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A Guide to the Best Date Spots in San Diego

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by OpenTable x Bumble
Updated 11 January 2024

Conversations begin on Bumble but they get even deeper IRL. When it’s time to move from direct messaging to direct eye contact, find a table for two. And to make it super easy, OpenTable and Bumble are teaming up to help you find the best date spots in your city.

Find a restaurant that fits your style, whether you want drinks on a patio or a special four-course meal, OpenTable can help you choose the cuisine, seating area, and even book unique experiences with nearby restaurants. Download the Bumble app to find your match, and check the list below to find your table.

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4.8
4.8 (2804)
$50 and over
Contemporary Asian
Downtown
About the restaurant
ANIMAE’s eclectic West Coast cuisine, layered with Asian influences, comes to life under Celebrated Chef Brian Malarkey. Applying a California cooking style to ANIMAE’S traditional coal-fired oven and grill, Chef Malarkey’s menu is as thoughtful as it is refined, elevating local produce and seasonal ingredients to create a lively and progressive culinary program.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Animae is a 10/10 dining experience. Incredible food across a variety of flavor profiles and served in very generous portions, unique and delicious cocktails, complemented by impeccable service. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.
A photo of Black Angus Steakhouse - Chula Vista restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1759)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Chula Vista / Bonita
About the restaurant
WE’VE BEEN MASTERING OUR CRAFT SINCE 1964, so you could say we know a thing or two. Our cuts are aged at least 21 days, seasoned to excellence, expertly flame-grilled and served up just the way you like it. You’ve earned it. Whether you’re here to throw back a couple with old friends or trying to finish off the High Noon Feast on your own, there’s always a seat for you. So here’s to the nights you can’t remember and the steaks you won’t forget. To learn more visit www.blackangus.com
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We had a great experience, food and service was great.
A photo of Brigantine at Portside Pier restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3875)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Downtown
About the restaurant
The Brigantine is more than just home to some of San Diego’s finest seafood. It’s a place where locals and visitors alike come to share a lively atmosphere and authentic sense of community. The Morton family opened the first Brigantine on Shelter Island in 1969, with a vision that embraced the beach town lifestyle, a dedication to flavorful food, and a passion for friendly service.

Today, we’re known far and wide for our San Diego-style surf and turf. From our award-winning fish tacos and freshly shucked oysters, to classic filet mignon or our perpetually best-selling marinated grilled swordfish. Always prepared to exceed expectations, and served with a smile. You can stop in at any neighborhood Brigantine and get a taste of the local flavor, from regionally inspired specials, to custom cocktails and home town craft beers. At the Brigantine we make first timers feel like regulars, and consider regulars part of the family. So come by often, and share our taste for life.

Top review
SusieP
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent as always. Max the waiter was great and food wonderful
A photo of Bull & Bourbon Steakhouse restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1544)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
El Cajon / Lakeside
About the restaurant
Bull & Bourbon is a cut above other steakhouses – literally. Our innovative approach to classic steakhouse cuisine makes for a multi-sensory experience. Enjoy steaks prepared on our custom wood burning grill paired with our extensive and hand-selected bourbon menu for flavors that beautifully complement each other. Because we source local coastal California seafood, use steaks cut from our in-house butcher program, and choose select cuts from our on-site aging room, we always start with top-quality ingredients to create mouthwatering dishes. You will always know from where your food has been sourced, and our chefs approach cooking as the true art that it is.
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NormaM
Dined 3 days ago
Food and service wa great. Good value. Got the steak and lobster special, definitely recommend.
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4.7
4.7 (4322)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
Resting on stilts atop San Diego By C Level Lounge, is an upscale-casual lounge on the waterfront overlooking the city skyline and Coronado.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The food was amazing!! Service by Jessie was superb! Thank you again!!
A photo of Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1733)
$30 and under
Californian
Temecula
About the restaurant
Café Champagne at Thornton Winery is a "want to do" for every visitor to the Temecula Valley. Since 1988, from growing herbs to cutting home-grown flowers, every effort has been made to offer the perfect combination of French Country Elegance and Gold Medal-winning Contemporary Cuisine.
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Ned2dinevip
Dined on 18 May 2024
Always a wonderful time at Thornton. Glad to be a member. Travis was great! Thank you.
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4.9
4.9 (4996)
$30 and under
Italian
Ocean Beach
About the restaurant
Cesarina is a grandmother, a mother, a daughter—our personification of a nurturer who feeds and cares for her community. From meticulous attention to detail and fresh ingredients to the warm and inviting atmosphere, this restaurant is a celebration of the power of food and family.

