Best Restaurants 2013: Editors’ Picks

You selected your favorites, and they’ve made up quite a mouth-watering list. We, too, have a great appreciation for the very best San Diego has to offer – in fact, we make highlighting it our business. Here are just a few of our go-to eateries.

 

Pacific Coast Grill
Ahh, the view. Pacific Coast Grill’s new oceanfront venue in Cardiff excites all the senses with wall-to-wall windows, delicious appetizers, black mussels, baked oysters, and an array of seafood fare. Try the Sake-Ponzu Oyster Shooter. 760.479.0721, pacificcoastgrill.com

 

Seasons 52
Seasons 52 at Westfield UTC boasts a seasonally-inspired menu and award-winning international wine list in a casually-sophisticated ambiance. Did we mention that all menu items are less than 475 calories? Belly up to the bar that wraps around the grand piano — literally. 858.450.1252, seasons52.com

 

Union Kitchen & Tap
Hands down the best flatbread around. We can’t get enough of the Prosciutto creation with egg, La Quercia prosciutto, burrata, and rocket. The coastal Encinitas tavern serves up New American food, local craft beer, small vintage wines, and handcrafted cocktails. 760.230.2337, localunion101.com

 

Delicias
Delicias has returned to what Ranch residents have always known and loved (including Thursday Burger Night), and we couldn’t be more thrilled. 858.756.8000, deliciasrestaurant.com

 

Prepkitchen
Whisknladle Hospitality’s newer offering serves up fresh catch and seasonal specials including Crispy Pork Belly, Local Mussels & Fries, and Scallop Crudo al fresco at its quaint Del Mar corner spot. 858.792.7737, prepkitchen.com/del-mar


Red Tracton’s
Perennial favorite for big-time winners at the track. Best lobster biqsue in town. ‘Nuff said. 858.755.6600, redtractonssteakhouse.com


Grant Grill
Perfect for pre-theater bites and sips, Grant Grill in downtown’s US Grant Hotel offers seasonal California cuisine with locally harvested ingredients, prime meats and “sustainable seafood,” an award-winning wine list, local brews, and craft cocktails. (619.744.2077, grantgrill.com

 

Mia Francesca & Davanti Enoteca
Chef and restaurateur Scott Harris was nominated for “Restaurateur of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, and he also helms several renowned Chicago restaurants including The Purple Pig and DiSotto Enoteca, to name just a few. Stop in to his Del Mar Highlands restaurants to savor simple, rustic flavors at great prices. 858.519.5055, miafrancesca.com, davantienoteca.com