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Downtown Area

Acqua al 2

From Florence to the Gaslamp, Acqua al 2 brings San Diegans a new taste of Italy. The pasta sampler includes three white-sauce and two red-sauce pastas; the main-course sampler, a selection of three small portions of main-course dishes. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 322 Fifth Ave., 619-230-0382, acquaal2.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, OT, $$-$$$

ANTHOLOGY

An elegant but casual bistro providing tantalizing comfort food at its best, from meat loaf to a specialty burger. Lunch & dinner daily. 741 W. Washington, 619-295-6000, thereddoorsd.com. RR, FB B&W, CR, $$-$$$

ANTHONY’S FISH GROTTO ★

Consistently good, rea­sonably priced fresh seafood. Particularly popular for lunch. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 1360 N. Har­bor Dr., 619-232-5103, gofishanthonys.com. FB, CR, $-$$

ASTI RISTORANTE

North­ern Italian dishes, gour­met sea­food specialties and delectable desserts are the fare at this cozy, elegant bistro at the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter. Lunch & dinner daily. 728 Fifth Ave., 619-232-8844, astisandiego.com. FB, LD, CR except CB, OT, $$-$$$

ATHENS MARKET TAVERNA ★

At Mary Pappas’ eat­ery, diners can feast on a three-course Greek-style tsipoura dinner that includes octopathaka and an authentic Greek horiatiki salad. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. 109 W. F St., in the Senator Building, 619-234-1955, athensmarkettaverna.com. FB, CR, $$

BANDAR ★

An exotic dining adventure in the Gaslamp Quarter: Persian cuisine with elegantly contemporary décor. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Sat. 825 Fourth Ave., 619-238-0101, ­bandarrestaurant.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, $-$$

BELLA LUNA

Featuring food of Capri, this Italian eatery specializes in fresh seafood and pasta dishes. Lunch & dinner daily. 748 Fifth Ave., 619-239-3222, bellaluna-sandiego.com. FB, LD, RR, CR, $$

BICE RISTORANTE

Combining modern and classic Italian styles, the menu at this classy new Gaslamp spot varies weekly. Dinner nightly. 425 Island Ave., 619-239-2423, ­bicesandiego.com. FB, LD Sat., RR, AE, MC, V, OT, $$$$

B LOUNGE

Next to Bandar, this offshoot serves the same delicious Persian fare as its parent. Lunch & dinner daily. 845 Fourth Ave., 619-238-0203, bandarrestaurant.com/blounge. FB, LD, CR, $-$$

BLUE POINT COASTAL CUISINE

David Cohn’s Frisco-style supper club raises the bar on seafood with butter-poached Australian lobster tail in a sherry saffron sauce. Dinner nightly. 565 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619-233-6623, dinecrg.com. LD Fri. & Sat., FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$$

BONDI BAR & KITCHEN

This trendy downtown eatery features everything Australian, including imported beers and meats. Specialties include the char-grilled rack of lamb. Lunch & dinner daily. 333 Fifth Ave., 619-342-0212, thebondi.com. FB, LD, CH, AE, MC, V, $-$$

BUCA DI BEPPO

In-your-face, irreverent, family-style Italian dining on mammoth portions of traditional salads, pizzas and pastas in a décor dripping with kitsch and nostalgia. Lunch & dinner daily. 705 Sixth Ave., downtown. 619-233-PAPA, ­bucadibeppo.com. Also in Carlsbad (1921 Calle Barcelona, 760-479-2533) & Mira Mesa (10749 Westview Pkwy., 858-536-2822). FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, $$

BUON APPETITO

The Italian menu boasts more than a dozen pastas, 10 different meat and seafood entrées and an equal number of appetizers. Lunch & dinner daily. 1609 India St., Little Italy, 619-238-9880. B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$-$$$

CAFÉ CHLOE

This fresh French bistro in downtown’s East Village is a perfect blend of California casual and European flair. Soups are a specialty, but bistro classics like steak with frites are also excellent. Breakfast & lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. & Sun., afternoon tea (3-5; reservation required) & dinner daily. 721 Ninth Ave., 619-232-3242, cafechloe.com. B&W, AE, MC, V, $$

CAFÉ SEVILLA ★

The starry ceiling and rustic setting add romance to traditional Spanish cuisine such as the tapas sampler, seafood paella, flan and—of course—authentic sangría. Dinner nightly. 555 Fourth Ave., 619-233-5979, cafesevilla.com. FB, LD, RR, CR, OT, $$

CAFÉ 222

The pumpkin waffles and orange-pecan pancakes are favorites at this American café in the Gaslamp Quarter. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. 222 Island Ave., 619-236-9902, cafe222.com. MC, V, $

CAFÉ ZUCCHERO

Coffee-shop ambience with a concise menu of paninis, pizza and pasta, highlighted by a vast dessert case, all freshly prepared by in-house pastry-maker Frank Busalacchi, trained in Sicily. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 1731 India St., Little Italy, 619-531-1731, ­cafezucchero.com. B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$

CANDELAS

The dinner crowd at this downtown Mexican alta cocina is treated to chef Eduardo Baeza’s creation, langosta baeza—fresh lobster stuffed with mushrooms, jalapeño chilies, onions, bacon and aged tequila. Breakfast Sat. & Sun., lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 416 Third Ave., 619-702-4455, candelas-sd.com. Also in Coronado (1201 First St., 619-435-4900). FB, LD, CR, OT, $$$

CHIANTI

Italian fare including hand­made pastas and freshly baked bread. Lunch & dinner daily. 644 Fifth Ave., 619-235-8144, ­chiantirestaurantsd.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, $$-$$$

CHINA CAMP AT FAT CITY

This colorful longtime favorite has an extensive Man­da­rin/Sze­chwan menu. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner night­ly. 2137 Pacific Hwy., 619-232-1367. FB, CR, $$

CHOCOLAT CREMERIE

At this Italian-owned café, gelato is the mainstay, but have Mamma Luisa whip up one of her sweet crêpes, stuffed with gelato, Nutella or mascarpone cream and served with wild berries and fresh bananas. Lunch & dinner daily. 509 Fifth Ave., 619-238-9400, chocolatsandiego.com. B&W, CR, $

CONFIDENTIAL

Executive chef Richard Sweeney’s international menu complements the upscale atmosphere at this popular Gas­lamp Quarter restaurant and lounge. Dinner Tues.-Sat. 901 Fourth Ave., 619-696-8888, confidentialsd.com. FB, LD, CR, OT, $$-$$$

THE COWBOY STAR

Guests dine in John Wayne style at this East Village eatery with executive chef Victor Jimenez’ blend of rustic American dishes given a modern twist. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sun. 640 10th Ave., 619-450-5880, ­thecowboystar.com. FB, RR, CR except CB, OT, $$$-$$$$

CROCE’S ★

American contemporary cuisine featuring prime meats, fresh fish and live music nightly. Dine on the patio and enjoy the Gaslamp life. Brunch Sat. & Sun., dinner nightly. 802 Fifth Ave., 619-233-4355, croces.com. FB, LD, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

CURRANT BRASSERIE

A modern space in a historic location, this unique eatery in downtown’s Sofia Hotel offers a casual approach to fine dining. Chef Michael Rubino’s eclectic menu encompasses American comfort cuisine and a hint of European flavor. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 140 W. Broadway, 619-702-6309, currantrestaurant.com. FB, CR, OT, $$-$$$

DE’ MEDICI

Decorated with a hint of the Renaissance, this elegant restaurant serves regional Italian fare. Dinner nightly. 815 Fifth Ave., 619-702-7228. FB, LD, CR, OT, $$-$$$

DICK’S LAST RESORT

Irreverent servers and loud music plus heaps of ribs, chicken and crab make for a rau­cous dining adventure in the Gaslamp. Lunch & din­ner daily. 345 Fourth Ave., 619-231-9100, ­dickslastresort.com. FB, LD, CR, $-$$

DOBSON’S ★

In­ternational and seafood specialties such as mussel bisque with puff pastry top the menu. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. 956 Broadway Circle, 619-231-6771, ­dobsonsrestaurant.com. FB, CR except CB, OT, $$-$$$

ELEPHANT & CASTLE PUB & RESTAURANT

British favorites such as steak-and-­mushroom pie and beer-and-Cheddar soup. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. At the Holiday Inn on the Bay, 1355 N. Harbor Dr., 619-234-9977, ­elephantcastle.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$

EL VITRAL

Et Vitral serves its vast selection of tequilas amid a welter of stained-glass windows casting their glow on the contemporary Mexican cuisine. Lunch & dinner daily. 815 J St., East Village, 619-236-9420, ­elvitralrestaurant.com. FB, LD, CR, OT, $$-$$$

ENOTECA STYLE

Fresh panini and bruschetta enliven the menu at this wine bar tucked into Little Italy. Lunch & dinner Mon.-Sat. 1445 India St., 619-546-7138, enotecastyle.com. B&W, CR, $$

EXTRAORDINARY DESSERTS ★

Decadance, anyone? Karen Krasne’s extravagant cakes top any meal delightfully. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily at 1430 Union Street, Little Italy, 619-294-7001; desserts at 2929 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619-294-2132, ­extraordinarydesserts.com. LD, AE, MC, V, $$

FILIPPI’S PIZZA GROTTO

Hearty helpings of Italian food fill the bill at this favorite in the Little Italy district. Lunch & dinner daily. 1747 In­dia St., 619-232-5094, realcheesepizza.com. Also in Chula Vista (82 Broadway, 619-427-6650), Clairemont Mesa (5353 Kearny Villa Rd., 858-279-7241), Escondido (114 W. Grand Ave., 760-747-2650), Jamul (13881 Campo Rd., 619-669-1080), Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch (9969 Mira Mesa Blvd., 858-586-0888), Mission Gorge (10330 Friars Rd., Ste. 107, 619-281-3511), Pacific Beach (962 Garnet Ave., 858-483-6222), Poway (13000 Oak Knoll Dr., 858-748-1800), Santee (10767 Woodside Ave., 619-562-7878) & Temecula (27309 Jefferson Ave., 909-699-8900). B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $

THE FIELD

Displayed on the walls of this downtown Irish eatery/pub are farming tools and equipment from Ireland; the fare is just as down-home and hearty. Breakfast Sat & Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 544 Fifth Ave., 619-232-9840, ­thefield.com. FB, LD, CR except CB, $

THE FISH MARKET & TOP OF THE MARKET ★

The freshest seafood is the staple at this bayside two-restaurant/retail seafood market complex at Tuna Harbor. Oyster and sushi bars complement casual dining at The Fish Market. Lunch & din­ner daily. FB, CR, $$-$$$. At elegant Top of the Mar­­­­ket, a view of the Coronado Bridge adds to the on-the-water ambience. Lunch & dinner daily. 750 N. Harbor Dr., 619-232-3474 (The Fish Market); 619-234-4867 (Top of the Mar­ket), ­thefishmarket.com. FB, RR, CR, $$-$$$

THE FLEETWOOD

Across from Petco Park, this restaurant provides comfortable seating for a relaxing meal and drink before or after a game. Brunch Sat. & Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 639 J St., 619-702-7700, thefleetwood.com. FB, LD, CR, $-$$

400 WEST

This American bistro is set beneath the dazzling green silhouette of the Westin San Diego hotel. Guests are served classic California fare in the stylishly sleek dining room or the patio. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 400 W. Broadway, downtown, 619-239-4500, ­westinsandiego.com. FB, CR, $$$

FOX SPORTS GRILL

On the ground level of the Hilton San Diego Bay­front, Fox Sports Grill offers fresh-daily contemporary American cuisine—and for those who are there for more than just the food, 26 plasma and LCD screens. Lunch & dinner daily. 1 Park Blvd., Ste. 101, downtown, 619-231-9000, foxsportsgrill.com. FB, CR, $$

GASLAMP STRIP CLUB

Named after its own strip steak, this meaty lounge offers Gaslampers 21 and older the chance to grill their choice from the menu. Order up a martini or choose a bottle of red from the self-serve wine cellar. Dinner nightly. 340 Fifth Ave., 619-231-3140, dinecrg.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$

THE GLASS DOOR

Floating four stories above Little Italy in the Porto Vista Hotel & Suites, The Glass Door offers an unbeatable view of the bay. Try the French toast with hot bananas Foster or the half-pound Wagyu beef burger. Breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner daily. 1835 Columbia St., 619-564-3755, portovistasd.com. FB, LD, RR, CR, OT, $$-$$$

GRAND CENTRAL CAFÉ

You’ll find hearty American cuisine at this spacious restaurant in downtown’s historic YMCA building, across from the Santa Fe Train Station. Chef Mario Lopez serves up homemade soups, salads and burgers. Standout dishes include the tuna melt, Southwest grilled chicken and taco salad. All aboard! Breakfast & lunch daily. 500 W. Broadway, 619-234-2233. B&W, AE, MC, V, $

THE GRANT GRILL

Within downtown’s historic U.S. Grant Hotel, this San Diego icon offers elegant farm-to-table fresh California cuisine. Chef Chris Kurth creates sophisticated composed dishes and perfectly paired tasting menus. Break­fast, lunch (brunch on Sat. & Sun.) & din­ner daily. 326 Broad­­way, 619-744-2077, grantgrill.com. FB, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

G­­­REEK ISLANDS CAFÉ & ASAGGIO

At the water’s edge, the bustling Greek Islands Café serves tasty gyros, shish kabob and fab­ulous salads. At the adjacent Asaggio, grab fresh-baked focaccia bread, a calzone or a slice of New York–style, thin-crust pizza. Lunch & din­ner daily. 879 W. Harbor Dr., Seaport Village, Asaggio, 619-234-2407; Greek Island Café, 619-239-5216, greekislandscafe.com. B&W, CR, $

GREYSTONE

Whether it’s buffalo tenderloin or wild-boar ragu, Greystone chef Alberto Morreale knows his meat, as witness the Gaslamp steakhouse’s vast selection of eclectic meats and classic cuts. Dinner nightly. 658 Fifth Ave., 619-232-0225, ­greystonesteakhouse.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, $$$

HARD ROCK CAFÉ

The Gaslamp Quarter boasts its own link in this renowned chain. The fare is American burgers and fries; the décor celebrates rock ’n’ roll memorabilia. Lunch & dinner daily. 801 Fourth Ave., 619-615-7625, hardrock.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$

HARD ROCK HOTEL SAN DIEGO

Within the hotel, Nobu combines distinct gourmet Japanese cuisine with distinctive décor. Dinner nightly. 619-814-4124. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$. Maryjane’s Coffeeshop offers classic American cuisine with a contemporary twist. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. 619-764-6950. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$$. 207 Fifth Ave., downtown, hardrockhotelsd.com.

HENNESSEY’S

This Irish pub serves a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner as well as lighter fare like an oven-baked salmon fillet with a potato crust. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 708 Fourth Ave., 619-239-9994, hennesseystavern.com. Also in Carlsbad (2777 Roosevelt St., 760-729-6951) & Pacific Beach (4650 Mission Blvd., 858-483-8847). FB, LD, AE, MC, V, $-$$

HENRY’S PUB

This Gaslamp Quarter bar offers fine Finnish cuisine such as peppered, seared Nordic salmon with seasoned butter, creamy mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables. Lunch & dinner daily. 618 Fifth Ave., 619-238-2389, ­henryspub.com. FB, CR, $-$$

HILTON SAN DIEGO BAYFRONT

The surrounding bay is inspiration for the Hilton’s restaurants. Vela accompanies its spectacular views with cuisine from around the world created by executive chef Adam Bussell. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. Odysea serves appetizers and cocktails daily after 3. 619-564-3333. 1 Park Blvd., East Village, 619-321-4284, hilton.com. B&W, CR, OT, $$$$

HORNBLOWER CRUISES

Enjoy dancing, champagne and a three-course meal of American-style cuisine with ever-changing views of San Diego Bay aboard the Hornblower. Brunch Sun., dinner nightly. 1066 N. Harbor Dr., downtown, 619-686-8700, ­hornblower.com. FB, CR, $$$$

IDA BAILEY’S RESTAURANT

Embellished with antiques, this eatery in the historic Horton Grand ­Hotel serves traditional Amer­i­can fare. Breakfast daily; afternoon tea (by reservation) Sat. 2-5. 311 Island Ave., 619-544-1886, hortongrand.com. CR except DS, $$-$$$

INDIGO CAFÉ

Downtown’s Indigo Café puts a bluesy spin on fare such as a veggie wrap and blackened yellowfish. The walls are sprinkled with record covers of jazz artists while the melodies of Bourbon Street float throughout. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 1435 Sixth Ave., 619-702-6478, indigocafeandcatering.com. Also in Kearny Mesa (9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 858-565-2388). CR, $

INDIGO GRILL ★

Set in a native atmosphere, the essence of this Mexican, Pacific Coast and Native American cuisine is found in one ingredient: the chile. Dinner nightly. 1536 India St., Little Italy, 619-234-6802, dinecrg.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, OT, $$-$$$

JIMMY LOVE’S

The creative California cuisine with Mediterranean flair keeps ’em coming back to this high-energy eatery in the Gaslamp. Dinner nightly. 672 Fifth Ave., 619-595-0123, ­jimmyloves.com. FB, AE, MC, V, OT, $$

JOEY’S SMOKIN’ BBQ

Savory Southern cooking marks this BBQ joint’s home-style cuisine, with hickory-smoked baby back ribs and 1-pound baked potatoes. Lunch & dinner daily. 1041 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619-702-2226, joeyssmokinbbq.com. Also in Carlsbad (6955 El Camino Real, 760-929-1396) & Carmel Mountain (12002 Carmel Mountain Rd., Ste. 268, 858-487-2120). RR, FB, CR except DC, $$

JSIX

Executive chef Christian Graves’ coastal menu matches his “slow food” approach to cooking. Breakfast & lunch Mon.-Fri, dinner nightly; Sat. & Sun. brunch. At Hotel Solamar, 616 J St., 619-531-8744, jsixrestaurant.com. FB, LD Thur.-Sat., RR, CR except CB/DC, OT $$-$$$

KANSAS CITY BARBEQUE ★

Barbecue fans swear by the chick­en/rib combos with all the fix­ings. Lunch & dinner daily. 600 W. Harbor Dr., 619-231-9680, kcbbq.net. B&W, LD, MC, V, $-$$

KARL STRAUSS’ BREWERY & RESTAURANT ★

San Diego’s original brew-pub boasts 35 handcrafted beers to accompany the American cuisine. Lunch & dinner daily. 1157 Co­lum­­bia St., downtown, 619-234-2739, karlstrauss.com. Also in Carlsbad (5801 Armada Dr., 760-431-2739), La Jolla (1044 Wall St., 858-551-2739) & Sorrento Mesa (9675 Scranton Rd., 858-587-2739). FB, LD Fri. & Sat., AE, MC, V, $-$$

LE CAKE CHATEAU

Chocoholics and sugar addicts can choose from the delectable selection or create their own cake, from flavor to filling to icing. Breakfast & lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Fri. & Sat. 1152 Seventh Ave., downtown, 619-325-0977, lecakechateau.com. CR except CB/DC, $-$$

LINCOLN’S BAR & GRILL

The refurbished bank building housing the Courtyard by Marriott also is home to an eatery offering hearty sandwiches and delightfully seasoned entrées. Breakfast & dinner daily. 530 Broadway, downtown, 619-446-3014. CR, $$$

LITTLE ITALY SPAGHETTERIA

The traditional sports-bar options include a range of Italian cuisine. Lunch & dinner daily. 1953 India St., 619-398-2974, ­littleitalyspaghetti.com. FB, CR except CB/DC, $$

LOTUS THAI

Authentic Thai food with vegetarian options and chef’s specialties. Lunch & dinner daily. 906 Market St., 619-595-0115, lotusthaisd.com. Also in Hillcrest (3761 Sixth Ave., 619-299-8272). B&W, LD Fri.-Sun., RR, CR except DC, $-$$

LOU & MICKEY’S

At the entrance to the Gas­lamp, Lou & Mickey’s offers high-quality steaks, seafood and exotic drinks in décor akin to a classic chophouse. Oyster bar. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 224 Fifth Ave., 619-237-4900, ­louandmickeys.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

MALONEY’S TAVERN

The walls are filled with movie-star photos at this underground bar and restaurant, which resembles the set of the sitcom Cheers. (Sam) Mayday Malone’s sampler platter is a mix of chicken fillets, mozzarella sticks, potato skins and baby burgers. Breakfast Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 777 Fifth Ave., 619-232-6000, ­maloneystavern.com. FB, CR, $$

MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT SAN DIEGO

Inside downtown’s classy resort hotel, Lael’s features Med­i­ter­rane­an cui­sine. Breakfast & dinner daily. 619-358-6735. CR, OT, $$-$$$. Redfield’s Lounge specializes in California cuisine. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 619-232-1234. FB, CR except CB, $$-$$$. 1 Market Place, ­manchestergrand.hyatt.com.

