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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in San Diego

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Bazille - Nordstrom University Town Center restaurant
4.7
4.7 (181)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
La Jolla
About the restaurant
This full-service restaurant with a casually sophisticated atmosphere features bistro cuisine and a full bar. Enjoy fresh salads, specialty entrées, signature cocktails, a wine list and housemade desserts.

Nordstrom is located along Genesee Avenue, between La Jolla Village Drive and Nobel Drive. Bazille is located on the 2nd floor, overlooking the main courtyard of the newly expanded UTC. We offer a full bar with wine, beer & hand crafted cocktails, as well as open patio dining.

We are open for dine-in service, covered, heated outdoor patio dining and to-go orders with Curbside Pickup. Call (858) 812-3582 to place your order.

Join us for Brunch on weekends;

July 4th hours: 11am-5pm
Top review
luv2cook
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Four of us had a great lunch at Bazille this week. Two of us had the Southwest style salad--one with chicken, the other shrimp-- and the other two had the crab, mango, and avocado salad. Everyone was very happy with their choice, the salads were presented beautifully, and all ingredients were very fresh. The space is clean and bright, but perhaps could be just a touch cozier. Overall, a great dining option!
A photo of The Henry - Coronado restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2113)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Coronado
About the restaurant
Welcome to the greatest neighborhood restaurant, a place where you can always count on a warm welcome from baristas, servers and bartenders who know your order by heart. A fusion of industrial and classical influences, our open dining spaces are bursting with charm and energy. Come and go with ease for your morning coffee, enjoy lunch with a colleague, gather the family together for dinner, or treat yourself to a post-work drink at the bar. For craveable eats and downright delicious cocktails, look no further than a place where you'll always be among friends, a place that feels like home: The Henry.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The service is so good, the employees are so so so sweet and the food is SO DELICIOUS! I was here like 3 days ago and i swear im addicted to their braised short rib !!
A photo of NM Café - San Diego restaurant
4.9
4.9 (299)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Mission Valley
About the restaurant
THE NM CAFE located in Neiman Marcus SAN DIEGO has been recently remodeled and is now open 7 days a week, 11 am- 4pm.

Laid-back luxe. Experience delightful dishes in a casual, contemporary atmosphere at THE NM CAFE® SAN DIEGO. Muted lighting and understated, modern decor create the perfect environment for a midday retreat. Whether dining with a group or simply ordering upscale take-out, expect delectable food and exceptional service that is synonymous with Neiman Marcus.

Let THE NM CAFE® host your next Baby or Bridal Shower. We pride ourselves on creating the perfect menu and ambience for your event in our chic and inviting atmosphere. Pamper the glowing bride- or mother-to-be in your life with the shower of her dreams or a lavish luncheon.
Top review
CSS12vip
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
We had a great lunch. The shrimp with pasta special was amazing as was the fennel salad with grapefruit.
A photo of Campfire restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4936)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
A New American restaurant and cocktail bar with a focus on market driven live-fire cooking, Campfire is a return to the origins of cooking and hospitality, and celebrates the spirit of the name by creating an environment in which we gather around a fire, create honest food, and share it with friends.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
We had a wonderful experience at Campfire. The service is top notch and loved the vibe. Our server and support staff were on point and friendly. We had the smoke olives, oysters, prawns, burrata with focaccia, and the rib-eye with potato add on. Loved how everything on the menu is infused with fire, smoke, grilled, etc. The Kentucky Crest bourbon fruit forward drink was so refreshing and delicious- glad I took a chance on it. Great selection of whiskey! We will definitely be back. Happily surprised by the bonus birthday card from staff and homemade oatmeal cookie sandwich with marshmallow middle. My only question/concern is the metal chairs with no cushions. They looked very uncomfortable to me and I would have asked for a different table with cushioned seats.
A photo of Terra American Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1531)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
La Mesa
About the restaurant
After a 3 Year hiatus on Opentable....they're back!!

