You Must Dine on the Waterfront in San Diego



Imagine sipping a specialty cocktail at sunset amid cool ocean breezes after a lovely day of sightseeing in San Diego. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a few drinks, waterfront dining is a part of life here that visitors must put on their to-do list. San Diego's best waterfront restaurants are all family-friendly but some are particularly great for a special date night.

The most unique waterfront dining experience is at The Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla. Built in 1941 to withstand high tides and waves crashing against the windows, this building is literally on the sand. During high tide dinner season, guests are only separated from dramatic surf by custom-built, sturdy glass.

North county residents flock to Jake's Del Mar especially in good weather. Located on the beach, this family-friendly restaurant has an extensive gluten-free menu along with, salads, seafood, Jake's Bistro Burger and more casual favorites.

Island Prime / C Level Lounge rest on stilts that hold the restaurant above the San Diego Bay which provides diners with a dramatic San Diego skyline view. Dine casually on C Level's heated patio or more formally at Island Prime. The choice is yours.

It's easy to forget about stresses of the day, when you're gazing out over the water at any of these 10 best waterfront restaurants in San Diego.




Located steps away from the ocean, The Shores Restaurant has one of the best views in all of San Diego. It is almost as if you can reach out the window and touch the sand. Sunday brunch is a la carte and features favorites such as huevos...  Read More


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Pacific Beach


Though casual in nature, you may be faced with a wait on the weekends if you don't plan accordingly. World Famous is popular with locals for good reason. Patio seating is adjacent to the beach boardwalk where not only are the ocean views...  Read More




Located upstairs from the more casual Fish Market, this refined venue offers views from Point Loma to the Coronado Bridge, along with cuisine that is nothing short of spectacular. An incredibly broad offering of seafood might include Scottish...  Read More


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Pacific Beach


JRDN is beachfront Tower 23 Hotel's 10,000 square foot contemporary oceanfront steak and seafood restaurant, featuring casually sophisticated cuisine. If you need a hip and trendy place that's less hectic than Gaslamp options, this is also your...  Read More




It's hard not to relax over breakfast, brunch or lunch at Brockton Villa, while gazing out over gorgeous La Jolla Cove. This historic building maintains a casual, cottage feel reminiscent of dining at a friend's beach house. Go for the Coast...  Read More


Jake's Del Mar
Photo courtesy of Jake's Del Mar


Jake's Del Mar has been popular with residents and visitors for many years. The restaurant is located right on the sand and open daily for lunch, happy hour, and dinner as well as Sunday brunch. Jake's also has a very large selection of...  Read More


Pacific Coast Grill


Pacific Coast Grill's new beachfront location makes it one of the most scenic spots in North County to eat or grab a drink. The festive, al fresco patio wall borders the sand and the ocean breezes are as relaxing as you might imagine. The...  Read More


Island Prime / C Level Lounge


A fashionable destination for dinner or drinks, Island Prime boasts enchanting skyline views, a wealth of trendy cocktails, and flawless service. The restaurant is sitting on stilts, resting over the San Diego Bay. Local celebrity chef Debra...  Read More




Dramatically situated on Prospect Street in La Jolla overlooking the blue Pacific, George's at the Cove combines exceptional cuisine and service with spectacular views from every level of the multi-tiered restaurant. Dine in the contemporary...  Read More




Perhaps best known for its setting right on the beach, so close to the water that at particularly high tides the waves crash on the windows, The Marine Room serves fine, globally-influenced cuisine. The menu is seasonal but one favorite that is...  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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