A colorful hub for Asian eats
lies along Convoy Street in
Kearny Mesa. Here you’ll find
strip malls packed with eateries
and shops selling foods from
across northern and Southeast
Asia. Look for delicious Korean
barbecue, Chinese dumplings,
sushi, noodle houses, boba
drinks, sushi burritos, Thai
rolled ice cream and more.
Looking for a specific
cuisine? We’ve got a
wealth of worldly choices
in San Diego.
Head to Bencotto or its casual sister
restaurant, Monello, in Little Italy.
Both are owned by a couple from
Milan, and are known for handmade
pastas and risotto cooked tableside in
a Parmesan cheese wheel.
Sushi Ota in Pacific Beach is where
locals have been heading for 30 years
for authentic sushi. Sit at the bar and
order the omakase menu, or chef’s
choice. If you’re looking for ramen,
Rakiraki has noodle bars in Little
Italy and Kearny Mesa.
Use the injera bread to enjoy the
delicacies at Muzita Abyssinian
Bistro, a cozy restaurant set inside a
former home in University Heights.
Bombay in Hillcrest has lively,
colorful decor and belly dancing
on weekends. Royal India has three
locations and a menu of vegetarian
options along with tandoori meats.
Order xiao long bao (pork soup
dumplings) by the basketful at
Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon in
Kearny Mesa, or try them at Facing
East Noodle & Bar, where they’re
unconventionally stuffed with foie
gras or crab.
Et Voilà, a chic neighborhood bistro in
Normal Heights, pleases the palate with
divine takes on classics like escargot,
duck confit and coq au vin. Save room
for a passion fruit soufflé. There’s always
something new to try at Bleu Bohème,
a romantic bistro in Kensington that
changes its menu every week.
Mama’s Bakery & Deli in University
Heights has Lebanese pastries and
wraps, served at a walk-up counter.
Khyber Pass is a chic spot in Hillcrest
serving kebabs and dishes from
Head to Pomegranate in University
Heights for tea, Georgian dumplings
and Cornish hen served on a plate
with a flaming ring of vodka.
Pushkin in the Gaslamp has both
Russian and Armenian dishes,
including shashlik (grilled, skewered
Lotus Thai has two locations (Hillcrest
and Downtown) with upscale dining
rooms decorated with waterfalls.
Supannee in Point Loma is known for
its beautifully plated dishes—try their
spicy squid or coconut seafood curry.
Pho Hoa in City Heights has communal
seating packed with diners who come for
the beef noodle soup. Saigon on Fifth in
Hillcrest is open until 3 a.m., with dishes
prepared tableside and a full bar. Mignon
Pho + Seafood adds a modern twist to its
cuisine and ambience. Try the crab legs,
grilled ribeye pho and green papaya salad.