Grab Lunch In San Diego, For Business Or Pleasure

Katie Dillon

By , Local Expert, San Diego
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At lunch time, the sun is usually at or near its highest point, which can turn this meal into one of the most pleasant in America's Finest City. Whether it's a work meeting or an afternoon out with the family, we've listed the 10 best lunch restaurants in San Diego for you to consider.

Because of the panoramic ocean view, upscale-casual ambiance and fresh cuisine, George's Ocean Terrace in La Jolla ranks at the top of our list. It's nearly impossible to stay in a bad mood while dining here with nature as the backdrop. Chow on fish tacos and other California cuisine paired with a specialty cocktail.

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    George's at the Cove

    The panoramic ocean view and upscale-casual ambiance is one-of-a-kind here. Not to mention, the food is delicious.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget to order the famous black bean soup which happens to pair well with an order of fish tacos."

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    Bertrand at Mr. A's

    Again, the view of San Diego is hard to beat and it's an excellent choice for a business lunch.

    Local Expert Tip: "Arrive at sunset and enjoy a pre-dinner drink on the patio terrace. Also, word on the street has it that escargot are available, if you ask"

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    It's been on TV for a good reason--gigantic burgers with perfect condiments and seasoning.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get the Blue Jay burger with blue cheese and grilled onions and then dream about it later."

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    The Cottage

    Late breakfast is served until 3:00pm for ultra late risers who want to dine outside at this local favorite.

    Local Expert Tip: "For lunch, the fish tacos and salads are solid."

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    Pacific Beach Fish Shop

    It has excellent, pet-friendly patio dining with extremely high-quality fish that's priced well.

    Local Expert Tip: "Because you order at the counter, wait times can be long in the evenings and on weekends. Beer and wine only."

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    World Famous

    The beachfront location makes for excellent people-watching on their patio and for taking advantage of sunshine, taco in hand.

    Local Expert Tip: "The fish taco is the way to go. It's beer-battered but totally worth the calories. Pair it with a Bloody Mary."

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    Con Pane

    Con pane uses bread so fresh that you're bound to take a loaf or three home with you after lunch.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the turkey cobb sandwich on kalamata bread or the seasoned roast beef with goat cheese."

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    El Pescador Fish Market

    Fresh fish sandwiches and ceviche please the health conscious palette at this hidden gem in La Jolla.

    Local Expert Tip: "Take home some honey-smoked salmon. It perks up a homemade salad or morning bagel."

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    Jake's Del Mar

    Jake's has a beachfront location, casual vibe and a nice patio from which to soak up the sunshine. The food is reliably good.

    Local Expert Tip: "Dine on the patio if it's a nice day outside, which is likely in San Diego! Order the Hula pie and thank me later."

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    Las Cuatro Milpas

    If you have a hankering for authentic Mexican food, this is as good as it gets. Simple, but delicious.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be prepared to wait in line for up to an hour if you go at lunch. The tamales are outstanding."



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