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San Diego's Best Restaurants 2015

Readers and our food critic pick the best places and dishes in 63 categories


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// Cuisines //

Made in Little Italy

This papardelle from Bencotto is fatta a mano (handmade daily) and tastes like it was made with love.

Best Middle Eastern

Readers’ Pick: Kebab Grill
Runner-up: The Kebab Shop
Critic’s Pick: Alforon

Best French

Readers’ Pick: Le Parfait Paris
Runner-up: Bleu Boheme and Cafe Chloe (tie)
Critic’s Pick: Bellamy’s


Best Greek

Readers’ Pick: Mediterranean Cafe
Runner-up: Café Athena
Critic’s Pick: Café Athena

Best Mexican

Readers’ Pick: Talavera Azul
Runner-up: La Playa
Critic’s Pick: Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro


Best Indian

Readers’ Pick: Royal India
Runner-up: Bombay
Critic’s Pick: Taste of the Himalayas

Best Chinese

Readers’ Pick: Del Mar Rendezvous
Runner-up: Dumpling Inn
Critic’s Pick: Spicy City


Best Japanese

Readers’ Pick: Sushi Ota
Runner-up: Saiko Sushi
Critic’s Pick: Wa Dining Okan

Best Italian

Readers’ Pick: Solare Ristorante
Runner-up: Bencotto Italian Kitchen
Critic’s Pick: Bencotto Italian Kitchen


Best Thai

Readers’ Pick: Amarin Thai
Runner-up: Best Thai and Thai Pepper Cuisine (tie)
Critic’s Pick: Saffron

Best Asian Fusion

Readers’ Pick: Roppongi
Runner-up: Del Mar Rendezvous
Critic’s Pick: The Marine Room


Best Vietnamese

Readers’ Pick: Le Bambou
Runner-up: Pho Hoa
Critic’s Pick: Que Huong

Best Korean

Readers’ Pick: Taegukgi Korean BBQ
Runner-up: Manna BBQ
Critic’s Pick: Chon Ju Jip


Best Vegetarian Selection

Readers’ Pick: Royal India
Runner-up: Sipz
Critic’s Pick: Plumeria Vegetarian Restaurant

Best Filipino

Readers’ Pick: Tita’s Kitchenette
Runner-up: Christie’s
Critic’s Pick: Tita’s Kitchenette


Best Barbeque

Readers’ Pick: Phil’s BBQ
Runner-up: Grand Ole BBQ
Critic’s Pick: Aqui Es Texcoco

Best Steakhouse

Readers’ Pick: Donovan’s
Runner-up: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Critic’s Pick: Stake Chophouse & Bar


Best Seafood

Readers’ Pick: Herringbone
Runner-up: Truluck’s
Critic’s Pick: George’s at the Cove

Best Breakfast

Readers’ Pick: Talavera Azul
Runner-up: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Critic’s Pick: The Tractor Room


Best Brunch

Readers’ Pick: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery and Searsucker (tie)
Runner-up: Le Parfait Paris
Critic’s Pick: Urban Solace

What’s at Stake

Coronado’s modern Stake Chophouse + Bar (critic's pick for best steakhouse) has no use for the mahogany, leather-boothed steakhouse cliché. The team is phenomenal, its members alumni of A.R. Valentien, Tom Colicchio’s Craft Restaurant, and Bottega Louie. For food, expect oysters and raw seafood, steak tartare, whole roasted Hawaiian halibut, lamb chops, Kobe and American Wagyu, dry-aged steaks, and a 1,500-strong wine list.

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