10 Best Restaurants near Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego

Defining a best restaurant near Qualcomm Stadium is a tough task, because it often depends on what brings you to the stadium area of San Diego. The "Q", the stadium's nickname, is home to the NFL's San Diego Chargers and the SDSU Aztec football games, but nearby neighborhoods are popular places for business stays, home to San Diego's best shopping and residential areas.

The other determinant is how far you're willing to walk to the stadium or from a trolley stop, if applicable. Though there's plenty of fast food options near the stadium, options within a short walk are slim. McGregor's Bar is walkable and a festive pre-football game choice as it's a sports bar by nature. Outside of McGregor's, you're looking at dining in the Mission Valley, Mission Gorge, Grantville or even the North Park neighborhoods a mile or two away.

If reliant on the trolley, consider eating in Oggi's or Gordon Biersch in the Mission Valley area and then hopping back on to Qualcomm Stadium trolley stop. Keep in mind that San Diegans are avid users of the Uber taxi app. Either this mode of transport or your own car enables an easy journey to any of these restaurants.



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More

North Park


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...  Read More



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,...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More


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