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Dining and Nightlife in San Diego

San Diego restaurants and bars have something for every tastebud. When it comes to where to eat and drink in San Diego you have a multitude of choices, from burger joints to gourmet eateries and local breweries to wine lounges. You can also find some fun and exciting places to party and dance until the early morning hours or catch a comedy show or other nightlife entertainment.

San Diego Food, Drinks and Restaurant Reviews
San Diego is one of the culinary havens of America. Here is a round-up of the best San Diego restaurants, food and drinks.

Best Chicken Wings in Pacific Beach, San Diego
When deciding on the best chicken wings in Pacific Beach, it’s like declaring the best wings in all of San Diego as PB is known for having some of the best wings in the city. Here are some top favorites.

Best Cupcakes in San Diego
Cupcakes have splashed onto the San Diego culinary scene in recent years. Here are some of the best cupcakes in San Diego.

Mamma Mia Restaurant Review: Homemade Italian in PB
Mamma Mia is a restaurant in Pacific Beach, San Diego, that is run by an Italian chef and serves up homemade pasta and other Italian delicacies.

San Diego's Best Burger Places
San Diego serves up some great hamburgers and even though it might be a personal and subjective choice, here are some generally acknowledged tasty burger joints.

San Diego's Best Burger Places
San Diego serves up some great hamburgers and even though it might be a personal and subjective choice, here are some generally acknowledged tasty burger joints.

Gregs Guide to San Diego Restaurants - Top Tens - What To Eat - Where
Nifty San Diego dining guide with a cool map feature to find out where restaurants are located.

Take a Sip From San Diego's Local Wineries
San Diego has a number of local wineries that offer up their own versions of handcrafted wines.

Take a Sip From San Diego's Local Wineries
San Diego has a number of local wineries that offer up their own versions of handcrafted wines.

So, what's a fish taco? A San Diego favorite, that's what!
No, it's not sushi. When Ralph Rubio brought back the recipe for fish tacos from San Felipe in Baja Mexico, little did he know what he hath wrought: batter fried white fish in a corn tortilla with cabbage and salsa. He opened the first Rubio's Mexican Grill in 1983, and the rest is history. Rubio's is now a San Diego institution. Never had one? You don't know what you're missing!

San Diego's Food Trucks Dishing Up Fine Sidewalk Dining
Gourmet food trucks are the hottest trend in restaurants, and San Diego is starting to warm up to the idea of fine dining on the sidewalk. Here are the most popular gourmet food trucks in San Diego.

San Diego's Food Trucks Dishing Up Fine Sidewalk Dining
Gourmet food trucks are the hottest trend in restaurants, and San Diego is starting to warm up to the idea of fine dining on the sidewalk. Here are the most popular gourmet food trucks in San Diego.

Tip Top Meats: The Best San Diego Steakhouse You’ve Never Heard of Before
Tip Top Meats is a San Diego steakhouse located in North County that is a butchery, European delicatessen and restaurant serving up prime cuts of meat for low prices.

Dining in the Gaslamp
When it comes to an urban dining experience, downtown's Gaslamp Quarter is the ultimate. If you're looking for a stellar restaurant row, just stroll down Fifth Avenue (or Fourth and Sixth Avenues, for that matter). Every conceivable dining fare is available, from Irish pubs to gourmet Italian, to seafood and sushi, to steak and burgers. At times dizzying, but always wonderful!

San Diego's Breweries
San Diego has a thriving and well-regarded microbrewery community. Here is a roundup of San Diego's microbreweries.

A Guide to Julian Pies
Julian, California is a short drive from San Diego and cooks up some of the best apple pies around. Here is a guide to the best Julian pies.

San Diego's Breweries
San Diego has a thriving and well-regarded microbrewery community. Here is a roundup of San Diego's microbreweries.

San Diego Restaurant Week
San Diego Restaurant Week is a chance for you to experience some of the finest restaurants in San Diego for a low, fixed price of $30.

