10 Best Places to Eat in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter



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 resulted in an 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 gourmet cuisine. The decor is visually-stunning with high ceilings, distressed wood tables and modern flourishes.

Which cuisine is San Diego most famous for? Probably Mexican food--tacos, to be exact. La Puerta offers up some of the Gaslamp's best street tacos in a festive atmosphere. Hang out here until late night as the kitchen is open until 1:00am! A fresh-squeezed margarita never hurt anyone, either.

You'll see that these restaurants offer a variety of cuisines from Persian to seafood. The ambiance on offer varies, too. The one thing that is consistent is that they're all steps away from each other and worthy of a stop.


Rei do Gado


Meat lovers rejoice! Partake in the traditional Churrasco without boarding a plane to Brazil. Skewers of meat are slow-roasted over a mesquite flame after being marinated in simple seasonings. The meat waiter will slice it freshly off the skewer...  Read More




Grab a taste of Italy in the Gaslamp at Chocolat Cremerie. Famous for gelato, exquisite chocolate and tasty crepes, this bistro is a local favorite. It's even open late-night for those who need to satisfy a sweet tooth. Try cream-stuffed...  Read More




It may surprise you that one of the most popular restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter serves Persian food. Expect filet mignon, lamb chicken, fish garlic, onion, vegetables, nuts, pomegranate, herbs, saffron, lime and other flavors that compliment...  Read More




Werewolf is a New American pub in the Gaslamp Quarter that has really upped its food game at prices that are hard to beat for what you get in the area, especially if you go for all-you-can-eat tacos for $9.95 on Tuesdays. The space is dominated...  Read More




Upon entering BiCE, guests are immediately immersed in the vibrant bar, which serves classic and original cocktails, a fantastic wine list and light bites. It's also home to one of downtown's best happy hours. Head to the dining room and you'll...  Read More




Spike Africa's is named after legendary schooner captain once known as the "President of the Pacific Ocean". Serving fresh seafood amid nostalgic detail, the focus is really about the food though premium drinks are offered at modest price...  Read More


Blue Point Coastal Cuisine


Modeled after a San Francisco supper club, this award-winning upscale dining room offers steaks and seafood. Fresh ingredients, quality recipes, talented chefs and delightful presentation combine for the ideal dining experience. Try signature...  Read More




If you're looking for Mexican food in the Gaslamp, La Puerta is your place. La Puerta is famous for street tacos that can only be made better by pairing them with a freshly-squeezed margarita (no mixes here). Over 100, 100% blue agave tequilas...  Read More


Oceanaire Seafood Room


Versatility and freshness set this seafood specialist apart. Combining a bountiful oyster bar with a fresh fish menu that changes daily, Oceanaire offers a changing selection that may include snapper, swordfish, grouper, mahi-mahi and blue...  Read More




Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey of TLC's Mega Bites and Bravo's Top Chef, opened Searsucker in the heart of San Diego's trendy Gaslamp Quarter. His New American cuisine puts new twists on classic favorites. Specialties include buttermilk fried...  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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