The Best Burgers in San Diego

San Diego offers the quintessential California city with its constant sunshine, gorgeous beaches, and cool, coastal vibe. The dining scene here has exploded over the last few years with a variety of new restaurants opening up, from swanky steakhouses to casual taco shacks and more. If the goal is to try the best burger in San Diego, there are plenty of places to choose from. But where are the city's real foodies eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the most popular spots among expert food connoisseurs on OpenTable. San Diego has everything from the classic burgers and fries at neighborhood pubs to locally-sourced Angus beef patties topped with Gorgonzola and heirloom tomatoes. Score a table at one of these restaurants to decide who has the best burger in San Diego.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Provisional Restaurant at Pendry San Diego, True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC, Farmer's Bottega Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Downtown / Gaslamp, La Jolla, Mission Hills
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Provisional Restaurant at Pendry San Diego

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
453 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

This light-filled, stylish eatery serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch to guests of the Pendry and the dining public. They feature different menus for each meal but the house burger can be found...

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Brunch in San Diego
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True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
670 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Healthy

True Food Kitchen is a restaurant and lifestyle brand based on the philosophy that food should make diners feel better, not worse. This Fashion Valley branch stays true to their mission, featuring sea...

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Healthy in San Diego

Farmer's Bottega Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Mission Hills
1,060 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

This farm-to-table restaurant located in the heart of the Mission Hills neighborhood serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner along with a variety of local craft beers and wines. It’s an intimate ea...

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American in San Diego

Beeside Balcony

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Del Mar
697 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Located just north of San Diego in Del Mar, CA, Beeside Balcony is a gorgeous oceanside restaurant where diners can enjoy seaside views from the balcony. On chilly days, they crank up the patio heater...

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Great Maple San Diego

$$$$·American·
Hillcrest
3,140 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem

This new outpost of Great Maple is located at the Westfield UTC mall and features a 5,000 square foot space with a 1,500 square foot patio! It features a wide selection of modern American food for lun...

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Brunch in San Diego

The Med at La Valencia Hotel

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
987 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasion

The Med is a classy, sophisticated restaurant that caters to guests of La Valencia Hotel. It features a spacious dining room with an ocean view terrace looking out over La Jolla Cove and the Pacific. ...

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Craft & Commerce

$$$$·American·
Little Italy
760 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

This Little Italy eatery and cocktail bar went through an extensive redesign in 2016 that resulted in a bigger, bolder and more beautiful space with floor-to-ceiling windows, brick walls and plenty of...

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Vibrant Bar Scene in San Diego
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West End Bar & Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Del Mar
422 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion

Located just North of San Diego across from the beautiful lagoon at the Torrey Pines State Reserve in Del Mar, this restaurant offers scenic ocean views and inspired American cuisine. Grab a table wit...

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American in North San Diego

Searsucker Downtown San Diego

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,893 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

Seersucker calls itself the quintessential social dining destination in the heart of downtown San Diego. It’s a lively dining spot that features fun happenings like live music and themed brunches and ...

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Gravity Heights

$$$$·American·
Sorrento Mesa
668 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch

Gravity Heights is San Diego’s newest large-scale brewery restaurant. Located in Sorrento Mesa, space itself is worth a visit. It features 12,000 square feet of brewing and dining beauty with large wi...

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American in San Diego

Jake's Del Mar

$$$$·American·
Del Mar
7,657 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront

Jake’s Del Mar is located right on the beach in Del Mar, just off of Powerhouse Park. They feature new American cooking with a focus on inspired updates of classic preparations like burgers, steaks, a...

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Scenic View in North San Diego
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The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
1,840 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating

This restaurant offers gorgeous waterfront dining in the La Jolla neighborhood - you can walk in right from the beach! It boasts an open-air patio, fantastic ocean views, and a warm, cozy ambiance. Th...

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Scenic View in San Diego

Cosmopolitan Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Old Town
330 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion

The Cosmopolitan Restaurant offers lunch and dinner as well as Saturday and Sunday brunch with a menu that reflects the tastes of the Old Town neighborhood where it is located. Diners will find Mexica...

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