Local Restaurant Recommendations from the Locals

Looking for somewhere to eat in San Diego? Locals offer their top picks for San Diego-area restaurants. Check out any of these locally recommended selections.

Café Sevilla
Type of Cuisine:
Spanish (tapas bar)
Distance from Convention Center:
0.3 miles
Cost per person:
$1-$25
Great atmosphere, good food, novel. Slightly pricey.

Neighborhood
Type of Cuisine:
Modern American Gastropub
Distance from Convention Center:
0.5 miles
Cost per person:
$1-$25
Great selection of local craft beers complemented by good food.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Type of Cuisine:
Seafood
Distance from Convention Center:
2 blocks
Cost per person:
$50-$100
Oyster selection is excellent and fish generally very good.

Salt Box
Type of Cuisine:
New American
Distance from Convention Center:
4 blocks
Cost per person:
$25-$50
Great cocktails, great food—especially the pumpkin soup, best ever!

Extraordinary Desserts
Type of Cuisine:
Dessert/bar/small plates
Distance from Convention Center:
(2 locations) 0.5 mile, 1.5 miles
Cost per person:
$1-$25
Best desserts in the city—tasty and beautifully presented. They also serve meals, but the desserts are the focus. Great coffee, sandwiches, and a full bar.

The Fish Market
Type of Cuisine:
Seafood
Distance from Convention Center:
0.9 miles
Cost per person:
$25-$50
Excellent variety of seafood, all uniformly high in quality. Fabulous views.

Cucina Urbana
Type of Cuisine:
Italian
Distance from Convention Center:
2 miles
Cost per person:
$25-$50
Great food, great atmosphere. Italian with a Californian twist.

Crest Café
Type of Cuisine:
American
Distance from Convention Center:
4 miles
Cost per person:
$1-$25
Great diverse cuisine served quickly without pretension.

Pizza Nova
Type of Cuisine:
Italian
Distance from Convention Center:
4 miles
Cost per person:
$1-$25
Good food with an unusual twist.

Solare
Type of Cuisine:
Italian
Distance from Convention Center:
4 miles
Cost per person:
$25-$50
Very good food and atmosphere, reasonable prices, and ample parking.

El Agave
Type of Cuisine:
Authentic Mexican
Distance from Convention Center:
4.4 miles
Cost per person:
$25-$50
Really good authentic Mexican moles (not tacos, quesadillas, etc.). More varieties of tequila than you’ve ever seen before.

Point Loma Seafoods
Type of Cuisine:
Seafood
Distance from Convention Center:
5 miles
Cost per person:
$1-$25
Great place for lunch—not open for dinner.

Phil’s BBQ
Type of Cuisine:
Barbecue
Distance from Convention Center:
5 miles
Cost per person:
$1-$25
Great-quality food and inexpensive.

Flavors of East Africa
Type of Cuisine:
East African
Distance from Convention Center:
5.3 miles
Cost per person:
$1-$25
Delicious and affordable.

Bali Hai
Type of Cuisine:
Hawaiian Fusion
Distance from Convention Center:
6.8 miles
Cost per person:
$25-$50
Good food, reasonably priced, great cocktails, and not to forget, an incredible view of San Diego Bay and downtown San Diego!

Tacos El Gordo
Type of Cuisine:
Mexican
Distance from Convention Center:
7.2 miles
Cost per person:
$1-$25
They make probably the best tacos ever.

Los Arcos
Type of Cuisine:
Mexican Seafood
Distance from Convention Center:
9 miles
Cost per person:
$25-$50
This Mexican seafood is authentic (they have actual restaurants in Mexico), delicious, and there are lots of choices.

Don’t see your favorite San Diego restaurant on the list? Share it with 56th Annual Meeting attendees here.

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