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Neighborhood Guide: Bankers Hill

What the micro-nabe lacks in size, it makes up for with a wide variety of foodie hotspots, from farm- to-table and fine dining to sushi and small plates.


Spruce Street suspension bridge | Photo by Corey Jenkins

Bankers Hill This Month

February 6
Teagan Taylor performs, Croce’s Park West
February 14
Mister A’s Valentine’s Day Dinner

Spruce Street suspension bridge

Tucked in a quiet residential stretch, this historic (and somewhat wobbly) bridge lies above Maple Canyon Trail and adds a bit of adventure to the usual neighborhood stroll. Spruce & Front streets

Hane Sushi & Bar

Unlike its sibling, Sushi Ota, Hane has a more relaxed setting without the mile-long wait list. The design is sleek, the menu is more creative (like kobe beef sashimi), and the omakase, a seasonally dictated multi-course meal, is popular with foodies. 2760 Fifth Avenue

Extraordinary Desserts 

The original location is more intimate than its spacious Little Italy counterpart. Try a slice of one of the ornately decorated cakes or the new “froissant,” a deep-friend croissant filled with vanilla custard. 2929 Fifth Avenue

The Royal Café

The Royal Café

The former coffee-and-tea spot has expanded into an organic- and local-minded eatery, now serving breakfast, lunch, and small plates. 3401 First Avenue

Wet Stone Wine Bar & Café

This cozy and dimly lit wine bar is a neighborhood gem tucked between office buildings. The tropical white sangria, made with mango and cantaloupe, keeps fans coming back. 1927 Fourth Avenue

Bertrand at Mister A’s

Bertrand at Mister A’s

For one of the best views in the city, head to this elegant rooftop restaurant, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year (watch for specials throughout 2015). Happy hours and weekend brunch are as popular as the French-leaning dinner menu. 2550 Fifth Avenue

Cucina Urbana

Tracy Borkum’s wildly popular farm-chic restaurant boasts a California-inspired Italian menu and stylish setting. Love the wine at dinner? Buy it inside Cucina’s retail wine shop. 505 Laurel Street

Artisan Bento

Nearby Azuki Sushi brings the bento box concept to Bankers Hill. Choose a protein, rice, and other extras, and save room for a Japanese brew or two. 2505 Fifth Avenue

Bankers Hill Bar and Restaurant

Bankers Hill Bar and Restaurant

At this hip eatery, it’s all about upscale comfort food—gourmet burgers, barbeque pork tacos, and must-order truffle fries. 2202 Fourth Avenue

Back to Roots

This artisan food shop brings together small food businesses, like San Diego’s El Campito Farm and Coronado Spice Company, under one roof alongside a mix of cheeses, prepared foods, and pottery. Look for Baja- and San Diego-made wines in its soon-to-open wine cellar. 3318 Fifth Avenuee

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