WACE 2018 Restaurant Guide

WACE Restaurant Guide 2018

C Level – Harbor Island (American (New) Seafood Lunch & Dinner)
880 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 298-6802
11:30am – 10:00pm Happy Hour M-F 3:30-5:30
Price Range: $11-30 $$


A fashionable destination for dinner or drinks, Island Prime boasts enchanting skyline views, a wealth of trendy cocktails, and flawless service. The restaurant is sitting on stilts, resting over the San Diego Bay. Local celebrity chef Debra Scott’s deft touch is evident with creations like macadamia crusted mahi mahi with seabeans, roasted pineapple salsa, yuzu beurre blanc. C Level Lounge is more casual, but has a similar menu. Both restaurants have an excellent gluten-free menu.

The location is amazing with views of downtown SD and North Island. Ask for a table outside or a window seat. Come for lunch or dinner you will not be disappointed! They also have nonalcoholic drinks.

Stone Brewery – Liberty Station (American (New), Breweries)
2816 Historic Decatur Road Ste 116
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 269-2100
M-Th,Sun 11:30am-9:00pm Fr-Sat 11:30am-9:00pm
Price Range: $11-30 $$


“Not your average brewery”, this Point Loma destination is “the perfect place to unwind” or hold “family gatherings or group events” with “beautiful gardens”, several private banquet rooms and bocce courts on-site, plus loads of outdoor dining; with a “world-class” beer list, “tasty” gastropub eats and a “friendly” vibe, most “love the whole experience.

Corvette Diner – Liberty Station Kitschy spot where 1950s-styled waitresses sport beehives & sing while serving burgers & shakes.
2965 Decatur Rd
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 542-1476
M-Th,Sun 11:30am-9:00pm Fr-Sat 11:30am-11:00pm
Price Range: $11-30 -$$


Corvette Diner is a San Diego institution now located in the Point Loma area of Liberty Station. It’s a 50s diner the serves up shakes, burgers, fries and other comfort food by sassy wait staff dressed in poodle skirts. Kids love it not only for the retro decor, casual vibe and food, but there’s a killer arcade called Gamer’s Garage in the back with 50 games and opportunities to win prizes. Think skee ball, pinball, Guitar Hero and more. It’s a popular place for birthday parties, too. Parents, there is a full bar as well as dedicated parking. All ages really do love it.

Fillippi’s Pizza Grotto Little Italy (Italian)
1747 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-5094
M-Th, Sun 11:00am-10:30pm Fr-Sat 11:00am-11:30pm
Price Range: $ 11-30$-$$


It’s “like visiting the Italian family you never grew up in” at this “affordable”, “casual” local chain slinging “enormous” helpings of “traditional” fare and “excellent pizzas” full of “cheesy, cheesy goodness”; the original Little Italy outpost is a local “treasure”, with an on-site market and “festive” atmosphere of red-and-white checkered tablecloths and “old Chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling.”

The Crack Shack– Little Italy
2266 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
M-Th, Sun 9:00am-10:00pm Fr-Sat 9:00am-11:00pm
Price Range: $11-30 $$


An all-day menu of chicken- and egg-based dishes – including fried chicken, chicken sandwiches and deviled eggs (plus a full bar) – are served at this corrugated metal–clad Little Italy counter by the team behind Juniper & Ivy. Modern furnishings, a giant chicken sculpture and a bocce court make the outdoor-only seating area hip and happening.

Casa De Reyes – Old Town (Mexican cuisine)
2754 Calhoun St.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 220-5040
Open Daily 10:00am-10:00pm
Price Range: $11-30 $$


This restaurant is SO lively! I loved the atmosphere the moment I stepped into its plaza. They have live music where people can enjoy dancing or just watching the show, and there is outdoor seating to enjoy the music, outdoors and Mexican food.

We sat inside because it was a long wait, but even sitting inside was such a great experience. The ambiance was just as lively and it was actually nice because we could still talk to each other without the noise being too loud.

Now on to the food. We ordered the carne asada burrito and strawberry margarita. Both were EXCELLENT! The burrito had plenty of carne asada, they did not hold back! It was full of flavor and moist that you couldn’t stop eating, however it was so much food we had to take the rest to go. With the burrito you get rice and frijoles! The strawberry margarita was SO GOOD too! It was blended and was extremely refreshing. Great pairing for your meal.

Café Cayote – Old Town (Mexican)
2461 San Diego Ave.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 291-4695
M-Th, Sun 7:00am-10:00pm Fr-Sat 9:00am-10:30pm
Price Range: $11-30 $$


“Some of the best margaritas north of the border” and “freshly made-to-order” tortillas put this “hopping” Mexican a “smidgen above” the other options in Old Town; it’s a bit “touristy”, but fans say “caring” servers, fair prices and the “charming” atmosphere with “fun”, “cheesy” decor keep them coming back.

