5 San Diego restaurants with ocean views made for sunset

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — It’s always sunset season in San Diego County, which means elevated dinnertime views at restaurants found along the coastline.

As summer inches near and the days grow longer, now is the time to take advantage of the many establishments that neighbor the sea, all while dishing up delicious plates to be enjoyed with good company.

For those who are looking for their next ocean view dinner spot, here are five restaurants to consider in San Diego:

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Located in Pacific Beach, JRDN offers a beachfront atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor dining options — all of which have views of the Pacific Ocean. On top of the setting, the restaurant is a repeat winner in the California Restaurant Association’s award for Best Hotel Restaurant as it’s situated within TOWER23 Hotel.

As far as the menu goes, think California coastal cuisine with items like fresh specialty sushi rolls, lobster risotto, steamed mussels and whole-fried snapper. There are also wagyu burgers, short rib and a variety of steak options. Another unique feature, the restaurant has a 1000-bottle wine wall that sets the tone for a dinner date.

JRDN oceanfront restaurant
JRDN oceanfront restaurant

VAGA Restaurant & Bar

This restaurant can be found along Coast Hwy. 101 in the coastal city of Encinitas. “One hand in the farm, one hand in the ocean, both eyes on the horizon,” VAGA stated online while describing its prime location and quality food. This spot offers a stunning view of ocean bluffs and North County surf breaks. It’s connected to Alila Marea Beach Resort.

On the menu, diners will find dishes like the striped seabass tacos, achiote chicken, hanger steak, Alaskan halibut and Maine sea scallops. Don’t forget to add the “Vaga Parker House Rolls” which are made fresh and are perfect for dinner dining in front of the sea. Reservations are required so plan ahead to enjoy this restaurant.

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Not only does this spot have a stellar view of the Oceanside coastline, it’s also a Michelin-star restaurant. It sits below the Mission Pacific hotel in the downtown area. The quaint setting is perfect for watching the sunset over the iconic Oceanside Pier. There’s also outdoor lighting to set the mood as dusk dissipates.

Led by Chef Roberto Alcocer, this restaurant is known for fusing together fresh ingredients to create authentic flavors inspired by Baja Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley wine region with a California twist. On the menu, foodies will find specialty plates that include options like sea scallops, beetroot kvass, farm raised rabbit, Australian wagyu, spiny lobster and more.


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Jake’s Del Mar

Head to Del Mar to dine at this hot-spot during sunset. It offers striking views of the beach and ocean. It’s been considered among some of the most popular restaurants in the region by reservation platform OpenTable. Think elegant when it comes to the atmosphere, along with California vibes.

While watching the sun disappear into the horizon, diners can enjoy crispy calamari, ceviche, seafood chowder, or crab cakes as dinner starters. As for the entrees, options include lobster tail, crusted ahi, filet mignon, duck confit, among other dishes like the “Beachside Vegan” plate. The menu screams special occasion.

Serea Coastal Cuisine

The Mediterranean restaurant, located in Coronado, will make you feel like you’re right on the sea with salty breezes and ocean views. This spot provided what it described as a “sea-to-table dining experience.” It’s part of the famous Hotel del Coronado.

While taking in the sunset and sounds of the waves, diners can choose between dishes like wood grilled fish, charcoal grilled octopus, beef carpaccio, lamp chops, oysters and much more. The restaurant opens for dinner at 5 p.m. daily after a brief closure after lunch.

Who’s ready to meet for a bite at sunset?

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