People Watching Restaurants

108Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

Address: 565 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
Blue Point Coastal Cuisine
Top 10RecommendedEditor's PickSpecial OfferGift CertificatesOutdoor Seating
Blue Point was the first seafood and oyster bar to open in the Gaslamp over a decade ago, and it remains one of the very best. The restaurant pays special attention to interpreting seafood classics in fresh ways that delight all the senses. Specialties extend to a selection of steak and chops, so that both the menu and interior call to mind an old fashioned supper club with nautical flair. A striking and impressively well-stocked antique bar completes the relaxed elegance that keeps Blue Point on the Gaslamp’s favored list. Learn More »

108McCormick & Schmick's

Address: 675 L Street, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
McCormick & Schmick's
Top 10RecommendedEditor's PickSpecial OfferPrivate Room
Each one of McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants throughout the United States is designed to create an environment that is unique and welcoming; the one in Downtown San Diego is no different. Located in the Omni Hotel on the corner of L and 7th Street the restaurant is connected via skybridge to Petco Park. The ever-changing menu features the highest quality of steak, like the tender aged Filet Mignon as well as seafood choices from the Pacific Rim, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Also, the award winning bar food is just as satisfying as the main entrees. Indulge in classic ... Learn More »

109Donovan's of Downtown

Address: 570 K Street, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
Donovan's of Downtown
Top 10RecommendedNewEditor's PickSpecial OfferPrivate RoomGift Certificates
Following the success of its flagship La Jolla location, Donovan’s has opened a new outpost downtown. Now the renowned service, quality, and setting that put Donovan’s of La Jolla on the map can be found just steps away from the convention center, the ballpark, and the Gaslamp Quarter. As with its La Jolla counterpart, the menu showcases a variety of cuts of succulent USDA Prime steak, while offering an array of other options such as Australian rack of lamb and North Atlantic Salmon. Appetizers and salads are available to tantalize the palate before the main course, and potatoes and vegetables ... Learn More »

107La Fiesta

Address: 628 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
La Fiesta
RecommendedSpecial OfferPrivate RoomGift CertificatesOutdoor Seating
La Fiesta is a Mexican restaurant located in the heart of the Gaslamp. Just a few blocks away from the MTS trolley station it is an easy commute, and well worth the trip. Patrons can find themselves in a relaxed setting that is acceptable for all ages. The decoration involves both an elegant dining setting and a more casual area that includes a full bar. The margaritas are big hits so it is a great place to come for a drink after work with. All the food is served fresh and original as Chef Raul Degadillo puts a San Diego ... Learn More »

107Royal India

Address: 329 Market Street, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
Royal India
Top 10RecommendedEditor's PickSpecial OfferPrivate RoomGift Certificates
Royal India is where to go when you want to dine like kings and queens. The Gaslamp area restaurant serves authentic Northern Indian cuisine in a refreshing, elegant setting. An outdoor patio offers prime views of downtown foot traffic, while inside, the tall ceilings and open space give the feel of a modern palace, complete with regal décor imported from India. Ornate chandeliers cast an elegant glow, while a cascading waterfall offers a backdrop of serenity. The menu is as rich as its surroundings, with flavorful curries, tandoori kababs, and a tempting array of fresh tandoor-baked breads. If you’re unable ... Learn More »

108KITCHEN 1540

Address: 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA92014   Make a Reservation
Top 10RecommendedNewSpecial OfferPrivate RoomOutdoor Seating
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean sits the Historic L’Auberge Hotel, the casual yet luxurious coastal hideaway in the heart of The Village of Del Mar. L’Auberge's signature restaurant, KITCHEN 1540, is a chic extension of this casual luxury, as it transforms modern American dishes into sophisticated works of art, with a farm-to-table concept using fresh, local ingredients. Behind these innovative concepts is Executive Chef Scott Thomas Dolbee, an award-winning chef who has headed KITCHEN 1540 since early 2012. KITCHEN 1540 also offers an extensive wine list and in-house cured meats accompanied by an array of cheeses, seasonal marmalades, and house-made pickles. Learn More »

108De Medici

Address: 815 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
De Medici
Top 10RecommendedSpecial OfferPrivate RoomGift CertificatesOutdoor Seating
Beyond the heavy glass doors of De Medici lies a wonderland of delight and extravagance. Once inside, wrapped in the cozy embrace of one of the booths, guests are welcomed to linger over an amazing meal and absorb an evening of tantalizing experiences. Under the insistence of owner Salavatore Vitale, many of the signature dishes are still created table-side. The soft rosy glow and intimate ambiance of the dining room is punctuated by the bright flashes of flambéing Bananas Foster and Steak Diane. Specializing in both Northern and Southern Italian cuisine, Chef Ricardo Macias charms the palates of many with ... Learn More »