Where to Dine in San Diego: North Park
Looking for a place to eat in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego? Here are some suggestions for dining in this newly revived area of San Diego. Mind you, this isn't a "best" or "top" list, nor is it exclusively focused on fine dining. It's simply a subjective list of places to try while in this part of San Diego. Now, get out and eat!

Where to Dine in San Diego: North Park
Looking for a place to eat in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego? Here are some suggestions for dining in this newly revived area of San Diego. Mind you, this isn't a "best" or "top" list, nor is it exclusively focused on fine dining. It's simply a subjective list of places to try while in this part of San Diego. Now, get out and eat!

San Diego review: Gaslamp Strip Club

About San Diego Profile: The Casbah
The Casbah has been open since 1989. Its first location (pictured left) had a legal capacity of 75 and hosted such bands as: Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Lemonheads, The Jesus Lizard, and Rocket From The Crypt.

About San Diego Profile: The Casbah
The Casbah has been open since 1989. Its first location (pictured left) had a legal capacity of 75 and hosted such bands as: Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Lemonheads, The Jesus Lizard, and Rocket From The Crypt.

SD Review - Old Town Mexican Cafe
With the fabulous tortillas and reasonable prices, a meal at the Old Town Mexican Cafe is one of the best bargains in San Diego. After your meal, you can even play tourist and stroll through Old Town.

Where to Dine: Mid-City and Mission Valley
Looking for a place to eat in San Diego? Here are some suggestions for dining in the mid-city area of San Diego: Hillcrest, North Park, Mission Valley, Normal Heights, Mission Hills, University Heights, Old Town, and Kensington. Mind you, this isn't a "best" or "top" list, nor is it exclusively focused on fine dining. It's simply a subjective list of places to try while in this part of San Diego.…

Where to Dine: Mid-City and Mission Valley
Looking for a place to eat in San Diego? Here are some suggestions for dining in the mid-city area of San Diego: Hillcrest, North Park, Mission Valley, Normal Heights, Mission Hills, University Heights, Old Town, and Kensington. Mind you, this isn't a "best" or "top" list, nor is it exclusively focused on fine dining. It's simply a subjective list of places to try while in this part of San Diego.…

Best Diners in San Diego
Comfort food, breakfast at any time, late-night dining, cheap eats - sometimes you gotta have diner food. Here are my top picks for dining at diners in San Diego.

Where to Dine: Downtown and Gaslamp
Looking for a place to eat in San Diego? Here are some suggestions for dining in downtown San Diego, Gaslamp, and Little Italy. Mind you, this isn't a "best" or "top" list, nor is it exclusively focused on fine dining. It's simply a subjective list of places to try while in this part of San Diego. Now, get out and eat!

Where to Dine: Downtown and Gaslamp
Looking for a place to eat in San Diego? Here are some suggestions for dining in downtown San Diego, Gaslamp, and Little Italy. Mind you, this isn't a "best" or "top" list, nor is it exclusively focused on fine dining. It's simply a subjective list of places to try while in this part of San Diego. Now, get out and eat!

San Diego Beer Week 2011 Promotes San Diego's Beer Culture
San Diego Beer Week promotes San Diego's thriving craft beer culture by sponsoring a ten-day countywide festival that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage.

Best Areas to Find Asian Restaurants and Food Markets in San Diego
San Diego has a number of areas where there is a concentration of Asian restaurants and food markets. Here are areas around San Diego County where you can eat and shop for Asian food.

Best of San Diego: Downtown
Downtown San Diego is a vibrant place to spend a day or evening. Here are some of the best places to visit downtown.

San Diego Music Thing Lets Local Musicians Learn the Music Business
San Diego Music Thing is an annual event that lets local San Diego musicians learn about the music industry.

Taco Tips
Tacos, ahhh tacos. With San Diego being a border city, it's no wonder that Mexican food is such an ingrained way of life for most San Diegans. Mexican food is a staple diet of most of us (or at least a couple of days a week), and the taco is the sustenance; the king of all Mexican food.

