10 Best Romantic Restaurants in San Diego



With spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean paired with fantastic cuisine common at a number of San Diego's best restaurants, it's easy to find a place to celebrate a romantic occasion.

One of the most popular choices for a romantic dinner is literally nestled in the sand of La Jolla Shores beach. During high tides, waves actually splash against The Marine Room's windows. Go also for award-winning global cuisine by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. The restaurant first opened in 1941 and has been an integral part of the local fine dining scene for over 70 years.

Or, if downtown suits you, try Bertrand at Mister A's. If weather permits, reserve a lovely table on the patio to enjoy panoramic vistas of Coronado, the city's skyscrapers and more while jets fly overhead to land at the airport nearby. Unparalleled service and exquisite modern American cuisine with a French twist add to the experience.

Skip the view and focus on only each other... or perhaps a to-die-for beef Wellington. The aptly-named Wellington restaurant in Mission Hills sports a supper club vibe and a mean selection of martinis and craft cocktail favorites.

Just remember to make a reservation at these popular romantic dining restaurants in San Diego.


A.R. Valentien
Photo courtesy of The Lodge at Torrey Pines


As the signature restaurant in The Lodge at Torrey Pines, A.R. Valentien is a tribute to Southern California heritage. Executive Chef Jeff Jackson features dishes with basic ingredients, minimal handling and simple combinations in order to...  Read More




If you are searching for the perfect place to indulge in a stylish and relaxed La Jolla dining experience look no further. CUSP, located on the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla is newly-renovated with a fresh coastal Mediterranean-inspired menu that...  Read More




At KITCHEN 1540, an award-winning restaurant located in the L'Auberge Del Mar, a comfortable and simple atmosphere complements the coastal harvest cuisine menu by Chef Nathan Lingle. Romantic diners should book a cozy cabana on the outdoor patio...  Read More


Prado at Balboa Park


Picturesque Balboa Park, with its museums, lush gardens and performing arts venues, is on every visitor's itinerary. And at the end of a busy day exploring the park's many treasures, there's no better place to relax than Prado, where the...  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


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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. Chef de Cuisine Meredith Manee's menu offers coastal California cuisine that emphasizes...  Read More


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Rancho Santa Fe
Mille Fleurs


Proprietor Bertrand Hug's French restaurant is the kind of place – even in the days of more casual dining – that you still want to get dressed up for. A favorite with visiting Hollywood stars and world-renowned chefs, it offers unabashed...  Read More


Addison
Photo courtesy of The Grand Del Mar Resort San Diego


Exquisite seasonal dining awaits at Addison, Southern California's only five star/five diamond restaurant. Appropriately located in the opulent Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Addison is certainly a special occasion spot. Be prepared for artistically...  Read More




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




Bertrand at Mr. A's just might be one of the best places to enjoy a skyline view of downtown San Diego, Coronado, Balboa Park and Point Loma, with the occasional plane landing or taking off from the airport. The sunsets are spectacular and part...  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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