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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in San Diego

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Lemon Grove Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (53)
$30 and under
American
Lemon Grove
About the restaurant
In addition to offering comforting American favorites, our menu provides a selection of flavors inspired by our chef’s culinary experiences, ranging from classic Spanish fare to Italian favorites. Our menu changes seasonally to feature the freshest ingredients and provide an exciting dining experience throughout the year.

The Lemon Grove Bistro is in a historic mission-style building in the heart of Lemon Grove. Since 1912, it’s been a place where locals meet and build connections, whether they were picking up their mail at the Sonka General Store in 1944 or ordering custom cakes at the Grove Pastry Shop in 2012.

Come for the food. Stay to experience the inviting ambiance of the historic building and its new garden. Let’s build community--together.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The outdoor seating area is really nice. The food is amazing and the owner is super friendly!
A photo of Nick’s on State restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1569)
$30 and under
American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Our intimate restaurant features a chic island bar, walls of glass and a spacious covered patio, perfect for people watching. Our exhibition kitchen highlights the talents of our passionate culinary team.

Nick’s is dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation, offering the highest quality food and beverage, and executing impeccable standards of hospitality. The deeply instilled Nick’s culture is personified by its Ladies and Gentlemen – professionals who share a single focus and are inspired and committed to offering great service and creating positive, memorable experiences.
Top review
PMcN
Dined 2 days ago
Food and service always great at Nick's on State. Definitely a place to return!
A photo of Nick's Del Mar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1246)
$30 and under
American
Del Mar
About the restaurant
Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Our intimate restaurant features a chic island bar, walls of glass and a spacious covered patio, perfect for people watching. Our exhibition kitchen highlights the talents of our passionate culinary team.

Nick’s is dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation, offering the highest quality food and beverage, and executing impeccable standards of hospitality. The deeply instilled Nick’s culture is personified by its Ladies and Gentlemen – professionals who share a single focus and are inspired and committed to offering great service and creating positive memorable experiences.
Top review
MichelleG
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent as always! Food and service really great.
A photo of Great Maple San Diego restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4236)
$30 and under
American
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
We Serve Dinner, Lunch, Brunch and Weekday Breakfast. We are a modern American eatery featuring seasonal fare, fresh house made pies, and local produce cocktails. We have a full bar and a social wine list. Open for Outdoor dining!
Top review
JoseC
Dined 6 days ago
Great breakfast, very nice service love this place
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4.8
4.8 (317)
$30 and under
American
Rancho Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Rancho Santa Fe Bistro located in the heart of the beautiful downtown Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Our unique bistro offers an amazing menu and a superior wine selection for any brunch, lunch or dinner occasion.

Owner / Chef Mozy Jahanguiri, who has run restaurants in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Dallas, has opened The Rancho Santa Fe Bistro in the space formerly occupied by The Pantry on Paseo Delicias. Mozy has prepared a menu that offers a wide variety of healthy and stylish fresh grill and more offering a balanced approach to food and wine along with bistro favorites including Oysters Rockefeller, traditional escargots, baked brie with grapes and honey and more for starters. Entrees to satisfy any taste of carefully sourced meats, seafood and much more. Be sure to check out Bistro's beautiful wood wine cellar, housing an extensive collection that spans an impressive 100 years (1897-1997) at a variety of price points.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Our new favorite spot! Service is phenomenal, atmosphere is stunning and food is excellent. Makes us feel like we are out of town in a good way! We will be back again and again.
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4.7
4.7 (1365)
$50 and over
American
Rancho Santa Fe
About the restaurant
The Pony Room is a favorite among locals and resort guests alike. In addition to an extensive selection of all expressions of agave spirits, it is also home to one of Southern California's most impressive wine and hand-crafted, seasonally inspired signature cocktail lists. The Pony Room serves exceptional, American inspired comfort classics with daily specials.

Live Music 7 nights a week

Join us every Saturday and Sunday for Brunch on our beautiful hacienda inspired terraces from 11am to 2pm.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Shared the crab cakes and fish tacos, so good! Finished off with a tequila espresso martini and the almond soufflé, so great! Come here all the time and will be back soon!
A photo of Gravity Heights Mission Valley restaurant
4.8
4.8 (91)
$30 and under
American
Mission Valley
About the restaurant
We’re not out to take the San Diego beer scene by storm or reinvent the wheel because the truth is, there’s no shortage of good breweries in San Diego. Instead, our aim is to pair that good beer with the same delicious food, exceptional service and genuine hospitality we’re known for so you never have to compromise one for the other again. Situated in Mission Valley, our 9,000 square foot brewpub includes a full service restaurant, an expansive and lush outdoor beer garden, and a pretty stellar team to make sure you always have good food in your mouth and a solid beer in your hand.
Top review
Charlievip
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
My first visit did not disappoint! I met a friend for lunch and the restaurant was clean and inviting. We sat on patio which had a huge shady overhang so we could enjoy the weather but not sit directly under the sun. I had the spring roll salad with shrimp and it was Amazing!! I am still thinking about it. Will definitely be back soon!
A photo of Seasons 52 - San Diego - UTC restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4838)
$31 to $50
American
University City/Golden Triangle
About the restaurant
Seasons 52 is a Fresh Grill and Wine Bar offering a seasonal menu that is naturally lighter and always flavorful. Our seasonal menus feature ingredients at their peak of freshness, oak-fire grilled or brick oven roasted (without a fryer in sight) to be naturally lighter and more flavorful. We also offer an extensive list of wines by the glass and bottle. Here, you'll always feel free to enjoy every bite, every sip, every moment. Lunch and dinner daily with happy hour Monday-Thursday from 3-6PM.
Top review
Cyndy
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Lynn was absolutely amazing and we would come back just to be served by her again. Great set up for our team lunch to celebrate two birthdays and work anniversaries. Thank you again for helping us with this experience!
A photo of Finch restaurant
4.8
4.8 (494)
$31 to $50
American
Temecula
About the restaurant
Taking flight November 2018. We are a group of creatives, students, parents, sons and daughters of all things FINCH. Come on a tasting journey of dishes with influences from around the world. No Passport Required.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Service great and they allow small dogs! The meals are well prepared and served appealing.
A photo of Common Stock restaurant
4.9
4.9 (39)
$30 and under
American
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
Common Stock is a casually sophisticated neighborhood restaurant + cocktail bar, where approachable nostalgic plates are prepared from scratch with obsessively sourced ingredients.
Top review
Kennyvip
Dined 4 days ago
Kyle was great in all the right ways. Attentive, personable, efficient, professional, knowledgeable. I could go on and on. Thank you
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