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Stationed in the Omni Hotel, it’s just a blooper from Petco Park. Chef Nick Padilla adds his own flavor to more than 30 varieties of fresh seafood and an ever-changing menu. Try the Atlantic salmon, stuffed with crab, shrimp and Brie. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 675 L St., 619-645-6545, mccormickandschmicks.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, OT, $$$

THE MERK BISTRO ITALIANO

Traditional Italian dishes come with a California flair at this eatery within the Keating Hotel. Dinner nightly. 820 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619-814-6375, ­themerk.com. FB, LD Thur.–Sat., RR, CR, $$-$$$

MISTER TIKI MAI TAI LOUNGE

Tiki décor surrounds guests of this fun restaurant serving Pacific island cuisine. Exotic cocktails and a poke bar keep customers coming back. Dinner nightly. 801 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-233-1183, dinecrg.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, OT, $$-$$$

MONSOON ★

With a bounty of exotic Indian fare, Monsoon pours out tasty meals in the Gaslamp. A waterfall runs down the center of the restaurant as part of the lively décor. Lunch & dinner daily. 729 Fourth Ave., 619-234-5555, ­monsoonrestaurant.com. FB, RR, AE, MC, V, $$$

MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE

Sinatra and cocktails set the mood as generous portions of USDA beef, seafood and classic steakhouse sides are served. An assortment of wines, martinis and decadent desserts indulge the palate. Dinner nightly. At the Harbor Club, 285 J St., 619-696-3369, mortons.com. FB, LD Mon.-Sat., RR, CR except DS, OT, $$-$$$

NEIGHBORHOOD

With a half-pound of grain-fed Midwest beef, Gruyère cheese, caramelized onions and peppered greens on a handcrafted artisan roll, the signature Neighborhood Burger isn’t a conventional hamburger. Lunch & dinner daily. 777 G St., downtown, 619-446-0002, ­neighborhoodsd.com. B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., CR except DS, $$

NEW LEAF

In downtown’s Hilton Hotel, this upscale restaurant offers eclectic world cuisine and an urban décor. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 401 K St., 619-231-4040, hilton.com. FB, LD, CR, $$-$$$

NOVUS

Your pups will thank you for strolling over to this quaint juice bar and deli in Little Italy, where mochas, soups, sandwiches and doggy treats top the menu. Breakfast & lunch daily. 1501 India St., Ste. 105, 619-230-1222. CR except DC/CB, $

O’BROTHERS

Boasting the only fully certified organic kitchen in California, this burger joint puts a fresh, health-conscious spin on the traditional American meal. Lunch & dinner daily. 188 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619-615-0909, ­obrothersburgers.com. B&W, CR except DS/CB, $$

OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM ★

Swing back into an elegant earlier era at this Gaslamp supper spot, relaxing in the tall, dark cherry-wood booths under mood lighting. Enticing shrimp, crab and Fijian yellowtail dishes await guests. A few non-fish entrées are also offered, as well as an oyster bar. Dinner nightly. 400 J St., downtown, 619-858-2277, ­theoceanaire.com. FB, RR, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY

This longtime Gaslamp standard for pasta returns, with fireplace lounge Dussini Loft Bar upstairs. Lunch & dinner daily. 275 Fifth Ave., 619-233-4323, osf.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR except CB/DC, $$-$$$

OSETRA THE FISHHOUSE

Chef Alberto Morreale serves up the freshest fish and seafood dishes with flavorful gourmet twists. Specialties include macadamia-crusted scallops with seared foie gras and creamy vanilla bean-walnut-tangerine sauce, and tempura-fried lobster tail, served with a lobster roll and assorted sauces. Dinner nightly. 904 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-239-1800, ­osetrafishhouse.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$$$

OSTERIA PANEVINO

Italian cuisine, including delectable desserts, in a lively atmosphere of rustic Tuscan décor. Lunch & dinner daily. 722 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619-595-7959, osteriapanevino.com. FB, CR, $$-$$$

PACIFIC FISH COMPANY

The menu, updated daily, includes sizzling catfish with spicy Thai curry sauce, Pacific swordfish kung pao and live Maine lobsters, New York strip steak or pork chops. Sushi bar & oyster bar. Lunch & dinner daily. 601 Pacific Hwy., in the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay, 619-232-0274, ­pacificfishcompany.com. FB, LD, CR except DC, $$-$$$

THE PALM

Known for its classic American steakhouse ambience, The Palm adorns its walls with lighthearted caricatures of local notable personalities. Dinner nightly. 615 J St., 619-702-6500, thepalm.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

PANDA INN

Atop the Horton Plaza center, Mandarin and Szechwan cuisine refresh weary shoppers. Lunch & dinner daily. 506 Horton Plaza, 619-233-7800, pandainn.com. FB, CR except DC, $-$$

POKÉZ ★

This lively downtown Mexican eatery features more than 30 vegetarian options and has a large selection of beers. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 947 E St., 619-702-7160, pokezsd.com. B&W, MC, V, $

PUERTO LA BOCA

Through brightly colored panes of glass, Puerto La Boca beckons guests to experience Argentinean classics in Little Italy. Lunch & dinner daily. 2060 India St., 619-234-4900, puertolaboca.com. FB, CR, $$$

QUARTER KITCHEN

Featuring an exhibition kitchen and exquisite glass ceiling art by Anna Skibska, this restaurant in downtown’s Ivy Hotel serves Asian-influenced American fusion in a sophisticated atmosphere. Signature dishes include caviar tacos and the kitchen-sink salad. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 600 F St., 619-814-2000, quarterkitchen.com. FB, RR, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, OT, $$$$

RAMA ★

Traditional Thai cuisine, including seafood, created by a Bangkok-trained chef. Specialties include the Crying Tiger: marinated filet mignon, barbecued and thinly sliced. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 327 Fourth Ave., 619-501-8424, ramarestaurant.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$

RA SUSHI

Savory sushi and high-energy music abound at this trendy place. Try your luck with the Viva Las Vegas specialty roll or the cinnamon tempura ice cream. Lunch & dinner daily. 474 Broadway, downtown, 619-321-0021, ­rasushi.com. FB, LD, CR, $$

RED CIRCLE CAFÉ

Contemporary Russian murals and a huge vodka list highlight this Gaslamp eatery, where chef Antonio Gonzalez has created a menu of contemporary continental dishes. Dinner Wed.-Sat. 420 E St., 619-234-9211, redcirclesd.com. FB, CR except CB/DC, $$-$$$

RED PEARL KITCHEN ★

Authentic East Asian recipes and a hip, contemporary bar scene. Dinner nightly. 440 J St., Ste. 108, 619-231-1100, redpearlkitchen.com. FB, LD Thur.-Sat., CR except DS, OT, $$-$$$

REI DO GADO

This Brazilian steakhouse offers the churrasco, an unlimited buffet of varied meats typical of the South American tradition, everything from filet mignon to Peru com bacon (turkey wrapped in bacon). Lunch & dinner daily. 939 Fourth Ave., San Diego, 619-702-8464, ­reidogado.net. FB, CR, OT, $$$

RICE

On the ground floor of the W San Diego, this downtown restaurant showcases modern Pacific cuisine in an eclectic urban setting. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily; brunch Sat. & Sun. 421 W. B St., 619-398-3082, ­thewsandiegohotel.com/rice. FB, LD, RR, CR except CB/DC, OT, $$$$

ROCKIN’ BAJA LOBSTER

A Puerto Nuevo party downtown, with big buckets of lobster, shrimp, carne asada, grilled chicken and more. Lunch & dinner daily. 310 Fifth Ave., 619-234-6333, rockinbaja.com. Also in Oceanside (258 Harbor Dr. So., 760-967-6199) & Old Town (3890 Twiggs St., 619-260-0305). FB, CR, $$

ROYAL INDIA

In quietly elegant surroundings, the Kambo brothers bring authentic Indian cuisine to the edge of the Gaslamp. Lunch & dinner daily. 329 Market St., 619-269-9999, royalindia.com. Also in the Golden Triangle (in University Towne Centre, 4545 La Jolla Village Dr., Ste. E22, 858-453-5300) & downtown (423 Horton Plaza, 619-795-4444). FB, RR, CR, $$$

ROY’S HAWAIIAN FUSION CUISINE ★

Waterfront Roy’s features the exotic flavors of Hawaiian and Japanese gastronomy. Enjoy harbor views while sampling one of the extravagant sushi rolls, or try the popular trio—habachi-grilled salmon, blackened island ahi and Hawaiian-style misoyaki butterfish. Lunch & dinner daily. In Seaport Village, 333 West Harbor Dr., 619-239-7697,­ ­roysrestaurant.com. Also in La Jolla (8670 Genesee Ave., 858-455-1616). FB, RR, CR, $$$

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE ★

The name may be a tongue-twister, but the steaks are the choicest USDA prime beef. Dinner nightly. 1355 N. Harbor Dr., 619-233-1422, ruthschris.com. Also in Del Mar (11582 El Camino Real, 858-755-1454; lunch Fri.). FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$$

ST. TROPEZ BAKERY & BISTRO

Try the St. Tropez panini or the salmon salad with toasted almonds. The bakery offers delectable sweets. Breakfast & lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. 926 Broadway Circle, downtown, 619-696-8695, sttropezbistro.com. Also at 600 W. Broadway, Ste. 130 (619-234-2560), Encinitas (760-633-0084) & Hillcrest (619-497-0297). B&W, CR, $

SALLY’S SEAFOOD ON THE WATER

Fresh fish with a waterfront view is the specialty. Adjacent to the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Sally’s serves a variety of nigiri, sushi and sashimi, courtesy of executive chef Sarah Linkenheil. Breakfast Sat. & Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 1 Market Place, 619-358-6740, sallyssandiego.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

SALVATORE’S CUCINA ITALIANA

Authentic Italian entrées at this stylish ris­to­rante at the base of the Meridian. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 750 Front St., 619-544-1865, salvatoresdowntown.com. FB, RR, CR, $$-$$$

SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA ★

Rain-forest marble, glass mosaic tiles and exotic dark wood provide the background for tapas and Sammy’s famous gourmet pizzas, tasty pasta dishes and the “messy sundae.” Lunch & dinner daily. 770 Fourth Ave., 619-230-8888, ­sammyspizza.com. Also in Del Mar (12925 El Camino Real, 858-259-6600), Golden Triangle (8650 Genessee Ave., 858-404-9898), La Jolla (702 Pearl St., 858-456-5222), Mission Valley (1620 Camino de la Reina, 619-298-8222), Point Loma (2401 Truxton Rd., 619-222-3111) & Scripps Ranch (10785 Scripps Poway Pkwy., 858-695-0900). B&W, CR, $-$$

SOGNO DIVINO

From the owners of adjacent Buon Appetito, Sogno DiVino is a sophisticated yet unpretentious trattoria serving wine, appetizers and confections such as peach trifle. Lunch & dinner daily. 1607 India St., Little Italy, 619-531-8887, ­sogno-divino.com. B&W, LD, CR except DS, $-$$

SOLEIL @ K

Executive chef Eddie Fincher focuses on fresh “foods of the sun” with a strong California influence. Grilled flat breads and rotisserie chicken are among the offerings. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 660 K St., downtown, 619-446-6088, soleilatk.com. FB, CR, OT, $$-$$$

STAR OF INDIA ★

Fine Indian cuisine includes chicken roasted in a clay oven, cooked with creamed tomato curry and spices. Lunch & dinner daily. 423 F St., downtown, 619-234-8000, starofindia.com. Also in Carmel Valley (3860 Valley Centre Dr., 858-792-1111). B&W, CR, $$

STINGAREE

A multilevel luxury dining and entertainment destination, Stingaree offers French/Italian hybrid cuisine and modern/retro décor. Executive chef Antonio Friscia uses only the freshest ingredients from local organic farmers to create dishes such as achiote-crusted local bass. Dinner Tues.-Sat. 454 Sixth Ave., downtown, 619-544-9500, stingsandiego.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, OT, $$$

STOUT PUBLIC HOUSE

Owners Dave Toth and Mark Prendergast serve up unpretentious Irish hospitality. Made with beef and lamb, the belly-filling shepherd’s pie is meaty, cheesy and fresh from the oven. Lunch & dinner daily. 1125 Sixth Ave., downtown, 619-702-7933, stoutsd.com. FB, LD, AE, MC, V, $$

SUITE & TENDER

This chic hotel restaurant is known for impeccable service and a decadent spin on surf and turf. Pick out your own steak knife and cut into such delicacies as the lobster and braised short ribs. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. In the Sè Hotel, 1047 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-515-3003. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, OT, $$$

TABULE RESTAURANT & BAR

Blending Mediterranean and Far Eastern fare, specialties here include Thai baby back ribs and fried rice with plantains, cream cheese and eel sauce. Dinner nightly. 535 Fourth Ave., 619-238-0048, tabulerestaurantbar.com. FB, RR, LD, CR, OT, $$$

TAKA

Chef Maruyama presides at this upscale sushi bar and Pacific Rim restaurant. Dinner nightly. 555 Fifth Ave., 619-338-0555, takasushi.com. FB, CR except CB/DC, $$-$$$

TEQUILA 100

Authentic Mexican fare including alam­bres—chicken or steak with chopped onions wrapped in a soft corn tortilla. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 756 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619-233-2838, tequila100.net. LD, FB, CR, $$

THE TIN FISH

Seafood lovers can try grilled fish and lightly breaded and deep-fried plates like the Tin Fish Combo, a large platter packed with fish, shrimp, scallops and calamari. Lunch & dinner daily. 170 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619-238-8100, ­thetinfish.net. Also in Imperial Beach (910 Seacoast Dr., 619-628-8414; B&W, MC, V). FB, LD, RR, CH, CR, $-$$

TRATTORIA LA STRADA

A hip, urban eatery offering Italian specialties and a welter of windows to view the passing parade. Lunch & dinner daily. 702 Fifth Ave., 619-239-3400, trattorialastrada.com. FB, LD, CR, $$-$$$

URBAN BAR & GRILL

Colorful fusion cuisine sets apart this Gaslamp addition. The menu presents a variety of dishes, from traditional filet mignon to roasted Chilean sea bass. Lunch Sat. & Sun., dinner nightly. 827 Fifth Ave., 619-235-8700, ­urbanbarandgrill.com. FB, LD, RR, CR, $$$

VIN DE SYRAH SPIRIT & WINE PARLOR

Pair the Gaslamp Quarter lounge’s inventive menu with its subterranean décor and you’re bound to have an interesting night. Drinks & appetizers Tues.-Sun. after 4. 901 Fifth Ave., 619-234-4166, ­syrahwineparlor.com. FB, CR except DC, $$

VOYEUR

Taking a Goth-flavored peep at the Gaslamp, Voyeur offers a range of delectable small-plate dishes suitable for snacks while dancing. Dinner nightly. 755 Fifth Ave., 619-756-7678, voyeursd.com. FB, LD, CR, $$

WESTGATE HOTEL ★

The Westgate Room serves breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. CR, $$. Afternoon tea served in the grand lobby Fri., Sat. & Sun., 2:30-5 (reservations: 619-557-3650). Le Fontainebleau Room’s European atmosphere is the setting for an elegant Sun. brunch. FB, RR, CR, $$$. 1055 Second Ave., 619-557-3655, westgatehotel.com.

