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Whether you're on vacation or celebrating an important milestone at home, finding a good restaurant that the entire family can enjoy is important. Here is a list of some of the top restaurants in Northern San Diego. If you live there or are planning to visit soon, be sure to try some of them.

Top Restaurants in Northern San Diego

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Beach House; 2530 S. Coast Hwy. 101, (760) 753 – 1321: An oceanfront steak and seafood restaurant that serves lunch and dinner and a casual atmosphere.

Chart House; 2588 S. Coast Hwy. 101, (760) 436 – 4044: A beautiful oceanfront steak and seafood restaurant with floor to ceiling glass windows. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is an upscale beach community restaurant.

 Pacific Coast Grill; 2526 S. Coast Hwy. 101, (760) 479 – 0721: This oceanfront restaurant features organically conscious cuisine.

Wine Steals Seaside Grotto; 1953 San Elijo Ave. (760) 230-2657: A casual setting with wine tasting and a wine bar. The restaurant is known for their delicious cheese and meat boards and they also offer hot Panini's and pizza.

Zenbu; 2003 San Elijo Ave. (760) 633 – 2223: this restaurant serves sushi and other cuisine and a trendy atmosphere.


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Argyll Restaurant and Steakhouse; 7447 Batiquitos Drive, him (760) 603 – 6908: A steak and chop House  in a stylish atmosphere with panoramic views of the Aviara Golf Course.

Benihana; 755 Rain Tree Dr. (760) 929 – 8311: A Japanese hibachi steakhouse offering a sushi bar and food prepared "tappanyaki" style.

Bistro West; 4960 Avenida Encinitas, (760) 930 – 8008: Delicious comfort food in a modern setting. This restaurant is family friendly and offers a wide variety of mouthwatering cuisine.

California Bistro at the Park Hyatt Hotel; 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, (760) 603 – 6868: A casual atmosphere with "al fresco" dining overlooking the Aviara Golf Course.

Casa de Bandini; 1905 Calle Barcelona, (760) 634-3443: Delicious Mexican food in a casual and fun atmosphere. A Mariachi group plays every Wednesday through Sunday.

Chandler's Restaurant and Lounge; 1 Ponto Road: (760) 683 – 5500: This ocean front restaurant offers well prepared, flavorful and unusual dishes, such as their pretzel breaded chicken breast.

Norte; 3003 Carlsbad Boulevard, (760) 729-0903: A Mexican restaurant serving authentic food in the beautiful seaside local of Carlsbad Village.

King's Fish House; 5624 Paseo del Norte, (760)431-3474: The menu changes daily and offers hungry diners a large selection of fresh fish dishes.

Las Olas; 2655 Carlsbad Boulevard, (760) 942-1860: A Mexican restaurant offering authentic cuisine and a full bar.

Paon, Wine Bar & Fine Specialty Wine Shop; 560 Carlsbad Village Drive, (760) 729-7377: French inspired dishes highlighting organic prime meats, game and Fish.

P. F. Changs; 5621 Paseo Del Norte; (760) 795 – 0595: An wide-ranging menu offering appetizing Chinese cuisine.

Nozomi Japanese Fusion; 3050 Pio Pico Drive, suite A, (760) 729 – 7877: a Japanese restaurant serving traditional food and an array of teas.

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza; 5970 Avenida Encinas, (760) 438 – 1212: a fun family restaurant with Italian American cuisine and some of the best desserts in San Diego, including a messy Sundae and sugary sweet cotton candy served in a proton size larger than a person's head!

Tommy V's Urban Kitchen; 2659 Gateway Rd. (760) 602 – 1949: serving traditional Italian meals in a casual atmosphere.

Tuscany; 6981 El Camino Real, (760) 929 – 8111: traditional Italian dishes including freshly made pastas and savory seafood items.

Vigilucci's Cucina Italia; 2943 State St., (760) 434 – 2500: delicious Italian food with indoor and outdoor seating.

Vigilucci's Steak & Seafood; 3878 Carlsbad Blvd., (760) 434 – 2580 a steak and seafood restaurant with an Italian flair and a beautiful ocean view.

