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North

Oceanside

Best Sushi Runner-up AND Best Atmosphere/Design Runner-up: Harney Sushi; 301 Mission Ave., Oceanside

Carlsbad

Best Place to Watch the Game: Critic’s Pick: Diversions Lounge (Omni La Costa Resort & Spa); 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd., Carlsbad

Best Patio: Readers’ Pick: Coyote Grill; 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad

Best Brewpub Runner-up: Karl Strauss; 5801 Armada Dr., Carlsbad

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant Readers’ Pick: Board & Brew; 201 Oak Ave., Carlsbad & 2675 Gateway Rd., Carlsbad

Best Pizza Readers’ Pick: Pizza Port; 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad

Vista

Best Place to Watch the Game: Readers’ Pick: Oggi’s; 425 S. Melrose Dr., Vista

San Marcos

Best Barbeque Readers’ Pick: Phil’s BBQ; 579 Grand Ave., San Marcos

Escondido

Best French Critic’s Pick: Bellamy’s; 417 W. Grand Ave., Escondido

Best Seafood Runner-up AND Best Fish Taco Runner-up: The Brigantine; 421 West Felicita Ave., Escondido

Best Brewpub Readers’ Pick AND Best Brewpub Critic’s Pick: Stone World Bistro & Gardens; 1999 Citracado Pkwy., Escondido

Rancho Bernardo, Poway

Best Makeover Critic’s Pick: Avant; 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., Rancho Bernardo

Best Middle Eastern Critic’s Pick: Kebab Shop; 11980 Bernardo Plaza Dr., Rancho Bernardo

Best Seafood Runner-up AND Best Fish Taco Runner-up: The Brigantine; 13445 Poway Rd., Poway

Best Place to Watch the Game: Readers’ Pick: Oggi’s; 10155 Rancho Carmel Dr., Carmel Mountain Ranch

Encinitas, Cardiff

Best Donut Runner-up: V.G. Donut & Bakery; 106 Aberdeen Dr., Encinitas

Best Middle Eastern Critic’s Pick: Kebab Shop; 127 N. El Camino Real #127-E, Encinitas

Best Late-Night Menu Runner-up: The Third Corner; 897 S. Coast Highway, Ste. F-104, Encinitas

Best Wine Bar Runner-up: Wine Steals; 1953 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff

Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Solana Beach

Best of the Best (Fancy) Critic’s Pick: AND Best Wine List Critic’s Pick AND Best Special Occasion Critic’s Pick: Addison; 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Carmel Valley

Best Service Critic’s Pick: Market; 3702 Via De La Valle, Del Mar

Best New Restaurant Runner-up AND Best Small Plates Menu Critic’s Pick AND Best Wine List Runner-up: Cucina Enoteca; 2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar

Best Makeover Readers’ Pick: Searsucker Del Mar; 12995 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley

Best Chinese Readers’ Pick AND Best Asian Fusion Runner-up: Del Mar Rendezvous; 555 Camino del Mar, Del Mar

Best Japanese Runner-up: Shimbashi Izakaya; 1555 Camino del Mar, Del Mar

Best Vietnamese Readers’ Pick: Le Bambou Restaurant; 2634 Del Mar Heights Rd., Torrey Pines/Del Mar

Best Indian Readers’ Pick AND Best Vegetarian Selection Readers’ Pick: Royal India; 3860 Valley Center Dr., Carmel Valley

Best Breakfast Readers’ Pick AND Best Brunch Runner-up: Snooze; 3435 Del Mar Heights Rd., Carmel Valley

Best of the Best (Gourmet Casual) Critic’s Pick: Prepkitchen; 1201 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

Best Small Plates Menu Runner-up AND Best of the Best (Gourmet Casual) Readers’ Pick: Searsucker; 12995 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley

Best Steakhouse Readers’ Pick: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse; 11582 El Camino Real, Del Mar

Best Seafood Runner-up AND Best Fish Taco Runner-up: The Brigantine; 3263 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

