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The 10 Best American Restaurants Near San Marcos

Updated: August 7, 2022

Hankering for a hamburger or a tasty hot dog? These are the best San Marcos restaurants for American cuisine. 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 Marcos has to offer.

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The Bellows

American, $$$, San MarcosAmerican, $$$San Marcos
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Up In Smoke BBQ

New American, $$, San MarcosNew American, $$San Marcos
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Old California Mining Co

American, $$, San MarcosAmerican, $$San Marcos
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

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Vintana Wine + Dine

American, $$$, EscondidoAmerican, $$$Escondido
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best North County Outdoor Dining Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    47 Outdoor Dining Spots to Try in San Diego

    San Diego Magazine, 2020

Bellamy's Restaurant

French, $$$, EscondidoFrench, $$$Escondido
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Burger Bench

American, $$, EscondidoAmerican, $$Escondido
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Belching Beaver Brewery Tavern & Grill

American, $$, VistaAmerican, $$Vista
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2020

    42 North County Restaurants With Takeout and Delivery Options

    Eater, 2020

When Pigs Fly BBQ - Downtown Vista

American, $$, VistaAmerican, $$Vista
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2020

    42 North County Restaurants With Takeout and Delivery Options

    Eater, 2020

Plan 9 Alehouse

American, $$, EscondidoAmerican, $$Escondido
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Farmer Boys

American, $$, EscondidoAmerican, $$Escondido
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

How did we curate these results?

Finding the best American restaurant for you shouldn’t feel like a second job. We analyzed 10162 San Marcos restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 San Marcos restaurant reviews, and 624 lists and articles – looking closely at what Eater, San Diego Magazine and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life had to say – and applied our boam magic. Don’t bother looking for Eater - 42 North County Restaurants With Takeout and Delivery Options, San Diego Magazine - 47 Outdoor Dining Spots to Try in San Diego and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2021 Best North County Outdoor Dining Restaurants in San Diego Areawe’ve already done so for you and included all you need to know. As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. Our site gets no payment from the restaurants we show, so you can trust what you see. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Common questions

The highest-rated American restaurants for delivery in San Marcos are San Elijo Vine & Tap, Landon's East Meets West, and Pegah's Kitchen.

Mama Kat's, San Elijo Vine & Tap, and Landon's East Meets West are the highest-rated American restaurants that are good for groups in San Marcos.

Mama Kat's, San Elijo Vine & Tap, and Landon's East Meets West are some of the highest-rated late-night American spots in San Marcos.

Mama Kat's, San Elijo Vine & Tap, and Landon's East Meets West are the highest-rated American restaurants for a quick lunch in San Marcos.

San Elijo Vine & Tap is the highest-rated American restaurant for a date night in San Marcos.

Drink pairing tips

  • Go for Margarita with grilled burger

    For an elevated experience, pair your grilled burger with Margarita. This combination works particularly well because this cocktail balances the spice and salt of the burger.


  • Kentucky 75 and fried chicken


    You have not gotten the most out of your fried chicken until you pair it with some Kentucky 75. The drink is made with Champagne-based, bourbon which is why it’s so vibrant and counteracts the food’s fatty flavors so nicely.

  • A great drink pairing for heavy meat dish

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for heavy meat dish can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some cocktail, particularly a glass of Vieux Carre. This, oaked, cocktail balances the fatty heavy meat dish.

Fun facts

  • The best day for hot dog

    Be ready to chow down on hot dog in The United States every July. That’s when people there celebrate National Hot Dog Day.

  • A big feat in 2012

    On September 2, 2012, The United States’s American fans celebrated a new world record by the hamburger, weighing 2,014 pounds.

  • The Seymour Wisconsin Annual Hamburger Festival

    If you’re a big fan of American, then you should definitely consider visiting the Seymour Wisconsin Annual Hamburger Festivale in Wisconsin, The United States

Parking info

Getting a good parking spot in San Marcos can be tough, and it’s worse if you’re hungry. 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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