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14 Waterfront Restaurants in San Diego With Views for Days

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While summer might be over, there’s still always a reason to pretend like you’re on a vacation in SoCal, and lucky for you, San Diego has some of the best places to do so. Whether you’re a beach bum who’s always on the sand or you prefer a clifftop view of the coast, San Diego is the mecca of waterfront dining experiences. With sweeping ocean views and deftly curated seafood menus, here is our lineup of waterfront restaurants with views that just won’t quit.

 

Cannonball

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For all our seafood and sushi connoisseurs out there, we’d like to introduce you to Cannonball— the largest oceanfront rooftop in San Diego! Perched high above the Mission Beach boardwalk, Cannonball at Belmont Park is the quintessential sushi and sunset dinner-date spot, featuring local San Diego musicians every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Snag a spot around one of the fire pits during golden hour at this all-outdoor restaurant and enjoy fresh sushi selections like the lobster roll with spicy lobster, yamagobo, tempura, avocado, jalapeños, spicy aioli and eel sauce.

 

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Local Insight: Cannonball also offers a wide selection of beverages, including wine, sake, draft beer, seltzers, cocktails and over 10 different Japanese whiskeys. To view the full menu, click here!

Location: Mission Beach

 

Oceana Coastal Kitchen at the Catamaran Resort Hotel

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One of the best things about being in San Diego is that no matter what time of year it is, you can always dine outside and bask in SoCal’s unbeatable weather. That’s why at Oceana Coastal Kitchen, outdoor seating is an unequivocal no-brainer! With a salty breeze and the shore being only a few steps away, this dining experience is one to enjoy no matter the occasion. Oceana Coastal Kitchen doesn’t just serve lunch and dinner though. If you come on Sunday, indulge in their brunch offerings with highlights like herb-roasted prime rib, cocktail crab claws and tangy mimosas that will make you feel like you’re back on holiday! Oceana Coastal Kitchen also has weekly specials, including $15 sushi, craft cocktails and flatbreads on Monday and Tuesday, half-priced bottles of wine on Thursday and live entertainment on Wednesdays and Thursdays! It’s the ideal spot for a first date, girls’ night out and everything in between.

Location: Mission Bay

 

The Marine Room

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For a front row seat, reserve a table at The Marine Room in La Jolla. This coastal experience is one for books and is known for its fine dining, exquisite seafood creations and breathtaking sunset views through their expansive panoramic window. With their seafood, produce and meat all sourced locally, The Marine Room is truly a restaurant worth every penny. Feast on crab cakes and hamachi crudo as the waves crash against the windows.

Location: La Jolla

 

George’s at the Cove


If panoramic views of La Jolla Cove and hand-crafted cocktails are up your alley, you need to check out George’s at the Cove. Perched high on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, this restaurant is the epitome of dinner with a view. With a mind-blowing craft cocktail menu (we love the Coastal Cooler) and a variety of fresh seafood dishes, George’s at the Cove is a visit well worth your time!

Location: La Jolla

 

Dockside 1953 at Bahia Resort

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Looking for brunch bites and an unobstructed view of Mission Bay? Dockside 1953 at Bahia Resort has you covered! This resort restaurant will be a crowd-pleaser for everyone in your party with mouthwatering and affordable dishes and a huge assortment of imported beer and cocktails. With live music, an unbeatable happy hour and seating only a few feet away from the sand, take your seat, relax and enjoy your mini-vacay!

Location: Mission Bay

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Adelaide at L’Auberge Del Mar

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For a more quiet brunch or dinner reservation, we’d recommend San Diego gem—Adelaide. Located at L’Auberge Del Mar, Adelaide is a small restaurant with stunning views and a quaint setting that’s perfect for a much-needed date night or family day out with the kids. From famous housemade doughnuts to their tasty Adelaide burger, everything on the menu is sure to please.

Location: Del Mar

 

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, perched on San Diego’s harbor, is a picturesque dining spot that upholds family heritage, history and high-quality dishes. Established in 1971 by founder Tom Ham, this eatery is a well-known favorite when it comes to waterfront dining. Ham’s family still runs the restaurant and has consistently served high-quality food—especially for brunch. Every Sunday, brunch is offered—try the cured ham buttermilk biscuits or get your fill at the made-to-order pasta station or a raw seafood bar.

Location: Harbor Island

 

Serea Coastal Cuisine

For a true ocean-to-table dining experience, Serea Coastal Cuisine is your best bet. This Coronado classic’s focus is to serve sustainable seafood and elegant Mediterranean dishes to its San Diego community. Located only a few steps away from the beach, it’s no surprise that Serea Coastal Cuisine was rated OpenTable’s “Diners’ Choice” this year, so make a reservation and revel in what this seafood-lover’s paradise has to offer. 

Location: Coronado Island

 

C Level Lounge


Everyone knows Harbor Island Drive has some of the best dining in SoCal, but Island Prime’s C Level Lounge truly is next level. Overlooking both the ocean and the city skyline, this upscale lounge has some of the freshest seafood on the market. From oysters on the half shell to delectable surf and turf, C Level Lounge needs to be on your dining bucket list for 2022.

Location: Harbor Island

 

Piper at The Seabird Resort

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Nothing says comfort food more than homemade pasta, and at Piper, that’s exactly what you’ll find. Nestled in Oceanside’s Seabird Resort, Piper has gained notoriety with both locals and vacationers alike for its garden-to-table delicacies and true California cuisine. Piper’s open kitchen gives diners the ability to witness some of their culinary creations come to life, including their housemade rigatoni Bolognese, sea bass crudo and more.

Location: Oceanside

 

VAGA Restaurant & Bar

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From dramatic ocean views and Spanish-style cooking, Encinitas’ VAGA Restaurant & Bar is the escape you’ve been craving. With San Diego native Chef Claudette Zepeda’s masterful and meticulously curated menu, VAGA has already made a name for itself. With both seafood and meat delicacies like citrus duck breast and al pastor pork belly, VAGA is an upscale and unmatched dining experience.

Location: Encinitas

 

Bali Hai Restaurant

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Bali Hai is a top-tier choice for authentic Polynesian food and mai tais with an unparalleled view of San Diego Bay and its vibrant skyline. With small bites like their OG Bali Hali tuna poke, ginger lime coconut shrimp and spicy seasoned Bali fries, Bali Hai will be your new go-to SD eatery.

Location: Shelter Island

 

JRDN Restaurant

At Tower 23’s restaurant, JRDN, you’ll be spoiled with an aesthetic coastline, chili mango margaritas and a menu that will make your mouth water. So if you can’t decide on the dozens of impeccable menu items, try their three-course tequila dinner, where you’ll savor a meal with standouts like grilled Spanish octopus, Harris Ranch chuck flap barbacoa and cinnamon sugar churros drizzled with melted chocolate!

Location: Pacific Beach

Wonderland Ocean Pub


Fall down the rabbit hole into Wonderland Ocean Pub! With a laid-back bar setting paired with California classic specialty cocktails, this tavern is a genuine wonderland. At Wonderland Ocean Pub, you’ll find traditional bar bites accompanied by seafood specials and a wide variety of craft and imported beer. With one of the best SD happy hour menus featuring half-priced appetizers and $5 drafts, this is definitely worth adding to your foodie bucket list.

Location: Ocean Beach

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Noelle Dahl graduated from Sonoma State University in 2020 with a BA in English. Currently living in Huntington Beach, Noelle spends her days throwing pottery, combing the beach for seashells or planning her next adventure.

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