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Where to Get Takeout Right Now in Ocean Beach

This beachside neighborhood offers plenty of eating options

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Voltaire Beach House

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4934 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 955-8840
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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.

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2. OB Surf Lodge

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5083 Santa Monica Ave #1f
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 955-5475
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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.

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3. Blue Water Seafood Ocean Beach

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5083 Santa Monica Ave #1b
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 255-8497
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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.

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4. Pizza Port Ocean Beach

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1956 Bacon St
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 224-4700
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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.

5. Mike's Taco Club

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5060 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107

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.

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6. Lighthouse Ice Cream San Diego

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5059 Newport Ave #102
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 222-8600
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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.

7. South Beach Bar & Grille

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5059 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 226-4577
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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.

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8. Hodad's Ocean Beach

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5010 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 224-4623
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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.

Double bacon cheeseburger at Hodad’s Phaedra Cook

9. It's Raw Poke Shop

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4991 Newport Ave STE A
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 564-8421
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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.

10. La Doña

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1852 Bacon St
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 269-6144
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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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11. Raglan Public House

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1851 Bacon St
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 794-2304
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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.

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12. OB Noodle House Bar 1502

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4993 Niagara Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 255-9858
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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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13. Azucar

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4820 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 523-2020
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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.

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14. Sundara

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1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 889-0639
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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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15. Ulivo Restaurant

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1776 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 224-2227
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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.

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1. Voltaire Beach House

4934 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107
Voltaire Beach House/Facebook

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.

4934 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92107

2. OB Surf Lodge

5083 Santa Monica Ave #1f, San Diego, CA 92107
OB Surf Lodge/Facebook

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.

5083 Santa Monica Ave #1f
San Diego, CA 92107

3. Blue Water Seafood Ocean Beach

5083 Santa Monica Ave #1b, San Diego, CA 92107
Blue Water Seafood/Facebook

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.

5083 Santa Monica Ave #1b
San Diego, CA 92107

4. Pizza Port Ocean Beach

1956 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107

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.

1956 Bacon St
San Diego, CA 92107

5. Mike's Taco Club

5060 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
Mike’s Taco Club/Facebook

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.

5060 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107

6. Lighthouse Ice Cream San Diego

5059 Newport Ave #102, San Diego, CA 92107

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.

5059 Newport Ave #102
San Diego, CA 92107

7. South Beach Bar & Grille

5059 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
South Beach Bar & Grille/Facebook

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.

5059 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107

8. Hodad's Ocean Beach

5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
Double bacon cheeseburger at Hodad’s Phaedra Cook

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.

5010 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107

9. It's Raw Poke Shop

4991 Newport Ave STE A, San Diego, CA 92107

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.

4991 Newport Ave STE A
San Diego, CA 92107

10. La Doña

1852 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107
La Doña/Facebook

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.

1852 Bacon St
San Diego, CA 92107

11. Raglan Public House

1851 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107
Ragland Public House/Facebook

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.

1851 Bacon St
San Diego, CA 92107

12. OB Noodle House Bar 1502

4993 Niagara Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
Courtesy photo

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.

4993 Niagara Ave
San Diego, CA 92107

13. Azucar

4820 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
Azucar/Facebook

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.

4820 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107

14. Sundara

1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107
Sundara/Facebook

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.

1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107

15. Ulivo Restaurant

1776 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107
Ulivo/Facebook

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.

1776 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107

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