Best Place to Watch the Game: Readers’ Pick: Oggi’s; 12840 Carmel Country Rd., Del Mar

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant Readers’ Pick: Board & Brew; 1212 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

Best Pizza Readers’ Pick: Pizza Port; 135 N. Hwy. 101, Solana Beach

 

Central

Kearny Mesa, Miramar, Sorrento Valley

Best Korean Readers’ Pick: Manna Korean BBQ; 4428 Convoy St, Kearny Mesa

Best Korean Runner-up: Tofu House; 4646 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa

Best Korean Critic’s Pick: Do Re Mi House; 8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Kearny Mesa

Best Barbeque Critic’s Pick: Yakitori Yakyudori; 4898 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa

Best Chinese Critic’s Pick: Spicy City; 4690 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa

Best Japanese Critic’s Pick: Wa Dining Okan; 3860 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa

Best Thai Runner-up: Koon Thai Kitchen; 3860 Convoy St, Kearny Mesa

Best Middle Eastern Critic’s Pick: Kebab Shop; 9450 Mira Mesa Blvd., Mira Mesa

Best Indian Critic’s Pick: Surati Farsan Mart; 9494 Black Mountain Rd, Miramar

Best Asian Fusion Critic’s Pick AND Best Vegetarian Selection Runner-up: Sipz; 5501 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Clairemont

Best Brewpub Runner-up: Karl Strauss;  9675 Scranton Rd., Sorrento Valley

La Jolla, UTC

Best of the Best (Fancy) Readers’ Pick AND Best Service Readers’ Pick: George’s at the Cove; 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla

Best Chef Critic’s Pick: Jason Knibb (Nine-Ten); 910 Prospect St., La Jolla

Best Hotel Restaurant Critic’s Pick: A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines; 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla

Best View Readers’ Pick AND Best Special Occasion Readers’ Pick: The Marine Room; 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla

Best View Critic’s Pick: Cusp La Jolla; 7955 La Jolla Shores Dr., La Jolla

Best Middle Eastern Readers’ Pick: Kebab Grill; 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla

Best French Runner-up: Tapenade; 7612 Fay Ave., La Jolla

Best Chinese Runner-up: Mandarin House; 6765 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla

Best Asian Fusion Readers’ Pick: Roppongi; 875 Prospect St., La Jolla

Best Vegetarian Selection Critic’s Pick: Punjabi Tandoor; 9235 Activity Rd., UTC Area

Best Indian Readers’ Pick AND Best Vegetarian Selection Readers’ Pick: Royal India; 4545 La Jolla Village Dr., UTC Area

Best of the Best (Gourmet Casual) Critic’s Pick: Prepkitchen; 7556 Fay Ave., La Jolla

Best Brewpub Runner-up: Karl Strauss; 1044 Wall St., La Jolla

Best Salad Readers’ Pick AND Best Salad Critic’s Pick AND Best Cheap Eats Runner-up: Tender Greens; 4545 La Jolla Village Dr., UTC

Best Chips and Salsa Runner-up: Puesto; 1026 Wall St., La Jolla

Best Service Runner-up: Donovan’s Steak & Chop House; 4340 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla

Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach

Best Hotel Restaurant Runner-up: The Atoll at The Catamaran Hotel; 3999 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach

Best Patio Runner-up: The Patio; 4445 Lamont St., Pacific Beach

Best Japanese Readers’ Pick AND Best Sushi Readers’ Pick: Sushi Ota; 4529 Mission Bay Dr., Pacific Beach

Best Seafood Readers’ Pick: Pacific Beach Fish Shop; 1775 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach

Best Greek Readers’ Pick AND Best Greek Critic’s Pick: Café Athena; 1846 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach

Best Breakfast Runner-up: Fig Tree Café; 5119 Cass St., Pacific Beach

Best Mexican Readers’ Pick: Oscar’s Mexican Seafood; 703 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach

Best Mexican Readers’ Pick: Oscar’s Mexican Seafood; 746 Emerald St., Pacific Beach

