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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in San Diego

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Vinarius restaurant
4.9
4.9 (313)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown / Gaslamp
About the restaurant
Vinarius is an Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar in Little Italy San Diego. We offer an extensive wine list with wines coming from different regions of the world; the best meat and cheese board with Italian cured meats and different cheeses to pair with our wines. Our chef Alex makes homemade pasta enriched with our homemade sauces, entrees, pizza, different appetizers to choose from, and desserts that pair well with our port wines and after-dinner drinks. You definitely have to try our daily specials!
Our cozy full bar is also the perfect place to enjoy your drink and food while watching some sports!

Top review
mkvand3vip
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food Great service Very consistent quality Great owner
A photo of Adriana’s Cocina restaurant
5.0
5 (54)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Temecula
About the restaurant
Indulge in the authentic flavors of Jalisco-style Mexican cuisine with creative fusion twists at our family-style dining restaurant. Our goal is to provide you with an unforgettable dining experience that will leave your taste buds dancing.

Led by renowned Chef Adriana Dominguez, our restaurant is dedicated to delivering fresh, flavor-packed dishes that are both inventive and nutrition-conscious. Chef Adriana is best known for her five-star full-service catering business, and now she's thrilled to invite you to our restaurant!

Top review
VickiY
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
We were so impressed with the restaurant! Loved the shareable entrees, sides & salads. It was like having a family meal at home! Well prepared and wonderful service! We will definitely be back to visit again.
A photo of Harmony Cuisine 2B1 restaurant
4.9
4.9 (226)
$50 and over
Japanese
Kearny Mesa
About the restaurant
OpenTable Diners' Choice 2022 and 2023!
Come dine in our modern and relaxing atmosphere, where we serve traditional sushi and unique fusion dishes created by our chef, Mickey Ninomiya who developed and sharpened his skills at various restaurants including Sushi Ota over 12 years with his passion and dedication under Master Chef Mr. Ota till just recently. With Chef Mickey, we have created new dishes and serve traditional dishes for our guests.
Enjoy particularly selected sakes, wines, and unique cocktails that pair exquisitely with our fine dishes.
In addition to traditional sushi, unique Omakase and hot and cold Japanese appetizers, our menu includes pastas, homemade desserts, and other regional fusion dishes to cater to a wide range of guests.
We are also proud to offer premium A5 Miyazaki Wagyu dishes.
Please let us serve you our traditional and creative dishes so that you can enjoy "To Become One (2B1)" with us in Harmony!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Wonderful dinner with fresh ingredients and thoughtful new ideas! Thank you all for a great evening.
A photo of Tavola Nostra Pizzeria E Cucina restaurant
4.9
4.9 (515)
$30 and under
Italian
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
San Diego, meet Pinsa.
An ancient recipe comes back to life at Our Hillcrest Restaurant.
Tavola Nostra Pizzeria E Cucina is a full-service Italian restaurant and pizzeria bringing a modern touch to family recipes and an ancient style of pizza called, Pinsa.

Tavola Nostra, which means “our table”, is owned and operated by Jeff Oliveri – a first time restaurateur from a family of longtime restaurant owners who hopes to honor his familial heritage and tradition with his Italian dining concept that creates one of the best Hillcrest restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing as always!!! Keep doing what you’re doing :)
A photo of Baci Restaurant - San Diego restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1817)
$31 to $50
Italian
Old Town
About the restaurant
Baci Ristorante offers diners a hint of old world Italian charm, with plush booths, white tablecloths, and gracious servers clad in tuxedos. While the decor is subtly modern, the menu is classic, celebrating Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Specialties include classic pasta dishes, veal, and fresh seafood, with especially tempting daily specials offered by Executive Chef Domenico Alioto. In addition to the cuisine, the restaurant's charming and welcoming features--include an extensive wine list, elegant patio setting, and romantic main dining room--have made Baci a consistent favorite among locals for over 30 years.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Delicious food and great service as always! We go here every year to celebrate special occasions!
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4.9
4.9 (63)
$30 and under
American
Lemon Grove
About the restaurant
In addition to offering comforting American favorites, our menu provides a selection of flavors inspired by our chef’s culinary experiences, ranging from classic Spanish fare to Italian favorites. Our menu changes seasonally to feature the freshest ingredients and provide an exciting dining experience throughout the year.

