Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and hey, we don’t judge), you likely noticed that some of the real estate in downtown San Diego has been developed into gorgeous restaurants with delicious menus to match. If you’re looking for a new girls’ night or date night spot, check out the following.
1. Herb & Wood
Located in Little Italy, the elegant Herb & Wood is beautifully decorated with crystal chandeliers and plush seating. It’s divided into four different areas that include a lounge that resembles a chic loft, a lavender lounge blending indoor and outdoor aspects, an upscale dining room, and a cozy patio with a double-sided fireplace. In total, this restaurant can seat 230 diners. Their menu features roasting dishes that include stuffed branzino and decadent treats that are made on site daily.
Also in Little Italy, Barbusa is a charming indoor-outdoor Sicilian restaurant that features an open kitchen and a contemporary dining area that is decorated with pop art of famous Italians like Sophia Loren. It has an indoor-outdoor patio with living green walls and live music weekly. On their menu, you’ll find everything from homemade pasta dishes to wood-fired sardine pizza along with refreshing craft cocktails with Italian spirits at the marble bar. They also have a chef’s table where they host monthly tasting dinners.
3. Carnitas’ Snack Shack at the Embarcadero
The newest Carnitas’ Snack Shack seats 195, and it anchors the newly renovated Headquarters at Seaport Village. On the menu you’ll find a variety of pork dishes, fish tacos, vegan-friendly dishes, and soft-serve ice cream with toppings like a bacon whiskey truffle. Perhaps the biggest wow factor here is the inclusion of a fully stocked, 28-person bar that features craft beer, wine, and citrus-based cocktails.
4. Pacific Standard
Located around the corner from up-and-coming condos in Little Italy, Pacific Standard is open, airy, and all about the Art Deco. It has two spacious outdoor patios where diners can enjoy breathtaking views of the San Diego Bay. Their menu consists of homemade baked goods and food that is mainly sourced from nearby farms and influenced by the fishing community. They also offer a variety of craft cocktails ranging from punch bowls to pre-dinner aperitifs.
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