The Best New San Diego Restaurants
San Diego has long been renowned as one of the best food towns in the country, and for good reason. Our melting pot culture, close proximity to both fertile farmland and fresh seafood, and mild year-round “going out” weather all add up to an incredible restaurant scene. And while San Diego County can boast countless time-tested favorite eateries, there’s always something fresh and new to try around every corner. Hungry for more? Here are our picks for the best new San Diego restaurants.
Breakfast and Bubbles (6.5 miles away)
San Diego’s newest all-day breakfast and brunch spot is ready to satisfy your cravings for bubbly and Benedicts no matter what time of day you’re craving them. Looking for giant stacks of fluffy pancakes covered in butter and powdered sugar? Check. Oreo cookie-stuffed French toast? Count on it. Even the classic steak and eggs is made to order on both sides of the equation. So assemble the squad, roll out, and prepare for the best cheat day imaginable.
3831 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92103
Swagyu Chop Shop & Burger (6.8 miles away)
If you’ve never experienced the buttery-rich flavor and heavily marbled texture of Wagyu beef, you simply owe it to yourself to try this world-class delicacy. Once difficult to obtain outside of its native Japan, Wagyu has become more widely available as its popularity and reputation have grown. Now this new Pacific Beach spot has become a must-stop for both the curious and devotées. A caveat, however: Wagyu can be as pricey as it is delicious.
966 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109
Verbena Kitchen (7.5 miles away)
Envisioned as a combination eatery and event space, North Park’s Verbena Kitchen is the brainchild of Chef Ronnie Schwandt and planner extraordinaire Jillian Ziska. The menu places a distinct emphasis on seasonal and sustainable, and currently includes such tempting tastes as Wagyu beef tartare, Moroccan spiced lamb, and a divine duck cavatelli. When you go, be sure to plan in advance — Verbena Kitchen is open Wednesday through Saturday only, but it’s definitely worth the reservation.
3043 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Hoxton Manor (7.7 miles away)
San Diego’s history as a port of entry for Pacific Rim immigrants has long made us a hotbed for pan-Asian cuisines. Among the best of the new restaurants in this category is Hoxton Manor, a blend of southeastern Asian influences from Thailand, Vietnam, and other area cultures. Highlights include a Sri Lankan coconut roti, duck confit with oyster mushrooms, and marinated hamachi with sesame and pickled cucumber, all prepared with a distinct SoCal flair.
3131 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Wormwood (8.6 miles away)
Inspired by Absinthe — the legendarily potent (and reportedly hallucinogenic) deep-green anise-flavored liqueur that reportedly fueled the French Impressionist art movement — Wormwood has brought a touch of Gallic gastronomy to the Normal Heights neighborhood. And due to the recent relaxation on the nearly century-long ban on the verdant spirit, guests are welcome to seek the green fairy for themselves. Several varieties of Absinthe are available here served in a variety of classic preparations; e.g., as a New Orleans Sazerac, or dripped slowly over a sugar cube.
4677 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116
Sky Deck (17.9 miles from the hotel)
12841 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130
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