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SD Eater: Top 38
Cafe Chloe is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

1. Cafe Chloe

721 9th Ave (at G St), San Diego, CA
Café · East Village · 128 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: A small, cozy spot in the East Village with a menu of updated bistro classics and a beloved brunch that manages to be untrendy yet totally stylish.

Blind Lady Ale House is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

2. Blind Lady Ale House

8.7
3416 Adams Ave (at 34th St), San Diego, CA
Bierstube · Adams North · 135 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: At this beacon of the Normal Heights neighborhood is a quality lineup of beer, house-brewed and otherwise, and a local farm driven-menu of tasty pizzas and salads.

Kaito Sushi is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

3. Kaito Sushi

7.8
130 N El Camino Real (Encinitas Blve), Encinitas, CA
Japanisches Restaurant · 19 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Kaito Sushi inspires devotion and reverence from sushi purists who delight in owner Kazuo Morita's dedication to the freshest seafood and time-honored technique.

Carnitas' Snack Shack is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

4. Carnitas' Snack Shack

2632 University Ave (at Oregon St), San Diego, CA
Amerikanisches Restaurant · North Park · 187 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: 2012's biggest success story, this pork-centric spot from Chef Hanis Cavin is bound to multiply this year, and inspire other chefs to venture out on their own.

The Original Sab-E-Lee is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

5. The Original Sab-E-Lee

8.8
6925 Linda Vista Rd Ste B (Btwn Comstock St and Ulric St), San Diego, CA
Thailändisches Restaurant · Linda Vista · 47 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Flavor and heat co-mingle deliciously at this no-frills Thai joint. The curries and noodles are above par but the catfish or duck larb and raw beef salad are really something special.

Farm House Cafe is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

6. Farm House Cafe

2121 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA
Französisches Restaurant · University Heights · 26 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Chef-owner Olivier Bioteau turns out thoughtful, classic French food out of an impossibly small kitchen. Their Sunday brunch is among the best in town.

Sushi Ota is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

7. Sushi Ota

9.0
4529 Mission Bay Dr (at Bunker Hill St), San Diego, CA
Sushi-Bar · Pacific Beach · 135 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Helmed by a venerable sushi master (request a seat in owner Ota-san's section of the sushi bar), the restaurant is unassuming, low-key and unquestionably authentic.

Super Cocina is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

8. Super Cocina

7.5
3627 University Ave (at Cherokee Ave), San Diego, CA
Mexikanisches Restaurant · Cherokee Point · 19 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Steam tables laden with authentic, home-style Mexican stews that taste like someone's grandma made them. About a dozen are offered daily.

George's at The Cove is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

9. George's at The Cove

9.0
1250 Prospect St (at Ivanhoe Ave), La Jolla, CA
Neuamerikanisches Restaurant · Village · 223 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Chef Trey Foshee at George's California Modern is cited as a guiding force in the San Diego food culture and one of the first champions of local seafood.

Tender Greens is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

10. Tender Greens

8.9
2400 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA
Salatbar · Naval Training Center · 70 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: The first San Diego location for Tender Greens - affordable, fresh salads, soups, sandwiches and specials. This is also where P. Balistreri salumi got its start.

Wine Vault & Bistro is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

11. Wine Vault & Bistro

8.6
3731 India St, San Diego, CA
Weinbar · Midtown · 21 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Winemaker events, an ever-changing seasonal menu and prix fixe dinners that feel like a steal. Friday: $20, 3-courses; Saturday $30, 5-courses.

CUCINA urbana is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

12. CUCINA urbana

9.1
505 Laurel St (at 5th Ave), San Diego, CA
Italienisches Restaurant · Park West · 172 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Three years after opening, this is still one of the toughest tables to get in town. The shareable, Italian-inspired menu is modern and accessible.

The Linkery is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

13. The Linkery

3794 30th St (North Park Way), San Diego, CA
Gaststätte · North Park · 44 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: A forerunner of the craft food boom on North Park's 30th Street known for their housemade sausages, nationally-recognized cured meat and careful attention to sourcing.

