One of the most common questions is where one should dine when attending a convention. While it is a common thing for people to stay in hotel circle or mission valley and take the trolley to downtown, I'll make this mostly centered around the convention center itself.
Here is a map of all the locations in this guide:
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- Jsix at Hotel Salomar (616 J St) - This is probably the best "fine dining" destination with any consistency near the convention center. Their burgers are supposedly especially good during lunch time
- Top of the Market (750 N Harbor Dr) - While it is a chain restaurant, great food with a great view at this location.
- Bar Basic (410 10th Ave) - Come with a group to get some nice large pizzas. Also a bar/club for hanging out late.
- Sora (655 Broadway) - Japanese Italian cuisine from one of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's proteges
- Cowboy Star (640 10th Ave) - Best steak place in San Diego, but also a really great restaurant in general. Try the buffalo burger for lunch.
- Cafe Chloe (721 9th Ave) - Great french bistro food. This place epitomizes the great bistros that San Diego has to offer.
- Knotty Barrel (844 Market Ave) - This gets the slight nod over Neighborhood for the bar/gastropub of choice mainly because their food is a bit better.
- Noble Experiment (777 G St) - If you're into cocktails, this is the place to go. Call ahead to make sure you have "reservations"
- Bencotto (750 W Fir St) - Great Italian hand-made pastas.
- Craft and Commerce (675 W Beach St) - Some ridiculously good bar food to pair with drinks such as the bacon cracker jacks and mini corn dogs.
- PrepKitchen Little Italy (1660 India St) - Some nice bistro food with drinks. Try the London's Burning cocktail. Personally I favor the appetizers over the entrees.
- Extraordinary Desserts (1430 Union St) - A great place for cakes and gelato for dessert. Also a nice selection of teas.