Enjoy Fantastic Views at these San Diego Restaurants
Any foodie worth their (sea) salt can find decent San Diego restaurants with a view. The real challenge is finding great food, a great view and a great deal. We call these – Best View, Bottom Dollar. (Check out our previous post on more great restaurants with a view!)
Aside from the great waterfront views in San Diego, there are plenty of views of the amazing city itself.
Tobey’s 19th Hole (Golden Hill) offers you a picturesque view of the city skyline. The 19th Hole, as it is more commonly called, is attached to the Balboa Park Golf Course clubhouse.
While the structure itself is pretty unremarkable (they’re in the process of designing a new building) you will look right past the wood panel and dated décor and straight out the windows.
The 19th Hole is your typical “greasy spoon.” Breakfast is the best meal of the day (try the corned beef hash) but sunset makes for the most picture-worthy view. The only downside is they allow smoking on the outdoor patio. A million dollar view and a less than $10 bill – does it get any better?
Bali Hai (Shelter Island) is a landmark of San Diego dining, first opening its doors (and floor-to-ceiling windows) in 1955. The restaurant, which recently underwent extensive renovations, is known for its Pacific-rim style cuisine. The view is beautiful no matter the time of day, so for the best deal come for happy hour or eat in the lounge. Be sure to try the zesty wasabi fries with a refreshing Mai Tai.
Mitch’s Seafood (Point Loma) may be San Diego’s best kept secret. The first secret is figuring out how to get there. The restaurant is located at the Sport Fisherman’s Landing (behind Point Loma Sport Fishing) and has no street-side sign. Don’t get too frustrated if you have to drive by it a few times to find it because it is worth the U-turn.
Mitch’s overlooks a wide swath of San Diego’s sport fishing fleet and you’ll have a hard time finding more freshly caught and sustainable seafood for the price. We recommend ordering anything on
the menu that once swam in the ocean. The calamari is crisp and overly generous in portion, and the shrimp salad is mammoth (don’t be surprised when you eat every last bite).
For the best deal on the menu order a grilled fish taco with crema and pico de gallo. The fish changes daily but we love the yellow tail and thresher shark. Insider’s tip: Don’t forget to ask the cashier to validate your parking ticket!
C-Level (Harbor Island) is located at the very tip of Harbor Island. It has panoramic views of Coronado Island, the Navy fleet and the infamous Coronado Bridge.
Mealtimes can be expensive but happy hour is an absolute steal, with delectable $5 appetizers such as steamed river mussels, calamari and chicken pot-stickers, $5 mixed drinks and $4 craft beers.
No matter which of these San Diego restaurants you choose, you’re guaranteed a million dollar view so don’t forget your camera!
By: Stephanie Dinnen
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