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RaySvip
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful experience on all counts! Highly recommend and can’t wait to return!
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4.5
4.5 (1087)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Reignite your tastebuds starting June 22, 2024. Reservations now open!

Dine overlooking the 18th green at this Richard Blais steakhouse...of sorts. This delightful collaboration with acclaimed chef and television personality offers delectable steaks and fresh seafood dishes rooted in fine local ingredients, served in a casual, vintage clubhouse setting located at the signature Arnold Palmer designed Aviara Golf Club.

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Juan
Dined on 2 Jan 2023
Undercooked food; hard potatoes, what seemed like raw chicken.
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4.6
4.6 (2593)
$30 and under
Californian
Encinitas
About the restaurant
Blending classic East Coast culinary traditions with a modern Californian sensibility, Herb & Sea is Chef Brian Malarkey’s venerable companion restaurant to the much-loved Herb & Wood in Little Italy. Quickly becoming one of the most sought-after tables in town, the concept shines with a menu that focuses on simple, clean, bright flavors. Located steps from Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, the vibrant space is housed in a 1920’s art deco building that has been restored to its original glory.

Daily operations are helmed by Executive Chef Aidan Owens. The menu includes a mix of raw bar staples, fresh seafood, meat dishes, and roasted vegetables. A variety of pizzas and pastas round out the offerings, alongside dessert and a dedicated kids’ menu.

The spirits program is bright and playful, emphasizing citrus and floral notes that utilize the same ingredients found on the menu. The wine list offers a similar sense of whimsy, highlighting labels meant to complemen

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The food was amazing. Robert our server was quick and efficient. His demeanor was calm and reassuring. The rest of the crew were extremely attentive and kept the table clean. I was attracted by the Instagram Post promoting their Happy Meal. The only way to describe it is FANTASTIC! I invited my Mom and Sister as is our newest tradition of inviting each other out to places that are unique and well recommended. HERB&SEA did not disappoint. The smash burger is cooked to medium rare perfection (as it should be) on a brioche bun with chunks of dilled pickle. Sorry to inform Starlite that they just got blown out of the water in terms of the burger standard. The best treat is that it comes paired with champagne bubbly and 3 oysters. I distributed my champagne in my mom and sisters glass and ordered an IPA. Not sure which IPA it was but it seemed easy and light in comparison to other IPAs I'm used to. But nonetheless it paired well with my meal. My mom had spied out the menu days before and came across the appetizers. She mentioned the Bone Marrow and Oysters Rockefeller App and I didn't hesitate. Another home run. Keep up the good work. Oh and don't forget to take a walk to the beach when you're done because you'll need to digest all the food you're going to eat. Thanks for the great experience. One slight suggestion though. If I make a reservation please don't sit me at the bar area next time. The Open Table App said I was to sit at a table and the hostess did not abide. The table area was pretty empty when we arrived. I did not ask or push any further but was disappointed with that minor detail.
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4.5
4.5 (3245)
$30 and under
Mexican
La Jolla
About the restaurant
JAVIER'S presents a rich heritage of elevated Mexican cuisine in a friendly, captivating ambiance. Enjoy hand-shaken margaritas, rare tequilas, craft cocktails and a vast selection of beer and fine wines. Dine with us in the main dining room, al fresco patios, one of our semi private dining rooms, or at the exquisite bar surrounded by one of the West Coast's largest selection of the world's finest tequilas. We at JAVIER'S consider all our wonderful customers a part of our family and thank them for their support and sharing in the success and joy that is JAVIER'S. Come experience the freshness of our original Mexican cuisine in a warm, friendly environment at one of our five locations.

