Living in San Diego and being a foodie, I love going to new and different restaurants when I get the chance. If I am not craving a dish from a specific restaurant I love trying new food in new places. San Diego has many areas where there are a number of delicious and trendy restaurants. However, this post is specifically focused on the restaurants that most tourists want to visit to eat with the best view of San Diego. Of course, there are restaurants such as Bertrand at Mr. A’s that have the best view of San Diego. However, the one’s I am going to list are those where you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner, without spending too much still enjoying a good view.
This restaurant opened in 2015 and I went a week after their opening. Their Mexican food is gourmet and delicious. I usually order the Ceviche mixto or the Queso fundido as an appetizer. The Ahi Tuna Tostada is my favorite, but when I am in the mood for a salad I usually order the Blackened Chicken & Baby Kale Salad. They have a great selection of Mexican delicacies, but the view from Harbor Drive to the city is spectacular whether you go at 11:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m.
If you’re looking to hit Mission Beach dine close afterwards, Cannonball is the place to go. They have a American, Korean, and Japanese food. It’s perfect for going with larger parties because there are community tables and the food selection meets everyone’s craving. The concept of the restaurant gives the feel that you are in a pool which is different and the views overlooking the Pacific are amazing. I usually order the Ahi Poke, Shishito Peppers, and the Rainbow Roll.
CATANIA SAN DIEGO
This restaurant newly opened in La Jolla offers Italian cuisine. Their lunch menu has Woodfired Pizzas and Housemade Pastas that are genuinely Italian. They have a modern twist and the restaurant is beautiful. If the weather allows it, I recommend sitting in the outer area which has a great view of La Jolla’s Prospect St. If you are not that hungry and are in La Jolla I recommend getting a drink with a friend, won’t regret it.
Walking around Seaport Village, you might be confused as to where to stop and get a bite to eat. Edgewater Grill offers a casual dining experience with a gorgeous view of the coronado bay bridge and Coronado in general. I like going there for breakfast because the air is crisp and I can take advantage of the whole day. I love their Egg White Pita and their Fresh Fruit Parfait!
CAROLINE’S SEASIDE CAFE
A low-cost lunch with a great view is Caroline’s Seaside Cafe. The concept is order at the register and pick up when the number is called. There is outdoor and indoor seating, but if you are looking to sit outside I would definitely take outerwear. The crashing waves are soothing and you get a great view of the Scripps Pier. I have tried almost the whole menu, but the cuisine is cafe style: soups, sandwiches, and salads. Delicious and strongly recommended.
Balboa Park is one of the places that San Diego tourists are known for visiting. The Prado in Balboa Park does not have a city skyline view or an ocean view, but it is a great restaurant to go to when you are looking to spend the day around Balboa Park. Balboa Park has such beautiful architecture and is one of the go-to places. All their Seasonal Greens and Sea dishes are one of a kind and it is a great restaurant to go with the family.
VILLAGE PIZZERIA AT THE CORONADO FERRY LANDING
The Coronado Ferry Landing has one of my favorite views of San Diego. You have a view of beautiful downtown while taking a stroll through Coronado. The Village Pizzeria is right in the center of the Coronado Ferry Landing. They have a bay-side patio and reasonable prices for their Italian menu items. It is usually packed, but the great part is you can order to go and sit down at the edge of the water enjoying a great slice of pizza.