Top 9 Diner Dining in San Diego
Given the prominence (dominance?) of the automobile in San Diego, I'm surprised by the lack of classic roadside diners. You know the kind: stainless steel prefab structures that resemble railroad dining cars (hence the name "diner"). Because I love diner food: unpretentious comfort food, breakfast at any time of the day, and a counter to eat at (ya gotta have a counter!). But we do have a few gen…

Top 9 Diner Dining in San Diego
Given the prominence (dominance?) of the automobile in San Diego, I'm surprised by the lack of classic roadside diners. You know the kind: stainless steel prefab structures that resemble railroad dining cars (hence the name "diner"). Because I love diner food: unpretentious comfort food, breakfast at any time of the day, and a counter to eat at (ya gotta have a counter!). But we do have a few gen…

Top San Diego Sports Bars
If you're a sports fan, here are some of the best places to eat, drink and watch sports around San Diego.

About San Diego Profile: the Alibi in Hillcrest
You always know when a dive bar gains street cred when the hipsters co-opt it as one of their own. And the Alibi in Hillcrest is one of those places.

About San Diego Profile: the Alibi in Hillcrest
You always know when a dive bar gains street cred when the hipsters co-opt it as one of their own. And the Alibi in Hillcrest is one of those places.

Top San Diego Neighborhood Dive Bars
They're in virtually every neighborhood worth its salt in character. Here are my Top Picks for Best Dive Bars in San Diego.

About San Diego Profile: Kensington Club in Kensington
Situated in the middle of the nifty Kensington business district and next door to the venerable Ken Theater, the Ken Club is one long and narrow room, typical of the old school local taverns.

About San Diego Profile: Kensington Club in Kensington
Situated in the middle of the nifty Kensington business district and next door to the venerable Ken Theater, the Ken Club is one long and narrow room, typical of the old school local taverns.

About San Diego Profile: Turf Supper Club
This hipster bar in the middle of Golden Hill is about as cool as it gets.

About San Diego Profile: NuNu's
This hangout, between Banker's Hill and Hillcrest, is one of those places you've seen but would never think to stop in.

About San Diego Profile: NuNu's
This hangout, between Banker's Hill and Hillcrest, is one of those places you've seen but would never think to stop in.

About San Diego Profile: Turf Supper Club
This hipster bar in the middle of Golden Hill is about as cool as it gets.

Top San Diego Neighborhood Dive Bars
They're in virtually every neighborhood worth its salt in character. Here are my Top Picks for Best Dive Bars in San Diego.

Top San Diego Sports Bars
If you're a sports fan, here are some of the best places to eat, drink and watch sports around San Diego.

Taco Tips
Tacos, ahhh tacos. With San Diego being a border city, it's no wonder that Mexican food is such an ingrained way of life for most San Diegans. Mexican food is a staple diet of most of us (or at least a couple of days a week), and the taco is the sustenance; the king of all Mexican food.

Best Diners in San Diego
Comfort food, breakfast at any time, late-night dining, cheap eats - sometimes you gotta have diner food. Here are my top picks for dining at diners in San Diego.

SD Review - Old Town Mexican Cafe
With the fabulous tortillas and reasonable prices, a meal at the Old Town Mexican Cafe is one of the best bargains in San Diego. After your meal, you can even play tourist and stroll through Old Town.

San Diego review: Gaslamp Strip Club

San Diego Restaurant Week
San Diego Restaurant Week is a chance for you to experience some of the finest restaurants in San Diego for a low, fixed price of $30.

Dining in the Gaslamp
When it comes to an urban dining experience, downtown's Gaslamp Quarter is the ultimate. If you're looking for a stellar restaurant row, just stroll down Fifth Avenue (or Fourth and Sixth Avenues, for that matter). Every conceivable dining fare is available, from Irish pubs to gourmet Italian, to seafood and sushi, to steak and burgers. At times dizzying, but always wonderful!

