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The Best Restaurants in San Diego 2014

From happy hours to hotel bistros, it's our annual (reader-selected!) picks for the best eats in town


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San Diegans love food. We pledge allegiance to the fish taco, go nuts for farm-fresh salads, and are big on burgers. In fact, the bigger, the better. Stir-fry, Korean barbeque, sashimi, pho—the list goes on and on. Thousands of readers voted for their favorites, which we collected, compiled, taste-tested, and tallied. The result: an insanely delicious guide, with expert picks from food critic Troy Johnson. Here, the best of the best—and then some.

A NOTE TO OUR READERS: Accuracy is paramount. But we are a service publication, and the lists we print should inform people and help them decide where to spend their time and money. We don't want this poll to show readers who has the biggest mailing list or marketing staff. We want it to show which restaurants the people like best. If a restaurant wins an obscene amount of awards, and it's apparent that "ballot stuffing" has occurred, San Diego Magazine reserves the right to give one or all of their awards to other top vote-getting restaurants that make a little more sense in real life.


Cucina Enoteca Bucatini

Hearty Helping

Cucina Enoteca’s bucatini combines guanciale, burnt cabbage leaf, tomato, chili, and pecorino. The pièce de résistance? The delicate hen egg to top it off.

Best of the Best: Fancy

Readers’ Pick: George’s at the Cove
Runner-up: Mister A’s
Critic’s Pick: Addison

Best of the Best: Gourmet Casual

Readers’ Pick: Searsucker
Runner-up: Cucina Urbana
Critic’s Pick: Prepkitchen

Best New Restaurant

Readers’ Pick: Juniper & Ivy
Runner-up: Cucina Enoteca
Critic’s Pick: Juniper & Ivy

Best Chef

Readers’ Pick: Accursio Lota Solare Ristorante Italiano
Runner-up: Javier Plascencia Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro
Critic’s Pick: Jason Knibb Nine-Ten

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Best Service

Readers’ Pick: George’s at the Cove
Runner-up: Donovan’s Steak & Chop House
Critic’s Pick: Market Restaurant & Bar

Best Happy Hour

Readers’ Pick: Monello
Runner-up: Baja Betty’s
Critic’s Pick: Mister A’s

Best Late-Night Menu

Readers’ Pick: Brian’s 24
Runner-up: The Third Corner
Critic’s Pick: Starlite

Best Hotel Restaurant

Readers’ Pick: Grant Grill at the US Grant
Runner-up: Atoll Restaurant at Catamaran Resort and Hotel
Critic’s Pick: A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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Best Neighborhood Restaurant

Readers’ Pick: Bistro Sixty
Runner-up: Fish Public
Critic’s Pick: Urban Solace

Best Desserts

Readers’ Pick: Extraordinary Desserts
Runner-up: Bistro Sixty (San Diego Desserts)
Critic’s Pick: Jsix

Best Food Truck

Readers’ Pick: MIHO Gastrotruck
Runner-up: God Save the Cuisine
Critic’s Pick: MIHO Gastrotruck

Best Cheap Eats

Readers’ Pick: Bread & Cie
Runner-up: Tender Greens
Critic’s Pick: Carnitas’ Snack Shack

Jsix rainbow beet terrine

Taste the Rainbow

Tangerine, goat cheese, hazelnuts, and chicories come together in Jsix’s rainbow beet terrine.

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