to allow the focus of Thanksgiving to be on sharing good times and making memories together instead of preparing the perfect turkey.

Planning a Memorable San Diego Thanksgiving Dinner

Creating a wonderful experience with lasting memories doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself. For this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, why not try focusing more on the time you will spend with the people you care about instead of laying out that perfect spread on that perfect dinner table? There are tons of places to get a prepared San Diego Thanksgiving dinner that will be nearly as good as homemade without the dishes to clean up.

What’s Open for San Diego Thanksgiving Dinner?

If you are looking to create a memorable Thanksgiving dinner in La Jolla or the surrounding area, there are plenty of choices. For traditional Thanksgiving dinner reservations in San Diego try one of these great restaurants, but make sure you make reservations early!

Fogo de Chao – San Diego

Located in the Downtown/Gaslamp area, Fogo de Chao is a Brazilian steakhouse that has been operating since 1979. For Thanksgiving, Fogo de Chao is offering up a spread of traditionally oriented Thanksgiving dishes, including roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, and sausage and apple stuffing. Other meats and dishes are available at standard dinner pricing. 

  • Address: 668 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 338-0500
  • Hours: Lunch Mon -Fri 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Brunch Sat – Sun 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Dinner Mon – Fri 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Et Voila! Bistro

A beautifully inviting French restaurant in the North Park neighborhood, Et Voila! serves a three-course meal for under $50 on Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving menu includes a choice from three of one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert. Previous years’ menus have always been sumptuous.

  • Address: 3015 Adams Ave., Suite A, San Diego, CA 92116
  • Phone: (619) 209-7759
  • Hours: Fri – Sat 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Sun 9:30 a.m – 1:45 p.m.
    Sun 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Dinner Tue – Thu 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Fleming’s

Fleming’s is a well-known steakhouse that offers traditional favorites in an elegant and family-friendly setting. Fleming’s La Jolla features a three-course Thanksgiving dinner, promising to be a feast of epic proportions. A children’s menu is also available, so you can save all of the savory herb-roasted turkey and mashed potatoes for yourself.

  • Address: 8970 University Center Ln., San Diego, CA 92122
  • Phone: (858) 535-0078
  • Hours: Mon – Sat 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    Sunday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

San Diego has a surprising amount of restaurants open for Thanksgiving dinner, with so many good choices that it can be terribly difficult to decide which one you may want to go to. If this becomes your dilemma, why not check out what the most popular places are for a ready made San Diego Thanksgiving dinner?

Chandler’s Restaurant & Lounge

Located in Carlsbad, this gorgeous seaside restaurant is at the top of the list for popularity on Thanksgiving. In the past, the Thanksgiving menu has included such delectables and fig cinnamon goat cheese and pepper-crusted beef tenderloin.

  • Address: 1 Ponto Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011
  • Phone: (760) 683-5500
  • Hours: Fri – Sat 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    Mon – Tuesday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Sun, Wed & Thurs 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

AVANT Restaurant

Just minutes from the Oaks North Golf Course, AVANT features beautifully reimagined old-world wine country dining with classic American dishes. AVANT’s menus showcase seasonal garden-to-table dishes with exciting flavors. Their Thanksgiving dinner will feature a choice of seasonal and traditionally focused appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

  • Address: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, CA 92128
  • Phone: (888) 281-7938
  • Hours: Wed – Sat 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Morada

With a restaurant that is touted as modern and chic, you can’t go wrong with Thanksgiving reservations at Morada. Past Thanksgivings at Morada have included a Thanksgiving buffet with a large assortment of meats and seafood, small bites, sides, and desserts. House in a building built in 1923, this beautifully spread restaurant serves up wonderfully seasonal coastal cuisine.

  • Address: 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
  • Phone: (858) 381-8289
  • Everyday Hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Where to Eat Non-Traditional San Diego Thanksgiving Dinner

Are you part of the family that orders fried rice for Christmas dinner? Then perhaps a more non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner will make a more memorable holiday for you. Maybe you want a dish that no one would ever think of having for Thanksgiving. Maybe you are even considering a Thanksgiving dinner cruise in San Diego.

Louisiana Purchase

Whether you were born in the south or just love the southern style of cooking, Louisiana Purchase is a wonderful choice for a non-traditional meal on Thanksgiving in University Heights. Past Thanksgiving dinner options have included fried chicken, gumbo, and shrimp sliders.

  • Address: 2305 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
  • Phone: (619) 255-8278
  • Hours: Wed – Fri 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Sat 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Sun 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Marine Room

For a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner in La Jolla, The Marine Room offers an a la carte menu on Thanksgiving that features a wide variety of seaside dining. Past choices for Thanksgiving include walnut-crusted blue crab cakes and heirloom carrot ginger risotto. A 75-year-old restaurant, you know The Marine Room will deliver.

  • Address: 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 459-7222
  • Hours: Wed – Thurs 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    Fri – Sunday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Cesarina

Within minutes of the beautiful views on the Point Loma peninsula, Cesarina offers up both a traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu. If you love Italian food and all things pasta, Cesarina is for you for Thanksgiving as well. Past specialties have included lasagna and ravioli as part of their Thanksgiving menu.

  • Address: 4161 Voltaire St., San Diego, CA 92107
  • Phone: (619) 226-6222
  • Hours: Sat – Sun 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Mon – Fri Lunch 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., Dinner 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

San Diego Thanksgiving Dinner Takeout Options

If you haven’t been able to make a reservation at your choice for Thanksgiving dinner, or if you just prefer to do Thanksgiving in the comfort of your home (perhaps with your own homemade cocktails), a Thanksgiving dinner to go in San Diego may be just the thing. A pre order Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego can provide just as many choices and as much delectability as a homemade meal.

Ranch 45

Located in Solana Beach, Ranch 45 Local Provisions offers an extensive to-go menu for Thanksgiving dinner. Their focus on rustic, farm, and sea-to-table food even down to the coffee will keep you coming back for dinners on more than just holidays. Thanksgiving options in the past have included French onion soup and Cornish game hens.

  • Address: 512 Via De La Valle, Suite 102, Solana Beach, CA 92075
  • Phone: (858) 461-0092
  • Hours: Sun – Thurs 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
    Fri – Sat 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Jeune et Jolie

If you are looking to feed a large family at your own home for Thanksgiving dinner but don’t want the pain of cooking, Jeune et Jolie has you covered in the most delicious way. Serving meals that feed up to six people, this Best New Restaurant of 2019 located in Carlsbad has included choices such as smoke-roasted bone-in beef short rib with huckleberry aigre-doux.

  • Address: 2659 State St., Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Phone: (760) 637-5266
  • Hours: Wed – Sun 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

7 Mile Kitchen

Another Carlsbad staple, 7 Mile Kitchen overlooks miles of beachside views while serving up traditional American fare with a fresh, delectable twist. For Thanksgiving, a multiple course, multiple-choice menu is offered for takeout, with traditional classics such as green bean amandine and pumpkin pie.

  • Address: 5420 Grand Pacific Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Phone: (760) 827-2514
  • Hours: Mon – Fri 7 a.m. – 10:30a.m.
    Brunch Sat – Sun 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Lunch Mon – Fri 11:30a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Dinner: Mon – Sun 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Things To Do For Thanksgiving in San Diego

If you are one of the growing numbers of people who prefer to focus on experiences over food, even for the holidays, one of these fabulous choices for Thanksgiving Day activities may be for you. Spend your day doing something fun or something charitable, such as helping with the San Diego Rescue Mission Thanksgiving dinner, and pass your thanks along to someone else.

