Rudford's Restaurant, an institution since 1949, is one of the few remaining historic diners in San Diego. Don't come here expecting haute cuisine. Instead, get ready for big portions of no-frills comfort food at reasonable prices, 24 hours a day. Unlike East Coast-style diners, the menu is only a few pages long, but patrons don't seem to mind. Try biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak, a turkey club or a even a salad. Located in the North Park area, it's just a few miles from Qualcomm Stadium. The bottomless coffee just might come in handy after a festive football game.
Recommended for Restaurants near Qualcomm Stadium because: We thought that a list of restaurants near Qualcomm Stadium wouldn't be complete without throwing a good, 24-hour option.
Katie's expert tip: Finish their Big Nick burger in 30 minutes and get it for free.
San Diego Brewing Company brews beer about five unfiltered beers on-site adding a few seasonal brews here and there. The good news is that their beers are free of preservatives, with some containing only 4 ingredients. Otherwise, there's a long list of other beers on tap, including other local breweries. The bar area is separated from the dining area, which is a perk for families. The food menu was recently revamped and is getting better reviews than its former offerings. All in all, there's standard bar food plus salads, pizza and wings... the wings are excellent. It's about 1.5 miles to Qualcomm Stadium and is walkable, if you dare.
Recommended for Restaurants near Qualcomm Stadium because: Go here for unfiltered, good craft beer and a few bites before the game.
Katie's expert tip: Try the San Diego Amber and the Jalapeno Beer Cheese soup. Yum.
Gordon Biersch is a chain brewery located in Mission Valley. It's a pretty big restaurant and good for large groups though it can get really busy in here. Expect authentic German lager crafted on-site using only malted barley, hops, yeast and pure, filtered water. The food menu has gourmet salads, burgers, full entrees, desserts, light fare and even a small gluten-free menu. The extensive menu is available for browsing online including pricing information. Families love it and there's an outdoor patio. It's really more of a restaurant with less emphasis on the bar. Service can be patchy, but it's mostly good. Walk to Gordon Biersch from the Hazard Center trolley station (it's about 1/2 mile away).
Recommended for Restaurants near Qualcomm Stadium because: Gordon Biersch is popular for really any occasion, because it's well-rounded with excellent food and authentic German beer.
Katie's expert tip: Start your meal with garlic fries. Thank us later.
Located about 1.5 miles away from Qualcomm Stadium, Cafe 21 might seem like an odd pre-game choice but, trust us, it's a great option for any reason. This extremely popular restaurant is Turkish and if you don't order the baklava... well, let's just say you should. The restaurant is so popular that they added a second location in the Gaslamp Quarter. The dishes are great value for money with brunch (try the bananas foster stuffed french toast and the prosciutto omelette) as a popular time to go. At dinner, try the flat iron steak flat bread and the kabobs. Tea lovers will appreciate the extensive menu, but those craving a tipple will find plenty of craft cocktails, craft beer, wine and sangria. This cozy restaurant doesn't have a parking lot so park on the street.
Recommended for Restaurants near Qualcomm Stadium because: Cafe 21 offers a different pre-game angle with delicious Turkish eats and fabulous alcoholic or caffeinated drink menus.
Katie's expert tip: Daily happy hour features 21 tapas for $4 each, $3 drafts and other drink specials.
Oggi's is a popular pizza chain around San Diego that has a sports bar vibe. This location in Mission Valley always has games on loads of flat screen TVs from FIFA to (American) football. They claim to not have a bad seat in the house. Pizzas, sauces, burgers, dressings and more are prepared fresh daily from scratch. And, if there are morning games, Oggi's will open even earlier than normal so call to verify if there's an early game you're hoping to catch. Happy hour happens every day except Saturday. Not in the mood for pizza? Oggi's offers gourmet salads and pasta dishes, too. Walk here from the Fenton Parkway trolley station.
Recommended for Restaurants near Qualcomm Stadium because: You can catch any pre- or post-game action on one of Oggi's many flat screen TVs while noshing on delicious pizza
Katie's expert tip: Oggi's has specials every day of the week such as Taco Tuesday ($2 fish tacos) and $12 pitchers.
Family-owned and operated since 1950, Filippi's Pizza Grotto is a go-to spot for Italian food in Little Italy but they've expanded to other areas of San Diego including this one in the Mission Gorge area. This casual restaurant is famous for mouth-watering pizzas (locals rave about the cheese) and monumental meatball subs. Pizza dough is made fresh. There can be a wait and service has known to be spotty in this location, but locals are willing to endure it for the food. Half portions are available for light eaters but don't skimp on the melt-in-your-mouth garlic bread. Beer and wine are on offer. Filippi's accepts to go orders for those who are headed out to sightsee or tailgate
Recommended for Restaurants near Qualcomm Stadium because: What could be better than one of San Diego's best meatball subs and pizza paired with beer before a Charger's game?
Katie's expert tip: Lasagne is my order and I always have to take some of it home because it's huge!
Jayne's Gastropub is located near Qualcomm Stadium in the University Heights neighborhood. Owner Janye grew up in England where her family managed several pubs and her husband, Jon, is in the restaurant design business. Their combined talent yield a down-to-earth dining experience with fantastic good and excellent libations. The eclectic menu includes English classics such as bangers and mash, fish and chips, and lamb shepherd's pie. using local and organic produce, humanely bred meats as well as poultry and sustainable seafood. Other popular dishes include the Jayne Burger, Chorizo Mussels, Gambas Al Aljillo, Fried Chicken, Wiener Schnitzel and Spaetzle special. Note that they are closed on Mondays.
Recommended for Restaurants near Qualcomm Stadium because: When you want upscale, hearty food to absorb an evening full of drinks Jayne's fits the bill.
Katie's expert tip: Don't forget to try the Pimm's Cup! Jayne's also has a great happy hour.
McGregor's is an awesome sports bar in Mission Valley that's been around since 1996. Some think it's the best in town. Go to watch your favorite team play, obviously, but there's also vintage shuffleboard, four pool tables and darts. The Baja-style fish tacos are delicious and a deal on Saturdays and Mondays. Find also a hearty list of burgers and bar food that are all reasonably priced. The kitchen is open late and they serve drinks until 2:00 am every day. Looking for event space? McGregor's is already a sizable sports bar but they're happy to host your next party.
Recommended for Restaurants near Qualcomm Stadium because: Frequently lauded as the city's best sports bar, it's does several things well: sports on TV, things to do, great vibe and good food.
Katie's expert tip: It's a great place for hair of the dog as breakfast is served on weekends.