The area around UC San Diego has too many restaurants to list - here's a selection of some worthy spots.
Dining at university centers, including the Price Center - lots of fast food choices.
Hops and Salt - burger and beers, located near the RIMAC sports complex
James' Place - near the La Jolla Playhouse theater district at southwest corner of campus. Sushi, seafood, steaks, salads. Closed Monday. Can be busy right before play opening times.
In the Nearby Area:
Amardeen - Lebanese/Mediterranean - at the Renaissance plaza east of the UTC mall (not on transit)
Draft Republic - beer-forward restaurant at the Costa Verde center on Genesee (Transit: 30, 41, 150)
Kimae Ramen - at the La Jolla Village Square mall with ample parking. (Transit: 201, 202)
The Melting Pot - yes, fondue still exists. A big pot of melted cheese can't fix everything, but it's a start! Located at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla/Aventine hotel (Transit: 30, 41, 101, 150)
Mustangs & Burros - located in the Estancia Hotel off campus on the west side.
Regents Pizza - NY and Chicago style pizzas can duke it out, plus a large menu of other choices and good beer list. Pizza is not cheap, but it's good. (Transit: a couple blocks walk, 30, 41, 101, 150)
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (Transit route 30, 41, 150) - closest spot to campus which is probably its biggest draw. Bar food.
Westfield UTC fancy mall with many food and drink spots, so might be the best choice for an indecisive group - head over and see where the line is shortest! A few local faves listed here, but there are more at the link. (Transit: routes 30, 101, 150, 201, 202)
- 85C bakery - desserts, coffee drinks, popular evening hangout for students
- Din Tai Fung - the newest popular spot, famous for soup dumplings
- Eureka - American "craft" food. Great burgers, large salads, solid tap list
- Great Maple - farm-to-table meets diner
- Lemonade - cafeteria style with many small-plate options to choose from
- Raised by Wolves - fancy cocktail bar
- Seasons 52 - shareable, lower calorie plates
- Shake Shack - burgers, fries, shakes
- True Food Kitchen - many veggie-friendly options
- ... loads more, plus a big food court with lots of fast food and counter service choices, an ice rink for people-watching, candy shops, etc.
- Tip: Your program chair highly recommends the adult gummy bears from the Sugarfina shop. Favorite flavor: paloma. Just saying.
San Diego is a craft beer powerhouse. If you're interested in visiting some breweries there is quite a concentration not too far away, along Miramar Road. No transit, but plenty of parking and not too far for Uber/Lyft.
Favorites of your local web editor?
- Alesmith. If I had to pick just one? Alesmith. Now also makes cheese because... why not!
- Ballast Point - no longer considered "craft" since they sold out to Constellation Brands, but their beer is still good. Go see what a billion dollars bought them.
- Mikkeller - local brew house for well-known Danish brewery.
- Pure Project - small batch, eco-friendly
- Serpentine Cidery / Lost Cause Meadery - because you can't drink beer all the time.
- White Labs - this is a yeast farm that has a tasting room where they brew variants of the same style with different yeast strains. Founded by a UC San Diego alum, this is one of the reasons a craft beer boom happened here.