More Dining in San Diego

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Convention Center Area Neighborhoods

Gaslamp/Horton Plaza/Marina

A local breakfast favorite since opening in 1979. Including an outdoor rooftop dining area and a private banquet room, The Broken Yolk Café is San Diego’s largest breakfast house. Diners may choose from 30 different omelets or other breakfast dishes including pancakes, waffles and French toast.

The same Panera Bread you know and love, but right by Horton Plaza so you can dash in for breakfast/coffee/lunch/pastry between meetings. There's also free wi-fi! Located on the north side of Horton Plaza at 225 Broadway, just across from the Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel.

Seaport Villiage

  • Lots and Lots of Places

Seaport village (this is a PDF map) is at 849 West Harbor Drive. The San Diego Convention Center (this is a PDF map) is at 111 West Harbor Drive.

Exhibitors Restaurants

  • List of Restaurants provided by SDCC

This list of restaurants is by neighborhoods.

Downtown

  • Grab and Go Subs (Downtown and multiple other locations in San Diego)

This sandwich shop is a favorite of the busy workers downtown.

Founded in 1989 on the beaches of San Diego, Karl Strauss Brewing Company is a local favorite, both for the variety of their beers and the quality of their food.

Although the specialty here are amazing pancakes of every variety, lots of other breakfast and lunch options are available. Open everyday from 6:30AM to 2:30PM and located at 520 Front St. If you're coming from the Chicagoland area, yes, this is the same Richard Walker's you think it is.

Little Italy/Harborview

It's food. It's music. It's an old-fashioned "supper club" - great music with fine cuisine.

The name says it all -- this chic, romantic patisserie serves truly amazing desserts. Though the dishes often look (almost) too beautiful to eat, chef Karen Krasne's obsessive attention to the quality of her ingredients makes her dishes as luscious as they are lovely. Desserts of all kinds, ranging from unpretentious berry cobblers, cookies and cupcakes though freshly made sorbets, tortes and gold leaf flecked french pastries, are featured on their ever-changing menu. Gourmet coffees and teas are available, as are wines, cheeses, panini and salads (at their Little Italy location only).

This restaurant features bold, pan-American coastal cuisine (fusing flavors ranging from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego), as well as stylish and eclectic decor. The dishes, may strike first-time diners as offbeat, but they are created with an eye toward an uncommon and pleasing interplay of flavors. The Indigo Grill provides a truly different and delicious dining experience.

East Village

Great for lunch or a quick dinner, this European style kebab shop serves up delicious shawarma, doner & more. Open Monday-Saturday 11AM-10PM and Sundays 12PM-9PM. Located at 630 9th Avenue.

Slightly to the East of Downtown, with large tables and a roomy interior, this is a tasty place to consider if you suddenly find yourself with a large, unplanned group for dinner. Located at 906 Market St.

Small, cheap, delicious, with large portions. Great place for a small group dinner or lunch. Located at 744 Market St.

Out and About in San Diego

Hillcrest

Hillcrest is a walking-oriented neighborhood, somewhat rare in San Diego. The area between 3rd and 6th Avenues from Brookes to University is chock full of restaurants and shopping. Hillcrest is also home to much of San Diego's thriving LGBTQ community and you'll find lots of shops and bars.

Mission Hills

A local institution since 1940, this Mexican restaurant makes its own tortillas -- and some say that it has the best burrito in San Diego

North Park

This new member of North Park’s restaurant row features American cuisine – both classic and cutting edge. This hip comfort food outlet features an array of West Coast wine and handcrafted beers as well as innovative and well executed takes on beloved classics such as a lobster and artichoke pot pie with homemade fennel-infused crust and white cheddar macaroni and cheese with caramelized bacon and tomatoes. Reservations recommended. There are a number of other spots in the University/30th nexus.

Old Town

Old Town is home to a state historic park, quaint shopping, and lots of big, fun Mexican restaurants. Casa Guadalajara serves typical burritos, enchiladas and tacos as well as some more interesting regional specialties and seafood. Huge margaritas.

University Heights

Think sexy, chic, Manhattan-bistro-meets-'Hawaii Five-0'. Global Menu - Outdoor Deck till 2AM - Happy hour Tuesdays. Surrounded by a myriad of antique dealers, coffee shops and bars, this culinary hot spot adds to the panache on Park Boulevard.

More Information

San Diego restaurants tend to be well covered by the Yelp community reviews site. Make use of the map feature and filter by neighborhood. Neighborhoods generally within walking distance from the Convention Center are: Downtown, East Village, and Gaslamp. There is quite a bit of turnover in these neighborhoods, so if there are no recent reviews of a restaurant it's a good idea to call to make sure it hasn't become something else!

For more information on San Diego's Neighborhoods, check out the City of San Diego's Neighborhood page. There is also a List of San Diego Neighborhoods on Wikipedia.

Liquid Refreshment

San Diego is emerging as a major player in the craft/microbrewery scene with a lively beer culture.

  • San Diego Brewers Guild - guide to local breweries and pubs serving local beers
  • Tap Hunter is a local company providing an updated database of what's on tap where. Pick a beer you want to find or a bar you're interested in visiting to see what's available. Yes, they have an app.
  • Declan's Favorite San Diego Beer Places selected beer shops, bars and breweries around the San Diego area created & selected by @declan.