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The Best Restaurants in San Diego

The StarTripper Journal presents the best places to dine in San Diego, both International gourmet and good American choices.
Our team to San Diego are native born Americans. They love to travel, they love America and they love to introduce you to the best restaurants and hotels.

San Diego is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the east and Mexico to the south.

The beating heart of San Diego's downtown rests in the Gaslamp Quarter, comprised of 16 square blocks in the city's central core. With a colourful array of restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries and boutiques, you will find plenty of things to do on foot. During the day, the Gaslamp Quarter is a great place for families. As night falls, the quarter transforms into a veritable adult playground as the sophisticated nightclub scene comes to life. From award-winning restaurant to happening dance clubs, jazz and rooftop bars, you'll find it in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Just across the bridge from downtown, Coronado's stunning beaches offer gentle surf and sparkling mica sand. With a quaint small town charm and an array of outdoor activities, Coronado is the perfect destination for family vacations and romantic getaways.

West of downtown, you'll find Point Loma, Harbour Island and Shelter Island, all of which offer great restaurants and a variety of accommodations. These areas feature picturesque marinas from which sportfishing excursions, whale watching tours and harbour cruises depart.

Hillcrest is a true neighbourhood of locals with a warm and welcoming spirit, the centre of San Diego's LGBT – the lesbian and gay community. With an energy all its own, the main streets are lined with 1950's style storefronts, colourful awnings, one-of-a-kind boutiques, salons and great restaurants.

The coastal village of La Jolla, is one of the most popular and picturesque destinations in the world – with a dramatic coastline ideal for swimming, surfing, diving, kayaking, and snorkelling. La Jolla offers world-class shopping and dining experiences, from designer boutiques and art galleries, to critically acclaimed restaurants featuring celebrity chefs.

The StarTripper Journal Recommends these Restaurants:
BiCE Nestled in the lively and cultured Downtown San Diego Gaslamp District, just three blocks away from the San Diego Convention Center, BiCE presents an award-winning dining experience with a sophisticated menu that will take your senses on a delectable tour of Italy.

Chef Francesca Penoncelli’s full menu of intriguing and innovative Italian cuisine offers a new, enticing world of complex combinations, the wholesome ingredients of a real Italian marketplace, and the culinary innovation for a unique dining experience.

Influenced by both Italian and locally sourced ingredients, the menu changes colours with the seasons, offering both foreign and familiar flavours on each plate.

From the homemade pasta dishes and tempting desserts to the “Cheese and Salumi” bar, authentic Italian wine selection and specialty drinks, the BICE experience is the perfect combination of innovative cuisine and Italian excellence, combined with warm, hospitable service and ambiance to ensure a memorable experience.

For those on a quest to find the best Italian fine dining San Diego has to offer, this is the right place.

425 Island Avenue
Mistral Sweeping views of Coronado Bay, Pacific sunsets and the San Diego skyline stretch before you in Mistral's floor-to-ceiling windows.

Chef Cho blends his collection of cultural experiences into a global-fusion menu that showcases his penchant for Mediterranean flavours and his newfound love of seafood. This is Southern California, where healthy eating is first and foremost on the minds, the chefs only select the finest, responsibly grown ingredients. Every dish is infused with robust, intense flavours—many include fresh herbs from the resort’s own garden—and is prepared with innovative techniques.

The extensive wine list offers both classic wines and undiscovered treasures that are both interesting and affordable.

Impeccable food and wine experience, floor-to-ceiling windows with breath-taking views of sunsets over the Pacific, of Coronado Bay and the glittering San Diego skyline, exceptional warm and professional service from an expert service staff.

4000 Coronado Bay Road
Top of the Marked Top of the Marked in San Diego, the feature, in addition to white linens, warm teak panelling, large windows and deck, is the spectacular San Diego Bay, a spectacular romantic setting.

An upstairs restaurant where guests can enjoy an expanded wine list, distinctive desserts and exceptional seafood offerings.

Chef Stafford Mathers' exhibition kitchen showcases a seasonal menu of the freshest and highest-quality seafood. The menu changes daily, depending on the freshest seafood available. Excellent cooking!

Top of the Market in San Diego provides each guest with a memorable dining experience. Views from Point Loma to the Coronado Bridge make Top of the Market a premier Southern California destination, one of San Diego's finest.

750 North Harbor Drive
The Marine Room The Marine Room is a landmark oceanfront restaurant in La Jolla with sophisticated, seasonal cuisine and seafood, the wall-to-wall beachfront view, crashing surfers, golden sun, refined sophistication and white tablecloths.

Chef Bernard Guillas, a force in San Diego cuisine, and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver crafts a rare mix of unique, global flavours from fresh, local seafood and classic favourites to exotic pairings. The Marine Room offers up new tastes at every turn. The global-inspired menu is seasonal in its offerings yet timeless in its approach, showcasing the finest flavours of San Diego and La Jolla, while the bar and lounge completes an elegant fine dining experience with creative small plates, specialty drinks and spectacular high-tide views.

Adventurous, flavour-seeking diners will be pleased with dishes that intelligently and intuitively match ingredients; uncompromising service and dramatic beachfront setting - the exquisite dining at The Marine Room is a dining experience unlike any other.

2000 Spindrift Drive La Jolla
Parma Cucina Parma Cucina Italiana is located in the hearth of Hillcrest. Owned by husband and wife, Celso and Franca, “Parma” offers genuine Italian hospitality and aims to never compromise on authenticity and respect of traditional Italian cuisine.

The inspiration for the restaurant came from their original hometown of Parma, Italy which is well known for its Parmigiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma. “Parma” offers Northern Italian cuisine, fresh ingredients and simple presentations.

Celso is the chef and his specialty is pasta, lasagna, tortellini and penne salsiccia. The menu's speciality changes daily. Franca is the dessert chef with unforgettable creations such as homemade Tiramisu, Torta Manuela and the Profiteroles alla Nutella. The cooking can best be described as homemade cooking combined with a dash of love and exceptional flavour.

Parma offers down to earth ambience and fantastic Italian cuisine. From the Italian wines and the Lavazza coffee machine to the native Italian, “right off the boat” proprietors, Parma-Cucina Italian is as authentic as it gets. Food with “AMORE”!

Excellent Italian Cuisine.

3850 Fifth Avenue

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