12 exotic restaurants that will make your San Diego
vacation feel like a trip around the world.
Moroccan: Kous Kous
Feast family-style on fragrantly spiced
Moroccan tapas, kabobs, and tagines full
of tender, braised meat or vegetables. Dim
lighting and Moroccan-style décor make for
an undeniably romantic atmosphere.
3940 Fourth Avenue, Hillcrest
On Mondays, vegetarian items are
25 percent off.
Vietnamese: Saigon on Fifth
Saigon has an excellent reputation for
Vietnamese standard and fine dining
dishes, complemented by sweet and
3900 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest
Free parking for restaurant patrons
is available in the lot beneath the Union
Bank Building on Fifth Avenue. Just be
sure to get your ticket validated.
Ethiopian: Muzita Abyssinian Bistro
A cozy cottage converted into an Ethiopian
restaurant might just be as exotic as it gets.
The extensive menu includes beef, lamb,
fish, and lentil-heavy vegetarian dishes.
Unsure what to try? Your server will steer
you in the right direction.
4651 Park Boulevard, University Heights
Instead of cutlery, you’ll be using
injera, a yeast-risen, spongy flatbread.
Russian: Pomegranate Sobaka
Come here for a mix of Georgian, Russian,
and California cuisine, served in a quirky
atmosphere. The menu can be perplexing,
but sometimes the best discoveries are
accidental. Want something more predictable? The beef stroganov is familiar
2469 Broadway, Golden Hill
Vegetarians and vegans have lots of
options to choose from.
Dips in various f lavors and forms rule at this
festive restaurant on the ground floor of the
Gaslamp Quarter Residence Inn. Try the
Spanish: Café Sevilla
For more than 20 years, this local landmark has wowed locals and
visitors alike with authentic Spanish tapas and live entertainment,
including the famous Flamenco dinner show, every Friday and
Saturday evening. 353 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter
During happy hour, pitchers of sangria are half-price.