WHISKEY GIRL

A sports bar atmosphere and a traditional steakhouse feel, with a pleasing array of American classics. Dinner nightly. 600 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619-236-1616, ­whiskeygirl.com. FB, LD, AE, MC, V, $$

ZIA’S BISTRO

As you’d expect at a Little Italy res­tau­rant: Italian cuisine. Lunch & dinner daily. 1845 India St., 619-234-1344, ziasbistro.com. B&W, CR, $$
Balboa Park & Hillcrest

AFGHANISTAN KHYBER PASS ★

Traditional as well as adventurous Af­ghan cuisine. Lunch & dinner dai­ly. 523 University Ave., 619-294-7579, khyberpasssandiego.com. B&W, CR, $-$$

ALCHEMY

Art and food coexist at this South Park eatery, with meals geared toward the seasons. Alchemy offers an extensive wine list and offers small bites in the bar. Dinner nightly; Sat. & Sun. brunch. 1503 30th St., 619-255-0616 ­alchemysandiego.com. FB, RR, LD, CR, $$

ALEXANDER’S

The North Park sibling of Point Loma’s Old Venice continues the tradition of chic, candlelit Italian dining. Try the “white room” pizza, a rustic spread of spinach with a whole head of garlic in the center. Dinner nightly. 3391 30th St., 619-281-2539, alexanderson30th.com. B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$-$$$

ARRIVEDERCI ★

Rustic Italian ambience adds authenticity to the homemade gnocchi at this streetside restaurant with patio dining. Lunch & dinner daily. 3845 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-299-6282, ­ristorante-arrivederci.com. B&W, RR, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$-$$$

AVENUE 5

A chic environment to enjoy American cuisine with a French twist. The eatery prides itself on that classic blend and seasonal ingredients. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sun., brunch Sat. & Sun. 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619-542-0394, ­avenue5restaurant.com. FB, AE, MC, V, $$$

BERTRAND AT MISTER A’S ★

Atop the Fifth Avenue Financial Cen­tre, this dressy-casual con­tinental restaurant boasts one of San Diego’s best—and most romantic—views. ­Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 2550 Fifth Ave., 619-239-1377, ­bertrandatmisteras.com. FB, RR, CR except DS, OT, $$$-$$$$

BABYCAKES

Promising “desserts that would make your grandmother dance on the bar,” Babycakes hits the sweet spot in a 1889 Craftsman home, offering a café-style menu daily. Lunch & dinner daily. 3766 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-296-4173, ­babycakessandiego.com. B&W, LD, AE, DS, MC, V, $$

BAJA BETTY'S

A fun, upbeat, casual cantina specializing in carnitas, homemade tortillas and tequila. Lunch & dinner daily; Sat. & Sun. brunch. 1421 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619-269-8510, ­bajabettyssd.com. FB, LD, CR except CB/DC, $-$$

BITE

Chris Walsh’s sleek new eatery boasts an extensive wine collection and European specialty beers to accompany the tapas-style California cuisine. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 1417 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619-299-BITE, bitesd.com. B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$

BOMBAY ★

Choose from an array of exotic cuisine from India at this casual Hillcrest spot. Lunch & din­ner daily. 3960 Fifth Ave., in the Hillcrest Cinema complex, 619-298-3155, ­bombayrestaurant.com. FB, CR, $$

BRONX PIZZA ★

The pizza here puts a smile on the face of transplanted New Yorkers; the place, adorned with boxing photos, has an attitude to match. Lunch & dinner daily. 111 Washington St., Hillcrest, 619-291-3341, bronxpizza.com. LD Fri. & Sat., N, $

BUSALACCHI’S

Sicilian cuisine is the attraction at this intimate eatery. Dinner nightly. 3683 Fifth Ave., 619-298-0119, busalacchis.com. FB, CR except CB, $$-$$$

CAFÉ ON PARK

An American bistro offering hearty breakfasts, tasty salads and sandwiches and interesting twists on traditional diner fare. Breakfast & lunch daily. 3831 Park Blvd., 619-293-7275, cafeonpark.org. FB, CR, $

CELADON

This Thai favorite in Hillcrest boasts a seasonal menu of flavorful and authentic noodle, rice, seafood and meat dishes from executive chef Sonsi. The dramatic modern décor lends a fresh yet romantic feel to the restaurant, which now includes a lounge with late-night cocktails, dining and live music. Dinner nightly. 3671 Fifth Ave., 619-297-8424, celadonrestaurant.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, $$

CITY DELI

Traditional Jew­ish deli food is the draw. All-day breakfast; lunch & dinner daily. 535 University Ave., 619-295-2747, citydeli.com. FB, LD, CR, $

CITY WOK

Wok right up to a front-row seat at this exhibition kitchen. The most popular item on the menu, the City Wok chicken, puts a fresh spin on orange chicken. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 718 W. Washington St., Hillcrest, 619-220-8888, citywok.com. B&W, CR, $-$$

CREST CAFÉ

An art deco–style café serving hearty diner-type American food plus a few dishes borrowed from other cuisines. Break­­fast, lunch & dinner daily. 425 Rob­in­son Ave., Hillcrest, 619-295-2510, ­crestcafe.net. B&W, LD, CR except DS, $-$$

CUCINA URBANA

The cuisine at the former Laurel has shifted toward Italian. Lunch & dinner daily. 505 Laurel St., 619-239-2222, sdurbankitchen.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR except CB/DC, OT, $$-$$$

EL CAMINO

With brightly colored kitsch décor and psychedelic lighting, this over-the-top Mexican joint offers organic and locally grown Mexican food, including “street style” tacos. Dinner nightly. 3023 Juniper St., South Park, 619-450-6878, ­elcaminosd.com. B&W, CR, $$

EL INDIO

Some of the best takeout Mexican food in the city comes from this longtime favorite. Breakfast (served all day), lunch & dinner daily. 3695 India St., 619-299-0333, el-indio.com. B&W, MC, V, $

EXTRAORDINARY DESSERTS ★

Karen Krasne’s delicacies include handcrafted tortes, ice creams and pastries. Dinner nightly. 2929 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-294-2132, extraordinarydesserts.com. Also downtown (1430 Union St., 619-294-7001; breakfast, lunch & dinner daily). LD, MC, V, $$

FARM HOUSE CAFÉ

Chef-owner Olivier Bioteau brings a taste of French cooking with a hint of family tradition to a unique selection of meat and seafood. Dinner Tues.-Sun., brunch Sat. & Sun. 2121 Adams Ave., University Heights, 619-269-9662, ­farmhousecafesd.com. B&W, RR, CR except DS, $$-$$$

GATHERING BAR & GRILL ★

Homestyle American cuisine, such as a hefty country sausage frittata and snow-crab omelet for breakfast. Lunch offers lighter fare, such as grilled salmon piccata and Cajun chicken wraps. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 902 W. Washington St., Mission Hills, 619-260-0400, thegatheringrestaurant.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$-$$$

GOSSIP GRILL

The menu’s naughty headings—and comfort-food promises—entice the Hillcrest crowd. Dinner nightly. 1440 University Ave., 619-260-8023, thegossipgrill.com. FB, CR, $$

GULF COAST GRILL

A fusion of traditional Southern ingredients and kicked-up Latin flavor. Chef Martin Juarez’s mixed seafood grill combines traditional Cajun maque choux—a fragrant sauté including chorizo, sweet corn, Creole rice, roasted chipotle pepper, cream and butter—along with fresh scallops, prawns and halibut. Lunch Tues.-Sun., dinner nightly; Sat. & Sun. brunch. 4130 Park Blvd., 619-295-2244, ­gulfcoastgrill.com. FB, CR, $$-$$$

HASH HOUSE A GO GO ★

This hip Hillcrest dining room offers heapin’ helpings of offbeat, all-American cooking, including the signature entrée, a tower of bacon-spiked waffles and succulent fried chicken. Breakfast & lunch daily, dinner Tues.-Sun. 3628 Fifth Ave., 619-298-4646, hashhouseagogo.com. B&W, CR except CB/DC, $$-$$$

HEAVEN SENT DESSERTS

Divine encounters appear in the form of airy chocolate soufflés, lush fruit tarts and lavishly designed cakes. Lunch & dinner Tues.-Sun. 3001 University Ave., North Park, 619-793-4758, ­heavensentdesserts.com. LD Tues.-Sat., CR except DS, $

HEXAGONE

This chic French bistro in Bankers Hill offers delicacies such as frog legs Provençale, beef bourguignon and baked-to-order soufflés. Lunch & dinner daily. 495 Laurel St., 619-236-0467, ­hexagone.thechamberworks.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, OT, $$$

HOB NOB HILL

This local landmark has been serv­ing hearty home-cooked food since 1944. Breakfast (served all day), lunch & dinner daily. 2271 First Ave., 619-239-8176, hobnobhill.com. B&W, CR, $

IMPERIAL HOUSE

The fare is continental cuisine, such as châ­­­­­teau­­briand bouquetière for two. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sat. In the Imperial Tower, 505 Kal­mia St., 619-234-3525, imperialhouse.net. FB, RR, CR, $$-$$$
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KEMO SABE ★

Southwestern cuisine with an Asian flair from chef Deborah Scott. Dinner Tues.-Sat. 3958 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-220-6802, ­dinecrg.com. FB, CR, OT, $$-$$$

THE LINKERY

This “farm-to-table” restaurant showcases the most sustainable ingredients available on its constantly changing menu. The cuisine includes a distinctive variety of sausages and cured meats, as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner nightly. 3794 30th St., North Park, 619-255-8778, ­thelinkery.com. B&W, LD, CR except CB/DC, $$

MAMA TESTA

A delicious taste of Guadalajara in a wall-to-wall celebration of Mexican culture. Lunch & dinner daily. 1417-A University Ave., Hillcrest, 619-298-8226, mamatestataqueria.com. B&W, LD, CR, $-$$

MANDARIN DYNASTY

The menu comprises Mandarin, Sze­­chwan and Can­­tonese dishes. Lunch & dinner daily. 1458 University Ave., 619-298-8899, mandarindynasty-hillcrest.com. B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., CR except DC, $

MANDARIN HOUSE

An extensive array of Man­da­rin and Pe­king specialties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 2604 Fifth Ave., 619-232-1101, mandarinhousesandiego.com. Also in La Jolla (6765 La Jolla Blvd., 858-454-2007). FB, CR, $-$$

THE MISSION

One highlight of the Asian-Latino menu is the tomato tortilla rolled with panko-crusted prawns, black beans and jalapeños. Breakfast & lunch daily. 2801 University Ave., North Park, 619-220-8991. Also in East Village (619-232-7662) & Mission Beach (858-488-9060). B&W, CR except DS, $$

MUZITA BISTRO

Feast with your hands (or silverware) on the authentic Abyssinian food. Dinner Mon.-Thur., brunch Fri.-Sun. 4651 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619-546-7900, muzita.com. B&W, LD, RR, CR, $$

OLIVETTO

Serving progressive Italian dishes in a warm, inviting atmosphere, with an array of savory pastas like the wild mushroom pasta con pollo, complemented by an extensive wine list. Lunch & dinner daily, brunch Sat. & Sun. 860 W. Washington St., Mission Hills, 619-220-8222, olivettosd.com. B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, $$

ONO SUSHI

Trendy Japanese cuisine such as smoked salmon roll with jalapeño mustard. Lunch Sat. & Sun., dinner nightly. 1236 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619-298-0616, onosushi.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., AE, MC, V, $$-$$$

ORTEGA’S, A MEXICAN BISTRO

The flavors of Rosarito brought to Hillcrest, with grilled lobster served Puerto Nuevo style. Breakfast Sat. & Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 141 University Ave., Ste. 4, 619-692-4200, ­ortegasbistro.com. FB, LD, AE, MC, V, UT, $$-$$$
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PARKHOUSE EATERY ★

“American ethnic grub” fills the delightful menu at this eclectic University Heights eatery. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 4574 Park Blvd., 619-295-7275, parkhouseeatery.com. FB, AE, MC, V, $$

PIZZICATO

The pizzas are made in-house and from scratch. Customers who think they can do better can build their own pizza, or opt for a salad or panini sandwich. Lunch & dinner daily. 2420 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619-232-9000, ­pizzicatopizza.com. B&W, CR, $$

PIZZA NOVA

Creative gourmet pizzas, pasta dishes, soups and salads. Lunch & dinner daily. 3955 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-296-6682, pizzanova.net. Also in Point Loma (5120 N. Harbor Dr., 619-226-0268) & Solana Beach (945 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., 858-259-0666). FB, CR, $

POMEGRANATE RUSSIAN-GEORGIAN RESTAURANT

This eclectic corner eatery serves everything from borscht to pierogi, with authentic Russian service. Try the shashlik, a slowly roasted pork loin, lamb or chicken kebab covered in pomegranate molasses, served on Fri & Sat. Dinner nightly. 2302 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, 619-297-4007, ­russiangeorgianfood.homestead.com. RR, B&W, CH, N, $$

THE PRADO ★

Chef Jeff Thurston inspires a menu featuring Latin and Italian fusion, balanced between flavor and presentation. Lunch daily, dinner Tues.-Sun. In Balboa Park’s House of Hospitality, 1549 El Prado, Ste. 12, 619-557-9441, ­dinecrg.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$

THE RED DOOR

An elegant but casual bistro providing tantalizing comfort food at its best, from meat loaf to a specialty burger. Lunch & dinner daily. 741 W. Washington, 619-295-6000, thereddoorsd.com. RR, FB B&W, CR, $$-$$$

SAFFRON ★

Tender Thai-style roasted chicken, with a range of sauces, is the big attraction at this tiny takeout joint. Lunch & dinner daily. 3737 India St., Ste. B, 619-574-7737, saffronsandiego.com. FB, MC, V, $-$$

SAIGON ON FIFTH ★

Imported artwork adorns the walls of this fine Vietnamese restaurant, which offers traditional dishes like clay-pot fish as well as house creations such as the Saigon Love Boat. Lunch & dinner daily. 3900 Fifth Ave., No. 120, Hillcrest, 619-220-8828. B&W, LD Tues.-Sun., CR, $$$

SAMBUCA ITALIAN BISTRO

Contemporary Italian cuisine, focusing on flavorful pastas and desserts, including cannoli and tiramisu. Dinner nightly. 3888 Fourth Ave., 619-298-8700, sambucabistro.com. B&W, CR, $$

SDMA SCULPTURE COURT CAFÉ BY GIUSEPPE

Restaurateur Giuseppe Ciuffa teamed up with the San Diego Museum of Art for this Balboa Park café, rich in Italian heritage and featuring artisan pizzas and specialty cheeses. Lunch & dinner Tues.-Sun. 1450 El Prado, 619-702-6373, ­sdmart.org/info-sculpture-court-cafe. B&W, CR, $$

SEA ROCKET BISTRO

Owners Elena Rivellino and Dennis Stein fully endorse the farm-to-table credo—and “boat-to-throat” seafood. Guests can share a meal and a conversation anywhere along the front room’s 20-foot table. The menu changes with the seasons. Dinner nightly. 3382 30th St., North Park, 619-255-7049, searocketbistro.com. B&W, CR except DS, $$

SUSHI ITTO

The Japanese cuisine, adapted to Western lifestyle and taste, incudes a rice triangle stuffed with a choice of cured apricot paste, salmon seasoning, shrimp seasoning or cream cheese. Lunch & dinner daily. 441 Washington St., Hillcrest, 619-291-6060, sushi-itto.com. Also downtown (409 F St., 619-237-1037). FB, AE, MC, V, $

TAPAS PICASSO

Eclectic art adorns this Spanish-style restaurant offering a wide variety of authentic tapas. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. 3923 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-294-3061. B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., CR except DC, $$

TASTE OF SZECHUAN

This popular Hillcrest eatery features mild to spicy Chinese favorites. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 670 University Ave., 619-298-1638. B&W, LD, CR except DS, $-$$

TASTE OF THAI ★

Beef, poultry, fish and vegetarian Thai dishes are the main fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri., din­ner nightly. 527 Uni­versi­ty Ave., Hill­crest, 619-291-7525, ­tasteofthaisandiego.com. Also in Del Mar (15770 San Andreas Dr., 858-793-9695; lunch & dinner daily). B&W, AE, MC, V, $

TERRA

Chef Jeff Rossman’s menu explores seafood from several angles; a tapas menu adds a South American flavor. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. In the Uptown District Shopping Center, 3900 Vermont St. near University Ave., 619-293-7088, terrasd.com. FB, CR, OT, $$-$$$

THE TRACTOR ROOM

Step back into the 1930s and ’40s at this hunting-lodge–theme restaurant brought to Hillcrest by the owners of Hash House a Go Go. Dinner nightly; Sat. & Sun. brunch. 3687 Fifth Ave., 619-543-1007, thetractorroom.com. FB, LD Sun.-Tues., AE, MC, V, $$-$$$

URBAN MO’S BAR & GRILL

Burgers, sandwiches and salads in a garden patio setting. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. 308 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619-491-0400, urbanmos.com. FB, LD, CR except DC, $

URBAN SOLACE

In North Park’s Restaurant Row, Urban Solace offers modern takes on classic American comfort foods. Lunch & dinner daily, Sun. brunch. 3823 30th St., 619-295-6464 , urbansolace.net. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR except CB/DC, OT, $$

VAGABOND

Tucked away in South Park, this neighborhood eatery serves up French cuisine mixed with North African, Caribbean and Asian touches. Brunch Sat. & Sun., lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner nightly. 2310 30th St., 619-255-1035, vagabondkitchen.com. FB, CR, $$-$$$

WET STONE WINEBAR

At this Bankers Hill boutique wine bar, enjoy global and new American food and wine, while soaking in the elemental design. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sun. 1927 Fourth Ave., 619-255-2856. B&W, CR except DS, $$

THE WINE LOVER

At this cozy wine bar in Hillcrest, an overhead mural of the night sky shelters an elegant room lit by fiber-optic stars. Wines from California, Oregon and Washington are served with cheeses, pâtés, smoked salmon and desserts. Small-plates dinner nightly. 3968 Fifth Ave., 619-294-9200, thewinelover.us. B&W, LD, AE, MC, V, $$

WINE VAULT & BISTRO

Three- and five-course dinners, as well as wine flights, at the perfect place to enjoy a glass of vino. Dinner Thur.-Sat. 3731-A India St., Mission Hills, 619-295-3939, winevaultbistro.com. FB, RR, MC, V, $$$-$$$$

YOSHINO’S

Delicious renditions of traditional Jap­a­nese dishes. Lunch Tues.-Fri., din­ner Tues.-Sun. 1790 W. Washington St., 619-295-2232. B&W, CR except DC, $-$$

Harbor Island, Shelter Island & Point Loma

AMARIN THAI

Ginger and basil aromas hint of authentic curries, seafood specialties and vegetarian dishes. Lunch & dinner daily. 3373 Rosecrans St., 619-222-0689, amarinthaisandiego.com. B&W, CR, $$

BALI HAI

Tropics-evoking evenings here might include the macadamia-nut chicken fingers, the Kona combo or the steamed laulau. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. 2230 Shelter Island Dr., Shelter Island, 619-222-1181, ­balihairestaurant.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$

THE BOATHOUSE

Macadamia-crusted halibut heads up a variety of Hawaiian and local fish. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. 2040 Harbor Island Dr., 619-291-8011, ­boathouserestaurant.com. FB, CR, $$$

THE BRIGANTINE

Seafood specialties include catches of the day, crab-stuffed shrimp and scal­lops. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 2725 Shelter Island Dr., 619-224-2871, brigantine.com. Also in Chula Vista (866 Eastlake Pkwy., 619-482-2226), Coronado (1333 Orange Ave., 619-435-4166), Del Mar (3263 Camino del Mar, 858-481-1166), Escondido (421 W. Felicita Ave., 760-743-4718), La Mesa (9350 Fuerte Dr., 619-465-1935) & Poway (13445 Poway Rd., 858-486-3066). FB, CR, OT, $$

CORVETTE DINER, BAR & GRILL ★

Fifties music, eclectic décor and simple diner fare at this lively res­tau­rant/soda fountain, with specialties such as the Elvis Shake. Lunch & dinner daily. In Liberty Station, 2965 Historic Decatur Rd., 619-542-1476, ­dinecrg.com. B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $-$$

FAIROUZ RESTAURANT & GALLERY

Authentic Greek/Middle Eastern cuisine in a casual, art-filled atmosphere. Lunch & din­ner daily. 3166 Mid­way Dr., 619-225-0308, ­alnashashibi.com/cafe. B&W, CR, $$

GEORGIA’S GREEK CUISINE

This small family-owned restaurant offers authentic Greek cuisine. Save room for Georgia’s traditional baklava. Lunch & dinner daily. 3550 Rosecrans St., 619-523-1007, ­georgiasgreekcuisine.com. B&W, RR, AE, MC, V, $-$$$

HARBOR’S EDGE

Beautiful waterfront views complement chef Jacob Pollin’s Harbor’s Edge, which boasts a wide array of seafood. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. At the Sheraton Harbor Island, 1380 Harbor Island Dr., 619-692-2255, ­starwoodhotels.com. FB, RR, CR, $$$

HUDSON BAY SEAFOOD

At this seafood restaurant on the dock, the menu boasts homemade freshness, and the atmosphere is casual. Locals clamor for the clam chowder and the grilled fish tacos. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 1403 Scott St., San Diego, 619-222-8787, hudsonbayseafood.com. B&W, DS, MC, V, $$

HUMPHREYS

The California coastal cuisine of chef Paul Murphy sparkles in the Shelter Island setting of this favorite for waterfront dining, at the Half Moon Inn by the yacht club. Breakfast & lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. 2241 Shelter Island Dr., 619-224-3577, humphreysbythebay.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

IN-N-OUT ★

A classic burger joint with a simple menu and speedy service. Lunch & dinner daily. 3102 Sports Arena Blvd. For all locations, call 800-786-1000 or visit in-n-out.com. MC, V, $

