The 7 Best Spanish Restaurants Near San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Torn between Gazpacho or octopus? The options are endless at these Spanish eateries in San Diego. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top Spanish restaurants. From plates of jamón ibérico to crispy croquettes these are the best Spanish venues San Diego has to offer.

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New American, $$, San DiegoNew American, $$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

Costa Brava

Spanish, $$, San DiegoSpanish, $$San Diego, Pacific Beach
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Trip 101, 2020

    Top 10 Spanish Restaurants In San Diego, California

    Trip 101, 2020
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Eat in Pacific Beach

    Eater, 2021

Ramen Ryoma

Asian, $$, San DiegoAsian, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Ramen Ryoma

Asian, $$, San DiegoAsian, $$San Diego, Pacific Beach
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Gazua Sushi & Dining Pub

Asian, $$, San DiegoAsian, $$San Diego, Sorrento Valley
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Shanghai Bun

Asian, $$, San DiegoAsian, $$San Diego, La Playa
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Chez Loma

French, $$, CoronadoFrench, $$Coronado
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

How did we curate this list?

We know how time consuming it can be to find the best Spanish restaurants in San Diego. The restaurants in this list rose to the top after we analyzed the Yelp and Google ratings for 10162 restaurants in San Diego, 823905 restaurant reviews, and exactly 624 lists and articles from experts at Eater and Trip 101 and more. All with some boam magic. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Eater - Where to Eat in Pacific Beach, Eater - 38 Standout Restaurants in San Diego and Trip 101 - Top 10 Spanish Restaurants In San Diego, California. 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. Nobody paid to get on this list, these restaurants earned their spots fair and square. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Recurring questions

Isola Pizza Bar is the highest-rated Spanish restaurant for a date night in San Diego.

There are 13 Spanish restaurants in San Diego.

Trust is the highest-rated upscale Spanish restaurant in San Diego.

The highest-rated Spanish restaurants for delivery in San Diego are Trust, Isola Pizza Bar, and Ramen Ryoma.

Trust, Costa Brava, and King and Queen Cantina are some of the highest-rated late-night Spanish spots in San Diego.

Drink pairing tips

  • Grüner Veltliner with your grilled sardine

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

  • The perfect complement to yellow tail

    Experts often pair yellow tail with a glass of Chenin Blanc, a popular white wine.

Interesting facts

  • October = Spanish festival

    If you’re a big fan of Spanish, then you should definitely consider visiting the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festivale in California, The United States

  • A day for seafood-lovers

    October is when people in The United States celebrate seafood - it is National Seafood Month!

  • The biggest seafood stick

    On March 23, 2005, Thailand’s Spanish fans celebrated a new world record by the seafood stick, weighing 110 pounds.

Parking information

There’s nothing like finding the perfect parking spot right away when you’re going out for a meal. 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 Spanish spot.

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