Grab Lunch in San Diego, for Business or Pleasure

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 of the 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.

For the burger of a lifetime, try Hodad's in Ocean Beach. With a location steps from the beach, it's so casual that shoes are optional. Ditch the diet and really splurge on a good burger, otherwise you won't experience the full effect.

A North County San Diego lunch spot includes oceanfront Jake's Del Mar which is literally on the sand. Kids love it and adults do, too.

Wherever you are in the county, you won't be disappointed. And, some of these restaurants even serve breakfast all day, just in case you slept too late.



Barrio Logan isn't really one of San Diego's tourist hot spots but some locals argue that Las Cuatro Milpas is the one place to take out of town guests for Mexican food. There is almost always a line--that can take up to an hour at lunch. The...  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

Island Prime / C Level Lounge


C Level Lounge is the more casual of the two, but has a similar menu to Island Prime. You'll want to sit outside on the patio during lunch for fantastic sunshine-filled views over the San Diego Bay. Note that Island Prime is only open for...  Read More



With a reputation of making some of the best bread in San Diego, Con Pane also serves up breakfast and lunch favorites in addition to baked goods. The lunch menu is small, but it will be hard to fight the urge to pair a sandwich with a chocolate...  Read More

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

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



Grab some complimentary coffee and coffee cake and leg out the weekend wait, because the food will be worth it. Recipient of accolades locally and nation-wide, breakfast, is what The Cottage is known for and is very popular with locals. The...  Read More



Recently featured on Food Network's "Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives" Hodad's serves up huge, juicy, gourmet burgers without attitude. The atmosphere is dive-like with license plates and memorabilia lining the walls and music blasting. They don't...  Read More

Balboa Park


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 restaurant is perpetually voted...  Read More



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


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