Hillcrest Uptown Restaurants

107Tao Vietnamese Japanese Cuisine

Address: 3332 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA  92116   Make a Reservation
Tao Vietnamese Japanese Cuisine
Tucked away in the heart of Adams Avenue- the famous strip in the neighborhood of Normal Heights- you will find Tao. Offering healthy Vietnamese/Japanese cuisine with an extensive vegetarian selection, Chef Hung “Eric” Tao also features his homemade tofu and soy milk, which he makes fresh daily. His specialty is his Mango “Chicken” Rice: soy based mock “chicken” pieces sautéed with sweet, juicy mango, and the Tofu Rice Pot, tofu, and stir fry vegetables atop rice served in an iron rice pot. With such popular selections, this casual hotspot will satisfy vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Learn More »

106Urban MO's Bar & Grill

Address: 308 University Avenue, San Diego, CA  92103   Make a Reservation

106Gossip Grill

Address: 1440 University Avenue, San Diego, CA  92103   Make a Reservation

106Evolution Fast Food

Address: 2949 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA  92103   Make a Reservation
Evolution Fast Food
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Finding a great burger can be hard if you’re vegetarian or vegan. Luckily, at Evolution Fast Food, the search isn’t that difficult anymore. With an option to sit outside or drive-thru, Evolution offers only vegan options for sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, smoothies, wraps, and finger food options like soy chicken tenders. Even meat-eaters can agree that their “bacon cheeseburger” can do the trick when one has a craving for something greasy. Evolution Fast Food has a dedication to providing fast food for diets of all types while offering a healthier alternative to other drive-thru burger joints. Learn More »

106Baja Betty's

Address: 1421 University Avenue, San Diego, CA  92103   Make a Reservation

107Crest Cafe

Address: 425 Robinson Avenue, San Diego, CA  92103   Make a Reservation
Crest Cafe
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Nestled just one block south of University Avenue in Hillcrest is Crest Café, a haven of fresh and organic American cuisine with a southwestern twist. While it may seem like a surfside diner plucked from the past, the food here is far superior to most cafes or diners you’re liable to find. Along with the food, the bright and fun décor and extremely friendly servers have given the restaurant an extremely loyal and diverse group of regulars that just can’t get enough. Crest Café is open until midnight every day and serves an all-day breakfast menu, so diners can enjoy ... Learn More »

107India Palace

Address: 694 University Avenue, San Diego, CA  92103   Make a Reservation
India Palace
Hillcrest’s India Palace offers a refreshing and casually elegant dining experience. The prime corner location at the shopping center at University and 7th is a serene space filled with fountains, live trees, and warm tones. A stunning, inlaid-wood star motif on the ceiling watches over the dining room, where guests take solace in curved booths and intimate round tables. Whether dining on the lunchtime buffet or the dinner menu, guests will find a tantalizing array of Northern Indian cuisine, with classics such as Chicken Tikka Masala, Rogan Josh, and Sag Paneer, plus an array of Tandoori offerings. Whether you stick ... Learn More »

106Celadon

Address: 3671 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA  92103   Make a Reservation
Celadon
Elegantly decorated with white tables and splashes of lime green mixed with black trimming, Celadon is a stunningly modern Thai restaurant located in Hillcrest. An evening here promises a classy and contemporary spin on Asian cuisine, with a mixture of traditional Thai dishes and modern interpretations of Thai cuisine, with just a hint of French influence. Specialties include Larb Pla, a deep-fried whole striped bass topped with green mangoes, onions, scallions and a mint and chili lime sauce, and Duck Red Curry, featuring barbequed duck, pineapple, bell peppers, and basil in a special red curry sauce. Just one meal at ... Learn More »

106Florencias

Address: 3017 University Avenue, San Diego, CA  92104   Make a Reservation
Florencias
Florencias delivers a satisfying taste of home-cooked Italian goodness to every diner no matter where he or she may be. A popular dine-in, take-out, and delivery restaurant, Florencias is happy to say it is family owned and operated—a fact that translates well into flavor and quality. Pizzas and subs come piping hot to the table and encourage a hands-on eating style, while classic pasta and baked dishes are a natural fit with a fine glass of wine. Since one’s need for true Italian fare knows no bounds, Florencias keeps its doors—and arms—open late into the night to ensure none of ... Learn More »

106Parkhouse Eatery

Address: 4574 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA  92116   Make a Reservation

106Yakitori Izakaya Tec Chan

Address: 3739 6th Avenue Suite B, San Diego, CA  92109   Make a Reservation
Yakitori Izakaya Tec Chan
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Yakitori Izakaya Tec Chan is the place to go in Hillcrest for an authentic Japanese meal. The menu spans a wide range of cuisine. Classic Yakitori such as Beef Tongue, Quail Egg, and Asparagus Bacon offer diners a tasty snack, while an array of salads, sautéed dishes, ramen, udon, and soba will satiate any appetite. Expertly prepared sushi is also available to round out any meal. Beverages include Sapporo on draft as well as bottled Asahi, Sapporo Premium, Koshihikari – Echigo -, and Orion on the beer side. Soju is available in both barley and sweet potato variety, as are ... Learn More »

106Zio's Italian Dining

Address: 2940 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA  92104   Make a Reservation

104Sushi Itto - Hillcrest

Address: 441 Washington Street, San Diego, CA  92103   Make a Reservation
Sushi Itto - Hillcrest
While Sushi Itto of Hillcrest offers an extensive selection of traditional Japanese fare, it is not your typical Japanese restaurant. The menu is filled with inventive twists on the traditional, often incorporating ingredients from Western cuisines. The highlight of the extensive sushi and sashimi menu is the Specialties section, which includes exceptionally unique sushi rolls such as the Mexican-inspired “CuauhtemItto,” with breaded crab surimi, chives and avocado with manchego cheese, sautéed chili and chipotle sauce. In addition to sushi, the restaurant offers a modest selection of appetizers, as well as noodle, rice, and curry dishes. Elaborate presentation and innovative parings ... Learn More »

108Kemo Sabe

Address: 3958 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA  92103   Make a Reservation
Kemo Sabe
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Executive Chef and Partner Deborah Scott’s faithful friend is Kemo Sabe Restaurant, in Hillcrest. The Pacific Rim-inspired décor and cuisine reflects an appreciation for unique cultural perspectives, and melds textures, colors, and flavors into artful culinary masterpieces. Diners may not only feast on the exquisite tastes of each dish, but their imaginations will be fueled by the visual intricacies Chef Scott arranges on the plate. The flash-fried Whole Tilapia is simply statuesque, and the desserts are scandalously seductive. Each element on the menu strives to be a faithful friend to the taste buds, and keep you coming back for more. Learn More »

108Busalacchi's on Fifth

Address: 3683 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA  92103   Make a Reservation
Busalacchi's on Fifth
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The flagship restaurant of the Busalacchi family has been serving up authentic Sicilian cuisine since 1986. Housed in a quaint converted house, the restaurant boasts an elegant welcoming setting indoors, and a cheerful, a charming patio for fair weather dining. The extensive menu is peppered with flavorful favorites such as Scallops alla Romana, featuring plump scallops wrapped in pancetta and served in a cream sauce, and Gnocchi alla Busalacchi, potato pasta in a pesto and sundried tomato sauce. As with all Busalacchi restaurants, the service is gracious, and the staff is waiting to cater to your every need. Learn More »

106Magnolia's

Address: 342 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA  92114   Make a Reservation
This venue is no longer open. Learn More »