Oceanside offers a variety of food sure to please everyone, from families with children to couples looking for an intimate dining experience. Restaurants in Oceanside offer hungry patrons everything from scrumptious Comfort Food to Thai or Sushi, or from pizza & burgers to steak and seafood and so much more.
Whether you prefer the valley or the beach, South Oceanside or the Oceanside Harbor, you are sure to find something for a hungry appetite and a discerning palate.
Choose from our listings below of some of the best restaurants, wineries, breweries, taprooms and coffee houses in Oceanside.
About an hour's drive south of San Diego along the Baja Mexico coast, lies what was once a small fishing village called Puerto Nuevo. For many years tourist have flocked to the local fisherman's houses to eat local Pacific lobsters, wrapped in warm flour tortillas along with ranchero beans, Mexican rice and a hot red chili sauce. Butter was a rarity in the early days and it was advisable to bring your own. Of course icy cold Mexican beers and Margaritas were used for ”washing it all down”.
If you were to visit Puerto Nuevo today, fifty years later, you would no longer see a sleepy little fishing village with shanty houses, but rather multi-million dollar restaurants and fisherman's private homes still serving their famous Puerto Nuevo lobster dinners. It was during the early sixties that my family and I first became familiar with the Puerto Nuevo lobsters. In the late seventies after maybe a hundred trips to ”Lobster Land” I became convinced that a similar type food could be introduced in the States.
In the summer of 1983 I introduced the Puerto Nuevo style lobster dinner to this side of the border. Then in 1985 the menu and decor at The Old Bonita Store Restaurant were converted into that of a Puerto Nuevo Style Lobster house serving Baja style lobster dinners as well as many new lobster specialties created by Chef Juan and myself.
We are Family Owned and Operated
Rosina's Italian Restaurant is one of the last remaining restaurants of its kind. The Oceanside location opened in August of 2008, and the Santaluz location opened in March of 2013. The owner, Rosina, and her 2 sons, Giancarlo and Gianfranco, believe in working the old fashioned way - with their hands.
Abundance of Southern Italian Hospitality
It's an Italian legacy with a family heritage that began in Calabria. The Southern Italian region is known for its abundance: imagine the best road-side fruit stand in North County- better than that! Fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, excellent fish, poultry and beef and incredible hospitality.
"Rosina's is a destination with unassuming character, a perfect place for a casual dinner or a romantic night out."
30 Years Preparing Italian Cuisine by Hand
Her remarkable family of restaurateurs shares Rosina's talent and pride for authenticity. When she and her sister, brothers and their spouses opened their family restaurant When In Rome in Leucadia, California almost 30 years ago, the community welcomed their new recipes. From When In Rome came Salvatore's Cucina Italiana downtown San Diego, Cafe Luna in Rancho Bernardo, Salvatore's in Sun Valley Idaho, Rosina's in Sun Valley Idaho, Castello Delle Serre in Serre di Rapolano, Italy, Carmine's Pizzeria in Oceanside and now Rosina's in Oceanside.
Rosina's Passion for Cooking
Working in the kitchen is a family tradition. Rosina will tell you she loves cooking as much as she loves people. "When you sit down for dinner with your children, you are assured they will do the same when they are adults," says Rosina. This is why it is so important to create Italian meals with pride, because you are making something for the people you love, your family. In this way, Rosina has always prepared her fresh sauces and baked pastas! For the pride and love of those who will share it with their families. Her Italian restaurant is an extension of her kitchen and a warm family atmosphere that feels like home. Indeed it does.
An industrial space with classic history, Masters was once a well remembered drag car shop.
The revamped restaurant keeps its authentic character, and offers a warm and inviting dining experience for a lovely escape from the sun and sand. A separate bar with communal seating serves traditional craft cocktails that sip and smell of the 1920s.
At the Flying Pig Pub and Kitchen, We are dedicated to bringing you quality, ingredient driven food in a pleasant environment. Our farm-to-table restaurant offers artisanal cuisine; hand made pasta, carefully paired wines and craft beers.
The Flying Pig is a member of the Slow Food Movement , a way of living and eating; a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
Come experience our rustic, American cuisine and taste the difference fresh, quality ingredients make!
Started in 1988 by Gary and Zell Dwelley, Beach Break Cafe has become a essential part of the Oceanside community. Located off the historic Highway 101 that runs along the California coast, halfway between downtown Los Angeles and the Mexican border, this surf-inspired diner serves American fare with a California twist. People taking a break from the beach or those who want a pre-ocean meal flock here for the moist, cinnamon-laced coffee cake drizzled with frosting and the giant and inventive four-egg omelets and scrambles. While dining they can check out the colorful surfboards, surfboard-inspired ceiling fan and surf photos that decorate this breakfast-and-lunch-only spot. The Banana Crunch French Toast is a favorite, dipped in honey bunches of oats for the crunch and then topped with bananas and a healthy dose of whipped cream. The wait can be long on weekends, but the Dwelley's set up an honor-system coffee station.
Harbor Fish and Chips is located in Oceanside Harbor. The restaurant is snuggled in a small village on the water front.
As a family owned and operated business Harbor Fish and Chips has been a mainstay at the Harbor for 40 years. The owner Terry Cross was born and raised in Oceanside. Terry has continued the family tradition by keeping the quality of food at a high standard, while establishing a friendly - fun customer service atmosphere. This has made his restaurant one of the local's favorites.
Harbor Fish and Chips has been recognized several times in magazines and on local T. V. for our authentic fish and chips, fish tacos and seafood menu.
The outside dining area sits along the waters edge, with a great view of what makes Oceanside Harbor a great destination.
Welcome to Hunter Steakhouse - Serving the “Best Prime Rib in Town!”. We embrace our 40 year tradition as a classic steakhouse while continually renewing our commitment to small town hospitality.
Whether you visit us in the heart of Mission Valley, or in the city of Oceanside, our staff looks forward to welcoming you with a smile. We know you'll find our hand-cut steaks, award winning prime rib, fresh seafood, and many other home made dishes to your liking. We're truly honored to have you as our guests.