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Eat, Drink and Enjoy

San Diego's culinary, craft beer and wine scene sensational

Nothing tops a day at the beach quite like a great meal and an ice cold craft brew or exceptional glass of local California wine.  And thanks to award-winning chefs, an explosion of world-class breweries, and a thriving wine region, San Diego delivers.  Here’s the lowdown on what to eat and drink after a day on the sand or fun-packed afternoon enjoying everything San Diego’s has to offer. 


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Eat, Drink and Enjoy

San Diego Food Flavors

San Diego’s food scene is a burgeoning, vibrant mix of locally inspired flavors, from delightfully simple to sophisticatedly artful. Proximity to the ocean and Mexico are big influences on both the city’s cuisine and culture.  From fish tacos to groundbreaking Cali-Baja fine dining, San Diego sits at the intersection of two culinary styles: California cuisine, distinguished for its devotion to fresh local ingredients and farm-to-table roots, and Mexico's Baja Med cuisine, a food revolution that combines traditional Mexican ingredients with those of the Mediterranean.  Chefs like Javier Plascencia from Bracero and Trey Foshe from Galaxy Taco are bringing San Diego’s signature Cali-Baja style to a whole new level.  San Diego is also a hotbed for foodies enjoying the diverse and creative tastes of the cooking world’s most innovative and well-known culinary artists. Celebrity chefs like Brian Malarkey and Richard Blais draw attention to the San Diego food scene—and for good reason. These talented chefs—along with legions more—are adding a new dimension of taste and excitement to San Diego restaurants all over town, from North Park to North County and beyond. 

Craft Beer Culture

Complementing the growing food scene is San Diego’s prized craft beer contingent, numbering over 100 breweries and a collection of distilleries throughout the county. Beyond the wealth of choices, the quality and creativity of San Diego brewers make the city one the finest beer destinations in the world. You’ll find pioneering brewers like Ballast Point, Stone Brewing Co. and the one who put San Diego on the craft beer map, Karl Strauss Brewing. A trip to a brewery, or a beer tour, is a must for any beer connoisseur, but plentiful local beer selections are on tap at restaurants and bars around town, offering a pleasant surprise for all to partake.  

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Wine drinkers have cause to rejoice too, with more than 100 dynamic wineries located in all corners of the County and ample opportunities to enjoy locally bottled wines at restaurants, wine bars and tasting rooms.  In San Diego’s wine region you won’t find busloads of tourists and hyper-manicured tasting sets but rather small owner-driven boutique wineries offering tours and tastings in an intimate setting with a friendly laid back San Diego style. 


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Liberty Public Market - Point Loma

Open daily, this public market offer great food, craft beer and wine and arts and crafts from around the region. 


San Diego Brewers Guild Festival

Nov 5, 2016

The San Diego Brewers Guild Festival will feature an extraordinary food line up with specialty beer pairings, music and more craft beer related activities.


San Diego Beer Week

Nov 4 - Nov 13, 2016

San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local beer and promoting San Diego's brewing culture with events across the county.


San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Nov 14 - Nov 20, 2016

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world's premier wines and spirits, culinary personalities, and gourmet foods.


Mercy of the Chef Dinner Series in La Jolla

Nov 14, 2016

The San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival is kicking off their annual wine and culinary celebration with an unforgettable dinner series in La Jolla. On Monday, November 14, the culinary teams from George's California Modern and Galaxy Taco will join forces with some of the country’s most talented chefs for a night of food, drinks and fun. George's California Modern's chef Trey Foshee and chef Jonathan Bautista will join Justin Woodward of Castagna in Portland. Galaxy Taco's chef Christine Rivera will team up with chef Steve Santana of Taquiza in Miami Beach.


Prepare to put yourself in the hands of these talented chefs, where as you may have already guessed, anything goes.


Walking San Diego Craft Brewery Tour

Jun 16 - ongoing

Experience Downtown San Diego Breweries as we explore the hidden gems of San Diego!


California Sunset Brewery Tour

Jun 16 - ongoing

Experience San Diego Craft Breweries by night!



Tours & Sightseeing

$10 dollars of with mention of San Diego Tourism Authority

Baja Winery Tours
Valid: May 18, 2015 - ongoing

Get $10 off when u mention San Diego Tourism Authority!


Kids Eat Free at Casa Guadalajara in Old Town

Casa Guadalajara
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016

Kids can eat free from the Kid's Menu at Casa Guadalaraja with the purchase of an adult entree.


Kids Eat Free at Buster's Beach House

Buster's Beach House Seaport Village
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016

Enjoy one kid meal for free with a paid adult meal!

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