Hipster Alert: 10 Best Places To Eat In San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter

Katie Dillon

By , Local Expert, San Diego
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San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter, a 16.5 block neighborhood, is the heartbeat of the city's nightlife and home to a number of festivals. Urban renewal over the last few decades helped contribute to the energetic vibe and reinforced the Gaslamp's place as a trendy hub in the middle of a seaside city.

Holding the top spot is Searsucker, one of celebrity chef Brian Malarkey's restaurants. He's famous for his charisma and ability to put new twists on old classics. Guests rave about the Dr. Seuss-inspired green eggs and ham on the weekend brunch menu and pork chops with duck fat potatoes during dinner. It's not just about...  Read more »

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    It's a local favorite with unbeatable festive ambiance and awesome, hearty food.

    Local Expert Tip: "Champagne Sunday brunch is an excellent time to try Searsucker. The Bacon and Egg Bloody Mary might just right the ship."

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    Oceanaire Seafood Room

    It's refined yet relaxed with impeccable seafood and is a perfect spot for a special occasion.

    Local Expert Tip: "This restaurant isn't for the budget-conscious but you will get what you pay for. Order the crab cakes."

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    Bandar Restaurant

    Bandar's Persian cuisine fits perfectly into a Southern California healthy living lifestyle.

    Local Expert Tip: "It's all about grilled meats and clean eats here. Try the World Famous chicken kebab."

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    Donovan's Prime Seafood

    Oyster lovers will appreciate the selection. The presentation was almost as impressive as the food on the plate.

    Local Expert Tip: "The server recommendations during our last visit were spot on so ask for guidance. Do order the Hamachi Tartare!"

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    La Puerta

    La Puerta is a festive hangout that serves up Sinaloan-inspired family recipes and is great for late-night eats.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the guacamole and then thank me later."

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    Rei do Gado

    It's unique, one of San Diego's only churrascarias, and a rare all-you-can-eat opportunity in a non-chain restaurant.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bring your appetite for all-you-can-eat Brazilian BBQ. At least you can go low-carb."

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    Chocolat Cremerie

    Though it looks like an ice cream shop, Chocolat brings authentic Italy to San Diego via desserts, snacks and Italian crepes.

    Local Expert Tip: "You're going to order the gelato here, right? It's worth ever calorie."

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    Nobu is a restaurant name that's famous around the world and we don't have too many restaurants with international recognition in San Diego.

    Local Expert Tip: "Nobu is expensive so go knowing you're going to fork over cash. Black cod with miso is always a hit."

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    Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

    Fleming's is an institution with the feel of an upscale steakhouse.

    Local Expert Tip: "How can a steak possibly be bad simmered in all that butter? Delicious."

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    Spike Africa's

    It features fresh, quality seafood at excellent prices for the Gaslamp.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't skip dessert. The butterscotch pudding (with sea salt, of course) is a local favorite."



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