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Where to Eat Near Petco Park

A guide to the best eateries around the stadium

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Baseball, and fans, are returning to Petco Park this week. Though the stadium’s food choices have improved tremendously over recent years, pandemic changes require that the season starts without the ballpark’s full lineup of food or drink service. And that’s where the surrounding neighborhoods come into play. From Greek food to wood-fired pizza, Mexican eats, and more, here’s where to eat in the East Village or the Gaslamp before and after or seeing the Padres.

A number of San Diego restaurants have resumed both indoor and outdoor dining. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit San Diego’s coronavirus tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with on-site dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Corner Chicken East Village

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721 Ninth Ave STE 1
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 432-1171
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Nashville Hot chicken is on trend right now and the closest one to the ballpark is a few blocks away. Visit or order ahead for chicken combos (customized to your spice level), loaded fries as well as craft beer, hard cider, kombucha and seltzer to wet your whistle.

2. barleymash

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600 Fifth Ave #6916
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-7373
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It’s a bit of a walk to and from Petco but if you make the trek, good eats and drinks await you at the end of the journey. Craft beer, bourbon and host of mixed drinks complement the selection of flatbread pizzas, loaded macs and burgers — some with lobster.

3. Half Door Brewing Co.

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903 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-9845
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Head to this 1900s-era house before and after Petco Park events for the bird’s-eye view from the second-floor patio and to see what creative offerings the brewmasters have on tap. The menu includes shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. There’s a good selection of meat-free entrées here too such as golden fried goat cheese with sweet chili-soy glaze and scallions.

Fried Goat Cheese at Half Door Brewing Company
Fried Goat Cheese at Half Door Brewing Company
Phaedra Cook

4. Monzu Fresh Pasta

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455 Tenth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 802-4355
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Fill up on made-from-scratch pasta dishes like the seductively rich and filling cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper). Come early: there aren’t many seats (about 20 or so), so if heading there before a Petco Park event, get there early.

Cacio e Pepe Raviolo at Monzu
Cacio e Pepe Raviolo at Monzu
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5. Basic

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410 Tenth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 531-8869
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The pizza is the focus at this pre-game hot spot with the menu specializing in wood-fired pizzas. The pizzas have thin but chewy crusts with a choice between small or large. The build-your-own options gives a choice of “red pies” or “white pies” with Parmesan or mozzarella, or pick one of nine with pre-selected ingredient combinations.

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One of the crispy-crusted pizzas at Basic
Phaedra Cook

6. Copa Vida

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905 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 501-7529
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It’s a mainly known for its coffee but hear us out, it also serves some satisfying bites like avocado toast, breakfast burritos and chilaquiles. It’s the best option for early game days as this location closes early.

7. The Blind Burro

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639 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 795-7880
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Tequila, margaritas and tacos are the order of the day at this Baja-inspired Mexican spot. The airy bar area is a big draw — and so are Taco Tuesdays which runs from 6-9 p.m. Specials include chicken, carnitas and al pastor tacos are 2 for $8, plus a selection specially priced of drinks.

Al Pastor Tacos at The Blind Burro
Al Pastor Tacos at The Blind Burro
The Blind Burro

8. Bub's At The Ballpark

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715 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 546-0815
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Bub’s is essentially a big ol’ honky tonk and proud of it. Head in for their Ballpark Tots with sliced hot dogs, chili, cheese and grilled onions and the Schm’animal Style burger (an homage to a certain popular burger chain) with “secret sauce” aka Thousand Island dressing, caramelized bacon, onions, lettuce, tomato and pickles. For drinks, there are plenty of craft brews.

Spinach & Artichoke Tots at Bub’s At The Ballpark
Spinach & Artichoke Tots at Bub’s At The Ballpark
Phaedra Cook

9. Meze Greek Fusion

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345 Sixth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 550-1600
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Inside Meze, there are authentic Greek dishes, beers and wines. The dinner menu is divided into cold appetizers, hot appetizers, soup and salad and entrées, including traditional Greek moussaka, a flavorful eggplant casserole with zucchini, potato and seasoned ground sirloin; and souvlaki (kabobs) with a choice of grilled and marinated filet mignon, lamb, chicken, or shrimp. In a rush? Order ahead to go.

