The Best Restaurants in Mission Valley

San Diego’s reputation as a “foodie” town isn’t an accident. Our melting-pot culture, age-old status as a shipping port, and easy access to the fruits of California’s amazing agriculture and fishing make our local eateries some of the most celebrated in the world. In fact, our hotel’s surrounding neighborhood is a shining spot even within a larger city brimming with near-endless choices. On the hunt for your next culinary adventure during your stay at the Days Inn Hotel Circle? Take a look at our picks for the best restaurants in Mission Valley, San Diego.  


Romantic Restaurants

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Looking to take that special someone out for a cozy Valentine’s Day dinner? You’ve certainly got some very tempting options in the Mission Valley area. Candlelight, champagne and sumptuous flavors abound at these couples’ favorites, all perfect for dreamy dining.

  • ARLO: Shareable entrées, soft lighting, and an excellent wine list.  
  • Wolf in the Woods: An intimate European-feel experience you won’t forget.  
  • Farmer’s Bottega: Simple, elegant, farm-to-fork plates in a rustic atmosphere.


Tasty Tacos

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Our proximity to the border (and vibrant Latino community) means San Diego is well-known for having the best tacos in the country — and it’s not even close. Here are some nearby spots that offer superb examples of San Diego’s favorite foldable fare.

  • Puesto: Delicious Mexican cuisine and drinks in a hip, modern setting. 
  • Crack Taco Shop: Don’t miss trying their famous burgundy pepper tri-tip.
  • El Tianguis: Rolled tacos are the specialty here, but everything’s a winner.


Pet-Friendly Spots

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Traveling with a four-legged friend? You and your buddy are both welcome at these pet-friendly establishments (as well as our hotel, of course). Just be sure to call ahead before you and Spot head to these spots — some prefer to perch pets on the patio, and alfresco options might be seasonal. 

  • Lazy Dog: Classic comfort food you and your canine companion will love.
  • TBS Tavern: Short for Tacos, Bites and Salads. Always fresh and tasty here.
  • Lucca’s Pizza & Market: Artisanal pizzas and fresh Italian in a relaxed setting


Pan-Asian Plates

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San Diego’s Asian communities comprise a vital aspect of the city’s culture, and superb restaurants are a huge part of it all. Whether you favor Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, or any pan-Asian flavors, Mission Valley has you covered in grand fashion. 

  • Negihama Sushi: Fresh and flavorful edible art in the timeless tradition. 
  • 356 Korean BBQ: Marinated meats, seafood and more, all cooked at your table.
  • Ka Pro Thai: Bright curries, noodles and rice dishes. Outdoor seating available. 


Scrumptious Steaks

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When you’re in the mood for a prime cut of steak, nothing else will do. So it’s a good thing you can enjoy cooked-to-order filet, ribeye, strip or porterhouse at any of several locations near to us. Just be sure to bring your appetite!

  • Bully’s East Prime Bistro: A lively sports bar with mouthwatering prime rib. 
  • Wood Ranch: Known for steaks, BBQ, burgers, chicken and excellent service.  
  • Yard House: In addition to sublime steaks, Yard House boasts more than 100 beers on tap.


Viva Variety 


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If you’re feeling indecisive, that’s understandable. You’re certainly spoiled for choice here. So if you know you’re hungry, but don’t quite know exactly what you’re in the mood for? Nearby Fashion Valley Mall has plenty of “I’ll know it when I see it” places you’ll love.

  • Silverlake Ramen: Savory noodle soups that are guaranteed to satisfy.
  • True Food Kitchen: Simple, sustainable, and unquestionably scrumptious.
  • Poki One N Half: Build your own perfect seafood bowl combo at this Hawaiian hideaway.   
  • Crust Kitchen: Scratch cooking — delivery, or just a few steps from our front door.  


Family-Friendly Fare


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Taking the whole crew out for a satisfying sit-down? You’ve got no shortage of options nearby. Even the finickiest of young diners will have no problem finding plenty to love on these menus — and neither will the grown-ups tagging along in their entourage. 


Enjoy Delectable Deals at Days Inn 

Your stay at Days Inn will have you only minutes away from every stop on your culinary tour of Mission Valley. Not to mention that our excellent rates, guest-first amenities and stellar service are just as tasty. Start your planning at our exclusive specials and offers page, and we’ll see you soon!