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Restaurant Reviews

Tapenade's Sterling French Reputation Remains Near-Perfect at Bistro Du Marché

The name and the room have changed but the service and the food are impeccable

Bar Bodega Brings Tapas Culture to Little Italy

This little box in a bustling part of town is inspiring and unassuming

Officine Buona Forchetta Lives and Stalls by Simplicity at Liberty Station

Good, simple dishes are prepared without fuss, which is both the restaurant's strength and its weakness.

Lionfish Brings a Dash of Las Vegas Glitz to the Gaslamp

Dining at the Pendry's signature restaurant is like dining in a bottle of good scotch

Farmer's Table Is Surprisingly Excellent — and Disappointing

The La Mesa restaurant boasts farm-to-table recipes but the only person who is passionate is the chef

Barbusa Trades Old-World Italian Sophistication for Lively, Social Dining

The Little Italy eatery isn't perfect, but it's a huge hit for one of San Diego's top restaurant families

Ponsaty's Brings Master French Fare to Rancho Santa Fe

Master chef Patrick Ponsaty gets his own restaurant

The Hake's New View Steals the Show

La Jolla's tiny bistro gets a $2.5-million overhaul, and it works

Campfire Brings Some Inspired Ancient Cookery Back to Carlsbad

The name says it all: fire and smoke flavors served here.

Tajima Heads up San Diego's Ramen Empire

Ramen shops are taking over the city, and Tajima leads the charge

Top Belgian Chef Makes a Mark with Crudo

Chef-owner Pascal Lorange set up in The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch

Cucina Sorella Works Its Magic in Kensington

Tracy Borkum finally finds the right fit with Cucina Sorella

Herb & Wood Shines in Little Italy

Chef (and target) Brian Malarkey does his best work yet at the stunning new restaurant

Civico 1845 Is Just a Few Dashes Away from Excellence

Troy Johnson reviews Little Italy's vegan-friendly Italian restaurant

Mess Hall Is Ambitiously In-The-Now

The concept of Liberty Public Market's signature restaurant pays off well, when it pays off

Restaurant Review: Trust

Chef Brad Wise and Trust are two reasons to return to Hillcrest

Restaurant Review: A.R. Valentien

After 14 years, A.R. Valentien is still a magical place for Francophilic carnivores

Restaurant Review: Madison

Madison is a stunning place to hit and miss in University Heights

Restaurant Review: Little Lion

Ocean Beach has an emerging star with Little Lion

Restaurant Review: Galaxy Taco

Top San Diego chef Trey Foshee fills a major gap in the Shores with Galaxy Taco

Restaurant Review: Bracero

Javier Plascencia takes Mexican food to the next level

Restaurant Review: Café Gratitude

San Diego vegetarian cuisine gets a lift with Café Gratitude

Restaurant Review: The Wooden Spoon

High-end chef Jesse Paul ditches cushy hotels for the tiny, inspiring Wooden Spoon

Restaurant Review: Water Grill

Water Grill is a stunning ode to a SoCal seafood icon

Restaurant Review: Catania

Catania takes the early risk at La Plaza, and it’s paying off for now

Restaurant Review: Double Standard

Young chef Chris Gentile pitches a near-perfect game at Double Standard

Restaurant Review: Sirena

Little Italy’s new Latin option is a hot, exciting mess
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