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The 13 Best American Restaurants In San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Looking for San Diego’s best buffalo wings or spiciest chili? These are the American spots doing it best. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. From plates of Pacific seafood to bowls of mac and cheese these are the best American venues San Diego has to offer.

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Trust

New American, $$, HillcrestNew American, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Trip Savvy, 2019

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    Trip Savvy, 2019
  • Eater, 2021

    38 Standout Restaurants in San Diego

    Eater, 2021

Herb & Wood

Pizza, $$$, HarborviewPizza, $$$San Diego, Harborview
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best American Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • USA Today

    Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits

    USA Today

Ironside Fish & Oyster

American, $$$, Little ItalyAmerican, $$$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Seafood Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat Seafood in San Diego

    Eater, 2020

Phil's BBQ

American, $$, Midway DistrictAmerican, $$San Diego, Midway District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Zagat, 2016

    9 Not-So-Southern Barbecue Spots in San Diego

    Zagat, 2016
  • Zagat, 2014

    Best Burgers in San Diego: Honorable Mentions

    Zagat, 2014

MishMash

New American, $$, Barrio LoganNew American, $$San Diego, Barrio Logan
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    19 Vegan Tacos To Try in San Diego

    Eater, 2019
  • Zagat, 2016

    10 Under-the-Radar Restaurants in San Diego to Try Right Now

    Zagat, 2016

Kettner Exchange

American, $$$, Little ItalyAmerican, $$$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits

    USA Today
  • Eater, 2021

    38 Standout Restaurants in San Diego

    Eater, 2021

Terra American Bistro

American, $$, RolandoAmerican, $$San Diego, Rolando
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2020

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    Eater, 2020

Bud & Rob's New Orleans Bistro

Southern, $$, Core-ColumbiaSouthern, $$San Diego, Core-Columbia
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0
  • Lyft

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    Lyft

Shrimp Heads

Creole, $$, North ParkCreole, $$San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Lyft

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    Lyft

The Crack Shack - Little Italy

New American, $$, HarborviewNew American, $$San Diego, Harborview
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Zagat, 2017

    25 Most Anticipated San Diego Restaurants of 2017

    Zagat, 2017
  • Trip Savvy, 2019

    The 20 Best Restaurants in San Diego

    Trip Savvy, 2019

Island Prime

American, $$$, Midway DistrictAmerican, $$$San Diego, Midway District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Steak in San Diego

    Eater, 2019
  • San Diego Tourism Authority

    Enjoy Some of the Best Seafood in San Diego

    San Diego Tourism Authority

Native Foods

American, $$, Midway DistrictAmerican, $$San Diego, Midway District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Zagat, 2016

    Best Veggie Burgers in San Diego

    Zagat, 2016
  • Eater, 2016

    12 Fabulous Fast-Casual Spots In San Diego

    Eater, 2016

Raglan Public House

American, $$, Ocean BeachAmerican, $$San Diego, Ocean Beach
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    22 Best Burgers in San Diego, CA

    Vacation Idea, 2021
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Get Takeout Right Now in Ocean Beach

    Eater, 2020

How did we curate these results?

Picking the right American restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. We analyzed 10162 San Diego restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 San Diego restaurant reviews, and 624 lists and articles – looking closely at what Trip Savvy, Eater and San Diego Tourism Authority had to say – and applied our boam magic. Don’t bother looking for Trip Savvy - The 20 Best Restaurants in San Diego, Eater - 19 Vegan Tacos To Try in San Diego and San Diego Tourism Authority - Enjoy Some of the Best Seafood in San Diegowe’ve already done so for you and included all you need to know. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal as the industry adapts to COVID-19. Nobody paid to get on this list, these restaurants earned their spots fair and square. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

FAQ

Trust, Ironside Fish & Oyster, and Kettner Exchange are the highest-rated upscale restaurants for American cuisine in San Diego.

Terra American Bistro, Native Foods, and True Food Kitchen are the highest-rated vegan-friendly American restaurants in San Diego.

Trust, Ironside Fish & Oyster, and Herb & Wood are vegetarian-friendly American restaurants in San Diego.

Trust, Ironside Fish & Oyster, and Kettner Exchange are the highest-rated American restaurants that are good for groups in San Diego.

Trust, Ironside Fish & Oyster, and Herb & Wood are the highest-rated American restaurants that serve breakfast in San Diego.

Drink pairing tips

  • Vieux Carre with your heavy meat dish

    Wanna know what cocktail will go great with you Vieux Carre? A Vieux Carre will match excellently as it cuts through the heaviness of the dish with its oaked flavours.

  • Pair Margarita with grilled burger

    When considering what goes best with grilled burger, we recommend a glass of Margarita, it truly complements the dish as it balances the spice and salt of the burger.


  • A next-level pairing for Kentucky 75

    When having fried chicken, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Kentucky 75, a popular cocktail.

Fun facts

  • The United States's National Hot Dog Day

    July is when people in The United States celebrate hot dog - it is National Hot Dog Day!

  • The longest hot dog

    A little hot dog never hurt anybody! The size of the longest hot dog might surprise you, coming in at 668 feet 8 inches! How big of a kitchen do you need to make that?

  • A classic dish

    If you love of pecan pie runs deep, why not plan a visit to The United States, the home of the original pecan pie? The locals are so proud of their pecan pie that it is widely recognized as one of the national dishes.

Parking tips

Parking has always been a challenge in San Diego. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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