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Things to do in Pacific Beach, San Diego

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Seafood Restaurant
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“The Real Beach community with plenty of Night Life and fun. About 15 minutes away...”
  • 193 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“The BEST bar for people watching and a $70 bottle of Vueve! Cheaper than some liquor stores! Get it with the baked brie! YUM!”
  • 94 locals recommend
Café
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“Classic breakfast spot right by Crystal Pier. Their breakfast burritos are awesome! ”
  • 98 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“A local favorite, as well as a popular destination for visitors to San Diego, the menu at PB Fish Shop is uniquely tailored, offering a boatload of fresh seafood selections to choose from. Come in after a surf session to build-your-own taco, sandwich, salad or plate by selecting your cut of fish and marinade. Every Thursday they have the $1 oysters and they are great! You also can bring your own wine without a charge for a corkage fee.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“Considered the best burger! It is a cash-only dive bar with a sports TV that offers the best burger in town. They do not allow any children or even babies with parents inside. 21 and up. ”
  • 99 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Right outside our front door, great vibe, great cocktails, great desserts. Wine Wednesday: All wines 50% off.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great food, great location. Located on the beach boardwalk in Pacific Beach. Parking is challenging.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful park that has an outstanding view of our bay, downtown San Diego and more.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“If smoked fish tacos are your thing, THIS IS THE PLACE! So yummy and still reasonably priced. ”
  • 74 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Considered one of the best sushi experiences by professional foodies. If you love sushi I advise ordering sashimi and delicacies like Uni. "Let's just cut to the chase with a single-bevel, razor-sharp sushi knife—this is San Diego's best spot for melt-in-your-mouth sushi and sashimi. It's an unassuming little joint tucked into a strip mall with limited parking, so don't expect to be bowled over—until your first bite, that is. Chef-owner Yukito Ota presents a focused menu with popular options such as specialty rolls and tempuras, but it's the daily specials featuring more traditional Japanese seafood delicacies that reward sophisticated palates. Even more adventurous is to opt for the omakase tasting menu and put yourself in the skilled hands of the experienced chefs. There's a good selection of cold and hot sake, as well as beer and wine options. Be sure to make reservations, and don't expect to linger after a satisfying meal; tables are turned over quickly." - Garth Mueller”
  • 65 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Man, this has to be my favorite. It is RIDICULOUSLY good. They have everything you could ever want... from man candy bacon, to stuffed french toast. Ask about the latte of the day or get a mimosa flight with an antioxidant juice to pair. (Acai is my go-to). The potatoes are food-coma worthy. My Favorite: -The Tuscan Eggs Benedict with a side of bacon and avocado -Coconut Latte -Buttermilk pancakes ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good ole trashy fun! Great for grabbing a red bull slushie and watching drunk people out on the boardwalk”
  • 64 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Hands down the freshest and BEST Mexican seafood place in San Diego! Don’t leave without trying their ceviche, taco especial and surf and turf taco!!! And don’t forget to try their homemade salsas (in the fridge to the left of the trash cans).”
  • 59 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Pancakes, Pancakes, Pancakes!! You will love them here and you will also love their tofu power breakfast! ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Hotel
“Tower 23 Hotel boasts Pacific Beach's fine dining restaurant JRDN, located on the boardwalk, enjoy fresh sushi, seafood towers, craft cocktails, and amazing views at one of our favorite places”
  • 61 locals recommend
Hotel
“Walk to the end of Crystal Pier in the heart of Pacific Beach. Incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and surfers riding waves! See dolphins Year-Round and Whales in the Winter and Spring.”
  • 40 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“The BEST bar for people watching and a $70 bottle of Vueve! Cheaper than some liquor stores! Get it with the baked brie! YUM!”
  • 94 locals recommend
Café
“Classic breakfast spot right by Crystal Pier. Their breakfast burritos are awesome! ”
  • 98 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“A local favorite, as well as a popular destination for visitors to San Diego, the menu at PB Fish Shop is uniquely tailored, offering a boatload of fresh seafood selections to choose from. Come in after a surf session to build-your-own taco, sandwich, salad or plate by selecting your cut of fish and marinade. Every Thursday they have the $1 oysters and they are great! You also can bring your own wine without a charge for a corkage fee.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Considered the best burger! It is a cash-only dive bar with a sports TV that offers the best burger in town. They do not allow any children or even babies with parents inside. 21 and up. ”
  • 99 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Right outside our front door, great vibe, great cocktails, great desserts. Wine Wednesday: All wines 50% off.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great food, great location. Located on the beach boardwalk in Pacific Beach. Parking is challenging.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“If smoked fish tacos are your thing, THIS IS THE PLACE! So yummy and still reasonably priced. ”
  • 74 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Considered one of the best sushi experiences by professional foodies. If you love sushi I advise ordering sashimi and delicacies like Uni. "Let's just cut to the chase with a single-bevel, razor-sharp sushi knife—this is San Diego's best spot for melt-in-your-mouth sushi and sashimi. It's an unassuming little joint tucked into a strip mall with limited parking, so don't expect to be bowled over—until your first bite, that is. Chef-owner Yukito Ota presents a focused menu with popular options such as specialty rolls and tempuras, but it's the daily specials featuring more traditional Japanese seafood delicacies that reward sophisticated palates. Even more adventurous is to opt for the omakase tasting menu and put yourself in the skilled hands of the experienced chefs. There's a good selection of cold and hot sake, as well as beer and wine options. Be sure to make reservations, and don't expect to linger after a satisfying meal; tables are turned over quickly." - Garth Mueller”
  • 65 locals recommend

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