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13 of San Diego's Signature Restaurant Desserts

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We close out Sweets Week with a look at a tasty bundle of restaurant desserts to try right now, ranging from old-school favorites like soufflé and bread pudding to more modernist and progressive creations. Indulge your sweet cravings with thirteen of these first-class treats and heavenly meal finishers from around San Diego.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Juniper & Ivy

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2228 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(858) 481-3666
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When dining at Richard Blais’ showcase on Kettner, be sure to round out your meal with the Yodel Devil’s Cake. Made with white chocolate and hazelnut brittle, it’s dusted with cacao, topped with chocolate cookie crumbs, fresh cut strawberries, and lots of thick hot chocolate.

2. Herb & Wood

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2210 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 955-8495
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Executive pastry chef Adrian Mendoza makes plenty of magical, mind-blowing desserts at Herb & wood but his 10-minute soufflé (when they opened it was blueberry, now it’s pear) has been a consistent crowd pleaser.

3. Romesco

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4346 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902
(619) 479-8627
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Romesco’s dessert standout has to be "My Grandmother’s Mexican Flan". Topped with whipped cream, peach and a crystalized orange slice, its cinnamon bunuelos crust makes the perfect crunchy contrast to the velvety crème caramel.

4. Wa Dining OKAN

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3860 Convoy St Ste 110
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 279-0941
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While this traditional style Japanese eatery in Kearny Mesa serves up enduring favorites like green tea ice cream and mochi, the black sesame pudding is the real star of its dessert menu.

5. Addison

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5200 Grand del Mar Way
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 314-1900
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Variations of the Mille Feuille have appeared on Addison’s menu since the restaurant opened — it’s evolved over the year, each new iteration plays with different elements while emphasizing the name, which translates to “thousand leaves”. Consisting of a layer of rich chocolate cake, two layers of chocolate phyllo dough, espresso ganache, a graham cracker tuile and espresso mousse, the confection is finished with piped “kisses" of praline buttercream and dried Swiss meringue on top.

6. Bottega Americano

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1195 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-8397
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Part modern art - part confection, pastry chef Jessica Manazivadeh’s Black Magic is the dessert du jour at Giuseppe Ciuffa‘s rustic-chic East Village Italian eatery. A perfectly formed chocolate sphere filled with budino (which means pudding in Italian), black magic cake, milk crumb, amoretti, and cinnamon mascarpone, it can only be described as supremely delizioso!

7. Cafe Gratitude

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1980 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 736-5077
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Sin with a clear conscious at chic plant based eatery Café Gratitude, which has an abundance of delicious signature desserts. The Standout: AWAKENING key lime pie ($10) creamy avocado and lime custard topped with coconut meringue and pecan lucuma encased in a yummy date crust.

8. The Smoking Goat

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3408 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 955-5295
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Made with brandied cherries and generously topped with Kirsch Chantilly cream, the Black Forest chocolate cake is a must-try at North Park’s modern French-American bistro. Some might say this classic German dessert is a cherry brandy-soaked cake masterpiece.

9. Bellamy's Restaurant

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417 W Grand Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 747-5000
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Bellamy’s Chocolate Bisou is undoubtedly one of San Diego’s most decadent desserts. Complete with a hazelnut praline and chocolate mousse, it definitely tops the list of local favorites.

10. Mister A's

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2550 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 239-1377
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While iconic Bankers Hill penthouse Mister A’s has a wealth of seasonal treats on the menu, a current standout has to be its Trio of Seasonal Desserts. Comprising a pumpkin cheesecake, apple & almond tarte and butterscotch budino, why settle for one when you can have three?

11. Stake Chophouse & Bar

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1309 Orange Ave Uppr Level
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 522-0077
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Sophisticated steaks demand a grand finale, and the talented pastry chefs at Stake spare no expense in dolling out some serious sugar. The Standout: blueberry muffin bread pudding with white chocolate sauce and vanilla bean ice cream

12. Campfire

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2725 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 637-5121
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Executive chef Andrew Bachelier also put his stamp on the dessert menu at newly opened Campfire. In keeping with the live-fire cooking concept his smoked avocado leaf panna cotta comes topped with walnut granola and berries.

13. CUCINA sorella

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4055 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 281-4014
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The newest addition to Tracy Borkum’s wildly popular Urban Kitchen Group of restaurants, Sorella’s standout dessert has to be its Nutella ricotta zeppole with blood orange sciroppo.

