While restaurant reservations are made based on the promise of good food and wine, thanks to the talented bartenders that populate our local cocktail scene, a carefully made drink can ably complement or contrast almost any chefs' creation.
With rotating drink lists often designed to pair with seasonal menus — from tart, citrus-leaning tipples to oak forward whiskey-anchored classics — many new San Diego restaurants are stepping out of the gate with a strong cocktail program while established eateries are stepping up their cocktail game.
Why stop somewhere else for a pre- or post-prandial cocktail when you can dine and drink so well under one roof these days? Read on to discover 14 well-respected dining establishments that are as worthy of a visit for their cocktails as much their signature plates.
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