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Diners' Choice: Great for scenic views restaurants in San Diego

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most scenic view 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 Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff restaurant
4.7
4.7 (8499)
$50 and over
Seafood
Cardiff By The Sea
About the restaurant
Pacific Coast Grill's oceanfront venue features unique Pacific Coastal cuisine, an oyster bar, select sushi rolls, and a plethora of seafood choices, delicious steaks and more! There are two levels of dining at the new PCG with every dining seat in the house carefully planned to have an ocean view. There are bars on both levels and a heated outdoor patio and a deck with one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean and the line up at Cardiff Reef. You can watch surfers, kite surfers, dolphins, whales and spectacular sunsets from throughout the restaurant.
Top review
ShidehRvip
Dined 6 days ago
A great location and the pricing is just right. Not over the top but matches the value. Service is great. Everything I’ve had there is delicious. The cucumber jalapeño margarita is so yummy.
A photo of Ki's Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (952)
$30 and under
Californian
Cardiff By The Sea
About the restaurant
During these trying times, we are trying to adjust our service so that customers feel safe but still have a great Ki's experience. Daytime service is as it always has been: order at the counter and the food will be brought to you in the seating area we have created outside under the tents. Night-time is full service. Sunday through Thursday is upstairs. The tables are spaced far apart and there is an option of being out on the front deck for parties of two. On Friday and Saturday, we will be offering full service in both seating areas of upstairs and under the tents outside.
Ki's is a perfect fit for its local beach community culture. We provide food options that serve the needs of people who enjoy the outdoors and have a high degree of awareness for their health, fitness and well being. And Ki's is more than just a 'health food' option for many. It is simply great food for anyone-professionals, families looking for a home-cooked meal or friends hanging out enjoying some tasty eats.

Top review
DonnaP
Dined on Apr 8, 2024
We are never disappointed at Ki's. Great service from Leonardo and the food was wonderful - oh, and you can't beat the ocean views and sunset.
A photo of Tom Hams Lighthouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (6363)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Downtown / Gaslamp
About the restaurant
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse was built in 1971 by a man who was not afraid to put his name on his product. Rooted in warm welcomes & excellent food, Tom Ham made his lifelong dream a reality. Tom Ham’s Lighthouse is the only restaurant in the US to have a USCG operated & maintained Lighthouse attached to it. You can locate us on any modern nautical map as Beacon #9. Featuring a 100% responsibly resourced seafood menu & award winning Sunday Champagne Brunch, we are a must when it comes to the San Diego food scene. The dining room, purposely shaped like the state of California, allows for groups as grand as 50 yet private enough for a couple’s night out. Holiday brunches have been long time family traditions for many San Diegans. Start your family’s tradition this next holiday. With the best views of the Downtown City Skyline, Coronado & San Diego Bay, Tom Ham's is & remains a San Diego tradition in dining excellence since 1971.
Top review
JProc
Dined today
Spent our 1 year wedding anniversary here. Everything was exceptional and we loved the service by our server Kristina. Great job!
A photo of Bali Hai Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (5717)
$31 to $50
Polynesian
Shelter Island / San Diego Bay
About the restaurant
Exotic Pacific dining on an enchanted tiki island.

The Bali Hai Restaurant has been a favorite in San Diego for over fifty years. Our spectacular views of the San Diego bay and the downtown skyline make us the perfect location for any special event. Along with our dining room upstairs, our premise possesses three different and versatile private rooms. The flexibility of multiple private facilities allows us to accommodate any type of party. We host weddings, class reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, concerts, memorials, festivals, fundraisers, business meetings, seminars, and corporate events.

Top review
CathyC
Dined today
Great place, food & atmosphere was amazing. Our waiter Aaron was wonderful! Highly recommend ☺️
A photo of Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1255)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Temecula
About the restaurant
WE ARE OPEN 7 DAYS!!
We would like to welcome you to the Pinnacle Restaurant!
Come enjoy a delicious lunch and amazing views.

