Top 10 Places For Lunch In San Diego

San Diego is filled with outstanding places to meet a friend for lunch. Who doesn't want to take a break from work to meet a friend and not have to worry about traffic? It's just lunch, no need to worry about getting dressed up, lunch is more about connecting with friends and enjoying a good meal. If your a local or visiting, here are the top 10 places to go to in San Diego.

#10 Phil's BBQ

Loma Portal (619) 226-6333

3750 Sports Arena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110

For the past fifteen years, BBQ lovers across San Diego County have turned to restauranteur Phil Pace to satisfy a singular craving: mesquite grilled baby back and beef ribs, chicken and sandwiches. Serving thousands of customers a day from a diverse clientele who arrive on everything from skateboards to Bentleys, Phil has built his foundation on consistency, quality, freshness and friendly service.

#9 C Level

Downtown (619) 298-6802

880 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

Resting on stilts atop San Diego Bay overlooking the city skyline and Coronado, C Level has great food, views and service!

#8 Himalayan Cuisine

La Mesa (619) 461-2503

7918 El Cajon Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91941

A variety of wonderful Indian, Nepalese & Tibetian dishes which are healthy and kind to those who are watching their weight. They also have excellent vegan and vegetarian meals.

#7 Supannee House of Thai

Point Loma (619) 795-8424

2907 Shelter Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92106

Great Thai Food! Fresh and authentic Thai cuisine in Point Loma next to Shelter Island.
Great selection of wines and local beers reasonably priced.

#6 Salad Style

Downtown (619) 255-6731

807 F St
San Diego, CA 92101

Salad Style has one mission: make fresh food.  They use simple, fresh ingredients that taste amazing.  And that’s it.  No additives, chemicals – just good natural food.  Visit their location in the bustling East Village area of San Diego.

#5 Tender Greens


Point Loma (619) 226-6254

2400 Historic Decatur Rd
San Diego, CA 92106

Tender Greens is slow food done fast. Their restaurants serve fresh, healthy, chef-inspired, farmer's market sensible dishes at an affordable price in a relaxed environment. By working with small local farmers, ranchers, artisans, boutique wineries, breweries and coffee roasters, they are able to provide the best quality ingredients and products for our guests.

#4 Bud's Louisiana Cafe

Kearny Mesa (858) 573-2837

4320 Viewridge Ave
San Diego, CA 92123

A hidden gem serving authentic New Orleans style Creole and Cajun Cuisine.

#3 Prepkitchen

La Jolla (858) 875-7737

7556 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

A La Jolla institution with a national following, Whisknladle expanded its concept into another style of restaurants – Prepkitchen. A restaurant designed for cooks by cooks, Prepkitchen focuses on delivering the same farm-fresh and seasonal cuisine at an everyday-eats price. Since opening the first Prepkitchen in La Jolla, the concept has exploded. In 2010, Whisknladle Hospitality opened Prepkitchen Del Mar and then Prepkitchen Little Italy in 2012.


#2 Coop's West Texas BBQ

Lemon Grove (619) 589-0478

2625 Lemon Grove Ave
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Catering to Meat Lovers Everywhere!! Authentic Texas BBQ - seasoned to perfection and smoked with patience, their tender, juicy, flavorful meats are loved by all taste buds.


#1 Carnitas Snack Shack

North Park (619) 294-7675

2632 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

In 2011, Chef Hanis Cavin and Sara Stroud opened Carnitas’ Snack Shack, their first joint venture, in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. The “Snack Shack,” as it’s affectionately called, serves slow food-inspired, pork-centric American cuisine, snacks and locally sourced craft beers. Over the years Hanis and Sara (and Carnitas!) have earned the respect of their colleagues through hard work, creativity, and dedication to their community. Each year, they participate in many charity and outreach programs, educational field trips to local farms like Olivewood Gardens, school programs and food events such as Chef Celebration, the Emilio Nares Foundation, the Front Burner Fund for restaurant employees, San Diego Center for Children, Mama’s Kitchen, San Diego Food Bank and California Restaurant Association Mentoring Program.