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10 Great Patios for Outdoor Dining in San Diego

Dining out is now an alfresco affair throughout the county. This is the first of an online series rounding up great places in San Diego for outdoor dining.

By Compiled by Thomas S. Cooney and Marie Tutko

Blade 1936

Boasting a certification from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, Blade 1936 is the real deal when it comes to Neapolitan pizza. They have also converted part of their parking lot into a covered patio so you can continue enjoying your panuozzo in the shade.

401 Seagaze Drive, Oceanside | 760-231-1456


Outdoor Dining / Casa Guadalajara

Casa Guadalajara

Casa Guadalajara

Located in scenic Old Town, Casa Guadalajara has expanded their already existing patio out into their parking lot. La Casa serves traditional Mexican food and drinks, and features live music from a mariachi band most days of the week.

4105 Taylor Street, Old Town | 619-295-5111


Civico by the Park

An offshoot of Civico 1845 in Little Italy, Civico by the Park has a large patio on the ground floor of the landmark Mister A’s building. It specializes in classic Italian food alla Calabrese (from Calabria) and has standout pizzas.

2550 Fifth Avenue, Bankers Hill | 619-310-5669


Outdoor Dining / Giardino


Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

A family restaurant with a mix of classic and modern Italian fare, Giardino offers events like Tuesday pizza night and Thursday date night. In keeping with social distancing guidelines, they have set up an open-air patio in the parking lot right out front of the restaurant.

8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove | 619-825-7112


Gravity Heights

If you are a beer lover, this brewpub is the place for you. Enjoy the delightfully eclectic food selection along with your beer of choice in a large patio beer garden.

9920 Pacific Heights Boulevard, Sorrento Valley | 858-283-8206


Kettner Exchange

Kettner Exchange already sported a substantial rooftop patio and has now expanded its outdoor seating. The menu focuses on craft cocktails and also features dishes like duck meatballs and Chilean sea bass en papillote.

2001 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy | 619-255-2001


Outdoor Dining / Mille Fleurs

Mille Fleurs

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Mille Fleurs

One of the most awarded and long-standing restaurants in San Diego, Mille Fleurs delivers some of the best French cuisine you can find anywhere. They also have a spacious patio—be sure to make a reservation.

6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe | 858-756-3085



Pueblo is unique on this list for having not one but two separate patios, one on the second floor and one on the first, so you can choose where to enjoy your salmon al pastor or crisped carnitas. On top of their modern take on traditional Baja and California food, they also have a substantial drinks selection.

877 Hornblend Street, Pacific Beach | 858-412-3312



Located in Pier South Resort overlooking Imperial Beach and the pier, Sea180’s patio is almost a destination in itself. Combine that with a large selection of seafood and appetizers, and you have a great option for seashore dining.

800 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach | 619-631-4949


Tofu House

The Korea-based chain has two outposts in San Diego serving up soondubu (spicy stew made with soft tofu) and bi bim bap (rice bowls) in hot stone pots, along with fried rice and kalbi (beef short ribs). They transformed the parking lot of their Convoy Street location into a shaded patio, and decorated it with lights for evening dining.

4646 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa | 858-576-6433

9089 Mira Mesa Boulevard, Mira Mesa | 858-860-5296

Civico by the Park

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