The Best Outdoor Dining Experiences in San Diego County

San Diego County is a great place to enjoy outdoor dining experiences. With plenty of restaurants offering outdoor seating, you can savor delicious food while taking in the fresh air and stunning views. From Mediterranean specialties to modern California cuisine, there's something for everyone. Here are some of the best outdoor dining experiences in San Diego County.

Valentina is a North County restaurant located next to 101 that exudes a Spanish beach vibe. The open windows and covered terrace of the enclosed patio keep guests comfortable while enjoying the fresh air. The restaurant's solid wine list pairs well with Mediterranean specialties such as garlic prawns and Mediterranean sashimi. Executive chef Brandon Jennings has taken over the kitchen in the Rancho Santa Fe enclave.

Ciccia Osteria

is a great spot for outdoor dining.

The patio is brimming with foliage and a country house atmosphere. The main focus is on fresh, seasonal ingredients and authentic flavors. There's also a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options available, making it perfect for families and groups with mixed preferences.

Island Prime

is located on stilts high above San Diego Bay on Harbor Island, with views of Coronado and the city skyline. The outdoor terrace that surrounds both sides of the restaurant offers padded seating and plenty of tables to enjoy views of the city skyline, the harbor, and the planes as they slide underneath guests and make their last descent to San Diego Airport.

The restaurant has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medallion for “Best Seafood Restaurant in San Diego” and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

Mille Fleurs

in Rancho Santa Fe has one of the best happy hours in San Diego. Try the pan-roasted Atlantic Dover sole (which arrives daily) with products from Chino Farms or the Mille Fleurs lobster salad. Executive chef Charleen Sandoval has created new dishes such as o-bull tartar and lamb loin with eggplant and basil puree and mint chimichurri.

The Teak Roof

at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in Pacific Beach is one of San Diego's most glamorous spots for outdoor dining. Enjoy sipping a cocktail on the teak roof while taking in views of Mission Bay beach huts and the hotel's steamboat moored in the marina.

The restaurant serves delicious modern California cuisine inspired by the ocean.

The Bahia Resort Hotel

recently opened its doors to a new beachfront restaurant with views of Mission Bay beach huts and the hotel's steamboat moored in the marina. Owner Ryan Thorsen has revitalized this classic old-school dining destination, serving dishes such as Puerto Nuevo lobster (butter-poached lobster taco) and rib wagyu (48-hour ribs with coffee and ancho chili juice).San Diego County offers plenty of options for outdoor dining experiences. Whether you're looking for Mediterranean specialties, modern California cuisine, or classic old-school dishes, there's something for everyone. Make sure to make reservations ahead of time due to limited seating.

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