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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in San Diego

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion 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 Alexander's on 30th restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2980)
$31 to $50
Italian
North Park
About the restaurant
Family owned and operated Italian-American restaurant with San Diego award winning pizza and the most romantic patio dining in North Park. Make your reservation today and feel free to check our website or call the restaurant for more information.
Top review
GabrielaS
Dined 7 days ago
Alexander’s on 30th is a beautiful restaurant with a romantic ambience if you sit inside. The service is great and the food is delicious.
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4.7
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
NareshL
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 La Bamba Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (44)
$30 and under
Mexican
Barrio Logan
About the restaurant
La Bamba boasts 2,000-square-foot, vintage lighting and orange crushed velvet swivel chairs from Becerra’s grandmother’s home, a menu banking on the south-of-the-border classics that defined his childhood, and custom speakers whispering jazzy, soulful, sometimes reggae sweet nothings.

La Bamba Room, whose namesake is partially inspired by a 1987 musical drama, will mostly play vinyl with assistance from a custom-made jukebox and a DJ booth made from salvaged pieces from grandma’s home bar.

“La Bamba Room is… An ode to my family… A love letter to my childhood… It’s a shot straight from my heart, Like a bullet out of a gun!” -Ernie “Pio” Becerra III
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 28, 2024
Great Spot! Love the decor. Just walking through the gold gate was already a vibe. Ms. Bre the hostess / waitress was non stop! Incredible service and very polite. My table was ready soon as I arrived! Food and drinks came out quickly. I try the empanadas/ Tacos de beef and the olives! Good portions- can definitely share and it was all very tasty!!! Def would go back for drinks and appetizers. The MUSIC !!! They took it back- was jamming !!! great great music!!!
A photo of Smokin J's BBQ - Gaslamp restaurant
4.6
4.6 (21)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Downtown
About the restaurant
Grab your partner and hitch up that wagon, Smokin J's BBQ is now open in the Gaslamp Quarter! Located 5 minutes from the Convention Center, and a mere 10 minutes from Petco Park or the Rady Shell by foot, we are your new favorite spot for slow-smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and craft beer. Smokin J's BBQ won Reader Magazine's poll for Best BBQ in San Diego in 2022 and at our spot in the Gaslamp Quarter we strive to create a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for date nights, family outings, Sunday football, weekend brunch, or for anytime you want eat a great meal with great people. Open for lunch, dinner, and breakfast on the weekends, we offer plenty of indoor seating, a spacious bar, and patio seating.
Top review
MaryF
Dined on May 27, 2024
Went with a group of 14 people and we loved the food! A couple people didn’t eat red meat but loved the smoked jackfruit and blackened shrimp. All the meats are perfectly cooked and I would highly recommend going!
A photo of Guadalajara Mexican Grill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (31)
$30 and under
Mexican
Temecula
About the restaurant
OUR STORY:
Founded in 1986 the Solano family opened Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant in Lake Elsinore, California. Eleven years later in 1997, we opened our second location Guadalajara Mexican Grill and Cantina in Temecula, California. At Guadalajara’s, we take real pride in providing the freshest ingredients to ensure high-quality Mexican food. We pride ourselves in having generous portions, a festive environment, and the best margaritas in town!
Top review
crystal
Dined on Apr 21, 2024
Food was excellent as well as the portions. Service was pleasant and the Sunday DJ Cafe made the atmosphere fun.
A photo of Novo Brazil Brewing Co- Mission Valley restaurant
4.5
4.5 (11)
$30 and under
American
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
MarianaB
Dined on May 13, 2024
Always a great experience for the whole family. Thank you :)
A photo of Downtown Sushi restaurant
4.5
4.5 (47)
$30 and under
Sushi
Downtown
About the restaurant
Welcome to Downtown Sushi, a restaurant nestled in the heart of downtown San Diego, where Chef Andy crafts a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate. Our star attraction is the Premium Sashimi, which showcases the finest slices of fresh, sourced seafood.

The Love Roll, Fire Roll, and Tower Roll are a testament to Chef Andy's creativity in pushing the boundaries of traditional sushi.

Our exclusive Salmon Flame appetizer is an irresistible burst of flavors that will set your senses ablaze. For a main course that amazes you, savor the Ribeye Steak , a perfectly grilled ribeye with a touch of Japanese flair.

We embrace the spirit of hospitality, welcoming both walk-ins and reservations. Our VIP groups are treated to an elevated dining experience. We accept various forms of payment, including credit cards, cash, and Apple Pay, making your experience more convenient.

Join us from Sunday through Wednesday, 4:30 pm to 10 pm, or on Thursdays th
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
The waitstaff were so delightful and friendly, and the sushi was phenomenal - both the fancy Sunny Roll and the simple Salmon Roll. Absolutely will come back.
A photo of Buca di Beppo - Mira Mesa restaurant
4.3
4.3 (834)
$30 and under
Italian
Mira Mesa
About the restaurant
Just off the Interstate 15 Express, near the Legacy Apartment Homes, in the Mira Mesa Market Center, your Mira Mesa, CA Buca is ready to serve you all your favorite Italian specialties for lunch or dinner all week long. Our chefs create delicious, authentic Italian pastas, entrees, and pizzas and our attentive staff serves them up family style.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 27, 2024
Our server, Jean Pierre, made our experience exceptional and memorable. He was very attentive and sat us at our table even though folks were running late. He ensured the birthday celebrant felt special throughout the meal. The food was wonderful - we had the mixed green salad, chicken carbonara, & chicken parmigiana. The bread was fresh. We truly enjoyed ourselves and will be back again soon.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Chula Vista restaurant
4.3
4.3 (209)
$30 and under
Chinese
Chula Vista / Bonita
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 19, 2024
The food was delicious and the server, Abby was on point, her customer service skills were excellent!
A photo of Yummy Sushi restaurant
4.3
4.3 (229)
$31 to $50
Asian
Coronado
About the restaurant
Hello, we are Yummy Coronado. We have been a family owned restaurant for over 15 years providing Japanese and Korean cuisine prepared with love to the Crown Town community.

We offer indoor seating sushi bar seating and outdoor seating which overlooks the beautiful Coronado beach and the notable Hotel Del. We are happy to announce we have an All You Can Eat menu now as well as A La Carte.


Thank you for choosing Yummy Sushi Coronado. We look forward to serving you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 22, 2024
Food was sooooo good ! I will definitely be going back here
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