Nothing beats the laid-back, open-air vibe of dining outside in sunny San Diego. We’ve rounded up 11 eateries that have great food and plenty of patio inspired perks from giant Jenga and ocean views to gardens to explore while you wait for your food! Scroll down and find some new hot spots to add to your list.

Pannikin Coffee & Tea

Start the day at this charming yellow Victorian Coffee spot. It's cute and quirky. Order items like the greek scrambled eggs with feta and tomatoes while half-pints chomp down the bagels toasted to perfection and sip hot cocoa. Moreover, you can sit outside under the umbrellas and watch the bikers cruise by. Or lounge on one of the Adirondack chairs on the grass.

510 N. Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, Ca


photo: Pacific Coast Grill

Pacific Coast Grill

Hit the beach! Pacific Coast Grill has an upscale but laid-back vibe. It's a truly perfect outdoor patio for family date night or celebration where you can eat well and have fun. To start, request a ground-level patio table so that littles can play in the sand while you enjoy the sweeping ocean views. Even more, if it's high-end seafood you're craving, then this is your place. From lobster rolls to coconut crab crusted Mahi Mahi the food is fresh and yummy. Plus, there's a nice kids menu to feed their little tummies.

2526 South Coast Hwy 101
Cardiff, Ca

Urge Gastropub and Common House

Clocking in at 61,000 square-feet, you'll find plenty of room to move around this brew house. Also, with two outdoor patios, there's time to enjoy the San Diego sun. Moreover, half-pints can run, play checkers, sandbag toss and win at the giant Jenga game. All while you enjoy the bar food, like bleu cheese sliders, grilled salmon and cheesy fries with a pint of local craft brew. Plus, there's a kids menu too.

255 Rebel Rd.
San Marcos, Ca

Beesalt Balcony

Catch the waves! Eat outdoors with a partial ocean view in this Del Mar restaurant. Lunch on gyros and end with the delish baklava ice cream cake. Also, they accommodate kiddos with faves like chicken and pizza. Depending on the weather, the balcony has both shade and heat lamps. Psst... the stuffed French toast is delish for brunch on the weekends.

1201 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, Ca

Corner House Cafe & Pizzeria

Sit outdoors surrounded by pretty flowers and a shading Pepper Tree. For one thing, the smoothies and acacia bowl are fresh and sweet. For another, the Baja chicken or meatball sandwich are top notch. Super casual and relaxing with a walk-up window and quick food delivery.

11815 Sorrento Valley Rd.
San Diego, Ca


Sushi on the beach! You'll find 9,400 square feet of fireplaces and lounge seating, plus a perfect ocean view. Order up the lobster rolls and firecracker rolls while having a drink. For little ones, there's a kids meal with choices like grilled cheese and chicken tenders. Enjoy the good food and the beach view.

3105 Oceanfront Walk
Mission Beach, Ca

photo: Park 101

Park 101 Carlsbad

It takes a village! A cool multi-level, plaza-style eatery perfect for dining, lounging and sipping. This family-friendly restaurant has open-air seating, cozy fire pits and many ways to eat. You can grab a cup a coffee and a donut or a eat a bigger meal like pulled pork, chicken or salmon. Even more, there's a kids menu with choices like chicken nuggets. Oh, and kids get free cotton candy once they finish their meal!

3040 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, Ca

IsaBella Artisan Pizzeria

Relax by the outdoor fire on the bright red couches while your little ones play around you. Grab a nice glass of wine or beer on tap to celebrate the end of the week. Then, chow down the sausage bomb or pepperoni pizza and finish off with the churros or Butterfinger tiramisu. Enjoy the sparkling lights, good friends and family fun.


Clairemont Neighborhood
4011 Avati Dr.
San Diego, Ca

Tender Greens

Eat healthy and happy. For one thing, the kid's meal includes a quesadilla or grilled cheese, veggie, mashed potatoes and a juice box. (That should keep them busy!) Each location has a nice outside patio such as a hydroponic garden or a wood deck. Check out the location near your neighborhood. Enjoy a nice lunch with the crew on the outdoor patio.

Multiple locations: Mission Valley, La Jolla/UTC, Point Loma, Downtown


Karina's Mexican Seafood

Dig the festive vibe in the outside courtyard of this Mexican seafood eatery. Likewise, the custom wall murals, pretty flowers and the large tree adorned with lights make for nice patio dining. Fresh lobster, guacamole and all kinds of fish are good to eat. Kiddos can munch on free chips and salsa, while you feel worlds away as you sip your margarita.

Otay Ranch Town Center
2105 Birch Ave.
Chula Vista, Ca

photo: Stone Brewing

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

This unbeatable backdrop is only bested by the relaxing vibe and delicious food and drinks. Kids can run and play in the expansive garden while you sip craft and specialty beer. If your littles have a sophisticated palate, they'll appreciate the elevated kids menu featuring dishes such as braised pot roast, Jidori chicken breast, pan-seared salmon teriyaki and Bavarian sausage with ricotta mashed potatoes!


1999 Citracado Pkwy.
Encinitas, Ca 92029

Do you know an eatery with a great patio? Tell us in the comments below.

-Nikki Walsh


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