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Jayne's Gastropub
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12 Great Spots for Outdoor Dining in San Diego

Stellar alfresco bars, eateries & brewpubs

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With nearly year-round perfect weather and a perpetual presence on "Best Places To Live In America" lists, San Diego is an ideal spot for alfresco dining. In addition to beach and bay views, you can also soak up urban cityscapes, sit dockside at the marina or enjoy the serenity of a Japanese garden during mealtimes here in America's Finest City.

With warmer, longer evenings taking us into summer, from downtown to North County we take a look at twelve rooftops, patios and courtyards where you can eat and drink while enjoying the great outdoors.

Even better? Many of these casual neighborhood gems and local brewpubs offer gorgeous vistas - and perfect people watching - for a fraction of the price of some higher end establishments, so you don’t always have to drop a lot of coin to enjoy stellar views.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Stella Public House

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1429 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-0808
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Chic coffeehouse by day, laid back bar/lounge by night, the modern rooftop terrace at Stella Public House boasts views of over Fault Line Park, farm-to-table pizza, a taproom with 20 craft beers in stock and a more than decent cocktail list.

2. The Grill at Torrey Pines

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11480 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 539-8806
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Diners at The Lodge at Torrey Pines' casual restaurant concept can tuck into seasonal dishes from the outdoor wood oven as they catch the sunset behind the world famous golf course; or linger around the patio fire pit tables into the evening with an after dinner digestif.
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3. Bagby Beer Company

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601 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 270-9075
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You’ll find multiple levels of indoor and outdoor drinking space that encompasses bars, dining areas and umbrella shaded patios at this brewpub in Oceanside. Enjoy modern American from-scratch dishes off the menu, cocktails and over 25 rotating beers on draft from behind the bar.

4. Jayne's Gastropub

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4677 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 563-1011
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The delightful brick-walled patio at Jayne’s is perhaps one of San Diego’s best-kept outdoor dining secrets. With its twinkling market lights and “secret garden” vibe, nowhere makes for a more pleasant spot to while away a late afternoon or early evening sipping a Pimm’s Cup or two.

5. Buona Forchetta

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3001 Beech St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 381-4844
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The charming patio at South Park’s much-loved Buona Forchetta is rarely empty but the inevitable wait is always worthwhile. Enjoy an award-winning Neapolitan pizza from Sophia, the golden wood-fired oven, and a bottle of Barolo while people watching, European style.

6. George's at The Cove

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1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-4244
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Million-dollar views of La Jolla Cove keep the Ocean Terrace at George’s bustling almost all year round. Here, the Pacific Ocean vistas also happen to pair perfectly with executive chef Trey Foshee's seafood-centric cuisine and Stephen Kurpinsky’s innovative cocktail program.

7. Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens

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9675 Scranton Rd
San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 587-2739
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Don’t let the tech business park exterior fool you, hidden within this Karl Strauss outpost you’ll find a Zen Japanese garden complete with a water lily-laden koi pond and waterfall to sit beside during lunch or dinner. Don’t miss the craft beer brunch from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday.
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8. Mitch's Seafood

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1403 Scott St
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 222-8787
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Located on San Diego’s working waterfront, Mitch’s offers a first-rate view of the fishing fleet in addition to simply prepared, locally caught seafood. Stop by for Baja style seafood cocktails, grilled fish or wild shrimp sandwiches and fryer baskets loaded with crab cakes or calamari.

9. Mister A's

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2550 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 239-1377
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No mention of outdoor dining would be complete without a nod to iconic landmark Mister A’s - a longstanding local favorite with one of the best bay and skyline views in San Diego. Whether you’re catching happy hour, celebrating a special occasion or treating out of town guests, it’s tough to beat the “wow” factor from the 12th floor terrace.

10. Pueblo

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877 Hornblend St.
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 412-3312
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This upscale eatery in Pacific Beach boasts two bars and prime rooftop deck from which to enjoy executive chef Eduardo Rosales' menu of modern coastal cuisine, plus a nice selection of tequila and agave-based spirit cocktails, wine and beer from both sides of the border.

11. Pacific Coast Grill

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2526 S Coast Highway 101
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
(760) 479-0721
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Two levels of dining afford uninterrupted oceanfront views at this beachside eatery in North County. Here you’ll find an oyster bar and select sushi rolls among other seafood, plus cocktails, wine and craft beer. Sit back and savor the sunset.