109Bertrand at Mister A's

Address: 2550 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA92103   Make a Reservation
Bertrand at Mister A's
Top 10RecommendedPrivate RoomViewGift CertificatesOutdoor Seating
Impeccable service, excellent cuisine, and an extensive wine list are to be expected at any Bertrand Hug establishment, and Bertrand at Mr. A’s lives up to the highest of expectations. Perched atop a skyscraper on the brink of downtown, the restaurant offers one of the most outstanding dining experiences in San Diego. Modern American cuisine elegantly complements the cosmopolitan backdrop, with a menu that offers awe-inspiring “glimpses” of both land and sea. The seasonal menu incorporates the utmost quality meats, fish, and accompaniments, resulting in a fresh and tantalizing selection of dishes. The main dining room offers a premier dining ... Learn More »

107Hard Rock Cafe

Address: 801 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
Hard Rock Cafe
Special Offer
What started off with an Eric Clapton Fender guitar being hung up in a quirky London bar to “hold” his table, turned into a world-wide phenomenon where food, memorabilia and music mix. Downtown in the heart of the Gaslamp District, the Hard Rock Café covers its walls in clothing from Elvis Presley, Stevie Nicks and Gwen Stefani while whisking out American fare from the kitchen. Familiar rock acoustics are pumped out of the reasonably priced restaurant’s speaker system and the exceptional appetizers are a good lead into classic entrees. The openers at the Café are Hickory Smoked Chicken Wings, Potato ... Learn More »

108Indigo Grill

Address: 1536 India Street, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
Indigo Grill
Top 10RecommendedNewEditor's PickSpecial OfferGift Certificates
Nestled on cozy India Street in picturesque Little Italy, Indigo Grill has been a gem of San Diego’s culinary scene for years. While many diners may be familiar with one of the Cohn Family’s finest restaurants, they haven’t seen anything like the recent transformation that has elevated the grill to the next plateau of dining experiences. Head Chef Deborah Scott, one of the finest chefs in all of San Diego, finally has a spectacular venue in which to showcase her phenomenal dishes that combine old world charm with modern culinary flare. Close to the Gaslamp, Convention Center, Seaport Village, and ... Learn More »

108Crab Catcher

Address: 1298 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA92037   Make a Reservation
Crab Catcher
RecommendedEditor's PickSpecial OfferPrivate RoomViewGift Certificates
Perched atop an ocean bluff, Crab Catcher in La Jolla overlooks Seals Beach, a little sublet that thousands of tourists come by to visit annually. With a spectacular view and sensational food that is procured straight from the sea, Crab Catcher serves only the best fresh dishes. Keeping to the 100-mile radius philosophy, Chef Jon Burwell hires local commercial fishermen and harvests only the freshest ingredients from local farms and farmers markets to create the kind of dishes that will project surprise and wonder onto diner’s faces. With that in mind, the relaxed and quiet ambiance of Crab Catcher creates ... Learn More »

108The Melting Pot - Gaslamp

Address: 901 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
The Melting Pot - Gaslamp
Top 10RecommendedNewEditor's PickSpecial OfferPrivate RoomGift CertificatesOutdoor Seating
The Melting Pot is a one-of-a-kind restaurant giving guests the opportunity to dip to their hearts’ content – in fondue, that is. Boasting an unbelievably decadent menu of cheese, broth, and chocolate-based fondue options, diners are armed with everything they need to satisfy that certain craving for something sweet or savory. Home in the Gaslamp Quarter’s very first skyscraper, The Melting Pot’s chic décor hearkens back to a golden era of opulence, while maintaining a contemporary air of casual elegance. Join family and friends around the Melting Pot table and partake in the joyous style of dining that is fondue. Learn More »

109Island Prime

Address: 880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
Island Prime
Top 10RecommendedEditor's PickSpecial OfferViewGift Certificates
Located on the edge of Harbor Island, just out of earshot of the airport, Island Prime’s stilt-supported structure extends out over the bay, giving diners the sense that they are floating along on a dinner cruise. Chef Deborah Scott's retro, yet sophisticated menu features metro steaks, seafood, and other diversely decadent dishes that will make your jaw drop. Between the nostalgic cuisine and the breath-taking view, Island Prime will keep you coming back for more. Learn More »