Mother Goose Parade

The Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon will satisfy your holiday cravings of parades with oversized cartoon floats and showy fanfare. Featuring everything you would expect in a parade like this including floats, clowns, brass bands, and an endless number of horses, this parade is known as a San Diego institution.

  • Address: Along the streets of El Cajon
  • Phone: (619) 333-6203
  • Dates: Sunday before Thanksgiving

Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K Race

Want to get in some exercise after your hearty Thanksgiving meal? This celebrated Thanksgiving Day race is hosted by an organization that focuses on ending homelessness in the area and has invested more than 50 years in doing just that. The race features an end of live music, food, and a beer garden to celebrate your victory and the holiday.

  • Address: Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 446-2133
  • Dates: Check their website at my.neighbor.org.

San Diego Zoo

The zoo may not pop into your head as the first place to find something to do on Thanksgiving Day, but this holiday is a great time to visit one of the area’s top attractions. With the likelihood that crowds will be low because of the holiday, spending Thanksgiving day at the zoo may give you the opportunity to view the habitats in ways you never have.

  • Address: 2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 231-1515
  • Hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

Conclusion

No matter what strikes your fancy for the holiday in San Diego, there are plenty of brilliant choices. Dine out, take out, run off, or watch some floats and create a memorable holiday that your whole family will enjoy whether the food coma happens or not!

San Diego seafood

Seafood in San Diego

If you’re hungry and find yourself in San Diego, you’re in luck because you’ve landed amid a boatload of bodacious eateries that will tantalize your taste buds. Now, if you’re craving seafood in San Diego, then consider yourself the winner of a culinary jackpot.  Situated smack-dab in the sunny, coastal setting of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego seafood is all about fresh, clean, sublimely tasty vittles.

The Best Places for Seafood in San Diego

San Diego is a diverse wonderland of delicious dishes, and the best places to dine in this eclectic culinary hotspot are virtually endless. Since the early 1900s, this area has served scrumptious seafood fare with style and flair.

 Touted as “America’s Finest City,” San Diego is also known as a melting pot of many different cultures. By association, the fresh seafood in San Diego is plated with pride by the super-skilled chefs drawing from rich heritages such as Japan, China, Portugal, Mexico, Spain, native-born Californians, and more.  All these colorful cultures combined with “catch of the day” treasures from the Pacific has earned San Diego seafood countless championship titles for extraordinary edible excellence. 

Whether you are looking for the best salmon in San Diego or fiending for phenomenal fried fish or shrimp, look no further. And if you’re wondering what seafood in San Diego is known for, quash your curiosity by sampling these sensational seafood offerings from some of the best restaurants in the region renowned for uber-delectable eats and delightful dining experiences.

Mitch’s Seafood San Diego

You know you’re in store for mind-blowing seafood when the line is long, and diners are grinning from ear to ear over succulent grilled octopus in romesco sauce while enjoying a glass of custom craft beer. Situated along the bay in the Point Loma area, Mitch’s serves up sustainable, daily fresh catches in casual, classic California-style. For the freshest, best seafood in San Diego, try the ceviche of the day or the grilled market special. Then, tackle the most important meal of the day by trying Mitch’s mouth-watering breakfast dishes such as crab cake Benedict or Dungeness crab on avocado toast.  Mitch’s is a local favorite, so be prepared for a bit of a wait. Call your order in early, or enjoy watching the boats undulating gently in the harbor while you wait for some of the most scrumptious seafood on the coast.       

  • Address: 1403 Scott St., San Diego, CA 92106
  • Phone: (619) 222-8787
  • Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. everyday

Fish 101

As its name implies, the idea behind Fish 101 is getting back to the basics. The proprietors envisioned a traditional fish house with a seafood-centric menu featuring fresh catches from the bay every day. Both locations focus on serving up what’s biting and what’s in season. All the dishes are prepared simply so the clarity of the pure ingredients can shine to the hilt. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Locals and visitors alike rave over Fish 101’s fabulous fish tacos with a side of seaweed salad. Also, try out 101’s more exotic dishes like the silky coconut seafood curry or the refreshing Mahi Mahi salad with avocado. Yum!

  • Leucadia: 1468 N. Coast Hwy 101, Leucadia, CA 92024
  • Phone: (760) 943-6221
  • Hours:
    Tues – Sun 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Closed Mondays

  • Cardiff: 2101 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff, CA 92007
  • Phone: (760) 230-1021
  • Hours:
    Tues – Sun 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Closed Mondays

 

Blue Water Seafood San Diego

Featured on Food Network, the Blue Water Seafood restaurant devotes its energy to keeping fish the main superstar of your meal.  Their mission is all about serving the best fresh seafood in San Diego, and you can taste that commitment in every fish taco, swordfish salad, or scallop sandwich. Fine, fresh catches such as yellowtail, red snapper, and salmon are prepared simply and with care so you can savor the rich flavors of the Pacific. Tucking in for your dining pleasure at the Blue Water is easy. Simply step in, pick a protein, choose a marinade and then request your masterfully prepared meal to come in the form of a salad, taco, plate, or sandwich. Every dish represents the So Cal vibe and is a celebration of all the bounty from the ocean. You’ll drool over the local halibut in bourbon butter marinade or dive into a zesty bowl of their scratch-made hearty seafood soup. You may want to call ahead, as Blue Water is enjoying well-deserved fame (and healthy patronage) since its debut with TV celebrity Guy Fieri.

  • Old Town/Mission Hills: 3667 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103
  • Phone: (619) 497-0914
  • Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. everyday 

  • Ocean Beach: 5083 Santa Monica Ave., 1B, San Diego, CA 92107
  • Phone: (619) 255-8497
  • Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. everyday 

Fish Pit

Big things come in little packages, or in this case, restaurants. The Fish Pit is a small eatery serving up massively fresh and flavorful seafood. One of the best cheap seafood restaurants in San Diego, the Pit has a hip local college vibe with SDSU students and locals alike raving about their versatile menu of tacos, sushi, salads, and soups.  The chef/owner is intensely committed to freshness and quality, providing beautifully prepared line-caught fish dishes daily. Enjoy the kimchi poke bowl with fresh-from-the-ocean salmon or the Hawaiian Fire sushi roll with succulent shrimp and roasted jalapenos. From eco-friendly dishware to locally sustainable fish, the Pit intends to preserve the environment so you can eat your tuna taco, knowing you’re supporting coastal conservation. The menu often changes (sometimes daily) according to the freshy-fresh offerings of the region. Call in your order to avoid waiting in line, and prepare to enjoy the California sun while you chow down because the Fish Pit has only outdoor seating.  

  • Address: 4632 College Ave., San Diego, CA 92115
  • Phone:  (619) 546-9369
  • Hours:
    Tues – Thurs 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Fri – Sat 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Sun 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Closed Mondays 

Anthony’s Seafood San Diego

For over 70 years, Anthony’s Fish Grotto has been serving up sensational steak and seafood in San Diego.  Foodies rave over the La Mesa restaurant overlooking a tranquil pond while devouring the popular salmon Reuben with Loise dressing on marble rye.  Try Mama Ghio’s famous New England clam chowder, a favorite since she started doling out the luscious concoction to hungry customers in 1946. Anthony’s is a dining delight that serves more than five-star seafood within an airy, welcoming ambiance. They also serve reasonably priced traditional dishes such as buttery filet mignon, tangy chicken Piccata, and even homestyle burgers with fries.  There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. However, Anthony’s recommends making a reservation for larger parties.   

