Lobster dinner at Gaslamp Quarter Restaurant

Things to do in San Diego: Top Restaurants in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

A stay at The Keating Hotel will put you within steps of all there is to do, see and experience in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. This latest article in our San Diego Travel Blog, ‘Things to do in San Diego: Top Restaurants in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter’ introduces just a few of the best picks for a great dining experience in San Diego.

Written by
Karen Fields

So, you’re headed to beautiful San Diego and you’re staying at The Keating Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter…great choices!  

As a guest at The Keating you’ll be staying in the heart of the liveliest parts of San Diego – the Gaslamp Quarter! 

This latest article in our San Diego Travel Blog – ‘Things to do in San Diego: Top Restaurants in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter’ will be your guide to finding the best places to get your grub on for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

About the Gaslamp Quarter: This 16 square-block area of downtown San Diego is home to a variety of great restaurants, coffee shops, nightclubs, retail stores, comedy clubs, theaters and more. The San Diego Convention Center, Seaport Village, San Diego Bay and Petco Park are also located just blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter. The historical architecture of the buildings in this vibrant neighborhood add to its undeniable charm. You’ll enjoy everything the Gaslamp Quarter has to offer during the day, but the streets, bars, stores and nightclubs really come to life at night.

One thing that is in abundance in the Gaslamp Quarter are restaurants…and there are some great options to choose from; Seafood, Steak, Sushi, Mexican, Italian and more. Our list of, ‘Top Restaurants in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter’ below just scratches the surface of ‘Top Picks’ - really you need to come and discover your own list of great restaurants.

Now, on to the list!

Rustic Root
Location: 535 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-232-1747   
Distance from The Keating: 3 Blocks

Rustic Root presents a rustic twist on American cuisine and modern flare along with amazing, signature cocktails. You’ll also enjoy the beautiful views of San Diego as you take in a cocktail or two in this super relaxed San Diego Rooftop Bar. The location is ideal for watching the crowds below make their way along 6th Avenue.  Modern rooftop destination featuring local, seasonal cuisine & craft cocktails in stylish surrounds.

Location: 600 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-814-2060   
Distance from The Keating: 1 Block

Steaks. That’s about all you need to say about STK Steakhouse, but we’ll say more. STK brings their world-class restaurant to the Gaslamp Quarter. STK provides a few interesting features to the typical steakhouse. The ‘Rooftop at STK’ is a great open-air dining experience so you can enjoy the wonderful San Diego weather. The swimming pool at STK offers a venue for pool parties with DJ’s and a club atmosphere.

Searsucker – San Diego
Location: 611 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-233-7327
Distance from The Keating: 2 Blocks

When you are recognized as the ‘Best’ at anything, it is worth finding out why.  Searsucker was voted the best casual dining experience in Gaslamp Quarter. The menu at Searsucker offers a variety of tasty selections, including; Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup, Shrimp and Grits, Pan-Roasted Sea Bass, Cauliflower Steak and Short Rib are all top selections.

Gaslamp Fish House
Location: 411 Broadway Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-795-3800   
Distance from The Keating: 2 Blocks

If you enjoy fantastic Seafood and a place with a little, no a lot of history, Gaslamp Fish House is the place for you. Gaslamp Fish House is recognized with the ‘Taste of Gaslamp’ award and after a meal here you will understand why.

The Gaslamp Fish House provides some of the very best Seafood, American and Mediterranean Cuisine along with a fresh Fish, Seafood and Oyster Bar.

Here are some of our favorite selections; Chilled Shrimp Cocktail, Mustard Glaze Salmon, Seafood Pasta – Louisiana Style, Dynamite Wild Sea Bass to name a few.

Fogo de Chao
Location: 668 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-338-0500   
Distance from The Keating: 1 Block

Fogo de Chao is a Brazilian-style Steakhouse that is always at the top of the recommendations list of the best Hotel Concierge’ in Downtown San Diego.

Each day the Fogo de Chao prepares the best Chicken, Pork and of course the very best beef selections, Filet, Top Sirloin, Ribeye and even seafood selections including Salmon and Sea Bass are typically prepared and offered.

Taka Restaurant
Location: 555 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-338-0555 
Distance from The Keating: 2 Blocks

The best Japanese cuisine in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Taka is well known for serving outstanding Sushi and Sashimi creations along with American foods served in a Japanese style. 

This popular Gaslamp Restaurant offers a unique way to enjoy Sushi and some of the most requested appetizers include; Wasabi Tuna Tataki, Soft Shell Crab, Baked Black Cod Fish and Spicy Garlic Giant Clam.

Greystone Steakhouse
Location: 658 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-232-0225   
Distance from The Keating: 1 Block

Greystone Steakhouse & Seafood Restaurant is a popular San Diego Restaurant, that has been voted the Top 5 Steakhouses in California and San Diego. 

Greystone presents USDA Prime Steaks, hand-cut Wagyu Beef as well as a variety of exotic meats including Wild Boar, Elk, Bison and Antelope. Greystone also serves up tasty seafood dishes from local purveyors.

La Puerta Mexican Restaurant
Location: 560 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-696-3466
Distance from The Keating: 2 Blocks

La Puerta is a Sinaloa inspired Mexican Restaurant offering great Mexican dishes and drinks with a rock 'n roll flair. La Puerta offers hearty family recipes in Quesadillas, Sopas, and specialty Burritos, like their popular, ‘The California’ which is made with Arranchera Steak, French fries, and grilled onion.  Other signature dishes include, the ‘TJ Dawg’, Fries, Carnitas or Pancakes.

Nobu Sushi
Location: 207 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-814-4124
Distance from The Keating: 6 Blocks

Nobu San Diego is simply one of the top dining destinations for truly fine Sushi and Japanese-Fusion cuisine in Downtown San Diego.  Nobu is an award-winning Japanese cuisine restaurant offering the legendary dishes created by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, such as the Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno. 

Café 21
Location: 2736 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
Telephone: 619-640-21221
Distance from The Keating: Next door!

Café 21 is a favorite dining option located in the ever-popular Gaslamp Quarter.  This beautiful eatery is known for their ‘farm-to-table’ approach to using only locally grown, organic ingredients in their dishes.

Experience live local music 7 days a week, a soothing atmosphere, and one of the best Happy Hours in downtown San Diego. 

This latest San Diego Travel Blog article; 'Things to do in San Diego: Top Restaurants in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter' introduces you to just a few of the very best dining options you can choose from during your next visit to San Diego. Since there are so many more great Gaslamp Quarter Restaurants you may even create a list of your own ‘Top Picks’ – we’d love to hear back from you.

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