ISLAND PRIME

Sweeping views of the Coronado Bridge and the downtown skyline add ambience to this steak-and-seafood restaurant. Dinner nightly. The C ­Level Lounge offers lunch & dinner. 880 Harbor Island Dr., 619-298-6802, ­dinecrg.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

KONA KAI DINING ROOM

Within the Kona Kai Hotel & Marina, this grill offers dinner specialties like Angus filet mignon and Chilean sea bass with citrus salsa. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 1551 Shelter Island Dr., 619-221-8000, resortkonakai.com. FB, CR, $$$-$$$$

KYOTO SUSHI

Friendly service and reasonably priced sushi selections. Highlights include freshwater eel, fresh crab rolls and spicy tuna minced with chili sauce. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 3166 Midway Dr., Ste. 108, 619-223-7798. B&W, MC, V, $

MARDI GRAS CAFÉ & MARKETPLACE

This mar­ket/deli serves New Orleans fare and boasts a large selection of hot sauces. Lunch & dinner daily. 3185 Midway Dr., 619-223-5501. CH, DS, MC, V, $

MIGUEL’S COCINA

Traditional Mexican dishes in a comfortable setting. Lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. 2912 Shelter Island Dr., 619-224-2401, ­miguels-cocina.com. FB, CR, $

OLD VENICE

This intimate Italian eatery serves gour­met and traditional pizzas, veal, pasta and sea­food entrées. Lunch Mon.-Sat., din­ner nightly. 2910 Cañon St., 619-222-5888, ­oldvenicerestaurant.com. FB, CR except DS, $$

PHIL’S BBQ ★

Ribs, barbecued chicken, batter-dipped onion rings and char-grilled beef are among the favorites. Lunch & dinner Tues.-Sun. 3750 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma, 619-226-6333, ­philsbbq.net. CR except DC, $

POINT LOMA SEAFOODS

This bustling harborside fish market/café/sushi bar serves a variety of fresh seafood del­i­­cacies. Lunch & ear­ly dinner daily. 2805 Emerson St., 619-223-1109, pointlomaseafoods.com. B&W, CH, N, $

POMODORO

A converted home near Shelter Island houses this Italian trattoria, offering delights like house-made ravioli and strawberry Napoleon puff pastry. Lunch & dinner daily. 2833 Avenida de Portugal, 619-523-1301, ­pomodorosd.com. B&W, LD, RR, CR, $$

RESTAURANT AT THE PEARL

Rustic California costal cuisine with seasonal ingredients is served inside this midcentury modern space. Take the party poolside and dine in one of the luxurious cabañas. Dishes range from classic to daring, with desserts made daily in-house. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma, 619-226-6100, thepearlsd.com. FB, CR, $$-$$$

ROSEVILLE

Fusing French and Mediterranean flavors, chef Amy DiBiase prepares weekly specials like veal and oven-roasted whole fish. Dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. 1125 Rosecrans St., Point Loma, 619-450-6800, rosevillesd.com. B&W, RR, CH, CR, OT $$$-$$$$

TASTE OF ITALY

Hearty, traditional Italian cuisine in a casual setting. Lunch & dinner daily. 1013 University Ave., 619-688-0333, tasteofitalyinc.com. Also in Rancho San Diego (2512 Jamacha Rd., Ste. 602, 619-660-6300). FB, LD, CR, $-$$

TENDER GREENS

This green-loving spot in Liberty Station offers a casual dining atmosphere, locally grown produce, free-range meats and house-made dressings to complement the salads. Lunch & dinner daily. 2400 Historic Decatur Rd., Point Loma, 619-226-6254, ­tendergreensfood.com. B&W, CR $

TOM HAM’S LIGHTHOUSE

This Coast Guard–cer­ti­­fied lighthouse also offers a great harbor view and serves seafood, steaks and pastas. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. 2150 Har­bor Island Dr., 619-291-9110, tomhamslighthouse.com. FB, CR, OT, $$-$$$

UMI SUSHI

This vibrant sushi bar serves up an energy roll: gobo root, scallion, yellow tail, unagi, avocado and masago. Hot entrées include teriyaki and tempura. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 2806 Shelter Island Dr., Point Loma, 619-226-1135, ­umisushisandiego.com. CR, $$-$$$

VENETIAN ★

A neighborhood-friendly eatery featuring authentic Southern and Northern Italian fare. Sibling chef-owners Joe and Frank create specialties like shellfish linguini, veal parmigiano and Mediterranean scallops. The candlelit covered patio is perfect for an after-ballgame dinner or a romantic date. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 3663 Voltaire St., 619-223-8197, venetian1965.com. FB, CR, $$-$$$
Mission Valley & Vicinity

ADAMS AVENUE GRILL

Eclectic American cuisine includes homemade soups and hearty desserts. Breakfast Sat. & Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 2201 Adams Ave., 619-298-8440, adamsavenuegrill.com. B&W, CR, $$

ADAM’S STEAK-N-EGGS

Serving up breakfast since 1962, Adam’s offers a rustic atmosphere to enjoy specialties such as carne asada, corn fritters and omelets. Breakfast daily. CR, $. ... Albie’s Beef Inn The local landmark dating back to 1962 serves American cuisine including steaks and seafood. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. FB, LD, CR, $-$$. Adjacent to the Travelodge, 1201 Hotel Circle So., 619-291-1103, adamssteakneggs.com.

ALL AMERICAN GRILL

Casual dining in a sports-theme environment on fresh fish, pasta dishes and wood-fired pizzas. Lunch & dinner daily. In Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Dr., Ste. 215, 619-296-9600, ­aagrill.com. FB, AE, MC, V, $-$$

BENIHANA

Chicken, beef and seafood prepared at the ta­ble by Japanese chefs wielding flying knives. Sushi bar. Lunch & dinner daily. 477 Ca­­mi­no del Rio So., 619-298-4666, benihana.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$-$$$

BING CROSBY’S RESTAURANT & PIANO LOUNGE

With Bing’s hits as background, executive chef Ken Nash prepares classic favorites, including grilled filet mignon with truffled brown sauce, green vegetables and potato cannelloni. Lunch & dinner daily. In Fashion Valley Mall, 7007 Friars Rd., 619-295-2464, ­bingcrosbysrestaurant.com. FB, LD, RR, AE, MC, V, OT, $$$-$$$$

BLEU BOHÈME

Philippe Beltran’s bistro offers French favorites in the heart of Kensington. Lunch & dinner daily. 4090 Adams Ave., 619-255-4167, ­bleuboheme.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, OT, $$$

CHEESECAKE FACTORY

Substantial slices of the signature cheesecakes accompany a bountiful menu. Lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. In Fashion Valley Mall, 7067 Friars Rd., 619-683-2800, ­thecheesecakefactory.com. FB, LD, CR, $$-$$$

CHEVYS FRESH MEX

The salsa is on-the-hour fresh, the fajitas are flavored by mesquite, and the fruit Margaritas are generously sized. Lunch & dinner daily. 1202 Camino del Rio No., Mission Valley, 619-297-5667, chevys.com. Also in Carmel Mtn. Ranch (11630 Carmel Mtn. Rd., 858-675-9292) & Del Mar (2730 Via de la Valle, 858-793-8893). FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$

DAVE & BUSTER’S

Games and food blend together at this casual restaurant in Mission Valley. A large game room, spread amongst bars and dining areas, makes any meal fun. The extensive menu boasts salads, burgers, ribs and seafood. Lunch & dinner daily. 2931 Camino del Rio No., 619-280-7115, ­daveandbusters.com. FB, LD, CR, $$

GORDON BIERSCH

The trendy brewery-restaurant designs dishes to complement authentic German-style lager, including pan-roasted halibut with artichoke hearts, roasted peppers and black olives. Lunch & dinner daily; Sat & Sun. brunch. 5010 Mission Center Rd., 619-688-1120, ­gordonbiersch.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR except CB, OT, $$-$$$

HUNTER STEAKHOUSE

Formerly Hungry Hunt­er, this chain focuses on its classic American heritage and offers samplers to share at all courses. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 2445 Hotel Circle Pl., 619-291-8074, ­huntersteakhouse.com. Also in Oceanside (760-433-2633). FB, CR, $$-$$$

JAYNE’S GASTROPUB

This restaurant/bar epitomizes the British gastro­pub concept, serving upscale versions of fish and chips and steak frites. Dinner Tues.-Sun. 4677 30th St., University Heights, 619-563-1011, ­jaynesgastropub.com. B&W, LD Fri & Sat, CR, $$$

JOE’S CRAB SHACK

Serving everything from sea­food to ribs, Joe’s offers casual dining with an outrageous, fun atmosphere. Distinctive dishes include four types of crab steamed in garlic sauce. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 7610 Hazard Center Dr., Ste. 703, Mission Valley, 619-574-8617, ­joescrabshack.com. Also downtown (525 E. Harbor Dr., 619-233-7391), Oceanside (314 Harbor Dr., 760-722-1345) & Pacific Beach (4325 Ocean Blvd., 858-274-3474). FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $-$$

KENSINGTON GRILL ★

Executive chef Hanis Cavin serves up delectable New Amer­ican cuisine such as grilled ahi, spicy meatloaf and banana-bread pudding, complemented by an extensive cocktail list. Dinner nightly. 4055 Adams Ave., 619-281-4014, sdurbankitchen.com. FB, RR, CR except CB/DC, OT, $$$

KING’S FISH HOUSE

Dine royally on fresh fish and seafood at this casual link in the King’s chain. Lunch & dinner daily. 825 Camino de la Reina, Mission Valley, 619-574-1230, kingsfishhouse.com. Also in Carlsbad (760-431-3474) & Otay Ranch (619-591-1690). FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$

MIMI’S CAFÉ

This French/New Or­leans bistro fea­tures an eclectic menu of home-style meals. Break­fast (all day), lunch & dinner daily. 5180 Mission Center Rd., Mission Valley, 619-491-0284, ­mimiscafe.com. Also in Mira Mesa (858-566-6667) & Santee (619-562-2644). B&W, LD, CR except CB/DC, $-$$

MISSION VALLEY KINGS INN

The inn offers two eateries: The Amigo Spot boasts a festively decorated interior and a menu with traditional Mexican/American favorites. Dinner nightly. FB. At family-atmosphere The Waffle Spot, specialties include banana-walnut waffles and other breakfast staples. Breakfast & lunch daily. 1333 Hotel Circle So., Mission Valley, 619-297-2231, kingsinnsandiego.com. CR, $-$$

NICOLOSI’S

This family-owned Italian restaurant serves up hearty traditional dishes. Hand-tossed pizzas, ravioli and Nicolosi’s heaping torpedo sandwich are house specialties. Lunch & dinner daily. 5351 Adobe Falls Rd., Mission Valley, 619-287-5757, ­nicolosis.com. FB, CR except CB, $

OKI TON JAPANESE BISTRO

Golden maple and brushed stainless steel pair for a warm, inviting dining room. Traditional katsu specialties are the highlight: Sit at the sushi bar and watch chefs trained in the art of katsu cook with red-hot woks. Lunch & dinner daily. 2408 Northside Dr., Mission Valley, 619-284-8036, ­okiton.com. FB, CR except CB, $-$$

POSTCARDS AMERICAN BISTRO

Debra Sievers’ 120-foot mural is the background for the artful American cuisine served here. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 950 Hotel Circle No., in the Handlery Hotel & Resort, 619-543-0607, ­handlery.com/sd. FB, CR, $$-$$$

SEAU’S: THE RESTAURANT

In the Mission Valley Center, former Charger Junior Seau’s classic American grill serves salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, pastas and grilled fresh fish, and offers a sushi bar. Lunch & dinner daily. 1640 Camino del Rio No., Ste. 1376, 619-291-7328, seau.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$

STISH

Fresh seafood, steaks and pasta dishes are the menu mainstays. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 901 Ca­mino del Rio So., in the Mission Valley Hil­ton, 619-543-9000, ext. 352. FB, CR except CB/DC, $$

SUSHI4U

A casual restaurant with a full menu of Jap­anese dishes. Sushi bar. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 10330 Fri­­ars Rd., 619-281-6448, tokaisushi.net. B&W, CR except DC, $-$$

SZECHUAN MANDARIN

An extensive selection of Chinese cuisine fills the menu. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 5855 Mission Gorge Rd., 619-280-4600, ­sze-man.com. FB, CR, $

THE TICKLED TROUT

Specialties include lobster, stuffed trout and other fresh fish. Break­fast, lunch & dinner daily. 2151 Hotel Circle So., in the Ra­ma­­da Plaza, 619-291-6505, thetickledtrout.com. FB, CR, $$-$$$

TOWN & COUNTRY RESORT

This Mission Valley mainstay boasts two dining spots: Trellises Garden Grill offers steaks, sandwiches, fresh fish and meat dishes. Breakfast & lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. FB, CR, $$. Irish-spirited Kelly’s Steak House specializes in beef. Dinner nightly. FB, CR except DC, $$-$$$. 500 ­Hotel Circle No., 619-291-7131, ­towncountry2-px.trvlclick.com.

Old Town & Vicinity

ACAPULCO MEXICAN RESTAURANT Y CANTINA

Traditional and “heart-smart” Mexican cuisine. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch (not all meals served at all locations; call first). 2467 Juan St., Old Town, 619-260-8124, ­acapulcorestaurants.com. Also in Escondido (760-741-9922) & San Marcos (760-471-2150). FB, CR, $-$$

BACI RISTORANTE

Italian cuisine featuring homemade pas­ta, seafood, beef, veal and chicken dishes. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. 1955 W. Mo­rena Blvd., 619-275-2094, mybaci.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$-$$$

BERTA’S LATIN-AMERICAN RESTAURANT

Authentic Latin-Amer­ican spe­cialties made with seafood, lamb and beef; vegetarian dishes also. Lunch & dinner Tues.-Sun. 3928 Twiggs St., 619-295-2343, bertasinoldtown.com. B&W, CR, $-$$

CAFÉ COYOTE

This traditional Mexican restaurant offers four outdoor dining patios to view the Old Town scene, and the Coyote Cantina for a more casual vibe. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 2461 San Diego Ave., 619-291-4695, ­cafecoyoteoldtown.com. FB, RR, LD Fri. & Sat., CR $$

CASA GUADALAJARA

Colorful folk art complements regional Mexican seafood specialties. Breakfast Sat. & Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 4105 Taylor St., 619-295-5111, bazaardelmundo.com. FB, RR, CR, $-$$

EL AGAVE

Meals at this Mexican nouvelle cuisine eatery can be complemented by any of the hundreds of different tequilas displayed on site. Lunch & dinner daily. 2304 San Diego Ave., 619-220-0692, elagave.com. FB, LD, RR, AE, MC, V, OT, $$

LA PIÑATA

A cheerful Mexican restaurant with all the tra­di­tion­al fare. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 2836 Juan St., 619-297-1631, lapinata.com. FB, AE, MC, V, $

NEW ORLEANS CREOLE CAFÉ 

This restaurant sits within the 1856 Whaley House and serves authentic Creole dishes such as chicken and sausage gumbo. Lunch Thur.-Mon., dinner Thur.-Sun. 2476 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619-542-1698, ­neworleanscreolecafe.com. B&W, RR, AE, V, MC, $$

OLD TOWN MEXICAN CAFÉ ★

Tortillas are fresh­ly made in a showcase window at this local favor­ite for Mexican food. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 2489 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619-297-4330, ­oldtownmexcafe.com. FB, LD, CR, $-$$

ZÓCALO GRILL

The nuevo Latino menu fits right in with the Old Town surroundings. Lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. 2444 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619-298-9840, brigantine.com. FB, CR, OT, $$$

Coronado & the South Bay

ANTHONY’S FISH GROTTO ★

An­­­tho­ny’s offers consistently good, reason­ably priced seafood. Lunch & dinner Wed.-Sun. 215 W. Bay Blvd., Chula Vista, 619-425-4200, ­gofishanthonys.com. Also downtown (1360 N. Harbor Dr., 619-232-5103). FB, CR except CB, $-$$

THE BBQ PIT

Established in 1947, this family-style eatery serves up barbecued beef, ham and chicken, as well as all the favorite sides: fries, coleslaw and baked beans. Lunch & dinner Mon.-Sat. 920 E. Plaza Blvd., National City, 619-477-2245, ­thebarbecuepit.biz. CR, $

BISTRO D’ASIA

A block from San Diego’s rim of the Pacific, Pacific Rim and Southwestern cuisine enlivens this casually elegant café and sushi bar. Lunch & dinner daily. 1301 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-437-6677, bistrodasia.com. FB, AE, MC, V, $$$

CANDELAS BY THE BAY

This bayside restaurant boasts fine Mexican cuisine and an eye-catching view of the downtown skyline. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. 1201 First St., Coronado, 619-435-4900, candelas-coronado.com. Also in downtown San Diego (416 Third Ave., 619-702-4455). FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$-SSSS

CHEZ LOMA FRENCH BISTRO

Fine con­ti­nen­tal/French dining in this historic-landmark 1889 Co­ronado home includes fresh fish—the horseradish-crust salmon with smoked tomato vinaigrette is a standout—and fowl, meat and pas­tas. Dinner Tues.-Sun. 1132 Lo­­ma Ave., 619-435-0661, chezloma.com. FB, RR, CR except DC, OT, $$$-$$$$

CORONADO BOATHOUSE 1887

Rich in elegance and history, this waterfront restaurant boasts fresh seafood and prime USDA steaks, along with the ambience of Glorietta Bay. Try the macadamia halibut or the coconut crunchy shrimp. Dinner nightly. 1701 Strand Way, Coronado, 619-435-0155, ­coronado-boathouse.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$

COSTA AZUL

Latin regional cuisine, such as foil-wrapped sea bass and swordfish tacos, and an array of Margaritas and tequilas. Lunch & dinner daily. 1031 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-435-3525, costaazulcoronado.com. FB, CR, $-$$

CURRENT

Beau­tiful views enhance the fresh sea­food entrées at this eatery in the Coronado Island Marriott Resort. Break­fast, lunch & dinner daily. 2000 Second St., Cor­o­­na­do, 619-522-3150, ­coronadoresortmarriott.com. FB, CR, OT, $$-$$$

HOTEL DEL CORONADO ★

It’s always worth a trip across the bridge for the Del’s baronial splendor. 1500 Ocean, the hotel’s signature restaurant, offers Southland coastal cuisine with indoor and outdoor ocean-view seating, sunset cocktails and entertainment nightly. Dinner Wed.-Sun. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$. Sheerwater features outdoor terrace dining and California cuisine. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. FB, RR, CR except CB, OT, $$. The Crown Room hosts a popular Sun. brunch. FB, RR, CR, $$$. The Babcock & Story Lounge, open daily, offers tapas and a full range of alcohol in an ocean-view setting. FB, LD, CR, $$. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-522-8490, hoteldel.com.