Searsucker is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

14. Searsucker

8.3
611 5th Ave (at Market St), San Diego, CA
Amerikanisches Restaurant · Gaslamp · 250 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: The first of Brian Malarkey's restaurant empire to open and its flagship concept; Searsucker adds a needed food-worthy dining destination to the Gaslamp.

Cowboy Star is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

15. Cowboy Star

8.7
640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA
Steakhaus · East Village · 117 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: An in-house butcher shop, skilled mixologists and a non-stuffy vibe set this steakhouse apart from its expense account counterparts. Try for a seat at Victor Jimenez's chef table.

Urban Solace is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

16. Urban Solace

3823 30th St (at University Ave), San Diego, CA
Amerikanisches Restaurant · North Park · 139 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Chef and owner Matt Gordon has established a loyal following for his unpretentious new American comfort food and popular Bluegrass Brunch.

Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

17. Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant

8.9
2202 4th Ave (btwn Ivy & Juniper St), San Diego, CA
Amerikanisches Restaurant · Park West · 56 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: San Diegans were glad to see Market's Carl Schroeder move down from North County for this more casual second spot.

El Pescador Fish Market is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

18. El Pescador Fish Market

8.8
627 Pearl St, La Jolla, CA
Fischrestaurant · Village · 86 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Just-plucked seafood and unfussy, simple preparations make El Pescador a winner. Hopefully, none of that will change with the market and cafe's move and expansion.

Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

19. Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano

9.0
4207 Park Blvd (btwn El Cajon & Howard Ave), San Diego, CA
Pizzeria · University Heights · 43 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: A wood-fired oven straight from Naples combined with equal care given to the dough, sauce and (minimal) toppings make for nearly spot-on traditional Neapolitan-style pizza.

Wa Dining OKAN is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

20. Wa Dining OKAN

8.3
3860 Convoy St Ste 110, San Diego, CA
Japanisches Restaurant · Kearny Mesa · 38 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Cozy, homestyle Japanese cuisine sourced with seasonal ingredients from adjacent Nijiya Market. Their set menu at lunch (served 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday) is a must.

Starlite is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

21. Starlite

8.3
3175 India St (at Spruce St), San Diego, CA
Lounge · Midtown · 81 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Responsible for kicking off the local craft cocktail scene. It's also a haven for late night eaters who still want good food - the kitchen's open until midnight every night.

Aqui es Texcoco is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

22. Aqui es Texcoco

8.9
1043 Broadway (at Crested Butte St), Chula Vista, CA
Mexikanisches Restaurant · West Chula Vista · 32 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Traditional Barbacoa-style lamb, stuffed into tacos and enchiladas or on top of sopes or tostadas. In any form, it's delicious - the Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern agrees.

A.R. Valentien is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

23. A.R. Valentien

8.4
11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA
Amerikanisches Restaurant · Torrey Pines · 12 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Chef Jeff Jackson heads up a highly-trained kitchen of farm-to-table devotees. Their Thursday night artisan table dinners are some of San Diego's most special dining experiences.

Que Huong is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

24. Que Huong

6.9
4134 University Ave, San Diego, CA
Vietnamesisches Restaurant · City Heights · 13 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Don't order the pho at this City Heights Vietnamese joint. Instead, explore the vast menu of more exotic eats: snails in curry sauce, wild boar lettuce wraps and fish sauce or tamarind chicken wings.

Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

25. Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar

8.1
910 Prospect St (at Jenner St), La Jolla, CA
Amerikanisches Restaurant · Village · 35 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Chef Jason Knibb's cuisine is innovative yet accessible; he combines modern cooking techniques with a good understanding of ingredients. In other words, he doesn't mess around.

Bencotto Italian Kitchen is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

26. Bencotto Italian Kitchen

8.6
750 W Fir St (at Kettner Blvd), San Diego, CA
Italienisches Restaurant · Little Italy · 110 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Handmade pastas and quality Italy-sourced products, plus a sleek, contemporary setting, help distinguish this Little Italy eatery from the rest of the neighborhood.

