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North County San Diego Restaurant Recommendations


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

Best Restaurants in North County San Diego:







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”.

Cicciott's Tratoria Italiana & Seafood





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:

Carlsbad Village

Cardiff by the Sea






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.



jeune et jolie




Jeune et Jolie

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.


San Marcos:




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 

Written by: Cherimarie Poulos Owner of Carlsbad Food Tours

Cherimarie Poulos Owner of Carlsbad Food Tours

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.