Make Reservations at These 10 Downtown San Diego Restaurants

Downtown San Diego is the cultural hub of San Diego County and encompasses the city’s historic Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy. If you’re working up an appetite while touring downtown San Diego real estate, take a break and try some fantastic San Diego cuisine.

Below are the ten best restaurants close to downtown San Diego homes for sale.

Asti Ristorante

When in the mood for fine Italian dining, try Asti Ristorante in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown. Guests are welcome Sunday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Begin your meal with a mouthwatering dish of Bruschetta D'Asti and Tortino Di Granchio (crab cakes). For your entrée, try the Linguine Alle Vongole, or one of the steak, chicken, veal, or fish-based meals. Chef Specials include Lobster Fettuccine, Veal Chop Gardiano, and Pesce Spada Salmoriglio. Reservations can be made online through Open Table or by phone.

Dobson's Bar & Restaurant

Dobson's has been a popular fine dining option in San Diego for nearly 40 years. Try popular menu items like the Dobson's Bar Room Burger, Wind Mushroom Ravioli, and the Grilled Chicken Breast Provençale. This California cuisine is infused with global flavors from France, Spain, and Asia and is one of the top restaurants in all of San Diego.

The restaurant is happy to host guests from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Reservations can be made online.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

When in the mood for a traditional Brazilian churrasco dining experience, visit Fogo de Chão.  Lunch is offered Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with brunch on the weekends during the same hours. Dinner is available during the week until 10:30 p.m.

A popular destination for its all-day happy hour on the weekends, Fogo de Chão offers fresh cuts of fire-roasted steak, chicken, lamb, and pork. A unique characteristic of this famous dining institution is the tableside churrasco experience and the Market Table & Feijoada Bar.


Garibaldi is another popular Italian restaurant located in Downtown San Diego. Menu options include fresh oysters, the House Charcuterie Board, grilled swordfish, and more. Try the Honey-Lavender & Goat Cheese Gelato and the Soft Sicilian Almond Cookies.

Guests are welcome Thursday and Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., on Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Reservations can be made online

Greystone Prime Steakhouse & Seafood

If you’re looking for the best steakhouse experience in San Diego, make a reservation at Greystone. Recognized by Wine Spectator as one of five restaurants in San Diego to claim the highly coveted “Grand Award,” Greystone offers magical flavors in an enchanting setting. Guests enjoy “once-in-a-lifetime” meals of mouthwatering Wagyu beef selections and elaborate side dishes.

Try the shareable options like the Crispy Calamari & Shishito Peppers. The salads are fantastic if you’re craving something light and include a classic Caesar with shaved Brussel sprouts or a BLT Wedge. Try the Applewood Smoked Chinook Salmon and anything with Wagyu Beef, and finish with either the Red Berry Mascarpone or Limoncello Cheesecake. Can’t decide? We won’t tell if you get both!

Juniper & Ivy

For a menu crafted from seasonal ingredients hand-selected by the chef, try Juniper & Ivy on Kettner Boulevard near Downtown San Diego. Reservations can be made online for an indoor table overlooking the kitchen, a seat at the Chef’s counter, out on the covered patio, or “Under the Stars.”

Bread sides include Carne Cruda Asada Toast or Uni. Small plates like the Golden Beets and Pork Belly Ravioli are perfect for sharing. Try the San Diego Halibut and Whole Roasted Aged Duck and finish with Yodel and Yuzu Creme.

Lou & Mickey's

Lou & Mickey’s proudly offers daily cuts of beef and raw bar options daily. This vibrant restaurant features impeccable seafood dishes, like Pan Seared Sesame Crusted Wild Yellowfin Tuna and Macadamia Nut Crusted Wild Alaskan Halibut. If steak is your preference, try the Filet Mignon Medallions “Three Ways” or splurge on the American or Satsuma Wagyu.
Lou & Mickey’s is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is available for private dining options.

The Melting Pot

If you enjoy fondue, The Melting Pot is sure to please. Guests are welcome to the 901 5th Avenue location in Downtown San Diego, Wednesday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For a classic Melting Pot experience, try the four-course experience for two. This menu offers your choice of cheese, like Wisconsin Cheddar and Quattro Formaggio, with a California or Strawberry Almond salad followed by the Pacific Rim and The Garden Pot cooked in your favorite cooking style — Court Bouillon, Coq Au Vin, Mojo, or Bourguignonne. Finish your meal with a Bananas Foster dessert or a Flaming Turtle.

Morton's The Steakhouse

Morton’s is another popular steakhouse in the Gaslamp Quarter of Downtown San Diego. Guests can visit this location Monday through Friday, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. weekends from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Reservations can be made online.

Start your meal with a Roasted Hen of the Woods Mushrooms. Enjoy options from the raw bar, which changes daily, and indulge in the Butcher Cut features like Côte De Boeuf and Wagyu Filet Rossini. Complete your mouthwatering meal with a tart Key Lime Pie or Morton’s Legendary Sundae.

STK Steakhouse

STK Steakhouse is a modern steakhouse with an upscale flair. Specializing in stylish dining and vibrant spaces, STK is the perfect place to elevate your dining experience.

Brunch options include salads like Baby Gem Caesar and entrées like Lobster & Eggs Benedict, Wagyu Burger, and Cinnamon French Toast. Try a market salad appetizer or the Maple & Bourbon Nueske’s Bacon to kick off your meal and choose from an incredible entrée menu for your main course. The Japanese Wagyu or Mushroom & Truffle Tagliatelle are go-to staples. End your meal with their signature Bag O’Donuts.

STK is open for brunch on the weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. On the weekends, STK is open from 3:00 p.m. to midnight to satisfy your late-night cravings.

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