Kaiserhof – Ocean Beach (German/Pub)
2253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107
(619 )224-0606
Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm
Lunch: Fri-Sun 11:30am-3:30pm
Price Range: $11-30 $$


Great place for authentic German food! The large pretzel is worth it! Come here if you want good sausages. The staff are really friendly and very informed on the culture and food. My favorite part is the desserts! I got the apple strudel, which is homemade.

OB Noodle House – Ocean Beach – Asian Fusion
4993 Niagra Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
M-Th,Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm Fr-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm
Price Range: $11-30 $$


This “hip” Ocean Beach entry focuses on “fantastic” pho “on par with more authentic places” along with “awesome” Asian-fusion eats like “spicy chicken wings” backed by cocktails and craft beers in a bustling setting; a “super-chill” staff, “inexpensive” tabs and “fun happy hour” make it “great for a night out with friends.”

Walk off dinner and stroll the longest municipal fishing pier on the west coast! (located 2 blks west of the restaurant)

Bombay – Hillcrest – Indian
3960 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
M-Th 11a–2:30p ~ 5p–9:30p
F-Sa 11a–2:30p ~ 5p–10:30p
Su 11a–2:30p ~ 5p–9:30p
Price Range: $11-30 $$


Bombay opened in October 1988 and is located on restaurant row in Hillcrest. Since then, Multi award winning Chef Ashley Popat has been serving both quality interpretations of classic Indian dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of food.Bombay’s interior, designed by the renowned Rodolfo Ocio, reflects the hip sensibilities of the surrounding area while also paying tribute to India’s storied past. The 7500 square foot restaurant offers the choice to observe passers-by from the dispersing doors, or watch the Bollywood movies and a dramatic waterfall within the dining room.

B0 Beau Kitchen + Cache – Hillcrest – French
1027 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 481-5033
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday at 4pm
Sundays at 5pm
Closed Monday Nights
Price Range: $11-$30 $-$$
SUNDAY BRUNCH: 10am-2:30pm


These midpriced California-French bistros from the Cohn Group (Indigo Grill, Island Prime) are beloved for their “amazing” “approachable” eats (“the Brussels sprouts are a must!”) and “fabulous cocktails”; reasonable prices, “friendly” staffers and the “cozy”, romantic setting completes the picture.

Mr. A’s – Bankers Hill – 2:30pm – 6:00pm Sunday through Thursday at the bar and patio only (Bar light menu offered)
2250 Fifth Ave. 12th Floor
San Diego, CA 92103
Sun-Thurs 2:30-6 PM,
Price Range: $$


“For years, happy hour at Bertrand at Mister A’s has provided an under-the-radar and affordable entrée into Banker’s Hills’ iconic special-occasion restaurant. Located on the top floor of the Fifth Avenue Financial Center, with stunning views of Downtown, Balboa Park, Hillcrest and inbound airplanes, it’s one of the best perches in San Diego for sights, truly awesome bar bites and maybe even dessert.

The Fish Market – Downtown Seaport – Seafood
750 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-3474
Sun-Thurs 11:00am-9:30pm
Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm
Price Range: $$


“Excellent harbor views” and “an abundance of seafood to choose from” draw fans and their “out-of-town guests” to this “popular” Downtown standby (and Solana Beach offshoot) featuring an on-site oyster bar, cocktail bar and sushi bar, plus “attentive but not intrusive” service; downstairs is more “affordable” with a “festive” vibe, while the upstairs Top of The Market is a “tablecloth operation” and is “quieter” and more refined.

Hodads – Downtown – Burgers & Shakes
945 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-6323
Sun-Thur 11:00am-9:00pm Sat-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm
Price Range:$11-30 $$


This Ocean Beach “icon” and its Downtown twin are beloved by locals and tourists alike for their “huge, juicy” patties, “awesome milkshakes” and “tasty fries” in a “loud, fun” atmosphere; “long lines” are common at both spots, but the “funky” decor and “punk rock on the sound system” “will keep you occupied as you wait.”

Tender Greens – Downtown – Salad, Sandwiches, American
110 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 795-2353
Mon-Fri 7:30am-9:00pm Sat-Sun 11:30am-9:00pm
Price Range: $


“Fresh, local ingredients” go into the “healthy salads”, sandwiches and “perfect cookies” at this “popular” “casual” chain dotted around Southern California featuring prices in line with the “quality”; it’s “always busy at lunch” with “long lines”, but “friendly” staffers work like a well-oiled machine so “it always moves quickly.”

