Extend a Hand. Show Some Love. Be the Change.

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger San Diego Black-Owned Businesses
Help of Restaurant List Curation: @packslight

As state and county regulations are in a constant state of flux due to Covid-19, some of the businesses mentioned may be temporarily closed. Please visit their individual websites to ensure they are currently open, and please follow all safety procedures in place.

The Black community needs our support—especially right now. So, we’ve compiled a list of Black-owned businesses in San Diego that could certainly use some love moving forward. Whether it’s ordering tasty takeout or making a purchase online, let’s continue to find ways to love and support our Black community while working toward substantial, more significant changes.


🍴 Eateries San Diego Black-Owned Businesses


Location: El Cerrito
Cuisine: Jamaicain


AJ’s Creole Cuisine & West Coast Smokehouse San Diego Black-Owned Businesses

Location: Food truck serving various locations
Cuisine: Creole


Awash Ethiopian Restaurant & Market San Diego Black-Owned Businesses

Location: North Park
Cuisine: Ethiopian

Bankhead Mississippi Cooking

Location: Spring Valley
Cuisine: Southern


Blendees Smoothie & Juice Bar

Location: El Cajon
Cuisine: Juices & smoothies


Bonnie Jean’s Soul Food Café

Location: Oak Park
Cuisine: Southern comfort


Cafe X

Location: El Cajon
Cuisine: Coffee shop


Cane Patch Kitchen

Location: Liberty Public Market
Cuisine: Vegan & vegetarian soul food


Cardellino San Diego Black-Owned Businesses

Location: Hillcrest
Cuisine: Italian


Coop’s West Texas BBQ & Catering

Location: Lemon Grove
Cuisine: Texas-style barbecue


Fat Joe’s 

Location: Oceanside
Cuisine: American


Flavors of East Africa

Location: University Heights
Cuisine: East African


Fort Oak

Location: Mission Hills
Cuisine: Upscale American


Gihon Ethiopian Kitchen

Location: North Park
Cuisine: Ethiopian


Island Spice San Diego Black-Owned Businesses

Location: Rolando
Cuisine: Jamaican


Muzita Abyssinian Bistro

Location: University Heights
Cuisine: Abyssinian (Eritrean/Ethiopian)


Nomad Donuts

Location: North Park
Cuisine: Donuts, Bagels and Coffee


One World Beat Cafe

Location: Balboa Park
Cuisine: Vegan


Pete Mayo’s Original Waffle Burgers

Location: Lincoln Park
Cuisine: Waffle Burgers


Rare Society

Location: University Heights
Cuisine: Upscale American


Rhythm’s Chicken and Waffles

Location: Pacific Beach
Cuisine: Chicken & Waffles


Smack’n Guamanian Grill

Location: Miramar
Cuisine: Chamorro


Spacebar Café & Wine Bistro

Location: La Mesa
Cuisine: cafe-style


Spoiled Vegans Café

Location: East Village
Cuisine: Vegan Breakfast


Streetcar Merchants

Location: North Park
Cuisine: Modernized Southern classic



Location: Gaslamp Quarter
Cuisine: Southern



Location: Ocean Beach
Cuisine: Mexican (+ coffee shop)


Surf & Soul Spot

Location: La Mesa
Cuisine: Seafood & comfort food


The Morning After

Location: Gaslamp Quarter
Cuisine: Brunch & cocktails


Tropical Savor Bar & Grill

Location: Gaslamp Quarter
Cuisine: Latin-Caribbean



Location: Hillcrest
Cuisine: Urban rustic


Yohed Coffee

Location: City Heights
Cuisine: Ethiopian Cafe


🛍  Shops

AC Plumbing Construction

Location: Carlsbad
Type: Plumbing Services


Garden of Fragrance

Location: Oak Park
Type: Fragrance Shop


Failed Race

Location: San Diego
Type: Clothing brand geared towards the advancement and advocacy for people of color 


Freshly Faded

Location: North Park
Type: Barber + shop


Furlicious Pet Services LLC

Location: San Diego (In client’s home)
Type: Dog Walking and Training


Puzzle Pieces Marketing

Location: San Diego
Type: PR and Digital Marketing Agency


Sew Forgiven

Location: Online
Type: Men’s, women’s & home boutique


Studio Barre

Location: Mission Hills
Type: Fitness Studio


Lonely Floater

Location: Online
Type: Lifestyle/streetwear brand


Lili K Couture

Location: City Heights
Type: African fashion collection


Reggae World

Location: North Park
Type: Funky shop with reggae-inspired goods



Location: North Park
Type: Record Store


Whips n Furs Costume Store

Location: North Park
Type: Theatrical costume supplier


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