Please be advised we don't allow strollers. If you bring your stroller we have a designated area to store your stroller while you dine.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
I love dining here. The food and experience is always OUTSTANDING!
A photo of Jeune et Jolie restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3727)
$50 and over
Contemporary French
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
A culinary experience celebrating the moment, Jeune et Jolie reimagines French cuisine through the vibrant lens of our Southern California landscape with a 4-course menu offered at $115 per guest.

For those looking for a more casual evening, we feature "Le Menu du Bar”, an à la carte offering available for walk-in guests at our bar and lounge.







Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Enjoyed a lovely dinner to celebrate a special occasion. Service was on point, great attention to detail by staff and appreciated the creativity in food presentation. Thanks.
A photo of King's Fish House - Carlsbad restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3742)
$30 and under
Seafood
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Established in 2003, King’s Fish House is Carlsbad’s choice for seafood. Located just across from the Carlsbad Premium outlets and LEGOLAND, King’s Fish House features a large selection of fresh oysters, seasonal catches, sushi and live shellfish, including lobster and crab, on a menu that changes daily.

We’ve been in restaurants a little while – three generations, to be precise. A long time ago, we embarked on a road trip in search of the ultimate seafood experience. We traveled down highways and byways, pulled up a seat, put on bibs and soaked up the seafood experience: the no-name dishes with unforgettable flavor, the fresh-caught oysters and clams piled high, the hand-lettered specials on ancient chalkboards and the savory simmer of every combination of spices imaginable.

Welcome to the House that Seafood Built.

Come gather with us, celebrate, relax and enjoy a seafood dining experience of high quality, comfort, service and value.

Top review
CathyP111
Dined 6 days ago
Outstanding food. I had a mix of fresh oysters on the half-shell. The ones I picked were all Pacific but they also offer East Coast (Atlantic) selection. I also had a cup of the New England Clam Chowder...SUPER. This chowder is NOT thick with flour and tasteless. It is good and moderately thick, with great tasting clamp chunks. Very very good.
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4.7
4.7 (8606)
$50 and over
Seafood
Cardiff By The Sea
About the restaurant
Pacific Coast Grill's oceanfront venue features unique Pacific Coastal cuisine, an oyster bar, select sushi rolls, and a plethora of seafood choices, delicious steaks and more! There are two levels of dining at the new PCG with every dining seat in the house carefully planned to have an ocean view. There are bars on both levels and a heated outdoor patio and a deck with one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean and the line up at Cardiff Reef. You can watch surfers, kite surfers, dolphins, whales and spectacular sunsets from throughout the restaurant.
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californiatouristvip
Dined 5 days ago
We arrived early but enjoyed a drink at the bar before being seated for dinner. The food (short ribs and sushi) were delectable, and our friend enjoyed her birthday dessert. Ocean views, even with gray May, were soothing.
A photo of Prime Cut Steakhouse - Jamul Casino San Diego restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1391)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Jamul
About the restaurant
Prime Cut is a classic American steakhouse located inside the lights and flash of an upscale Vegas-style casino just twenty minutes outside the city center. With Chef de Cuisine Greg Coyle leading our kitchen, an award-winning wine list designed by Manager & Sommelier Gary-Joseph Robertson, and a full bar featuring some of the most unique hand crafted specialty cocktails, Prime cut is the perfect place for conversation or an intimate dinner.

Specials:
Experience the best brunch in San Diego! Join us from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm every Sunday for Prime Cut’s Lobster Brunch. Enjoy a picturesque mountain view, sample from our award-winning wine list, or sip on your favorite craft cocktail while you indulge in delectable creations by Chef de Cuisine Cheryl Cruz.

Lobster Brunch • Sunday • $59.95

Only guests over 21 years old may attend.

