Craft & Commerce
Prolific hospitality group CH Projects is the mastermind behind many of San Diego’s extraordinary dining and drinking venues, including several of the restaurants on this list. We’d be remiss not to mention Craft & Commerce too—which boasts a unique aesthetic (one-third industrial library, one-third hunting lodge, and one-third cocktail lounge) with taxidermy mounted on the walls and ceiling-high bookshelves. Here, you’ll grub on elevated gastropub-style food that’s easy to share—like the unbelievably juicy C&C Burger with onion confit and melty white cheddar, or the Fried Quail served with beans, collard greens, and biscuits. If snacks are what you crave, go for the made-to-order Miso Cornbread slathered with togarashi honey butter, or the decadent Bone Marrow, which—for a little extra—you can turn into a luge shot once you’ve cleaned out the bone. Within Craft & Commerce at the end of a cave-like tunnel, you’ll find False Idol—a tropical tiki bar replete with an indoor waterfall, flaming volcano, and a cocktail program that highlights rum-based drinks.
How to book: Make reservations online.