IL FORNAIO

This bayside eatery in Coronado claims views of the San Diego skyline are available from every seat. The Italian classics include turtei con aragosta (ravioli filled with lobster, bread, shrimp and tomato). Lunch & dinner daily; Sat. & Sun. brunch. 1333 First St., 619-437-4911, ilfornaio.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$-$$$

ISLAND PASTA

Just a short walk from the beach, this neighborhood eatery specializes in handmade pastas and thin-crust pizza. Lunch & dinner daily. 1202 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-435-4545, ­islandpastacoronado.com. B&W, CR, $

LOEWS CORONADO BAY RESORT ★

On the bay, this beautiful resort features two waterfront dining expe­riences enhanced by chef Marc Ehrler: Upscale Mistral, with sweeping ocean and bay views, spe­cializes in Southern California flavors with a Mediterranean twist, using herbs from its own garden. Dinner Wed.-Sun. FB, RR, CR except CB, OT, $$$$. On a casu­al note, the Market Café offers dockside dining on sandwiches, salads and pizzas. Break­­fast, lunch & dinner daily. FB, CR, OT, $$-$$$. 4000 Loews Co­ro­nado Bay Rd., Coronado, 619-424-4000; Market Café: 619-424-4444, ­loewshotels.com.

ARISCOS MAZATLAN SEAFOOD

Mexican-style seafood and an array of traditional Mexican dishes. Lunch & dinner daily. 1287 Third Ave., Chula Vista, 619-422-3311, ­mariscosmazatlan.com. B&W, CR, $

MCP’S IRISH PUB & GRILL

The hearty cooking here includes gigantic portions of traditional corned beef and cabbage with boiled Irish potatoes. Breakfast Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 1107 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-435-5280, mcpspub.com. FB, DS, MC, V, $-$$

PEOHE’S

Views of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline accompany the island fare at Peohe’s. Executive chef Ryan Cooper creates dishes such as halibut Mai‘a, with macadamia nuts, bananas and Frangelico. Lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. 1201 First St. at Coronado’s Ferry Landing, 619-437-4474, peohes.com. FB, RR, CR except CB, OT, $$$-$$$$

PRIMAVERA

Savory ossobuco tops the specialties at this intimate, elegant North­ern Italian eat­ery. Dinner nightly. 932 Orange Ave., Co­­ronado, 619-435-0454, primavera1st.com. FB, RR, CR, $$-$$$

RESTAURANTE ROMESCO

This South Bay restaurant offers Baja-Mediterranean cuisine, tapas and a generous selection of wine. Dinner nightly. 4346 Bonita Rd., Bonita, 619-475-8627, romescobajamed.com. FB, CH, CR, $$

RHINOCEROS CAFÉ & GRILLE

A cozy café serving steaks, chicken and pasta dishes. Lunch & dinner daily. 1166 Or­ange Ave., Co­ro­nado, 619-435-2121, rhinocafe.com. B&W, CR, $-$$

TARTINE

With a display case full of mouth-watering desserts, Tartine features everything from breakfast scones and coffee to paninis and pavlovas. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 1106 First St., Coronado, 619-435-4323, ­tartinecoronado.com. B&W, RR, MC, V, $-$$

VIGILUCCI’S RISTORANTE

Overlooking the town from a second-story perch, Vigilucci’s brings its authentic Italian flavor to seaside Coronado. Celebrate the ocean connection with executive chef Fabian Oesterlein’s pan-seared scallops and prawns with black and white fettucine. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 1330 Orange Ave., Ste. 200, 619-522-0946, vigiluccis.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, OT, $$$$

Mission Bay & Beaches

THE ATOLL

The Catamaran Resort Hotel’s bayside eat­ery features Cal­i­for­nia-cuisine specialties. Breakfast daily, lunch & dinner daily. 3999 Mis­sion Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858-539-8635, ­catamaranresort.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR except CB/DC, $$-$$$

AZUCAR

Chef-owner Vivian Hernandez-Jackson uses her European training to craft sumptuous desserts and traditional Cuban pastries at this laid-back patisserie. Breakfast & lunch daily. 4820 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619-523-2020, ­iloveazucar.com. DS, MC, V, $

BALEEN

On the Mission Bay waterfront, upbeat and upscale Baleen features seafood such as chilled Maine lobster and fresh fish, with herbed Chilean sea bass a specialty. “Landfood” includes Roquefort-crusted filet mi­gnon. Dinner Tues.-Sat. In the Paradise Point Resort, 1404 Vacation Rd., 858-490-6363, paradisepoint.com. FB, CR except DS, OT, $$-$$$

BAR WEST

California cuisine, three blocks from the surf in Pacific Beach. Dinner Thur.-Sun. 959 Hornblend St., 858-273-WEST (9378), ­barwestsd.com. FB, CR except DS, $$

BROKEN YOLK

An extensive choice of omelets, ­quiches and sand­wiches. Breakfast & lunch dai­ly. 1851 Gar­net Ave., Pa­cific Beach, 858-270-9655, thebrokenyolkcafe.com. B&W, CR, $

CAFÉ ATHENA ★

This casual family restaurant, decorated with a Grecian island motif, specializes in Greek and vegetarian cuisine. Lunch & dinner daily. 1846 Gar­net Ave., Pacific Beach, 858-274-1140, ­cafeathena.com. B&W, CR except CB/DC, $-$$

CHATEAU ORLEANS

Louisiana-style French-Cajun cui­sine, mas­terfully prepared. Dinner Wed.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 926 Tur­quoise St., Pa­­cific Beach, 858-488-6744, chateauorleans.com. B&W, RR, CR except CB/DC, $$

COSTA BRAVA

One highlight of the Spanish-style menu is the tabla de embutidos Ibericos, a platter of assorted hams and sausages. Lunch & dinner daily; Sat. & Sun. brunch. 1653 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858-273-1218, costabravasd.com. FB, LD, AE, MC, V, $$

THE FRENCH GOURMET ★

A cozy country-French bistro atmosphere in which dishes touch all the French necessities with a few California signatures. Save room for dessert from the on-site bakery. Breakfast & lunch daily, dinner Tues.-Sat. 960 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach, 858-488-1725, thefrenchgourmet.com. B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR except CB, $$

FROGGY’S BAR & GRILL

This bustling café offers assorted low-priced bis­tro fare. Lunch & dinner daily. 954 Tur­quoise St., Pacific Beach, 858-488-8102, froggysbarandgrill.com. FB, CR, $

GREEN FLASH

Along the boardwalk in Pacific Beach, the Green Flash offers killer views of the Pacific Ocean to accompany the fresh seafood, steaks and burgers. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 701 Thomas Ave., 858-270-7715, ­greenflashrestaurant.com. FB, CR, $$

GRINGO’S COCINA Y CANTINA

This contemporary Mexican restaurant offers a dramatic architectural setting and handcrafted interiors. Chef Miguel Deer features grilled scallop fajitas, carne asada and daily specials. Lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. 4474 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858-490-2877, gringoscantina.com. FB, RR, LD Fri. & Sat., CR except CB/DC, $-$$

GUAVA BEACH BAR & GRILL

Seafood and California cuisine is enhanced by south-of-the-border delectables at this seaside eatery. Lunch & dinner daily. 3714 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858-488-6688, ­guava-beach.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., AE, MC, V, $-$$

HODAD’S ★

A laid-back beach eatery serving up hamburgers and fries in a social setting. Lunch & dinner daily. 5010 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619-224-4623, hodadies.com. B&W, CR, $

ISABEL’S CANTINA

Latin fare with Asian influences in a soothing atmosphere from chef/owner Isabel Cruz. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 966 Felspar St., Pacific Beach, 858-272-8400, ­isabelscantina.com. B&W, CR except DS, $$

JRDN

At Tower23, executive chef David Warner serves up cuisine with Pan-Asian flair. Customized steaks, sushi and Maui onion rings complement the sunsets. Lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. & Sun., dinner nightly. 723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach, 858-270-5736, jrdn.com. FB, RR, CR, $$$

KAISERHOF ★

Authentic Ger­man cui­sine served in a comfortable, homelike setting featuring a large selection of imported draft beers. Lunch Fri.-Sun., din­ner Tues.-Sun.; Sun. brunch. 2253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach, 619-224-0606, ­kaiserhofrestaurant.com. FB, RR, AE, MC, V, $$

KARINYA THAI CUISINE

Thai dishes you customize to taste, mixing ingredients and determining the intensity of seasoning. Optional traditional floor seating. Lunch & dinner dai­ly. 829 Garnet., Pacific Beach, 858-270-5050, karinyathaicuisine.com. B&W, CR except DC, $-$$

LAMONT STREET GRILL

A casual, California-style eatery serving steaks, fish, pastas and salads in a Pacific Beach bungalow. Dinner nightly. 4445 La­mont St., 858-270-3060, lamontstreetgrill.com. FB, RR, CR, $$-$$$

LOTSA PASTA

You choose the ingredients at this colorful eatery. Select from 18 sauces, 12 pasta flavors and six pasta shapes, then watch as cooks prepare the Italian fare in an exhibition kitchen. Lunch & dinner daily. 1762 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858-581-6777, lotsapasta.com. B&W, local CH, CR, $

THE MISSION

Specialties here range from a Baja shrimp wrap to braised tofu and steamed brown rice. Breakfast & lunch daily. 3795 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858-488-9060. Also in downtown (1250 J St., 619-232-7662) & North Park (2801 University Ave., 619-220-8992). B&W, AE, MC, V, $$

MR. SUSHI

As the name suggests, the spe­cialty is sushi, but tempura dishes are also available. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sun. ­1535 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858-581-2664, mrsushicol.com. B&W, CR, $-$$

NICK’S AT THE BEACH ★

Locals relish the Jamaican salmon and other seafood dishes at this beachside eatery. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 809 Thomas Ave., Pacific Beach, 858-270-1730, ­nicksatthebeach.com. FB, LD, AE, MC, V, $$

P.B. SHORE CLUB

Pacific Beach’s latest hot spot offers 20 beers on tap and an incredible ocean view from the restaurant’s window. Breakfast Sat. & Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 4343 Ocean Blvd., 858-272-7873, pbshoreclub.com. FB, LD, CR, $$

RANCHOS COCINA

Healthy Mexican cuisine with a secluded garden terrace, offering dozens of vegetarian choices. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 1830 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, Ste. H., Ocean Beach, 619-226-7619, ­ranchosnaturalfoods.com. B&W, CR, $

RED MARLIN

Right on the water’s edge perches Red Marlin at the Hyatt Regency at Mission Bay. Chef de cuisine Danny Bannister offers a California-modern menu with fresh and locally harvested ingredients. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 1441 Quivira Rd., 619-221-4868, ­hyatt.com/gallery/redmarlin. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

SASKA’S STEAK & SEAFOOD ★

Topping the menu: first-rate steak, shrimp, pork chops and Saska burgers. Sushi bar. Lunch & dinner daily, brunch Sat. & Sun. 3768 Mission Blvd., Mis­sion Beach, 858-488-7311, saskas.com. FB, LD, CR except DC, $$-$$$

SHADES BISTRO

Besides a view of the ocean and pier, this cozy café offers gour­met pizzas, seafood, pasta dishes and sandwiches. Break­fast, lunch & dinner daily. 5083 San­ta Monica Ave., Ocean Beach, 619-222-0501, shadesob.com. FB, MC, V, $-$$

SURFSIDE SUSHI

California coastal fusion a block from the Pacific Beach shore, with a creative take on traditional sushi. Highlights include Flamin’ Green Lips: four baked green mussels in onion cream sauce, served aflame. Dinner daily. 4527 Mission Blvd., 858-273-2979, surfsidesd.com. B&W, AE, MC, V, $

SUSHI OTA ★

The sushi bar is so popular you need reservations to ensure seating. This Japanese restaurant also serves traditional dishes like chicken and beef teriyaki and shrimp tempura. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner nightly. 4529 Mission Bay Dr., 858-270-5670. B&W, RR, CR, $-$$

THEE BUNGALOW ★

High-quality contemporary con­­­tinental cuisine complemented by an extensive wine list. Dinner night­ly. 4996 W. Point Lo­ma Blvd., Ocean Beach, 619-224-2884, ­dinecrg.com. FB, CR, $$-$$$

TONY ROMA’S

Baby back ribs in Texas-style barbecue sauce and onion-ring loaves are specialties. Lunch & dinner daily. 4110 Mis­sion Blvd., in the Prom enade, Pacific Beach, 858-272-7427, ­tonyromas.com. FB, CR, $-$$

THE VINE

Adored by beer and wine lovers for its extensive selections of both beverages, this Ocean Beach restaurant also offers seafood entrées, as well as smaller meat or cheese plates, in a relaxed, neighborhood environment. Dinner nightly. 1851 Bacon St., 619-222-8463, theobvine.com. B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., MC, V, $

WORLD FAMOUS

Surf-side, upscale dining in Pacific Beach on chef Chris Bates’ contemporary California coastal cuisine, such as potato-wrapped halibut in champagne-basil butter sauce. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily; Sat. & Sun. brunch. 711 Pacific Beach Dr., 858-272-3100. FB, LD, CR except DC, $$

San Diego East

ANDIAMO RESTAURANTE ITALIANO

A gem in Tierrasanta, this sophisticated Italian eat­ery has an extensive wine list, wood-fired pizzas and classic seafood specialties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 5950 Santo Rd., Ste. A, 858-277-3501, andiamo-ristorante.com. FB, RR, CH, CR except DC/CB, $$-$$$

ANTHONY’S FISH GROTTO ★

Popular for lunch, Anthony’s offers good, reasonably priced seafood. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 9530 Murray Dr., La Mesa, 619-463-0368, gofishanthonys.com. FB, CR, $-$$

ANTICA TRATTORIA

Choose from veal dishes, panini sandwiches or entrées such as linguine del lago. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner nightly. 5654 Lake Murray Blvd., La Mesa, 619-463-9919, anticatrattoria.com. B&W, RR, MC, V, $$

BARONA RESORT & CASINO

The resort’s 11 restaurants offer culinary choices for everyone, from casual grab-and-go meals to the meaty delights at Barona Steakhouse. Lunch & dinner daily. 1932 Wildcat Canyon Rd., Lakeside, 888-7-BARONA, 619-443-2300, barona.com. CR, $$-$$$

BROTHERS FAMILY RESTAURANT

Comfort food, such as chicken-fried steak, burgers and meat loaf, is the specialty. Break­fast & lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Fri. 5150 War­ing Rd., Allied Gardens, 619-287-0880. B&W, DS, MC, V, $

CASA DE PICO ★

Mexican specialties in a festive atmosphere with giant Margaritas and strolling mariachis. Lunch & dinner daily. 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa, 619-463-3267, ­bazaardelmundo.com. FB, CR, $-$$

D.Z. AKIN’S ★

A bustling New York–style res­tau­rant/deli/bakery with a lengthy list of sandwiches, soups and soda-fountain specialties. All-day break­­fast, lunch & dinner daily. 6930 Alvarado Rd., 619-265-0218, dzakinsdeli.com. B&W, AE, MC, V, $-$$

GIO

With tables made of wine barrels and an extensive wine list, Gio is for vino lovers but also includes a coffee bar and classic Italian dishes with a modern twist. Chef Manuel Perez’s mesquite-kissed wild salmon promises romance on a plate. Breakfast Sat. & Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 8384 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, 619-462-9100, ­giowineanddine.com. B&W, RR, AE, MC, V, $$-$$$

LITTLE ROMA

The rich Italian offerings include five veal plates as well as linguine pescatore, served with scallops, shrimp and calamari. Lunch & dinner daily. 5575 Baltimore Dr., Ste. 104, La Mesa, 619-461-7000, littleroma.com. B&W, MC, V, $-$$

PANDA COUNTRY

Mandarin and Szechwan spe­cial­ties. Lunch & dinner daily. In the Santee Village Square, 9621 Mission Gorge Rd., 619-449-7061. Also in Claire­mont Mesa (4455 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 858-270-3930, pandarg.com). B&W, CR except DC, $-$$

PAT & OSCAR’S ★

Favorites at the casual eatery include Greek salads, pocket sandwiches, pizzas, lemon chicken and ribs. Lunch & dinner daily. 375 Pkwy. Plaza, El Cajon, 619-440-1400, ­patandoscars.com. Also in Bonita (3030 Plaza Bonita Rd., 619-472-2701), Carmel Mtn. Ranch (3881 Valley Centre Dr., 858-592-0222), Mira Mesa (10673 Westview Pkwy., 858-621-6100) & Mission Valley (8580 Rio San Diego Dr., 619-295-6200). B&W, CR except CB/DC, $-$$

PICK UP STIX ★

Chinese cuisine freshly prepared in exhibition kitchens, with a helping of American hospitality. Traditional dishes include orange chicken, sweet-and-sour chicken and teriyaki vegetable bowls. The focus being on takeout, the hi-tech dining room offers an ultracasual, plastic-fork atmosphere. Lunch & dinner daily. 8025 Fletcher Pkwy., La Mesa, 619-589-8191, ­pickupstix.com. Also in Carls­bad (7750 Rancho Santa Fe Rd., Ste. A1, 760-942-4602), Carmel Mtn. Ranch (12330 Carmel Mtn. Rd., Ste. 5, 858-451-5695), Chula Vista (2127 Olympic Pkwy., Ste. 1001, 619-482-2789), Clairemont Mesa (4961 Clairemont Dr., Ste. B, 858-274-3220), Del Mar (2710 Via de la Valle, 858-259-7849), Encinitas (27 N. El Camino Real, Ste. 8-H, 760-632-8130), Hillcrest (1040 University Ave., Ste. B11A, 619-295-7849), La Jolla (8707 Villa La Jolla Dr., Ste. B-1, 858-552-1566), Mira Mesa (10712 Westview Pkwy., Ste. 205, 858-547-9553), Mission Valley (2019 Camino del Este, 619-299-9793), Pa­cif­ic Beach (1975 Garnet Ave., Ste. A, 858-483-9588), Point Loma (3365 Rosecrans St., Ste. 10D, 619-758-9041), Rancho San Diego (2504 Jamacha Rd., Ste. C, 619-670-7764), Scripps Ranch (10755 Scripps Poway Pkwy., Ste. 8-I, 858-547-0024) & Tierra­santa (3737 Murphy Canyon Rd., 858-505-4145) & Torrey Hills (4645 Carmel Mntn. Rd., Suite 208, 858-794-0450). CR, $

RIVIERA SUPPER CLUB

A do-it-yourself steakhouse where the customer does the grilling, Riviera specializes in steaks and ready-to-eat side dishes. Before, during or after dinner, saddle up to the Turquoise Room, a deluxe cocktail lounge with a sunken bar and booth seating. Dinner nightly. 7777 University Ave., La Mesa, 619-713-6777, ­rivierasupperclub.com. FB, LD nightly, CR, $$

SALA THAI

This unobtrusive restaurant tucked into a strip mall features traditional and exotic Thai dishes. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 6161 El Cajon Blvd., Ste. A, 619-229-9050, salathaisd.com. B&W, CR, $

Clairemont & Vicinity

ALADDIN MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ & GOUR­MET MAR­KET ★

A wide variety of dishes, from Middle Eastern cuisine to wood-fired pizzas, at this casual café that also sells European/Middle Eastern products. Lunch & dinner daily. 5420 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 858-573-0000, aladdincafe.com. B&W, MC, V, $$

BELLAGIO RESTAURANT & BAKERY

Executive chef José Lares dishes up authentic Italian cuisine, from seafood to homemade desserts. Lunch & dinner daily. 10492 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 858-268-8983, ­bellagioristorante.com. FB, LD Thur.-Sat., CR except CB, $$-$$$

CHINA MAX

This eatery offers specialties such as dim sum, fisherman crab and lamb chops with black-pepper sauce. Lunch & dinner daily. 4698 Convoy St., Ste. 101, Kearny Mesa, 858-650-3333, ­chinamaxsandiego.com. B&W, LD, RR, MC, V, $$

