Credit: Scott Andrews / Seaport Village
Credit: Scott Andrews / Seaport Village

The 9 Best 180-Degree Views of San Diego Bay

Here’s Where to Soak Up the Sun and Take in Views of the Sparkling Blue Harbor

Certain things come naturally—and for San Diego, it’s undoubtedly the breathtaking views of the bay. What once served as the base headquarters for major ships of the US Navy has become a beautiful, history-filled landmark, enticing locals and all who visit. Pair that with the city’s knack for delicious cuisine, and there’s not much we can think of to equal a better outing. With that said, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants and entertainment hotspots for every kind of vibe and view; so sit down and bay a while! Waterfront Views San Diego

 

Seaport Village

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Sometimes, having fun takes a village—Seaport Village, to be exact. Perched on the edge of the San Diego harbor, this 14-acre seaside dining and entertainment complex is the perfect place for some fun in the sun. Jam-packed with things to do, find 45 one-of-a-kind shops, 13 casual eateries, four fine-dining restaurants and all kinds of rotating entertainment year-round. Check the center’s calendar of events and don’t miss holiday-themed celebrations, children’s entertainment, live music, exhibitions and much more. If you’re looking for a less planned-out experience, take in the surrounding views with some ice cream on a leisurely stroll or get your kicks on the iconic carousel. Seaport Village sits adjacent to the Embarcadero and is centrally located between San Diego Bay and the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, making it a great place to book a nearby room. It’s a win-win: stay nearby and catch all of the fun at Seaport Village while being close to everything else the city has to offer!

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Coasterra

Views of the bay meet the catch of the day at Coasterra, a premier bayfront dining destination floating atop the harbor. Find your favorite fresh catch as the main event in their Mexican-inspired dishes with an innovative twist. Enjoy stunning skyline views day or night alongside Mexican-inspired drinks that instantly transport you to your dream destination. Take Deb’s Coconut Margarita for example: we’re just waiting on 5 o’clock to roll around to order this delicious mix of reposado tequila, coconut cream, lime juice and a coconut salt rim.

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Island Prime + C Level Lounge

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San Diego’s best can be found at Island Prime and C Level Lounge, two unique restaurants residing in one spectacular space. Overlooking the city skyline and picturesque Coronado Island, these two dining experiences are accompanied by the same beautiful view. Both containing an extensive, high-quality menu, C Level offers a more casual outdoor dining experience and is open for lunch and dinner, while Island Prime is a more upscale eatery that specializes in steak and seafood. No matter which one you pick, you’re guaranteed a good view.

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Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

Named after the adventure-loving amateur historian, Tom Ham’s Lighthouse has become an iconic piece of San Diego’s bayfront. The restaurant was established on the idea of savoring the panoramic views, and the countless weddings, events and dining guests has proved that dream a huge success. Tom Ham’s offers an extensive lunch, dinner and dessert menu all week long; and don’t pass on their incredible brunch buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. every Sunday, featuring a raw bar, lunch options, breakfast classics and, of course, mimosas!

 

Seneca Trattoria

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Located on the 19th floor of the InterContinental San Diego hotel downtown, Seneca Trattoria offers a Roman-inspired rooftop dining experience unlike any other. Enjoy a seafood-forward Italian meal amidst the vintage, nautical-inspired decor. If seated inside, you might even score an inside look at the making of your dishes within the open-kitchen concept. If you’re eating on the patio, the dining experience comes complete with Italian-coastline inspired booths and umbrellas—and naturally, a breathtaking view of the sparkling bay.

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The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

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The Rady Shell’s grand opening in the summer of 2021 was music to our ears—literally—giving a new home to the world-renowned San Diego Symphony. Created to serve an elevated live music experience where culture and nature come together, the opening of this unique outdoor music venue has created a new experience to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Putting on classics like Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as well as performances by up-and-coming pop stars, The Rady Shell sets the stage for idyllic San Diego summers.

Serẽa Coastal Cuisine

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Sophisticated, sustainable and seafood-forward, it comes as no surprise that Serẽa Coastal Cuisine has become a popular destination for everyone enjoying the island of Coronado. Located inside the iconic Hotel Del Coronado just steps from the beach, Serẽa proudly serves only the freshest oysters, sashimi and wood-grilled fish, which are all sourced locally and responsibly. Enjoy their signature Mediterranean take on seafood classics like tuna tartare or grilled local swordfish, or you can opt to switch it up with their delicious chicken and vegetarian options.

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Loews Coronado Bay Resort

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You don’t have to hop on a plane to step foot on an island—book your next staycation at Loews Coronado Bay Resort on Coronado Island! Wake up surrounded by the beautiful blue bay and go to sleep with the shine of the San Diego skyline on this private oasis packed with activities. From watersports and boating to a relaxing day at a private cabana or the day spa, you’re sure to love a staycation here. Dine, drink and play on the bay—then retreat to your luxurious room and do it all again tomorrow.

 

Waterfront Park

Credit: County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation

Get down to where it all happens at Waterfront Park, downtown San Diego’s multi-use outdoor space located just outside of Little Italy. Though most days you can take a peaceful stroll through the themed gardens and Six Civic Lawns (complete with statues and tranquil water jets), Waterfront Park has become a happening venue for popular events year-round. Home to CRSSD Festival, San Diego Bayfest and available for smaller private events, the 12-acre space comfortably fits multiple stages and vendors for a fun-filled day under the sun. 

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Jaclyn is a sunshine chasing San Diego native with an extensive writing background. When she isn’t word-smithing, you can find her playing beach volleyball, skating the boardwalk, or on a rooftop enjoying a drink in the sunshine with her pals.

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