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5 of San Diego’s Most Sizzling Steakhouses

Cowboy Star - 5 of San Diego’s Most Sizzling Steakhouses

This city may be known for fish tacos, but there are plenty of steak aficionados—and talented chefs—who wholeheartedly embrace sizzling slabs. Like your steakhouses old fashioned and buttoned-down? Check. Prefer hip, new-school establishments that take pride in their craft cocktails? Also check. Whatever vibe you’re going for, San Diego steakhouses will serve it up, right beside hefty cuts of supremely high quality steak, however you like it.

Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop

Where: 640 Tenth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter
Hip cowpokes will want to dismount from their steeds and step right into the award-winning Western-meets-modern environs of this decade-old steakhouse. The humanely-raised nature of the beef is not only good for the conscience, but manifests in exquisite dry-aged ribeye, Wagyu skirt steak, T-bone, filet mignon, and every other cut carnivores crave. The seafood meets the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch standard, so you can feel just as well ordering chardonnay steamed mussels or salmon almondine. 

Born and Raised

Where: 1909 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
Neighborhood: Little Italy
It’s not easy to make a splash in Little Italy—San Diego’s trendiest restaurant district. But for good reason, Born and Raised did just that when it opened in 2017, fusing Great Gatsby-style luxury with flare like portraits of hip-hop legends hung on the walls. Get ready for bartenders in white tuxedo jackets, added touches like tableside carts for freshly-shaken Rob Roys, and of course high-end slabs of beef. 

Greystone Prime Steakhouse and Seafood

Where: 658 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter
This two-story steakhouse occupies a building that in its nearly 150-year history was home to City Hall, the police department, library, and a string of theaters. The steakhouse sizzled to life in 1999, establishing a reputation as one of the finest place to get Wagyu beef in California. Choose cuts from the U.S., Australia, or Japan, each of which produce unique, well-marbled steaks. 

Donovan’s Steak and Chop House

Where: 1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
Neighborhood: La Jolla
This well-regarded small chain one-ups its downtown location with this spot whose view overlooking the ever-picturesque La Jolla Cove should be considered USDA Prime, like its steaks. A newly-renovated patio seats 48 red meat-lovers, though those not looking for peppercorn filet mignon, t-bone, or ribeye, can avail themselves of steaks of the sesame-crusted ahi tuna variety, plus Alaskan king crab, pan-seared halibut, and the like.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Where: 901 Bayfront Court, San Diego, CA 92037
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Here’s two reasons to dine at Del Frisco’s at the new Intercontinental Hotel – indulging in hand-cut steaks, and enjoying a spectacular sunset over the San Diego bay. Located at historic Lane Field, along the Embarcadero, the elevated experience is accented by its sleek architecture, modern décor, and exemplary service.

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7 Craft Distilleries to Tour and Sip at in San Diego

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The moniker “Capital of Craft” extends far past beer to an array of spirits, including whisky, gin, vodka, rum, agave spirits, and more, brewed right here in San Diego. Whether you prefer traditional tipple, dark or clear, or fancy an experimental liquor brewed with pomegranate or pumpkin, there’s a place for you. Have a tour—and a taste—of the local scene at any of these distilleries.

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8 of San Diego’s Hottest New Restaurants and Bars

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San Diego’s restaurant scene is diverse, delicious—and growing virtually by the day. So many exciting new restaurants and bars crop up that it can be hard to keep track. That’s why we took stock of the very best establishments that have opened in the last several months (some are much newer than that) as well as the most anticipated places slated to open their doors any day now.

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Sweet Spots: Best/Most Instagram-able Dessert Places

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You’ll want to save plenty of room—or skip dinner altogether—for these photogenic sweet spots that will stack up the “Likes”. Just remember to snap those pics before indulging in colorful, elaborate, and oh-so-tasty helpings of shaved ice, divina cakes, decadent milkshakes, red velvet cookies, and more. Continue reading

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7 of the Best Cheap Eats in San Diego

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San Diego’s best bites span a vast number of world cuisines—and a huge range of prices. You wont find any white tablecloths at these delicious establishments. What you will find is some of the best eats in town, served from trucks, diner griddles, homegrown chains, and hole-in-the-wall gems at prices that may seem too good to be true. Continue reading

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7 Themed Breweries to Visit in San Diego

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San Diego’s 150-plus breweries have a lot of personality—some more than others. These themed breweries are among those that exude flair the way IPAs exude hops. Inspired by punk rock, Mexican culture, the American Frontier, and more, these breweries aren’t shy about serving up some personality with each craft-brewed pint.

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Three San Diego Beach Neighborhoods with Quintessential SoCal Vibes

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San Diego’s beaches are so inviting, you might never want to leave. And you don’t have to, because these beach neighborhoods of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Ocean Beach have it all. Amusement parks for the whole family, piers and beaches perfect for long strolls, and of course, sips and bites to enjoy with a fiery sunset—it’s all here, within earshot of the waves. Continue reading

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7 Places to Find San Diego’s Best Seafood

Where to Find San Diego's Best Seafood

White tablecloths or fast-casual, San Diego’s best seafood restaurants come in every flavor. No matter if you’re looking to splurge on lobster and crab or just grab some fish tacos after a beach day, our ocean-centric dining scene has the right vibe for you. Continue reading

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Three of San Diego’s Best Food Halls

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Why choose just one restaurant? That’s the beauty of food halls: You can mix and match or eat alongside someone even though you got your meal from an entirely different eatery. San Diego’s vibrant food halls add a communal vibe to an already vibrant food scene. Continue reading

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7 Wineries to Visit Along Julian and Ramona’s Wine Trail

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Just a 45-minute drive from the San Diego coast lie mountains and valleys that provide abundant microclimates perfect for growing wine. Increasingly, the 30 wineries around Julian and Ramona have distinguished their neck of the woods as a destination to rival any in California or Baja. Whether by car or by horse, the charming dirt roads that crisscross the region hold many surprises for wine lovers and explorers alike. Don’t forget to pack a picnic—many of the wineries encourage you to enjoy lunch on their grounds. Continue reading