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insideOUT, San Diego, CA

insideOUT

4.8
4.8
872 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean

insideOUT is Hillcrest’s sexy, chic and refined destination restaurant for those who want to enjoy fine dining, craft cocktails and relax in an outdoor urban oasis.

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Booked 31 times today

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Delivery

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 888-8623

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Duran

  • Private party facilities

    At insideOUT, San Diego’s only urban oasis we offer 3 different spaces or entire venue buyouts with a stunning and unique holiday backdrop you won’t find anywhere else in San Diego! Please contact paris@insideoutsd.com for more details and walk-throughs.

  • Neighborhood

    Hillcrest

  • Cross street

    Center Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 872 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Best Ambiance

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  1. H

    Howard

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food. Incredible space. Good service.

  2. f

    foodanddrinklover

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience5

    Very slow service and zero willingness to apologize or be accountable for poor service.

  3. BO

    BrianO

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time with great food and service - we'll be back

  4. L

    Leli

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Charming place with beautiful ambiance! Most of the plates were outstanding like the burger and the burundi, the brussel sprouts and the bread were yummy and they have a nice cocktail selection.

  5. DF

    DamonF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food was delicious! I highly recommend the salmon (main entree), Brussel sprouts (appetizer), and donuts and chocolate cake (desserts). Julian our server was wonderful. Very attentive, courteous, and provided wonderful service. Will definitely dine at your restaurant again.

  6. S

    Shyla

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience! Def will be back! A must to place!

  7. AG

    ArleneG

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Nice service

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the ambiance and the servers were outstanding making my first time welcoming. The drinks and food were on point. Definitely will be returning.

  9. JH

    JanH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, Great ambiance and wonderful service. Exceeded our expectations.

  10. f

    food1st

    San Diego

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really love this place. Best damn burger is aptly named. Poke is delicious, beautifully prepared and presented. Doughnuts are the bomb!!

  11. JP

    JohnP

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A completely awesome restaurant. One of our favorites in all of San Diego. Wonderful atmosphere, great food and service!

  12. PJ

    PJBricoleur

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great night out with an amazing space, great food and a very attentive (and attractive) staff! What a great addition to Hillcrest!

  13. LS

    LS17

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    College graduation dinner. Fantastic food, atmosphere, and I cannot say enough great things about the service. I have been here a few times and the staff is excellent.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for brunch. Tylor was our server and he was the absolute best! Great cocktails and the meals were out of this world. We will be back!!

  15. M

    Missa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favorite places to go to. The atmosphere is very inviting and the food and drinks are outstanding.

  16. JH

    JeremyH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere! It feels like an urban oasis. Highly recommend.

  17. BP

    BobP

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food was great; ambiance is unique. We enjoyed our visit

  18. S

    Shoechronicler

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We do date night every Wednesday and this was the first time we tried Inside Out . The service was awesome, the food was equally delicious and the drinks were amazing! Thank you!

  19. CA

    ChristopherA

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We went for a very good tasting brunch. Tylor was a very good server, professional, with great recommendations for drinks and food.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The aesthetics of this place Definitely matches the great service and amazing food. It will exceed expectations.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and cocktails, my overall experience was great and servers were attentive to the guests.

  22. m

    mikeb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely AMAZING again ! FOOD spectacular and the courtyard is MAGICAL. Best place to enjoy our amazing SD climate and fantastic COCKtails with friends:)

  23. DF

    DonetteF

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Who knew you could find such a cute little restaurant right in the middle of an apartment complex! The food was great (a little on the smaller side when it comes to portions but filling) and the drinks were so yummy! Be sure to get there just in time for happy hour to get some steals. The heaters outdoors (and the drinks) kept us warm throughout our meal. Overall we had an amazing time and will definitely be back.

  24. F

    mattF

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Hello, We love the atmosphere and service, but the 2 braised short rib dishes that were ordered were tough. Not happy about that, but everything else was amazing.

  25. JO

    JoannaO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The food was nothing special to be honest. The ambience is definitely a vibe.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brunch was really excellent! Loco moco was delicious!

  27. BT

    BrianT

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a little chilly at the top on a Sunday morning, but it was nice and not too crazy. The atmosphere is always fun with the right friends. Food was good, curious to try out the menu. I did a Cali scramble, it was good, not crazy special. Friend did the breakfast croissant, forgot to ask how it was, seemed like he enjoyed it.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Steak was amazing. Brought out on hot stone rare, so you can cook to your liking!

  29. CR

    CaseyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is always a fantastic experience at Inside Out. The food and drinks are amazing and the service is great.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had a wonderful time here! All of the staff was so friendly and the ambiance is beautiful. We sat inside and could still see how beautiful the restaurant was decorated. Highly recommend experiencing!

  31. L

    Lorena

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing! Incredibly attentive staff! Ambiance was fantastic.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Stale bread. Staff asks how’re doing but doesn’t wait for your answer - and they move on - like robots. Terrible sound system.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love everything here

  34. T

    Tara

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    I would definitely recommend! insideOUT is such a cute date night spot. They are really creative with how they set up their space. The food was delicious, though I must say I was still a little bit hungry after having the jumbo prawns. My date got the burger with fingerling potatoes, which was super worth it. Only complaints are that we sat in an area where our table was at a slight angle, so my date felt like he was falling backwards as we were eating. Also, the bathroom stalls didn't have locks on them, so I had to hold the door closed while I peed.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Suprisingly good food. Good atmosphere with a variety of seating arrangements. Did not drink, but all their cocktails looked like the photos. Not just a place for good drinks, a complete package!

  36. BP

    BrijeshP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I reserved an outdoor table for a friend's birthday on a Tuesday. The staff was really nice and offered to store the cake for us without even us asking, we also got a round of free shots! They cut the cake for us and brought it out with candles, I really appreciated it. The drinks were on point and the food is really good! I recommend the outdoor seating. Even though the reservation said we can have the table only for 1.5 hours, we were able to be there till close because it wasn't too crowded I guess. The restrooms have glass walls facing the street, really unusual and creative.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Love going to inside out. Had two dirty martinis with extra bleu cheese olives! For food, we ordered the half caeser salad, poke appetizer and herb chicken. The chicken was cooked great the last time we ordered it but this time it was dry and extra chewy so maybe the chef was different on a Tuesday vs the weekend chef? Otherwise everything was great as usual.

  38. MC

    MelindaC

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant is a gem! Located rid in the middle of these beautiful red loft buildings. The outdoor area is an oasis and the music is a great volume and selection. You must get the Notch Yo Poke, so flavorful and fresh! All of our drinks and food were delicious, looking forward to going back and trying more

  39. SC

    SuzanneC

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    I love this place, especially bringing guests from out of town. The service is great, the space is so pretty and unique, and the drinks are great. I don’t love the brunch menu, as a lot of the options are similar, and just ok. If you want sweet stuff there’s only like 1 option. It’s just rather limited.

  40. YA

    YvonneA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and atmosphere. The waiters and hostess were attentive and friendly. Would definitely go back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from insideOUT using the Order Online button.

insideOUT is rated 4.8 stars by 872 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 31 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online
Google Map for insideOUT

1642 University Ave Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Center Street

  • Neighborhood

    Hillcrest

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Duran

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 888-8623

  • Private party facilities

    At insideOUT, San Diego’s only urban oasis we offer 3 different spaces or entire venue buyouts with a stunning and unique holiday backdrop you won’t find anywhere else in San Diego! Please contact paris@insideoutsd.com for more details and walk-throughs.

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