Strong leadership, crowd-pleasing cuisine and winning locations have
established these San Diego restaurants—led by some of the city’s top chefs—
as enduring icons in the dynamic dining scene.
GEORGE’S AT THE COVE
Trey Foshee presides over three concepts
housed in the same location: George’s
California Modern, George’s Ocean
Terrace and George’s Bar, all serving up
exceptional California seasonal fare alongside stellar views of the La Jolla Cove.
1250 Prospect St., La Jolla
Tip: For the ultimate foodie experience, make a
reservation for TBL3, a nine-to-12-course chef’s
Jason Knibb has been crafting fresh, seasonal cuisine with local produce for more
than a decade at the much-lauded restaurant in La Jolla’s Grande Colonial Hotel.
Wrap up your meal with something sweet
from Pastry Chef Rachel King, whose
inventive desserts are topped with seasonal
house-churned ice cream.
910 Prospect St., La Jolla
Tip: The five-course “Mercy of the Chef” tast-
ing menu is one of the city’s best fine dining
values at $80 ($120 with wine pairings).
Jeff Jackson presents innovative California
seasonal cuisine starring local produce
at the signature restaurant at The Lodge
at Torrey Pines, where diners can take in
stunning views of the famed golf course
from the comfortable, yet refined, patio.
11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla
Tip: Try the “Local Lunch,” a three-course
prix fixe special for $32, offered daily.
Elegantly presented New American comfort
food like pulled chicken and buttermilk
George’s at the Cove
dumplings, skillet corn bread and rave-worthy cinnamon rolls reign supreme
at Matt Gordon’s beloved restaurant in
North Park. On Sundays, bluegrass musicians provide the soundtrack for brunch.
3823 30th St., North Park
Tip: Gordon’s other restaurants, Sea & Smoke
(Del Mar) and Solace & the Moonlight Lounge
(Encinitas), serve a similar bill of fare.
William Bradley, a three-time James
Beard Award-nominated chef, helms the
signature restaurant at The Grand Del
Mar, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five
Diamond restaurant where elegant,
artisanal cuisine with contemporary
French influences is complemented by
a world-class wine program.
5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar
Tip: Le Salon offers a taste of the Addison
experience with savory small plates and specialty
cocktails in the restaurant’s bar and terrace.
MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR
Proprietor/Chef Carl Schroeder’s passion
for excellence is evident in his product-driv-en (and ever-changing) menu that showcases the best local produce, meat and seafood
at this cozy modern restaurant in Del Mar.
An excellent boutique wine list and craft
cocktails complete the experience.
3702 Via de la Valle, Del Mar
Tip: For slightly more casual dining, sit in the bar
area and dig into pizza and meatballs baked in
the wood-fired brick oven.