Just as the metropolitan landscape in San Diego is constantly evolving, so are our favorite eateries – switching up their flavah and offering new menu selections, culinary specials and dining perks to keep up with foodie hot spots sprouting up around town.
From the tried-and-true Old Spaghetti Factory and classic Mille Fleurs to the new kitchens on the block including the MerK and cool-as-ice Suite and Tender, DiscoverSD.com has your latest developments in San Diego dining.
Alchemy: The South Park dining scene turns to gold with the arrival of the newest restaurant in town: Alchemy.
Mi Casa Taco Shop: Matt Spencer of DJhere, Firehouse and much more heard his favorite Pacific Beach taco shop was closing, so he bought it, tricked it out, and thus restored one of San Diego’s most beloved taco shops.
Another new trendy taco shop, Funky Garcia's Mexican Eatery, is bringing Tijuana flavors and prices to the Gaslamp Quarter
Blind Lady Ale House: Opened in January, this urban eatery in Normal Heights serves organic salads and Neapolitan-style pizzas along with 20 taps pouring local, regional and rare Belgian brews hand selected by owner Lee Chase, world-renown beer consultant and former head brewer of local Stone Brewing Company.
Zenbu Sushi: Craving a tasty roll and chic scene in North County? The new Zenbu Sushi in Cardiff delivers a new era of dining and nightlife to this laid back surf community.
The Old Spaghetti Factory: Back by popular demand, OSF reopened downtown this February, returning to the same location it occupied from 1974 until closing in 2005 as part of a building redevelopment.
MerK: The Keating Hotel’s new restaurant, MerK Bistro Italiano, is now offering brunch every weekend.
Vela: Vela is the signature restaurant of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel, and offers global coastal cuisine paired with an exquisite wine list and breathtaking views of the Bay.
Fox Sports Grill: Also located within the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel is a fun, state-of-the-art watering hole, where plasma screens broadcast a range of sports and entertainment programming, and the Grill’s American menu and specialty drink list provides a treat for the easily-pleased sports fan to the more discerning foodie.
George’s California Modern: This landmark restaurant on the Cove now offers VIP car service for diners staying within an 8-mile radius of La Jolla.
Mille Fleurs: Located in exclusive Rancho Santa Fe, this swanky eatery is now offering a menu of value-priced entrée dishes served Sunday through Thursday evenings in the restaurant’s Fountain Room.
Mistral: Loews Coronado Bay Resort’s signature restaurant has reduced its menu prices (the average cost of a main course is now $26 from $36), and beginning in spring 2009, Loews Coronado Bay Resort will host a seasonal Farmers, Foragers and Fishermen dinner series for $48 a person.
Jsix: Located in the Hotel Solamar, Jsix has launched Meatball Mondays, offering unique ingredients ranging from oxtail and rabbit to beef from local purveyor, Brandt Beef.
Suite and Tender: Suite & Tender is the signature restaurant of downtown’s newest luxury hotel, the Sé San Diego.
Quarter Kitchen: The Ivy Hotel’s prized restaurant welcomes new Executive Chef Nathan Coulon, whose menu “American Favorites seasoned with Fresh Ideas” consists of specially priced items and soulful classics that are meant to be shared and not strain the wallet. Check out Coulon’s treats during Happier Hour for the best gourmet bargain in town.
333 Pacific: San Diego’s newest North County restaurant provides oceanfront dining and contemporary steak and seafood cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Randy Miller. 333 also offers more than 100 brands of Vodka.
Whisknladle: This La Jolla restaurant commemorates its one-year anniversary this spring with the opening of Prepkitchen, a take-out eatery and market offering homemade soups, artisan cheeses, hand-made pastas, sauces and antipasti.
Jai: Wolfgang Puck's first San Diego venture since '99, Jai at the La Jolla Playhouse features an exotic menu prepared under the direction of Executive Chef and Kamakura, Japan native Yoshinori Kojima.
For more notable and new restaurants in San Diego, check out DiscoverSD.com's article "New in San Diego Dining: Mi Casa, Blind Lady, Zenbu."