Get the Dish on San Diego’s Best New Restaurants of 2023

As the sun sets on 2023, we’re taking a flavorful journey down memory lane to revisit the culinary sensations that graced San Diego over the past year. From an avant-garde sushi experience to a nautical-themed speakeasy, we’re highlighting the crème de la crème of San Diego’s local dining scene. Read on to discover the best new restaurants that opened in “America’s Finest City” in 2023.


Exciting Updates From Blue Wave Bar & Grill

2023 was a fantastic year for our local dining scene…and our own onsite restaurant was no exception! Our amazing chef, Andrew Mroz was recently designated “Employer Partner of the Year” by local food-based organization, Kitchens For Good, which is a testament to his contributions to San Diego’s dining scene. Our culinary team launched new menus throughout the year, with popular items like our Tableside Guacamole, Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese and creative seasonal cocktails taking center stage among hotel guests and local foodies. Keep up with us as we head into 2024, to see what new menus and items will be launching in the year ahead!

Elvira (4.2 miles)

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This fall, the pasta-whisperers behind Cesarina Group, took over the former home to Ocean Beach’s iconic BO-Beau, with the opening of Elivra. The new Roman-Italian eatery is a celebration of timeless Italian flavors and warm hospitality. The rotating menu features time-tested dishes crafted with a modern touch, showcasing items like mozzarella-stuffed squash blossoms and fried rice croquettes… Whether you’re indulging in handmade pastas and pizzas or savoring a traditional tiramisu, each bite at Elvira is a journey through the heart of Italy. The intimate setting and attentive service make it an ideal destination for a romantic dinner or a family gathering.

4996 W Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

El Sueño (4.2 miles)

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El Sueño transports diners to the streets of Mexico with its vibrant colors, lively Old Town atmosphere, and, most importantly, its authentic Mexican cuisine. The menu pays homage to traditional flavors while adding a contemporary twist. From street-style tacos to rich molé dishes, El Sueño captures the essence of Mexican gastronomy. Pair your meal with a refreshing margarita, and let the lively spirit of Old Town enhance your dining experience.

2836 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110

Malibu Farm (5.8 miles)

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Situated within the iconic Seaport Village, Malibu Farm is a culinary gem that seamlessly blends organic ingredients with a laid-back SoCal vibe. The restaurant’s commitment to farm-to-table dining is evident in every dish, from the fresh salads to the flavorful flatbreads. The open-air seating provides breathtaking views of the San Diego bay, making Malibu Farm a quintessential waterfront dining experience.

831 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

The Gaslamplighter (6.3 miles)

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Opening this month as a sister location to Mission Hill’s popular Lamplighter, The Gaslamplighter is set to be a modern haven for comfort food (and karaoke!) enthusiasts in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. The menu will present a fusion of familiar comfort-food favorites elevated with a contemporary twist, and the chic yet cozy art-deco ambiance makes it an ideal spot for both casual dinners and special occasions with friends.

536 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101

Captain’s Quarters (7.8 miles)

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Pacific Beach’s Captain’s Quarters set sail this year as a sister spot to the adjacent Grass Skirt speakeasy. And while Grass Skirt offers a distinctly Polynesian flair, Captain’s Quarters is a more nautical-themed nook. This combo bar and eatery (designed to mirror the interior of a 17th century ship) marries stellar cocktails with refined seafood dishes, creating a truly unique dining experience. The menu, inspired by the bounty of the sea, features fresh catches prepared with precision and flair- with a focus on creative craft cocktails.

910 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Asa Bakery (8.7 miles)

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Japanese-inspired Asa Bakery in East Village is a delightful addition to San Diego’s breakout bakery scene. The aroma of fresh-from-the-oven goodness welcomes you the moment you step through the door. From flaky croissants to decadent pastries, each tasty treat is a testament to Asa’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship. Don’t miss their signature almond croissant — a perfect blend of buttery layers and sweet almond goodness. Stop in for a leisurely breakfast or a midday pick-me-up.

634 14th St, San Diego, CA 92101

Bar Kamon (8.7 miles)

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Located behind a secret door hidden in the wall of Asa Bakery mentioned above, is East Village’s newest speakeasy Bar Kamon.. The bar’s mixologists showcase their skills by infusing classic concoctions and inventive cocktails alike with a modern twist. Whether you’re a spirits enthusiast or a casual sipper, the carefully curated menu offers something for everyone. Pair your drink with their delectable small bites, and enjoy the vibrant energy of downtown’s nightlife.

634 14th St, San Diego, CA 92101

Sushi Gaga (8.7 miles)

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For a sushi experience that transcends tradition, head to Sushi Gaga —owned by and adjacent to the aforementioned Asa Bakery and Bar Kamon. This avant-garde seafood haven combines classic Japanese techniques with bold flavors and artistic presentation. The menu is a kaleidoscope of creativity, featuring signature rolls that are as visually stunning as they are delicious. Don’t be surprised to find unexpected ingredients like truffle oil and mango adding a twist to your favorite roll.

634 14th St, San Diego, CA 92101

Enjoy a Taste of San Diego at Island Palms

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San Diego’s culinary scene is ever-evolving, with a diverse array of new restaurants that cater to every taste and preference. And there’s no better place to sample it all than Best Western Plus Island Palms! Our centrally located tropical hideaway features thoughtful amenities, comfortable accommodations, and excellent rates. Plus, our own on-site Blue Wave Bar & Grill is always serving the best in coastal cookery just steps from your room. When you’re ready to plan your tasty tour of San Diego’s best new eateries, take a look at our spectacular special offers. Then explore these new gastronomic hotspots that define the ever-evolving flavors of “America’s Finest City”!