Everyone eats, but not everyone dines. To dine with a mindful palette on the art of food is truly a gift, a gift that San Diego has crafted into a decadent destination worth savoring. From the first bite, fall in love with five of our favorite restaurants in San Diego.
Sally’s Seafood on the Water
Given the fact that Sally’s Seafood on the Water is part of the Manchester Grand Hyatt already catapults it into a league of luxury. With the hotel’s current renovation, Sally’s has equally been revamping its menu, even extending it to friends of the furry kind. Not only can guests savor courses like lobster paella or sushi topped with real gold flakes, but they can bring their dogs with them, thanks to the restaurant’s “Yappy Hour” every Thursday.
From the food lovers that brought you Chart House and other seafood sensations comes Peohe’s on Coronado Island. Peering over San Diego Bay and situated steps from the ferry and water-taxi stops, it’s an easy local getaway as well as a sought-after establishment for visitors. Guests can’t go wrong with casual seafood snacks. And be sure to save room for dessert. Peohe’s offers its acclaimed hot chocolate-lava cake, perfect for sharing.
For girls’ night out or a trendy date spot, be sure to make reservations at Searsucker, the New American Classic installment by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey. At the first Searsucker, located in the Gaslamp Quarter, guests can sip on swanky cocktails with such names as Peter Rabbit, The Honeybadger and Jack and the Bean Stalk before indulging in a flavor fest of small plates, like mussels in beer and chorizo, pork belly with egg and bacon, and the decadent little cheddar puffs. For dessert, go all out with the banana cake with praline ice cream (trust us, it’s amazing). The restaurant offers a full dining menu and a private dining room in the back for larger parties and special occasions.
What would a trip to San Diego be without a stop at Pizza Port? The lovely little local chain offers gourmet-crafted pizzas that feature classic combinations as well as the option to create your own. Pair that with its wide selection of local craft beers and its own (San Diego is, after all, the microbrewery capital of the world), and friends, family, locals and out-of-towners will feel right at home. Not a beer drinker? Sip on the homemade root beer that is brewed on site.
Island Prime and C Level
Two restaurants — one location. Island Prime and C Level stake the ideal locale on the water and have iconic reputations for being the most “San Diego” spots central to everything. C Level revels in casual elegance for a sunny lunch option, while Island Prime unfolds with a luxurious seaside ambiance, creating the perfect pair for your palate. Seafood has never been more fresh.