  • Address: 9530 Murray Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
  • Phone:  (619) 463-0368
  • Hours:
    Mon – Thurs 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Fri – Sat 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Sun 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood San Diego

Big, bold flavors and within budget, Oscars’ three locations are cranking out the best Mexican food in San Diego. They are well known for their hearty Mexican tacos, heaping with fresh fish or shrimp, cabbage, ruby red tomatoes, and huge slices of avocado. Grab extra napkins because these babies are packed! The torta is also a favorite among fans. It’s like a Mexican sandwich loaded with your choice of smoked fish, skirt steak, spicy shrimp, or grilled octopus. They have vegetarian options, too, like soy chorizo or veggie tacos. Opt for a side of scratch-made fish stew, homemade rice, or pinto beans.  Wear your baggy pants because the portions are jumbo, and the authentic flavors are so pleasingly piquant, you won’t want to stop eating! If you’re looking for casual, clean, Cali-style Mexican seafood in San Diego, Oscar’s delivers in spades.  

  • Address: 703 Turquoise Street, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Phone:  (858) 488-6392
  • Hours:
    Sun – Thurs 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Fri – Sat 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Closed Mondays

  • Address: 746 Emerald Street, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Phone:  (858) 412-4009
  • Hours:
    Sun – Thurs 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Fri – Sat 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Closed Mondays

  • Address: 646 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
  • Phone:  (619) 230-5560
  • Hours:
    Sun – Thurs 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Fri – Sat 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Closed Mondays

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood San Diego

If you’re looking for a full-on, fine dining experience with elegant ambiance and sublime seafood, Eddie V’s is at your service. Literally. The staff at this two-story, plus outside patio restaurant consistently receives top-notch praise from patrons seeking unobtrusive yet attentive 5-star service. Eddie V’s is also known for being an ideal destination for anniversaries, birthdays, or any noteworthy event that demands special observation.  Eddie V’s pays as much attention to the freshest ingredients as the service does to its customers. From the first, second, or third course, you are sure to savor every bite. The menu boldly boasts delicious delicacies such as Chilean sea bass, parmesan-crusted sole in butter sauce with heirloom tomatoes, and hand-cut prime steaks in silky Bearnaise with fresh asparagus. Save room for dessert because Eddie V’s continues to impress with its tableside flambe bananas foster butter cake and drool-worthy chocolate Godiva cake with vanilla bean ice cream. Finally, top off the meal with a select wine from Eddie V’s wall-of-wine collection or one of their signature cocktails. Eddie V’s is a shining example of how seafood in San Diego should be served and savored to the max.    

  • Downtown: 789 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA  92101
  • Phone:  (619) 615-0281
  • Hours:
    Mon – Thurs 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Fri – Sat 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Sun 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • La Jolla: 1270 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 459-5500
  • Hours:
  • Mon – Fri 4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Sat 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Sun 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

El Pescador Fish Market

Seafood in La Jolla should match the beachy vibes and reflect the fresh delicacies proffered from the nearby Pacific, and El Pescador fills that bill. A local favorite in the area for over 30 years, this fish market and restaurant delivers superior quality seafood at reasonable prices. Enjoy tender, sweet Dungeness crab sandwiches or try their sensational smoked salmon salad with a homemade dressing of choice and top it with creamy ripe avocado. Better yet, go all-in with one of El Pescador’s famous yellowtail and squid burritos crammed with fresh greens, grilled peppers, onions, and dressed with just the right dollop of tangy yogurt sauce, served with tortilla chips. The local landmark is casual with indoor and outdoor patio seating, but the food is epic and elegantly prepared. While you’re there, be sure to sidle up to the fish counter and order fresh-caught delectables to take home and enjoy!  

  • Address: 634 Pearl Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone:  (858) 456-2526
  • Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. everyday

 

Surf & Soul Spot

This unique eatery serves up San Diego seafood with sass and soul. The Surf & Soul Spot features a rotating menu, cranking out cracking-good surf items Monday through Thursday and downhome soul food Fridays and Saturdays. On “surf days,” pick from perfectly fried catfish, popcorn shrimp, and grits smothered in savory gravy. Or, order the College Area favorite, a spiced blackened shrimp and crab roll served with zesty homemade tartar sauce. On “soul days,” Surf & Soul Spot kicks up the heat, serving best-loved Southern dishes like fried pork chops, smoked turkey collard greens, sweet candied yams, and classic beans and rice. This spot is hot, so call your order in, or be prepared to wait in line. Place your orders early because Surf & Soul Spot’s groovy good grub goes fast.  Also, double-check their hours of operation, as they are subject to change according to seasons.

  • Address: 7229 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115
  • Phone:  (619) 439-8801
  • Hours:
    Mon – Thurs 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Fri – Sat 12:00 p.m. – Until Sold Out
    Closed Sundays and Thursdays

 

Pete’s Seafood and Sandwich

Punchy East Coast flavors meet sunny San Diego in this casual, family-oriented eatery in North Park. Tucked in a storefront in the Lynhurst building, with outdoor seating and charming gingham checkered tables inside, even the atmosphere of Pete’s has an East Coast beachy feel. Locals and Easterners alike are raving over Pete’s authentic New England offerings. Choose from a traditional chilled lobster roll on a buttery-toasted bun, mouthwatering shrimp po boy with homemade remoulade sauce, or lightly battered whole-bellied Ipswich clams with hand-cut fries and tartar sauce. Pete’s also dishes out bangin’ Northeastern sandwiches like the classic Italian cold cut or the hot chicken cutlet parmesan with melty mozzarella and scratch-made marinara sauce. Whether you’re craving a quintessential East Coast all-beef hot dog with relish, or a legendary bowl of creamy New England clam chowder, Pete’s is sure to please your appetite.  

  • Address: 3382 30th St., San Diego, CA
  • Phone: (619)-255-8940
  • Hours:
    Wed – Monday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Closed Tuesdays

 

Mr. Fish & Chips

This ma n’ pa eatery has mastered the formula for golden-brown fried perfection. The titular entree (fish & chips) is hands-down a popular favorite because the delicate, fresh-caught fish is masterfully coated in a light tempura batter, flawlessly fried, and gently nestled next to a mound of scrummy steak-cut fries. The airy tempura batter is what sets Mr. Fish & Chips apart from other fried fares. The fish stays fluffy, with very little oil soiling the basket. Be sure to try their other tasty treats, such as fried zucchini, mushrooms, and their fluffy hushpuppies will keep you coming back. Mr. Fish & Chips also serves fresh, crisp garden salads with your choice of seafood, chicken, or shrimp. All the prerequisite sauces such as tartar, ranch, and cocktail are made in-house and delicious. Be prepared to wait during peak hours because Mr. Fish & Chips is the place to be for singularly finger-licking fried delights.    

  • Address: 5647 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92111
  • Phone: (858) 279-3474
  • Hours:
    Tues 12:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Wed – Thurs 12:00 p.m. – 8:p.m.
    Fri 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Closed Sundays and Mondays

 

Jasmine Seafood San Diego

If you’re craving quintessential, quality Chinese seafood in San Diego  Jasmine Seafood Restaurant is a must-eat destination. Since 1993, Jasmine’s has been whipping our traditional Cantonese-style Chinese dishes exploding with flavor and showcasing the freshest seafood from the coast.  The restaurant is spacious and easily accommodates large parties. The heart of Jasmine is all about family-style sharing as attentive servers roll out mouthwatering morsels on aromatic carts to your table loaded with steamed or fried dumplings, wontons, buns, or desserts.  Whether you are a dim sum-eating veteran or a newbie, Jasmine will cater to your palate with Hong Kong-style samplings, served daily and consistently yummy.  If small dishes can’t slake your hunger, try the belly-busting ginger scallion lobster dish with noodles or the three-course Peking duck extravaganza. Jasmine’s is a local favorite for satisfying Chinese food cravings. Their delectable delights are in high demand, so be sure to go early to get the best bites.  Better yet, call for reservations so you won’t miss out on a genuinely authentic oriental feast.    

