The holidays are fast approaching––which means it’s that time of year when family and out-of-town guests pile into San Diego to celebrate in the sunshine! Wondering where to take your whole crew to dine out? We’ve rounded-up ten family-friendly restaurants that serve up the perfect eats and ambiance. From authentic Mexican food in Old Town to pizza pie that’s amore in Little Italy, flip through our slideshow to find where to wow your guests for dinner.

The Crack Shack

Did someone say gourmet fried chicken and delicious biscuits? The Crack Shack boasts food the whole family will love as well as a warm and inviting interior and a fun patio with outdoor seating that includes a sandbox for the kiddos. There's also a classy bar area for those who'd like a drink. Casual and local, this cool eatery in Encinitas is definitely worth a family trip.

Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

407 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas, Ca

photo: The Crack Shack

Where do you take visitors to dine out in San Diego? Tell us about it below so we can take our families too!

––Nikki Walsh