From plant-based and space-themed to classic menus and million-dollar views, San Diego’s newest crop of restaurants has something to please everyone’s taste. One thing most all have in common? A respect for and celebration of the city's bounty of local produce, seafood and other regional wares.
Taking root from the culinary heritage of Vietnam, Kingfisher's classic take on authentic Vietnamese French influence food with a California sensibility made it one of Michelin's 2022 "New Discoveries". Nestled in the historic neighborhood of Golden Hill and offering a fresh, elevated craft cocktail program, Kingfisher aims for an exciting balance of the soulful and intricate flavors of traditional Vietnamese dishes and ingredients.
Mister A's reopened its recently remodeled doors in Bankers Hill in October 2022 after being sold to new ownership. The remodeled restaurant perched on a rooftop in Bankers Hill contains a classic, 180-seat main dining room, a brand-new 18-seat bar and a 72-seat indoor-outdoor lounge. The menu leans more plant-based than before, and there are far more share plates for guests to enjoy while taking in one of the best views of San Diego.
Mabel's Gone Fishing
Mabel's Gone Fishing opened in North Park in September 2022, serving up Iberian coastal cuisine and highlighting San Diego/Baja ingredients and a gin-forward cocktail and natural wine program. Most of their ever-changing, seasonal dishes are based around seafood, including bycatch or less-popular but more sustainable local varieties.
Mothership, opened August 2022 in San Diego's South Park neighborhood, is a tropical space-themed, plant-based bar & restaurant from the owners of nearby death-metal-themed restaurant Bar Kindred. Inspired as a take it and run offshoot of Kindred's weekly "Permanent Vacation" pop-up, Mothership is an exceedingly outrageous tropical space adventure bar featuring frequently changing wild cocktails and unique plant-based food offerings.
Opened August 2022 in La Jolla, Marisi features a menu rooted in regional dishes from the whole of Italy, including handmade pasta and hearth-cooked meats and seafood. The international and highly intense cocktail program features an array of Italian aperitivos, homemade limoncello, rare spirits and an Italian pilsner made specifically for Marisi.
Paradisaea, a restaurant and cocktail bar, opened in seaside neighborhood of Bird Rock in September 2022 after four years in the making. With a background in Michelin-starred dining, culinary director Mark Welker made the menu based on seasonal ingredients, ranging from white sea bass crudo with Thai basil, finger lime, strawberries, and chile de arbol oil to summer squash with crispy sheep's milk dumplings, pistachios, capers and mint, and pasture-raised roast chicken with seasonal greens, croutons, and chimichurri.
Opened in September 2022, Zama brings Latin American cuisine with an Asian infusion to San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Against the extravagant backdrop of the lush jungle-inspired space, Zama's menu and beverage program focuses on Latin American foods and cocktails highlighting refreshing exotic ingredients like pineapple, coconut and hibiscus.
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