San Diego County is a great place to enjoy outdoor dining, with its sunny skies, balmy temperatures and unbeatable views. Whether you're looking for a luxurious landscape, cozy atmosphere or stunning views of the downtown skyline, there are plenty of restaurants in the area that offer patio or outdoor seating areas. From Mediterranean specialties to modern California cuisine, here are some of the best bar and grill restaurants in San Diego County that offer a patio or outdoor seating area.
Valentinais a North County restaurant located next to 101 that exudes a Spanish beach vibe.
With plenty of outdoor seating, guests can savor Mediterranean specialties such as garlic prawns and Mediterranean sashimi while taking in the fresh air. The open windows and covered terrace of the enclosed patio keep visitors comfortable while enjoying the delicious food. The restaurant also has an impressive wine list (including an Aperol Spritz cocktail) that pairs perfectly with the dishes.
Ciccia Osteriais located in Rancho Santa Fe and has recently appointed executive chef Brandon Jennings to take over the kitchen. The outdoor dining area on the patio is brimming with foliage and a country house atmosphere.
Guests can enjoy dishes such as pan-roasted Atlantic Dover sole with products from Chino Farms or the Mille Fleurs lobster salad. The restaurant also has a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options available.
Island Primeis situated on stilts high above San Diego Bay on Harbor Island, overlooking Coronado and the city skyline. This spot offers one of the most spectacular views in all of San Diego, as well as delicious food. Try the pan-seared scallops with bacon-braised Brussels sprouts or the grilled filet mignon with truffle mashed potatoes.
The restaurant also has an extensive wine list.
Pacific Coast Grillis one of our favorite restaurants in North San Diego County. Located in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, this beachfront spot is one of the most picturesque spots on this stretch of coast. Guests can enjoy dishes such as seared ahi tuna tacos or grilled salmon with roasted vegetables. The restaurant also has a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options available.
Blind Lady Alehouseis an elegant, fully outdoor spot for a pre-theater meal or a drink on Sundays in Balboa Park.
The team behind Blind Lady Alehouse renovated the space next to the San Diego Museum of Art to make it an ideal spot for dining. Guests can enjoy dishes such as wood-fired pizzas or roasted chicken with mashed potatoes.
Duke's La Jollais named after the famous Hawaiian native surfer Duke Kahanamoku and is located in La Jolla Cove. This two-story restaurant has spacious outdoor restaurants overlooking the picturesque La Jolla Cove. Guests can enjoy dishes such as seared scallops with bacon-braised Brussels sprouts or grilled filet mignon with truffle mashed potatoes.
Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spais located in Pacific Beach and serves delicious modern California cuisine inspired by the ocean.
Awarded the prestigious Gold Medallion for “Best Seafood Restaurant in San Diego” and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, guests can enjoy dishes such as pan-seared scallops with bacon-braised Brussels sprouts or grilled filet mignon with truffle mashed potatoes.