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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in San Diego

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 Jacumba Hot Springs Hotel restaurant
4.8 (81)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Nestled in bouldery mountains along historic Old Highway 80, in a magical high desert community lies the Jacumba Hot Springs Hotel. The hotel has been designed with a sense of place, with natural materials, textures, & objects from ancient & primitive cultures from around the world. Our restaurant offers indoor dining under vintage ceramic lights and desert landscapes or our large outdoor shaded patios under a canopy of old-world lanterns and pine trees with a live music stage.

Our menu features an International High Desert menu that showcases the farms and ranches of Imperial Valley, the fresh seafood of Baja, and specialty regional purveyors. Make sure to save time to enjoy high desert elixirs, herbal tinctures, cold-pressed juices, tonics, and cocktails, handcrafted in our exotic desert hideaway bar.

Once you are here, nothing else matters.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
To be fair, it was a Sat night and we were a party of 7. The service was rather slow and 2 of the 4 fish dishes were under cooked. One of the fish entrees was not delivered with the other 6 meals. Then when it was delivered it was undercooked. It took a really long time for the waitress to return with the side of fish that was properly cooked. By then I wasn’t hungry any more. The salad was enough. My friend who had the fish entree chose to go without and not order something else. Later we ordered 3 tres leches for dessert. The cake was dry with little taste. It was a big disappointment. This was the third visit for 2 of us. We had a better experience on those occasions. The ice tea, cappuccino and guacamole and chips were great! We loved the cabana and the soak in the mineral pool. The locker room is too small, only one shower and there is no privacy when someone opens the door and walks in! There should be a curtain at least! One shower is not adequate. There are lots of day guests who need shower access.
A photo of Urbana Del Mar restaurant
4.7 (139)
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Carmel Valley
About the restaurant
Its ‘Dia de los Muertos’ every day at URBANA, the Skydeck's most colorful restaurant. Farm Fresh Mexican Chef inspired plates. Complementing the menu, URBANA’S sexy departure on craft cocktails featuring Tequila and Mezcal favorites as well as top shelf agave spirits. Massive smiling murals a tribute to owner Javier Cuadra's Michoacán upbringing where ‘Dia de los Muertos’ is celebrated to define URBANA.
Top review
Dined on May 17, 2024
Service by Avery was excellent. Very attentive and customer focussed. Food was delicious. Really enjoyed the lunch.
A photo of The Shop - Rancho Bernardo restaurant
4.6 (232)
$30 and under
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
About the restaurant
The Shop: Pizza + Cocktails is a family owned and operated restaurant located in San Diego's Rancho Bernardo Center.

We specialize in west coast deep-dish and traditional crust pizza, served with a range of fresh salads, appetizers, sandwiches, and pastas -- all made from scratch.

Enjoy our warm, welcoming atmosphere on our expansive outdoor patio.

Our full bar features a range of hand-crafted signature cocktails, limited production wines, and local beers... and an insanely awesome (and growing) selections of hard-to-find liquors, especially whiskeys.

Table sizes on our outdoor patio are limited. For parties of 6 or more people, please contact us directly so we can plan accordingly to accommodate you comfortably. See you soon!
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Delicious cauliflower crust pizza, yummy mixed green salad, and great service! We ❤️ The Shop!
A photo of Miramonte Winery restaurant
4.6 (719)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Miramonte is one of Southern California's most beautiful, dynamic and forward-thinking wineries. Our award-winning wines are elegant, harmonious and trendsetting. Our popular Bistro features delicious, innovative soulful fare prepared fresh every day. And our gorgeous outdoor verandas are a benchmark experience in wine country. We invite you to join us, and see what all the excitement is about!

2 hour maximum

For restaurant reservations, we offer a 15-minute grace period.

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Food is delicious! Service was excellent! Can’t wait return
A photo of Sorrento Ristorante restaurant
4.5 (21)
$31 to $50
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Sorrento Ristorante offers traditional Italian cuisines in its warm and hospitable ambiance. The restaurant is decorated with simplicity. Washed in decent shades of brown, it has a decorate ceiling. Tiny bulbs hang from the ceiling to create a romantic environment. Large pillars in the dining room are decorated with fresh flower arrangements and glasswork. The restaurant has a native Italian staff. It has a beautiful outdoor patio, serving the warmth of San Diego nights. Sorrento Ristorante is popular for its variety of authentic Italian dips and sauces. Guests can customize their meals by pairing up the sauces with their main meals. Pesto sauce makes a nice combination with all pastas. Chocolate mousse is served with chopped dark chocolate chunks and white chocolate cream topping. The lightly tossed bleu cheese is prepared in the craft kitchen. The bar at Sorrento Ristorante serves Italian wines and beer.
Top review
Dined on May 18, 2024
The ambience was great. We dined on the patio. Although my meal was not to my satisfaction, my kid enjoyed their's. The service was attentive nonetheless. I would still recommend.
A photo of Topside Terrace restaurant
4.5 (375)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
A quintessential San Diego open-air terrace, Topside Terrace takes advantage of the San Diego climate while marrying the sites and sounds of downtown. Inspired by coastal living, we specialize in evening fare and weekend brunch serving Baja California and Classic American Fare paired with contemporary cocktails and draft beer.

