San Diego’s Top 10 Rooftop Bars & Restaurants

In a city as beautiful as San Diego, you’re going to want to enjoy the views at every opportunity. Thankfully, the year-round sunny weather here means that rooftop drinks and dining are always available. However, not all rooftop destinations are made equal. We’ve put together a list of our top 10 rooftop bars and restaurants in San Diego to make sure you enjoy the best of them.

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1. The Holding Company (Ocean Beach)

This inviting rooftop hangout in Ocean Beach is located just half a block from the sand. The three-story space features live music, Asian-inspired cuisine, and lively happy hours. 

5046 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107 | 2.7 miles away

2. Born and Raised (Little Italy)

The gorgeous, elegant rooftop space here combines regal Art Deco decor with fun pop-culture touches. The cocktails and the cuisine are just as impressive and are regularly cited as some of the best in the city.

1909 India St, San Diego, CA 92101 | 3.5 miles from the hotel

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3. Kettner Exchange (Little Italy)

Located in vibrant Little Italy, Kettner Exchange is a hip rooftop restaurant and bar that’s one of the most popular in the city. Here you can even book a private cabana complete with craft-cocktail decanters and self-serve beer taps.

2001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 | 3.5 miles away

4. Mister A’s (Banker’s Hill)

Located in Banker’s Hill, Mister A’s boasts some of the best views in the city. Gaze out across Downtown, Balboa Park, and San Diego Bay as you enjoy exquisite fine dining and refined cocktails.

2550 Fifth Ave 12th floor, San Diego, CA 92103 | 3.8 miles away

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5. Garibaldi (Downtown San Diego)

This speakeasy-style rooftop bar brings Mediterranean style and flavor to Downtown San Diego. The food and beverage menus here feature authentic Italian selections, with an emphasis on Sardinian fare.

2550 Fifth Ave 12th floor, San Diego, CA 92103 | 3.8 miles away

6. Altitude Sky Lounge (Gaslamp)

Perched up on the 22nd floor, Altitude Sky Lounge is the highest open-air rooftop bar in the area, meaning you won’t find any better views around here. This upscale lounge is located right next to Petco Park, making it the perfect spot to pregame before the ball game. Please note that there is a dress code (nothing too casual).

660 K St, San Diego, CA 92101 | 4.9 miles away

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7. The Nolen (Gaslamp)

Located in the Gaslamp District, this 14th-story rooftop bar serves creative cocktails and comfort-food-inspired plates. Grab a drink, take a seat by the communal fire pit, and enjoy the spectacular views of Downtown San Diego and the Coronado Bay Bridge.

453 Sixth Ave #7007, San Diego, CA 92101 | 4.9 miles away

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8. Rustic Root (Gaslamp)

Rustic Root serves up rustic American cuisine and creative cocktails in a laid-back atmosphere. The inviting rooftop space is perfect for a bit of people-watching in the Gaslamp District.

535 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 | 5 miles away

9. Cannonball (Mission Beach)

Directly overlooking the Mission Beach Boardwalk, Cannonball serves up sushi, seafood, and fresh California cuisine. You’ll also find a delightful drinks menu of beachy cocktails.

3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109 | 5.3 miles away

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10. Georges at the Cove (La Jolla)

Located just a bit further north, in La Jolla, Georges at the Cove is well worth the drive. Impressive cuisine, elevated cocktails, and amazing views of La Jolla Cove await at one of the most renowned rooftop restaurants in the area.

1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 11.8 miles away

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Plan Your Visit

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