San Diego eateries are welcoming guests back to their patios, ensuring that all health and safety measures are being carefully followed for a pleasant dining experience that puts patrons at ease. Check out some local restaurants that are ready for outdoor dining.
Bub’s @ the Beach is reopening for daily outdoor dining from noon to 9 p.m. starting Saturday, Jan. 30, slinging new specials sure to please those who have missed their beloved Pacific Beach spot. Treat yourself to happy hour Mondays through Fridays from 3-5 p.m., and gorge on $1 wings when you order five or 10 slathered in your favorite Bub’s sauce. Wednesdays are for more wings, so head there for buy-one-get-one wings on orders of five.
Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas is back for outdoor dining daily, bringing back Wine Wednesdays, complete with half-off bottles of wine, plus social hours from 3-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Mask up and grab some grub in beautiful downtown Encinitas during their hours of operation Mondays through Wednesdays between 4-10 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Pacific Beach dwellers can enjoy stunning ocean views again at Waterbar, where outdoor dining will resume on Saturday, Jan. 30 with plenty of COVID precautions in place. Dive into seaside specialties such as New England Clam Chowder, East Coast Lobster Roll, and Baja Fish Tacos. Waterbar will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Hoppy days are ahead at Pacific Beach AleHouse, which will officially open for patio dining on Saturday, Jan. 30, ready to serve up toothsome bites and frothy brews on their scenic patios. Be sure to order their Jumbo Bavarian Pretzel paired with one of the location’s fresh house brews. Hours will be Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Backyard Kitchen & Tap has been sorely missed in the Pacific Beach culinary scene, which is why they’re excited to announce their outdoor dining reopening with plenty of patio space to ensure the safety and comfort of every guest in their Sideyard. Delight in creamy Lobster Mac or sip their Sandia Picante cocktail, infused with Spicy Don Julio, lemon juice, lime juice, agave and watermelon with a tajin rim. Hours at this local staple are Wednesdays through Fridays from 4-10 p.m., as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
All Breakfast Republic locations are back up and running with patio dining, so you can savor an indulgent brunch spread without a home unboxing. Reunite with outdoor dining by ordering some of the eatery’s classics, including Breakfast Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Breakfast Jambalaya and Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. Heck, celebrate with a pancake or French toast flight for good measure. Hours of operation at all locations are daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Brunch like a champion again at Gaslamp Breakfast Company, where outdoor dining has officially reopened. Toast to the occasion with their Beet cocktail brimming with a blend of horchata vodka, Ancho Reyes, lemon and beet juice, or perk up with their Matcha Green Tea Latte. Cravings are born to be curbed so sink your teeth into their Orange thyme Waffle with whipped mascarpone, orange segments and thyme-infused honey, or delight in a plate of their Fried Rice Benedict, prepared with crispy ham, sambal hollandaise, pickled radish salad and two poached eggs served with house potatoes. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., this breakfast haven is happy to be back in the great outdoors.
Feel like gettin’ figgy with it first thing in the morning? Outdoor dining is on the menu at Fig Tree Café’s locations in Pacific Beach and Liberty Station. Available daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the brunch-tastic eatery is ready to serve tables covered in coveted breakfast items such as Breakfast Sushi with three thick bacon rolls (baked with brown sugar and paprika), encircling rice and scrambled eggs, topped with scallions and plum sauce. If this occasion doesn’t call for a round of mimosas, nothing does.
North Park is rearing to go and The Original 40 Brewing Company couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome back guests for outdoor dining. There’s no duo more iconic than the location’s juicy OG Burger, piled high with lettuce, red onion, tomato, white cheddar cheese and garlic aioli served with house-cut fries, coupled with one of their house-brewed beers. Get your fill Mondays through Thursdays from 3-9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m.
The Gaslamp District is giddy about the patio reopening at their neighborhood Italian staple, Operacaffe. Slated to welcome back guests starting on Wednesday, Feb. 3, the restaurant will keep their menu full of crave-worthy creations like their Gnocchi Gorgonzola e Mirtilli with sweet gorgonzola cheese and blueberries, and Penne Speperina with spicy sausage, mascarpone cheese and mint. Patio dining hours will be Wednesdays through Sundays from 4-9:30 p.m., and Fridays through Saturdays from 4-9:30 p.m.
Tacos are always a good idea, but there’s no denying that fresh-made tacos reign supreme, which is why taco fiends can now rejoice knowing The Taco Stand has reopened all locations for outdoor dining seven days a week. Stuff your face with Al Pastor Tacos or savor a California Burrito as you bask in San Diego’s picturesque surroundings.