Downtown Restaurants

McCormick & Schmick's

Address: 675 L Street, San Diego, CA 92101
McCormick & Schmick's
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Each one of McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants throughout the United States is designed to create an environment that is unique and welcoming; the one in Downtown San Diego is no different. Located in the Omni Hotel on the corner of L and 7th Street the restaurant is connected via skybridge to Petco Park. The ever-changing menu features the highest quality of steak, like the tender aged Filet Mignon as well as seafood choices from the Pacific Rim, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Also, the award winning bar food is just as satisfying as the main entrees. Indulge in classic …

Grant Grill

Address: 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
Grant Grill
$$$ Recommended Editor's Pick Special Offer Private Room
A contemporary, glamorous place to dine, the Grant Grill presents an extraordinary display of modern cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and an elegance that permeates the restaurant’s décor and atmosphere. Originally opened in 1951, the Grant Grill’s historical significance as a “Power Lunch” spot is well-known throughout San Diego. A must-have at this legendary establishment is the Mock Turtle Soup, a staple since the doors opened. The creative California cuisine created by Chef de Cuisine, John Duran, features innovative and seasonal selections. A 3, 4, or 5 Course Tasting Menu with an optional wine pairing is available for those looking to sample …

Sab Lai Thai Kitchen

Address: 500 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Sab Lai Thai Kitchen
$ Recommended New Editor's Pick
Specializing in fresh, quality authentic Thai, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free dishes served in an airy, brick-lined space with contemporary decor. Voted Best Thai Food Gaslamp San Diego.

Petrinis San Diego

Address: 610 W Ash St, San Diego, CA 92101
Petrinis San Diego
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Petrini's, in the heart of San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood, serves homemade Italian dishes with a traditional aesthetic in its charming and inviting restaurant. Petrini's takes the same approach to its menu in its environment as previous generations. With years of feeding customers with authentic and mouth-watering recipes and cuisine, Petrini's holds its same standard that it did for several years.

Operacaffe

Address: 835 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Operacaffe
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It is the very presence of charismatic Master Chef Roberto Bernardoni and his lovely wife, Chef Patrizia Branchi that sets Operacaffe apart from the countless “authentic” Italian eateries downtown. The first ingredient in all of Chef Bernadoni’s dishes is his "cuore", his heart and passion for his trade. This is splendidly reflected in the careful presentations, wistful aromas, and creative tastes of their traditional dishes. Allow your taste buds to be transported to Italy by thin crust pizzas, salads, featuring fresh Italian cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano, and herby and flavorful pasta and second course dishes. Chef Bernardoni will be delighted …

Royal India

Address: 329 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101
Royal India
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Royal India is where to go when you want to dine like kings and queens. The Gaslamp area restaurant serves authentic Northern Indian cuisine in a refreshing, elegant setting. An outdoor patio offers prime views of downtown foot traffic, while inside, the tall ceilings and open space give the feel of a modern palace, complete with regal décor imported from India. Ornate chandeliers cast an elegant glow, while a cascading waterfall offers a backdrop of serenity. The menu is as rich as its surroundings, with flavorful curries, tandoori kababs, and a tempting array of fresh tandoor-baked breads. If you’re unable …

The Whiskey House

Address: 420 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Greystone Steakhouse

Address: 658 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Pushkin Russian Restaurant

Address: 750 6th Ave, San Diego , CA 92101
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Pushkin Brings some of the best Russian dishes to San Diego.

Bertrand at Mister A's

Address: 2550 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
Bertrand at Mister A's
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Impeccable service, excellent cuisine, and an extensive wine list are to be expected at any Bertrand Hug establishment, and Bertrand at Mr. A’s lives up to the highest of expectations. Perched atop a skyscraper on the brink of downtown, the restaurant offers one of the most outstanding dining experiences in San Diego. Modern American cuisine elegantly complements the cosmopolitan backdrop, with a menu that offers awe-inspiring “glimpses” of both land and sea. The seasonal menu incorporates the utmost quality meats, fish, and accompaniments, resulting in a fresh and tantalizing selection of dishes. The main dining room offers a premier dining …

Toast Enoteca & Cucina

Address: 927 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Toast Enoteca & Cucina
$$ Special Offer
In need of a relaxing moment and a glass of wine or want to sample varietals in a chic, intimate, and sophisticated environment? Come relax and unwind at Toast Enoteca & Cucina in San Diego’s East Village. This combination restaurant and wine bar features around 400 different bottles of wine to sample and purchase. By the glass sales are available as well. Toast offers an extensive and authentic Italian menu complete with antipasti, insalante, primi, pizze, secondi, and Panini courses. This downtown landmark is yet another culinary creation by Martin Gonzalez, the owner and executive chef of Acqua Al 2, …

The Melting Pot - Gaslamp

Address: 901 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
The Melting Pot - Gaslamp
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The Melting Pot is a one-of-a-kind restaurant giving guests the opportunity to dip to their hearts’ content – in fondue, that is. Boasting an unbelievably decadent menu of cheese, broth, and chocolate-based fondue options, diners are armed with everything they need to satisfy that certain craving for something sweet or savory. Home in the Gaslamp Quarter’s very first skyscraper, The Melting Pot’s chic décor hearkens back to a golden era of opulence, while maintaining a contemporary air of casual elegance. Join family and friends around the Melting Pot table and partake in the joyous style of dining that is fondue.

