North County San Diego has some exceptional restaurants with amazingly talented chefs, Here is a list of some of the best of the best, just to give you a taste of what North County has to offer. For more information: San Diego 101 Dining
Vigilucci’s offers authentic Italian recipes from Milano. Roberto Vigilucci has a passion for traditional Italian cuisine. In Italy the kitchen is the center gathering spot for the family. Roberto has many happy memories of his childhood in Milano and the delicious Italian home cooking he enjoyed. Vigilucci’s has several locations in North County San Diego: Carlsbad and Leucadia
Caldo Pomodoro means “Hot Tomato” in Italian. They create old world Sicilian style cuisine with specialty pasta’s and gourmet pizza. They offer a fabulous Cajun Gorgonzola cream sauce tossed w/artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes & Cajun seasonings that is to die for. Another local favorite is their Baked Artichoke Hearts with lots of garlic, cheese and olives. And let’s not forget their award winning garlic bread, that has won the award of “Best Garlic Bread in San Diego” for several years.
Gregorio’s specialty items on the menu include traditional Sicilian style Italian cuisine. They also offer a multitude of gluten free items to their customers. A local favorite on the menu is their “Eggplant Slider”. Which is their tasty Eggplant Parmesan on a delicious Hawaiian bun. Gregorio’s owner Greg Nelson is a community philanthropist. As a boy Greg growing up in Carlsbad, Greg used to go to the local Boys and Girls Club quite frequently. And because of this experience, he donated 3 consecutive years worth of earnings from the restaurant to the “Boys and Girls Club”.
Cicciotti’s is casual Italian dining cooked by a Published Author & Chef Gaetano Cicciotti. Cicciotti’s Trattoria serves classic Italian pasta like fettuccine Alfredo and gnocchi with vodka sauce. But you won’t find Italian restaurants that cook fresh Italian food the way Gaetano Cicciotti does. They also offer homemade lemoncello.
Cicciotti’s has 2 locations in north county:
Campfire’s menu is based around its two 48″ round grills that will cook up locally-sourced and sustainable meat and seafood. Campfire wood-fired eatery that offers a nostalgic look at the camping culture in its communally eating style.
Bringing fresh heat to the North County dining landscape is Campfire.
Owner John Resnick and Chef Andrew Bachelier opened Jeune et Jolie, a nouvelle French restaurant just a block north of their first restaurant, Campfire, in Carlsbad Village. The name Jeune et Jolie come from their daughters, 4-year-old Elsie June Resnick and 15-month-old Margot Jolie Bachelier. The restaurant specializes in delicious french style food. Recently selected to Esquire magazine’s list of the 22 best new restaurants in America for 2019.
West Steak and Seafood is known for its authentic farm-to-table approach, sourced from the restaurant’s privately owned three-acre farm, located close to the restaurant. West specializes in USDA prime steak, chops and fresh seafood. Executive Chef David Abella was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, started his career with Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s Restaurants and worked as their Executive Chef for over 20 years. Abella incorporates the Euro-Asian influence into his creations at West Steak and Seafood.
BBQ lovers across San Diego County love Phil’s tasty barbecue meats: mesquite grilled baby back and beef ribs, chicken as well as their delicious sandwiches. Phil has built his foundation on consistency, quality, freshness and friendly service.
Fish House Vera Cruz is known as the best seafood in San Diego. Their fresh from the sea mesquite grilled brings out the total flavor of each filet.
Vintana is in the Cohn Restaurant Group. They are the owners of some of the most prestigious restaurants in San Diego. They are located on the penthouse level of The Centre at Lexus Escondido. Vintana offers elegant dining and sweeping views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Award-winning Chef Deborah Scott creates fabulous appetizers and entrees such as her Pepita & Sesame Crusted Brie, Lobster Bisque and Lobster Mac n’Cheese.
Cohn Restaurant Group offers another upscale dining experience in North County with 333 Pacific. 333 focuses on California cuisine with fresh and tasty seafood dishes, sushi and steaks. 333 is located in downtown Oceanside near the pier.
Masters Kitchen and Cocktail is a California casual fine dining restaurant with many delicious options to chose from including their burgers which have recently made Eater’s list of ones to try right now. Masters Kitchen and Cocktail is located in the heart of Oceanside.
For more restaurant recommendations in North County San Diego check out: San Diego 101 Dinning
Cheri was born & raised in California. She has lived in San Diego over 20 years, her children were born in the area. She has a strong connection to North County, in fact one of her daughters was Miss Carlsbad 2005. So she voted herself to be Mrs. Carlsbad. Now the Chief Foodie and Founder of Carlsbad Food Tours! She loves Carlsbad and is happy to share her knowledge about the local history and great eateries in the North County San Diego.