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Where to Eat in Golden Hill

There’s something for everyone in this central neighborhood

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Flanked by downtown, Balboa Park, and the city’s historic barrios, it’s easy to overlook Golden Hill. However, those taking the last exit on the 94 or venturing up the notoriously steep B Street incline will discover a nice, laidback pocket in the heart of the city. While the neighborhood is small, it’s worth stopping into.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Influx

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1948 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 255-9470
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Influx’s Broadway location set the pace for Golden Hill’s renewal in the early aughts with its design-oriented digs. Today, you can still grab your locally roasted coffee or a fresh-made pastry anytime of day. 

Influx

2. Kabob House

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2479 Broadway A
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 795-7909
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This unassuming strip mall joint brings a bit of variety to the neighborhood, with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare done the right way. Pita, gyro, and skewers come in single or combo meals and fragrant rice plus tabbouleh.

3. Turf Supper Club

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1116 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 234-6363
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Tap into your inner grillmaster at this classic watering hole featuring indoor cooking pits. Orders range from simple skewers to full 16-ounce prime cuts. If tending to raw meat isn’t your thing, the well made cocktails and solid beer list are reason enough to come in.

Sneaky Tikis & Seared Meat: A Night at the Turf Supper Club

4. Counterpoint

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830 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 564-6722
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Counterpoint was among the first to bring a contemporary flair to the South edge of Golden Hill with its focused on American classics and comfort food made with high-quality ingredients. While the eats are excellent, the cocktails don’t lag behind. A good selection of craft beer and wine will also keep your whistle wet.

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5. Pizzeria Luigi

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1137 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 233-3309
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New York-style pizza reigns supreme at this pie shop. Walk in for a couple slices with your favorite toppings and a pint. Pizzeria Luigi also does carryout, though downing two slices and a drink in the back patio just hits a little different.  

6. Mutual Friend Ice Cream

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811 25th St Unit 100
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 344-0484
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Dark Horse jumped into the ice cream game with the opening of Mutual Friend last year, showing the roasters aren’t a one trick pony. You’ll find more than plain vanilla and chocolate here, with flavors including raspberry ricotta, double chocolate chip cookie dough, and Dark Horse coffee, in a nod to its parent business next door.

7. Golden Hill Cafe

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2505 C St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 239-7464
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Classic breakfast made with love and as many coffee refills as your system can handle bestow staying power to this neighborhood institution, even amid today’s constant change. Fans of 90’s sitcom “Full House” should keep an eye out for the signed John Stamos head shot.

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8. Humberto's Taco Shop

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1015 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 231-8433

Open 24 hours a day and known beyond the neighborhood for excellent burritos, Humbertos deserves a place among your go-to spots for taco shop fare. Those set in their ways might be hesitant, but the constant flow of faithful regulars ordering burritos and roll tacos is a testimony to quality. 

California burrito at Humberto’s Phaedra Cook

9. 55 Thai Kitchen Golden Hill

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2601 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 955-5501
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Tucked inside the back of a liquor store, this counter-style Thai spot slings decently sized portions of curry or noodles with your choice of protein. As delicious as the classic curries are, the spicy basil chicken and special massaman curry stand out. Vegetarian options are available.  

green curry and shrimp pad Thai at 55 Thai Kitchen Phaedra Cook

10. Giorgino's

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1237 28th St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 234-9141
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You can find all things Philly at Giorgino’s. Pork rolls, chicken parm, hot subs and, of course cheesesteaks, are all here and all stuffed inside Italian-style rolls. If that wasn’t enough, Wise Brand potato chips and TastyKakes snacks are also available, so even sides and desert are true to Philadelphia tradition.

Giorgino’s

1. Influx

1948 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92102
Influx

Influx’s Broadway location set the pace for Golden Hill’s renewal in the early aughts with its design-oriented digs. Today, you can still grab your locally roasted coffee or a fresh-made pastry anytime of day. 

1948 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92102

2. Kabob House

2479 Broadway A, San Diego, CA 92102

This unassuming strip mall joint brings a bit of variety to the neighborhood, with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare done the right way. Pita, gyro, and skewers come in single or combo meals and fragrant rice plus tabbouleh.

2479 Broadway A
San Diego, CA 92102

3. Turf Supper Club

1116 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102
Sneaky Tikis & Seared Meat: A Night at the Turf Supper Club

Tap into your inner grillmaster at this classic watering hole featuring indoor cooking pits. Orders range from simple skewers to full 16-ounce prime cuts. If tending to raw meat isn’t your thing, the well made cocktails and solid beer list are reason enough to come in.

1116 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102

4. Counterpoint

830 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102
Counterpoint Counterpoint

Counterpoint was among the first to bring a contemporary flair to the South edge of Golden Hill with its focused on American classics and comfort food made with high-quality ingredients. While the eats are excellent, the cocktails don’t lag behind. A good selection of craft beer and wine will also keep your whistle wet.

830 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102

5. Pizzeria Luigi

1137 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102

New York-style pizza reigns supreme at this pie shop. Walk in for a couple slices with your favorite toppings and a pint. Pizzeria Luigi also does carryout, though downing two slices and a drink in the back patio just hits a little different.  

1137 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102

6. Mutual Friend Ice Cream

811 25th St Unit 100, San Diego, CA 92102

Dark Horse jumped into the ice cream game with the opening of Mutual Friend last year, showing the roasters aren’t a one trick pony. You’ll find more than plain vanilla and chocolate here, with flavors including raspberry ricotta, double chocolate chip cookie dough, and Dark Horse coffee, in a nod to its parent business next door.

811 25th St Unit 100
San Diego, CA 92102

7. Golden Hill Cafe

2505 C St, San Diego, CA 92102
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Classic breakfast made with love and as many coffee refills as your system can handle bestow staying power to this neighborhood institution, even amid today’s constant change. Fans of 90’s sitcom “Full House” should keep an eye out for the signed John Stamos head shot.

2505 C St
San Diego, CA 92102

8. Humberto's Taco Shop

1015 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102
California burrito at Humberto’s Phaedra Cook

Open 24 hours a day and known beyond the neighborhood for excellent burritos, Humbertos deserves a place among your go-to spots for taco shop fare. Those set in their ways might be hesitant, but the constant flow of faithful regulars ordering burritos and roll tacos is a testimony to quality. 

1015 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102

9. 55 Thai Kitchen Golden Hill

2601 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92102
green curry and shrimp pad Thai at 55 Thai Kitchen Phaedra Cook

Tucked inside the back of a liquor store, this counter-style Thai spot slings decently sized portions of curry or noodles with your choice of protein. As delicious as the classic curries are, the spicy basil chicken and special massaman curry stand out. Vegetarian options are available.  

2601 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92102

10. Giorgino's

1237 28th St, San Diego, CA 92102
Giorgino’s

You can find all things Philly at Giorgino’s. Pork rolls, chicken parm, hot subs and, of course cheesesteaks, are all here and all stuffed inside Italian-style rolls. If that wasn’t enough, Wise Brand potato chips and TastyKakes snacks are also available, so even sides and desert are true to Philadelphia tradition.

1237 28th St
San Diego, CA 92102

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