Vivace at the Park Hyatt Hotel; 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, (760) 603 – 6999: Serving Italian dishes from the northern region and an elegant atmosphere.

West Steak and Seafood; 4980 Avenida Encinas, (760) 930 – nine 100: A top-notch steakhouse with a chic bar in a warm and cozy atmosphere.

Del Mar

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Addison; 5200 Grand Del March Way; (858) 314-1900: California cuisine with a touch of Mediterranean influence.

Burlap; 12995 El Camino Real #21; (858) 369 – 5700 a unique Asian cowboy experience in a fun and casual atmosphere.

Flavor; 1555 Camino Del Mar; (858) 755 – 3663: A beautiful atmosphere offering ocean views and farm to table cuisine.

II Fornaio; 1555 Camino Del Mar; (858) 755 – 8876: located in the Delmar Plaza this restaurant overlooks the ocean and serves delicious Italian dishes.

Jake's Del Mar; 1660 Coast Blvd., (858) 755-2002: Oceanfront seating with savory seafood and other delicious menu items.

Kitchen 1540 at L'Auberge; 1540 Camino Del Mar, (858) 793-6460: Offering farm to plate American dishes in a contemporary atmosphere.

Pacifica Del Mar; 1555 Camino Del Mar, (858) 792 – 0476: modern style restaurant and bar offering seafood.

Pamplemousse; 514 Via de la Valle, (858) 792-9090: This French inspired restaurant is close to the Del Mar racetrack.

Poseidon; 16 70 Coast Blvd. (858) 755 – 9345: A large outdoor patio offering oceanfront views and serving American cuisine.

Red Tracton's; 550 Via de la Valle, (858) 755 – 6600: A steakhouse serving generous portions of delicious food.

Rendezvous; 1555 Camino Del Mar, (858) 755 – 2669: An Asian fusion bistro.

Ruth's Chris; 11582 El Camino Real, (858) 755 – 1454: A steakhouse offering à la carte items for family-style dining.

Sbicca; 215 15th St., (858) 481 – 1001: A trendy bistro serving American cuisine and offering ocean views.

The Fish Market; 640 via de la Valle, (858) 755 – 2277: This restaurant offers a variety of seafood dishes including sushi and it oyster bar.


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Blue Fin; 257 El Camino Real, (760) 479 – 1555: fresh fish is flown in daily from Japan and customers can order customized versions of their favorite meal.

Craftsman New American Tavern; 267 El Camino Real, (760) 452 – 2000: Customers can enjoy cocktails, wines, and local craft brews along with the menu of comfort foods.

Solace and the Moonlight Lounge; 25 E. E St. (760) 753 – 2433: An interesting combination of classic and modern American cuisine.

Union Kitchen & Tap; 1108 S. Coast Hwy. 101, (760) 230 – 2337: enjoy beer, vintage wines, and cocktails while you dine in this tavern style restaurant.


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333 Pacific; 333 N. Pacific St., (760) 433 – 3333: The restaurant serves steak and seafood and offers dining in a beachfront terrace which is fully enclosed, and also has ocean views for diners to enjoy.

Rancho Santa Fe

Delicias; 6106 Paseo Delicias, (858) 756 – 8000: This chic restaurant offers" upscale" comfort food and gourmet California cuisine.

Mille Fleurs; 6009 Paseo Delicas, (858) 756 – 3085: This fine dining restaurant prepares traditional French dishes in a beautiful atmosphere with AP outdoor fireplace.

Rancho Valencia; 5921 Valencia Circle, (858) 756 – 1123: located in the Rancho Valencia resort, this upscale restaurant serves California cuisine.

Solana Beach

Claire's on Cedros; 246 N. Cedros Avenue, (858) 259 – 8597: an intimate restaurant offering healthy food prepared daily from scratch.

Café Zinc; 132 S. Cedros Avenue, (858) 793 – 5436: a quaint café offering a totally vegetarian menu.

Crush Restaurant & Wine Lounge; 437 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Suite 112, (858) 481 – 2787: This restaurant offers Italian dishes in a beautiful seaside setting.

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