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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in North San Diego

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in North San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Plot restaurant
4.9
4.9 (738)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Oceanside
About the restaurant
The Plot is a haven for culinary enthusiasts, where creative chefs transform locally sourced ingredients into stunningly plant-forward dishes. Indulge in a full-service dining experience in the evenings and for brunch, or opt for a casual lunch on weekdays. Enjoy our beautiful dining room or immerse yourself amongst the plants in our bountiful patio gardens. The Plot team is led by Jessica and Davin Waite, who have been at the forefront of San Diego's culinary scene for over a decade, gaining a loyal following for their inventive and sustainable approach to seafood and plant-based dishes, gaining the attention of critics and culinary innovators far and wide.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Perfect restaurant with wonderful food. The updated gnocchi was amazing as well as radish steak. Thanks again!
A photo of Valentina restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1656)
$30 and under
Contemporary European
Encinitas
About the restaurant
We look forward to welcoming you.

Valentina is casual neighborhood bistro and wine bar located in Leucadia along Hwy 101. Named after the owner's daughter, Valentina is a casual and welcoming spot that patrons can enjoy for good food, wine and the company of good friends. An eclectic mix of seasonal plates has been inspired by the owners’ passion for travel, reflecting the style of the classic bistros of Mexico City, Spain, and France.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
My hubby and I came here for a date night. The food was fresh, creative use of flavors that paired beautifully together. Delicious! The service was excellent as well. We’ll be back. ;)
A photo of Jeune et Jolie restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3659)
$50 and over
Contemporary French
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
A culinary experience celebrating the moment, Jeune et Jolie reimagines French cuisine through the vibrant lens of our Southern California landscape with a 4-course menu offered at $115 per guest.

For those looking for a more casual evening, we feature "Le Menu du Bar”, an à la carte offering available for walk-in guests at our bar and lounge.







Top review
Brianvip
Dined 7 days ago
Jeune et Jolie is our favorite restaurant in San Diego. This is food as art and every bite is a joy. The tuna with strawberry was the highlight of our last visit.
A photo of Nick’s on State restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1462)
$30 and under
American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Our intimate restaurant features a chic island bar, walls of glass and a spacious covered patio, perfect for people watching. Our exhibition kitchen highlights the talents of our passionate culinary team.

Nick’s is dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation, offering the highest quality food and beverage, and executing impeccable standards of hospitality. The deeply instilled Nick’s culture is personified by its Ladies and Gentlemen – professionals who share a single focus and are inspired and committed to offering great service and creating positive, memorable experiences.

Top review
GayleG
Dined 1 day ago
Burger and Thai Chicken salad were great, but ribs were lacking in amount of meat - my husband was disappointed in them. Also, we were celebrating 2 birthdays and were surprised that there was no small complimentary dessert, unlike all the other restaurants we have celebrated at over the years. Too noisy for decent conversation.
A photo of Black and Blue Steakhouse and Lounge - Valley View Casino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1586)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Valley Center
About the restaurant
Black&Blue is a contemporary American Steakhouse with Las Vegas flair, and a 21 and up dining experience. B&B was recently named San Diego’s “Most Romantic Steakhouse” by the San Diego Union Tribune, and most recently awarded as the Best Steak House Best Seafood by San Diego A-list! At B&B we offer the choicest meats, freshest seafood and most dazzling desserts to delight the mind and body that will transport our guests into a world of indulgence and taste. Unwind with conversation and creative cocktails in our Black&Blue Lounge. Then move into our main room where Chef Nicholas Burgess will impress you with his inventive dishes and innovative takes on classic favorites. The Manager, Chris Scala, will ensure you receive the ultimate in guest service in an atmosphere that’s friendly and fun. To fully enjoy the B&B dining experience, please be prepared to spend an hour and a half with us. Visit us at B&B for a dining experience you’ll never forget.

