Top restaurants in Downtown San Diego
Downtown San Diego features a host of high-end dining experiences. (Photo: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images )
Downtown San Diego plays host to a series of diverse attractions, including the San Diego Civic Theatre, the famed USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, the shop and restaurant-filled Seaport Village and Petco Park, home stadium for Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres. The bustling region also features its fair share of high-end restaurants complete with full bars, as well as casual, family-friendly eateries.
Located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Taka (takasushi.com) serves 40 different types of sushi rolls, various sashimi and teriyaki-covered meats such as chicken and salmon. The upscale setting features hardwood floors, candlelight dining and outdoor patio seating.
Just 1 block from Petco Park, Jsix's (jsixrestaurant.com) high-end interior includes sheer drapes, oversized windows, ornately detailed ceilings and stone slab floors. The menu features hearty items like bacon-wrapped pork tenderloins and wild mushroom ravioli. The restaurant also offers weekend brunch and kid's menu.
Dobson's Bar & Restaurant
Steps from Balboa Theatre and Horton Plaza mall, Dobson's Bar & Restaurant (dobsonsrestaurant.com) serves such typical California cuisine dishes as mushroom risotto and oven roasted salmon. The old-fashioned, yet chic setting includes French cabaret chairs, white linen covered tables, coat racks and chandeliers.
Cowboy Star (thecowboystar.com) is in downtown's East Village neighborhood. The restaurant offers an upscale Old West setting, complete with full bar, fireplace, exposed wood beam ceilings, landscape photography and an attached butcher shop. Steakhouse fare includes lamb, pan seared sea bass and 12 oz. New York strips.
Filippi's Pizza Grotto
Based in Little Italy, Filippi's Pizza Grotto (realcheesepizza.com) opened its doors back in 1950. The Italian restaurant and deli features red and white checkered tablecloths, candlelight and Chianti bottles, hand decorated by past customers, hanging from the ceiling. While the restaurant just serves wine and beer, the menu includes a variety of pizzas, pastas and hot and cold sandwiches.
Top of the Market
Top of the Market (thefishmarket.com) is located right upon the shores of the San Diego Bay. The seafood restaurant serves up such offerings as oysters Rockefeller, Maine lobster tail and linguini with spicy garlic tiger shrimp. The two-story setting features wood furnishings, patio dining and oversized windows which provide sweeping views of the water.