With California heading for a full reopening on June 15 and San Diego County currently in the yellow tier of the state’s color-coded reopening plan, restrictions are loosening for all area restaurants including those found inside the San Diego International Airport (SAN).
Travel to and from San Diego is likely to increase throughout the summer months, and passengers can now fuel up at a number of dining options within the airport, including several spots with connections to local restaurants.
A reminder that concessions are continuing to reopen as passenger counts increase and operating hours are subject to change, so check the airport’s official website before you fly for updated information.
- Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant: Though its original locations in Bankers Hill is temporarily closed, this extension of the popular New American restaurant is doing sit-down dining from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with cocktails and snacks as well as food to-go. [Gate 7]
- The Counter: Custom Built Burgers: Customers can curate their burger experience by customizing with a range of toppings. Fun fact: skate board pro Tony Hawk is a local partner. Open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. [Gate 4]
- Einstein Bros. Bagels [Gate 3]
- Peet’s Coffee & Tea [Gate 11]
- Jack in the Box [Pre-security]: Still temporarily closed.
- Phil’s BBQ: The crowd-drawing local eatery brings its meaty menu to the airport. Find baby back rib and chicken dinners plus its classic sandwiches, the BBQ Broham with pulled pork and the El Toro featuring barbecue-sauced tri-tip. Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. [Gate 46]
- Prado at the Airport: At this time, the bar is the only open section of this offshoot of the Cohn Restaurant Group’s Balboa Park fixture. Daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. [Gate 26t]
- PGA Tour Grill: This spacious sit-down restaurant has an all-day menu that leans towards healthy plates such as egg white omelettes, ceviche, salads and wood-grilled salmon. Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. [Gate 36]
- Artisan Market: Satisfy pre-flight hunger with a variety of sandwiches, like roast beef and cheddar or tuna salad, and score a caffeine high with a latte. [Gate 23]
- Qdoba Mexican Grill: This national burrito/taco chain and Chipotle rival made a courageous debut in San Diego, where Mexican food competition is already heated.
- Airspace Lounge SAN: Offering food and beverages as well as a range of amenities, these lounges feature a large seating area, restrooms, and showers. [Gate 23 and 33]
- Pannikin Coffee & Tea: Waking up San Diego since 1968, the family-owned business roasts coffee daily to bring the freshest selection of single origin coffees and proprietary blends from around the globe. [Gate 38]
- California Pizza Kitchen: [Gate 26]
- Camden Food Co.: [Gate 47]
- Elegant Desserts: [Gate 48]
- Peet’s Coffee & Tea: [Gate 26]
- Starbucks: [Gate 37]