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1. C Level 880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

C Level isn’t shy about sticking to its maritime theme. The San Diego restaurant boasts a dinner menu divided into “Under Way,” “Kelp Beds & Tide Pools,” “High Tide,” and “Market Fresh Seafood,” offering highlights like the ahi tuna stack with fresh crab, avocado and tomato, papaya-mango salsa, taro chips, caviar, and sweet chili sauce, as well as lobster truffle mac & cheese with local organic greens, candied walnuts, and fresh herb vinaigrette. The waterfront views provide a window onto the San Diego skyline, making for a meal that pleases the eye as well as the stomach.

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2. Bier Garden of Encinitas 641 S Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024 (Encinitas)

The Bier Garden of Encinitas is a German-style hall with a huge number of rotating brews (many of which are SoCal-sourced), a sweet outdoor patio, and awesome bar grub like burgers and short rib ciabatta sandwiches.

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3. Sandbar 718 Ventura Pl, San Diego, CA 92109

Located right on scenic Ventura Beach, Sandbar offers award-winning tacos, along with a selection of tasty burgers and seafood and 66 high-end tequilas and mezcals -- including its own hand-selected barrel of tequila from Herradura Tequila distillery in Guadalajara, Mexico. Best of all, you can imbibe with a view of the sunset over the Pacific.

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4. Cafe 21 750 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Extending their reach from 2121 Adams Ave, the twice-as-big, brick walled Gaslamp locale's outfitted with laser-cut metal, classic Turkish designs, and is serving up everything from sandwiches and kabobs to ridiculous, decadent brunch fare. There's a whole section of the drink menu devoted to Bloody Mary and Mimosa variations, giving you ultimate customization opportunities. Be sure to stop by for happy hour when there are 21 tapas to mix and match.

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5. Great Maple 1451 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103 (University Heights)

Not just a common compliment among syrup makers, Great Maple's a fancied-up '60s diner with a bit of European flair, coming at you from the guys who brought you Hash House a-Go-Go and The Tractor Room. This East Village spot offers extensive menu lineups, from brunch through dinner. Make a reservation if you can, because this place is constantly busy.

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6. Small Bar 4628 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116 (University Heights)

Small Bar may be somewhat... small, but it's still able to cram in a bunch of delicious and loaded Bloody Marys, Moscow Mules, and a huge rotation of craft beers on tap -- they've also got a full-service food menu that includes a delicious Southern-style brunch.

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