Café Sevilla – Downtown – Spanish
353 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 233-5979
Mon-Thur 11:30am-1:00am – Fr, Sat 11:30am – 1:30am
Price Range: $$$


“Delicious Tapas Cafe Sevilla was a short walk from where we were staying for a conference – it came highly recommended by some of the local bartenders we spoke with from other establishments. The atmosphere inside is cozy and authentic Spanish and they also have outside seating with a good view of the Gas Lamp quarter. Our waitress was super helpful with ordering tapas off the menu as we had never been to Sevilla before and were a bit unsure what to try. The bacon wrapped, blue cheese stuffed dates were unbelievable! I am scouring the internet for the recipe as I am writing this review. I wish we had time to go back to try the many other interesting menu choices.”

Donut Bar – Downtown – Donuts
631 B Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-6360
Price Range: $
Mon – Thurs, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fri & Sat, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm & 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


Fans line up daily at this Downtown San Diego donut shop vending a constantly changing selection of playfully decorated, over-the-top confections. The spot has limited seating and minimal decor, so the emphasis stays on getting the goodies and getting out.

Peohe’s – Coronado – Polynesian fare & sushi
1201 1st St.
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 437-4474
Price Range: $31-60 $$$
Mon-Sun 11:30am-9:30pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm


“Right on the bay”, this Coronado “classic” near the ferry landing – part of the Chart House family of restaurants – matches “spectacular” views with Polynesian cuisine and sushi in a “comfortable” setting with a spacious patio filled with a “touristy” crowd; the consensus finds the food “well prepared” if “predictable” and somewhat “pricey”, though the area is “lovely to stroll after.”

Carnitas’ Snack Shack North Park – American, Sandwiches
2632 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: (619) 294-7675
Price Range: $11-30 $$
Sun-Thur 11:00am-10:00pm – Fri-Sat 11:00am-12:00am


“A pork-lover’s dream come true”, these “trendy” destinations specialize in “amazing”, “original” porcine eats from “delish” carnitas and tacos to a “life-changing BLT” all made with “quality”, “local” ingredients and backed by a “good selection of craft beers” and a full bar at the Embarcadero location; though lines can get “crazy”, the “fun, outdoor” settings (plus some indoor tables at the Del Mar outpost) compensate and “you can’t beat the value.”

Square Pizza Company – Pacific Beach – Pizza
4508 Cass Street
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: (858)412-4469
Price Range: $
Sun-Thur 11:00am-10:00pm Fri-Sat 11:00am-2:00am


Diners can enjoy three different varieties of pizza by the (square) slice, including Sicilian, Detroit Red Top and thin and crisp Beach slices at this snug shop in Pacific Beach with limited indoor seating and a small sidewalk patio; P.S. par-baked frozen squares are available to go.

World Curry – Pacific Beach – Indian, Thai, Japanese, Caribbean Curry
1433 Garnet Ave.
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: (858)270-4455
Price Range: $11-30 $$
Sun 12:00pm-9:00pm Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:30pm


This simple, inconspicuous restaurant provides a tour of the world of curries. And they do a very good job with dishes from a lot of different cultures. Good quality food, friendly staff, quick service, reasonable prices. Check it out. And, if you dare, try the phall curry made with ghost chilis.

The Marine Room – La Jolla – Gourmet Seafood
2000 Spindrift Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: (858) 459-7222
Price Range: above 61 $$$$
Daily 4:00pm-10:00pm


“When you want to impress”, “get a window seat” at this “superb” “fine-dining” destination in La Jolla where “magnificent” ocean views add to the “romantic” atmosphere; factor in chef Bernard Guillas’ “beautifully prepared” French-Eclectic cuisine and “you can’t go wrong dining here”; P.S. don’t miss the special High Tide Breakfasts, when the waves are so close they splash against the picture windows. 

Georges at the Cove: Ocean Terrace– La Jolla – Californian
1250 Prospect St..
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: (858) 454-4244
Price Range: $11-30 $$
Sun-Thur 11:00am-10:00pm Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm


“A million-dollar view” of the La Jolla Cove takes center stage at George Hauer’s “high-end” “hot spot”, where “wonderful”, “imaginative” Cal cuisine from chef Trey Foshee is served to a “glamorous” crowd; it’s a destination when “you want to impress”, or try the “casual” rooftop terrace for a more “reasonably priced” menu.

The Taco Stand La Jolla – Mexican Taco Stand
621 Pearl St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: (858)551-6666
Price Range: $
Sun-Thur 9:00am-9:00pm Fri-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm


Laid-back spot with colorful decor serving classic, Tijuana-style Mexican eats plus inventive tacos wrapped in fresh tortillas.

“You need a good taco shop! This is the place. Great tacos, fast service, amazing fresh guacamole and chips! It’s small shop but doesn’t matter sit outside and enjoy the weather!! Love this taco place! Would go again next time in the area!”