  • Address: 4609 Convoy Street, Ste A,  San Diego, CA 92111
  • Phone: (858) 268-0888
  • Hours:
    Mon – Thurs 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Fri 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Sat 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Sun 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood and Crab

Highly praised in many culinary publications, this restaurant rolls out the red carpet for fine dining and memorable, luxurious meals.  While it is a nationwide chain, Truluck’s seafood San Diego is a crowning jewel among La Jolla restaurants for its superior seafood and five-star service.  Submerge yourself in the sumptuous ambiance and live music while celebrating some of the best seafood you’ll ever taste. Start by savoring the chilled crab dip taramasalata; a Mediterranean spread topped with fresh blue lump crab and olives. For the second course, indulge in a velvety bowl of lobster bisque finished with tangy notes of horseradish goat cheese.  Next up, choose from epic entrees such as heavenly Hawaiian Ahi tuna in a tantalizing tamari wine sauce, or tuck into a 1 lb platter of steamed prime king crab legs served with lemony garlic butter. Finally, take your splurge to the hilt by sampling Truluck’s signature cocktails or finish with a nightcap of top-shelf single malt scotch.  Be aware, Truluck’s is swanky, and they adhere to an upscale dress code. So leave the beachwear at home, don your best duds, and toast to an elite, elegant seafood dining experience.   

  • Address: 8990 University Center Lane, San Diego, CA 92122
  • Phone: (858) 453-2583
  • Hours:
    Mon – Sat 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Sun 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

Catalina Seafood San Diego

If you’re passionate about sushi, then the fine purveyors of Catalina Offshore Products will happily (and healthfully) fulfill all your sushi-craving needs. Catalina is renowned for being the premier supplier of astonishingly fresh fish, and they deliver right to your door! Their market is teaming with catches of the day such as sushi-grade salmon sake, tender tuna hamachi, and they even have prized sea urchin uni. The proprietors of Catalina Market pride themselves on being ocean divers first, and they select only the best ingredients from the Pacific for your edible enjoyment. Impress your friends and family by selecting one of Catalina’s sushi-making kits outfitted with everything you need to become your own sushi master and relish the time-honored joys of sushi preparation.  You can conveniently order online or visit their market staffed by friendly, knowledgeable attendants who are happy to help you with all your needs.   

  • Address: 5202 Lovelock Street, San Diego, CA 92110
  • Phone: (619) 297-9797
  • Hours:
    Tues – Fri 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Sat – Sun 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Closed Mondays

 

Ironside Fish & Oyster

The Michelin-Star Ironside Fish & Oyster restaurant features some of the best seafood in San Diego.  The restaurant opens its doors to spacious, nautical-themed indoor and outdoor seating in the Little Italy district of Southern California. Their renowned raw bar is a cavalcade of stellar ocean-forward delicacies such as juicy Kusshi oysters, mountains of mussels, and luscious lobster rolls.  Gather up your friends and family and dive into the deluxe sampler platter showcasing tastebud-stopping sensations like decadent caviar, ceviche, crudo, and pleasingly plump peel-and-eat jumbo shrimp. Some Ironside classic dishes include their hearty clam chowder and the octopus a la plancha with piquant olives, chorizo and finished with an aromatic sherry sauce.  Local fishers catch all the seafood daily, so you’re guaranteed the freshest of the fresh.  

  • Address: 1654 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 269-3033
  • Hours:
    Mon – Thurs 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Fri – Sat 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Sun 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

It’s Raw Poke Shop

This family-owned eatery specializes in authentic Hawaiian island-style dishes conjuring up welcoming aloha vibes on a platter. Just a few steps from the beach, you can rest assured all the tummy-tempting delights at It’s Raw Poke Shop are pristinely fresh.  Say “mahalo” to their generous portions of flavorful furikake salmon, titillating sesame tako (octopus), or spicy ahi poke. Not everything is raw at the Poke Shop. Belly-up to slobber-worthy succulent Kalua roasted pig served with traditional Haupia rice. Don’t forget to order a side of chili garlic edamame to go with your perfect poke bowl. Because It’s Raw Poke Shop is a bona fide foodie gem, it can get busy, but the wait is worthwhile when you receive your heaping helping of fresh, one-of-a-kind Hawaiian cuisine. Double-check their hours, as they may change according to season. 

  • Address: 4991 Newport Ave. A, San Diego, CA 92107
  • Phone: (619) 564-8421
  • Hours:
    Tues – Sun 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Closed Mondays

 

The Fishery

With a motto like “Behind every great seafood restaurant is a warehouse stocked with fresh fish,” you know you’re in store for an epic seafood-fest. The Fishery restaurant and market lives up to its promise to serve up the best tasting, fresh, local seafood. San Diego seafood in Gaslamp district celebrates market-driven courses at The Fishery with delicious and memorable seasonal dishes prepared to perfection.  Start with the best-loved chilled sushi rolls with your choice of yellowtail, tender tuna, shrimp, or spicy crab with ripe avocado and crisp cucumber. Then hunker down with their famous swordfish tacos topped with salsa fresca, cotija cheese, and chili aioli sauce. Or try the bangin’ wild king salmon burger with onion jam on a toasted brioche bun. Up your seafood feast by asking for the luscious littleneck clam chowder or the market-fresh fish soup with za’atar spiced chickpeas. The Fishery is a favored spot by locals and tourists alike, so reservations are highly encouraged to secure your table at this top-notch seafood eatery.

  • Address: 5040 Cass Street, Pacific Beach, CA 92109
  • Phone: (858) 272-9985
  • Hours:
    Wed – Sun 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

 

Are you hungry yet? If so, don’t wait a moment longer. The best seafood in San Diego is waiting for you to dive in and indulge in some of the most outrageously delicious tastes of sunny Southern California. So whether you opt for downtown seafood in San Diego or select market-fresh masterpieces from the stunning seafood in La Jolla, one thing is certain.  San Diego shines with pride in offering unprecedented quality and taste with its spectacularly flavorful seafood fare.  

The best pizza in La Jolla

Pizza in La Jolla

San Diego is many towns rolled into one. It is all of the following:

  • A coffee town
  • A beer town
  • A sports town
  • A foodie town
  • A dog town
  • A beach town

It is all that and so much more. Could it also be a pizza town? Of course it is. But that’s way too easy. Let’s narrow things down a bit to a particular community. And one of the best San Diego communities is La Jolla. 

The Best Pizza in La Jolla

Not only could we not tell you which is the single best pizza in La Jolla, we couldn’t even pick a best pizza shop on any given street in La Jolla. The best pizza in La Jolla is extremely subjective. It all depends on who you ask. While we can’t tell you which is the absolute best of the pizza places in La Jolla, every local you ask certainly can. Their favorite is the absolute best in La Jolla California. If you really want to know where to get pizza in La Jolla CA, don’t ask the locals. There are more opinions than there are pizza places. You can’t live that way. Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. Let us help you narrow it down. 

Isola Pizza Bar

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Here you have both “pizza” and “bar” all in the same name. What more could you ask? How about wood-fired pizza in an elegant environment and genuine Italian cuisine that will make you miss your home in Italy, even if you have never been. One bite is all it takes to take you home. The Isola Pizza Bar is located on Girard Ave. near the Union, Chase, and US banks.

