3-Day Foodie Itinerary in San Diego: Experience the Best Culinary Delights
San Diego is filled with a variety of delicious options for food lovers. Experience some of the best culinary delights in America’s Finest City with our picks for a 3-day foodie itinerary.
DAY 1 OF YOUR 3-DAY FOODIE ITINERARY IN SAN DIEGO
Weekends are made for long, lingering brunches. Some special spots to try are: Chef Brad Wise’s Trust in Hillcrest (get the sticky buns), Oceana Coastal Kitchen in Pacific Beach (stunning Mission Bay views), and Dija Mara in Oceanside (Balinese-inspired menu with natural wine).
Being so close to the border, the culinary influences of Mexico are completely intertwined with San Diego’s food scene. For a convenient option in La Jolla, try Galaxy Taco, known for its handmade blue corn tortillas. For a quick and casual lunch, the Taco Stand in La Jolla is a consistent standby with no-fuss tacos, burritos, and churros.
For a special evening out, make a reservation at Nine-Ten in La Jolla. With Executive Chef Jason Knibb at the helm, the menu focuses on seasonal dishes with elegant presentations.
DAY 2 OF YOUR 3-DAY FOODIE ITINERARY IN SAN DIEGO
Take the morning to slow down and have a leisurely meal in the comfort of your guest room at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. From avocado toast to pancakes, there are plenty of homemade menu options both sweet and savory for a satisfying room service breakfast.
After a morning exploring Bird Rock, head back to The Lodge at Torrey Pines for one of the best burgers in the city. Grab a seat on the patio at The Grill at Torrey Pines and enjoy the vistas of the Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. Touted as one of the best burgers in town by critics and locals alike, the famed Drugstore Burger is a classic with simple toppings of lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and mayo on a sesame bun. Pair it with a local craft beer on tap.
Little Italy is one of the best San Diego neighborhoods for foodies to explore. From celebrity chef restaurants to specialty dessert shops, this pocket of downtown has something for every palate. Ironside Fish & Oyster is an excellent choice for seafood, Bencotto is a solid option for homemade pasta, and Salt & Straw is a must-try for ice cream.
DAY 3 OF YOUR 3-DAY FOODIE ITINERARY IN SAN DIEGO
Just south of La Jolla sits the charming beach community of Bird Rock. Start your day at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, a local favorite with national clout for your morning caffeine fix. After you order your single-origin pour-over or espresso drink, walk a block south to Wayfarer Bread & Pastry. Here you’ll find some of the best pastries in the city, so enjoy one now and order another for later. Follow the lead of the locals and take your goodies to the nearby Calumet Park, a small oceanfront park for breakfast with a major view.
With more than 150 breweries (and counting), San Diego is a craft beer mecca. Miramar is an industrial area home to local favorites such as AleSmith, Pure Project, and Ballast Point. Or, head to the trendy neighborhood of North Park to visit tasting rooms like Modern Times and North Park Beer Co.
Spend your last evening at San Diego’s original farm-to-table restaurant, A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Chefs Kelli Crosson are known for sourcing the best local and regional ingredients that change with the season. With an impressive wine list and AAA Five Diamond service, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable dining experience at A.R. Valentien.