San Diego’s Best Outdoor Dining

Enjoy the wonderful weather and one of the delicious dishes San Diego has to offer
Courtesy of Bertrand at Mister A's
Courtesy of Bertrand at Mister A's

With stunning vistas, San Diego is an ideal place to dine outdoors.

One of the best things about California is the weather. The sun shines almost every day, whether you’re at the beach, the docks, or a bit further inland. San Diego is the perfect spot to people-watch while munching on lunch or dinner. But with so many options, it can be tough to pick the right place. Whether you’re a resident or just passing through, consider this list when picking your next outdoor dining adventure.

  • George’s at the Cove
    The indoors and outdoors flow together at George’s at the Cove, which offers spectacular views of La Jolla Cove with three unique dining experiences. On the first floor is California Modern, a chic dining room dedicated to serving the best dishes. In the middle is George’s Bar, featuring a bistro-style menu with indoor and balcony seating. And the Ocean Terrace offers the same bistro-style menu with amazing ocean views along with menu options like crispy calamari and garlic roasted shrimp with chorizo.
  • Bertrand at Mr. A’sLocated just minutes from downtown is Bertrand at Mr. A’s. Be warned, this penthouse restaurant isn’t for those with a thin wallet. Despite the pricy menu, people from all over continue to flock here for the beautiful views of the San Diego skyline, including San Diego Bay, Balboa Park, Coronado, Point Loma, and the San Diego Zoo. It’s just the place to indulge in some of the simple pleasures of life. The patio and bar menu has a range of options, including swordfish steak sliders served with tartar sauce and onion rings.
  • Point Loma Seafoods
    Situated right on the water, Point Loma Seafoods began from a simple idea: selling the freshest fish in town. This full-service, family-owned fish market allows guests to snack on freshly smoked fish sandwiches while watching fishermen pull in their daily catch. Or try one of the many seafood cocktails, such as the crabmeat cocktail made with fresh Dungeness crab.
  • Island Prime
    Looking to get lost in the blue waters of the San Diego Bay? Then Island Prime is the place to dine. Enjoy classic steak and seafood recipes such as the cedar plank salmon or filet mignon on the outdoor patio that juts out over the water. Look across the water toward the downtown San Diego skyline.
  • Sally’s Seafood on the Water
    Conveniently located in the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Sally’s Seafood on the Water delivers exactly what its name suggests — delicious food on the bay. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer fantastic views of the marina, and the food isn’t bad either. The menu has been revamped, but the famous crabcakes were left untouched. Sally’s Signature Appetizer is a great option if you’re looking to try some of the most popular items, such as those crabcakes, the chicken spring rolls, or ancho chile soup.
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