  • Isola’s Hours: Wed – Sun 2:30 P.M. – 9 P.M.
    Happy Hour: Wed – Fri 2:30-5PM
  • Address: 7734 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 412-5566

Regents Pizzeria

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This is all you need to know about Regents Pizzeria: their reason for being is to create happiness, providing the ultimate authentic American craft pizza and beer experience. Well, that and the fact that they make Chicago- and New York-style pizzas. Regents Pizzeria is located, incidentally enough, on Regents Road, at the edge of a strip mall that also has a Starbucks, a dentist’s office, an outpatient surgery center, and a variety of small businesses and food establishments. You can’t miss it from the road as you drive by!

  • Regents Pizzeria’s Everyday Hours: 11 AM – 10 PM
  • Address:  4150 Regents Park Row #100, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 550-0406

Wheat & Water

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you want to try a place that has been named best wood-fired pizza 3 times in the last three years, best pizza by the beach, and best new restaurant, you only need visit one place: Wheat & Water. It’s located on La Jolla Boulevard next to Bird Rock Dental and across the street from Sola Salon Studios.

  • Wheat & Water’s Hours: Sun – Thurs 4 – 8 PM, Fri – Sat 4 – 9 PM
  • Address: 5737 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 291-8690

Dough Momma La Jolla

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Here, premium ingredients is the name of the game. The tomatoes are locally sourced and the sauce is made fresh everyday. You can feel good about what you’re eating. Dough Momma Pizzeria is located in La Jolla Shores near kayak rental and surf shops, Barbarella Restaurant & Bar, and Osteria Romantica.

  • Dough Mama’s Everyday Hours: 11am – 8pm
  • Address: 2152 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla Shores, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 246-6692

Catania

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This is a place to go when you want the view to be as spectacular as the food. The pasta is made by hand. The proteins are plentiful, and the weekends are made for brunch. Catania is a restaurant from the people who brought us Whisknladle and Prepkitchen. It is located on the second floor of a plaza on Girard Avenue, across the street from Bendls, J. McLaughlin, and Fancesca’s. Its outdoor patio features beautiful sunset views of the palm trees and ocean.

  • Catania’s Hours:
    Mon-Thurs 4-8PM
    Fri 4-8:30PM
    Sat 10:30-8:30PM
    Sun 10:30-8PM
  • Address: 7863 Girard Ave. #301 F3, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 551-5105

Pizza Pronto

 

 
 
 
 
 
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When you go to Pizza Pronto, it’s a party. Or at least, it could be. This is one of the first places to consider for a fun, family event or party. They also specialize in vegan offerings. Pizza delivery in La Jolla is fast and friendly. So if you want your pizza pronto, you want Pizza Pronto, which is located in the Sycamore Court shopping center on Fay Avenue across the street from the Von’s.

  • Pizza Pronto’s Hours: Sun – Thurs 11AM-8PM, Fri – Sat 11AM-8:30PM
  • Address: 7556 Fay Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 459-9000

Hungry for late night food in La Jolla?

Piazza 1909

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The reference to a bygone age is important because they have stopped asking what is new and started asking what is best. This is also a vegan menu, complete with a gluten-free crust upgrade option. Piazza 1909 is located on the same block of Fay Avenue as The Cottage, another popular restaurant. Piazza is on the opposite side of the street, though.

  • Piazza 1909’s Hours: Tues – Fri 4:30am-9pm, Sat – Sun 3:30-9:30PM, Closed Mondays
  • Brunch: Sat – Sun 11:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
  • Happy Hours Tue-Fri 4:30-6pm
  • Address: 7731 Fay Ave., San Diego, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 412-3108 

Piatti

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You will have a great meal at any of their other 8 locations throughout the country. But the La Jolla location is special because it is in a large and spectacular home that gives your experience that touch of elegance you need for those special occasions in your life. Piatti La Jolla Restaurant & Bar is located close to Dough Momma, just a few short blocks from the La Jolla Shores boat launch.

  • Piatti’s Hours:
    Sun – 10AM-9PM
    Mon – Thurs – 11AM-9PM
    Fri – 11AM-9:30PM
    Sat – 10AM-9:30PM 
  • Address: 2182 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone:  (858) 454-1589

Mr Moto Pizza

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you are coming to La Jolla via New York, this is your place for the New York style pizza you crave. And you can’t miss the location–it’s right next to the world-famous Taco Stand restaurant on Pearl Street! There is also a Sipz Vegetarian Kitchen in the same shopping center, and all of this is across the street from the Hand Car Wash.

  • Mr. Moto’s Pizza Hours: Sun – Thurs 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Address: 617 Pearl St., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 729-0717

zpizza La Jolla

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This restaurant features two things you are going to love: First, there’s Mexican pizza. Second, there are craft beers from self-pour taps. See you there for the big game. Click here for the best Mexican food in San Diego, but if it’s pizza and craft beer you’re after, head to this taproom. The La Jolla zpizza location is in the La Jolla Village Square shopping center, under the PetSmart sign and near the Smiles Dentistry office.

  • zpizza’s Everyday Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Address: 8657 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone:  (858) 260-2373

American Pizza Manufacturing

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This requires very little description. I’ve already said too much. They bake it. You take it home and heat it up. This is one of the best options anywhere when you want a great margarita pizza without the restaurant. American Pizza Mfg. is located right smack dab on the corner of La Jolla Boulevard and Marine Street, and it’s catty cornered (or perhaps it’s better to say that it’s diagonally across the street) from Rigaberto’s Taco Shop.

  • Everyday Hours: 3-8:15 P.M., Closed Mondays
  • Address: 7402 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 246-6756

Conclusion

Pizza is not the only great food in the city. Don’t get us started with Thai food in La Jolla. Or do get us started. Whatever you’re craving from vegetarian to meatatarian and everything in between, the La Jolla pizza scene has you covered.

Handmade Italian pasta in a La Jolla restaurant kitchen

Italian Restaurants in La Jolla

San Diego is known for a lot of things, but our Italian food scene may be one the best-kept secrets around. And when most people do think of Italian food in San Diego, they’re thinking of Little Italy. Yet there are many restaurants in other neighborhoods for great pasta, seafood, pizza, and wine. You might be surprised to find that we have so many Italian options to choose from right here in La Jolla. Whether you’re looking for high-end or deliciously low-rent pizza spots, we have it all. Here is our list of the best Italian restaurants in La Jolla.

The Best Italian Restaurants in La Jolla

You won’t have to go far to find great Italian food in La Jolla, but with so many options you should look for the establishment that best suits your tastes and manages guest expectations. While the best Italian restaurants in La Jolla, California vary, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than great. Read about some of your options below where you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

Lupi Vino Cucina Bar

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Equipped with a street-side patio and delicious dishes, Lupi Vino Cucina Bar is an amazing restaurant open for dinner. Lupi Italian restaurant in La Jolla is a step above the average place. It’s risky not to be open for lunch, but Lupi is so confident in their menu that they don’t need to. The restaurant has cultivated a pleasant atmosphere, created amazing dishes, and thrived while doing it.

  • Address: 5518 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Everyday Hours: 4-9PM

Piatti

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Piatti has nine locations across the country, but their La Jolla restaurant is special. It is set in the body of a large beautiful home, providing both hospitality and elegance to their dining experience. With long hours, eating outside on the patio or in the beautiful dining room, you’ll have many opportunities to enjoy their pizzas, salads, pasta, and proteins. There are also great wines and sides to round out the meal. Piatti La Jolla Italian restaurant is the perfect option for anyone looking for the classics in a spectacular atmosphere.

