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Some of San Diego's Best Shopping Mall Restaurants

Relax and Refuel with Delectable Dishes and Drinks

San Diego's malls offer many award-winning restaurants that invite shoppers to refuel with delectable dishes and drinks before heading back out to the shops.

By: Sandra Veum, Personal Shopper

Shopping in San Diego could be considered a form of cardio, considering all of the outdoor and indoor malls here. All that exercise means you'll need to take a break and refuel. Luckily, San Diego's shopping destinations offer numerous award-winning and innovative restaurants inviting you to relax and rest with delectable dishes and drinks before heading back out for more retail adventures.

The Headquarters at Seaport

The downtown location of The Headquarters at Seaport offers plenty of options for memorable meals. Puesto invites you to enjoy a variety of street tacos, emphasizing fresh, sustainable all-natural and organic ingredients in a hip environment. Additionally, Puesto touts an innovative cocktail menu of Mexico's best flavors, and craft beer from both San Diego and south of the border. Eddie V's, known for its premium aged steaks and fresh seafood, sets the table in a comfortable and elegant atmosphere; think old Hollywood glamour. Eddie V's also features a two-level wine tower with live jazz in the V Lounge. If you're looking for something quick but satisfying, try Hi Poke for some delectable custom poke bowls and burritos created just by you.

Westfield UTC

Westfield UTC, the beautiful outdoor shopping mall located near La Jolla, is home to many amazing dining options. Seasons 52 is known for a wine bar and a fresh grill menu that offers seasonal ingredients inspired by the appeal of a local farmers market. Maybe you're craving a memorable burger with a local craft beer? Then Eureka is just that place, featuring great food, craft beer, artisan liquor and local entertainment. A restaurant winning rave reviews is Din Tai Fung specializing in soup dumplings and noodles. You won't to miss the clear glass display of the dumpling-making in progress. And Great Maple is a modern American eatery specializing in elevated comfort food with a twist. Be sure to save room for the famous maple bacon doughnuts.

Sky Deck

Located in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, this airy and eclectic collection of dining and drinking establishments is the area's newest hotspot. Among restaurants now open are Kiin, with its sustainably sourced Thai specialties; Zizikis, your go-to-spot for modern, fast-casual Greek street food; and Urbana Mexican Gastronomy, which pairs such offerings as gourmet tacos with hand-crafted cocktails. And don't miss the elevated Brewers Deck, which spotlights some top local pours complete with sunset views.

Fashion Valley

Fashion Valley, one of San Diego's luxury outdoor shopping malls, features more than 200 stores and and multiple full dining restaurants that will be sure to leave you satisfied and coming back for more. True Food Kitchen serves up a wide variety of healthy vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The restaurant's motto is to feel better, live longer and make your mouth happy in the process. If Italian is your desire, then North Italia offers crave-worthy chef choices such as daily pizzas and fresh pastas made from scratch daily. The extensive wine list and zucca chips are a must to try. If Mexican food is on your list, Blanco Tacos & Tequila is a perfect experience for a fresh twist on innovative tacos, bowls and burritos. Plan on lounging a long time in order to experience the tequila flights or a frose. And if sushi is on your agenda, try So Sushi Lounge, known for its artfully plated sushi.

One Paseo

Easily accessible and parking-friendly, this mixed-use development of luxury apartments with shopping, relaxed outdoor areas and dining is Del Mar's newest addition. If healthy Mexican food is what you desire, be sure to try Tocoya Organica. The casual restaurant serves fresh healthy organic Mexican cuisine committed to sustainability while using locally-sourced organic ingredients. Sweetfin's poke bowls serve up a fusion of fresh Hawaiian and California cuisine, under the guidance of "Top Chef" contestant Dakota Weiss. And Nick's Del Mar offers a touch of elegance and such specialties as Pan Seared Scottish Salmon, as well as a generous wine list.

Flower Hill Promenade

Flower Hill Promenade is one of Del Mar's premier open-air shopping locations, offering plenty of indoor and outdoor dining options. Cucina Enoteca surrounds you with the comfort of a rustic country farmhouse, and features a spectacular rooftop garden patio. The cuisine emphasizes Italian classics coupled with a strong California influence. This diverse menu of affordable dishes allows you to dine traditionally or family-style. Milton's Restaurant & Delicatessen, a San Diego favorite for more than 20 years, is an authentic New York-style deli with an extensive menu, including staples such as a Super Reuben Sandwich, Chicken Pot Pie and Old Fashioned Chicken Soup. And if you are on a simple soul-satisfying mission, check out Flower Child. The restaurant's bowls, grains, greens and wraps are delicious and healthy all in one.

Del Mar Plaza

Del Mar Plaza has the atmosphere of a European marketplace, and provides some of the best views in San Diego. Take in the striking views of the Pacific Ocean while dining at the award-winning Pacifica Del Mar. Awarded the prestigious Gold Medallion for Best Seafood Dining in San Diego as well as Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, this highly acclaimed restaurant will please even the most jaded of foodies. And if Chinese cuisine is on your mind, try Del Mar Rendezvous for some upscale Chinese cuisine, including gluten-free and vegetarian items.

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