Downtown Dining Outside the Gaslamp Quarter

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The downtown district is overflowing with options for dining out. Whether you are craving a classic American meal or are interested in Asian or Indian inspired cuisine, you can be sure to find it in Gaslamp Quarter. However, if you’re feeling adventurous or are just looking to try something new, there are a variety of dining options outside of the Gaslamp that are still conveniently located in Downtown San Diego.

One of our favorite dining destinations is Balboa Park. After spending a day exploring the many museums, art galleries and tropical gardens, visit one of the dozen restaurants and cafes that can be found on the park’s grounds. Whether you are looking for a snack for the kids, a casual lunch, or are interested in a first-class dining experience, Balboa Park has everything you need, all conveniently in one place. For help planning your day, click here for our recommended 1-day Balboa Park itinerary for families.

Another great dining destination is Seaport Village. Situated along the water, the area is home to many restaurants that offer fantastic views of the San Diego Bay. On most evenings, Seaport Village is less crowded than the Gaslamp and dining options are just as plentiful. Stop by one of the four full-service restaurants which serve everything from specialty seafood to premier steaks. There are also inexpensive Seaport Village dining options where you can order your meal and eat outside as the sun sets.

Just up the coast from Seaport Village is Little Italy which is a favorite among travelers and vacationers. A meal in Little Italy is sure to transport you to Europe as many restaurants are family owned and serve authentic Italian appetizers, main courses and desserts. Guests who stay at a hotel in Downtown San Diego near Little Italy are able to take advantage of the delectable restaurants of the area, as well as the culture that exudes from the shops, museums and art galleries.

No matter where you decide to dine in San Diego, you are sure to enjoy your meal. Remember, the summer seasons are peak tourist seasons so if you know where you want to dine ahead of time, call and make reservations to ensure you are seated at your preferred time!

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