  • Address: 2182 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Everyday Hours:
    Sun – 10AM-9PM
    Mon – Thurs – 11AM-9PM
    Fri – 11AM-9:30PM
    Sat – 10AM-9:30PM

Café Milano

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Great for lunch, Café Milano has a diverse menu with Italian favorites and specialties. It is a family-friendly restaurant with a kid’s menu and a vibrant environment. Meet here for a business lunch or bring the whole family on Sunday. Not only will you love the caprese and seafood, there are also Italian American favorites like fettuccini alfredo, eggplant parmigiana, and spaghetti with meatballs.

  • Address: 711 Pearl St. #5016, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Everyday Hours: Tues-Sun 11:30AM-10PM, Closed Mondays

Osteria Romantica

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Osteria Romantica is just that, romantic. It is perfect when you’re looking for Italian restaurants by La Jolla Shores. Within just a short walk of the beach, you can get some fantastic antipasti, seafood, main courses, and desserts. The menu is set up just like they do it in Italy. Not only is the food authentic, both of the founders grew up in different regions of the country. This rounds out the menu rounded out with regional and national specialties you’ll love. Order some wine, multiple courses, and stumble out towards the beach when you’re done.

  • Address: 2151 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Everyday Hours: Tues-Sun 1-9:30PM, Mon 4:30-9PM

Catania Restaurant

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Catania is an elegant and welcoming establishment that offers weekend brunch and a diverse menu of protein entries, wood fire pizzas, and handmade pastas. It’s a great option for all kinds of delicious Italian favorites and unique spins on the classics. The food isn’t just great, there is an outdoor dining area with an amazing view of palm trees and the sun setting over the Pacific coast. It is also what you want when you’re looking for La Jolla Cove Italian restaurants.

  • Address: 7863 Girard Ave #301 F3, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Everyday Hours:
    Mon-Thurs 4-8PM
    Fri 4-8:30PM
    Sat 10:30-8:30PM
    Sun 10:30-8PM

Piazza 1909

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Piazza 1909 is a restaurant that has tradition in mind. It is in an old beach house. Originally built in 1909 and called The Brodiaea, Piazza is a restaurant dedicated to the quality of their products, hospitality, and traditions of Italian Americans. There is a wide variety of entrees, drinks, appetizers, pizzas, and pastas to choose from. There is even a vegan menu. The executive chef is from Milan and has “transported its energy” to the kitchen of Piazza 1909. Don’t miss out on this family and fun oriented restaurant.

  • Address: 7731 Fay Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Everyday Hours: 
    Tues-Thurs 4:30-9PM
    Fri 4:30-9:30PM
    Sat 11:30AM-9:30PM
    Sun 11:30AM-9PM
    Closed Mondays

Pizza Pronto

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A democratic pizza place, Pizza Pronto has a lot of options but you stay for the pie. Pick your favorite toppings and dig right in. Pizza Pronto isn’t just family and party friendly, it is a tasty option for delivery or take out. If you’re staying in La Jolla on vacation and want to order food, look no further than Pizza Pronto.

  • Address: 7556 Fay Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Everyday Hours: 
    Sun-Thurs 11AM-8PM
    Fri-Sat 11AM-8:30PM

Ambrogio 15

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ambrogio 15 is a small local chain with locations in the La Jolla/North Pacific Beach area, Little Italy, and Del Mar. There are dishes that include cured meat and other Italian delicacies; you really can’t go wrong with this restaurant. It has a fun, hip vibe, and selection of drinks make it a perfect place to get out with friends for some good food, good wine, and good times.

  • Address: 926 Turquoise St., San Diego, CA 92109
  • Everyday Hours: 
    Sun-Thurs 12-9PM
    Fri-Sat 12-10PM

Bistro Pazzo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With a home-like, welcoming food and beloved Italian standards, Bistro Pazzo is a great place to sit down and have a meal. It is located in downtown La Jolla, not far from the shopping, financial district, and beaches of the city. Combine eating here with some shopping on Prospect St. and you will have yourself a wonderful night out.

  • Address: 7930 Ivanhoe Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Everyday Hours: 
    Mon-Thurs 11:30-9PM
    Fri 11:30-9PM
    Sat-Sun 4-9PM

Isola Pizza Bar

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Isola is Italia,” the restaurant claims. This pizza bar serves wood-fired pies inspired by the chef’s nonna. With an elegant dining room and hospitality inspired by Italian grandmothers, Isola serves pizza, pasta, salads, and desserts. Order a bottle of wine or some Italian beers and you will be on your way to happiness.

  • Address: 7734 Girard Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Everyday Hours: Wed-Sun 2:30PM-9PM, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

La Dolce Vita Ristorante

 

 
 
 
 
 
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La dolce vita translates to “the sweet life” and at this restaurant that’s what they aim to provide. Still, the restaurant offers more than sweets. Delicious meats, cheese, salads, pizzas, pasta, and authentic Italian specialties torrent out of the kitchen. There are many options for food and an extensive wine list, all tucked away in a romantic spot in the heart of La Jolla.

  • Address: 1237 Prospect St. Suite P, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Everyday Hours:
    Sun-Thurs 11AM-9PM
    Fri-Sat 11AM-10PM

Bobboi Natural Gelato

 

 
 
 
 
 
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No Italian meal is better ended than with some authentic gelato. Bobboi offers high-end gelato that will be just what you need after a lovely meal. Skip the dessert at the restaurant and head over to Boboi for your favorite flavor.

  • Address: 8008 Girard Ave. #150, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Everyday Hours: 
    Sun-Thurs 11AM-9:30PM
    Fri-Sat 11AM-10PM

Ciao Ciao Piadina

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ciao Ciao Piadina is an Instagram-ready wine bar and café, a great place for drinks, snacks, and posing for photos. Try it out for lunch or an early evening bite. The atmosphere here is casual but you will be cared for. Try it out if you’re not looking for a full-fledged restaurant but craving an Italian treat.

  • Address: 510 Pearl St., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Everyday Hours: Tues-Sun 11AM-9PM, Closed Mondays

With so many options in La Jolla for Italian food, you might wonder why you’d get anything else. Still keep in mind that La Jolla has so much to offer. Look into Thai food in La Jolla for something totally different after you’ve had your fill of Italian. 

There are also great options for late night food in La Jolla after you’ve had a couple of drinks. Finally, you can check out the best Mexican food in San Diego, especially if you are visiting San Diego. After you’ve had a few of these Italian restaurants, take the opportunity to enjoy all the different types of food in the city.

About the author: Ryan Beitler is a writer, journalist, and blogger who has written about food and travel for a variety of publications. Reach him at ryanrbeitler@gmail.com.

Outdoor dining in San Diego

The Best Places for Outdoor Dining in San Diego

Outdoor dining has always been popular in and around San Diego, but this is even more so the case today with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc.  It doesn’t matter if you’re dining outdoors for the atmosphere, safety, or both, nothing changes the fact that you want to spend your money wisely while filling your stomach. And that’s why you want to learn as much as you can about the best places for outdoor dining in San Diego.

Your Options for San Diego Outdoor Dining During Covid

Here’s the good thing: there is no shortage of options for outdoor dining in San Diego. No matter where you go in the city or what type of food you want to eat, there are restaurants that are sure to accommodate your needs. However, there’s something you need to remember: the best outdoor dining in San Diego for you may not be the best for the next person, and vice versa.

Is Outdoor Dining Allowed in San Diego?