Neighborhood is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

27. Neighborhood

777 G St (at 8th Ave), San Diego, CA
Gaststätte · Central San Diego · 198 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: The burgers at this East Village spot are as good as the craft beer that's served with it (yes, even without ketchup). It's bar food done better: steak tartar and deviled eggs with artichoke mousse.

Tacos El Paisa is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

28. Tacos El Paisa

5.9
2494 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA
Taco-Imbiss · Logan Heights · 23 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: A standout among local taco shops for their handmade tortillas, skill with grilling meat and an interesting variety of salsas. (La Fachada across the street is also good.)

The Fishery is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

29. The Fishery

8.8
5040 Cass St (at Opal St), San Diego, CA
Fischrestaurant · Pacific Beach · 41 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: A local seafood distributor, market and restaurant in one. Chef Paul Arias does right by his product; his Tuesday tasting menu ($28 for 4 courses) is a good time to taste how.

Jayne's Gastropub is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

30. Jayne's Gastropub

7.4
4677 30th St (Adams Ave.), San Diego, CA
Gaststätte · North Park · 32 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: There are many gastropub wannabes but Jayne's is the real deal, boasting a British owner and a well-executed modern pub menu. The wine list is more interesting than most, cocktails too.

Rocky's Crown Pub is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

31. Rocky's Crown Pub

8.3
3786 Ingraham St (at La Playa Ave), San Diego, CA
Burger-Imbiss · Pacific Beach · 90 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: The underdog opponent in an ongoing bar burger battle against Hodad's in Ocean Beach, this local's favorite has at least one distinct advantage: less tourists.

Whisknladle is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

32. Whisknladle

8.3
1044 Wall St (at Herschel Ave.), La Jolla, CA
Amerikanisches Restaurant · Village · 93 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: From-scratch cooking combined with a casual approach to fine dining. This group also runs the popular Prepkitchen locations.

Addison is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

33. Addison

8.7
5200 Grand del Mar Way (at Del Mar Meadows Road), San Diego, CA
Amerikanisches Restaurant · Carmel Valley · 16 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: One of the few splurge-worthy spots in SD, Addison is the signature restaurant at Grand Del Mar. Chef William's menu combines his French training w/ local ingredients & contemporary plating.

Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

34. Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro

8.2
4346 Bonita Rd, Bonita, CA
Mexikanisches Restaurant · East Chula Vista · 35 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Javier Plascencia's only San Diego-based restaurant; worth a try for a taste of the Baja Med cuisine that the chef has helped to make world-famous.

Jsix Restaurant is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

35. Jsix Restaurant

6.9
616 J St (at 6th Ave), San Diego, CA
Neuamerikanisches Restaurant · East Village · 32 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Jsix's Christian Graves, who manages to successfully juggle his exec chef duties and his GM role, also finds time to make charcuterie and champion sustainable seafood and whole animal cookery.

Mariscos El Pescador is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

36. Mariscos El Pescador

7.7
1008 Industrial Blvd Ste A (btwn L & Moss St), Chula Vista, CA
Imbisswagen · West Chula Vista · 18 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: If fish tacos are San Diego's signature food item, this food truck is their shrine. Start with the traditional crispy fish version, then branch out into other seafood - shrimp, octopus, smoked marlin.

Yakyudori Yakitori & Ramen is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

37. Yakyudori Yakitori & Ramen

7.7
4898 Convoy St, San Diego, CA
Ramen-Restaurant · Kearny Mesa · 77 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Impeccably grilled meat on sticks, bowls of steaming ramen, plus the beer and sake make this Hillcrest transplant many a chefs' favorite late-night hangout.

Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza is one of SD Eater: Top 38.

38. Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza

7.9
897 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA
Pizzeria · 39 Tipps und Bewertungen

Carter G.Carter Gibson: Chef-owner Wade Hageman left the fine dining kitchen, but applies the same culinary sensibilities to Blue Ribbon's wood-fired pizza and small plates.