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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 with all of the outdoor and indoor malls. All that exercise means you will need to take a break and refuel. Luckily, San Diego's malls offer many award-winning and innovative restaurants inviting you to relax and rest with delectable dishes and drinks before heading back out for more shopping.

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 their 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 are looking for something quick but satisfying, try Hi Poke for some delectable custom poke bowls and burritos created just by you. 

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. This is healthy food that actually taste good. Their 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 like 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. If sushi is on your agenda try, So Sushi Lounge known for their artfully plated sushi, this Japanese restaurant is one to satisfy your palette. 

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 farmer's market. Maybe you are 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. 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.

One Paseo

Easily accessible and parking friendly this newest mix-use development of luxury apartments with shopping, relaxed outdoor areas, and dining is Del Mar’s newest addition. International Smoke Restaurant is the wildly anticipated collaboration between Chef Michael Mina and lifestyle expert and bestselling cookbook author Ayesha Curry. Known for their wood-fired steak, seafood, and ribs. 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. 

Flower Hill Promenade

Flower Hill Promenade is one of Del Mar's premiere open-air shopping locations, offering plenty of indoor and outdoor dining options. Cucina Enoteca surrounds you with the comfort of a rustic country farmhouse with 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 Fashion Chicken Soup. If you are on a simple soul-satisfying mission check out Flower Child in Del Mar. Their 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" and Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence", this highly acclaimed restaurant will please even the most jaded of "foodies". If Chinese cuisine is what you wish for, try Del Mar Rendezvous for some upscale Chines cuisine, including gluten-free & vegetarian items. 

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