Ocean Beach is a laid-back neighborhood with a classic Southern California vibe but this close-knit community also boasts some seriously good eats. One of its main thoroughfares, Newport Avenue, is home to an iconic San Diego burger joint, an irresistibly cute bakery, colorful bars and more. If you haven’t visited Ocean Beach lately, here are several reasons to head there to pick up takeout and enjoy some ocean views.Read More
Where to Get Takeout Right Now in Ocean Beach
This beachside neighborhood offers plenty of eating options
Voltaire Beach House
Voltaire Beach House’s all-day menu includes healthy dishes like vegetable lentil soup, ahi poke and chicken flatbread to a variety of burgers and sandwiches. Inside dining is also available but if your pup could use some some socializing, bring them along and grab a seat on the pet-friendly patio.
OB Surf Lodge
The name refers to the surfing culture that still thrives in OB today but draws in guests for its all-day from-scratch menu. There’s the usual selection of handhelds like grilled steak sandwich and signature burger but look a bit closer for refined dishes like the hummus board appetizer and braised short rib tagliatelle. And it’s a spot you can feel good about— it’s a certified Ocean Friendly restaurant by the Surfrider Foundation.
Blue Water Seafood Ocean Beach
Look no further than this spot for fresh, local seafood. Unlike its Mission Hills location, this spot is steps away from the water, and the concept is the same, too. Choose your fish, its marinade and how it’s to be served (taco, sandwich, salad or plate). Sashimi and other seafood options expand your eating options. The spot also sells fresh seafood to cook at home.
Pizza Port Ocean Beach
A brewpub serving pizza makes for a pretty popular spot in San Diego, especially in Ocean Beach. The spot is among one of five locations in Southern California but still retains its local charm. Order a specialty pie such as the cheeseburger pizza, grab a six-pack of award-winning beer and you’re set.
Mike's Taco Club
Every neighborhood needs a good taco shop and Mike’s fulfills all the requirements when hunger strikes… even on the weekends when hours are extended until 2:30 am. (Hours may differ during the pandemic.) And there’s lot to choose from. The menu spans tacos, burritos, tortas, ceviche, chips and a variety of drinks including sangria, beer and more.
Lighthouse Ice Cream San Diego
Lighthouse Ice Cream is your basic frozen confection shop with ice creams by Casade Glacier and Double Rainbow lining the cases. The real draw is the waffle ice cream sandwich option. If waffles aren’t your thing, there is also a variety of cones: M&M cookie, pretzel and your traditional sugar.
South Beach Bar & Grille
As far as views go, South Beach Bar & Grille is one of the best in Ocean Beach. Grab a coveted seat overlooking the ocean and order up some fish tacos. If you’re feeling fancy, they also have lobster tacos.
Hodad's Ocean Beach
San Diego’s iconic burger got its start in Ocean Beach. While not the original Santa Monica Avenue location from 1991, this spot offers a lot of local charm with license plates from all over the U.S. and a cab of a restored car serving as a dining booth. You can’t go wrong with any of their beloved burgers, but steer yourself toward one topped with bacon.
It's Raw Poke Shop
Hawaii meets San Diego at this Newport Avenue spot. Poke here is served traditional, meaning no fillers and lot of flavor in each bite. Other island dishes to consider include their plate lunches featuring kahlua pig, lau lau and chicken longrice. Follow the shop’s Instagram page for specials and poke specials.
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Formally in the spot held by Nati’s Mexican Restaurant, La Doña continues the tradition of serving Mexican food. The menu by Tijuana-born Gabby Lopez highlights dishes reflecting her background. There are TJ-style hot dogs, chicken tinga enchiladas, a molcajete of seafood and more.
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Raglan Public House
There are a lot of bars and pubs in Ocean Beach but there’s only one with a New Zealand-themed menu so expect a few dishes, including a burger, featuring lamb. A highlight is their classic New Zealand meat pies with a blend of ground beef and lamb.
OB Noodle House Bar 1502
Long before Guy Fieri featured OB Noodle House in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, the restaurant was a mainstay in the community popular for its Asian fusion. Pho, a variety of noodle-based dishes and spicy garlic wings are a few good places to start.
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Those with a sweet tooth visiting Azucar will have a hard time deciding among all the pretty pastries on display. Owner and pastry chef Vivian Hernandez bakes up individual-sized treats as well as full-sized cakes. And you can taste her Cuban roots in the Artemisa, a rum cake with Malibu coconut custard, rum-flamed pineapple with whipped cream frosting and coconut.
Visit Sundara for Indian cuisine and their hot naan baked onsite in a clay oven. The limited menu features chicken tikka masala, vindaloo and veggie samosas. If you like spice, don’t pass up the mint chutney.
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Head to Sunset Cliffs Boulevard for traditional Italian fare by the owners of The Olive Tree Marketplace. The menu is extensive with multiple starters, salads, pasta and pizzas, plus gluten-free options.