One way to immerse yourself in local culture is to enjoy a leisurely meal outdoors. Most San Diego restaurants take advantage of the excellent weather by offering some sort of patio dining which is great for families, date night or meeting friends out for a drink.
George's Ocean Terrace, the rooftop casual bistro above George's at the Cove in La Jolla, offers guests incredible California cuisine and a panoramic view of the ocean. It's common for residents to take out-of-town guests here to show off the scenery. Dress is casual, umbrellas provide shade on sunny days and there's also an al fresco bar area. Do make a reservation and order the black bean soup.
Craving a margarita in Old Town? Though there are a variety of festive outdoor dining options here, Cafe Coyote, offers fresh tortillas made right on the patio in front of you, a long list of tequila and good Mexican food.
C Level is another popular outdoor dining spot where guests dine on an elevated patio over the water. Watch boats cruise around San Diego bay, enjoy the downtown skyline view with a nice glass of wine and hearty menu (highly recommend the lobster mac and cheese).
Eat like a local and reserve a table at one of San Diego's 10 best outdoor dining restaurants. And, yes, do reserve a table if it's an option, as these spots are hot!