Top review
Carnivorevip
Dined on 16 May 2024
Tried 3 new dishes from the new menu. All three dishes (duck, chicken, and quail) found under "from the sky" were delicious.
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4.3
4.3 (3146)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant
STK Steakhouse is “not your daddy’s steakhouse,” offering a high-energy dining experience that artfully combines the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse with a Vibe Dining atmosphere unlike any other. Delectable cuisine, upscale cocktails and an elevated Happy Hour, along with an in-house DJ and chic décor, all come together to offer a memorable fine dining experience that keeps guests enjoying their evening from drinks to dinner to late night. STK’s menu features reimagined classic American cuisine for lunch, brunch and dinner with unique local flair infused into each location’s menu. The brand’s beef program focuses on the highest quality, delicious and craveable steaks while emphasizing transparency and traceable sourcing practices.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
It was very pricey, so just be prepared. The steaks were good but I don’t feel like they were better than some other places I’ve been. The service was good, the waiter was very friendly and made a big deal of the birthday at our table and the ambiance was nice. It was a nice special occasion dinner spot
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4.6
4.6 (6974)
$30 and under
Beer Garden
Escondido
About the restaurant
At Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, we endeavor to use as much in-season, locally and organically grown produce as possible. It's about much more than freshness and sustainability. Local, organic food--fresh from local growers to your table--simply tastes better and is better for you. With our expansive gardens, patio seating, 36-tap beer systems and select wines you've got a dining experience to satisfy your--body, mind and soul.
Top review
JenniferW
Dined 1 day ago
The food was really great and we enjoyed the beer!
A photo of Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2166)
$30 and under
Bistro
Point Loma
About the restaurant
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station located in San Diego’s Point Loma community encompasses more than 23,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining and bars, as well as a bocce ball court, outdoor cinema space and lush garden. Executive Chef Richard Sweeney offers an eclectic menu of world-inspired cuisine featuring local, organic fare. The restaurant features 40 unique craft beers on tap and exceptional bottles, including year-round and special releases from Stone Brewing Co. as well as exceptional craft and specialty beers from other breweries.
Top review
Valerie
Dined 7 days ago
We had an amazing anniversary dinner with a flight of some delicious new beers! Tried Space Bar Friends for something new and it did not disappoint, we generally go for sours but this was a delicious light malty surprise! And can never go wrong with a Tartistry the pbj is just too good. We both kept commenting on how every new drink we tried hit and just didn't miss 🙏 BrewMASTERS, keep brewing!
A photo of The Restaurant at Ponte restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3548)
$31 to $50
Californian
Temecula
About the restaurant
Recognized by OpenTable as one of the top 50 restaurants in the US for outdoor dining, The Restaurant prepares wine country cuisine in a casual outdoor atmosphere. We are leading the way toward a community of wineries and restaurants dedicated to promoting local, sustainable farmers and ranchers. Our dishes feature top quality seasonal and regional ingredients prepared in our kitchen and enhanced when paired with our wines. The Restaurant is open for lunch Wednesday - Sunday 11am to 4pm and dinner from 4pm to 7pm. The maximum party we book a reservation for is up to 8 guests. Walk ins are welcome and will be placed on a wait list based on availability. The Restaurant is open in inclement weather and when it rains. Heaters are available in the winter, and misters and fans are on in the summer. We allow trained service animals only, sorry no pets.
Top review
santotomasvip
Dined 3 days ago
Great experience good food excellent service ………..
A photo of The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2340)
$30 and under
American
La Jolla
About the restaurant
Welcome to beach dining – La Jolla style. Walk straight from the sand into The Shores Restaurant, where you’ll enjoy fantastic ocean views, our open-air patio, a casual ambiance with warm hospitality, and a family-friendly menu meant to please any kind of taste. A big part of the California lifestyle is beach-style dining. The Shores Restaurant is a perfect example with dishes designed by Executive Chef Michael Vaughn. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and beachside cocktails, the delicious fare is complimented by unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean just outside the floor-to-ceiling windows.
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KariM
Dined on 12 May 2024
Great ambiance. Wonderful Mother's Day Brunch. Our party of 20 lived it. Thanks...
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4.8
4.8 (1427)
$30 and under
Californian
Fallbrook
About the restaurant
While dining at the most atmospheric restaurant in Fallbrook, you can gaze at our sparkling lake and gorgeous grounds while enjoying a delicious meal prepared with seasonal produce from our on-site vegetable and fruit gardens. We offer patio heaters during the winter months and fans during the warmer months. Reservations are recommended. Enjoy a stroll through our many gardens before or after you dine at The Veranda.
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Toni
Dined 2 days ago
There isn’t a more scenic, restful, quality place! I’ve taken many friends over the years!
A photo of The Vineyard Rose at South Coast Winery restaurant
4.4
4.4 (4261)
$31 to $50
Californian
Temecula
About the restaurant
For a memorable culinary adventure, visit The Vineyard Rose Restaurant, one of the best Temecula restaurants for California cuisine and enjoy carefully crafted breakfast, lunch and dinner in an elegant Tuscan-inspired dining room.