Fiery Feta Mac ‘N’ Cheese at Meze
Fiery Feta Mac ‘N’ Cheese at Meze Greek Fusion
Meze Greek Fusion

10. Lucky's Lunch Counter

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338 Seventh Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-4782
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Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, this place offers up a selection of satisfying handhelds. The menu includes overstuffed sandwiches stuffed with pastrami, corned beef or tuna salad, soups and salads among some of the choices. Don’t overlook the specialty sandwiches like the Midwest crispy pork tenderloin served on a buttered bun.

11. Fairweather Rooftop Bar

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793 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 578-2392
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Fairweather features food and cocktails downstairs and an open-air, tiki-influenced bar upstairs with a view of Petco Park. Sip on daiquiris, mai tais, margaritas and pina coladas, as well as draft beer and house wine with specials on select drinks everyday from 4-6 p.m.

Fairweather upstairs bar
The balcony bar at Fairweather overlooking Petco Park
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12. Lolita's Mexican Food

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202 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 269-6055
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Stop by Lolita’s on the way to Petco Park for a quick food fix. Before Petco Park events it’s often packed; sometimes even with a line out the door. Lolita’s burritos are considered a San Diego classic. Call ahead to order to beat the rush.

Taco and enchilada plate at Lolita’s near Petco Park
Taco and enchilada plate at Lolita’s near Petco Park
Phaedra Cook

13. NOBU San Diego

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207 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 814-4124
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Feeling flush with cash? NOBU, just across from the Gaslamp trolley stop, provides plenty of opportunities for spending it. Enter through the hotel lobby to get inside and head straight for the sushi counter for uni sourced from San Diego waters or the black Cod with miso, Nobu’s most famous signature dish. Indoor and outdoor seating is available as well as delivery and takeout.

A selection of nigiri at NOBU San Diego
A selection of nigiri at NOBU San Diego
Phaedra Cook

1. Corner Chicken East Village

721 Ninth Ave STE 1, San Diego, CA 92101

Nashville Hot chicken is on trend right now and the closest one to the ballpark is a few blocks away. Visit or order ahead for chicken combos (customized to your spice level), loaded fries as well as craft beer, hard cider, kombucha and seltzer to wet your whistle.

721 Ninth Ave STE 1
San Diego, CA 92101

2. barleymash

600 Fifth Ave #6916, San Diego, CA 92101

It’s a bit of a walk to and from Petco but if you make the trek, good eats and drinks await you at the end of the journey. Craft beer, bourbon and host of mixed drinks complement the selection of flatbread pizzas, loaded macs and burgers — some with lobster.

600 Fifth Ave #6916
San Diego, CA 92101

3. Half Door Brewing Co.

903 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Fried Goat Cheese at Half Door Brewing Company
Fried Goat Cheese at Half Door Brewing Company
Phaedra Cook

Head to this 1900s-era house before and after Petco Park events for the bird’s-eye view from the second-floor patio and to see what creative offerings the brewmasters have on tap. The menu includes shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. There’s a good selection of meat-free entrées here too such as golden fried goat cheese with sweet chili-soy glaze and scallions.

903 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

4. Monzu Fresh Pasta

455 Tenth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Cacio e Pepe Raviolo at Monzu
Cacio e Pepe Raviolo at Monzu
Phaedra Cook

Fill up on made-from-scratch pasta dishes like the seductively rich and filling cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper). Come early: there aren’t many seats (about 20 or so), so if heading there before a Petco Park event, get there early.

