San Diego's beaches are both a draw for visitors and huge reason why most of us live here. There's something uber relaxing about watching the sunset over the ocean especially with a cocktail in hand. Restaurants on this list have close proximity to actual sand. A number of fantastic restaurants in San Diego have bay or waterfront views but they are absent from this list. Like we said, there has to be a beach involved!
Also topping the list of 10 best waterfront restaurants, you just can't beat The Marine Room for fabulous beach ambiance. The historic restaurant literally sits on the sand and the modern global cuisine is some of the best in town. Expect a high-end experience that's worth every penny though happy hour is excellent value.
Pacific Coast Grill is a top pick in North County. This restaurant also borders the sand and serves up local, fresh, and free range California cuisine. It's hard to beat a lobster taco and margarita on a this patio while inhaling crisp ocean breezes.
Keep in mind that just because these restaurants are beachfront, doesn't mean that beachwear always flies. Check the dress code before you go and also be sure to make reservations.