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The 14 Best New American Restaurants In San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

If you Like the sound of a Mexican pizza then it's time to visit the best American-fusion restaurants in San Diego. We analyzed awards, leading publications, and top-ranking sites to find the best New American Restaurants. These top contemporary restaurants in San Diego offer great-tasting menus, unique fusion dishes, and tons of flavor!

Find the perfect New American restaurant

Trust

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

    The 20 Best Restaurants in San Diego

    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

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

    Where to Eat in La Mesa

    Eater, 2020

Candor by Giuseppe

New American, La JollaNew AmericanSan Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Mister A's

New American, $$$$, Park WestNew American, $$$$San Diego, Park West
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    Best Restaurants in San Diego

    USA Today
  • CultureTrip, 2017

    The Top 10 Restaurants In San Diego, California

    CultureTrip, 2017

True Food Kitchen

American, $$, Mission Valley WestAmerican, $$San Diego, Mission Valley West
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2016

    12 Fabulous Fast-Casual Spots In San Diego

    Eater, 2016
  • USA Today

    Best Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus in San Diego

    USA Today

One Door North

American, $$, North ParkAmerican, $$San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2017

    10 New Spots to Try During San Diego Restaurant Week

    Eater, 2017

The Smoking Goat

French, $$$, North ParkFrench, $$$San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Vistal Bar + Restaurant

New American, Core-ColumbiaNew AmericanSan Diego, Core-Columbia
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 4.0

Wonderland Ocean Pub

American, $$, Ocean BeachAmerican, $$San Diego, Ocean Beach
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Thrillist, 2015

    San Diego’s 15 Best Waterfront Restaurants

    Thrillist, 2015
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    47 Outdoor Dining Spots to Try in San Diego

    San Diego Magazine, 2020

Cerveza Jack's Gaslamp

New American, Gaslamp QuarterNew AmericanSan Diego, Gaslamp Quarter
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 4.5

Wet Stone Wine Bar & Cafe

New American, $$, Park WestNew American, $$San Diego, Park West
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

The Presley

American, Midway DistrictAmericanSan Diego, Midway District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

How does it work?

Figuring out the best New American restaurants can take awhile. We analyzed 624 lists and articles from top sources like CultureTrip, Eater and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life, 10162 San Diego restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 823905 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. The spots that made the cut have been featured in CultureTrip - The Top 10 Restaurants In San Diego, California, Eater - 12 Fabulous Fast-Casual Spots In San Diego and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2021 Best American Restaurants in San Diego Area. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Our site gets no payment from the restaurants we show, so you can trust what you see. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Most common questions

Trust, Herb & Wood, and Kettner Exchange are vegetarian-friendly New American restaurants in San Diego.

Trust, Kettner Exchange, and MishMash are the highest-rated New American restaurants that are good for groups in San Diego.

Addison, Kettner Exchange, and Mister A's are the highest-rated New American restaurants for a date night in San Diego.

There are 161 New American restaurants in San Diego.

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

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair nachos with Mojito

    For an elevated experience, pair your nachos with Mojito. This combination works particularly well because this cocktail tames the heat of the nachos with the cooling mint of the drink.


  • Pair Sauvignon Blanc with nachos

    If your food palns include Nachos, then you should consider helping it along with some white wine. We find that a Sauvignon Blanc, with its hits of grassy, serves as the best pairing to the dish.

  • A next-level pairing for Merlot

    Experts suggest pairing a beef fajita with a glass of Merlot, a popular red wine.


Interesting facts

  • A long time ago

    Does the name Ignacio Anaya ring a bell? They invented nachos for us all to enjoy in Mexico!

  • Celebrating New American

    Oh, you never heard of the biggest nacho of the world contest that happens in Mexico? It takes place at the International Nacho Festival which is held in Coahuila.

  • Worth the big bucks

    If you have recently won the lottery, or you just happen to have $210 lying around, why not spend it on indulging in the world’s most glamorous, and most expensive, nachos?

Parking info

Parking can be tough around 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 New American spot.

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