Best Coffee Runner-up: Better Buzz; 1909 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach

Best Coffee Readers’ Pick: Swell Café; 3833 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach

Best Coffee Runner-up: Better Buzz; 3745 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach

Best Sandwich Readers’ Pick: Rubicon Deli; 3819 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach

Best Burger Critic’s Pick: Hodad’s; 5010 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach

Best Late-Night Menu Runner-up: The Third Corner; 2265 Bacon St., Ocean Beach

Best Pizza Readers’ Pick: Pizza Port; 1956 Bacon St., Ocean Beach

Point Loma

Best Patio Critic’s Pick: C-Level Lounge; 880 Harbor Island Dr., Point Loma

Best Chef Readers’ Pick: Accursio Lota (Solare Ristorante Italiano); 2820 Roosevelt Rd. Liberty Station, Point Loma

Best Seafood Critic’s Pick:  Mitch’s Seafood; 1403 Scott St., Point Loma

Best Beer Selection Readers’ Pick AND Best Place to Watch the Game Runner-up: Slater’s 50/50; 2750 Dewey Rd., Point Loma

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant Runner-up: Corvette Diner; 2965 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station, Point Loma

Best Italian Readers’ Pick: Solare Ristorante Italiano; 2820 Roosevelt Rd., Liberty Station, Point Loma

Best Wine Bar Runner-up: Wine Steals; 2970 Truxton Rd., Point Loma

Best Breakfast Runner-up: Fig Tree Café; 2400 Historic Decatur Rd. Ste. 103, Liberty Station, Point Loma

Best Salad Readers’ Pick AND Best Salad Critic’s Pick AND Best Cheap Eats Runner-up: Tender Greens; 2400 Historic Decatur Rd., Point Loma

Best Barbeque Readers’ Pick: Phil’s BBQ; 3750 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma

Best Seafood Runner-up AND Best Fish Taco Runner-up: The Brigantine; 2725 Shelter Island Dr., Point Loma

Best Place to Watch the Game: Readers’ Pick: Oggi’s; 2562 Laning Rd., Point Loma

Best Brewpub Readers’ Pick AND Best Brewpub Critic’s Pick: Stone World Bistro & Gardens; 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station, Point Loma

Coronado

Best Seafood Runner-up AND Best Fish Taco Runner-up: The Brigantine; 1333 Orange Ave., Coronado

Old Town, Mission Hills

Best Chips and Salsa Readers’ Pick: Miguel’s; 2444 San Diego Ave., Old Town

Best Cocktails Readers’ Pick: Old Town Saloon and Cocktails; 2495 San Diego Ave., Old Town

Best Barbeque Runner-up: Hot Licks; 2754 Calhoun St., Old Town

Best Sushi Runner-up AND Best Atmosphere/Design Runner-up: Harney Sushi; 3964 Harney St., Old Town

Best Special Occasion Runner-up: The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge; 729 W. Washington St., Mission Hills

Best Chips and Salsa Critic’s Pick AND Best Burrito Runner-up: Lucha Libre; 1810 W. Washington St., Mission Hills

Best Sandwich Readers’ Pick: Rubicon Deli; 3715 India St., Mission Hills

Bankers Hill, Little Italy

Best of the Best (Fancy) Runner-up AND Best Happy Hour Critic’s Pick AND Best View Runner-up: Bertrand at Mister A’s; 2550 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill

Best of the Best (Gourmet Casual) Runner-up: Cucina Urbana; 505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill

Best Desserts Readers’ Pick: Extraordinary Desserts; 2929 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill

Best Sushi Critic’s Pick: Azuki; 2321 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill

Best New Restaurant Readers’ Pick AND Best New Restaurant Critic’s Pick: Juniper & Ivy; 2228 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy

Best Happy Hour Readers’ Pick AND Best Brunch Readers’ Pick: Monello; 750 W. Fir St., Little Italy

