10 Best Restaurants Near the San Diego Cruise Port

Perhaps you've arrived in San Diego and have time to kill before boarding your cruise. Or, maybe you're based near the B Street Cruise Terminal, located in the downtown neighborhood, for a few days surrounding your voyage at sea. Either way, a number of San Diego's best restaurants are within a short walk or taxi ride away.

For the times you'd like to grab a quick sandwich and perhaps some festive Italian snacks to keep in your cabin, head on over to nearby Little Italy. The pizza and meatball subs from Filippi's Pizza Grotto are divine, plus the market offers up plenty of to-go options.

The new revitalized Headquarters in Seaport Village is home to boutique shopping and excellent restaurants. A fine dining top pick is Eddie V's, known for consistently stellar service and mouthwatering seafood and steaks with a supper club vibe. It's pricey, but most diners agree a meal here is worth every penny.

If you'd like a spot within walking distance of the cruise port, try Anthony's Fish Grotto for casual seafood. It's literally on the bay and one of the best places in town to watch a sunset. Fried seafood and clam chowder are favorites.

What can be better than good food and a cruise? Lucky you.




Literally steps from the cruise port overlooking the bay, this award-winning restaurant has been serving seafood since 1946. It is a brilliant place to catch a sunset and is known for excellent service, however, the casual decor is a little bit...  Read More



Playing off the success of the La Jolla location, this Puesto in the revitalized police headquarters retail zone is bigger and more upscale with less focus on fast-casual food. Here, the attention turns to craft cocktails, plated presentation...  Read More

Filippi's Pizza Grotto


Family-owned and operated since 1950, Filippi's Pizza Grotto is a go-to spot for Italian food in Little Italy. This casual restaurant is famous for mouth-watering pizzas (locals rave about the cheese) and monumental meatball subs. There can be a...  Read More

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Buon Appetito


Also, located in Little Italy near the cruise port, Buon Appetito is known for being small yet intimate and famous for homemade ravioli, lasagne, risotto and gnocchi that prides itself on being similar to a San Francisco-style eatery. They have...  Read More



The cruise ships port very close to Little Italy which means awesome Italian food is easy to find. Bencotto means a meal "well done" or cooked perfectly. Voted Best Italian Restaurant by San Diego Magazine three years in a row, Bencotto puts a...  Read More



For the times you crave fresh seafood in a family-friendly atmosphere, the Fish Market will do. The restaurant offers a huge menu ranging from sushi to smoked fish to fresh filets. The daily fresh-catch board boasts as many as 16 choices as the...  Read More

Island Prime / C Level Lounge


Hop in a cab for a roughly 5-minute drive from the cruise port to Island Prime and C Level, the more casual dining restaurant of the pair. The restaurants sit on stilts over the San Diego Bay and it's a popular spot for dinner or drinks, with...  Read More

Ruth's Chris Steak House


Ruths Chris is located at the base of the Wyndham San Diego Bayside, across the street from the cruise port. The upscale restaurant is famous for prime steaks that come out sizzling in a heap of butter, elegant steakhouse decor, fairly relaxed...  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 Norwegian...  Read More



This Eddie V's location in the revitalized police headquarters is a big one. Occupying the space of the former courthouse, this location sports a two-level interior including mixed woods, glass accents, a 20-foot wine wall, three private dining...  Read More


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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