clock menu more-arrow no yes
Courtesy photo, Wrench & Rodent Sebasstropub

Where to Eat and Drink in Oceanside

This latest hotspot has some of the best drinking and dining in the county

View as Map

Maybe you’ve heard the buzz: eating in Oceanside is better than it’s ever been. There’s a wide range of options, yes, but what stands out is the sheer quality of everything on offer. From gussied-up gastropubs to world-class omakase with authentic BBQ in between, your next culinary tour should be spent exploring San Diego’s farthest-north coastal outpost. Here are 15 places to try.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Miramar Fish Tacos & Beer

Copy Link
41 Douglas Dr
Oceanside, CA 92058
(760) 721-2147
Visit Website

The name says it all: fish tacos and beer. Miramar Fish Tacos & Beer, set in a shopping center a little bit inland from downtown Oceanside, has a bit of a cult following for its fish tacos and other Mexican mariscos dishes, like seafood cocktails and tostadas, ceviches and aguachiles and other raw seafood.

Yelp
608 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA 92054
 (760) 291-1040
Visit Website

Talented executive chef William Eick is the man behind 608, a restaurant billed as “fine dining at affordable prices.” Committed to cooking seasonally and with local ingredients, Eick’s menu of small plates is well-executed and constantly changing, giving diners something new to look forward to every time they come in, though he personally recommends the short rib.

3. Petite Madeline Bakery & Bistro

Copy Link
223 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 231-7300
Visit Website

Opened in 2011, Petite Madeline is a bakery with full brunch and lunch service—a big step up from chef-owner Christine Loyola’s days as a farmer’s market purveyor. Everything is made in-house and their savory menu follows seasonal ingredients.

Courtesy photo

4. That Boy Good Southern BBQ Joint Oceanside

Copy Link
207 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 433-4227
Visit Website

Southerners swear by the barbecue served here. Spring for the brisket, ribs and pulled pork, in particular, but don’t skip the dirty fries, catfish, chicken & waffles, Mint Juleps and special Bloody Marys.

5. Hello Betty Fish House

Copy Link
211 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 722-1008
Visit Website

This SoCal-style seafood restaurant is an Oceanside mainstay—especially with its popular rooftop lounge. Serving beachside classics like margaritas and fish tacos, Hello Betty sources locally and sustainably with a robust cocktail, wine and San Diego-heavy craft beer list. They also now serve brunch on weekends, beginning at 10 AM.

6. Masters Kitchen and Cocktail

Copy Link
208 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 231-6278
Visit Website

Occupying a storied location in town that was a former drag racing car shop, Masters Kitchen and Cocktail now serves food and cocktails just steps from the beach. One of the best options is the burger, served with bacon aioli, horseradish-chive cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on a bun with truffle parmesan fries.

7. Local Tap House & Kitchen

Copy Link
308 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 547-1469
Visit Website

Chef Daniel Pundik runs the kitchen at this true local’s restaurant: even the website has a “built by” page crediting every inch of the restaurant to local craftsmen and purveyors. Expect food sourced directly from farms, a killer craft beer list and expertly mixed cocktails. Even the Salisbury steak is a reimagined treat sure to erase any memories of sad versions past.

8. The Miller's Table

Copy Link
514 S Coast Hwy a
Oceanside, CA 92054
(442) 615-7200
Visit Website

A wine and beer tasting bar with a full menu, The Miller’s Table serves sandwiches, salads, cheese and charcuterie plates and other small plates. There is a rotating six beers on tap and a certified sommelier-chosen wine list.

9. Bagby Beer Company

Copy Link
601 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 270-9075
Visit Website

Brewer Jeff Bagby and his wife, Dande, own this sprawling complex that houses a brewery and full kitchen. Bagby’s last stint before striking out on his own was at Pizza Port, and he carries with him a long career brewing beer in San Diego county. The kitchen bills itself as full-scratch, making everything in-house except for bread and tortillas, which are sourced locally.

10. Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen

Copy Link
626 S Tremont St
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 453-2940
Visit Website

With another location in Vista, the original Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen is still keeping on in Oceanside. As members of the Slow Food movement, this meat-happy restaurant bills itselves as a farm-to-table operation with house-made pasta, craft beer, carefully selected wines and other artisanal, high quality food. This means the menu regularly changes, but diners can expect weekly specials, like their special Sunday menu, Meat Mondays or spaghetti & meatball Tuesdays.

11. The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza

Copy Link
1706 S. Coast Hwy.
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 453-2500
Visit Website

The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza is the sister entity to The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar, serving double duty for 100% coal fired pizzas, craft beer and wine. Proudly claiming themselves as the best of Oceanside’s “blue collar gourmet” options, The Privateer is owned by O-side natives Charlie Anderson and Jamey Stone, who place a priority on high quality ingredients and a religiously fine-tuned 850-900 degree oven.

12. The Whet Noodle

Copy Link
1813 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 453-2738
Visit Website

Also owned by Wrench & Rodent’s Davin Waite and his wife, Jessica, The Whet Noodle serves what they call a local, non-traditional take on ramen as well as specials and small plates. Like the offerings at their sister restaurant, everything is sourced locally and mostly prepared from scratch.

13. Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

Copy Link
1815 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 271-0531
Visit Website

No guide to Oceanside would be complete without a mention for Wrench & Rodent Sebasstropub, the temple to sustainable fish helmed by chef Davin Waite cited by many as one of the best restaurants in the county. Pro tip: submit to the omakase experience and enjoy whatever creative delights Waite decides on that day.

Courtesy photo

14. Panca Peruvian Cuisine & Rotisserie

Copy Link
1902 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 722-3396
Visit Website

Panca is North County’s destination for Peruvian-style roasted chicken and other delicacies like tiraditos, lomo saltado and aguadito de pollo. Rumor has it that chef-owner Iole Revilla will also be opening up a new spot just next door.

15. Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank

Copy Link
2002 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 429-7424
Visit Website

This South Oceanside spot has craft beer and cocktails, 300 whiskies and a scratch kitchen—a necessary trifecta for success in Oceanside. It’s also home to Mason Ale Works R&D Brewery and has a list of rotating specials, like peppercorn crusted pork tenderloin in a whiskey glaze with crispy onions, herb whipped potatoes and Brussels sprouts. After dinner, head to the speakeasy in the back, called 101 Proof.

1. Miramar Fish Tacos & Beer

41 Douglas Dr, Oceanside, CA 92058
Yelp

The name says it all: fish tacos and beer. Miramar Fish Tacos & Beer, set in a shopping center a little bit inland from downtown Oceanside, has a bit of a cult following for its fish tacos and other Mexican mariscos dishes, like seafood cocktails and tostadas, ceviches and aguachiles and other raw seafood.

41 Douglas Dr
Oceanside, CA 92058

2. 608

608 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054

Talented executive chef William Eick is the man behind 608, a restaurant billed as “fine dining at affordable prices.” Committed to cooking seasonally and with local ingredients, Eick’s menu of small plates is well-executed and constantly changing, giving diners something new to look forward to every time they come in, though he personally recommends the short rib.

608 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA 92054

3. Petite Madeline Bakery & Bistro

223 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Courtesy photo

Opened in 2011, Petite Madeline is a bakery with full brunch and lunch service—a big step up from chef-owner Christine Loyola’s days as a farmer’s market purveyor. Everything is made in-house and their savory menu follows seasonal ingredients.

223 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

4. That Boy Good Southern BBQ Joint Oceanside

207 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Southerners swear by the barbecue served here. Spring for the brisket, ribs and pulled pork, in particular, but don’t skip the dirty fries, catfish, chicken & waffles, Mint Juleps and special Bloody Marys.

207 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

5. Hello Betty Fish House

211 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054

This SoCal-style seafood restaurant is an Oceanside mainstay—especially with its popular rooftop lounge. Serving beachside classics like margaritas and fish tacos, Hello Betty sources locally and sustainably with a robust cocktail, wine and San Diego-heavy craft beer list. They also now serve brunch on weekends, beginning at 10 AM.

