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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

French Restaurant
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“Good food and drinks! On the pricey side, but it's a very cute spot and the food is unique and yummy. If you are going with kids, be sure to ask to sit out in the "garden" to be by the school bus. They have an old school bus in the restaurant that kids can clamber around in. We love coming here for happy hour! ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Café
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“Low-key restaurant serving burgers, sandwiches & breakfast fare, with many vegetarian options.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Excellent spot for fresh food at any meal with a full bar and outdoor seating”
  • 17 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Mexican food in a colorful atmosphere with live music, indoor and outdoor seating.”
  • 19 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Not just your typical sports, neighborhood bar. The food is out of this world and their cocktail offerings back it up. Casual vibe where the locals hang out. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Café
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“Good family friendly coffee shop with strong (Café Moto) coffee and a small, but fresh and yummy food selection in the heart of downtown La Mesa. Outdoor seating only.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Voted best fish tacos in San Diego! Great local place to go for happy hour. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This is our go to coffee shop. I love the machiatto and their house made chai is also incredible. Their cinnamon rolls, breakfast sandwich and the tomato bisque with grilled cheese (seasonal) is really good. There coffee is more of the hipster vibe you would find in North Park or little Italy. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“best NY style deli in San Diego...great breakfasts, lunch and homestyle dinners. Their bakery is enormous and delicious!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Farm to table goodness with a large selection of wines and locally sourced food when possible.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“This is one of our favorite local spots for breakfast. The omelets and pancakes are great and they have outdoor seating too where you can enjoy the sunshine.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Our favorite local taco joint with an amazing array of gourmet tacos, draft beer, and foosball to entertain the kids. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“retro steak house with a the famous turquoise room - always great bands here.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“best authentic Italian with great service in the heart of downtown La Mesa Village”
  • 7 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Amazing variety of brews and live music! Also this is outdoor only but partly covered and the vibe is very good.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Shopping-center standby for refined renderings of Italian cuisine in a posh, mural-filled setting. Located in: Lake Murray Square Shopping Center Address: 5654 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942 ”
  • 7 locals recommend