Happy hour every Sunday-Thursday from 4pm to 6pm!

Live Music every Wednesday night 6pm-8pm & Sunday Brunch 11am-1pm!
Top review
Dined on May 26, 2024
Terrific, fluffy shrimp omelette. Best omelette I’ve had in a long time. Great food, and who can beat a terrace experience on a lovely San Diego Sunday?? My only critique: they could have been more johnny-on-the-spot with coffee refills.
A photo of Novo Brazil Brewing Co- Mission Valley restaurant
4.5 (11)
$30 and under
University Heights
About the restaurant
Founded by the Carneiro family, Novo Brazil Brewing Company is an international, award-winning brewery based in Southern California; guided by its Brazilian soul. Perched in Chula Vista, the brewery thrives on its unique beer lifestyle, aptly represented in the brand’s colorful accents, masterful aromas, and thoughtful flavor compositions. Complete with an eye-catching tasting room brushed in a Brazilian-influenced aesthetic, Novo has become a sought-after name in the California beer market. In addition to its original location in Chula Vista, Novo has also opened a brewpub in Mission Valley, where they feature a 12k square-foot space complete with a bar, restaurant, + brewery. Novo Brazil Brewing’s accolades include a U.S. bronze medal for their Corvo Negro Russian Imperial Stout in the 2016 World Beer Cup, placing them third among 53 other breweries, as well as U.S. honors recognition for Best IPA and Best Lager in the 2016 World Beer Awards.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 7, 2024
Great friendly service. Waiter was informative and had a great attitude. Food was great and kids were pleased. My wife really liked the kombucha.
A photo of Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla restaurant
4.3 (159)
$31 to $50
Regional Mexican (Baja Med)
Torrey Pines
About the restaurant
Set in a hacienda haven, Mustangs & Burros, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa’s signature restaurant, features Baja coastal inspired cuisine with a southern California twist. With a relaxed sense of community, this La Jolla eatery and bar sources seasonal ingredients from San Diego to create dishes and shareable plates for friends and family to enjoy accompanied by refreshing craft cocktails. Dine in either the spacious patio or charming Secret Garden, both accented by large, inviting fireplaces.
Top review
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Lovely evening. We find no reason to leave the resort when we stay at Estancia. We are more than happy every evening to try something different at Mustangs and Burros
A photo of Cococabana restaurant
4 (176)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
About the restaurant
We operate on a first come, first serve seating policy. For parties of 6 or more, please visit us on OpenTable or visit our Events Page to inquire about special events & parties.

Housed on the Brick’s 2,100-square-foot rooftop is the Cococabana Bar, a Caribbean-style cocktail bar with its own menu of small bites.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 25, 2024
Service was outstanding-friendly and attentive, food was good, drinks were amazing and you just can’t beat the view. We’ll definitely be back. Thank you for a perfect spot for celebrating!
A photo of CIELO ROOFTOP LOUNGE restaurant
3.6 (43)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
CEILO ROOFTOP LOUNGE is the newest hottest addition to Gaslamp San Diego Rooftops. Located on the 5th floor of Mr.Tempo’s at 701 6th ave (pink entrance) San Diego ca 92101. This 5,000 square foot speakeasy rooftop lounge & bar will feature Latin and Asian seafood tapas along with a craft beverage bar program. Tequila Del Cielo, a rooftop bar and restaurant featuring skyline views of downtown San Diego and the Coronado Bridge. The open air bar offers many Instagram able moments from our jungle disco entrance to our Tulum handmade swing there’s many photos and memories to be made. Tequila Del Cielo accommodates 200 guests for any occasion from bridal showers to venue buy outs for holiday parties. Tequila Del Cielo is open Thursday to Saturday from 5pm-12am and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 19, 2024
When we arrived for the Glow Party that was supposed to start at 9:30pm. We were told it was changed to 11:00pm. They were late putting out the party glow favors. They need wait staff, we had to ask to get any service, I did have a table reservation but it didn’t matter, they never asked. We had to print out our tickets from Vettix but no one asked for it to scan it. It was very unorganized and the felmale DJ/Photographer barely spoke english and she didn’t do a good job. Need a better DJ for the future she wasn’t prepared.
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