Top review
JosephK
Dined 4 days ago
Top notch service and food. Try the iced tea. For great value, make your own changes to the set menu. Just go!
A photo of Rosina's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1034)
$30 and under
Italian
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
About the restaurant

Rosina's Italian Restaurants is traditional, casual and family friendly. We prepare our pastas and sauces fresh daily. Rosina's is a great place for a business meeting in our larger additional dining room, special gathering date night, or family dinner.
Hand Made for 30 Years
We serve healthy, Mediterranean recipes the Italian way: homemade soups, fresh vegetables, classic Italian cuisine from the heart of Italy. Our family has prepared meals for San Diegans for almost 30 years.
Find out why your neighbors are calling both of Rosina's locations hidden gems, and make sure to try the nightly dinner specials!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Nice experience and food was good! Good value too!
A photo of Steak 48 - Del Mar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (758)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Del Mar
About the restaurant
At Steak 48, we serve the finest steaks and high-quality seafood in an intimate and vibrant setting. Our diverse menu will satisfy any personal craving, as we serve the best USDA prime steaks, succulent seafood, and shellfish along with inventive and classically inspired side dishes and appetizers. Also enjoy classic cocktails and an extensive award-winning wine list.

At Steak 48, we encourage all of our guests to get dressed up for a great experience. In order to maintain an enjoyable environment for all guests, athletic wear, excessively revealing clothing, exposed undergarments will not be permitted. We prefer no printed t-shirts, hats or visors and always appreciate collared shirts or sports coats. Please dress as your elegant selves. You are going to have a great time!

If you need any special accommodations or flowers reach out to us at the host desk!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Top review
LauriLvip
Dined 1 day ago
We had the extraordinary privilege of getting Armand as our server for the evening. His smile arrived at our table before the rest of him got there. His knowledge of the menu, and his enthusiasm for the dinner experience we were about to receive was palpable. His food and beverage recommendations were spot on. His care and attention to every detail of our meal guaranteed that we will be repeat guests. Thank you Armand for taking us to a whole new level of excellence! Steak 48 is definitely a must experience restaurant 😊
A photo of Tavern restaurant
4.8
4.8 (452)
$30 and under
American
Solana Beach
About the restaurant
Newly remodeled, the much airier Tavern is all about art, music, and above all great food. Open for lunch and soon to include evening dining, the Tavern adds a distinctly Mexican/Pacific Coast set of flavors to the local fine dining scene.

We are located in the heart of the Cedros Design District, within walking distance of the Amtrak station. The style is casual with indoor and outdoor dining ( plus bar seating). The patio, which can accommodate 18 guests, looks out onto the shop-lined Cedros Avenue and can be separated from the main dining area for private events.

*Please note* Our restaurant welcomes walk-ins during our Lunch hours from 11:30 am- 3:30 pm.
*Tavern restaurant will be closed for dinner (Lunch will remain open Monday and Tuesday when the belly up is dark)
*Please check our website for the most up-to-date hours*

Top review
Myron
Dined 1 day ago
Great place to eat before attending a concert at BellyUp. Convenient and you get in quicker than the outside line.
A photo of The Veranda Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1412)
$30 and under
Californian
Fallbrook
About the restaurant
While dining at the most atmospheric restaurant in Fallbrook, you can gaze at our sparkling lake and gorgeous grounds while enjoying a delicious meal prepared with seasonal produce from our on-site vegetable and fruit gardens. We offer patio heaters during the winter months and fans during the warmer months. Reservations are recommended. Enjoy a stroll through our many gardens before or after you dine at The Veranda.
Top review
IreneE
Dined on Apr 11, 2024
This was my third time dining at the veranda and my husband‘s first. I consistently find the veranda to be a wonderful venue and the food is excellent. The gardens are wonderful to walk-through. I definitely recommend experiencing the veranda at the grand traditions estate. I did not understand the question regarding “noise level“. I found the noise level to be acceptable. Thank you for providing such a great experience! Your staff are outstanding.
A photo of Vittorio's Italian Restaurant- San Diego restaurant
4.8
4.8 (589)
$30 and under
Italian
Carmel Valley
About the restaurant
Italian trattoria and wine bar.
Favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant

Top review
Zengirlvip
Dined 3 days ago
Love Chuck and Victor, so great to visit with, got the shrimp scampi, it was out of this world, yum!
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