1. Don Chido527 5th Ave, San Diego
2. Panama 661460 El Prado, San Diego
3. Común Kitchen & Tavern935 J St, San Diego
4. OB Warehouse4839 Newport Ave, San Diego
5. Zymology 21750 5th Ave, San Diego
6. Bottega Americano1195 Island Ave, San Diego
7. Table No. 10369 10th Ave, San Diego
8. Fairweather795 J St, San Diego
This Gaslamp Mexican spot offers meats cooked on a Santa Maria wood-fired grill, fresh made tortillas, and tequila. The menu is full of Mexican favorites and the bar serves more than 100 tequilas, and a specialty margarita called the El Churro, made with cinnamon infused tequila, Licor 43, lemon, lime, agave, and cinnamon sugar.
Located in the San Diego Museum of Art Sculpture Garden at Balboa Park, this outdoor spot opened by four beer veterans offers a selection of rotating local craft beers on tap, cocktails and hot and cold lunch foods. The 150-seat space hosts people on communal tables, and if you want to take advantage of the sculpture garden scenery, the bar provides free blankets to sit on.
Común Chef Chad White’s baja-inspired menu changes with the seasons, and features dishes made with only the freshest local and sustainable ingredients. Pour yourself a cold one from the self-serve beer station and take a seat at the chef’s table in front of the open kitchen to get a gander at White whipping up tostadas topped with octopus or smoked shark and family-style plates to share.
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.
From the owners of Café 21, Zymology 21 offers “farm-to-bar” cocktails, all day brunch, and dinner items like lobster corn dogs. The bar has more beakers than a science lab, and they’re using in-house fermentation and purées to create boozy popsicles, molecularly infused liquors, and drink flights served in test tubes.
This East Village European market/Italian eatery offers pasta, wood-fired pizzas, anti-pastas, and seafood dishes. There are also five interactive food bars, so you can see all the action happening in the kitchen, or grab-and-go from the market.
Chef Jason Gethin’s offers up gourmet American-style fare at Table No. 10 in the East Village, right next to Petco Park. Their kobe beef brisket is better than any hot dog you’ll get in the park, and you can’t leave without having a cocktail (or two). The bar serves their own house-made tonics and sodas, as well as a cocktail menu that features some unique ingredients like duck fat and the sharable Flux Capacitor made with gin, rosewater, violet liquor, lemon, honey, maraschino, lavender, and dry ice.
Located above Rare Form, Fairweather isn't perched very high for a rooftop bar, but it does offer a killer view of Petco Park. Cozy dotted blue sofas and fruit displays offer bright bursts of color amidst white marble benches and a mosaic-tile bar backdrop. You can take your pick from over a dozen specialty cocktails, like the honey-and-lime flavored King Bee or the sugary Oh Captain My Captain, and if you get peckish, just head downstairs for a grilled cheese or hummus plate.