Rarely does the design of a restaurant impress as much as its food, but that happens to be the case at Kettner Exchange. An homage to San Diego founding father William Kettner, this stunning, 10,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor space—including a sprawling rooftop patio with private cabanas for dining—is the ideal spot for boozy brunches and dinner dates. The globally inspired menu provides a taste for everyone; by day, you’ll find Okonomiyaki Roasted Potatoes, Hummus Halloumi Toast, and pork-belly-stuffed Pig Mac “Bao”, and by night, you’ll dig into Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice, Sonoma Lamb Szechuan Noodles, and Harissa-Grilled Selva Shrimp. The cocktail menu is equally creative; tequila gets a kick from poblano chile liqueur and paprika oil, while Venezuelan rum is sweetened with coffee liqueur, banana, and salted plantains.
How to book: Make reservations online.
The stunning decor at this stylish, multi-level hotspot is enough to make it worthy of a visit. The rooftop is complete with a swinging daybed, bar and table seating, and semi-private cabanas, plus a courtyard provides more outdoor lounge seating on the ground level. The inspired craft cocktails are best enjoyed with shared small plates, like Baja Bluefin Tuna Belly Sashimi or Pig Mac Bao.
How to book: Reservations can be made online via Tock. Walk-ins are accepted if seating is available.