Monsoon

Address: 729 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Monsoon
$$ Editor's Pick Special Offer
Monsoon, an Indian cuisine focused restaurant in the heart of the Gaslamp District, is part of the Monsoon Group’s four main establishments that serves San Diegians a taste of the country, not just curry. The brother and sister tandem of Chefs Rakesh and Ashley Popat have a wide assortment of appetizers, entrees, Indian breads, curries, tandooris and vegetarian dishes on the menu to satisfy even the most critical Mumbai and Calcuttan food connoisseurs. The Lentis n’ Lamb and the Bangalore Masala bolster this bevy of long-time family recipes and round out this epicurean experience. Monsoon has an all-you-can eat daily …

Hexagone

Address: 495 Laurel Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Hexagone
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Named after the six-sided shape of France, Hexagone offers one of the largest French menus in San Diego with twenty appetizers and twenty entrees. Soft jazz croons its way lazily across a dimly lit L-shaped dining room adorned with crisp white linens, floor-to-ceiling windows, and rambunctious Art Nouveau prints. The Beef Bourguignon alone is reason enough to visit, as the rich wine-infused dish braises for a total of three days. This new addition to Banker’s Hill has been competing—and holding its own— against the likes of neighboring Laurel and Bertrand at Mister A’s, a sure indication of the quality of …

De Medici

Address: 815 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
De Medici
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Beyond the heavy glass doors of De Medici lies a wonderland of delight and extravagance. Once inside, wrapped in the cozy embrace of one of the booths, guests are welcomed to linger over an amazing meal and absorb an evening of tantalizing experiences. Under the insistence of owner Salavatore Vitale, many of the signature dishes are still created table-side. The soft rosy glow and intimate ambiance of the dining room is punctuated by the bright flashes of flambéing Bananas Foster and Steak Diane. Specializing in both Northern and Southern Italian cuisine, Chef Ricardo Macias charms the palates of many with …

Oceanaire

Address: 400 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
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Nestled in the heart of the exciting Gaslamp District, and just minutes away from the San Diego Convention Center, is The Oceanaire Seafood Room – a stylish and upscale seafood restaurant famed for its oyster bar and fresh fish flown in daily. Its menu offers a daily changing selection of snapper, swordfish and rare seasonal items like Alaska Weathervane Scallops, in addition to chops, steaks and poultry. Its sophisticated décor, large open dining room and award-winning service only add to its appeal, making it the ideal setting for special occasions, date night and corporate functions. Visit the bar area during …

Ocean Room

Address: 630 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Ocean Room
$$ Recommended New Special Offer
Boasting fresh sushi and an oyster bar overlooking an open kitchen, Ocean Room also offers fresh seafood including shellfish cooked to perfection using a kettle steaming technique. This is something that is rarely seen here on the west coast as it is a technique utilized more in the southern region of the United States, particularly Louisiana. Located in the center of Fifth Avenue in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, Ocean Room’s contemporary décor, friendly staff, and flavorful seafood creations - headed up by Chef Felix Frias - will be a sure bet to indulge in …

Chianti

Address: 644 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Chianti
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It’s often hard to choose a restaurant on 5th Avenue in the Gaslamp. There are many enticing hostesses with even more enticing menus on display out front, but with so many options, it can still be a difficult choice to make. Luckily, there’s one restaurant on 5th that emits a radiant glow of friendly service, quality food, and reasonable prices. Chianti has been a 5th Avenue mainstay for nearly a decade for many reasons, including the knowledgeable staff and fresh, delicious, authentic Italian food. The décor is elegant and relaxing, with paintings of the Italian countryside adorning the walls and …

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

Address: 565 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Blue Point Coastal Cuisine
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Blue Point was the first seafood and oyster bar to open in the Gaslamp over a decade ago, and it remains one of the very best. The restaurant pays special attention to interpreting seafood classics in fresh ways that delight all the senses. Specialties extend to a selection of steak and chops, so that both the menu and interior call to mind an old fashioned supper club with nautical flair. A striking and impressively well-stocked antique bar completes the relaxed elegance that keeps Blue Point on the Gaslamp’s favored list.

Indigo Grill

Address: 1536 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Indigo Grill
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Nestled on cozy India Street in picturesque Little Italy, Indigo Grill has been a gem of San Diego’s culinary scene for years. While many diners may be familiar with one of the Cohn Family’s finest restaurants, they haven’t seen anything like the recent transformation that has elevated the grill to the next plateau of dining experiences. Head Chef Deborah Scott, one of the finest chefs in all of San Diego, finally has a spectacular venue in which to showcase her phenomenal dishes that combine old world charm with modern culinary flare. Close to the Gaslamp, Convention Center, Seaport Village, and …