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It’s no secret: Orange County’s dining scene is second to none. We’ve got everything from quaint cafes and rooftop restaurants to bustling breweries and waterfront wine bars. But believe it or not, San Diego is home to much of the same culinary splendor. So if your upcoming plans happen to take you south, be sure to treat your tastebuds and explore San Diego’s burgeoning foodie scene. Here are 10 San Diego spots that’ll live up to the hype of your favorite OC restaurants. Where to Dine SD

 

If You Love Descanso, You’ll Love… Where to Dine SD

Casero Taqueria

DESCANSO

CASERO TAQUERIA

This Baja-inspired restaurant in Bressi Ranch offers diners authentic Mexican dishes, including a delectable selection of braised, grilled and wood-fired tacos (served on housemade tortillas). Like it’s OC equivalent (Descanso), Casero features an expansive patio—perfect for group dining. The restaurant also offers a crafty assortment of margaritas!

Location: Carlsbad

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If You Love Skyloft, You’ll Love…

Cody’s La Jolla

SKYLOFT

CODY’S LA JOLLA

Fact: no brunch, lunch or happy hour is complete without a spectacular view! Cody’s La Jolla may be famous for its awesome French Toast, stuffed lobster rolls and brunchy cocktails, but this breezy spot sure knows how to woo with a good view. If you love the Skyloft rooftop in Laguna Beach, you’ll L-O-V-E brunchin’ and lunchin’ on the balcony patio at Cody’s La Jolla!

Location: La Jolla

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If You Love Rancho Capistrano Winery, You’ll Love…

Solterra Winery & Kitchen

RANCHO CAPISTRANO WINERY

SOLTERRA WINERY & KITCHEN

There are many reasons we adore San Juan’s Rancho Capistrano Winery: the 3,000-square-foot patio, the wine club perks, the tasty appetizers—we could go on for days. But if you find yourself in San Diego (missing your weekly wine night at Rancho Cap), head to Solterra Winery & Kitchen in Leucadia! This local winery is located just a few blocks from the beach and boasts a 1,600-square-foot tasting room and a premium selection of barrel-aged wines.

Location: Leucadia

 

If You Love Rendezvous Cafe, You’ll Love…

Le Parfait Paris

RENDEZVOUS CAFE

LA PARFAIT PARIS

No one does pastries quite like the French; Le Parfait Paris is no exception. With multiple San Diego locations, it’s no wonder this gourmet Parisian bakery and cafe is a local favorite. Get your morning fix with a sweet and savory selection of macarons, pastries, croissants, crepes and more—all made from scratch.

Locations: Gaslamp Quarter, Point Loma, Del Mar (coming soon)

 

If You Love Marché Moderne, You’ll Love… Where to Dine SD

Bleu Bohème

MARCHÉ MODERNE

BLEU BOHÈME

OC locals know the chic elegance that is Marché Moderne. And like this Newport Coast establishment, Kensington’s Bleu Bohème offers a similar sophistication with its authentic French cuisine, impressive wine list and local charm. While Marché Moderne boasts a more modern ambiance, Bleu Bohème presents a more rustic, bohemian setting. But despite their differing atmospheres, both of these French restaurants offer an unparalleled dining experience.

Location: Kensington

 

If You Love Heritage Barbeque, You’ll Love…

Ranch 45

HERITAGE BARBECUE

RANCH 45

Sorry vegetarians, this one is all about the meats! BBQ aficionadas can all agree that the Heritage Barbeque team sure knows how to operate a grill. And the same goes for Solana Beach’s Ranch 45. With an on-site butcher shop and a mouthwatering selection of dishes featuring premium Brandt Beef, it’s no wonder locals flock here to get their protein fix! 

Location: Solana Beach

 

If You Love Lido Bottle Works, You’ll Love… Where to Dine SD

C Level

LIDO BOTTLE WORKS

C LEVEL

Perched above San Diego Bay, C Level is an easy breezy comparison to Newport’s polished harborside locale, Lido Bottle Works. This SD hotspot boasts an assortment of fresh seafood, premium steaks and an extensive wine list. Snag a bayside table at sunset for spectacular views of the San Diego skyline!

Location: Harbor Island

If You Love The Deck, You’ll Love… Where to Dine SD

PB Shore Club

THE DECK

PB SHORE CLUB

The Deck’s open-air beachfront location in Laguna is no doubt a dream. And San Diegans enjoy a similar experience at PB Shore Club! This popular party spot offers a taste of SoCal surf culture with its Mexican-inspired bites, bustling atmosphere and fully stocked beach bar.

Location: Pacific Beach

 

If You Love Helmsman Ale House, You’ll Love…

Park 101

HELMSMAN ALE HOUSE

PARK 101

Helmsman Ale House has made a name for itself as the go-to for pints and pub grub in Newport Beach. And if you love the communal “picnic table” vibe, you’ll fall in love with Park 101. This bi-level restaurant features an abundance of outdoor seating with a spacious lawn. Sip on an ice-cold beer, glass of wine or specialty cocktail and feast on smokehouse favorites like the brisket tacos, pulled pork sandwich or smoked wings.

Location: Carlsbad

 

If You Love Splashes, You’ll Love… Where to Dine SD

Oceana Coastal Kitchen

SPLASHES

OCEANA COASTAL KITCHEN

Like Splashes at Laguna Beach’s Surf & Sand Resort, Oceana Coastal Kitchen at the Catamaran Resort Hotel offers guests an oceanfront seat for a memorable dining experience. Take in stunning views of Mission Bay, and feast on fresh-caught coastal cuisine—it doesn’t get better than this, folks!

Location: Mission Bay

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