Gaslamp Quarter Food and Drink


People come to the Gaslamp Quarter for a lot of different reasons.  But at some point, they all come to eat great food and drink killer cocktails and craft beers.

It’s easy to see why.  The Gaslamp Quarter has such a wide range of choices that it could take weeks to sample an endless array of the finest that San Diego offers.

You can go fancy, or you can go casual.  You can stick with American steak and seafood fare, go with classic ethnic offerings like Mexican or Italian food, or try something more exotic like Persian, Asian, Irish, or other palate-pleasers from every corner of the world.

People don’t come for just the food and drinks, they also come for the experience.  You can wander for blocks among dozens of restored Victorian-era buildings, design your own pub crawl, or fold in an evening of live music and entertainment.

Rooftop bars are all the rage and the Gaslamp Quarter has several from which to choose.  Try the Altitude Sky Lounge perched 22 stories atop the Marriott for a fine selection of wine, beer, cocktails, and appetizers while gazing out on the waterfront skyline.  The Nolen dishes cocktails and bite-sized food on the 14th story, which is an homage to turn-of-the-century bartenders.  The Rustic Root, The Pool House at Pendry San Diego, and Float at the Hard Rock Hotel are also popular destinations.

Surf and turf options are world-class both in the Gaslamp Quarter and nearby on the waterfront.  Greystone Steakhouse and Seafood, Huntress, The Butcher’s Cut Steakhouse, and others serve up mouthwatering prime rib, filet mignons, and prime cuts.   Saltwater, Lionfish, Lou & Mickey’s, and The Oceanaire Seafood Room are noteworthy when it comes to the best seafood in San Diego 

If you’re looking for something unique, try the American Comedy Co., the Illusions Theatre & Bar for drinks and live magic, or the raucous dueling pianos show at The Shout! House.

Many people love the Gaslamp Quarter because several restaurants and bars stay open until the wee hours of the morning.  It’s a perfect way to end the night after a ballgame or concert.  Locals love Tony’s Pizza, Union Kitchen and Tap, Trailer Park After Dark, Vybz, and other nightcaps for food and drink.  

Early risers also have plenty of breakfast choices.  The Broken Yolk Cafe, Spill the Beans, and Maryjanes at the Hard Rock Hotel are standouts for coffee, bagels, and early morning fare.

And last but not least, don’t forget desserts!  Try Cali Cream Homemade Ice Cream, Chocolate Cremerie, Olala Crepes, or Le Parfait Paris to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

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