Food & Drink

The Best Restaurants in Ocean Beach

Published On 09/23/2015 Published On 09/23/2015
Courtesy of OB Warehouse
Courtesy of OB Warehouse

Pizza Port

OB Noodle House

Courtesy of Raglan

Sara Norris/Thrillist

Erin Jackson/Thrillist

Jeffrey Brown/Thrillist

Sara Norris/Thrillist


Peace Pies


Little Lion Cafe

Te Mana



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1. OB Warehouse 4839 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

This Ocean Beach spot from the The Cohn group is located on the second floor of the old Portugalia building, and has a loft feel, with an old meets new vibe. The menu is an eclectic mix of foods influenced by Asian, Mediterranean, Moroccan, and Middle Eastern flavors. They’re only open for dinner, but stick around for the nightcap food and drink specials starting at 11pm during the week, and midnight on the weekends.

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2. Pizza Port - Ocean Beach 1956 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107

Brother and sister, Gina and Vince Marsaglia, opened the first Pizza Port location in Solana Beach in '87, and in '92, PP offered patrons its first craft-brewed beers. PP has six locations, consistently good pizza, and it's one of the best craft breweries in the country. Plus, the Beer Buddies (they're not people, they're made of bread) are freaking amazing.

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3. OB Noodle House 2218 Cable St, San Diego, CA 92107

With 19 kinds of pho, a ton of appetizers, vermicelli bowls, and crispy egg noodles, OB Noodle House has everything you could possibly ask of one noodle house. But they've gone above and beyond with the Pho 20 Challenge ($24.20, we see what you did there) -- if you can finish the one and a half pounds of noodles, one pound of meat, and a pint of a Stone beer (in under 42 minutes), you get yourself a T-shirt, a place on the Pho king champion (we see what you did there again!) hall of fame, and the meal is free.

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4. Raglan Public House 1851 Bacon St, Ocean Beach, CA 92107

A product of the Bare Back Grill's Kiwi crew, Raglan Public House is mellowed out with retractable front windows, picnic table patio seating, and surf-themed lighting fixtures -- all meant to evoke the laid-back vibe of the New Zealand surf town from which it takes its name. The Kiwi-inspired menu includes a New Zealand-style lamb burger dressed with mint and beetroot lettuce, and steak fries with homemade tartar sauce.

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5. Wonderland Ocean Pub 5083 Santa Monica Ave , San Diego, CA 92107

Overlooking the OB Pier, this tavern is named after a beachfront amusement park that took up residence in Ocean Beach in the early 20th century. Wonderland the amusement park shut down over 100 years ago, but Wonderland the bar is alive and well with a seafood-tilted pub menu that features coconut calamari and grilled tuna sandwiches next to more basic fish & chips and short-rib burgers. The extensive beer list has something for everyone: local craft beer, cider, Coors Lite, and PBR.

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6. Hodad's 945 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

A legendary burger dive, Hodad's has been serving face-sized burgers and even larger milkshakes to San Diego locals since 1969. You can choose to order your burger in mini, single, and double sizes, but be sure to pile on extras like cheese, bacon, and pastrami. The beachy interior is decked out with surfboard tables, memorabilia, and license plates. You'll likely have to wait in line, but it'll be time well spent.

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7. The Joint 4902 Newport Ave, san diego, CA 92107

Combining the considerable powers of a chap who'd planned on opening a sushi spot and a pair of Ohio-born bros (a beer connoisseur and the singer from up-and-coming The Deadly Birds), Joint's got a little something for everyone, slinging craft beer, tapas, and (soon-to-come) sushi in a space featuring a custom-built red oak bar, maroon walls, and an interior entirely furnished with prime finds from Craigslist, which were totally Encountered Casually, never expecting to actually go home with anyone.

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8. Azucar 4820 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

Azucar, translating from Spanish to 'sugar,' brings lots of just that to Ocean Beach from within a Cuban-style patisserie that draws customers in with a tantalizing display case. The goods fuse French technique with Latin island flavors: passion fruit scones, mojito cookies and pastries stuffed with guava and cream cheese. Those looking for something con mas sal can opt for savories like cuban sandwiches and ham croquetas to cover lunchtime cravings.

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9. The Old Townhouse Restaurant 4941 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

This all-American diner has been serving up classic dishes like biscuits & gravy, corned beef hash, and French toast to the crowds at Ocean Beach since 1973. An array of breakfast items are available at cheap prices with coffee that keeps on coming. They even have Spanish style menu choices like their chorizo with eggs and machaca.

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10. Poma's Italian Deli 1846 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107

It's your old-school Italian deli with classic subs, pizza, and pasta dinners. Make sure to order their signature torpedo sandwich loaded with dry salami, Mortadella, and Provolone or try out their loaded meatball sub. Both are local crowd pleasers.

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11. Little Lion 1424 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

This hole in the wall cafe offers cozy and quaint vibes within minutes of Sunset Cliffs. Great service and quality ingredients are the norm for this little spot. Be sure to try out their brunch where they have an array of local and farm fresh menu choices like their Farmer's Bowl or Lion Bistro Burger. They also will make gluten and vegan modifications to any item if you just ask.

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12. Te Mana Cafe 4956 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107

This island style cafe specializes in, what they call, "Paradise in a cup with a Kahuna size slice of Aloha!" Every dish is Hawaiian inspired. Stop in for breakfast and have their Maui acai bowls and for lunch their pulled pork sammy that is raved about. It's a laid back atmosphere with a great outdoor space as well to bring your dogs.

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13. Sundara 1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

Ocean Beach might not be the first destination that springs to mind for belly warming Indian fare, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Sundara, along with a decent selection of craft brews and a shortlist of cocktails, like rum mango lassis. The friendly vibe in the snug interior or covered back patio is much more appealing than the over-dressed spaces slinging tepid fare in the Gaslamp Quarter or even the casual, hole-in-the-wall spots in Miramar. Two tips: "medium" is all the spice you’ll need, and at least one order of garlic naan is an absolute must.