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Readers’ Choice: Best Restaurants 2022

Our readers cast their votes for the best places to dine in more than 40 categories covering a multitude of cuisines, neighborhoods, and destinations for different occasions

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Congratulations to the winners of our Readers’ Choice: Best Restaurants 2022! Click here to view the Editors’ Picks: Best Restaurants 2022.


New Restaurant
Rare Society
858.771.0181, raresociety.com/solanabeach
Cevasco’s
858.755.0000, cevascos.com
Runners-Up:
Valle
Camino Riviera
Callie

Camino Riviera
Camino Riviera

Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests
Poseidon Restaurant

858.755.9345, poseidonrestaurant.com
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, La Jolla
858.459.5500, eddiev.com
Runners-Up:
Vaga Restaurant & Bar
Casa de Bandini
The Marine Room

San Diego Tradition
Mister A’s

619.239.1377, asrestaurant.com
The Fish Market
thefishmarket.com
Runners-Up:
The Godfather
The Brigantine
Old Town Mexican Café

The Godfather
The Godfather

Date Night Spot
Alce 101
858.704.4465, alce101.com
Beeside Balcony
858.481.9889, beesidebalcony.com
Runners-Up:
Herb & Sea
Nine-Ten
Valentina

Valentina
Valentina

Hotel Restaurant
A.R. Valentien

858.777.6635, lodgetorreypines.com/ar-valentien
Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar
858.964.5400, nine-ten.com
Runners-Up:
Ember & Rye
Vaga Restaurant + Bar
Adelaide

Special Occasion
The Marine Room

858.459.7222, marineroom.com
Addison
858.314.1900, addisondelmar.com
Runners-Up:
A.R. Valentien
Mille Fleurs
Market Restaurant + Bar

Ambience
Born and Raised
619.202.4577, bornandraisedsteak.com
Javier’s
858.200.2222, javiers-cantina.com
Runners-Up:
Monarch Ocean Pub
Mister A’s
Lionfish

Restaurant Bar
Valle
866.723.8906, valleoceanside.com
Mille Fleurs
858.756.3085, millefleurs.com
Runners-Up:
Lionfish
Pony Room
Herb & Wood

Culinary Innovation
Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

619.738.7200, lionfishsd.com
Valle
866.723.8906, valleoceanside.com
Runners-Up:
Callie
Herb & Sea
Animae

Animae
Animae

Steak
Rare Society

858.771.0181, raresociety.com/solanabeach
Huntress
619.329.4868, huntresssteak.com
Runners-Up:
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Born and Raised
Ranch 45

Seafood
Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest
Seafood and Crab
858.453.2583, trulucks.com
Herb & Sea
760.704.8300, herbandsea.com
Runners-Up:
The Fish Market
Pacifica Del Mar
Ironside Fish & Oyster

American Cuisine
Nick’s Del Mar

858.345.2127, nicksrestaurants.com/nicks-del-mar
Pacific Coast Grill
760.479.0721, pacificcoastgrill.com
Runners-Up:
Fort Oak
Rustic Root
Union Kitchen & Tap

Nick’s Del Mar
Nick’s Del Mar

French Cuisine
Mille Fleurs

858.756.3085, millefleurs.com
Jeune et Jolie
760.637.5266, jeune-jolie.com
Runners-Up:
Bistro de Marché by Tapenade

Little Frenchie
Bleu Bohème

Italian Cuisine
Firenze Trattoria

760.944.9000, firenzetrattoria.com
Barbusa
619.238.1917, barbusa.com
Runners-Up:
The Godfather
Cori Pastificio Trattoria
Maurizio Trattoria Italiana 

Maurizio Trattoria Italiana
Maurizio Trattoria Italiana

Greek Cuisine
Meze Greek Fusion

619.550.1600, gaslampmeze.com
Olympic Café
619.692-9082, olympiccafesd.com
Runners-Up:
Luna Grill
Del Mar Seaside Grill
Dino’s Gyros Greek Café and Taverna 

Chinese Cuisine
Chin’s Szechwan

govisitchins.com
Del Mar Rendezvous
858.755.2669, dmrendezvous.com
Runners-Up:
Mongolian Hot Pot
Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon

Fortunate Son Chinese

Indian Cuisine
Royal India

royalindia.com
Himalayan Cuisine
619.461.2503, himalayancuisineone.com
Runners-Up:
Bombay Coast Indian Cuisine
Himalayan House Restaurant

Thai Cuisine
Bangkok Bay Thai Restaurant

858.792.2427, bangkok-bay.com
Pear’s Thai Cuisine
858.278.1088
Runners-Up:
Bahn Thai
Birdseye Kitchen
Thai Pan Cuisine

Japanese Cuisine
Samurai Japanese Restaurant

858.481.0032, samuraijapaneserestaurant.com
Shimbashi Izakaya
858.523.0479, shimbashiizakaya.com
Runners-Up:
Tajima Ramen
Lumi
Kinoyume Sushi and Grill

Mexican Cuisine
Casa de Bandini

760.634.3443, casadebandini.com
Red O Taste of Mexico
858.291.8360, redorestaurant.com/la-jolla
Runners-Up:
Valle
Fidel’s Little Mexico
Javier’s

