Just like living in San Diego, watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean never gets old. Add a happy hour menu, good friends, and a glass or two of wine and now you’re speaking our language. While there’s no wrong place to watch the sunset, the five places we’ve chosen are musts while living in or visiting America’s Finest City. Check the sunset times and grab your wallet for these Bite approved spots!
There are countless beautiful places to watch the sunset in San Diego, but we’ll start with our favorite – Bali Hai. For over fifty years tourists and locals alike have flocked to the Polynesian restaurant for views of the San Diego skyline and their infamous Mai Tai’s. The best time to go to Bali Hai is during Happy Hour – Monday through Friday, from 3 pm to 6 pm. For a fraction of their typical price, you can snack on Hawaiian Tuna Poke, Coconut Shrimp, Island Beef Skewers, Lobster Wonton Tacos and more. All while trying their Mai Tai’s, which increase in price every hour of happy hour. If strong drinks aren’t your thing, ask for a cup of guava juice on the side to wash it all down. Don’t forget to call an Uber, these Mai Tai’s are stronger than you think!
The recently renovated JRDN is a diamond in the sea of Pacific Beach sports bars. The revamp includes world-class chef, David Warner, and a new Japanese and Baja inspired coastal menu. Stop in for happy hour Monday through Friday, 4 pm to 6 pm, to try fresh sashimi from their sushi bar, shareable small plates, and oysters from their raw bar. You can never go wrong with the JRDN Seafood Tower, which includes a little bit of everything with oysters, shrimp, king crab legs, lobster, and chef’s poke. Pair it with a glass of chilled white wine while you watch the sunset over Law St beach and the Crystal Pier.
Tartine, a quaint European cafe by day and bistro by night, is the perfect place to watch the sunset over The Bay with Downtown San Diego looming in the distance. With it’s 6 am opening time, you can catch the sunrise and sunset at Tartine. Just a hop and a skip across the street from Centennial Park, sit outside on their patio or walk across the street to enjoy your meal in the grass. For the early risers, we recommend their famous Quiche, with your option of Ham & Gruyere or Spinach, Tomato, and Gruyere. Grab a coffee of your choice and enjoy the beautiful city we live in. No time during the week? Check out Tartine on our Coronado Walking Tour every Saturday at 2 pm.
Grab a bite at the Most Southwesterly Restaurant in the United States while you watch the sun go down on the Mexican border. Located at the end of the Imperial Beach pier, Tin Fish is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat after a beach day down south. Unlike some of the other options on our list, Tin Fish is ultra-casual and serves a mix of classic American bar food, seafood, and Mexican. You can’t go wrong with a basket of Hush Puppies, The Lightly Breaded Oyster Po Boy, and a cold beer. Often overlooked because iton’t pass Tin Fish up next time you’re in Imperial Beach!
Undeniably one of the most famous restaurants in San Diego, Mister A’s is a great place to watch the sunset while enjoying the finer things in life. Climb to the 12th floor for fine dining paired with views of the Coronado Bridge and The Bay while planes land in the distance. While there’s no such thing as a bad meal at Mister A’s, we recommend the Plancha Grilled Octopus, with Romesco sauce, chorizo, cilantro, and confit potatoes or the Maine Lobster Struddle with phyllo dough, forest mushrooms, and cognac lobster sauce. Whatever you choose, wash it all down with a bottle of wine while the sun sets on the city below.
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