211 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA 92054

6. Masters Kitchen and Cocktail

208 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Occupying a storied location in town that was a former drag racing car shop, Masters Kitchen and Cocktail now serves food and cocktails just steps from the beach. One of the best options is the burger, served with bacon aioli, horseradish-chive cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on a bun with truffle parmesan fries.

208 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

7. Local Tap House & Kitchen

308 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Chef Daniel Pundik runs the kitchen at this true local’s restaurant: even the website has a “built by” page crediting every inch of the restaurant to local craftsmen and purveyors. Expect food sourced directly from farms, a killer craft beer list and expertly mixed cocktails. Even the Salisbury steak is a reimagined treat sure to erase any memories of sad versions past.

308 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

8. The Miller's Table

514 S Coast Hwy a, Oceanside, CA 92054

A wine and beer tasting bar with a full menu, The Miller’s Table serves sandwiches, salads, cheese and charcuterie plates and other small plates. There is a rotating six beers on tap and a certified sommelier-chosen wine list.

514 S Coast Hwy a
Oceanside, CA 92054

9. Bagby Beer Company

601 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Brewer Jeff Bagby and his wife, Dande, own this sprawling complex that houses a brewery and full kitchen. Bagby’s last stint before striking out on his own was at Pizza Port, and he carries with him a long career brewing beer in San Diego county. The kitchen bills itself as full-scratch, making everything in-house except for bread and tortillas, which are sourced locally.

601 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

10. Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen

626 S Tremont St, Oceanside, CA 92054

With another location in Vista, the original Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen is still keeping on in Oceanside. As members of the Slow Food movement, this meat-happy restaurant bills itselves as a farm-to-table operation with house-made pasta, craft beer, carefully selected wines and other artisanal, high quality food. This means the menu regularly changes, but diners can expect weekly specials, like their special Sunday menu, Meat Mondays or spaghetti & meatball Tuesdays.

626 S Tremont St
Oceanside, CA 92054

11. The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza

1706 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, CA 92054

The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza is the sister entity to The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar, serving double duty for 100% coal fired pizzas, craft beer and wine. Proudly claiming themselves as the best of Oceanside’s “blue collar gourmet” options, The Privateer is owned by O-side natives Charlie Anderson and Jamey Stone, who place a priority on high quality ingredients and a religiously fine-tuned 850-900 degree oven.

1706 S. Coast Hwy.
Oceanside, CA 92054

12. The Whet Noodle

1813 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Also owned by Wrench & Rodent’s Davin Waite and his wife, Jessica, The Whet Noodle serves what they call a local, non-traditional take on ramen as well as specials and small plates. Like the offerings at their sister restaurant, everything is sourced locally and mostly prepared from scratch.

1813 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

13. Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

1815 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Courtesy photo

No guide to Oceanside would be complete without a mention for Wrench & Rodent Sebasstropub, the temple to sustainable fish helmed by chef Davin Waite cited by many as one of the best restaurants in the county. Pro tip: submit to the omakase experience and enjoy whatever creative delights Waite decides on that day.

1815 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

14. Panca Peruvian Cuisine & Rotisserie

1902 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Panca is North County’s destination for Peruvian-style roasted chicken and other delicacies like tiraditos, lomo saltado and aguadito de pollo. Rumor has it that chef-owner Iole Revilla will also be opening up a new spot just next door.

1902 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

15. Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank

2002 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

This South Oceanside spot has craft beer and cocktails, 300 whiskies and a scratch kitchen—a necessary trifecta for success in Oceanside. It’s also home to Mason Ale Works R&D Brewery and has a list of rotating specials, like peppercorn crusted pork tenderloin in a whiskey glaze with crispy onions, herb whipped potatoes and Brussels sprouts. After dinner, head to the speakeasy in the back, called 101 Proof.

2002 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

Related Maps