The Lemon Grove Bistro is in a historic mission-style building in the heart of Lemon Grove. Since 1912, it’s been a place where locals meet and build connections, whether they were picking up their mail at the Sonka General Store in 1944 or ordering custom cakes at the Grove Pastry Shop in 2012.

Come for the food. Stay to experience the inviting ambiance of the historic building and its new garden. Let’s build community--together.

Top review
DeniseV
Dined 5 days ago
We decided to try Lemon Grove Bistro on a whim. We had no real expectations, but were blown away by the selections and taste of the food. Our waiter, Larry, was awesome! I would highly recommend this hidden gem.
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4.9
4.9 (3814)
$50 and over
Contemporary French
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
A culinary experience celebrating the moment, Jeune et Jolie reimagines French cuisine through the vibrant lens of our Southern California landscape with a 4-course menu offered at $120 per guest.

For those looking for a more casual evening, we feature "Le Menu du Bar”, an à la carte offering available for walk-in guests at our bar and lounge.







Top review
TimFvip
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful food, fabulous service and very relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended!
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4.9
4.9 (761)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
La Jolla
About the restaurant
With honest flavor and expression, Candor is a fresh take on dining, a neighborhood destination, and go-to gathering place. Always ready to serve up an engaging and savory social environment, community and culture mix seamlessly through an unpretentious and approachable seasonal menu. An American eatery that satisfies locals and travelers alike, guests feel right at home – always delighted by familiar tastes with global twists.
Top review
Vanwinkle
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Candor was excellent, food and service superb. I took my sister there for her birthday and she loved everything about the restaurant besides the food. I know she’ll be going back again.
A photo of Et Voilà! French Bistro - San Diego restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2408)
$30 and under
French
North Park
About the restaurant
Et Voilà! is a vibrant neighborhood bistro, located along the North Park corridor. Et Voilà! French Bistro showcases Chef Vincent Viale’s talents, mixing French classics with a modern accent. Find local and seasonal products building upon French recipes from various regions, such as Steak Frites, Coquilles St. Jacques, and soufflés. Explore the diverse regions of France through a curated wine list, and taste a variety of distinct local ingredients with our crafted cocktails. Et Voila! French Bistro is the destination for those looking for a vibrant dining experience, or even for those looking for a simple glass of wine and informal bite at the bar.

No reservations accepted for happy hour

Please be on time to your reservation. Note that your allocated time slot starts at the time of your reservation and NOT when your party is complete. (1.30 hours for 2, 1.45pm for 3/4 people) We likely will not be able to extend your time if you are running late . Thank you for

Top review
Carryllvip
Dined 2 days ago
This was our first dining experience here and it’s only the beginning. We are summer visitors and we are always looking for new places to explore. We hit the jackpot with this French cafe. The atmosphere, the food and the service were all impeccable. The outside of the restaurant is unimpressive; however, once you step inside, you feel like you are in an authentic French restaurant. Delicious food from beginning to end. We’ll certainly be back.
A photo of La Bonne Table restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1354)
$30 and under
French
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
LA BONNE TABLE is a cozy and intimate restaurant in the heart of the bustling neighborhood of Hillcrest. We serve country french food in a bistro fashion. Our menu consists of classic french dishes, a modest but excellent selection that will change with the seasons. We offer a romantic atmosphere and elegant setting, full bar and french beer on tap. Reservations are recommended as seating is very limited in this exclusive restaurant. ​Bon Appetit!
Top review
BillFvip
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful as always! First, great cocktails. My pork chop with mushroom dressing and potatoes au gratin was terrific, as was my wife’s steak au povre and frits.
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