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Dinner with a view: 9 San Diego restaurants named most scenic in America

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Posted at 12:43 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 20:44:23-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — You're bound to find something delicious in San Diego's food scene, but only a select group pair your meal with an amazing view.

Those views are commonly found across the region's coastline, where the surf meets culinary creations from some of the area's best chefs.

OpenTable recently released their list of 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America, listing nine San Diego stops that are a must for diners who also enjoy savoring views.

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In fact, San Diego County represented the most restaurants over any other California county, making it prime for summer visitors and residents to enjoy this season. California also had the most restaurants over any other state on OpenTable's list.

"We can't think of a better way to celebrate summer travel season than with this list of restaurants with some of the nation's most stunning vistas," Caroline Potter, OpenTable's Chief Dining Officer, said. "Whether you're a local or a traveler, these winning spots are a terrific way to soak up a city's charms while dining on delicious fare."

Here's where Open Table suggests you dine with a view in San Diego:

Bertrand at Mister A's (2550 Fifth Ave., San Diego): Since 1965, Bertrand at Mister A's has peered at downtown from Fifth Ave., highlighting airplanes touching down, boats gliding through the bay, and twinkling lights of the city. Their modern American dishes including duck breasts, surf and turf, and salmon bring it all together.

Coasterra (880 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego): From Harbor Island, Coasterra captures downtown San Diego, the Coronado Bridge, and USS Midway in one glamorous shot. Pair that with delicious menu of Mexican cuisine like paella and roasted chicken and your dinner is complete.

Il Fornaio - Coronado (1333 1st St., Coronado): Seated not far from the Coronado Bay Bridge, Il Fornaio showcases San Diego across the bay with a delicious menu of Italian cuisines including pizza, pasta, and seafood dishes.

Island Prime (880 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego): Offering an uninterrupted view of downtown San Diego and Coronado, Island Prime stands over San Diego Bay boasting a packed menu of seafood, artisan steaks, and tasty cocktails.

Jake's Del Mar (1660 Coast Blvd., Del Mar): Jake's Del Mar brings to beach to guests looking to enjoy a tropical array of cocktails, seafood, and burgers with beachfront sunshine and breezes.

The Marine Room (2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla): Always considered one of San Diego's most romantic restaurants, The Marine Room offers a luxurious menu coupled with a front-row view of the high tide crashing against its windows and marvelous sunsets.

Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff (2526 S Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff): Diners enjoy a prime, oceanfront view at Pacific Coast Grill, where the restaurant's seafood and steaks are paired with sights of beachgoers and surfers.

Tom Ham's Lighthouse (2150 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego): Since 1971, Tom Ham's Lighthouse, featuring USCG lighthouse Beacon #9, has boasted a menu full of fresh seafood creations while showcasing the city's skyline.

Top of the Market (750 N Harbor Dr., San Diego): Enjoy views from Point Loma to the Coronado Bay Bridge with a menu featuring delicious, fresh seafood from Chef Jeremy Loomis at this award-winning restaurant.

The list was generated from diner reviews submitted between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019, compiling data points such as rating, user clout, number of reviews, and overall rating.