“And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.” -J. K. Rowling
Solana Beach is by far one of my favorite places in San Diego. The beach itself is sandy and friendly and there are so many restaurants, shops and fun places to go nearby; the fun times never end. Here are my top three places to eat in Solana Beach:
Claire’s On Cedros
My all-time favorite place to eat breakfast in North County San Diego is Claire’s on Cedros. This breakfast cafe is adorable, and the menu is incredible! Try the Divorciados or French Toast, and make sure to get hot chocolate or coffee with your breakfast here! Get there early, as the line and wait is usually, long. Like Disneyland though, it is well worth it! (My fiancé would disagree, see his list of favorite breakfast spots here.)
Naked Café is another one of my favorite spots in Solana Beach. It is right across the street from the ocean by Fletcher’s Cove Park. There’s a big parking lot right next to it where you can park for free. There are always parking spots open and usually not a long wait to eat at Naked Café. Breakfast is very popular however, so make sure to go for a late breakfast or early lunch. You can view the park and the ocean water from your seat on the patio and the food is healthy and yummy. After we eat here we usually head down to the beach for a few minutes to view the ocean from the lookout for play at the park. It’s always a nice sunny day in San Diego and sometimes we even bring a picnic dinner and stay at Fletcher Cove all day!
One of the very best restaurants in all of San Diego is Pamplemousse Grille, located in Solana Beach right across from the Del Mar Race Track. Award-winning chef Jeffrey Strauss creates spectacular dishes and hosts wonderful events at the restaurant. They have an amazing wine list and you can book a table in advance for dining availability assurance. Check out their menu, and don’t forget about dessert. The entire experience here in unsurpassed, and locals continue to give it rave reviews. Patrick took me there for my birthday when I first moved to San Diego and it was a once-in-a-lifetime meal. I will never forget the delicious tastes and the ambience of Pamplemousse Grille. They also cater, so make sure to view their variety of selections when planning your next party!
Some other amazing restaurants in Solana Beach are Brigantine, Fidel’s little Mexico (amazing authentic Mexican) and Pacific Coast Grill. (Pacific Coast Grill has ocean views that can’t quite be beat.) They all have authentic San Diego flare and provide you with great experiences when dining. If you’re looking for a new place to go and you haven’t tried one of these, be sure to stop by soon!
If you’re looking for a more casual eatery, check out Pizza Port, Java Depot, T’s Café and Beach Grass Café. There are even more little shops and cafés along the streets and close to the beach, but these are a few of my favorites. Almost everything in Solana Beach is within walking distance, which makes for a great day of sightseeing and snacking. Solana Beach is also awake a little later than the more sleepier towns such as Rancho Santa Fe or Carmel Valley. This ensures a variety of people, from early-risers to late-nighters. There is always something going on in Solana Beach, and if the fun you’re seeking is downtown, you can hop on the coaster train at the Solana Beach Train Station and head down to the action!
Have you been to Solana Beach? Where is your favorite place to eat? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you!