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10 New Restaurants and Bars That Have Opened in San Diego

Tracking all the new dining and drinking options across San Diego

A person holds a round wooden board covered with cured meats and cheese.
Charcuterie board at Zest Wine Bistro.
Zest Wine Bistro

Having a tough time keeping up with all the new dining options? Welcome to the Opening Report, a curated roundup of recent restaurant openings big and small across San Diego that will be regularly updated.

Did we miss a spot? Drop a note at the tipline and we’ll consider it for the next update.

January 25, 2021

LEMON GROVE— Giardino owner Karina Kravalis has just debuted a second spot that shares a parking lot with her longstanding Italian restaurant. Zest Wine Bistro brings a new spot for wine and small plates to the neighborhood, offering a menu that ranges from charcuterie boards to truffled burrata and seafood tostadas along with an extensive wine list. In addition to a monthly wine club, Zest is also hosting a monthly afternoon tea service as well as sommelier-led wine and food pairing events. 8129 Broadway.

CHULA VISTA— Celebrating the Mexican state that’s known for its beef production, Rancho Sonora spans a boutique butcher shop housed in a converted shipping container and an outdoor beer garden and grill where co-owner Roger Canez is serving up a menu of steaks accompanied by tortillas, guacamole, salsa and other fixings as well as meaty tacos that include rib eye with bone marrow, adobada, and the chipilon, which combines tripe, carne asada, and cheese chicharron. 1283 Third Avenue.

DEL MAR— Beeside Balcony chef/owner Christophe Cevasco has launched a new Italian restaurant called Cevasco’s that is located just beneath his popular Mediterranean spot. Now open for lunch and dinner with a menu that includes grilled steaks and seafood along with pasta and classic dishes like chicken parmesan, risotto, and carpaccio, the restaurant also has a full bar mixing up cocktails like a lemon drops made with limoncello, negronis, and espresso martinis. 1201 Camino Del Mar Suite 1.

CARLSBAD— Orange County’s Ichitaru Ramen lands in North County bearing Japanese appetizers, bento boxes, and shoyu and miso-based ramen that includes the “Garlic Bomb” with fried garlic and fresh garlic, wonton ramen, fried chicken curry ramen, and a super spicy version. 7040 Avenida Encinas Ste 111.

MISSION HILLS— Johnny Rivera (Hash House A Go Go) has finally opened the long-delayed Wolf in the Woods with an executive chef team that include Carmine Lopez, who helped Rivera open Great Maple in Hillcrest. The wine bar and cafe’s dinner menu ranges from snacks and tapas like chicken liver pate and crispy calamari to roasted clams and Iberico ham toast. 1920 Fort Stockton.

January 4, 2021

HILLCREST— There now exists a whopping 12 locations of Breakfast Republic throughout Southern California with the latest outpost of the San Diego-based chain touching down in the heart of Hillcrest in the space that formerly housed Two Seven Eight. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the restaurant and bar serves up a crowd-pleasing menu of brunch plates and cocktails that currently includes winter season specials like a pomegranate mimosa, katsu curry with eggs, and a lime meringue French toast. 3685 Fifth Ave.

SOUTH PARK— Local roaster Dark Horse Coffee has rolled open its fifth San Diego area branch at the corner of Juniper and 30th. Two years in the making, it replaces the Daily Scoop and brings small-batch ice cream back to the neighborhood courtesy of its Golden Hill scoop shop Mutual Friend. Dark Horse’s new 1,500-square-foot cafe is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with full coffee service offered until 5:30 p.m. 3004 Juniper St.

LEMON GROVE— The Italian compatriots behind Osteria Panevino, Breakfast & Bubbles, and Rusticucina, along with chef Marco Provino, have teamed up to open Inpasta in East County, a spacious establishment that combines a sit-down restaurant, deli, and gourmet marketplace. The restaurant’s menu is based on pasta and pizza, with grab and go sandwiches, prepared pastas, pizza by the slice, and gelato available in the deli and a large assortment of Italian ingredients showcased in the market. 8099 Broadway.

NORMAL HEIGHTS— After five years on Adams Avenue, Beerfish has morphed into the Swan Bar with owner Abel Kaase transforming the breezy beer spot into a dark cocktail den. Serving classic drinks, including an espresso martini and cosmopolitan on draft that are $5 during happy hour, the bar also serves up a basic menu of build-your-own burgers, sides, and salads. 2933 Adams Ave.

PACIFIC BEACH— The birria boom has reached the coast with the arrival of Riverside’s Birreria & Taqueria La Huasteca in North PB. Featured both beef and lamb birria, highlighted in tacos as well as on-trend birria pizza, birria ramen, and quesabirria, the extensive menu also includes breakfast specialties, mole, menudo, pozole, and street tacos filled with everything from cabeza to carnitas. 865 Turquoise St.

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