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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in San Diego

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best value restaurants in San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Adriana’s Cocina restaurant
5.0
5 (53)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Temecula
About the restaurant
Indulge in the authentic flavors of Jalisco-style Mexican cuisine with creative fusion twists at our family-style dining restaurant. Our goal is to provide you with an unforgettable dining experience that will leave your taste buds dancing.

Led by renowned Chef Adriana Dominguez, our restaurant is dedicated to delivering fresh, flavor-packed dishes that are both inventive and nutrition-conscious. Chef Adriana is best known for her five-star full-service catering business, and now she's thrilled to invite you to our restaurant!
Top review
VickiY
Dined 4 days ago
We were so impressed with the restaurant! Loved the shareable entrees, sides & salads. It was like having a family meal at home! Well prepared and wonderful service! We will definitely be back to visit again.
A photo of Jive Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (35)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Jamul
About the restaurant
Our electric live entertainment venue just steps away from the casino floor features some of Southern California’s hottest DJs and best local bands along with great food, craft beers, and signature handcrafted cocktails.
Make your reservation today! A deposit of $20 per person will be required at the time of check in for your table. This deposit of cash or a credit
Card hold for the amount will be lifted when your party has surpassed this amount of purchased food or
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
B.I.G. is amazing and I’ve returned twice because of them. I reserved a both and there was only one waitress so getting drinks didn’t happen often unless I walked up to the bar. Smoking especially cigars shouldn’t be allowed in the lounge area.
A photo of Tapas & Beers restaurant
4.9
4.9 (466)
$30 and under
French
Downtown
About the restaurant
Located in Downtown San Diego's historic Spreckels building, Tapas & Beers is a French and Spanish Restaurant.

We offer a large selection of Tapas plates to share between friends & family
but also normal size dishes if you don't want to share !

Our beers on tap selection highlights breweries from San Diego County and our wine selection from all around the world will make any wine lover happy too !

Everything you will eat at Tapas & Beers will be made from scratch to order with fresh and mostly organic ingredients !

Discover why our place isso highly rated !

Cheers!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
This is our second visit to Tapas & Beers prior to shows at the Balboa Theater. We do the shared plates (Tapas) and have enjoyed them all. However, the best thing about this place is the woman who serves EVERYONE by herself. The place was almost full, but you never feel like you are being overlooked. She reminds us of the servers in french bistros, although she is more friendly. We also like the slow pace of the food prep from the kitchen. Everything is prepared to order, so don't fast food. We will be back.
A photo of The Veranda Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1445)
$30 and under
Californian
Fallbrook
About the restaurant
While dining at the most atmospheric restaurant in Fallbrook, you can gaze at our sparkling lake and gorgeous grounds while enjoying a delicious meal prepared with seasonal produce from our on-site vegetable and fruit gardens. We offer patio heaters during the winter months and fans during the warmer months. Reservations are recommended. Enjoy a stroll through our many gardens before or after you dine at The Veranda.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
There were 3 of us dining at The Veranda restaurant. The food was delicious. The menu is varied with many options. The grounds are beautiful. All in all A+ for ambiance, food, and service.
A photo of Ciccia Osteria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (52)
$31 to $50
Italian
Barrio Logan
About the restaurant
Nestled in Barrio Logan, San Diego, Ciccia Osteria is a charming Italian restaurant that invites guests on a culinary journey through Italy. With its warm ambiance, attentive service, and exquisite cuisine, Ciccia Osteria is a beloved destination. Notably, it has won the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand award in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Entering Ciccia Osteria, guests are transported to Italy's bustling trattorias. The cozy interior, with small tables, exposed brick walls, and soft lighting, creates an intimate atmosphere perfect for any occasion.

Committed to the finest ingredients and traditional techniques, Ciccia Osteria offers handmade pastas, succulent seafood, and tender meats, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience. The curated wine list features Italian and California wines to pair with the menu.

Under Chef Mario Cassineri's guidance, Ciccia Osteria is more than a restaurant—it's a destination where guests can savor authentic Italian cuisine and create lasting memories.
Top review
DSAIIvip
Dined 4 days ago
Delightful find in the Barrio! Recommended by friends and we will return with the next time!
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4.9
4.9 (928)
$50 and over
Speakeasy
Downtown
About the restaurant
A curated 90 minute, three course cocktail experience akin to none. $67 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are accepted as early as a month in advance for groups of 4 or less. Large party reservations can be made through our reservations team at info@neighborhoodsd.com

Come find us.
Top review
RobinF
Dined 1 day ago
What a fun experience, great decor, fabulous bartenders!
A photo of Fortunate Son restaurant
4.8
4.8 (151)
$30 and under
Chinese
North Park
About the restaurant
“Among my chef friends and the epicurean elites, aka “foodies”, the conversation around great Chinese food was always centered around authenticity, with classic American Chinese takeout dishes not considered authentic. But, having grown up in the Chinese American restaurant my parents have worked at for the past 25 years, I’ve always seen it as a by-product of enormous creativity and ingenuity of Chinese Immigrants. They adapted to what was available to them in the early 20th century and created some of the most iconic dishes in the history of this country,
Top review
ElizabethM
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Delicious food and magical oriental decor! Beautiful lighting.
A photo of The WineSellar & Brasserie restaurant
4.9
4.9 (971)
$31 to $50
French
Sorrento Mesa
About the restaurant
Established in 1988, The WineSellar & Brasserie is San Diego's premiere destination for fine wine and exquisitely crafted locally sourced, organic fare.

Consistently ranked among OpenTable's Top 10 local restaurants, The Brasserie has been honored with either Wine Spectator's "Grand Award" and "Best Of Award Of Excellence" every year since our inception.

With your meal, enjoy a bottle from the adjoining WineSellar boutique wine shop or choose a wine from our award-winning list. Either way, you’ll find an outstanding selection of unique small-production wines not found anywhere else. Not in the mood for wine? Choose from our rotating list of craft beers or seasonally available craft cocktails.
Top review
stevemvip
Dined 3 days ago
Always consistent and always excellent.Highly recommend.
A photo of The Plot restaurant
4.9
4.9 (756)
$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
Oceanside
About the restaurant
The Plot is a haven for culinary enthusiasts, where creative chefs transform locally sourced ingredients into stunningly plant-forward dishes. Indulge in a full-service dining experience in the evenings and for brunch, or opt for a casual lunch on weekdays. Enjoy our beautiful dining room or immerse yourself amongst the plants in our bountiful patio gardens. The Plot team is led by Jessica and Davin Waite, who have been at the forefront of San Diego's culinary scene for over a decade, gaining a loyal following for their inventive and sustainable approach to seafood and plant-based dishes, gaining the attention of critics and culinary innovators far and wide.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great creative dishes with their own garden and a nice outdoor space. I loved this place.
A photo of La Bonne Table restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1345)
$30 and under
French
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
LA BONNE TABLE is a cozy and intimate restaurant in the heart of the bustling neighborhood of Hillcrest. We serve country french food in a bistro fashion. Our menu consists of classic french dishes, a modest but excellent selection that will change with the seasons. We offer a romantic atmosphere and elegant setting, full bar and french beer on tap. Reservations are recommended as seating is very limited in this exclusive restaurant. ​Bon Appetit!
Top review
GarySvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Even there a couple times. Everytime things were excellent.
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