Housed at a working winery, The Vineyard Rose Restaurant's fine-dining menus created by our expert chefs perfectly compliment the award-winning wines produced by Winemakers Jon McPherson & Javier Flores.

Stop by today and join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy all the flavors inspired by our Chef-driven menu. Executive Chef Albert Park and his culinary team welcome you to dine with us here at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa.

Open 7 days a week. Located at 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA.
Reservations highly recommended.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful lunch! The Cesar Salad was literally the best I’ve had anywhere. The salmon burger was amazing. Portions are great. The champagne sorbet was a perfect finish 💗
A photo of The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar- La Jolla restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1379)
$50 and over
Seafood
La Jolla
About the restaurant
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar has been focused on successfully pairing contemporary California regional cuisine, with a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting, to create a cutting-edge dining experience. When Partners JC Clow, William Lewis and Chef Yvon Goetz set out to deliver a culinary experience straight from wine county, little did they know that they would also earn the title of Restaurateurs of the Year for their achievements and have their restaurants in Newport Beach and Tustin earn the title of Restaurant of the Year multiple times!
The three partners strive to deliver the best dining experience In Orange County on a nightly basis. Chef Goetz, whose accolades include the AAA Five Diamond Award and multiple Chef of the Year honors, describes his menu at The Winery Restaurant as wine country-driven a perfect match for a wine program that features a list with 650 selections that change weekly and climate-controlled cellars, which can house up to 7,500 bottles!

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HenryM
Dined 2 days ago
The food is OUTSTANDING and the service is always great. Personally I love the shrimp (basically baby lobsters) cocktail which has a delicious sauce, you can't go wrong with any of the steaks and the creme brule is fantastic 😋
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4.8
4.8 (1678)
$30 and under
Contemporary European
Encinitas
About the restaurant
We look forward to welcoming you.

Valentina is casual neighborhood bistro and wine bar located in Leucadia along Hwy 101. Named after the owner's daughter, Valentina is a casual and welcoming spot that patrons can enjoy for good food, wine and the company of good friends. An eclectic mix of seasonal plates has been inspired by the owners’ passion for travel, reflecting the style of the classic bistros of Mexico City, Spain, and France.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing food and ambiance! Love that it’s a smaller space and the service was amazing. Would 100% recommend
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4.7
4.7 (2457)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
About the restaurant
With its breathtaking golf course views and award-winning resort service, Veranda at Rancho Bernardo Inn is the perfect place to meet for a quick bite, dine under the stars, or gather around the fire with a cocktail. The olive trees, gardens, and villas that line the Mediterranean coast inform dishes that are made with locally-sourced ingredients and the freshest proteins and given a Southern California twist.
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Memoman
Dined 7 days ago
So close to home and a Get place to go with friends for lunch or anytime. The view and ambiance is amazing
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4.8
4.8 (3029)
$30 and under
American
Imperial Beach
About the restaurant
Located in the Pier South Resort, SEA180° offers Innovative Cuisine and Oceanfront Dining in Imperial Beach.
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Jean
Dined on 29 Mar 2024
Amazing customer service and great food. Our drinks were discounted too.
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