Best Late-Night Menu Critic’s Pick: Starlite; 3175 India St., Little Italy

Best Sandwich Critic’s Pick: Mona Lisa; 2061 India St., Little Italy

Best Italian Runner-up AND Best Italian Critic’s Pick: Bencotto; 750 W. Fir St., Little Italy

Best Cocktails Critic’s Pick: Craft & Commerce; 675 W. Beech St., Little Italy

Best of the Best (Gourmet Casual) Critic’s Pick: Prepkitchen; 1660 India St., Little Italy

Best Middle Eastern Critic’s Pick: Kebab Shop; 303 West Beech St., Little Italy

Hillcrest

Best Happy Hour Runner-up: Baja Betty’s; 1421 University Ave., Hillcrest

Best Cheap Eats Readers’ Pick: Bread & Cie; 350 University Ave., Hillcrest

Best Atmosphere/Design Readers’ Pick: Café Bleu; 807 Washington St., Hillcrest

Best Greek Runner-up: Mediterranean Café; 112 W. Washington St., Hillcrest

Best Indian Runner-up: Bombay; 3960 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest

Best Thai Readers’ Pick AND Best Thai Critic’s Pick: Amarin Thai; 3843 Richmond St., Hillcrest

Best Vietnamese Critic’s Pick: Saigon on Fifth; 3900 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest

Best Breakfast Critic’s Pick: Tractor Room; 3687 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest

Best Wine Bar Runner-up: Wine Steals; 1243 University Ave., Hillcrest

Best Breakfast Readers’ Pick AND Best Brunch Runner-up: Snooze; 3940 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest

Best Breakfast Runner-up: Fig Tree Café; 416 University Ave., Hillcrest

Best Mexican Readers’ Pick: Oscar’s Mexican Seafood; 646 University Ave., Hillcrest

Kensington, Normal Heights, City Heights

Best Wine List Readers’ Pick AND Best Wine Bar Readers’ Pick AND Best Wine Bar Critic’s Pick: Village Vino; 4095 Adams Ave., Kensington

Best French Readers’ Pick: Bleu Boheme; 4090 Adams Ave., Kensington

Best Makeover Runner-up AND Best Neighborhood Restaurant Runner-up: Fish Public; 4055 Adams Ave., Kensington

Best Vietnamese Runner-up: Pho Hoa; 4717 El Cajon Blvd., City Heights

Best Burrito Readers’ Pick AND Best Mexican Runner-up: El Zarape; 4642 Park Blvd., Normal Heights

and 3201 Adams Ave., Kensington

North Park, South Park

Best Neighborhood Restaurant Critic’s Pick: Urban Solace; 3823 30th St., North Park

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant Critic’s Pick: Waypoint Tavern; 3794 30th St., North Park

Best Cheap Eats Critic’s Pick: Carnitas’ Snack Shack; 2632 University Ave., North Park

Best Sandwich Runner-up: Big Front Door; 4135 Park Blvd., North Park

Best Fries Critic’s Pick: Smoking Goat; 3408 30th St., North Park

Best Cocktails Runner-up: West Coast Tavern; 2895 University Ave., North Park

Best Coffee Critic’s Pick: Caffe Calabria; 3933 30th St., North Park

Best Asian Fusion Critic’s Pick AND Best Vegetarian Selection Runner-up: Sipz; 3914 30th St., North Park

Best Beer Selection Runner-up AND Critic’s Pick: Hamilton’s Tavern; 521 30th St., South Park

Best Pizza Critic’s Pick: Buona Forchetta; 3001 Beech St., South Park

Downtown, Gaslamp Quarter, East Village

Best Late-Night Menu Readers’ Pick: Brian’s 24; 828 6th Ave, Downtown

Best Hotel Restaurant Readers’ Pick: Grant Grill at the US Grant; 326 Broadway, Downtown

Best Atmosphere/Design Critic’s Pick: Puesto at the Headquarters; 789 W. Harbor Dr., Downtown

Best Burger Runner-up: Nicky Rottens; 560 Fifth Ave., Downtown

Best Donut Readers’ Pick AND Best Donut Critic’s Pick: Donut Bar; 631 B St., Downtown