So, what's a fish taco? A San Diego favorite, that's what!
No, it's not sushi. When Ralph Rubio brought back the recipe for fish tacos from San Felipe in Baja Mexico, little did he know what he hath wrought: batter fried white fish in a corn tortilla with cabbage and salsa. He opened the first Rubio's Mexican Grill in 1983, and the rest is history. Rubio's is now a San Diego institution. Never had one? You don't know what you're missing!

Gregs Guide to San Diego Restaurants - Top Tens - What To Eat - Where
Nifty San Diego dining guide with a cool map feature to find out where restaurants are located.

San Diego Beer Week 2011 Promotes San Diego's Beer Culture
San Diego Beer Week promotes San Diego's thriving craft beer culture by sponsoring a ten-day countywide festival that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage.

Best Areas to Find Asian Restaurants and Food Markets in San Diego
San Diego has a number of areas where there is a concentration of Asian restaurants and food markets. Here are areas around San Diego County where you can eat and shop for Asian food.

Best of San Diego: Downtown
Downtown San Diego is a vibrant place to spend a day or evening. Here are some of the best places to visit downtown.

San Diego Music Thing Lets Local Musicians Learn the Music Business
San Diego Music Thing is an annual event that lets local San Diego musicians learn about the music industry.

Pizza Port Review: A San Diego Favorite
Pizza Port has a laidback surfer vibe and decor that appeals to generations of San Diegans. The self-service food and picnic table-style dining...

Alexander's on 30th Restaurant is a North Park Favorite
With a mostly white decor and a candlelit glow, the ambiance of Alexander's on 30th restaurant in San Diego feels both sophisticated and romantic.

Bernardo Winery: More Than Just Wine Tasting

Cucina Urbana Restaurant Review
Cucina Urbana made a huge impact on the San Diego restaurant scene when it opened. The Banker's Hill joint features California-inspired Italian food

Stumblefoot Brewing Company Review

Where to Spend New Year’s Eve in San Diego
If you still don’t know what you’re doing for New Year’s Eve in San Diego, don’t fret. There are still many tickets available for some of the biggest parties in San Diego on December 31

Bier Garden in Encinitas: Bloody Marys and Craft Beer
A local craft beer and excellent Bloody Mary are just a couple of the things you'll find at Bier Garden in Encinitas. The atmosphere is laidback and

George's at the Cove Restaurant Review
George's at the Cove is one of the most iconic restaurants in San Diego. For decades, San Diegans have loved George's atmosphere and cuisine...

The Cohn Restaurant Group of San Diego

Where to Eat in Carlsbad Village
Carlsbad may not be as glamorous as the Gaslamp Quarter or La Jolla or as hip as North Park or Encinitas, but this sleepy coastal suburb of San Diego is chock full of great places to eat.

San Diego Restaurant Review: Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Grill and Bar
Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill and Bar is on track to become one of the best of the best seafood restaurants in San Diego. Located downtown in...

Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Company Review
Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company are one of San Diego's "brewery in a garage" breweries. You arrive to the building it's located in, head down a...

Rocky's Crown Pub: Juicy Burgers and Chill Beer
Look at any best of burger list for San Diego and you'll probably see Rocky’s Crown Pub on it. There’s good reason for this: Rocky's only has burgers

Restaurant Review: En Fuego Cantina in Del Mar
En Fuego Cantina is a Mexican restaurant in Del Mar, California that has long been a favorite staple on the San Diego culinary scene. With an outdoor


The San Diego Shout House focuses on providing a fun experience for its guests with a focus on music and comedy provided by a set of dueling pianos.

Restaurant and Bar Review: the Compass in Carlsbad
The Compass is a gastropub type bar in Carlsbad with an urban feel made slightly retro with red booth lining one side of the bar. Hightop wooden table

Craft Brewery Review: Stone Brewing Company
There is perhaps no San Diego craft beer that is more iconic than Stone Brewing Company. The brewery has multiple locations with its base in Escondido

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