Carey San Diego Travel Tips: Up-and-Coming New Restaurants in San Diego


Although new restaurants often crop up around the country, San Diego is known for some of the most innovative. During the 1970s, San Diego struggled from an economic perspective. Today, the city is vibrant, and the restaurant industry is one of many doing amazingly well. Here are some of our San Diego travel tips on the up-and-coming restaurants that are expected to achieve great success.

Exciting New Ventures

  • Bracero: Cucina Mexicana de Raiz – Recently opened in March, this is the hottest restaurant in San Diego for Baja cuisine. With years as a master chef, Javier Plascencfia oversees every dish made and served in this 4,800-square-foot downtown restaurant and bar combination. The Mexican food is authentic and even better when served with one of the many available Baja wines, cold beer, or a favorite cocktail. On the ground floor, you will find casual dining; the upstairs is dedicated to a fine dining experience. 

  • Coastera – After a slight delay, this up-and-coming San Diego restaurant is slated to open sometime by the end of the month. Without question, this is by far the most ambitious concept to ever come from the Cohn Restaurant Group. Coastera is part of a $10 million, 24,000-square-foot dining and special events center that floats on the water around Harbor Island. This restaurant will serve delicious Mexican dishes and is expected to be a huge hit.

  • Juniper and Ivy – Owner Mike Rosen along with famed chef Richard Blais just opened a casual neighborhood eatery in the Little Italy section of San Diego. The menu consists of refined American food with a little bit of left coast edge.

  • Red O – Another fabulous restaurant is coming in mid-2016, but the wait will be worth it. Construction on Red O began earlier this year where the current Donovan’s steakhouse will be transformed into an 8,300-square-foot Mexican restaurant with both indoor and outdoor dining. Owned and operated by celebrity chef Rick Bayless, this restaurant will be everything imagined and more.

  • Half Door Brewing Co. – For something a little more laid back, the Half Door Brewing Co. opened in January. To most, it is best described as being a cozy haunt boasting a creative pub menu and great food.

  • Gaslamp Tavern/The Quad Ale House – Now open for business, this San Diego restaurant is neighborly and laid back, making it a perfect place to meet up with friends and co-workers after a long, hard day. Located in the downtown area, the new owners turned the adjacent upstairs space into a modern-day beer tasting room. In the kitchen, Chef Brandon Brooks is at the helm. 

Regardless of which of the many up-and-coming restaurants in San Diego you plan to visit, you can make the outing even more special by taking a limo ride. Today, limousine companies have a wide range of fleet options so you can arrive at the restaurant “low key” or in over-the-top style. Limousines are also more affordable than most people think. If you plan to enjoy alcoholic beverages, limo service is the safest option.

Posted on Aug 19 2015

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