Although the flagship Island Prime restaurant is temporarily closed, the iconic bayfront eatery and steakhouse is offering guests a one-of-a-kind, outdoor culinary experience. Island Prime recently debuted a temporary residency next door on the Harbor Float, Cohn Restaurant Group’s open-air venue, a buoyant deck boasting 6,000 square-feet of unobstructed waterfront views. The premier event space can accommodate up to 68 seats for Island Prime guests and showcases a menu that includes some of Island Prime’s favorite dishes including Kumai Oysters, Lemon Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini, the Filet Mignon Trio and more.
Humphrey’s Bayside Cafe
Humphreys Bayside Cafe has transformed its concert lawn into a spot for outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner. While the menu might be more limited, there is still plenty to choose from and all feature the same fresh ingredients for which Humphreys is known. There’s also full bar service.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
The iconic Downtown steakhouse now offers outdoor seating seven nights a week beginning at 4 p.m. For those looking to grab a steak to go, Flemings Downtown offers carryout starting at noon daily. For a feast at an affordable price, take advantage of the Tomahawk Tuesday deal—available onsite or for carryout—and enjoy a 35-ounce Prime Tomahawk Ribeye with two salads, two sides and two desserts for $135.
Little Italy Association
Enjoy the culinary creations of Little Italy restaurants in the sultry summer air. Parklets, or as Mayor Kevin Faulconer called them, “streateries,” are popping up providing new outdoor dining spaces throughout one of San Diego’s most charming urban neighborhoods. For some real al fresco flair, the Little Italy Association closes the streets every Friday and Saturday from 3 to 11 p.m. helping local restaurants alleviate the loss of indoor seating while also creating a safe 30-foot physical distancing promenade for visitors.
Carruth Wine Cellars
Head to any of the three Carruth Wine Cellars locations—in Little Italy, Solana Beach and Carlsbad—for a taste of delicious local San Diego wine and delectable bites. Each location is offering outdoor seating for the safety and comfort of diners and oenophiles.
Best Western PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina (Blue Wave Bar & Grill)
Enjoy select favorites at Blue Wave Bar & Grill at the Best Western PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina. Take in breezy marina views on its spacious outdoor patio for either breakfast or all-day dining options. Be sure to keep an eye out for weekend specials.
Fogo De Chao
Brazilian steakhouse Fogo De Chao is open for outside dining with a new al fresco space. Dine outside in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter and enjoy authentic Brazilian churrasco. The restaurant is also offering take out, delivery and catering for those looking to bring a bite of Brazil home.
Panorama Bar & Grill at Hilton San Diego Airport Harbor Island
Looking for the perfect spot to relax after your afternoon paddle board session? Check out Panorama Bar & Grill at the Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island. Unwind on the outdoor veranda and enjoy a local beer, wine specials or a refreshing cocktail. The bayside hotel eatery is currently serving food and drinks from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Nobu San Diego
The famous Japanese eatery located in the Hard Rock Hotel has created an inviting outdoor dining experience for dinner adjacent to the happening Gaslamp Quarter. Try one Nobu’s most popular dishes including the Yellowtail Jalapeno Sashimi or Matsuhisa Bluefin Tuna Tacos. You can even wash it down with a cocktail crafted with authentic Japanese whiskey.
ARTS District Liberty Station
Many Liberty Station businesses are taking their operations outdoors, and the restaurants located in the ARTS District Liberty Station are no exception. Italian hotspot Solare is offering dining on the lawn, as well as virtual cooking classes for those who prefer to stay home. Grab some world-famous wings on the Dirty Birds patio, or stop by the Liberty Public Market for an eclectic mix of options. For hop lovers, be sure to head to Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens for an outdoor dining and beer scene unlike any other.
Dine al fresco on Cafe Sevilla’s beautiful, airy outdoor patio area. The Downtown tapas spot recently expanded its outdoor patio onto Fifth Avenue, with plenty of safe and social distance-compliant room to dine with cozy heaters, comfortable seating, greenery and twinkle lights to make you feel like you are dining in the middle of a Spanish plaza, right here in San Diego. Dine-in on the patio, or enjoy delicious tapas and sangria to go.
“Evenings in the Park” is a fanciful dinner series at The Prado’s gorgeous venue, nestled in the heart of Balboa Park. Every Friday and Saturday evening, guests can indulge in a multi-course “Local Love” menu, featuring locally sourced ingredients and thoughtful beverage pairings. The prix fixe program changes each week, with The Prado’s lush patio seating and glistening string lights providing the perfect backdrop for any occasion.