San Diego outdoor dining has long been a favorite of both local residents and tourists, but everything changed when the pandemic took over the city, state, and country. Currently, outdoor dining is permitted in San Diego. While there may be some restrictions, this option is now available to you. Of course, that could change in the future based on the impact of the pandemic on the local area.

Can You Dine in Restaurants in San Diego?

At the current time, indoor dining remains restricted in San Diego. However, with case numbers improving and vaccinations on the rise, this may change in the near future. If you have questions about indoor dining, it’s best to call your preferred restaurant and advance and check with local health authorities. 

Where are the Best Places for Outdoor Dining in San Diego?

One thing you know for sure is that there are plenty of outdoor dining restaurants in San Diego. You’ll never struggle to find a few options to compare. But of course, just because a restaurant offers outdoor dining doesn’t mean that you want to eat there. You only want to spend your money on the “best of the best.” Before we share some of the best places for outdoor patio dining in San Diego, here are some questions to answer:

  • What type of food are you interested in eating? From fine dining to casual, from seafood to Italian food, your options are nearly unlimited.
  • Do you have a location preference? Maybe you’re interested in outdoor dining in Gaslamp of San Diego. Or maybe outdoor dining in Little Italy San Diego is the right choice for you. Choose your location wisely.
  • What’s your budget? For many, this is the most important question. You want good food, but you don’t want to break the bank. In this case, broaden your search area, such as to target the best outdoor dining in north county San Diego. 

With that out of the way, it’s time for a list of the best places for outdoor dining in San Diego. Here are six can’t miss choices (in no particular order):

Vintana Wine + Dine

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Vintana Wine + Dine is where fine dining and exquisite views come together. The menu doesn’t disappoint, with favorites such as filet mignon and lobster mac ’n’ cheese calling you in. If you think the menu is exciting, take the time to soak in the views. With panoramic city and mountain views, you’ll find it difficult to focus on your food—until it arrives, of course! 

Trilogy Sanctuary

 

 
 
 
 
 
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When you’re seeking a quick bite to eat, without giving up anything in regards to quality and test, Trilogy Sanctuary is an excellent choice. Stop by this rooftop cafe for organic and vegan favorites, ranging from smoothies to grain bowls and everything in between.  While you’re eating, you’ll enjoy ocean views and the cool breeze. Add this to the opportunity to partake in aerial yoga classes and you have a true outdoor dining winner. 

Rustic Root

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Are you seeking all the action that the Gaslamp of San Diego has to offer? Well, look no further. Rustic Root is where you want to be. The open-air deck is as unique as they come, thanks to life-size animal topiaries and views that never seem to end. Along with that, you’ll love the selection of food and drinks. You won’t be disappointed with the craft cocktail shots, wine selection, or any of the shareable items. 

Oceana Coastal Kitchen

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Located inside the Catamaran Resort Hotel, there’s a lot to like about Oceana Coastal Kitchen. It all starts with the panoramic view of beautiful Mission Bay. You could soak in the views for hours on end and never get bored. As for the food, it’s one of the best seafood restaurants in the city. 

A.R. Valentien

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With its location inside The Lodge at Torrey Pines, the atmosphere at A.R. Valentien is second to none. The California craftsman design will draw you in as you sit down, but the breathtaking golf course views are what will keep you around. That and the vast food and drink menu. 

Louisiana Purchase

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Located in the North Park area of San Diego, this cajun and creole style restaurant is one of the most unique in the city. While the Louisiana home-style cuisines attract many diners, the French Quarter atmosphere helps bring them back. If you plan on sitting down at Louisiana Purchase for a bite, try the crawfish birria tacos, fried snow crab legs, or the spicy chicken skillet. As for the drink menu, top choices include cherry lime Ricky, strong island, and French Margarita (it’s the best you’ll ever have).

Do I Have Other Options?

If outdoor dining in San Diego doesn’t suit your fancy, you still have options. Most notably, call ahead for takeout or opt for delivery. Either way, it’s quick and efficient to get your food, without taking any risks with your health.  And of course, there are plenty of speciality options to consider, such as San Diego cake delivery and ice cream to go. 

As indoor dining opens back up and outdoor dining capacity increases, you can revisit both of these options to determine if you’re comfortable taking the leap back to normalcy. 

Final Thoughts

With so many San Diego and La Jolla restaurants to choose from, you should be able to find one that suits your taste buds and budget. Even though San Diego outdoor dining during COVID has been a challenge at times, things are looking up. Now may be the time to venture outdoors for your next meal!

 

About the author: Chris Bibey is a professional writer who loves creating travel, finance, and entertainment-related content. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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Thai food in La Jolla

Thai Food in La Jolla

The food of Thailand varies from region to region. Not only is the food in the country of Thailand different from place to place, it also varies when it gets exported to other countries. American Thai food is different from what’s available in Thailand. While it isn’t always true to the food inside the country, there is an abundance of delicious Thai restaurants in San Diego and in La Jolla in particular. Whether you’re looking for savory curries or spicy drunken noodles, there are plenty of options for great Thai food in La Jolla. Read below for some amazing restaurants.

Where Can I Get Good Thai Food in La Jolla?

Aroi Thai, La Jolla

Aroi Thai

One great option for La Jolla Thai Food is Aroi. This casual, quirky, and fun Thai spot is perfect for noodles, Thai coffees and teas, curries, fried rice, and more. Not only are there many options for delicious Thai standards, the atmosphere is welcoming and fun. They’re closed from 2:30-3:30 but if you get a table for lunch or dinner you won’t be disappointed by the delicious dishes or the friendly staff. 7523 Fay Ave, Suite A, (858) 729-1883.

Spice and Rice Thai Kitchen, La Jolla

Spice & Rice Thai Kitchen

Spice & Rice is an open air Thai kitchen that offers plenty of different options including noodles, curries, spring rolls, and Thai desserts like mango sticky rice. Enjoy some spicy Thai food in the fresh San Diego breeze. Its low key and laid-back environment provides a great vibe for pineapple fried rice served in a whole pineapple or spicy basil noodles. The open fresh air offers a similar environment to the beaches of Thailand where you can experience sensory contrasts. 7734 Girard Ave, Suite C, (858) 456-0466.

Thai Gulf, La Jolla

Thai Gulf Restaurant

If you’re looking for some of the best Thai food in La Jolla, look no further than Thai Gulf Restaurant. With amazing curries, stir fries, soups, and more, Thai Gulf has what you need. There are some luxurious seafood dishes, noodles, and Thai desserts. The dining room is lovely but casual, the staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is quite pleasant. Thai Gulf is great for family-outings and on-the-fly dinners. Try some of their Thai salads to get a real taste of the country. 1271 Prospect St., (858) 203-7474.

Turmeric Thai Kitchen, La Jolla

Turmeric Thai Kitchen

Named for the mellow brightly-colored spice, Turmeric Thai Kitchen is a great spot for La Jolla Thai Food. Here you can find some amazing Thai-style street food like fried chicken, drunken noodles, papaya salad, and a variety of delicious soups. There’s a fantastic patio to eat outside, with trees and heat lamps. The décor here is stylish and the food consists of down-to-earth and delicious Thai specialties. With so many options, you’ll be able to find exactly what you want. 6435 Caminito Blythefield, Suite G, (858) 886-7985.

When you’re looking for Thai food in La Jolla, there are plenty of fantastic options. All of these restaurants offer Thai staples while specializing in their own signature dishes. Whether you are craving some authentic papaya salad or noodles after a few drinks in the area, La Jolla Thai food provides a spicy, savory contrast to the salty beach air. Eat outside, feel the wind in your hair and spice on your tongue, and wash it all down with an ice cold condenThai coffee or tea that has condensed milk. Thai food is the best option for the weather and atmosphere of La Jolla. Whether you live here or are simply visiting, eating at a Thai restaurant in the area is a great option for a good time and some tasty Thai specialities. You will find strong flavors, friendly smiles, and casual hospitality that you’ll fall in love with.