1. Juniper & Ivy

2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

When dining at Richard Blais’ showcase on Kettner, be sure to round out your meal with the Yodel Devil’s Cake. Made with white chocolate and hazelnut brittle, it’s dusted with cacao, topped with chocolate cookie crumbs, fresh cut strawberries, and lots of thick hot chocolate.

2228 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

2. Herb & Wood

2210 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Executive pastry chef Adrian Mendoza makes plenty of magical, mind-blowing desserts at Herb & wood but his 10-minute soufflé (when they opened it was blueberry, now it’s pear) has been a consistent crowd pleaser.

2210 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

3. Romesco

4346 Bonita Rd, Bonita, CA 91902

Romesco’s dessert standout has to be "My Grandmother’s Mexican Flan". Topped with whipped cream, peach and a crystalized orange slice, its cinnamon bunuelos crust makes the perfect crunchy contrast to the velvety crème caramel.

4346 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902

4. Wa Dining OKAN

3860 Convoy St Ste 110, San Diego, CA 92111

While this traditional style Japanese eatery in Kearny Mesa serves up enduring favorites like green tea ice cream and mochi, the black sesame pudding is the real star of its dessert menu.

3860 Convoy St Ste 110
San Diego, CA 92111

5. Addison

5200 Grand del Mar Way, San Diego, CA 92130

Variations of the Mille Feuille have appeared on Addison’s menu since the restaurant opened — it’s evolved over the year, each new iteration plays with different elements while emphasizing the name, which translates to “thousand leaves”. Consisting of a layer of rich chocolate cake, two layers of chocolate phyllo dough, espresso ganache, a graham cracker tuile and espresso mousse, the confection is finished with piped “kisses" of praline buttercream and dried Swiss meringue on top.

5200 Grand del Mar Way
San Diego, CA 92130

6. Bottega Americano

1195 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Part modern art - part confection, pastry chef Jessica Manazivadeh’s Black Magic is the dessert du jour at Giuseppe Ciuffa‘s rustic-chic East Village Italian eatery. A perfectly formed chocolate sphere filled with budino (which means pudding in Italian), black magic cake, milk crumb, amoretti, and cinnamon mascarpone, it can only be described as supremely delizioso!

1195 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

7. Cafe Gratitude

1980 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Sin with a clear conscious at chic plant based eatery Café Gratitude, which has an abundance of delicious signature desserts. The Standout: AWAKENING key lime pie ($10) creamy avocado and lime custard topped with coconut meringue and pecan lucuma encased in a yummy date crust.

1980 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

8. The Smoking Goat

3408 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Made with brandied cherries and generously topped with Kirsch Chantilly cream, the Black Forest chocolate cake is a must-try at North Park’s modern French-American bistro. Some might say this classic German dessert is a cherry brandy-soaked cake masterpiece.

3408 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

9. Bellamy's Restaurant

417 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Bellamy’s Chocolate Bisou is undoubtedly one of San Diego’s most decadent desserts. Complete with a hazelnut praline and chocolate mousse, it definitely tops the list of local favorites.

417 W Grand Ave
Escondido, CA 92025

10. Mister A's

2550 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

While iconic Bankers Hill penthouse Mister A’s has a wealth of seasonal treats on the menu, a current standout has to be its Trio of Seasonal Desserts. Comprising a pumpkin cheesecake, apple & almond tarte and butterscotch budino, why settle for one when you can have three?

2550 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

11. Stake Chophouse & Bar

1309 Orange Ave Uppr Level, Coronado, CA 92118

Sophisticated steaks demand a grand finale, and the talented pastry chefs at Stake spare no expense in dolling out some serious sugar. The Standout: blueberry muffin bread pudding with white chocolate sauce and vanilla bean ice cream

1309 Orange Ave Uppr Level
Coronado, CA 92118

12. Campfire

2725 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Executive chef Andrew Bachelier also put his stamp on the dessert menu at newly opened Campfire. In keeping with the live-fire cooking concept his smoked avocado leaf panna cotta comes topped with walnut granola and berries.

2725 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008

13. CUCINA sorella

4055 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

The newest addition to Tracy Borkum’s wildly popular Urban Kitchen Group of restaurants, Sorella’s standout dessert has to be its Nutella ricotta zeppole with blood orange sciroppo.

4055 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

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