Eight restaurants to take the stress out of dining on your San Diego vacation

Finding delicious food on your vacation doesn’t have to be stressful. From street food to fine dining, check out these eight restaurants and you’re sure to find something to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

Vacation. Time to kick back, relax, and let go of all your worries, right? Sure, that is, until it’s time for one of the most stressful, vacation decisions of all: Where do we eat? Suddenly, you’re hearing all sorts of complaints and excuses – I don’t want this. I only eat that. I have to eat something healthy. I want to eat something fun. It can be a parent’s worst nightmare.

Luckily, San Diego is a foodie’s – and a parent’s – dream. With a variety of awesome restaurants, we’ve got you covered, no matter what you and your family are craving.

Surf Rider Pizza Co.

Who doesn’t love a good slice? Surf Rider combines East Coast pizza style with the laidback San Diego attitude. Everyday, the artists at Surf Rider make up their fresh dough, hand-toss it, and create some amazing New York style thin crust pizza right here on the West Coast. Top it off with one of their five awesome sauces, melted whole milk mozzarella, and a combination of 24 toppings and you’ve got a pie that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters in your family. You can even go with one of their specialty pies like veggie, carnivore, or their signature Surf Rider pizza. With three locations in San Diego, there’s sure to be one nearby.

Bao Beach

Looking for something a little more Asian-inspired? Then you’ve got to head to Bao Beach, where Asian street food meets San Diego beach life. The bao is a Chinese steamed bun and at Bao Beach, they fill this pocket of pillowy perfection with vegetables, tofu, Mexican carnitas, Chinese barbeque pork, Japanese fried chicken, Korean marinated beef, and a host of other fun toppings. It’s like a trip around the world for your mouth. With a bright blue shack in the heart of Mission Beach, you can’t miss it.

The Patio on Goldfinch

Want something a little cozier with more of a neighborhood feel? San Diego’s got that too. Look no further than the Patio on Goldfinch. With its menu of share plates and large plates, The Patio on Goldfinch is a great place to dig in family style. Order several plates, and let everyone sample a few dishes. They’re sure to find something they love. Plus, the all-day happy hour can be a great stress reliever for mom and dad. They’re even open late if you’re looking for some late-night bites.

The Patio on Lamont

If you have a pet, then you know that he’s as much a part of your family as anyone else (he might even be just as picky of an eater.), but so often your pet can be left out. Not at The Patio on Lamont, a pet-friendly dining spot located right in beautiful Pacific Beach. The Patio on Lamont offers a variety of locally sourced options, from flatbreads to New York steak to even a weekday brunch until 3pm. They also offer a 10% discount for military and first responders. With a wide selection and its pet-friendly vibe, The Patio on Lamont is hard to beat.


Maybe you’ve got someone in your family who’s a little more old-school. They’re looking for up-scale dining without all the new-age gimmicks. Sounds like it’s time to head to Saska’s, where they’ve been serving classic cocktails and hand-cut, quality meats since 1951. With more than six decades of experience, Saska’s is the original San Diego steakhouse. With names like The Riley, the Duke, and The Original, all aged for maximum flavor and grilled on an open flame, the carnivore in your group is going to love this place.

Harvest by the Patio

For the purpose-driven, health-conscious foodie in your party, you’re going to want to head Harvest by the Patio. Harvest doesn’t believe that “comfort food” and “health conscious” should be separated. They create delicious, contemporary food that’s also good for you. With options like Moroccan spiced flat iron steak, the power veggie burrito, and the seven summits grain bowl, Harvest truly proves that healthy can be delicious. They also offer a special game day menu, perfect for after you’ve worked up your appetite at the ballpark. So skip the hot dogs and pretzels and head to Harvest for food that matters.

Patio Marketplace

Somebody in your family a little hangry? Want to take a quick break in-between adventures? The Patio Marketplace is the ideal place to recharge your batteries with a cup of coffee, a cold pressed juice or even a full meal. With three locations in San Diego, The Patio Marketplace offers the perfect break spot in an elevated atmosphere. Just place your order, rest up, and you’ll be ready to get back out on the beach in no time.

Luv Surf Vacation Homes

While San Diego has an assortment of awesome restaurants, sometimes on vacation you might not even want to venture out. But if you’re staying at the hotel, your choices are usually limited to chocolate candy and chips. Fun, but not always satisfying. Luv Surf vacation rental is different from other rentals in that each rental is equipped with all of the comforts of home, including a full kitchen. And the personalized concierge staff always works to make you feel right at home. Grab your favorite recipes and have a home-cooked meal, while still on vacation. What’s better than that?

From street food to health food to fine dining, San Diego can cover any appetite. Visit one – or all of these restaurants – and watch as your whole family goes home happy.

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