Farm-to-Table in San Diego
Collected by Rajam Roose, AFAR Local Expert
Food in San Diego is always fresh, straight from one of the hundreds of farms found in southern California. The locavore movement has gained momentum in San Diego, with good reason! The nearby farms and year-round growing season give restaurants ample opportunity to source fresh organic produce, fresh dairy, and sustainably-raised meats to make amazing San Diego dishes, creating an excellent farm-to-table scene.
951 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA
This baby chioggia beet salad with tempura avocado, topped with a balsamic reduction and served over a thin layer of horseradish crema was amazing! Cucina Urbana is one of many farm to table restaurants in San Diego that use local and organic...
425 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Bice is an upscale dining experience where the chef uses mostly locally sourced food for his creations. Most of the cheese comes from small Italian farms and they carry an extensive Italian and Californian wine menu. There are several types of...
6481, 721 Ninth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Cafe Chloe uses only locally grown (and mostly organic) produce to create their wonderful French-style creations. This cafe is located just outside the edge of the Gaslamp District in East Village, but it is definitely worth the walk if you are...
802 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Cafe 21 has a delicious, fresh menu using all local and mostly organic produce from Southern California farms. Even better, they have a happy hour from 3:00-6:00 p.m. everyday that features 21 different tapas plates for $4 each. The salads are...
1047 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Saltbox is a restaurant and bar located in the heart of the Gaslamp in San Diego. The upstairs restaurant is very warm—the walls are elegantly designed with various types and shapes of stones. The tables are sleek, and the dining area has a very...
616 J St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Jsix is a beautifully decorated restaurant located in the Gaslamp District in San Diego. Every dish is made from scratch, using ingredients from local farms. On Sunday mornings, one-hour yoga classes are held up on the the rooftop. On the weekend...
611 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
A very cool, Top Chef-owned dining experience in San Diego's Gaslamp District, Searsucker is a great spot, whether you are stopping by for a drink and small bites or decide to try out the entrées—you will not be disappointed. Besides sensational...
1451 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
The Great Maple is one of several restaurants who get their vegetables from Suzie's organic Farm here in San Diego. The meats also come from local farmers who practice sustainable farming. The ambiance indoors has a warm, open feel while the patio...
1026 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Tucked away on a side street in the shopping district of La Jolla is this little gem serving fresh Mexican food. All the food is sourced from a local, organic farm here in San Diego County. The salsas are made fresh every day, and the tortillas...
7837 Herschel Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Herringbone has beautiful indoor seating that almost feels as though you are outside on a large patio. The food is locally grown and the seafood is fresh. This building used to house the car collection of a wealthy man some time ago. When he died,...
3797 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Tucked away in the eclectic Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, Heat Bar and Kitchen is managed by a French chef and serves up fabulous soups, sandwiches, meats, quiches and deserts. The restaurant uses local and organic produce from nearby...
1557 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Owned by a couple from New Zealand, Queenstown Public House is located in a historic craftsman house a few blocks off the main drag in Little Italy. The charming restaurant features some whimsical touches, including fake sheep—a nod to NZ's...
3000 Upas St Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
Tacos Perla is a cute little eatery in the hip San Diego North Park neighborhood. They make the tortillas for your tacos fresh to order. The food is absolutely delicious. Just to try out their homemade salsas is enough to make this a go to place...
615 J St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
There are a few really great places to eat in the Gaslamp neighborhood of San Diego and it can be tough as a local to find a standout among the typical touristy fare. So we were really happy when we found Water Grill. The wall have huge windows on...
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