455 Tenth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

5. Basic

410 Tenth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Basic pizza
One of the crispy-crusted pizzas at Basic
Phaedra Cook

The pizza is the focus at this pre-game hot spot with the menu specializing in wood-fired pizzas. The pizzas have thin but chewy crusts with a choice between small or large. The build-your-own options gives a choice of “red pies” or “white pies” with Parmesan or mozzarella, or pick one of nine with pre-selected ingredient combinations.

410 Tenth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

6. Copa Vida

905 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

It’s a mainly known for its coffee but hear us out, it also serves some satisfying bites like avocado toast, breakfast burritos and chilaquiles. It’s the best option for early game days as this location closes early.

905 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

7. The Blind Burro

639 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
Al Pastor Tacos at The Blind Burro
Al Pastor Tacos at The Blind Burro
The Blind Burro

Tequila, margaritas and tacos are the order of the day at this Baja-inspired Mexican spot. The airy bar area is a big draw — and so are Taco Tuesdays which runs from 6-9 p.m. Specials include chicken, carnitas and al pastor tacos are 2 for $8, plus a selection specially priced of drinks.

639 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

8. Bub's At The Ballpark

715 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
Spinach & Artichoke Tots at Bub’s At The Ballpark
Spinach & Artichoke Tots at Bub’s At The Ballpark
Phaedra Cook

Bub’s is essentially a big ol’ honky tonk and proud of it. Head in for their Ballpark Tots with sliced hot dogs, chili, cheese and grilled onions and the Schm’animal Style burger (an homage to a certain popular burger chain) with “secret sauce” aka Thousand Island dressing, caramelized bacon, onions, lettuce, tomato and pickles. For drinks, there are plenty of craft brews.

715 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

9. Meze Greek Fusion

345 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Fiery Feta Mac ‘N’ Cheese at Meze
Fiery Feta Mac ‘N’ Cheese at Meze Greek Fusion
Meze Greek Fusion

Inside Meze, there are authentic Greek dishes, beers and wines. The dinner menu is divided into cold appetizers, hot appetizers, soup and salad and entrées, including traditional Greek moussaka, a flavorful eggplant casserole with zucchini, potato and seasoned ground sirloin; and souvlaki (kabobs) with a choice of grilled and marinated filet mignon, lamb, chicken, or shrimp. In a rush? Order ahead to go.

345 Sixth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

10. Lucky's Lunch Counter

338 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, this place offers up a selection of satisfying handhelds. The menu includes overstuffed sandwiches stuffed with pastrami, corned beef or tuna salad, soups and salads among some of the choices. Don’t overlook the specialty sandwiches like the Midwest crispy pork tenderloin served on a buttered bun.

338 Seventh Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

11. Fairweather Rooftop Bar

793 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
Fairweather upstairs bar
The balcony bar at Fairweather overlooking Petco Park
Bradley Schweit

Fairweather features food and cocktails downstairs and an open-air, tiki-influenced bar upstairs with a view of Petco Park. Sip on daiquiris, mai tais, margaritas and pina coladas, as well as draft beer and house wine with specials on select drinks everyday from 4-6 p.m.

793 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

12. Lolita's Mexican Food

202 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Taco and enchilada plate at Lolita’s near Petco Park
Taco and enchilada plate at Lolita’s near Petco Park
Phaedra Cook

Stop by Lolita’s on the way to Petco Park for a quick food fix. Before Petco Park events it’s often packed; sometimes even with a line out the door. Lolita’s burritos are considered a San Diego classic. Call ahead to order to beat the rush.

202 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

13. NOBU San Diego

207 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
A selection of nigiri at NOBU San Diego
A selection of nigiri at NOBU San Diego
Phaedra Cook

Feeling flush with cash? NOBU, just across from the Gaslamp trolley stop, provides plenty of opportunities for spending it. Enter through the hotel lobby to get inside and head straight for the sushi counter for uni sourced from San Diego waters or the black Cod with miso, Nobu’s most famous signature dish. Indoor and outdoor seating is available as well as delivery and takeout.

207 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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