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Apr 20, 2009 10:36 AM

What's your favorite beachside restaurants/bar in SD?

Gorgeous weekend at the beach..lots of people out having fun at restaurants up and down the coast.
What are you fav places for drinks and food at the beach?
My Fav's..

Lahaina in PB for pitchers of beer..beach cruiser is mandatory
The Pennant in South Mission..
Green Flash in PB..bloody's
Saska's in MB..
Jose Court Room La Jolla
Alfonso's in LJ..nachos and Marg's or Dos XX on tap
George's on the terrace or bar in LJ..
The Brig..Shelter tacos and Marg
Bahia Don Bravo in LJ..Pacifico's and fish tacos
Fish Market Downtown..outside patio with shrimp cocktails and anchor steam

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  1. One thing that has always struck me about San Diego is the lack of "beachside" restaurants. (When I think "beachside", I think "on the beach" or beach front.)

    Every place you mentioned above (save Lahaina's, which could be worst bar in san diego in my opinon 90% guys, 10% girls, and Greenflash) are not "beachside".

    Hotel Del is one.

    Tower 23 is another.

    Del Mar has a few, but the cuisine is lacking.

    San Diego is wide open for good "beachside" dinning.

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    1. re: stevewag23

      I agree with you whole heartedly on this one. Its a common dilemma for me when we'd like to have drinks and food at the beach. And by beach I mean I can see the ocean from where I'm eating! For a beach community there's a serious lack of these least ones that have great food. If anyone has suggestions I'd be more then grateful!

      Some spots I end up with that I go to for the view:
      -Peohe's, Crab Catcher, Beach House, C Level,

      I always leave wishing there were other options.

      1. re: daimyo

        Were you really expecting to get both a view and top notch chow together? At least IMO, the view and a bev, in SD, is easier to get than the 'great' chow, even without the view.

        1. re: cstr

          'Were you really expecting to get both a view and top notch chow together? "

          Not really in San Diego.

          In other coastal cities yes.

          1. re: cstr

            Expecting, no. Searching and hoping for something.

          2. re: daimyo

            Another aspect of San Diego dinning that is lacking is taking advantage of open air breezes.

            We have the best climate to do this.

        2. Speaking of beachside (or bayside) has anyone tried Candelas at the Coronado Landing. The restaurant itself is gorgeous, but how's the food?

          1. A perfect day for this question BC, I'd have to throw in World Famous for the view, maybe HH as some of the offerings aren't too bad.

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            1. re: cstr

              Love World Famous..that is a beach cruiser mandatory restaurant!
              Breakfast on Sunday is pretty damn good with some bloody's and what is fun is to catch some waves while they are making your breakfast..

            2. South Beach in OB. Fried clam strips, the mini taco sampler and a Racer 5 sitting at the bar looking out the window at the beach and the pier.

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              1. re: menuinprogress

                Clam strips, rubber bands, clams need belly's to be called clams!

              2. JRDN's restaurant has a fantastic view and great food.