12. Veladora

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5921 Valencia Cir
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 759-6216
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Nestled within 45 aces of gardens and olive groves you’ll find well-heeled signature restaurant Veladora at the five-star Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. Here, enjoy fresh California cuisine with a Mediterranean spin, craft cocktails, an impeccable wine list and gorgeous San Dieguito valley views.

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1. Stella Public House

1429 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Chic coffeehouse by day, laid back bar/lounge by night, the modern rooftop terrace at Stella Public House boasts views of over Fault Line Park, farm-to-table pizza, a taproom with 20 craft beers in stock and a more than decent cocktail list.
1429 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

2. The Grill at Torrey Pines

11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
the grill at torrey pines
Diners at The Lodge at Torrey Pines' casual restaurant concept can tuck into seasonal dishes from the outdoor wood oven as they catch the sunset behind the world famous golf course; or linger around the patio fire pit tables into the evening with an after dinner digestif.
11480 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037

3. Bagby Beer Company

601 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
You’ll find multiple levels of indoor and outdoor drinking space that encompasses bars, dining areas and umbrella shaded patios at this brewpub in Oceanside. Enjoy modern American from-scratch dishes off the menu, cocktails and over 25 rotating beers on draft from behind the bar.
601 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

4. Jayne's Gastropub

4677 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116
The delightful brick-walled patio at Jayne’s is perhaps one of San Diego’s best-kept outdoor dining secrets. With its twinkling market lights and “secret garden” vibe, nowhere makes for a more pleasant spot to while away a late afternoon or early evening sipping a Pimm’s Cup or two.
4677 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116

5. Buona Forchetta

3001 Beech St, San Diego, CA 92102
The charming patio at South Park’s much-loved Buona Forchetta is rarely empty but the inevitable wait is always worthwhile. Enjoy an award-winning Neapolitan pizza from Sophia, the golden wood-fired oven, and a bottle of Barolo while people watching, European style.
3001 Beech St
San Diego, CA 92102

6. George's at The Cove

1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Million-dollar views of La Jolla Cove keep the Ocean Terrace at George’s bustling almost all year round. Here, the Pacific Ocean vistas also happen to pair perfectly with executive chef Trey Foshee's seafood-centric cuisine and Stephen Kurpinsky’s innovative cocktail program.
1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

7. Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens

9675 Scranton Rd, San Diego, CA 92121
Eater San Diego
Don’t let the tech business park exterior fool you, hidden within this Karl Strauss outpost you’ll find a Zen Japanese garden complete with a water lily-laden koi pond and waterfall to sit beside during lunch or dinner. Don’t miss the craft beer brunch from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday.
9675 Scranton Rd
San Diego, CA 92121

8. Mitch's Seafood

1403 Scott St, San Diego, CA 92106
Located on San Diego’s working waterfront, Mitch’s offers a first-rate view of the fishing fleet in addition to simply prepared, locally caught seafood. Stop by for Baja style seafood cocktails, grilled fish or wild shrimp sandwiches and fryer baskets loaded with crab cakes or calamari.
1403 Scott St
San Diego, CA 92106

9. Mister A's

2550 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
No mention of outdoor dining would be complete without a nod to iconic landmark Mister A’s - a longstanding local favorite with one of the best bay and skyline views in San Diego. Whether you’re catching happy hour, celebrating a special occasion or treating out of town guests, it’s tough to beat the “wow” factor from the 12th floor terrace.
2550 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

10. Pueblo

877 Hornblend St., San Diego, CA 92109
This upscale eatery in Pacific Beach boasts two bars and prime rooftop deck from which to enjoy executive chef Eduardo Rosales' menu of modern coastal cuisine, plus a nice selection of tequila and agave-based spirit cocktails, wine and beer from both sides of the border.
877 Hornblend St.
San Diego, CA 92109

11. Pacific Coast Grill

2526 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
Two levels of dining afford uninterrupted oceanfront views at this beachside eatery in North County. Here you’ll find an oyster bar and select sushi rolls among other seafood, plus cocktails, wine and craft beer. Sit back and savor the sunset.
2526 S Coast Highway 101
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007

12. Veladora

5921 Valencia Cir, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Nestled within 45 aces of gardens and olive groves you’ll find well-heeled signature restaurant Veladora at the five-star Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. Here, enjoy fresh California cuisine with a Mediterranean spin, craft cocktails, an impeccable wine list and gorgeous San Dieguito valley views.
5921 Valencia Cir
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

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