Top Picks for Where to Eat in Scenic North County San Diego
North County San Diego residents usually have no problem driving down to San Diego proper for some exceptional dining experience – after all, San Diego has a plethora of amazing restaurants to choose from. However, those who live right in San Diego can’t always say the same about checking out North County San Diego. The residents of North County are also holding onto a little known secret – their home is also home to some excellent restaurants that’s worth a drive from the neighborhoods of and surrounding downtown San Diego. Here are some of the top restaurants in North County you can’t miss checking out.
Market is located where El Camino Real ends in Del Mar (right where you’re cursing yourself if you think you can take a shortcut via the road if traffic is backed up on the 5). The end of the road provides an amazing opportunity for dining here, though, as Market has a truly impressive philosophy: serve up food so fresh that the menu needs to be changed daily. Yes, each day finds a new menu at Market using locally sourced meats and vegetables.
Address: 3702 Via De La Valle, Del Mar
Rancho Santa Fe may be too expensive for you to ever own a home in the exclusive enclave, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dine in the ritzy neighborhood. Thanks to Mille Fleurs restaurant you can also be sure that dining experience is going to be incredibly tasty. Mille Fleurs is located in a quaint white stucco building with terracotta roof tiles and a gorgeous terracotta colored patio that can dine on. Inside, the charm continues as Mille Fleurs is decorated to reflect a country-style French home with goes along well with the French cuisine served. The menu options include both traditional French culinary options with some modern, gourmet twists.
Address: 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe
Vinatana Wine + Dine
You need to eat at this Cohn Restaurant eatery just for the sheer novelty of it as it is located in the same building as a Lexus dealership. It is a pretty random place for a restaurant, but it works as the building’s aesthetics are gorgeous both inside and out and dining while looking at luxury cars definitely gives the meal an exclusive air. It also helps that the meat and seafood-centric menu is also high quality deliciousness.
Address: 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido
West Steak and Seafood
If you’re looking for a steakhouse that isn’t your typical chain, head to the Carlsbad coast and dine at West Steak and Seafood, where you can lounge in comfortable booths amid dim lighting and modern décor and peruse a simple menu highlighting an array of choice cuts of meat. From filet mignon to grass-fed beef, you’ll find the type of steak you most like plus get to choose a sauce and some well-balanced sides to go with it. West also has seafood and pasta options.
Address: 4980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad
This sleek restaurant is situated steps from the sand in Oceanside’s recently revamped downtown area. The menu features fresh seafood and an excellent steak menu. Don’t miss the popular happy hour where you can get delicious apps and cocktails for a fraction fo the usual cost.
Address: 333 N. Pacific Street, Oceanside
This eatery in San Marcos quickly made a name for itself when it debuted by serving up gourmet cuisine that is a nice break from the mostly chain restaurants at the nearby San Marcos Restaurant Row. Bellows provides a trendy atmosphere with hip cuisine like Brussel sprouts and kale while also serving up favorites with inventive twists such as salmon, steak, flat break and burgers.
Address: 803 South Twin Oaks Valley Road #107, San Marcos
Which North County San Diego restaurant are you most excited to eat at?