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Best Outdoor Eating in San Diego

Thanks to the exceptional climate of Southern California, San Diego is an absolutely perfect spot to indulge in a little alfresco dining. With warm weather and sunny skies year-round, finding great places to eat in the fresh air is no hardship, and the gorgeous ocean views and glittering skyline make outdoor eating in San Diego a no-brainer. So while you are waiting to be able to take a cruise from San Diego, why not check out some of the city’s exceptional patios, rooftops, and garden restaurants.

Gravity Heights

The decadent pizza and dirty fries at this Sorrento Valley brewpub make it well worth the trip, while the awesome fire pits and oversized garden board games make it a wonderful spot to spend long summer evenings. The on-site brewery serves up some exceptional beverages as well, meaning that this excellent patio really is the whole package.

George’s at the Cove

For ridiculously beautiful sea views you can’t get much better in California than George’s at the Cove. Gaze over La Jolla to Torrey Pines while taking a light lunch, or try the brilliant cocktail menu as the sun goes down over the Pacific Ocean. Rightly considered one of the best restaurant experiences in San Diego, George’s provides the perfect blend of sophistication and relaxation.

Jaynes Gastropub

A real hidden gem and a longstanding local favorite, the ‘secret garden’ behind Jaynes Gastropub is a truly romantic and quintessentially San Diegan date night spot. Decked out in warm, gentle fairy lights with patio heaters and a delectable small plates menu, it is an awesome place to enjoy lingering glances and share a delightful evening with that special someone.

Mister A’s

With stunning views across the city skyline, the penthouse luxury of Mister A’s speaks for itself. This has been one of San Diego’s statement restaurants for some time, but it just keeps getting better with age. Perfect for an ‘event’ occasion, it also works as somewhere to grab drinks or a light meal and enjoy one of the best panoramas in the city. 

Carruth Cellars Wine Garden

Take a trip to Europe at this Little Italy icon, with its charming patio fringed with olive trees and timeless Mediterranean ambiance. Owned by winemaker Adam Carruth it is the perfect place to sample his creations, and the ‘build-your-own’ cheese and meat platters are the perfect accompaniment. A real taste of Old World elegance in the heart of San Diego, and one of the loveliest outdoor eating spots in the city.