Aside from beaches and year-round temperate weather, San Diego has a few other charming traits. One of those being great food, and where there is great food there are always great chefs. San Diego’s vibrant offering of restaurants are helmed by some of the best chefs in the country, and many of them have been recognized both nationally and internationally. Take a look below at a few San Diego restaurant’s with Top Chef-worthy masters that are catapulting the city’s food to new levels.
Located inside one of San Diego’s most luxurious hotels, The Addison’s artisanal approach to fine dining incorporates local produce and fare complemented by the restaurant’s richly appointed European décor. Behind the scenes Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef William Bradley is responsible for the menu, and with his impressive culinary talents, both Chef and restaurant have earned a bevy of accolades since The Grand Del Mar's exclusive dining venue opened in 2006. Addison is Southern California's only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant, and with Chef William Bradley running the kitchen, it’s no surprise why. Photo Courtesy of Addison
Chef Brian Malarkey, since receiving national acclaim as a top contender from Bravo’s Top Chef, has returned to San Diego to open five incredibly successful restaurants in the city, including Burlap, Gabardine, Campine, Gingham and Herringbone. However, his first, Searsucker, broke the mold with its perfect blend of high quality, yet accessible food found conveniently in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp District. The “New American Classic Cuisine” found at Searsucker is only improved with its pairing of local craft beer, specialty cocktails, and well-rounded wine list. Photo Courtesy of Searsucker
Get a taste of San Diego at George’s California Modern which features dishes that capture both seasonal and regional flavors at their best. The restaurant, which is known locally as George’s by the Cove, has been named in the Top 100 United States Restaurants and the Top 25 in Southern California. The exceptional view overlooking the Pacific Ocean alongside finely crafted meals courtesy of Chef Trey Foshee, make it an all-around excellent way to enjoy San Diego's finest dining. Chef Foshee keeps George’s menu fresh, continually utilizing his classical training to add elegance to innovative ideas. He was the winner of the California Travel Industry Association “Chef of the Year,” in 2004, and was inducted into the San Diego Chefs Hall of Fame in 2010. Photo Courtesy of George's At The Cove
Nobu, located in the San Diego Hard Rock Hotel, opened in 2007 as another venue in which Chef Nobu Matsuhisa boasted his world famous Asian cuisine. Aside from Chef Nobu’s internationally revered dishes, Chef David Meade, who perfected his culinary expertise at Nobu Miami and Nobu New York, offers his own dishes at the locale. Nobu is located across from the Convention Center, enveloped in a fun, bustling area of the city. Private dining, trendy bar lounge, and an elegant sushi bar are open every night for dinner inside which guests will be thrilled by the venue’s streamline and modern East Asian décor. Photo Courtesy of Nobu