CUCINA ITALIANA

The warm atmosphere at this family restaurant adds to the classic Italian dishes. Lunch & dinner daily. 4705 Clairemont Dr., Ste. A, 858-274-9732, cucinaitalianasandiego.com. B&W, CR except DS, $$

DUMPLING INN

In keeping with the name, dumplings are the signature item at this casual Chinese restaurant in Kearny Mesa. Lunch & dinner Tues.-Sun. 4619 Convoy St., Ste. F, 858-268-9638. MC, V, $

EMERALD CHINESE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Exotic Chinese cuisine alongside the more familiar dishes. Breakfast Sat. & Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 3709 Con­voy St., Ste. 101, Kearny Mesa, 858-565-6888, emeraldrestaurant.com. FB, LD, CR, $$-$$$

JASMINE

Choose from a huge variety of dim sum and live seafood prepared by a Hong Kong chef. Lunch & dinner daily. 4609 Convoy St., 858-268-0888, ­jasmineseafood.com. FB, CR, OT, $$-$$$

LA DOLCE VITA TRATTORIA

Traditional Italian fare, seafood specialties and a Mission Bay view. Din­ner nightly. 3010 Claire­­­mont Dr., 619-276-3462, ladolcevitaristorante.com. FB, CR, $-$$

94TH AERO SQUADRON

Classic American fare at this eatery with views of Montgom­ery Field. Lunch Mon.-Fri., din­ner nightly; Sun. brunch. 8885 Balboa Ave., 858-560-6771. FB, LD Fri., CR except CB, OT, $$-$$$

OLD TRIESTE

A traditional hangout for VIPs and lovers of Northern Italian cooking. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sat. 2335 Mo­rena Blvd., 619-276-1841, oldtriesterestaurant.com. FB, RR, CR except DS, $$$-$$$$

PHUONG TRANG

This cozy family-owned restaurant in Kearny Mesa specializes in Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine and is known for its array of seafood, including lobster, crab and catfish. Lunch & dinner daily. 4170 Convoy St., 858-565-6750, ­phuongtrangrestaurant.com. B&W, MC, V, $

SIPZ CAFÉ ★

Keeping it simple, this popular vegan eatery boasts a variety of mixed bowls served with steamed rice. Lunch & dinner daily. 5501 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 858-279-3747, sipz.com. Also in Sorrento Mesa (9450 Scranton Rd., Ste. 114A, 858-457-1103). B&W, MC, V, $
La Jolla

ALFONSO’S

Mexican cuisine from secret recipes that have been in Alfonso’s family for years. Lunch & dinner daily. 1251 Prospect St., 858-454-2232, alfonsosoflajolla.com. FB, LD Mon.-Sat., CR, $-$$

A.R. VALENTIEN

Overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Gourse, the dining room at The Lodge at Torrey Pines serves up executive chef Jeff Jackson’s smashing California cuisine in an art-filled atmosphere. Breakfast Sat. & Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., 858-777-6635, arvalentien.com. FB, RR, CR, $$$-$$$$

BARBARELLA

Classic French dishes like croque madame and steak frites, as well as steamed black mussels with fennel and tapenade, at this European-style bistro. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 2171 Avenida de la Playa, 858-454-7373. FB, CR, $-$$

BEAUMONT’S

A Pacific Island breeze blows through this neighborhood eatery, with sea-green colors and beach-grass lamps accompanying the California cuisine. Breakfast Sat. & Sun., dinner nightly. 5662 La Jolla Blvd., Bird Rock, 858-459-0474, ­beaumontseatery.com. FB, AE, MC, V, $$$

BROCKTON VILLA

Along with a gorgeous view of La Jolla Cove, this quaint century-old beach cottage offers eggs Ipanema, shrimp and chicken salad and California seafood stew. Breakfast & lunch daily. 1235 Coast Blvd., 858-454-7393, ­brocktonvilla.com. B&W, CR except DC, $-$$

BULL & BEAR

Chef Felipe Vargas prepares steak medallions in a red-wine sauce with spicy mashed potatoes, as well as a tapas menu. Lunch & dinner daily. 1271 Prospect St., 858-551-0077, ­bullandbearbarandgrill.com. FB, CR except DC, $$$

CLAY’S

On the 11th floor of the Hotel La Jolla, this sophisticated eatery boasts impressive views and showcases a “new American cuisine” using organic ingredients, free-range poultry and regional foods. Breakfast & lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner nightly. 7955 La Jolla Shores Dr., 858-551-3620, ­clayslajolla.com. FB, CR, $$-$$$

CODY’S

This rustic bistro features an ocean view and contemporary American fare, with a focus on comfort foods. Breakfast & lunch daily. 8030 Girard Ave., 858-459-0040, codyslajolla.com. B&W, CR, $-$$

CRAB CATCHER

This casually elegant seafood eatery features Pacific Rim/California cuisine and a grand view of the coast. Oyster bar. Lunch Mon.-Sat., din­ner night­ly; Sun. brunch. 1298 Prospect St., 858-454-9587, crabcatcher.com. FB, CR except CB, OT, $$

ESTANCIA LA JOLLA HOTEL & SPA

At this California rancho-style coastal sensory retreat, Adobe El Restaurant offers fresh, locally grown products with bold flavors. Breakfast & lunch daily. FB, CR except CB, OT, $$$-$$$$. 858-964-6500. On a casual note, Mustangs & Burros is a gathering place with a sports bar feel, offering Bora Bora BBQ ahi and specialty Margaritas. Lunch Sat. & Sun., dinner nightly. FB, LD Mon.-Thur. & Sat., CR, $-$$. 9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd., 858-550-1000, estancialajolla.com.

FOREVER FONDUE

The dinner-party fad makes a comeback here. There’s also an extensive selection of meats, seafood and cheeses. Dinner nightly. 909 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858-551-4509, ­foreverfonduesd.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR except CB/DC, $$$-$$$$

GEORGE’S AT THE COVE ★

Great view of La Jolla Cove from this area favorite. George’s California Modern serves contemporary California cuisine with cultural influences. Dinner nightly. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$. Upstairs, the sun-splashed Ocean Terrace boasts breathtaking views and a more casual bistro menu. Lunch & dinner dai­ly. FB, CR except CB, OT, $-$$. 1250 Pros­pect St., 858-454-4244, ­georgesatthecove.com.

HARRY’S COFFEE SHOP

This local tradition features pancakes and 15 kinds of om­elets. Breakfast & lunch daily. 7545 Girard Ave., 858-454-7381, harryscoffeeshop.com. CR, $

JAI

At the La Jolla Playhouse complex, chef Yoshinori Kojima’s artful creations offer vibrant colors and texture. Try the spicy tuna tartare in a sesame miso cone. Dinner Tues.-Sat. 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858-638-7778, ­wolfgangpuck.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

JOSE’S COURTROOM

For a south-of-the-border taste, Jose’s offers casual dining and Mexican specialties. A main-course mainstay is the quesadilla caliente. Lunch & dinner daily. 1037 Prospect St., 858-454-7655,­ joses.com. FB, LD, CR, $

KARL STRAUSS BREWERY & RESTAURANT ★

Mission-style décor, a range of American cuisine and 35 microbrewed beers. Lunch & dinner daily. 1044 Wall St., 858-551-2739, karlstrauss.com. FB, AE, MC, V, $-$$

LA VALENCIA HOTEL ★

This Moorish-Spanish land­mark, serving the finest French/American cuisine, takes you back to 1930s La Jolla. The Whaling Bar & Grill explores a continental menu. Lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. 858-551-3761. FB, CR, OT, $$$$. The Sky Room offers top-of-the-line modern cuisine at the top of the hotel. Dinner Wed.-Sun. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$$. 1132 Prospect St., 858-551-3744, ­lavalencia.com.

MAÎTRE D’

French and continen­tal cuisine in an elegant, classical at­mosphere. Din­ner Tues.-Sat. 5523 La Jolla Blvd., 858-456-2111, maitredlj.com. FB, LD, RR, AE, MC, V, $$$-$$$$

MANHATTAN

New York Italian–style dining. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner nightly. In the Empress Hotel, 7766 Fay Ave., 858-459-0700. FB, RR, CR except DC, $$-$$$

MARINE ROOM ★

The venerable Marine Room en­joys a magnificent location on the sands of La Jolla Shores and a creative contemporary French menu under the direction of chef Bernard Guillas. Dinner night­ly. 2000 Spin­drift Dr., 858-459-7222, marineroom.com. FB, CR, OT, $$$$

MARKETPLACE GRILLE

Featuring a Persian-inspired menu with a hint of Southwest mesquite flavors, Marketplace Grill specializes in fresh and natural marinades. Lunch & dinner daily. 1030 Torrey Pines Rd., 858-456-9576, marketplacegrille.com. Also in Kearny Mesa (5447 Kearny Villa Rd., 858-277-5444) & Mira Mesa (6755 Mira Mesa Blvd., Ste. 101, 858-452-1990). B&W, CR, $

MARRAKESH

Exotic prix-fixe Moroccan cuisine ($26.95) and à la carte items, served in an intimate Saharan setting. Lunch & dinner daily. 634 Pearl St., 858-454-2500. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, OT, $$

MICHELE COULON DESSERTIER

This dessert destination brings a unique, Belgian influence to La Jolla. Along with an extensive selection of sweets, the menu offers soups, salads, sandwiches and quiches. Lunch Mon.-Sat. 7556-D Fay Ave., Ste. D, 858-456-5098, dessertier.com. B&W, CR, $-$$

NINE-TEN ★

This intimate eat­ery offers contemporary California cuisine. Chef Jason Knibb serves up seasonal entrées such as tuna and seared salmon. Breakfast & lunch daily, dinner Tues.-Sat. In the Grand Co­lo­nial Hotel, 910 Prospect St., 858-964-5400, nine-ten.com. FB, RR, AE, DC, MC, V, OT, $$-$$$

PIATTI

Fresh, regional Italian cuisine served in a bright, airy atmosphere. Lunch & dinner daily, brunch Sat. & Sun. 2182 Ave­nida de la Playa, 858-454-1589, piatti.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR except DS, OT, $$

ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY

Fresh handcrafted pales, ales, browns, lagers, stouts and specialty beers are served alongside a diverse menu of American classics. Lunch & dinner daily. 8980 Villa La Jolla Dr., 858-450-9277, rockbottom.com. Also in downtown San Diego (401 G St., 619-231-7000). FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$

ROPPONGI ★

Chef Stephen Window blends his knowledge of Pacific Rim ingredients and French cooking to create a unique contemporary Asian-influenced menu with an extensive selection of delectable tapas. Lunch & dinner daily. 875 Prospect St., 858-551-5252, ­roppongiusa.com. FB, CR except CB, OT, $$-$$$

ROYAL THAI CUISINE

Gourmet Thai cuisine prepared without MSG. Lunch & dinner daily. 737 Pearl St., Ste. 110, 858-551-THAI, royalthaicuisine.com. Also in downtown San Diego (467 Fifth Ave., 619-230-THAI). FB, CR, $-$$

SANTE RISTORANTE

Classic Northern Italian fare in an el­egant Old World garden setting. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 7811 Her­schel Ave., 858-454-1315, santeristorante.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$-$$$

THE SHORES RESTAURANT

Chef Augie Saucedo’s menu for this hacienda-style seafood eatery in the Shores Hotel includes fennel-seared ahi cooked in citrus sauce. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. 8110 Camino del Oro, 858-456-0600, ­theshoresrestaurant.com. FB, CR except CB, OT, $$

THE STEAKHOUSE AT AZUL LA JOLLA

Stunning views of La Jolla Cove accompany the coastal cuisine of executive chef Steve Floyd. A vegetarian spa menu is offered sans dairy, wheat and refined sugar. Lunch Sat., dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. 1250 Prospect St., 858-454-9616, ­brigantine.com. FB, CR except CB/DC, OT, $$$-$$$$

SUSHI ON THE ROCK

At this rockin’ sushi bar, selections include the Kitchen Sink, a catchall entrée with tempura-fried salmon, eel, avocado, cream cheese, crab and sea bass. Lunch & dinner daily. 1025 Prospect St., Ste. 250, 858-459-3208, ­sushiontherock.com. B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$-$$$

TAPENADE ★

Chef-owner Jean-Michel Diot offers savory Provençal fare, such as grilled diver scallops with baby artichoke, in this airy bistro with 1930s-style décor. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner nightly. 7612 Fay Ave., 858-551-7500, ­tapenaderestaurant.com. FB, RR, AE, MC, V, OT, $$$-$$$$

TORREYANA GRILLE

The dining room at the Hilton Torrey Pines La Jolla has a view of the ocean and golf course; the menu focuses on sea­food, with dishes like halibut with gulf shrimp and tomato coulis. Break­­fast, lunch & dinner daily. 10950 N. Torrey Pines Rd., 858-450-4571, hilton.com. FB, CR, $$$-$$$$

TRATTORIA ACQUA ★

With an eye to comfort food and budget-friendly dishes, Damaso Lee’s innovative Italian cuisine is enhanced by the romantic setting, an extensive wine list and views of La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores. Lunch & dinner daily. 1298 Prospect St., 858-454-0709, trattoriaacqua.com. FB, CR except DS, OT, $$

VIGILUCCI’S SEAFOOD, STEAK & CHOPHOUSE

In the heart of La Jolla, Vigilucci’s latest has an elegant yet relaxed feeling. Lunch & dinner daily, Sun. brunch. 909 Prospect St., Ste. 290, 858-454-9664, vigiluccis.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, OT, $$-$$$

WHISKNLADLE

At Arturo Kassel’s refreshed eatery, organic produce is featured in executive chef Ryan Johnston’s European home-style cuisine. Lunch & dinner daily; brunch Sat. & Sun. 1044 Wall St., 858-551-7575, whisknladle.com. FB, CR except CB, OT, $$-$$$

ZENBU

Fresh ingredients mark this traditional Jap­an­ese menu, with a number of house sushi rolls. The adjacent Koi Lounge offers specialty drinks, full sushi menu and a sultry, intimate atmosphere. Dinner nightly. 7660 Fay Ave., Ste. 1, 858-454-4540, rimelsrestaurants.com. Also in Cardiff (2003 San Elijo Ave., 760-633-2223). FB, LD Thur.-Sat., CR, $$$
 

Golden Triangle & Vicinity

APOLLONIA

Tra­ditional Greek specialties plus dishes of Morocco, Spain and Italy provide the menu highlights. Lunch & din­ner daily. ­8650 Gen­esee Ave., Ste. 106, in the Cos­ta Verde Center, 858-455-1535, apolloniabistro.com. FB, CR, $-$$

BAROLO RISTORANTE ITALIANO

This University City eatery specializes in favorites of northern and southern Italy. A popular pasta is the pera ravioli, stuffed with pear and Parmesan cheese, served in a cream sauce and accented with sun-dried tomatoes. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. 8935 Towne Centre Dr., Ste. 113, 858-622-1202, barolos.com. B&W, CR, $$

CAFÉ JAPENGO ★

Asian fare is given a California touch at this contemporary restaurant in the Aven­­tine. The fusion cuisine includes sushi, Hawaiian barbecue salmon and roasted coconut chicken; the sushi bar offers late dining. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 3777 La Jolla Village Dr., 858-450-3355, ­cafejapengo.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$-$$$

DAPHNE’S ★

Family recipes dominate at this fresh and fast eatery in Mira Mesa, including traditional gyros and hummus, lightly breaded seasoned shrimp, classic Greek salad and baklava. Lunch & dinner daily. 10728 Westview Pkwy., Ste. 305, 858-693-4471, daphnesgreekcafe.com. Also in Del Mar (12955 El Camino Real, 858-792-8599), Hillcrest (126 Washington St., Ste. A, 619-297-0344), La Jolla (8657 Villa La Jolla Dr., 858-623-6940) & Poway (13487 Poway Rd., 858-679-8898). CR, $

DONOVAN’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE ★

The tasty seafood appetizers at this Golden Triangle steakhouse make a great lead-in for a meat-lover’s meal of New York strip or prime T-bone steaks, shrimp scampi or lobster. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 4340 La Jolla Village Dr., 858-450-6666, donovanssteakhouse.com. Also downtown (570 K St., 619-237-9700). FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR except CB, OT, $$-$$$

ELIJAH’S

An East Coast–style restaurant-deli specializing in homemade blintzes, knishes and cases brimming with baked goods. Breakfast, lunch & dinner dai­ly. 8861 Villa La Jolla Dr., 858-455-1461, elijahsrestaurant.com. Also in Del Mar (2638 Del Mar Heights Rd., 858-259-4880). B&W, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $-$$

FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR

Fleming’s offers USDA prime beef—from an 8-ounce “petite” filet to a 2.5-pound porterhouse—fresh seafood and an à la carte menu of delicious side dishes, plus 100 wines by the glass. Dinner nightly. 8970 University Center Lane, 858-535-0078, flemingssteakhouse.com. Also downtown (380 K St., 619-237-1155). FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR except CB, $$$-$$$$

GOLDEN STATE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

The Chinese specialties here include stuffed scallops, Peking-style pork chops and tofu dishes. Lunch & dinner daily. 9460 Mira Mesa Blvd., Ste. E, 858-578-8818. B&W, LD, CR except CB/DC, $

HUMPHREY’S LA JOLLA GRILL

Daily fresh-fish spe­cial­ties and a few beef and poultry dishes. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. In the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel, 3299 Holiday Ct., 858-452-4000. FB, RR, CR, $$-$$$

KARL STRAUSS BREWERY GARDENS ★

Tucked away in a tech center on grounds reminiscent of Munich’s Chinese Pagoda Beer Gar­den. Menu items include a grilled sau­sage platter, sandwiches, burgers and ribs. Lunch & dinner Mon.-Fri.; Sun. brunch. In the San Diego Tech Center, 9675 Scranton Rd., Sorrento Valley, 858-587-2739, karlstrauss.com. Also in Carlsbad (5801 Armada Rd., 760-431-2739), downtown San Diego (1157 Columbia St., 619-234-2739) & La Jolla (1044 Wall St., 858-551-2739). B&W, AE, MC, V, $-$$

KING’S GARDEN

An extensive menu of tradition­al Man­dar­in/Szechwan favorites. Lunch & dinner daily. 10066 Pacific Heights Blvd., Stes. 101-107, Mira Mesa, 858-587-3916, kingsgardenmm.net. B&W, CR except CB/DC, $

KOLBEH RESTAURANT

Generous portions of Middle Eastern spe­cial­ties. Lunch & din­­ner daily. 9514 Miramar Rd., Mira Mesa, 858-578-6040. B&W, AE, DS, MC, V, $

L&L HAWAIIAN

Barbecue chicken katsu and seafood platters are among the favorites at this popular Hawaiian chain. Lunch & dinner daily. 8280 Mira Mesa Blvd., Ste. A, Mira Mesa, 858-693-5888, ­hawaiianbarbecue.com. Also in Carmel Mtn. Ranch (11975 Carmel Mtn. Rd. 858-451-6888), El Cajon (356 Broadway, 619-229-6888), Hillcrest (3803 Fifth Ave., 619-297-1888), La Jolla (9150 Regents Park Row, 858-554-0888), National City (1860 Sweetwater Rd., 619-336-6888), Point Loma (3145 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-223-8888) & Oceanside (4225 Oceanside Blvd., 760-726-0888). MC. V, $

