Top San Diego Restaurants with a View

Delicious cuisine in San Diego is plentiful, and sometimes there’s nothing better than enjoying a nice meal with a setting to match. See below for our picks for some of the top places dine with a view.


The outdoor dining area at Dockside 1953, one of the best San Diego restaurants with a view at the Bahia Resort Hotel in Mission Bay


Dockside 1953

Situated on Mission Bay just steps from the beach and marina, Dockside 1953 is the new waterfront dining destination at the Bahia Resort Hotel. Savor a leisurely lunch while watching the calm waters or cozy up to an outdoor fire pit in the early evening with a cocktail in hand. No matter what time of day you visit, you won't be able to take your eyes off the panoramic bay views.


The outdoor dining area at Oceana Coastal Kitchen, one of the best San Diego restaurants with a view at the Catamaran Resort Hotel by Pacific Beach, San Diego


Oceana Coastal Kitchen

Located across the bay from the Bahia Resort Hotel, Oceana Coastal Kitchen’s views of Mission Bay are hard to beat. Grab a table a half hour before sunset, and enjoy a fresh California seafood dinner while watching the sky change colors over palm tress and sparking waters. If you’re traveling with kids, this is a great family friendly spot.





Coasterra’s tagline, “Views to Dine For,” couldn’t be more accurate. Make a reservation on the patio of this established modern Mexican restaurant and you will be treated to a stunning panorama of San Diego’s downtown skyline set against the waters of San Diego Bay. Visit on Thursdays from 6-9pm for live music on the patio, and while you’re there, try the refreshing Deb’s Coconut Margarita.


A.R. Valentien


A.R. Valentien

No trip to San Diego would be complete without a visit to the city’s original farm-to-table restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, A.R. Valentien offers spectacular scenery of the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Pacific Ocean any time of day. The restaurant is located at AAA Five Diamond resort The Lodge at Torrey Pines and provides one of the most memorable dining experiences in town.


Mr. A's


Mister A’s

Ideal for a romantic evening, Mister A’s is a San Diego fine dining institution set on the top floor of a 12-story building in Bankers Hill. The restaurant overlooks downtown San Diego and the San Diego Bay, and has a unique angle for watching planes land at the nearby airport. Reservations are highly encouraged and be sure to check the restaurant’s dress code in advance.


Marine Room


The Marine Room

Known for its high tide dining, this La Jolla restaurant has been a staple in the community since 1941. The Marine Room is a perfect location for a special occasion and the delicious food is perfectly paired with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla coastline. Check their website for the high tide times for your best chance to dine with crashing waves against the dining room’s windows.

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