Paella is all the rage in San Diego—
there’s even a festival dedicated to the
savory seafood, sausage and rice dish.
Café Sevilla in the Gaslamp Quarter
serves theirs up six ways, ranging from
vegetarian to the complete opposite,
made with five different meats. At Costa
Brava in Pacific Beach, they stick to the
traditional style. If tapas are more your
flavor, try Bar Bodega in Little Italy.
Feeling adventurous? Belly up to the
bar at local favorite Sushi Ota, order
the omakase and let the chef whip you
up something special. Try a burger with
a noodle bun or a bowl of more traditional ramen at Rakiraki Ramen &
Tsukemen. Is atmosphere what you’re
after? Dine on Japanese small plates
under faux cherry blossom trees at
Cloak & Petal in Little Italy.
The rotisserie chicken is marinated
for 96 hours at Pisco Rotisserie &
Cevicheria. Order up a plate and pair
it with their margarita-like namesake
pisco sour. Café Secret in Del Mar
serves up unique specialties and
ceviches. If you spot the alpaca outside
Inka’s Bar and Grill downtown, you’ll
know you’re in the right place.
Enjoy dinner and a show at Bombay
in Hillcrest—belly dancers perform on
the weekends. The menu at Royal India
features tandoori meats and lots of
vegetarian options, or try a little bit of
everything in the lunch buffet.
Villa Manila in National City serves up
traditional favorites. Reserve a table
on a Thursday night and eat with your
hands, Kamayan style. At Olga’s Food
Place in Linda Vista, the lumpia is
plentiful and made to order.
Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana is the
perfect place for a romantic dinner.
The Carlsbad locale has been serving
up authentic Italian goodness for two
decades. At Parma in Hillcrest, the
focus is on Northern Italy, where Chef
Celso owned restaurants for 30 years.
Admire the Shepard Fairey mural
as you dig in to a bowl of pho
at Shank & Bone. Mignon Pho +
Seafood puts a modern spin on
recipes passed down for generations. Saigon on Fifth prepares its
dishes tableside until 3 a.m.
Eat your way around the world
without leaving sunny San Diego
EN FUEGO CANTINA AND GRILL
This airy Del Mar eatery highlights
dishes reminiscent of the Mexican
Riviera. Whether you like them
filled with meat, fish, or rolled up
tight, En Fuego has the taco for you.
Be serenaded by mariachis as you
enjoy street tacos at this Old Town
mainstay. Don’t forget the fresh
tortillas on the side.
This 70-year-old restaurant in
Mission Hills claims to have
invented the taquito. Try a plate of
them with cheese and guacamole.
Mix and match new-wave tacos
topped with crispy melted
cheese at this hot spot in The
Headquarters at Seaport.