LORNA’S ITALIAN KITCHEN

Home-style, hearty Italian cooking. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sun. 3945 Governor Dr., University City, 858-452-0661, ­lornasitalian.com. B&W, CR, $-$$

OASIS BAR & GRILL

This self-styled “reinvented Italian cuisine” eatery offers a breakfast buffet and afternoon tapas. Guests can dine on the hideaway patio beside tropical foliage and a large fountain. Breakfast daily, lunch & dinner Mon.-Fri. In the Woodfin Suites Hotel, 10044 Pacific Mesa Blvd., 858-410-0656, oasissandiego.com. FB, CR, $$

OPERA PATISSERIE

At this quintessential French café, master pastry chefs Thierry Cahez and Vincent Garcia offer exceptional pastries, quiche Lorraine, crudités, croque monsieur sandwiches and ahi tuna Niçoise salad. Breakfast & lunch Mon.-Sat. 9254 Scranton Rd., Ste. 101, Sorrento Valley, 858-458-9050, ­operapatisserie.com. CR except DS, $
 

P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO ★

Regional Chinese creations, prepared without MSG, from Canton, Shanghai, Sze­chwan, Hunan and Mongolia. Lunch & dinner daily. 4540 La Jolla Village Dr., 858-458-9007, pfchangs.com. Also in Carlsbad (5621 Paseo del Norte, 760-795-0595), Chula Vista (2015 Birch Rd., 619-421-2080) & Mission Valley (7077 Friars Rd., 619-260-8484). FB, LD, RR, CR, $$

ROY’S ★

Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian-Japanese heri­tag­e and training in classical French cuisine combine to create artistic dishes with a touch of aloha, such as miso-seared butterfish with Chinese five-spice butter sauce, and crispy stuffed Thai chicken with a fruit chutney and macadamia curry sauce. Dinner nightly. In the Costa Verde Center, 8670 Genesee Ave., La Jolla, 858-455-1616, ­roysrestaurant.com. Also downtown (333 W. Harbor Dr., 619-239-7697). FB, RR, CR, $$$-$$$$

TRULUCK’S

With art-deco ambience, this elegant restaurant and piano lounge features fresh seafood, juicy steaks and succulent crab, with a globe-spanning menu updated weekly. Dinner nightly. 8990 University Center Lane, 858-453-2583, trulucks.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

THE WINESELLAR & BRASSERIE ★

This restau­rant/wine store stays consistently on the cutting—and delicious—edge of contemporary French cui­sine. Prix-fixe options nightly ($75). Lunch Thur.-Sat., dinner Tues.-Sat. 9550 Wa­ples St., Ste. 115, 858-450-9557, winesellar.com. B&W, RR, CR, $$$-$$$$

VENICE

Italian seafood is the primary fare here. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat.. 4365 Exec­utive Dr., Ste. 100, 858-597-1188, veniceristorante.com. FB, LD, RR, CR, OT, $$

San Diego North—Coastal

ADDISON

Chef William Bradley teases the senses with Mediterranean-inspired dishes made from fresh California ingredients. This addition to the Grand Del Mar serves seared scallops, melt-in-your-mouth foie gras and fine wine, along with a view of the golf club’s rolling greens. Dinner Tues.-Sat. 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar, 858-314-1900, ­addisondelmar.com. FB, RR, CR except CB, OT, $$$-$$$$

AMERICANA

Chef Randy Gruber’s Americana has a community focus, complete with photos of the area in the early 1900s and current works by local artists. Menus feature seasonal, local ingredients cooked with a French technique. Breakfast & lunch daily, dinner Tues.-Sat. 1454 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, 858-794-6838, ­americanarestaurant.com. FB, RR, CR, $$

ARTERRA

In the Marriott Del Mar, Arterra offers farm-fresh American cuisine in a spacious dining room. Executive chef Jason Maitland’s contemporary flavors use as much organic produce, fish and poultry as possible. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Thur. 11966 El Camino Real, 858-369-6032, ­arterrarestaurant.com. FB, LD, RR, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

BANGKOK BAY

A large choice of Thai noodle dishes, soups, veg­etarian and seafood items. Lunch & dinner daily. 731 S. Hwy. 101, Ste. 1B1, Solana Beach, 858-792-2427, bangkok-bay.com. B&W, MC, V, $-$$

BEACH GRASS CAFÉ

It’s difficult to put down this menu, loaded with memorable American cuisine. The Beach Grass clambake combines grilled shrimp, crab claw and steamed clams and mussels. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily; Sat. & Sun. brunch. 159 S. Hwy. 101, Solana Beach, 858-509-0632, ­beachgrasscafe.com. B&W, RR, CR, $$-$$$

THE BEACH HOUSE

Lobster tops the bill at this elegantly casual seaside eatery boasting an ocean view from all tables. Lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. . FB, RR, AE, MC, V, OT, $$-$$$. Upstairs, Top of the House features seafood and steaks with south-of-the-border flair. Lunch & dinner daily; Sat. & Sun. brunch. AE, MC, V, $-$$. 2530 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff, 760-753-1321, ­thebeachhouse.com.

BEACH SIDE BAR & GRILL

This warm, rustic Venetian-influenced eatery serves delights such as lobster ravioli and chicken saltimbacca. Breakfast Sat. & Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 806 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760-942-0738, ­beachsidebarandgrill.com. FB, LD, CR, $$

BLANCA

Sleek Blanca offers a French Mediterranean menu from chef Jason Neroni, with delights such as agnolotti stuffed with chestnut purée in truffle sauce. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 437 S. Hwy. 101, No. 301, Solana Beach, 858-792-0072, dineblanca.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

BRETT’S BBQ

You’ll need an extra roll of paper towels for this authentic, Texas-style beef brisket. The meat spends 12 to 16 hours in the smoker to acquire its deep, succulent flavors. Lunch & dinner daily. 1505 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, 760-436-7427, brettsbbq.com. B&W, CR, $-$$

BULLY’S

Steaks, seafood and burgers in a lively tavern setting. Lunch & dinner daily. 1404 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, 858-755-1660, bullyseastsd.com. FB, LD, CR except DS, $$-$$$

CAFÉ ZINC ★

Vegetarian California cuisine in a garden setting. Breakfast & lunch daily. 132 S. Cedros, Solana Beach, 858-793-5436, zinccafe.com. AE, MC, V, $

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN

This national chain boasts high-­energy dining rooms and creative wood-fired pizzas. Lunch & dinner daily. 437 S. Hwy. 101, Ste. 601, So­lana Beach, 858-793-0999, cpk.com. Also in Carmel Mtn. Ranch (11602 Carmel Mtn. Rd., 858-675-4424), La Jolla Village Square (3363 Nobel Dr., 858-457-4222), Mission Valley (7007 Friars Rd., 619-298-4078) & Vista (307 Vista Village Dr., 760-631-5601). FB, CR, $-$$

CHART HOUSE

The ocean view takes center stage alongside beef, pasta, fresh fish and seafood entrées. An after-work café menu offers light dining in the lounge. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. 2588 S. Hwy. 101, Car­diff, 760-436-4044, ­chart-house.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$-$$$

DEL MAR RENDEZVOUS

Mongolian rack of lamb tops the menu here. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 1555 Camino del Mar., Ste. 102, 858-755-2669, delmarrendezvous.com. B&W, RR, CR except DC, $$

DON CHUY

This neighborhood fixture serves affordable Mexican cuisine in a folksy setting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 650 Valley Ave., Solana Beach, 858-794-0535, ­donchuymexicanrestaurant.com. FB, CR, $

EL CALLEJON ★

Mexico City–style cuisine in a fiesta atmosphere. Lunch & dinner dai­­ly. 345 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760-634-2793, el-callejon.com. Also in Vista (20 Main St., Ste. H-100, 760-758-5651). FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $-$$

EN FUEGO

Authentic Mexican cuisine along with a variety of sea­food. Lunch & dinner dai­­ly, brunch Sat. & Sun. 1342 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, 858-792-6551, enfuegocantina.com. FB, LD, CR, $-$$

FIREFLY GRILL & WINE BAR

An eclectric, wine-friendly menu. Dinner nightly. 251 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760-635-1066, fireflygrillandwinebar.com. FB, CR except DC, $$

FIRENZE TRATTORIA

Chef Italo Peveri dishes out a light­er—yet traditional—version of multiregional Italian cuisine in Encinitas’ West Village Shopping Center. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., 760-944-9000, ­firenzetrattoria.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$-$$$

THE FISH MARKET ★

The fare: fresh fish, of course. Rem­i­nis­­cent of a San Francisco wa­terfront eatery. Oyster bar. Lunch & din­ner daily. 640 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858-755-2277, ­thefishmarket.com. FB, CR, $$$

IL FORNAIO CUCINA ITALIANA

In Del Mar Plaza, Il Fornaio offers an expansive coastline view and cuisine to rival it. The extensive Italian menu offers monthly regional specialties. Lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. 1555 Ca­mino del Mar, Ste. 301, 858-755-8876, ­ilfornaio.com. Also in Coronado (1333 First St., 619-437-4911). FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, OT, $$-$$$

JAKE’S DEL MAR

Situated right on the beach, Jake’s offers spectacular ocean views and an enticing menu showcasing California coastal cuisine, fresh fish and premium steaks. Lunch Tues.-Sat., dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. 1660 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, 858-755-2002, jakesdelmar.com. FB, RR, CR except CB, $$-$$$

KITCHEN 1540

American cuisine with Mediterranean flair comes with an elegant setting at L’Auberge Del Mar. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. 1540 Ca­mi­no del Mar, Del Mar, 858-793-6460, laubergedelmar.com. FB, RR, CR except CB, OT, $$-$$$

LA BONNE BOUFFE

French provincial cuisine in a simple setting. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sun. 471 En­ci­ni­tas Blvd., En­ci­nitas, 760-436-3081, labonnebouffeca.com. B&W, CR, $$-$$$

LE BAMBOU ★

Authentic Vietnamese specialties, including crispy soft-shell crab, in a quiet and contemporary atmosphere. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sun. 2634 Del Mar Heights Rd., 858-259-8138. B&W, MC, V, $

LE PAPAGAYO

In the Rough Surf Plaza on Hwy. 101, executive chef Bruno Domingos showcases “Leucadia California cuisine” with dishes like lemon-saffron linguine with shrimp and crayfish. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 1002 N. Coast Hwy. 101, 760-944-8252, ­lepapagayoleucadia.com. FB, CR, $$

MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR

Chef Carl Schroeder’s fresh approach to California cuisine is echoed in the earthy modern décor of this Del Mar restaurant. The short ribs are smothered in Cabernet jus. Dinner nightly. 3702 Via de la Valle, 858-523-0007, ­marketdelmar.com. FB, RR, CR except DS, OT, $$-$$$

MILTON’S DELICATESSEN, RESTAURANT & ­BAKERY

The deli favorites are served amid high, vaulted ceilings and jazz of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 2660 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858-792-2225, miltonsdeli.com. B&W, AE, MC, V, $-$$

NOBU GOURMET JAPANESE RESTAURANT

A full menu of Japanese dishes coexists happily with a sports bar and big-screen TV. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner night­ly. 315 S. Hwy. 101, Ste. A, Solana Beach, 858-755-0113 or 858-755-7787. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR except DC, $$-$$$

PACIFICA DEL MAR

Perched on a terrace in Del Mar Plaza, this stylish eatery offers intriguing Cal­i­for­nia/continental cuisine. Lunch & dinner daily. 858-792-0476, pacificadelmar.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$-$$$. Pacifica Breeze Café serves breakfast & lunch daily. 858-509-9147. 1555 Ca­mino del Mar, Del Mar. FB, CR, $-$$.

PACIFIC COAST GRILL

With entrées like steak-cut ahi and lobster tacos, chef Israel Balderas keeps the menu as original as the décor. Lunch & dinner daily. 437 S. Coast Hwy. 101, So­la­na Beach, 858-794-4632, ­pacificcoastgrill.com. FB, CR except CB, OT, $$$

PAMPLEMOUSSE GRILLE

At chef-owner Jeffrey Strauss’ provincial-look restaurant across from the fairgrounds, the “eclectically intercontinental” menu includes a range of prime meat. The lobster ravioli is a medley of seared scallops, asparagus, baby tomatoes and wild mushrooms doused with a creamy ginger soy beurre blanc sauce. Lunch Fri., dinner nightly. 514 Via de la Valle, Ste. 100, Solana Beach, 858-792-9090, pgrille.com. FB, RR, AE, MC, V, OT, $$$-$$$$

PAPACHINO’S RISTORANTE

A family-style Italian restaurant in Flower Hill Mall. Lunch & dinner daily. 2650 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858-481-7171, papachinos.com. B&W, LD, CR except DC, $$-$$$

PARADISE GRILLE

This eatery brings the taste and feel of an island resort to Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade, serving California cuisine. Lunch Tues.-Sun., dinner nightly, brunch Sat. & Sun. 2690 Via de la Valle, Srte. D210, 858-350-0808, paradisegrille.com. FB, CR except CB, OT, $$

PIZZA PORT

This pizza parlor and microbrewery across from the beach features sports games, surf movies and tasty food for a mellow good time. Lunch & dinner daily. 135 N. Hwy. 101, Solana Beach, 858-481-7332, pizzaport.com. Also in Carlsbad (571 Carlsbad Village Dr., 760-720-7007). B&W, AE, MC, V, $-$$

POSEIDON

Perfectly placed on Del Mar’s sweeping shoreline, Poseidon offers a casual dining experience with an upscale view. Executive chef Timothy Gutmann’s menu offers classic dishes and seafood specialties. Breakfast Sat. & Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 1670 Coast Blvd., 858-755-9345, poseidonrestaurant.com. FB, CR except CB, OT, $$-$$$

Q’ERO

Drawing from the slow food movement, this intimate eatery specializes in Peruvian and South American–inspired cuisine. Lunch & dinner Tues.-Sat. 564 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760-753-9050, qerorestaurant.com. B&W, CR, $$$$

RED TRACTON’S

Hearty American food and sea­­­­food specialties in the Winners Circle Lodge, across from the Del Mar Racetrack. Lunch & dinner daily. 550 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858-755-6600, ­redtractonssteakhouse.com. FB, LD Sat. & Sun, CR, OT, $$-$$$

ROBBIE’S

Robbie’s is a departure from Vigilucci’s Italian roots, serving up California and world cuisine. Lunch & dinner daily; Sun brunch. 534 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760-634-2365, ­vigiluccis.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat, CR, $-$$

ROSSI’S PIZZA & SPORTS BAR

With 25 draft beers, hearty post-game meals—like Rossi’s hot submarine and the San Diego chicken pizza—and a 73-inch high-definition TV, this is a haven for sports lovers. Lunch & dinner daily. 156 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., San Marcos, 760-727-4747, rossis-pizza.com. B&W, LD Mon.-Sat., CR except DC, $$-$$$

ST. GERMAIN’S CAFÉ

A cozy continental café serv­ing omelets, seafood and chicken. Breakfast & lunch daily. 1010 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760-753-5411, stgermainscafe.com. B&W, CR, $-$$

SAMURAI OF JAPAN

One of the state’s larg­est sushi bars, plus a teppanyaki table, tempura, sukiyaki and sashimi. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 979 Lo­mas Santa Fe Dr., So­lana Beach, 858-481-0032, ­samuraijapaneserestaurant.com. FB, CR, $$

SAVORY

Chef Pascal Vignau offers pure, simple food in a casual, neighborhood setting at this classic French bistro. Lunch Tues.-Sat., dinner Tues.-Sun. 267 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760-634-5556, savorycasualfare.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$-$$$

SBICCA BISTRO ★

This American eatery in downtown Del Mar serves an eclectic array of dishes. Specialties of veteran chef Susan Sbicca include rosemary-marinated flatiron steak and grilled salmon with avocado-caper salsa and black-bean sauce. Lunch & dinner daily; Sat. & Sun. brunch. 215 15th St., 858-481-1001, sbiccabistro.com. FB, RR, AE, MC. V, OT, $$

SHIMBASHI IZAKAYA

This tapas restaurant and sake bar prides itself on its authentic Japanese cuisine, combining sushi, appetizers and a feel-good atmosphere. Lunch Sat. & Sun., dinner nightly. 1555 Camino del Mar, Ste. 201, Del Mar, 858-523-0479, shimbashi-restaurants.com. RR, B&W, CR, $$

SILKS

Across from the racetrack, this el­egant eatery offers modern American cuisine, specializing in fresh regional dishes. Break­fast, lunch & dinner daily. In the Del Mar Hilton, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd., 858-792-5200, hilton.com. FB, CR, $-$$

SPICES THAI CAFÉ

Spicy made-to-­order Thai spe­cialties make this casual eatery a standout. Lunch & dinner daily. 3810 Valley Cen­ter Dr., Ste. 903, Del Mar, 858-259-0889, spicesthaisandiego.com. Also in Mira Mesa (6785 Mira Mesa Blvd., 858-552-8845) & Rancho Ber­nardo (16441 Bernardo Center Dr., 858-674-4665). B&W, CR, $-$$

SYDNEY’S

Australian fare from executive chef Bob Kennedy, such as sea­soned sirloin and pasta ’n’ prawns, amid aboriginal art. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. In the Doubletree Hotel Del Mar, 11915 El Camino Real, 858-481-6200, ­doubletree.com. FB, CR except DS, $$-$$$

TOMIKO

At this pretty eatery perched on an En­ci­ni­tas hill, find Asian-infused contemporary cuisine and a traditional Japanese menu with a sushi bar. Dinner nightly. 87 Encinitas Blvd., 760-633-3587, tomiko.com. FB, RR, CR, $$

TONY’S JACAL

Generous portions of traditional Mexican food at this family eatery. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun. 621 Valley Ave., Solana Beach, 858-755-2274, tonysjacal.com. FB, CR except CB/DC, $

TRATTORIA POSITANO

A wide choice of pasta dishes highlights the menu at this Cardiff eatery. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 2171 San Elijo Ave., 760-632-0111, trattoria-positano.com. B&W, CR, $$-$$$

VIA ITALIA PIZZERIA TRATTORIA

A diverse selection of pastas, pizzas and wines in a sophisticated but comfortable atmosphere. Lunch & dinner daily. 569 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760-479-9757, viaitaliapizzeria.com. FB, RR, CR, $$

VIGILUCCI’S RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA

With Italian import Victor Ibarra as executive chef, enjoy traditional Italian treats. Lunch & dinner daily. 534 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760-634-6753, vigiluccis.com. FB, CR, $$-$$$

VIGILUCCI’S TRATTORIA

A romantic atmosphere showcases the Italian entrées, with specialties such as ossobuco and veal. Lunch & dinner daily. 505 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760-942-7332, vigiluccis.com. FB, RR, CR, $$

WHEN IN ROME ★

An open and airy space provides the romantic background for genuine Italian cuisine. Produce from the restaurant’s own garden supplies ingredients and inspiration for favorites such as the white asparagus salad. Dinner Tues.-Sun. 1108 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760-944-1771, wheninromerestaurant.com. FB, RR, CR except DC, OT, $$-$$$

YU ME YA SAKE HOUSE

This small, family-owned restaurant dishes up Japanese-style tapas perfect for sharing, as well as a large selection of sake. Dinner Tues.-Sat. 1246 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760-633-4288. B&W, LD, RR, AE, MC, V, $$

Carlsbad & Oceanside

BELLEFLEUR RESTAURANT

Reminiscent of Old World Italy, this Tuscany-style eat­ery provides a complete wine-country experience. The bill of fare lists rotisserie chicken, lamb and ribs as well as seafood and steak. Desserts are fresh from the on-premises bakery. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. 5610 Paseo del Norte, Ste. 100-B, Carlsbad, 760-603-1919, bellefleur.com. FB, RR, CR except DC, $$-$$$

CAPOZOLLI’S PIZZERIA & RESTAURANT

With New York–style thin-crust pizza as the backbone, this upscale pizzeria offers family recipes of Italian classics such as pasta, veal, calzones and strombolis. Lunch & dinner daily. 1112 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 760-433-5400, ­capozzolispizzeria.com. FB, CR except CB, $$-$$$

CASA DE BANDINI

Frothy giant margaritas accompany the authentic Mexican cuisine amid splashes of color. Lunch & dinner daily. 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, 760-634-3443, ­bazaardelmundo.com/bandini. FB, CR, $$-$$$

COYOTE BAR & GRILL

Outdoor patio dining and fire pits complement the Baja/Southwestern cuisine, along with live blues and jazz nightly. Lunch & dinner daily. 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Ste. 108, Carlsbad, 760-729-4695, coyotecarlsbad.com. FB, LD, RR, AE, MC, V, $$-$$$

DINI’S-BY-THE-SEA

Seafood, beef, poultry and fresh pasta dishes in a quintessential Cali­fornia setting. Brunch Sun., lunch & dinner daily. 3290 Carls­bad Blvd., Carls­­bad, 760-434-6000, dinisbistro.com. FB, RR, CR except CB, $$-$$$

FOUR SEASONS RESORT AVIARA

The hotel’s Vivace restaurant showcases interpretive regional Italian cuisine. Dinner nightly. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$. 760-603-3773. In the relaxed California Bistro, salads, pastas and sandwiches are foundations of the menu, with a Fri. seafood buffet. Breakfast & lunch daily; Sun. brunch. RR, CR, OT, $-$$. 760-603-6868. Vivace & California Bistro: 7100 Four Seasons Pt., Carlsbad. On the resort’s golf course, Argyle (7447 Batiquitos Dr.) offers breakfast, lunch & dinner Wed.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. FB, CR, OT, $$. 760-603-3773, fourseasons.com.

