The Hottest San Diego Dinner Spots

The Hottest San Diego Dinner Spots

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San Diego may be know for sunshine and surf, but it actually has a pretty robust food scene.

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    Downtown's newest dining destination is a casual all-day eatery aimed at offering artisan food at affordable prices. The wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas start at just $7 and come topped with housemade mozzarella and sausage, while local produce is featured in thoughtfully-prepared sides and salads.
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    Hearty plant-based eats combine with craft-focused drinks at his buzzy, metal-tinged new South Park hotspot that's drawing crowds curious to experience San Diego's first vegan cocktail bar.
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    Newly hatched by the Juniper & Ivy team, the casual outdoor hangout and its chicken-based menu is the current talk of the town. While it's too early to tell if the concept has wings as a far-reaching chain, the fried chicken is worth braving the often lengthy lines.
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    Though the meatball-focused menu hasn't changed (but promises to expand), it's worth checking out the visual feast at Soda & Swine's new Liberty Station outpost and sipping on something from their new cocktail program, from a slushified Negroni to boozy ice cream drinks-slash-desserts.
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    A colorful, casual spinoff from the highly-experienced George's at the Cove team, the breezy beach neighborhood eatery brings a chef sensibility to tacos, from Baja fish to potato and kale, each tucked into freshly-made blue corn tortillas.
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    With reservations booked out for months in advance and a super early or super late arrival necessary in order to score one of the first-come, first-serve seats, this Javier Plascencia-helmed tribute to Baja is the hottest table in town. Daily lunch service, as well as the recent opening of its upstairs dining patio, has helped to ease the crush.
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    Our newest steakhouse is distinguished by a menu that's primarily a showcase for pristine, premium meat, which executive chef Tim Kolanko (AR Valentien) balances with seasonal produce and seafood.
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    A strong showing, fresh out of the gate, from the accomplished Whisknladle Hospitality group. High points from the La Jolla rooftop restaurant include fish crudo, near-impeccable pasta and generous wood-roasted meat dishes.
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    This cozy 15-seat slip of an eatery, kin to to Yakitori Yakyudori, specializes in chicken-centric yakitori; all the best parts, including liver, heart, skin and wings are grilled to perfection here, plus exemplary renditions of braised beef tongue and Butashiso, or pork belly with shiso leaf. The menu also includes a few appetizers but really, it's all about the delicious meat on sticks.
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    The grandest opening in San Diego's dining neighborhood of the moment is a splashy two level venue for eating and drinking the restaurant's "progressive American cuisine" and approachable yet thoughtful cocktails.
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    This Little Italy hotspot may look like a movie set, mixing high design with irreverent whimsy, but the well-prepared seafood focused menu gives the restaurant a solid anchor. The cocktails, as per usual with these pros, are compulsively drinkable.
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    The instant and ongoing popularity of this Mission Hills eatery, The Patio's second location, establishes this restaurant group as one to watch in San Diego. Bonus points for their very own cheese cave.
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