About the author: Ryan Beitler is a writer, journalist, and travel blogger. He has written for many publications including Paste Magazine, The Slovenia Times, and more.

 

Best Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch in La Jolla

Treat your mother to an incredible meal for Mother’s Day brunch in La Jolla by taking her out to these fancy spots! Delicious food paired with spectacular ocean views will definitely make it a day to remember. From unlimited buffets to specialty prix-fixe and à la carte menus, there’s definitely something for everyone on the list. Shower the mom in your life with love on Sunday, May 13th! Please note that a reservation is required for most of the restaurants on this list, unless otherwise noted.

Flemings La Jolla

When: Sunday May 12th; starts at 10am
Where: 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego 92122
Cost: a la carte
Flemings will open early this year at 10am, so you can celebrate Mom all day! Treat Mom to a special 3-course Mother’s Day Brunch at Flemings La Jolla. They’ll be serving up a one-of-a-kind three-course brunch and all-day dinner menu designed to delight, with options curated especially for her – from Signature Eggs Benedict and Filet & Lobster to a Steak and Spring Vegetable Quiche. Even the little ones will be delighted by a special three-course children’s brunch menu. Reservations required; reserve online or give them a call at (858) 535-0078.

NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar

When: Sunday, May 12th; 10am-2:30pm
Where: 910 Prospect St
Cost: 3 courses for $45/person
Tell Mom you love her with the gift of food!  She deserves nothing more than to be treated to a special, 3-course, prix-fixe Sunday Brunch featuring a choice of starters, entrees, and desserts.  $16 bottomless mimosas and other drink specials will also be available. This is a lovely spot within the Grande Colonial Hotel, and has a cozy and historic feel. Top your meal off with a selection of specialty coffee drinks and pastries! Call (858) 964-5400 or make a reservation online.

The Marine Room

When: Sunday May 12th; 11am-7pm
Address: 2000 Spindrift Drive
Cost: å la carte
The Marine Room boasts one of the best (if not the best) views in La Jolla. Situated right on the water, every seat in the house has incredible ocean vistas; the sound of waves crashing against the windows can be heard anywhere you sit! This year’s a la carte menu features items in their signature contemporary French/seafood style: Ginger Sesame Cured Steelhead Salmon Crudo, Thai Style Butter Basted Lobster Tail, and of course, their Signature Maine Lobster Bisque. Top it off with one of their incredible desserts: the Spindrift Cobblestone Pie, Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake, and an organic Lavender Lemon Cake. For reservations please call (855) 203-8511 or make an online reservation.

George’s At The Cove (California Modern)

When: Sunday May 12th; 10am-2pm for brunch
Address: 1250 Prospect St
Cost: 3-course menu
Voted La Jolla’s best restaurant, George’s at the Cove is the perfect place to treat your mom to a special brunch. Mother’s Day is one of only two occasions throughout the year that they serve brunch, and this holiday, they have a very special 3-course menu planned. Head to California Modern, their signature fine dining experience, and savor dishes like Bay Scallop and Corn Fritters with Béarnaise, Lobster Quiche with peas and green garlic, Grilled Salmon with mushroom risotto, and Chilaquiles with soft egg and queso fresco. Because it’s so popular, make sure to get a reservation ASAP. Call (858) 455-1616 or book a reservation online.

The Shores Restaurant

When: Sunday May 12th; 9:30am-2:30pm
Address: 8110 Camino Del Oro
Cost: $68 per adult, $39 children 10 to 6 years, $6 per year children 5 and under (buffet style)
This ocean-view feast in the heart of La Jolla Shores shopping and dining district is a brunch to be remembered! Featured buffet items this year are Seasonal Berry Cheese Blintzes, Herb Seared Local Sea Bass, Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham, and Buchmann’s Ranch Cage Free Egg Station. There is a special Children’s Station for the little ones, which will feature kid-friendly dishes and sides. Finish off with a scrumptious dessert, like their Butterscotch Banana Cream Pie or Chocolate Raspberry Bars. Call (858) 456-0600 or make a reservation here.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

When: Sunday May 12th, 10am-4pm
Address: 1270 Prospect Street
Cost: $49 for adults (three-course menu)
This year Eddie V’s is pulling out all the stops for Mother’s Day! The 2019 brunch menu includes a three-course meal where you have a few different options for each course (however, with each meal you receive a basket of warm cinnamon rolls topped with a citrus glaze!). Dishes this year include Norwegian Smoked Salmon, Deviled Egg Trio, Pan-Seared Steak & Eggs, King Crab Omelette with Three-Citrus Hollandaise, and plenty more. Brunch cocktails are $9, and there will also be a children’s menu available. Call (858) 459-5500 or make reservations online.

The Med at La Valencia Hotel

When: Sunday May 12th; 10am-2pm
Address: 1132 Prospect St
Cost: $89 per adult, $39 per child
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the “Pink Lady” and enjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet! This year, Executive Chef Alex Emery and his talented team have created a whimsical menu featuring Valencia Orange French Toast, Spinach & Heirloom Tomato Quiche + Leek & Black Truffle Quiche, Assorted Tea Sandwiches, a Carving Station, Slow Roasted Herbed Cornish Game Hens, and a decadent dessert station, to name a few. Regular dinner service starts at 5:30pm. Online reservations are required.

Estancia La Jolla

When: Sunday May 12th; starts at 10am
Address: 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road
Cost: $75 per adult; $25 for children
Celebrate mom surrounded by Estancia’s beautiful botanical gardens at their Roses & Rosé brunch! Mom will receive a complimentary glass of rosé to toast her special day plus an expansive buffet prepared by Executive Chef Vincent Savignano. Dishes this year include Linguica-Potato Hash with poached eggs and parsley crema, Chicken & Waffles with sage-infused maple syrup, a complete Egg Station, a Carving Station, Paella Station, and Risotto station, plus plenty more. Reservations are required.

Cusp Dining & Drinks

When: Sunday May 12th; starts at 9:00 am
Address: 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive
From the food to the views, Cusp’s Mother’s Day Brunch is sure to impress Mom. Chef Ingrid Funes will be serving her regular brunch menu with a few decadent specials. Start the meal one of Chef Funes’ specials, like Crab Benedict with herb focaccia, roasted tomatoes and hollandaise, Brioche Fresh Toast with lime curd and blueberry compote, and Fresh Cinnamon Rolls. Classic dishes includes Greek Salad, Barbacoa Hash, and Housemade Pancakes with assorted toppings. In addition to brunch, guests are encouraged to take mom out to dinner, where Chef has a special surprise for dinner guests! Mother’s will enjoy a welcome glass of bubbly during dinner only. Reservations strongly suggested.

High Tide Dinner at The Marine Room: Oceanfront Dining at its Best

Since it opened its doors in 1941, The Marine Room has been the benchmark for quality oceanfront dining in La Jolla. It brought first-class French-inspired cuisine to San Diego for the first time; and with it, an inclusion of all things nautical: even its seahorse emblem, which has remained the same for more than 75 years, has become synonymous with quality and elegance.

We were invited to experience what a High Tide Dinner at this special place is all about! Here’s an inside look at the magic behind one of La Jolla’s most beloved icons.

76 Years in the Making

Spindrift Inn was built in 1916 and for years served as the only lodging along