Unless you go to SeaWorld, Mission Bay restaurants are few and far between compared to those of San Diego Bay and the coast. Most restaurants on Mission Bay are in the resorts. An exception is on South Mission Bay’s Quivera Basin, which has a few near the marinas. Otherwise, depending on where you are, you’ll have to dine in nearby communities — Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, and Mission Hills. Of the communities, Mission Beach is within walking distance of Mission Bay, with restaurants clumped together along Mission Blvd. For now Santa Clara Point dining is profiled. Over time, other parts of Mission Bay dining will be included.
Santa Clara Point: On West Mission Bay, this peninsula has a recreation center and two watersports facilities. There’s also a paved path and sandy beaches up and down this side of the bay. You can walk a block west to Mission Blvd, where you can choose from almost a dozen restaurants, which offer casual dining. On Santa Clara Place, the Olive Cafe has California style food, with outdoor seating. Sprinkled a few blocks along Mission Blvd are pizza and sushi joints, cafes, grills and bars. This is a small isolated commercial area with funky residential condos, apartments, and cottages on either side. The next clump of restaurants are to the south at Mission Blvd and Ventura Place near Belmont Park, and to the north on Mission Blvd, past Pacific Beach Blvd in Pacific Beach.