Located in beautiful Temecula Valley Wine Country, The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery offers breathtaking panoramic views from its hilltop setting. Dine indoors in their glass enclosed dining room overlooking the vineyard. Experience the great American-Mediterranean Style cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Edgar Betancourth and the high-quality, award-winning Falkner wines.

NOTE: If you need to make a reservation for a party larger than 6 people, please call the restaurant at 951-676-8231 Option 4.

Top review
DavidE
Dined on Apr 2, 2024
So glad we chose Faulkner’s for our winery and restaurant of choice today. The food was delicious, the environment was perfect and the wines were excellent!
A photo of Waterbar San Diego restaurant
4.6
4.6 (349)
$30 and under
American
Pacific Beach
About the restaurant

Located alongside the vibrant ocean-front boardwalk in Pacific Beach, Waterbar offers only the best in tantalizing menus, innovative libations, panoramic views, and lively entertainment. Our “social seafood” menu is inspired by East coast, West coast and Baja cuisines, and transforms the freshest flavors through our chef’s unique renditions of coastal classics. Flavor-forward craft cocktails, local micro-brews, national brand favorites, and a diverse wine list are offered across comfortable bar seating, community-table dining, and intimate ocean-side tables. Waterbar’s thriving, energetic environment captures the passion of San Diego’s iconic coastline for an unforgettably satisfying experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
1st time there and definitely won’t be my last. Beautiful spot by the ocean. Food was amazing and the service was on point. Thank you!
A photo of VAGA Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (32)
$31 to $50
American
Encinitas
About the restaurant
For a true “vaga”, the journey is never-ending; the spirit and palate, always curious. Drawing ingredients and inspiration from near and far, VAGA explores San Diego’s ever-changing confluence of culture and wanderlust. From its perch on a coastal bluff in Encinitas, California, VAGA keeps one hand in the ocean, one hand in the farm, and both eyes on the horizon.
Top review
AndyA
Dined 6 days ago
The hostess was great. The busboy was great, and our waitress was a solid 10.
A photo of Vue - Omni La Costa Resort & Spa restaurant
4.1
4.1 (122)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
VUE is a lively and contemporary restaurant with an outdoor dining patio and magnificent “VUEs” of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa's championship golf courses and lush green rolling hills. This signature restaurant features creative dishes from our talented culinary team, a unique selection of craft brews, wines and cocktail offerings. Start or end your day with a leisurely meal the whole family will enjoy.
Top review
LauraBvip
Dined on Feb 25, 2024
Elsa our server went above and beyond to make sure our brunch for my friends 60th was fantastic. We were very well taken care of and the food was enjoyed by our entire party.
A photo of Canyons at The Crossings restaurant
4.0
4 (660)
$30 and under
American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
The Canyons Restaurant is located inside the clubhouse of The Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course in North County San Diego, offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean! With our unique culinary flare, stone clubhouse, vaulted ceilings, rustic feel, multiple patios, and private dining rooms, The Canyons is perfect for any occasion. We are located right next to Legoland and the Sheraton/Westin Carlsbad Resorts!

*Please note that the Canyons Restaurant is open until 3pm daily and Player's Lounge is open after 3pm. Player's Lounge seating is outdoors with the exception of bar seating. There is heaters and fireplaces outside as well as a wind wall for guest comfort.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
This was a great value and experience. This was a perfect date night venue.
A photo of Above Ash restaurant
4.0
4 (142)
$30 and under
Global, International
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Race You to the Rooftop! Above Ash Social is an intimate, welcoming rooftop bar on the 16th floor and rooftop of Carte Hotel. With glorious sunset views of San Diego cityscapes, relax near one of our fire pits and enjoy local focused beverages of every kind, from beer and wine to craft cocktails.

Sign off a great day with a hand-crafted cocktail and delectable shared bites. Offering daily Happy Hour from 4pm to 6pm with discounted drinks and shareables.

Age Policy: Above Ash welcomes guests 21+ only after 10pm. All ages are welcome at our lobby restaurant, Watercolors, located on the first floor.

Top review
Magaly11
Dined on Apr 8, 2024
Everything was amazing. We have come to this place before for drinks only but it look they have a new menu which has a great selection of everything we will be coming back. Service was great as well.
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