Best Outdoor Dining in San Diego
Thanks to the double luck of our famously mild year-round weather and melting-pot foodie culture, there’s no better place on the West Coast for a little alfresco dining than “America’s Finest City.” Looking to enjoy some fine dining on our city’s terraces, rooftops and patios? Take a look at our picks for the best outdoor dining in San Diego.
Café Coyote (2.5 miles)
Café Coyote is an authentic Mexican-food standout even in Old Town, where spectacular south-of-the-border eats are the norm. Kick back, relax, and enjoy a sampler flight of margaritas or sangria before digging into the overstuffed menu — which features favorites like roasted elotes, carnitas fries, classic pork pozole, tequila lime shrimp and pollo a la crema. Best of all, it’s all available on Café Coyote’s outdoor patio, where the weather is always absolutely perfect.
Kairoa Brewing Company (3.1 miles)
Enjoy the flavors and frivolity of New Zealand at this lively spot in University Heights. Kairoa’s rooftop deck is a great spot to take in San Diego’s legendarily lovely weather, as well as a Kiwi-curated menu of favorites inspired by the country’s culture. Don’t miss the barbacoa lamb fries, coconut risotto bowl, or delicious chili lime shrimp tacos. The house-brewed specialty beers are also top-notch, so be sure to sample some of Kairoa’s signature drafts while there.
Mister A’s (3.8 miles)
It’s not an understatement in the slightest to refer to Mister A’s as a local dining institution. With a menu emphasis on classic French and modern American, the cuisine is always a major draw. However, the eye-popping panoramic views from the restaurant’s iconic penthouse are nothing to be discounted, either. And while you might be tempted to assume a trip to Mister A’s ought to be reserved for a special occasion, any visit becomes exactly that once you arrive.
Fort Oak (4.8 miles)
This Mission Hills hotspot is well-known for a number of crowd-pleasing reasons. Their exceptional cocktail program produces some of the city’s tastiest tipples. Seats at the weekend brunches are some of the hottest tickets in town. And the Monday-night Happy Hour (with the famous $1 oyster special) is a great way to make the most of a usually low-key weeknight. Come for the spectacular menu, and stay for the view and unbeatable people-watching.
Firehouse American Eatery & Lounge (6.9 miles)
The menu at Firehouse puts quirky twists on American classics. Feel like a bacon-fat mac and cheese? How about mini Chicago dogs? Churro French toast? Or even an avocado BLT? You’ll find them here. And you’ll be able to enjoy it all on an open-air patio-style rooftop with stunning ocean views. Firehouse also offers full bar service and reservable cabanas, so it’s become a popular date destination. There are few better ways to enjoy exceptional alfresco here.
George’s at the Cove (11.8 miles)
There is perhaps no more upbeat place to enjoy San Diego’s famously mild weather than at this local institution. Long treasured as a jewel of the city dining scene, George’s has offered rooftop seating since before rooftop seating was cool. Whether you opt for a table overlooking the ocean, or belly up to the stocked-to-the-gills full-service bar, you’ll enjoy stellar views with your booze and chews. Insider tip: don’t leave without trying the delectable fish tacos.
Bunz (just steps away!)
Of course, we’d be remiss in not mentioning our very own Bunz, the farm-to-table burger joint that’s right on-site here at Days Inn. You’ve never had a burger like ours before! Bunz’ gourmet burgers are a cut above the ordinary — hand-crafted only from fresh ingredients, made-to-order, and served exactly as you like them. And guests and visitors alike are always welcome to enjoy their juicy, delicious creations on our roomy outdoor patio.