This year marks the 13th running of San Diego Restaurant Week. Nearly 200 restaurants are participating throughout the 8-day feasting event. Multiple neighborhoods spanning from Carlsbad to Imperial Beach will be host to special lunch and dinner menus fEATuring classic, new or limited menu items.
All restaurants participating in the event are partnered with Girl Scouts of America to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization. Certain locations will offer special dishes inspired by some of your favorite Girl Scout cookie flavors so be sure to scour each menu closely!
Here’s our list of Top Picks for San Diego Restaurant Week:
The bay-front eatery will be offering a lunch menu of assorted options ranging in price from about $10 up to $30. Dining guests can experience sea-fresh starters like the Crab, Avocado Mango Stack, a traditional New England Clam Chowder, or their signature Coconut Crunchy Shrimp. Entree options range from sandwiches and burgers to Truffle & Ricotta Stuffed Paste or a Japanese-style Bento Box Lunch. Dessert (of course) is offered as well!
The dinner menu offers similar appetizer options as lunch but has a much more expansive list of entree options. Split into 3 sections, guests can choose between Fresh Fish options, Seafood, and Meat + Poultry. Featured dishes include Chilean Sea Bass garnished one of six ways, Swordfish Pesto, and the ultimate Callahan cut 18 oz Prime Rib.
The Deck at Moonshine Flats is sure to fill the fantasy of any true BBQ lover. They will be offering a special 3-course dinner during Restaurant Week for a whopping $20 per plate – probably the BEST deal throughout participating locations. Diners can choose 1 of 3 app options like the Smoked Salmon Salad (pictured above), 2 entrees like the BBQ plate (pictured below) and a dessert.
The Grant Grill
The Grant Grill, located inside the U.S. Grant Hotel, will be offering a special San Diego Restaurant Week menu including a select list of starters, entrees and sides. Patrons can find more information on their special menu by visiting the Grant Grill Restaurant Week page.
Bull & Grain
Bull Grain is one of the newest and most popular restaurants in San Diego right now! Their San Diego Restaurant Week dinner menu starts at $30 per person and includes 3-courses. Starter options include House Made Grilled Thick Cut Bacon, Local Opah Ceviche, and Roasted Beet salad to name only a few. Entree focus on surf or turf, although they offer one vegetarian option, and range from Braised Duroc Pork Shank to Lobster Ravioli. End the evening with 4 choices of dessert and a majorly full belly.
Puesto, now with two locations serving San Diego in La Jolla & Seaport Village, will be offering both a lunch time Restaurant Week menu and a dinner menu. The lunch menu which starts at $15 per person includes one starter, two signature Puesto tacos like the fEATured Chicken Verde above, and a frozen Horchata as dessert. Lunch space fills up fast and we recommend placing a reservation if possible.
If you’re looking for a few more choices, then we suggest their dinner menu which has added selections from the starters to the desserts. Although the price per person doubles for dinner, you will get larger portions and more of a selection from their ever popular gourmet Mexican street food menu.
There’s a list of things you can always count on when dining at Solare Ristorante in Liberty Station – quality and authenticity. The curated menu crafted by Chef Accursio Lota embodies everything a true-Italian food seeking foodie would love. The menu is compiled solely on farm fresh & local ingredients including slow roasted Cauliflower Soup, a Local Catch of the Day, and handmade Ravioli with with Cow Ricotta. If you’re interested in sampling one of the fEATured Girl Scout-inspired desserts then look no further. The Mock-Tail is concocted using fresh apples, local lemons, cinnamon syrup, egg white, and White “Savannah Smiles” Girl Scout Cookies. For an added $4 you can make the “adult version” using a local white rum & white vermouth.
Part of the Cohn Restaurant Group (Corvette Diner, Vintana wine + dine, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine), the Modern Latin American cuisine of Indigo Grill will feature a 3-course menu with an additional $10 option for wine pairing (we recommend it!). The starters and entrees are composed of 3 options like the Tortilla Soup, Salt & Pepper Shrimp, and Hickory Smoked Pork Ribs. You can also upgrade your entree for an additional $10 and taste the Grilled Ancho-Sesame Glazed Ahi or Chili Azucar Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon. We’d 100% recommend the Fresh Churros for dessert with a side ofInIn Abuelita chocolate sauce.
Indigo Grill, from what we found, was one of the few locations with gluten free and vegetarian options on each of the 3-courses served.
Nestled along Washington St. on the border of Hillcrest & Mission Hills is Famer’s Bottega – a true farm-to-table concept. Their 3-course fEATured Restaurant Week menu is priced at $40 per person with an additional $15 wine pairing with each course served. The start options range from Hearts of Artichoke, Burrata plate, Housemade Meatballs or a Baby Kale Salad. The entree options vary from traditional Italian to a Buffalo Filet or Fish Special of the Night. Conclude your 3-course feast with 1 of 3 dessert options like the Mango Coconut Cake or New York Style Cheese Cake.
Where ever you decide to dine during this year’s first of two San Diego Restaurant Weeks, help support local restaurants and enjoy some delicious eats with good company.
Thanks for reading and Happy Chomping, Fellow Foodie!