FRESCO TRATTORIA & BAR

Continental cuisine with an Italian em­phasis, served in formal surroundings with an ocean view. Lunch & dinner daily. 264 Carlsbad Vil­lage Dr., Carlsbad, 760-720-3737, ­frescorestaurants.com. FB, CR, $$

HILL STREET CAFÉ & FISH JOINT

Situated in a restored Victorian house built in 1888, Hill Street Café offers healthy, tasty choices and uses organic ingredients wheneverpossible. Across a courtyard, the Fish Joint pos­sesses a certain surfer chic to accompany the creative fare. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily at both. 524 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, 760-966-0985. B&W, CR except DC, $-$$

LA COSTA RESORT & SPA

The cuisine at Legends includes specialties such as Colo­rado rack of lamb and baked sea bass. Break­fast, lunch & dinner daily. 800-854-5000. FB, CR, $$$$ BlueFire Grill offers California coastal cuisine, live entertainment and savory dishes like sugarcane-skewered ahi tuna and red-wine-braised boneless prime beef short ribs. Dinner Tues.-Sat. 2100 Costa del Mar Rd., Carlsbad, 760-929-6306, lacosta.com. FB, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

NOZOMI JAPANESE FUSION

Regional sushi and traditional Japanese food find perfect harmony with the soothing Zen interior. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 3050 Pio Pico Dr., Ste. A, Carlsbad, 760-729-7877, ­nozomicarlsbad.com. B&W, CR, $

OCEAN HOUSE

More than 100 years old and a historic landmark, the building proffers two dining atmospheres: The casual Sand Bar Café serves a range of dishes from club sandwiches to jumbo shrimp. Lunch & dinner daily. FB, CR except CB/DC, $$-$$$. The Palm Room offers a fine-dining menu specializing in seafood and prime rib. Dinner Tues. & Fri.-Sun.; Sun. brunch. FB, CR except CB/DC, $$-$$$. 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, 760-729-4131, ­oceanhousecarlsbad.com.

OVERSEAS CHINESE RESTAURANT

A traditional Sze­­chwan and Mandarin menu, spiced up with unusual dishes. Lunch & dinner daily. 2820 Roo­se­velt St., Carls­bad, 760-729-0348. B&W, CR except CB/DC, $-$$

POLLOS MARIA

Cozy Pollos Maria serves traditional and specialty Mexican dishes. Lunch & dinner daily. 3055 Harding St., Carlsbad, 760-729-4858, ­pollosmaria.com. Also in Oceanside (125 Old Grove Rd., 760-435-9071). B&W, CR, $

333 PACIFIC

Modern steak and seafood from chef Matthew Briggs includes the Seafood Tower for Two, a turret of oysters, ceviche, shrimp, snow crab claws and steamed clams and mussels. Dinner nightly. In the Wyndham Oceanside Resort, 333 N. Pacific St., Oceanside, 760-433-3333, dinecrg.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

TIP TOP MEATS

A full-service meat market, gourmet market and deli eatery featuring an excellent selection of meats, cheeses and wine. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 6118 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760-438-2620, tiptopmeats.com. B&W, CH, CR, $

TUSCANY

As its name suggests, this Italian eat­ery features flavors of the Tuscany region. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 6981 El Ca­mi­no Re­al, in the Paseo Real Shopping Plaza, Carlsbad, 760-929-8111, tomasos.com. FB, CR except DS, $$-$$$

TWENTY/20 GRILL & WINE BAR

Panoramic views of the Pacific coastline complement an upscale interior and foods made from local ingredients. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. At the Sheraton Carlsbad, 5480 Grand Pacific Dr., Carlsbad, 760-827-2500, ­twenty20grill.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$-$$$$

VIGILUCCI’S CUCINA ITALIANA

Roberto Vigilucci’s cucina brings authentic Italian dishes to the heart of Carlsbad. Lunch & dinner daily. 2943 State St., 760-434-2500, vigiluccis.com. FB, CR except DC, $$-$$$

VIGILUCCI’S OSTERIA

The latest installment of Vigilucci’s restaurant family offers savory dishes in Oceanside. Lunch & dinner daily. 608 Mission Ave., 760-966-1203, vigiluccis.com. FB, CR, $-$$

VIGILUCCI’S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE

Vigilucci’s Seafood & Steakhouse offers breathtaking views paired with fresh seafood and prime steaks, served with an Italian flair. Lunch & dinner daily, Sun. brunch. 3878 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, 760-434-2580, ­vigiluccis.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, OT, $$-$$$

WEST STEAK & SEAFOOD

Large cathedral windows send a glow throughout this Carlsbad restaurant, where chef Eugenio Martignago adds a few additional options to the menu promised by the name. Dinner nightly. 4980 Avenida Encinas, 760-930-9100, ­weststeakandseafood.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$$
San Diego North—Inland & Riverside County

AKAI HANA

Traditional sushi, tempura and teriyaki in a cozy, modern setting. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 16769 Ber­nar­do Cen­ter Dr., Ste. K-11, Rancho Bernardo, 858-451-0074. B&W, CR except DC, $-$$

AQUA TERRA AT PALA MESA RESORT

Floor-to-ceiling windows view the rose terrace and golf course. Chef Sean Sullivan’s menus marry conventional dishes with unexpected twists. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 2001 Old Hwy. 395, Fallbrook, 760-731-6805, palamesa.com. FB, CR except CB/DC, OT, $$$

BERNARD’O RESTAURANT

French cuisine with a California twist. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. 12457 Rancho Ber­­nardo Rd., Rancho Ber­­nardo, 858-487-7171, bernardorestaurant.com. FB, RR, CR except CB, OT, $$-$$$

BLACK & BLUE STEAKHOUSE

Chef Ray “Chip” McCarty brings culinary expertise and innovation to this Valley View Casino restaurant featuring choice aged steaks, fresh seafood, pasta dishes and homemade desserts. Dinner Wed.-Sun. 16300 Nyemii Pass Rd., Valley Center, 760-291-2130, ­valleyviewcasino.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$$

CAFÉ CHAMPAGNE

Within the Thornton Winery, the contemporary California cui­­sine is accented with French flair and complemented by the Thorn­ton champagnes and wines and the views of the vineyard. Lunch & dinner daily. 32575 Ran­cho Cal­i­for­­nia Rd., Te­mec­ula, 951-699-0088, thorntonwine.com. B&W, RR, CR except DC, $$$

CAFÉ LUNA

Fresh pasta dishes are the favorites at this Italian bistro. Lunch & dinner daily. 11040 Rancho Car­mel Dr., Car­­mel Mtn. Ranch, 858-673-0077, cafelunasd.com. B&W, CR, $-$$

CAFÉ MERLOT

At this delicious secret tucked away in Bernardo Winery, chef Daniel Reynolds draws from Southern California’s seasonal bounty for the eclectic menu. Breakfast Fri.-Sun., lunch Tues.-Sat. 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo, 858-592-7785, cafemerlot.com. B&W, CR except AE, $$-$$$

CAFÉ SEVILLA ★

European ambience and views of historic Riverside enhance the authentic Spanish cuisine and tapas bar appetizers. Dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. 3252 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951-778-0611, cafesevilla.com. FB, RR, LD, CR, $$-$$$

CARVERS

With dark-wood décor and jazz vocals, Carv­ers brings the atmosphere of a big-city steakhouse to Rancho Bernardo. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 11940 Bernardo Plaza Dr., 858-485-1262, carverssteak.com. FB, CR, $$-$$$

CAVAILLON

Chef Philippe Verpiand does it deliciously with dishes like mushroom ravioli and shrimp and lobster risotto. Dinner nightly; Sun. brunch 14701 Via Bettona, Ste. 200, 858-433-0483, ­cavaillonrestaurant.com. FB, RR, CR except CB/DC, $$$

CHICKEN PIE DINER

The all-American menu features steak, burgers, pastas and sand­wiches. Lunch & dinner daily. 14727 Pomerado Rd., Poway, 858-748-2445, chickenpiediner.com. DS, MC, V, $

DELICIAS

Nestled in downtown Rancho Santa Fe, casually elegant Delicias serves California cuisine in a bright, Provence-style setting abounding with fresh flowers and country ­touches. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. 6106 Paseo Delicias, 858-756-8000, deliciasrestaurant.com. FB, RR, CR except CB, OT, $$$

DOUBLETREE GOLF RESORT SAN DIEGO

The Doubletree in Rancho Peñas­­quitos includes the casual, multilevel Terraces, overlooking the golf course. Breakfast daily. Mulligan’s features meat dishes, pas­ta and gour­met pizzas. Lunch & dinner daily. 14455 Peñ­as­­­quitos Dr., 858-672-9100, doubletree.com. FB, LD, CR, $-$$

THE ELEPHANT BAR RESTAURANT

This live­ly eat­ery/bar decorated in a safari theme offers grilled chicken, fish and beef. Lunch & dinner daily. 17051 W. Ber­nardo Dr., Rancho Ber­nar­do, 858-487-7181, ­elephantbar.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat. CR except CB, $-$$

FRENCH MARKET GRILLE

This elegant bistro features California favorites with a French accent. Lunch & dinner daily. 15717 Ber­nardo Heights Pkwy., Rancho Bernardo, 858-485-8055, frenchmarketgrille.com. FB, CR, $$

HACIENDA DE VEGA

Chef Patricia Vega offers gourmet Mexican cuisine favorites, including tequila shrimp and tampiquena, and signature dishes like sabana invierno. Lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. 2608 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 760-738-9804, ­haciendadevega.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR except CB/DC, $$-$$$

HARRAH’S RINCON CASINO & RESORT

Menu choices for the resort’s eateries are supervised by executive chef Vesa Leppala. California wines enhance the dry-aged beef and fresh seafood at Fiore. Dinner Wed.-Sun. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., RR, CR, $$$-$$$$. 760-751-7780. Sit at the Oyster Bar and watch the chefs prepare your food. Dinner Wed.-Sun. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$$. Whether you’re hungry for American, Asian, Mexican or Italian, the International Buffet has a station for you. Lunch & dinner daily; Sat. & Sun. brunch. CR, $$-$$$. The San Luis Rey Café features international and California comfort food with a tropical touch. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. LD, CR, $$. Choose from Oriental appetizers, pan-fried noodles and main courses at Fortunes. Lunch & dinner Wed.-Sun. LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $$. Corner Grill is a casual, on-the-go eatery offering salads, sandwiches and rotissserie-style chicken. Lunch & dinner Thur.-Mon. LD, CR, $. Club Cappuccino specializes in coffees, smoothies, pastries and more. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. LD Fri. & Sat., CR, $. 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center, 760-751-3100, ­harrahsrincon.com.

HOUSE ON THE HILL

Nestled upon a Poway hill, this romantic bistro specializes in seafood, steaks and wine, out on the patio or indoors by the fireplace. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. 12440 Poway Rd., 858-748-3484, house-on-hill.com. RR, FB, RR, CH, CR, $$$-$$$$

INNFUSION

Executive chef John Beriker crafts East-meets-West cuisine from fresh local ingredients at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 5951 Linea del Cielo, 858-756-1131, ­theinnatrsf.com. FB, RR, CR, $$$

LA BASTIDE

Contemporary French cuisine, created by chef Barry Coalson, in a casual yet elegant bistro setting. Lunch & dinner Mon-Sat. 10006 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Ste. 104, Scripps Ranch, 858-577-0033, labastidebistro.com. FB, CR, OT, $$-$$$

LA PALOMA

A longtime area favorite for freshly prepared, gourmet Mexican food. Lunch & din­­­ner daily. 116 Escondido Ave., Vista, 760-758-7140, lapalomavista.com. FB, CR except CB/DC, $-$$

LE BISTRO

Con­tinental/French cuisine. Dinner Wed.-Sun.; Sun. brunch. In Jackson Square, 119 N. Main Ave., Fallbrook, 760-723-3559. B&W, RR, CR, $$

MILLE FLEURS ★

Restaurateur Ber­trand Hug offers excellent French haute cuisine at this premier Ran­cho Santa Fe eatery at the Old Coun­try Squire court­yard. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner nightly. 6009 Pa­seo Delicias, 858-756-3085, ­millefleurs.com. FB, RR, CR except CB, OT, $$$$

OGGI’S PIZZA & BREWING COMPANY

Now in Temecula, sports-theme microbrewery Oggi’s serves up gourmet pizzas and fresh pasta dishes like chicken tequila, tossed in a spicy jalapeño-lime cream sauce over spinach fettuccini. The 31-screen bar provides patrons with a lively spot to catch the game. Lunch & dinner daily. 41301 Margarita Rd., Ste. 101, Temecula, 951-719-1360, oggis.com. Also in Carmel Mtn. Ranch (10155 Rancho Carmel Dr., 858-592-7883), Chula Vista (2130 Birch Rd., 619-746-6900), Del Mar (12840 Carmel Country Rd., 858-481-7883), Encinitas (305 Encinitas Blvd., 760-944-8170), Mission Valley (2245 Fenton Pkwy., 619-640-1072), Point Loma (2562 Laning Rd., 619-876-5000), Santee (9828 Mission Gorge Rd., 619-449-6441) & Vista (425 S. Melrose Dr., 760-295-3851). FB, AE, MC, V, $$

PAT & OSCAR’S ★

Tender lemon chicken and tasty salads top the menu at this casual California-cuisine eat­ery. Lunch & dinner daily. 12045 Carmel Mtn. Rd., 858-592-0222, patandoscars.com. Also in Carlsbad (2525 El Camino Real, Ste. 105, 760-730-2921 & 760-929-7040), Del Mar (3881 Valley Centre Dr., 858-720-3525) & Mission Valley (8590 Rio San Diego Dr., 619-295-6200). B&W, CR except DC, $

PEARL CHINESE CUISINE

Hong Kong–style cuisine with a Cantonese seafood touch; unique meals originate from the on-site fish tanks. Lunch & dinner daily. 11666 Avena Pl., Rancho Bernardo, 858-487-3388. FB, RR, CR, $$$

RANCHO BERNARDO INN ★

French-cuisine El Biz­co­cho, rem­iniscent of a turn-of-the-century luxury resort, boasts an extensive wine list. The menu highlights lamb loin en sous vide, stuffed with confit foie gras and served with locally grown vegetables over a black reduction sauce. Dinner Tues.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. FB, RR, CR except CB, OT, $$$-$$$$. The Veranda Bar & Grill, serving steaks and “California grill,” offers casual indoor or outdoor dining. Break­fast, lunch & dinner dai­ly. FB, CR except CB/DC, OT, $$-$$$. 17550 Ber­nar­do Oaks Dr., 858-675-8500, ranchobernardoinn.com.

RANCHO VALENCIA RESORT

The Pacific Rim–influenced cuisine, featuring fresh vegetables, sauces and seafood, is served in a casually elegant and romantic environment. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly; Sun. brunch. 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-759-6216, ranchovalencia.com. FB, RR, CR except DC, OT, $$$-$$$$

RONGBRANCH RESTAURANT & SALOON

This casual Julian eatery features down-home favorites such as steaks, ribs, burgers and, of course, Julian apple pie. Lunch & dinner daily. 2722 Wash­­ington St., 760-765-2265, ­julianrestaurants.com. DS, MC, V, $-$$

SAN MARCOS BREWERY & GRILL

American fare is served in this early Californian–style brewery where patio dining adds to the casual atmosphere. Lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. 1080 W. San Marcos Blvd., Ste. 180, 760-471-0050, sanmarcosbrewery.com. FB, LD Fri. & Sat., CR except CB/DC, $

STONE BREWERY WORLD BISTRO & GARDENS

The menu offers eclectic choices such as wild-boar baby back ribs, chicken schnitzel, barbecue duck tacos and garlic Cheddar soup made with a generous splash of Stone’s Ruination India Pale Ale. Grab a traditional Stone Pale Ale or IPA from the outdoor bar and tour the grounds, where lush greenery and avocado trees surround ponds of croaking frogs. Dinner nightly. 1999 Citracado Pkwy., Escondido, 760-471-4999, ext. 1700, stoneworldbistro.com. FB, RR, CR, OT, $$$

TEMET GRILL

Boasting a pan­o­ram­ic view from every table, the Temet Grill is ideal for wine-country cuisine. Fresh seasonal specialties feature grilled meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables seasoned with herbs from the chef’s garden. Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily; Sun. brunch. In the Temecula Creek Inn, 44501 Rainbow Can­yon Rd.951-587-1465, ­temeculacreekinn.com. FB, RR, CR except CB, $$-$$$

VINCENT’S

Signature dishes at this French/continental-cuisine eatery in Escondido include rack of lamb. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sat. 113 W. Grand Ave., 760-745-3835, ­vincentsongrand.com. FB, CR except CB/DC, OT, $$-$$$

YANNI’S BISTRO

Greek and Italian dishes liven up this modern bistro embellished with Italian art. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 12205 Scripps Poway Pkwy., Ste. 101, 858-527-0011, ­yannisbistro.com. B&W, RR, CR, $$-$$$

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