San Diego, CA

San Diego dining with a view

Guest post by Carli Leavitt

San Diego is one of the most scenic spots around.  With everything from miles of beautiful coastline to stunning mountain and canyon vistas, San Diego is one big photo opportunity.  It makes sense to take advantage of your surroundings and enjoy those gorgeous scenes while sipping a cocktail, having a casual lunch or dining out.  Here are some favorite choices to indulge in the next time you want to dine with a view.

George’s at the Cove

San Diego, CA

1This La Jolla institution has been delighting visitors and locals for over 20 years.  Georges features not one, but three venues to choose from.  California Modern on the lower level offers an upscale contemporary feel with an imaginative ever changing menu, against a backdrop of the blue Pacific.  Georges bar in the middle level offers a more casual atmosphere with a bistro-style menu serving lunch and dinner and a wall of windows that open to blur the lines of inside and out.  The Ocean Terrace is located on the top floor and boasts an open air setting providing spectacular views of the miles of La Jolla Cove’s stunning coastline.  There’s no need to wait for a special occasion, Georges’ award-winning cuisine, terrific service and jaw dropping views are reason to visit any time.

Manchester Grand Hyatt

Grand Hyatt San Diego

2Rising 40 stories up, the Top of the Hyatt lounge offers endless views of the San Diego, Coronado, Point Loma and beyond.  This downtown landmark is the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast.  You will enjoy amazing sunsets and stunning night light views that seem to go on forever while sipping one of the signature cocktails at this San Diego hotel. There is a wide selection of appetizers and desserts to choose from.  The views are truly special, day or night, so next time you want to be wowed, take the elevator ride to the Top of the Hyatt.

The Grill at the Lodge at Torrey Pines


3Located next to the practice greens of the world famous Torrey Pines Golf course, the Grill offers a casual dining experience while gazing over lush fairways and the ocean beyond.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Grill has seating indoors as well as an outdoor patio to enjoy the scenic vistas.  One of their signature dishes is the Drugstore Hamburger.  It is an absolute must, and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy a delicious meal than sitting on the patio overlooking the emerald green fairways and the brilliant blue backdrop of the ocean.

There are countless bars, bistros and restaurants in San Diego with beautiful views to enjoy, so when you plan your next dining adventure, don’t just think of your stomach, treat your eyes with one of the many views that make San Diego so special.

Carli Leavitt is the editor of She is a native of San Diego with a wealth of knowledge about local attractions, hotels, beaches and nightlife venues in Southern California.

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