10 Best Beachfront Restaurants in San Diego



San Diego's beaches are both a draw for visitors and huge reason why most of us live here. There's something uber relaxing about watching the sunset over the ocean especially with a cocktail in hand. Restaurants on this list have close proximity to actual sand. A number of fantastic restaurants in San Diego have bay or waterfront views but they are absent from this list. Like we said, there has to be a beach involved!

Also topping the list of 10 best waterfront restaurants, you just can't beat The Marine Room for fabulous beach ambiance. The historic restaurant literally sits on the sand and the modern global cuisine is some of the best in town. Expect a high-end experience that's worth every penny though happy hour is excellent value.

Pacific Coast Grill is a top pick in North County. This restaurant also borders the sand and serves up local, fresh, and free range California cuisine. It's hard to beat a lobster taco and margarita on a this patio while inhaling crisp ocean breezes.

Keep in mind that just because these restaurants are beachfront, doesn't mean that beachwear always flies. Check the dress code before you go and also be sure to make reservations.




SEA180 is a Cohn Group restaurant located inside the new Pier South Resort which sits right on the beach in Imperial Beach. Due to its southern location, it's a lesser known gem but that's probably to the benefit of current fans. The menu is...  Read More




Located steps from the beach at Mission Bay, Oceana Coastal Kitchen serves a selection of dishes from land and sea using sustainable, fresh ingredients. Highlights include a 25-foot-long cold bar that serves a selection of oysters, fresh sushi,...  Read More




Located steps away from the ocean, The Shores Restaurant has one of the best views in all of San Diego. It is almost as if you can reach out the window and touch the sand. Sunday brunch is a la carte and features favorites such as huevos...  Read More


Jake's Del Mar
Photo courtesy of Jake's Del Mar


Jake's Del Mar has been popular with residents and visitors for many years. The restaurant is located right on the sand and open daily for lunch, happy hour, and dinner as well as Sunday brunch. Jake's also has a very large selection of...  Read More


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Pacific Beach


Though casual in nature, you may be faced with a wait on the weekends if you don't plan accordingly. World Famous is popular with locals for good reason. Patio seating is adjacent to the beach boardwalk where not only are the ocean views...  Read More


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Pacific Beach


JRDN is chic Tower 23 Hotel's 10,000 square foot contemporary beachfront steak and seafood restaurant, featuring casually sophisticated cuisine. If you need a hip and trendy place that's less hectic than Gaslamp options, here's your place....  Read More


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Coronado
1500 Ocean


Set within the fashionable and historic Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Ocean is an elegant yet comfortable space with stunning ocean views and contemporary decor, serving coastal California cuisine that emphasizes seafood and fresh produce. Main...  Read More


Poseidon


Poseidon prides itself on being fun for every age with a casual beach vibe. This is definitely true, but it's also a fantastic place for a romantic seafood dinner by the sand on their sizable patio. The entire restaurant has been recently...  Read More


Pacific Coast Grill


Pacific Coast Grill's new beachfront location makes it one of the most scenic spots in North County to eat or grab a drink. The festive, al fresco patio wall borders the sand and the ocean breezes are as relaxing as you might imagine. The...  Read More




Perhaps best known for its setting right on the beach, so close to the water that waves crash on the windows during high tides, The Marine Room serves fine, globally-influenced cuisine. Start with the signature lobster bisque, accented with...  Read More


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Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie

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