Best Restaurants Near PETCO Park in Downtown San Diego



The downtown San Diego area near PETCO Park, the state-of-the-art stadium where the Padres Major League baseball team plays, is a foodie's paradise any time of the year.

The vibe in this part of town is definitely urban, perhaps rejuvenated, too, with trendy restaurants and microbreweries opening up within walking distance of each other. It's lively, fun and a destination for San Diego residents in addition to tourist. Most of the restaurants on this list are located in the East Village neighborhood, with some in the Gaslamp.

Ask a local and Neighborhood is probably at the top or near the top of their near PETCO Park dining list. Not only is the beer excellent but the gourmet burgers and dressed-up American classics please even picky tastebuds. The second most popular choice is Basic with its thin-crust pizza and no-fuss atmosphere. Pair your pie with a stellar craft cocktail in this spacious converted warehouse. Feeling like Asian? Lucky Liu's is a popular spot for modern Chinese fare.

Plenty of San Diego's best restaurants have outlets actually inside the park such as Rimel's, Phil's BBQ, Lucha Libre and more, but this list focuses on places to eat surrounding the ballpark for grub before or after the game or when San Diego's favorite baseball team isn't playing at home.




Lolita's opened their first location over 20 years ago in Chula Vista. Since then, this family-owned and operated business has expanded to 5 locations including this one in East Village near PETCO park and the Convention Center. Locals love the...  Read More




In addition to watching sports on the vast array of plasma TVs, it's possible to shoot hoops in the in-house court at Bub's at the Ballpark, one of the city's best sports bars. It's also eco-friendly as it was constructed using various...  Read More




Traditional and contemporary French fare is Cafe Chloe's forte, and the ambience is pure Parisian bistro. In no time at all, it became a local favorite, and now enjoys widespread popularity. The food doesnt suffer a bit, although at peak times...  Read More


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The Hotel Solamar's trendy restaurant (actually adjacent to the hotel) focuses on California coastal cuisine, lots of seafood, super fresh, usually organic local produce created with a "slow food" approach. The restaurant was recently renovated...  Read More




Tilted Kilt is one of San Diego's best pubs (Scottish, Irish and English-inspired) with good grub near PETCO Park. There is also a location in Mission Valley and a few others around Southern California. Big sandwiches and pub food like nachos,...  Read More




Bottega Americano is a European inspired (though mostly Italian) restaurant and marketplace featuring five interactive food bars, an epicurean market for those who would like made-to-order takeout meals and a central dining space. It's the type...  Read More




Rare Form is modern-day European deli that is part of a cool dual-concept venue which includes a rooftop bar called Fairweather. Perhaps start at Rare Form to enjoy classic butcher shop items including pates, terrines, sandwiches with...  Read More




Basic (sometimes referred to as Bar Basic) serves up authentic Italian in East Village near PETCO Park. Basic's approach is a simple one void of frills and fancy ingredients. What guests will find is a no-nonsense drink list and amazing...  Read More




Neighborhood is one of the most popular restaurants near PETCO Park. It's a gastropub with quality beer, locally sourced food, and intelligent design that's clean and modern. Hearty, gourmet twists on American classics grace the menu. We're...  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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