108333 Pacific

Address: 333 North Pacific Street, Oceanside, CA92054   Make a Reservation
333 Pacific
Top 10RecommendedSpecial Offer
Cohn Restaurant fans take note: the San Diego restaurateur powerhouse has brought their fine dining expertise to Oceanside with their restaurant, 333 Pacific. It is an ode to Southern California, with breath-taking views of its seaside setting, innovative California cuisine, and a faultlessly stylish design aesthetic. Located on the first floor of the Wyndham Oceanfront Pier Resort, diners can feast on clever creations like Bleu Cheese Crusted Kobe Beef Meatloaf and Maine Diver Scallops seared in apple cider, while enjoying a stunning, panoramic view of the Oceanside Pier and beach. 333 Pacific promises a welcome invigoration of the North County ... Learn More »

108Corvette Diner

Address: 2965 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA92106   Make a Reservation
Corvette Diner
RecommendedEditor's PickSpecial OfferPrivate RoomGift Certificates
Corvette Diner celebrates the joyous 1950’s, with a menu of hearty comfort food that satisfies the soul as well as the stomach. The burgers, sandwiches, entrees, and daily specials range from time-honored to wildly inventive, like the unusually delicious “Rory” Burger, a hamburger topped with peanut butter and bacon that actually boasts a money-back guarantee. Its new Liberty Station location enhances the fun-loving atmosphere with a full bar, three distinctive dining rooms, and the massive Gamer's Garage arcade, making it easy for diners young and old to embrace their inner-child. Learn More »

108Terra American Bistro

Address: 7091 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA92115   Make a Reservation
Terra American Bistro
RecommendedSpecial Offer
Terra calls the East College District of La Mesa home. Chef and Owner Jeff Rossman brings quality to the table (literally) by stocking the Terra kitchen, bar, and menu with locally sourced and sustainable produce and ingredients. Brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks reflect the best the seasons have to offer, and often highlight the rich bounty of San Diego and Riverside County agriculture. From the fresh fruit-infused libations to the “New American Cuisine” menu featuring preparation styles unique to the Americas, Terra serves up a thoughtful dining experience that celebrates the joy of community and communal eating. Learn More »


Address: 644 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
RecommendedSpecial OfferPrivate RoomGift CertificatesOutdoor Seating
It’s often hard to choose a restaurant on 5th Avenue in the Gaslamp. There are many enticing hostesses with even more enticing menus on display out front, but with so many options, it can still be a difficult choice to make. Luckily, there’s one restaurant on 5th that emits a radiant glow of friendly service, quality food, and reasonable prices. Chianti has been a 5th Avenue mainstay for nearly a decade for many reasons, including the knowledgeable staff and fresh, delicious, authentic Italian food. The décor is elegant and relaxing, with paintings of the Italian countryside adorning the walls and ... Learn More »

107Gaslamp Strip Club

Address: 340 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
Gaslamp Strip Club
RecommendedSpecial Offer
The Gaslamp Strip Club is named after the restaurant's signature "strip steak." This 21-and over steakhouse offers an old-school supper club setting, complete with curved leather booths, dim lighting, and a central grill around which guests cook their own steaks. Grill options include a range of premium steaks and kabobs, as well as poultry, seafood, and vegetarian options. An extensive cocktail selection, late night hours, and a casual vibe amid artwork by the famous "pin up" artist Alberto Vargas makes the Gaslamp Strip Club an ideal destination not only for a meal but for an entire evening. Learn More »

107Ocean Room

Address: 630 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
Ocean Room
RecommendedNewSpecial Offer
Boasting fresh sushi and an oyster bar overlooking an open kitchen, Ocean Room also offers fresh seafood including shellfish cooked to perfection using a kettle steaming technique. This is something that is rarely seen here on the west coast as it is a technique utilized more in the southern region of the United States, particularly Louisiana. Located in the center of Fifth Avenue in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, Ocean Room’s contemporary décor, friendly staff, and flavorful seafood creations - headed up by Chef Felix Frias - will be a sure bet to indulge in ... Learn More »

108The Prado at Balboa Park

Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA92101   Make a Reservation
The Prado at Balboa Park
Top 10RecommendedEditor's PickSpecial Offer
The minute you step into The Prado you know you’ve entered into a world like no other. Located in the historic House of Hospitality in Balboa Park, the restaurant offers four main dining areas. Each has its own distinctive décor and ambiance: the Terrace features outdoor seating, the Courtyard room overlooks the courtyard and fountain, the Solarium overlooks the Terrace and features skylights, and the Lounge serves up two happy hours with several signature drinks. The California cuisine is expertly prepared, and includes Pan Roasted Sea Bass with cauliflower and truffle puree and Braised Beef Boneless Shortrib with Point Reyes ... Learn More »