Fidel’s Little Mexico
Fidel’s Little Mexico

BBQ
Phil’s BBQ

philsbbq.net
Smokey and the Brisket BBQ
619.439.6544, smokeyandthebrisketsd.com
Runners-Up:
Cali Comfort BBQ
Grand Ole BBQ
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Sushi
Sushi Ota
858.880.8778
Lumi
619.329.5864, lumirooftop.com
Runners-Up:
Samurai Japanese Restaurant
Cloak and Petal
Ken Sushi Workshop

Tacos
City Tacos
citytacossd.com
The Brigantine
brigantine.com
Runners-Up:
Casa de Bandini
The Taco Stand
Puesto

Pizza
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
realcheesepizza.com
Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria
760.634.7671, blueribbonpizzeria.com
Runners-Up:
Sammy’s Food + Wine
Pizza Port
Mr. Moto

Wine List
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

858.230.7404, thewinerylajolla.com
Pamplemousse Grille
858.792.9090, pgrille.com
Addison
858.314.1900, addisondelmar.com
Runners-Up:
Nine-Ten
Avant
A.R. Valentien

Craft Cocktails
Monarch Ocean Pub

858.925.6047, monarchdelmar.com
Waverly
760.230.1682, thewaverly.com
Runners-Up:
Understory
The Shore Room
Alce 101

Waverly
Waverly

Margarita
Fidel’s Little Mexico

858.755.5292, fidelslittlemexico.com
En Fuego Cantina & Grill
858.792.6551, enfuegocantina.com
Runners-Up:
Casa de Bandini
Javier’s
Tony’s Jacal

Draft Selection
Barleymash

619.255.7373, barleymash.com
Goodbar
619.642.0900, goodbarsd.com
Runners-Up:
Draft Republic
SD TapRoom
WestBrew Del Mar

Brewery/Brewpub
Viewpoint Brewing Company

858.356.9346, viewpointbrewing.com
Ketch Brewing
ketchbrewing.com
Runners-Up:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Dessert
Extraordinary Desserts

extraordinarydesserts.com
Le Parfait Paris
parfaitparis.com
Runners-Up:
Michele Coulon Dessertier
Thyme in the Ranch
RoVino the Foodery

Ice Cream Shop
Mr. Trustee Creamery

619.259.5544
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream
handelsicecream.com
Runners-Up:
JoJo’s Creamery
Salt & Straw
An’s Hatmakers

Baked Goods
Broad Street Dough Co.

760.704.8633, broadstreetdoughco.com
Darshan Bakery
darshanbakery.com
Runners-Up:
Thyme in the Ranch
VG Donut & Bakery
Prager Brothers Artisan Breads

Coffee Shop
Spill the Beans Coffee + Bagel

619.233.3836, spillthebeanssd.com
Lofty Coffee Company
760.230.6747, loftycoffee.com
Runners-Up:
Better Buzz Coffee
Communal
Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Communal
Communal

Breakfast
T’s Cafe

858.755.7642, tscafe101.com
Americana Restaurant
858.794.6838, americanarestaurant.com
Runners-Up:
Richard Walker’s Pancake House
Harry’s Coffee Shop
Swami’s Cafe

Brunch
Toast Gastrobrunch

760.438.1212, toastgastrobrunch.com
Farmer’s Bottega
619.458.9929, farmersbottega.com
Runners-Up:
Morning Glory
The Brigantine
Trust

Business Lunch
Adelaide

858.793.6467, laubergedelmar.com/dining/adelaide
Milton’s
858.792.2225, miltonsdeli.com
Runners-Up:
The Grill at Torrey Pines
The Winery Restaurant
Jake’s Del Mar

Sandwich Place
Board & Brew

boardandbrew.com
Grater Grilled Cheese
619.458.9611, gratergrilledcheese.com
Runners-Up:
Moto Deli
Prontos’ Gourmet Market
Ike’s Love & Sandwiches 

Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten-Free Options
Flower Child
858.314.6818, iamaflowerchild.com
The Plot
442.266.8200, theplotrestaurant.com
Runners-Up:
Goodonya
Grater Greens
Elixir Juice and Food

Flower Child
Flower Child

Family-Friendly
Sammy’s Food + Wine

sammyspizza.com
Casa de Bandini
760.634.3443, casadebandini.com
Runners-Up:
Park 101
Urban Plates
The Besta-Wan

Specialty Gourmet Shop
Cork & Knife

corknknife.com
Venissimo Cheese
venissimo.com
Runners-Up:
Cardiff Seaside Market
Vino Carta
Tip Top Meats

Cork & Knife
Cork & Knife

Catering
Pamplemousse Grille

858.792.9090, pgrille.com
Giuseppe Restaurants and Catering
858.581.2205, gfinecatering.com
Runners-Up:
Ranch 45
Terra Catering
Olive Branch

Ranch 45
Ranch 45

Farmers Market
Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market

ranchosantafefarmersmarket.com
La Jolla Open Aire Market
lajollamarket.com
Runners-Up:
Leucadia Farmers Market
Del Mar Farmers Market
Little Italy Mercato

Featured Photo Herb & Sea
Image Credits INTRO: Photo by Vincent Knakal; Camino Riviera, Animae: Photo by James Tran; Valentina, Maurizio, Fidels, Communal, Ranch 45, Cork & Knife: Photography by Evan Stefanko; Waverly: Photo by Joann Van Noy; The Godfather, Nick’s Del Mar, Flower Child: Courtesy

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