10 Best Romantic Restaurants in San Diego

Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean paired with fantastic cuisine are common at a number of San Diego's best restaurants. This means that it's easy to find a place to celebrate a romantic occasion.

One of the most popular choices for a romantic dinner is literally nestled in the sand of La Jolla Shores Beach. During high tides, waves actually splash against The Marine Room's windows. Go also for award-winning global cuisine by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. The restaurant first opened in 1941 and has been an integral part of the local fine dining scene for over 70 years.

Or, if downtown suits you, try Bertrand at Mister A's. From the restaurant, enjoy panoramic vistas of Coronado, the city's skyscrapers and more while jets fly overhead to land at the airport. Unparalleled service and exquisite modern American cuisine with a French twist add to the experience.

Just remember to make reservations at these popular romantic dining restaurants in San Diego. 

A.R. Valentien
Photo courtesy of The Lodge at Torrey Pines

As the signature restaurant in The Lodge at Torrey Pines, A.R. Valentien is a tribute to Southern California heritage. Executive Chef Jeff Jackson features dishes with basic ingredients, minimal handling and simple combinations in order to...  Read More

If you are searching for the perfect place to indulge in a stylish and relaxed La Jolla dining experience look no further. CUSP, located on the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla is newly-renovated with a fresh coastal Mediterranean-inspired menu that...  Read More

Traditional and contemporary French fare is Cafe Chloe's forte, and the ambience is pure Parisian bistro. In no time at all, it became a local favorite, and now enjoys widespread popularity having recently been voted San Diego's best French...  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

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. All tend to fall...  Read More

1500 Ocean

Set within the fashionable and historic Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Ocean is an elegant yet comfortable space with stunning ocean views and contemporary decor. Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty's menu offers coastal California cuisine that emphasizes...  Read More

Rancho Santa Fe
Mille Fleurs

Proprietor Bertrand Hug's French restaurant is the kind of place, even in the days of more casual dining, that you still want to get dressed up for. A favorite with visiting Hollywood stars and world-renowned chefs, it offers unabashed elegance,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of The Grand Del Mar Resort San Diego

Exquisite seasonal dining awaits at Addison, Southern California's only five star/five diamond restaurant. Appropriately located in the opulent Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Addison is certainly a special occasion spot. Be prepared for...  Read More

The Marine Room
Photo courtesy of The Marine Room

This popular restaurant is known for its setting right on the beach that is so close to the water that waves crash on the windows during high tides. The Marine Room also happens to serve fine, globally-influenced cuisine via a menu that changes...  Read More

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 sunsets are spectacular and part...  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