Food & Fun: San Diego Restaurant Week

It’s time once again to celebrate San Diego’s rich cultural and culinary scene at San Diego Restaurant Week, running from January 21st to the 28th. This year, over 180 restaurants around the county are participating, ensuring everyone can experience the food and fun. With the slogan “Eat. Laugh. Share.” organizers hope to inspire an environment and “experience that extends far beyond the dinner plate.”


As typical with most restaurant weeks, participating restaurants offer three-course, prix-fixe meals as a part of the celebration. The menus are specially designed to showcase the best dishes the establishments have to offer, ensuring a delicious and quality meal. Depending on the restaurant, dinners typically range from $20 – $50. If you’re looking to stop by for lunch, prix-fixe ranges between $10 – $20. While there is no need for tickets or to pay ahead of time, reservations are recommended.

Get a taste of some restaurants participating at San Diego Restaurant Week below!


For Lunch:

Cafe Coyote

Located in San Diego’s Old Town, Cafe Coyote is an immersive Mexican dining experience, complete with decorative fountains, live mariachi music, and a selection of over 100 tequilas to complete your margarita. Their lunch menu is affordably priced at $10 for 2 courses, one entree and your choice of appetizer or dessert. We recommend the Famous Old Town Carnitas as an entree, Quesadilla Mexicana as an appetizer, and the Mexican Flan for dessert.

Cucina Urbana

Uptown in Bankers Hill sits Cucina Urbana, a chic Italian restaurant with a California twist. Highlighted here is the extensive, high-quality wine selection to pair with your meal, as well as the wine shop to take some home with you. Priced at $20 for lunch, you can choose an appetizer and an entree. We would choose the arugula and heirloom tomato salad as an appetizer and  the margherita pizza as an entree.


For Dinner:

Draft Republic

Located in Carlsbad, Draft Republic is a California-inspired bar & grill that’s a part of the local Cohn Restaurant Group. With 101 beers on tap, it’s the perfect environment to sit back, relax, enjoy a game, and get together with friends. Their restaurant week dinner menu is priced at $20 for a three course meal. We recommend the Buffalo Buttermilk Chicken Lollipops for an appetizer, Draft Republic Burger as an entree, and the Skillet Brownie for dessert.

1500 Ocean at Hotel del Coronado

Located inside the Hotel del Coronado, this upscale coastal restaurant offers the best in a San Diego beachfront dining experience. The menu is designed by renowned Chef Patrick Ponsaty, specializing in fresh seaside cuisine. With a beautiful view of the pacific ocean, stopping by for dinner during sunset is highly recommended. Their restaurant week dinner menu is priced at $50 for three courses, not including drinks. We’d get the Lemongrass Ginger Lobster Infusion for the first course, Roasted Mary’s Chicken for the second course, and Vanilla Creme Brulee for dessert.


Bon Appetit San Diego!

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