San Diego beach communities offer a wide selection of cuisine, within historic downtowns. Grab a bite at a local restaurant and then enjoy the sites, smells, shops, galleries, beaches, shoreline parks, piers, and more each coastal town has to offer.
The Town Center has over a dozen restaurants, from laid-back cafes to formal dining. One concentration of restaurants are located along San Elijo Ave in the village, itself. Restaurant Row features six restaurants, located on Coast Hwy 101.
The village encompasses Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad Village Drive, Grand Ave and side streets. Carlsbad Village is an ideal place to walk, and enjoy the many shops, restaurants, and peaceful atmosphere.
Coronado Orange Ave District
This historic, downtown district has mainly older, low-rise buildings, with a common architectural theme. Orange Avenue is ideal for strolling, shopping around, and dining out. Choose from among 3 dozen restaurants.
Del Mar Village
The village has about two dozen restaurants. Many are located at Del Mar Plaza and Stratford Square, both on Camino Del Mar and 15th Street. If you’re in the mood for dining on the beach, both Jakes Del Mar and The Poseidon offer great ocean views with direct access to the sand.
Encinitas Hwy 101
Restaurants are strung out all along Coast Hwy 101 with several concentrated around D Street and E Street. Included are several sidewalk cafes, ideal on a sunny day. On the south side of downtown are a half dozen restaurants.
La Jolla Downtown
La Jolla Downtown has several dozen restaurants, and not surprisingly, many of which are upscale, A popular dining area overlooking La Jolla Cove is on 8008 Girard Ave, which has several cafes and restaurants. Prospect Street, downtown La Jolla’s upscale main drag, is another popular dining venue with several upscale restaurants overlooking the ocean.
La Jolla Shores
Explore from among a dozen restaurants in this secluded La Jolla beach neighborhood. Most of the restaurants are along a block of Avenida de la Playa, within walking distance of La Jolla Shores beach and Kellogg Park.
Leucadia Hwy 101
Most restaurants in this funky beach town are concentrated along Coast Hwy 101 near Leucadia Blvd. While here, you can walk along the coast hwy and enjoy the quaint shops and fantastic ocean view at nearby Beacon’s Beach.
About a dozen and a half restaurants concentrated mainly along Mission Blvd and Ventura Place, and Belmont Park. Most of these restaurants are casual and include pizza parlors, burger joints, taco stands, grills, pubs, Italian food, Sushi, and more.
Downtown OB is all within 3 blocks of the beach. One concentration of restaurants is along Newport Ave, the communiity’s main shopping thoroughfare. OB has several dozen dining spots. Many are off-beat and unique, like the city. The pier itself has a restaurant half way out called Ocean Beach Pier Cafe.
The great selection of dining at Oceanside Harbor attracts hundreds of locals and visitors each day. Each restaurant offers a great view of the harbor, with outdoor dining available at many eateries. Most restaurants are concentrated at Harbor Village on the harbor’s south end.
Oceanside Hwy 101
The heart of downtown, along Mission Blvd, Pier View Way, and Hwy 101 has a great concentration of restaurants. At the end of Oceanside Pier is Ruby’s Diner.
Also known as the Garnet Ave/Mission Blvd District, this hip area has several dozen restaurants, and while some are upscale, most are casual, like this beach community. Here you’ll find several cantinas, pubs, clubs, grills, pizza joints, burger joints, cafes and more.
Solana Beach Hwy 101
The heart of downtown is around Old Hwy 101 and Lomas Santa Fe, where you’ll find several restaurants. While here, you can walk to Fletcher Cove Park and Beach, the Cedros Ave Farmers Market, and Cedros Design District, which has two restaurants and the renown Belly Up Tavern.