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Neighborhood Guide: Pacific Beach

Look beyond the college bar scene, and you’ll find top-notch seafood, sweet treats, and craft brews.


The Boardwalk

There’s no shortage of quality people-watching along the beachside path from Crystal Pier to Mission Beach. 

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

Even with multiple outposts, the seafood taqueria’s flagship location is the liveliest, with a constant stream of surfers, professionals, and families gunning for the famous fish tacos. 703 Turquoise Street

Pure Cupcakes

Kate Sessions Park

No matter your preference—picnics, barbeques, Frisbee, cloud-gazing, or playing with your pup—the lush lawns and rolling hills at this expansive park have something for everyone. 5115 Soledad Road

Café 976

In a former 1920s beach cottage, this coffeehouse bistro has plenty of charm, including a wooden deck, rose garden, and local artwork. 976 Felspar Street

Pure Cupcakes

Traditional flavors like red velvet mingle with more adventurous ones like the Irishman, made with stout beer, Jameson whiskey caramel, and Bailey’s buttercream. 1772 Garnet Avenue

Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits

The Santee company offers its six core beers and other specialty brews in pints, flights, kegs, bottles, and growlers to go at its new tasting room. 4652 Mission Boulevard

The Patio on Lamont

The Patio on Lamont

After an expansion, the Americana eatery now includes an espresso bar, more seating, and a culinary garden that’s used for food items and craft cocktails. 4445 Lamont Street 



With a prime location right by the boardwalk, Tower23’s hotel restaurant is as ideal for happy hour and brunch as it is for people-watching and sunset views. 723 Felspar Street

Kono’s Surf Club

The wait on weekends can be killer, but you’ll be rewarded with cheap, sizable breakfast platters and an incredible ocean view. 704 Garnet Avenue

Pacific Beach Fish Shop

The popular seafood spot is known for its TKO mahi mahi taco, as well as its customizable menu: Pick a fish and marinade, along with the vehicle—taco, salad, sandwich, or plate. 1775 Garnet Avenue

Baked Bear

Baked Bear 

Choose an ice cream flavor to pair with a waffle, brownie, or homemade cookies for the ultimate ice cream sandwich. 4516 Mission Boulevard

Izakaya Pacific Beach

Two former NOBU chefs are behind this recently opened sushi and Japanese tapas eatery by the beach. 4516 Mission Boulevard

Pacific Beach This Month

November 17
Holiday Open House, 900 block of Turquoise
11 a.m.–5 p.m.

November 19
Classic Thanksgiving with a Craft Beer Twist Cooking Class at Great News!
6 p.m.

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