Gorgeous views are a dime a dozen in San Diego - just look around! However when you're looking for an extra-special place to savor food, drink and fabulous vistas, the following places are tops.
Bali Hai, Shelter Island
The majesty and mystery of the South Pacific are recreated in this Shelter Island dining spot known for its spectacular views of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline, oversized Mai Tais and distinctive Asian fusion cuisine. The Pacific Rim-style menu capitalizes on farm-fresh regional ingredients and the freshest seafood available.
Candelas on the Bay, Coronado
With a patio literally on San Diego Bay, Candelas on the Bay services modern "Mexico City" style cuisine with impeccable service and breathtaking views of San Diego's skyline.
George's at the Cove, La Jolla
Spectacular ocean views abound at this La Jolla landmark, from the chic main floor dining rooms to the mid-level bar up to the top floor, open-air terrace. Truly special, from the award-winning contemporary cuisine to the always worth-watching clientele.
Island Prime - C Level Lounge, Harbor Island
Enjoy premier seafood, superior steaks and an extensive wine list at this restaurant on stilts above San Diego Bay and overlooking the San Diego skyline and Coronado. Celebrated chef Deborah Scot's innovative and eclectic style is only enhanced by the spectacular panoramic view and attentive hospitality.
JRDN, Pacific Beach
A contemporary steak and seafood restaurant, JRDN features casually sophisticated California cuisine in an atmosphere that transforms from California casual to West Coast hip as the day advances. Each evening, the sunset is celebrated by an ambient reflection on a 70-foot long "wave wall" at the back of the restaurant.
The Marine Room, La Jolla
Opened in 1941, The Marine Room is famous for the pounding surf against its windows and the award-winning cuisine by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. With its dramatic on-the-surf location at La Jolla Shores beach, it is a rare blend of culinary excellence, uncompromising service and beachfront setting.
Top of the Hyatt - Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Downtown
More elegant bar than restaurant, this 40th-floor establishment in the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel on San Diego Bay is a must-visit for view lovers. For best seating, choose a table facing west (preferably next to the windows) and be rewarded with a panorama of Point Loma, Coronado, the airport and the harbor. Bar menu available. Walking distance from the Convention Center.