Terra American Bistro and Chef Jeff Rossman have been binging the Farm To Table-Modern American Bistro experience to San Diegans for over 25 years now. Having relocated from Hillcrest to the East College area close to SDSU 11 years ago, the rotating menu features local fish procured from Tommy The Fishmonger @ Tunaville and local farm fresh produce from the bounty of San Diego County. Featured menu items include 12 Hour Braised Short Rib, Grilled Flat Iron Steak Chimichurri, Roasted Salmon with Herb oil, Terra's Wagyu Burgers, Nashville Chicken Sandwich and the famous Banana Bread Pudding with Jim Beam Butterscotch! The team’s ambition at Terra is to create a relaxed and casual atmosphere to enjoy great food, local craft beer & wine. Terra has many awards for best neighborhood joint: it's where the locals go!!
Top review
PaulaH
Dined 5 days ago
Great food, great ambiance and service was a bit slow but the food came out fairly quick. They did give us a yummy free dessert for my hubby’s birthday. I will miss this place.
A photo of Bouquet Restaurant + Bar at Ponte Vineyard Inn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (508)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Temecula
About the restaurant
Enjoy fresh, locally-sourced cuisine fine wines and refreshing cocktails at Bouquet Restaurant, located at our luxurious AAA Four-Diamond Inn. Dine out on the terrace surrounded by manicured Italian gardens with stunning views of the vineyard and our 1-acre pond.

Enjoy live music during brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-3pm!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 21, 2024
Very serene ambience.Had a nice peaceful brunch with friends.Will try a different dish next time.I ordered Benedict but the English muffin kind of rubbery texture.
A photo of Beaumont's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (883)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
La Jolla
About the restaurant
Established in the heart of La Jolla’s Bird Rock seaside community in 2005, Beaumont’s Neighborhood Eatery has been a central meeting spot for locals to gather for fabulous food, hand-made cocktails, and top-rated entertainment in a casual, yet contemporary atmosphere earning its title as the “heart and soul of Bird Rock”. Nightly happy hour and a fantastic dinner menu are just the beginning, because a full bar and live local music add to the great vibe. You’ll find Beaumont’s weekends a need to be at event for brunch!
Top review
EmKPvip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
What a great place for food, service and live music. We had a great table outside so could hear the music and still talk!
A photo of Sbicca - Del Mar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2455)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Del Mar
About the restaurant
We look forward to having you join us! San Diego's favorite "Neighborhood" restaurant. Located in beautiful, quaint Del Mar and winner of the "Gold Medallion Award" for Best Neighborhood Restaurant awarded by the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association. Dine up on the Ocean View deck and take in the blue pacific while enjoying our award winning cuisine or sit on our ocean view sidewalk cafe and sip on one of our Wine Spectator award winning wine list wines.

SPECIALS:
1/2 price on Wine Bottles Tuesdays & Thursdays
Happy Hour Daily 3-5pm (excluding holidays)

Please note we cannot guarantee seating requests, we will do our best to accommodate but it is not a guarantee for inside or outside
Top review
PhillipD
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
The service and food were excellent. Everything was wonderful.
A photo of SHAKE & MUDDLE restaurant
4.6
4.6 (455)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Chula Vista / Bonita
About the restaurant
Welcome to Shake & Muddle!

Discover the next generation of fusion cocktail mixology at Shake & Muddle, located in the heart of Chula Vista. Indulge in our diverse range of savory, sweet, boozy, and fruity cocktails, expertly paired with fresh appetizers, shareable plates, and comforting homestyle dishes. Enjoy fresh ingredients straight from the sea and local California land.

Join us for Happy Hour, dinner and weekend brunch. Whether you prefer the warmth of our fire pit tables, the cozy indoor bar, or the outdoor heated patio, we offer the perfect ambiance for your dining experience.

Planning a special celebration? Visit our Events page online. Don't miss our weekly live music every Friday and Saturday. Enjoy free parking in the Gateway Garage on Third Ave or on H Street.

We can’t wait to welcome you! Shake & Muddle is your local cocktail bar and kitchen.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
The food was delicious and the service was a good pace. Our waitress was attentive and friendly as well!
A photo of Harlow's - Art of Life restaurant
4.7
4.7 (204)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Bonsall
About the restaurant
Harlow's Cocktail Lounge is a unique restaurant focused on traditional classics with modern reinvention. Through the use of specialized ingredients and techniques, international influence and attention to detail, Harlow's offers adventurous creations rooted in comforting familiarity. Our shareable menu and bar selections are crafted for our guests enjoy on any occasion or outing. Come enjoy the lounge, bar, restaurant and private dining areas with friends and family. Harlow's stage features weekly live music showcasing local talent. Call or visit harlowslounge.com for more details
Top review
Allisonvip
Dined 1 day ago
What an amazing meal, we loved every second of the experience. The service was stellar, the drinks were delicious and more than strong enough, and the food was absolutely delicious. This restaurant is going on rotation, we're bummed we didn't know about it before now.
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