Have you ever been to a spot where you can cook your own steak? If not, get yourself down to the Turf Supper Club (also one of SD's oldest cocktail lounges) to do just that.
This cocktail bar and late-night dining spot satisfies with a seasonal menu that marries American and Mediterranean tastes. The phyllo strudel is glutted with gold potato, artichoke, spinach, onion, and feta, then mortared with layers of pastry that crumble as they make the treacherous journey from plate to mouth. Meanwhile, Starlite's brioche burger gets an extra-rich dose of flavor from a blanket of Gruyere cheese. Reservations are recommended -- especially if you're looking for a seat on the outdoor patio.
This SD location boasts a laid-back, rustic atmosphere with over 20 beers on tap and an outdoor patio where you can mingle in the sun (who doesn't like to mingle?). It's straight-up American with a Southern Californian flair -- no glitz, frills, or anything fussy.
Home to craft cocktails and beers, as well as inventive cuisine that utilizes high-quality ingredients, Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen is a restaurant in Hillcrest that supports local farms and artisans who subscribe to the principles of sustainability.
Street food-style tacos might be the meal du jour in San Diego, but this sleek place on Fourth Avenue also delivers heartier family recipes in quesadillas, sopas, and specialty burritos, like "The California" made with Arranchera Steak, French fries, and grilled onion. La Puerta offers more than 100 tequilas, plus mezcals, raicillas, sotols, and bacanoras. Just ask the bar staff for guidance -- they'll be happy to school you.
Late-night you're always looking for massive portions and good food, and Studio Diner, named for its proximity to San Diego's sole movie/TV studio lot, is there to deliver. They are open 24hrs and serve traditional diner food alongside a dedicated East Coast-style menu that includes crab cakes, clam chowder, and other New England-y seafood treats.