Best Steakhouse Runner-runner-up: Morton’s The Steakhouse; 285 J St., Downtown

Best Coffee Runner-up: Better Buzz; 401 B St., Ste. 300, Downtown

Best Brewpub Runner-up: Karl Strauss; 1157 Columbia St., Downtown

Best Salad Readers’ Pick AND Best Salad Critic’s Pick AND Best Cheap Eats Runner-up: Tender Greens; 120 W. Broadway, Downtown

Best Chips and Salsa Runner-up: Puesto; 789 W. Harbor Dr., Downtown

Best Middle Eastern Critic’s Pick: Kebab Shop; 630 Ninth Ave., Downtown

Best Barbeque Readers’ Pick: Phil’s BBQ; Petco Park, Downtown

Best Barbeque Runner-up: Hot Licks; 865 West Harbor Dr., Downtown

Best Burger Critic’s Pick: Hodad’s; 945 Broadway, Downtown

Best Service Runner-up: Donovan’s Steak & Chop House; 570 K St., Downtown

Best Steakhouse Readers’ Pick: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse; 1355 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown

Best Desserts Critic’s Pick: Jsix; 616 J St., Gaslamp

Best Pizza Runner-up: Berkeley Pizza; 539 Island Ave., Gaslamp

Best Fries Runner-up: Mezé Greek Fusion; 551 J St., Gaslamp

Best Small Plates Menu Readers’ Pick: Café Sevilla; 353 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp

Best Middle Eastern Runner-up: Bandar; 845 Fourth Ave, Gaslamp

Best Indian Readers’ Pick AND Best Vegetarian Selection Readers’ Pick: Royal India; 329 Market St., Gaslamp

Best Small Plates Menu Runner-up AND Best of the Best (Gourmet Casual) Readers’ Pick: Searsucker; 611 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp

Best Steakhouse Critic’s Pick: Cowboy Star; 640 Tenth Ave., East Village

Best Brunch Critic’s Pick: Café Chloe; 721 Ninth Ave., East Village

College Area, Mission Valley, La Mesa

Best Neighborhood Restaurant Readers’ Pick AND Best Desserts Runner-up (San Diego Desserts): Bistro Sixty; 5987 El Cajon Blvd., College Area

Best Middle Eastern Critic’s Pick: Kebab Shop; 1570 Camino de la Reina, Mission Valley

Best Place to Watch the Game: Readers’ Pick: Oggi’s; 2245 Fenton Pkwy., #101, Mission Valley

Best Seafood Runner-up AND Best Fish Taco Runner-up: The Brigantine; 9350 Fuerte Dr., La Mesa

Santee

Best Barbeque Readers’ Pick: Phil’s BBQ; 9816 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee

Best Place to Watch the Game: Readers’ Pick: Oggi’s; 9828 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee

 

South

Chula Vista, National City, Barrio Logan

Best Chef Runner-up: Javier Plascenia (Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro); 4346 Bonita Rd., Chula Vista

Best Mexican Critic’s Pick: Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro; 4346 Bonita Rd., Chula Vista

Best Fish Taco Critic’s Pick: TJ Oyster Bar; 4246 Bonita Rd., Chula Vista

Best Filipino Readers’ Pick AND Critic’s pick: Tita’s Kitchenette; 2720 E Plaza Blvd., National City

Best Filipino Runner-up: Zarlito’s; 505 E 8th St., National City

Best Burrito Critic’s Pick: Los Cuatro Milpas; 1875 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan

 

Food Trucks

Best Food Truck Readers’ Pick AND Best Food Truck Critic’s Pick: MIHO Gastrotrucks

Best Food Truck Runner-up: God Save the Cuisine

 

Multiple Locations

Best Salad Runner-up: Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza; ten locations in San Diego

Best Burger Readers’ Pick AND Best Fries Readers’ Pick: Burger Lounge; eight locations in San Diego

Best Fish Taco Readers’ Pick: Rubio’s; 20 locations in San Diego

 

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