Top 5 Most Romantic Restaurants in San Diego

Charles + dinorah

One of the best things about living in San Diego is being able to enjoy a delicious meal while admiring postcard-perfect views. Whether beachside overlooking the Pacific coastline, or taking in panoramic scenes of the city, dinners are always more memorable when sharing with loved ones. As the old adage goes, “the quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach.” Be sure to bookmark one of these five dining options to celebrate love and have a romantic evening with your other half.

1. Charles + Dinorah
Reminiscent of a classic 1960s-era motel, Charles + Dinora is the perfect spot for an effortlessly cool first date. The name pays homage to who first owned and managed the then-Sportsman’s Lodge over five decades ago. In addition to the mid-century modern ambiance, the seasonal menu features everything from dynamic cocktails like strong, yet smooth espresso martini, as well as a variety of locally sourced dishes like the popular baked salmon, complete with earthy honey nut squash, goose berries, and fresh arugula.

Charles + dinorah

2. Coasterra
With a slogan like “Views to dine for,” Shelter Island’s Coasterra Restaurant is a favorite getaway location among local foodies. With floor-to-ceiling glass, an expansive patio, and stunning vistas of the downtown skyline, Coasterra is the perfect choice for a leisurely date night. Chef Deborah Scott’s upscale takes on traditional Latin cuisine offers a unique and elevated dining experience unlike any other.


3. Mister A’s
Perched on the top floor of a 12-story building in Bankers Hill, Mister A’s has been a fine dining staple in San Diego for more than 50 years. During the day, patrons can sit outside and watch the planes descend on to the runway at San Diego International Airport, and by night, enjoy the sparkling city lights. Long-time Executive Chef Stephane Voitzwinkler artfully blends American, French, and Mediterranean influences into dishes like whipped burrata, plancha grilled Spanish octopus, and wild caught salmon.

Mister a's

4. Bleu Bohème
Frequently dubbed as one of San Diego’s best French restaurants, Bleu Bohème is a cozy, unassuming neighborhood gem situated in the trendy Kensington district. The bistro charms guests with its rustic decor, stone walls, dim lighting, and French love songs. Homey classics dominate the entree list, including French onion soup, boeuf bourguignon, and steak frites. For the best experience, sharing is the way to go. The old-school atmosphere, paired with delicious food, makes this restaurant a must on any couple’s dining list.

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5. Duke’s La Jolla
Named after native Hawaiian, Duke Kahanamoku, who is considered by many to be the father of modern surfing, Duke’s La Jolla draws on both Hawaiian and Californian fare using seasonal, all natural ingredients. Signature dishes range from poke tacos and crispy coconut shrimp, to banana leaf steamed fish and shrimp. A few not-to-be-missed cocktails include the lavender colada made with organic lavender simple syrup, coconut, pineapple, and rum and the honi honi, which is a spin on the classic mai tai, featuring premium koloa rums from kauai, pineapple juice, and grand marnier.

Duke's la jolla

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Esteban Villanueva