10 Best Places to Grab Takeout in San Diego

For the times motivation to cook dinner is lost or you're out and need to grab a delicious lunch to-go, it helps to know where San Diego's favorite takeout restaurants are. Whatever you're craving can be found across the county and in your mouth within minutes.

Pizza Port is not only famous for its hearty gourmet pizza and craft beer, it's also one of the places locals like to take out of town guests for a truly San Diego experience. With it's casual bench seating and surf vibe, a favorite order is the Monterey pizza with pepperoni, artichoke hearts, onions paired with beer buddies or a delicious Caesar salad.

One of the most popular restaurants in San Diego at the moment is Oscar's Mexican Seafood. Recently opened, demand is so high that they're opening up new locations to ease line pressures and satisfy fish taco cravings. Both the shrimp and fish ceviches are excellent as is the smoked fish taco.

Those craving something a bit more gourmet may want to stop into PrepKitchen. Behind the glass case is a variety of prepared salads and other favorites, however, they also have delicious family meals for the times when unexpected guests arrive.

As you've probably gathered already, taste isn't sacrificed at all at any of these takeout restaurants.



Recently featured on Food Network's "Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives" Hodad's serves up huge, juicy, gourmet burgers without attitude. The atmosphere is dive-like with license plates and memorabilia lining the walls and music blasting. They don't...  Read More

Solana Beach


For a hearty pizza that doesn't skimp, try Pizza Port. A family-owned, local favorite for decades, this location has some video games and candy vending machines for the kids as well as TVs that play sports and surfing videos. Bench seating is...  Read More



Located in a brand new building, Point Loma Seafoods is better than ever. Fish is brought in and selected daily by the owners who also claim that there is also no better shrimp on the market than what they sell. Locals have favored this fish and...  Read More



Board and Brew has been a staple in Del Mar since 1979 that serves simple sandwiches with no preservatives, no substitutes and no frozen meats. The secret sauce is another hook that tastes good on any sandwich. But try the Baja Chicken with...  Read More



PrepKitchen has several locations all over San Diego, including this one. It's popular for simple, locally-sourced ingredients and great artisanal cocktails. Locals rave about the shared plates including charred octopus with chorizo and fava...  Read More



El Pescador Fish Market in La Jolla has been a local favorite for over 30 years. Place an order to-go, pick up some fresh fish from the market or dine in. El Pescador is known for it's fish sandwiches, with swordfish and calamari being the most...  Read More



Puesto Mexican Street Food, located in downtown La Jolla and also at The Headquarters downtown, is an upscale fast-casual eatery that serves authentic Mexican food made from whole, wonderful ingredients. All meals are made to order at a walk-up...  Read More



When you're craving a big grass-fed gourmet burger, Burger Lounge is your place. While there are locations popping up all over San Diego, The Gaslamp outlet provides take-out convenience to those who live, work and play in downtown San Diego....  Read More



It hasn't been around that long but some are already claiming that Oscar's Mexican Seafood is the best Mexican in San Diego. A hole in the wall near a smoke shop and a dive bar, this gem is casual with a to-go atmosphere and very little seating....  Read More

Beach Cities


Native Foods is a local institution for healthy takeout that was founded in 1994 in Palm Springs with a goal of designing a menu that's good for both diners and the environment. The entire menu is 100% plant-based with everything made fresh...  Read More


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