One of the most magical weeks in any city is Restaurant Week. San Diego has one every January and this year, in 2017, they’re having another one starting September 24th. What makes San Diego Restaurant Week so special is that there will be over 180 renown restaurants offering delectable three-course prix-fixe meals for $20, $30, $40, or $50 dollars. Some restaurants will even be offering two-course lunch meals for $10, $15, or $20 per person.

This is a great week to try that 5-star restaurant you’ve had on your bucket list or treat a friend to a gourmet lunch.

We’ve created a list of restaurants you shouldn’t miss during San Diego Restaurant Week 2017 and what makes them so unique.

Where to Eat during San Diego Restaurant Week

cucina SORELLA

Dinner: $30

Tomato Fusilli made with homemade pasta. Photo credit: cucina SORELLA

Named the hottest restaurant that recently opened in the Kensington district, you won’t regret dining here. Cucina SORELLA is a part of the Urban Kitchen Group that has several cucinas in San Diego, all cooking up homemade Italian pasta and traditional plates. If you’re in the mood for an Italian themed prix-fixe, don’t miss your chance to dine here for $30.

Cafe Gratitude

Dinner: $30

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Not sure where to eat during San Diego Restaurant Week if you’re vegetarian or vegan? Cafe Gratitude is the best place for you to participate in the event without skipping a course. The executive chef of the cafe chain, Seizan Dreux Ellis, has been creating gastronomic plant-based dishes for many years. His passion shows through the creative plates he provides on the menu. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to try his most flavorful and fun veggie and vegan courses.

Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar

Dinner: $50

Delicious New York Steak. Photo credit: Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar

If you’re looking for a fancy steak and seafood house, you will want to make a reservation at Nine-Ten. Not only do they receive outstanding ratings, but their three-course dinner during restaurant week will make your mouth water just by reading it. You can choose four different options for each course, mixing it up between sashimi, crab, beef short ribs, and a striped bass. Finish your meal with dark chocolate cheesecake, coconut tapioca pudding, or two other delectable desserts.

The Smoking Goat

Dinner: $40

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The Smoking Goat has a variety of French and American classics while providing the freshest ingredients and flavors. It’s no surprise as to why they have hundreds of 4 and 5 star reviews. During San Diego Restaurant Week, they provide traditional dishes with a gourmet twist. You will find black truffle juice or a sweet potato and oyster mushroom hash included on your plate. They also mark which dishes are gluten-free and provide many options for those who do not eat gluten.

Farmer’s Bottega

Dinner: $40

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This farm-to-fork restaurant is participating again in San Diego Restaurant Week and we can’t wait until they reveal the menu. Farmer’s Bottega uses locally sourced meat and produce to create the best flavorful dishes that will blow your mind and tastebuds. We recommend trying the house made meatballs and the buffalo filet.

Flagship Cruises & Events

Dinner: $50

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Are you looking to experience something different and unique during San Diego Restaurant Week? Flagship Cruises & Events is hosting a three-course dinner while cruising their ship on the San Diego harbor. The galley/kitchen onboard strives to serve local foods and fresh catches caught locally and sustainably. They also have a special kids menu so your little ones can take part in the fun.

Photo credit: Flagship Cruises & Events

Kanda Thai Cuisine

Lunch: $10 Dinner: $20

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Out of all the Thai restaurants that are participating in San Diego Restaurant Week, Kanda Thai Cuisine is the one with the best reviews. What’s even better is the fact that their two-course lunch is $10 and their three-course dinner is $20! Enjoy your favorite Thai dishes like Pad Thai and Green Curry or be adventurous and try their Roasted Duck Curry or Hot Basil dish. Finish your meal with an ice cream dessert or the classic mangoes and sticky rice.

Azuki Sushi

Lunch: $20 Dinner: $40

Photo credit: Azuki Sushi San Diego

A $40 gourmet sushi dinner during San Diego Restaurant Week is a great deal, especially at this 5-star restaurant. Azuki Sushi is one of the best places to enjoy flavorful Japanese culinary art. Be sure to order the Omakase sushi, which means “chef’s choice,” that way you’ll know your meal will be extraordinary.


Dinner: $30

Photo credit: César

Each bite you take at César will make you feel as though you’re having dinner on the coast of Spain. During Restaurant Week, César has a variety of choices to choose from and for another $30 you can include a beverage pairing that compliments each course. This incredible meal at this phenomenal restaurant should not be missed!

The Blind Burro

Dinner: $20

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If you’re looking for a casual joint to meet up for a Taco Tuesday night, check out The Blind Burro. This eatery is known for having tasty tacos and refreshing margaritas. They will be offering a three course meal for only $20 during restaurant week. For the main course, you’ll be able to choose one of their many variety of tacos and for dessert, you’ll be served a churro. Also, don’t forget to try their guacamole!

Lobster Plate served on Baja Winery Tour’s Puerto Nuevo Lobster Run Tour

Ready for more culinary surprises after San Diego Restaurant Week? Be sure to check out our Puerto Nuevo Lobster Run tour or our popular Valle de Guadalupe Wine tour. Baja Winery Tours makes it easy to organize a fun day trip to Tijuana, Valle, Ensenada, and other popular destinations in Baja California. Read our reviews and latest posts, we hope you have a great Restaurant Week!


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