Wondering where to eat in San Diego?
Then, eat this up hungry travelers: San Diego’s Little Italy dining choices keep on growing and growing!
New restaurants and bars have cropped up on Little Italy streets, all within steps from our front door.
Find out who’s new to the neighborhood:
Juniper & Ivy
Distance to La Pensione: 4 blocks
Helmed by Top Chef All-Stars winner, Richard Blais, Juniper & Ivy was the most highly anticipated restaurant opening in downtown San Diego. This unpretentious restaurant touts airy space, modern warehouse design, and an adventurous seasonal menu ideal for a group of friends or family. You MUST try their buttermilk biscuits, which are almost the size of your fist! They top them with a delicious pat of smoked butter. You can thank us later.
Ironside Fish & Oyster
Distance to La Pensione: Next block over
This gorgeous renovated warehouse space houses a stunningly large oyster bar with a daily changing menu of crab claws, seafood platters, crudos, and their much-talked about oyster flights. Also on menu are seafood specialties such as Lobster Rolls, Beer Braised Mussels with Andouille Sausage, Shrimp Bahn Mi, and Fried Oyster Po Boys.
COOKBOOK Tavola Calda
Distance to La Pensione: 3 blocks
An Italian tradition has finally come to San Diego! COOKBOOK is San Diego’s first Tavola Calda (casual, Italian self-serve eatery) offering real homemade, fresh, contemporary-style Italian dishes in a setting that reflects modern culture. At COOKBOOK, you can make your own selection among hot and cold entrees, side dishes and Italian desserts.
Distance to La Pensione: 2 blocks
Rise and dine! Opening this month, Harbor Breakfast fills a void of bonafide delicious breakfast spots in Little Italy. The menu will feature all of your breakfast faves, like waffles, steak and eggs, breakfast pastries, and pancakes. Best part? Nearly 100 percent of the menu includes organic and locally sourced ingredients from California, including veggies, grass-fed beef and California wild rice. We’re especially looking forward to their organic almond milk and fresh-squeezed mimosas.
The Flight Path
Distance to La Pensione: 5 blocks
A visit to Little Italy wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a glass(es) of wine. This cool, starkly white, modern space showcases sleek Italian furniture, airline-themed décor and a collection of 75 wines (25 which are available by the glass). Their lengthy wine list features rare wine varietals from wine regions around the globe, and a great small plates menu. No need for a cab, this awesome wine bar is a short walk back to the hotel. We can toast to that!
Book a room with us. Trust us – you’ll need a place to sleep off that food coma.