Best of 2019: Our Favorite New San Diego Restaurants

It’s no secret that San Diego is a major foodie hub — and one of the best parts of visiting a culinary hotbed is experiencing all the new restaurants that open each year, from casual cafés to chic brasseries and osterias. Here’s our guide to the top six S.D. restaurants that opened in 2019, so you know which tables to reserve first.

Louisiana Purchase

Louisiana Purchase brings the Pelican State to North Park’s Louisiana Street, offering all of your Cajun and Creole favorites, from crawfish étouffée to chicken wings inspired by iconic restaurant Dooky Chase’s. The design of this indoor/outdoor eatery also references Louisiana, specifically the French Quarter of New Orleans, featuring velvets, marble, and rich woods. With its unique atmosphere and unique Weezyana Sizzurp cocktail (served in a skull over dry ice), this newcomer has gained a loyal following among travel insiders, including Fodor’s Travel and Forbes critics.

8.8 miles away;


Cesarina Ristorante & Pastificio is the new go-to Italian spot in Point Loma, serving an enormous selection of pasta styles, sauces, and toppings that can be mixed into the perfect custom pasta dish. (Think fettuccine with eggplant-tomato sauce and porcini or bucatini Bolognese with fresh mozzarella.) Profiled in San Diego Magazine, it also boasts an incredible breakfast menu, thanks to offerings like Caprese benedicts and a tutti-frutti waffle.

2.7 miles away;

NoW Sushi

In partnership with an animal-rescue organization called No Worries Movement, NoW Sushi is dedicated to offering beautiful, mouth-watering sushi and sashimi that is one-hundred-percent vegan. It has become quite an Instagram darling, with thousands of hungry followers hitting “like” on its bright and colorful delicacies.

6.4 miles away; and

Il Dandy

Il Dandy is one of San Diego’s most glamorous new eateries, melding delicious cuisine with midcentury-infused design, such as sculptural lighting fixtures and an intricately tiled bar. Highlights of its menu run from the cavolfiore croccante — cauliflower with fresh truffle and toasted-hazelnut cream — and a beet salad with hibiscus flowers, both of which may be washed down with bottled beers, creative cocktails, or glasses of red or white wine.

5.3 miles away;

Fort Oak

Fort Oak’s specialties are cheese, charcuterie, seafood from a raw bar, and delicious entrées. Try the crispy mulas and corned-beef Benedict at weekend brunch, or the Duroc pork chop and hearth-grilled branzino at dinner. All are artfully prepared by a team led by Brad Wise and Steve Schwob, of Hillcrest’s award-winning TRUST.

5.7 miles away;

Plan Your Own Foodie Tour

Be sure to check out our very own Blue Wave Bar & Grill for a gorgeous waterfront setting and delicious California coastal cuisine served daily for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Choose from delectable offerings like Lobster Nachos, Beer Steamed Mussels, Aloha Fried Chicken and more in addition to a full bar menu!

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