Where to Eat Locally in San Diego

If you’re someone who loves wining and dining, then going on vacation can always be a bit of a struggle. Often, what’s suggested or highly advertised are the touristy food spots. Yet, one of the best ways to get to know a place is eating locally. Here’s a guide to local restaurants in San Diego and where you can eat each day and night you’re there!

George’s at the Cove

Address: 1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

Get ready to east some of the best seafood of your life, and you’ll do it with a view! George’s at the Cove is a casual terrace spot where you overlook the ocean. It can get a bit windy so make sure that you check the weather, but it is an absolute must-try restaurant in San Diego. The food is delicious, and many locals and visitors return time and time again.

Las Cuatro Milpas

Address: 1857 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113 

If you’re in California, you might be craving some authentic Mexican food. You know this is a local spot because you won’t find the mariachi bands or the colorful umbrellas (thank goodness!). This is the spot you come when you’re looking for a dive joint with delicious food. Head to Las Cuatro Milpas for breakfast and lunch early and be ready for a line because it’s that beloved.


Carnitas Snack Shack

Address: 1004 N Harbor Dr., San Diego, California 92101

Carnitas Snack Shack might not be in the most fabulous section of San Diego, but don’t knock it until you try it. This farm-to-table restaurant has some of the most delicious food you’ll try in the city. It’s entirely pork-centric and also has great craft beer, fries, and an atmosphere where locals like to hang out. It was so popular that a second location opened up in Del Mar. Don’t miss it!


The Smoking Goat

Address: 3408 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

The Smoking Goat has a mix of food types—think California and French cuisine. Its vibe is local, organic, and sustainable (very California). The elegant farmhouse interior will really give you an idea of where the name came from and prices are reasonable. The locals are raving about this restaurant, so you should definitely see what it’s about during your visit. A recommendation from the menu? Duck fat truffle fries. Enough said.


The Patio

Address:  4445 Lamont St, San Diego, CA 92109

This restaurant is exactly what it sounds like. Natural wood, comfy chairs, and a 1970s inspired plant wall make up the ambiance so that you can enjoy your food relaxed in the San Diego sun. And don’t forget about the food! Small plates allow you to sample and big portions fill you up. The Patio serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour, and dinner, so whatever your meal needs are while you’re visiting, they’re sure to be met by The Patio.

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