San Diego Restaurant Guide: Sushi, Italian, and More

Having a long week and tired of cooking? We all need something to look forward to, and planning a Friday night dinner out (especially at one of San Diego’s highly coveted restaurants) could be just the thing to get you through the week! Here we list some of the city’s best options–from San Diego sushi to Italian cuisine–for your next night out.



San Diego has a number of Italian restaurants, including the acclaimed California-inspired Italian kitchen and wine shop, Cucina Urbana. Located in the heart of Bankers Hill, this restaurant blends comfort food with an upscale atmosphere, featuring a contemporary art installation. They are known for a blend of “culinary adventure, authentic hospitality, and dynamic design.”



While it might not be your classic Friday night go-to, Hawaiian food is a surprisingly versatile option. Homestyle Hawaiian is a cozy, classic Hawaiian food shop featuring Hawaiian comfort food and plant-based plates. Try the fried spam musubi—an island classic with a twist! And top it off with a malasada for desert.   



Meat lovers rave about Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop, which claims to serve the “best darn steak ever.” It was the first restaurant in the East Village to blend classic American cuisine with western flavors. It has high ratings across the board and boasts an upscale atmosphere—perfect for your next date night. The restaurant is also known for its 5-star service and ice cream selection. Ask for the “special” ice cream options!



Our number one recommendation for your next night out is RB Sushi, the best sushi in San Diego! By planning your Friday night dinner at a sushi restaurant, you’ll be taking advantage of what San Diego does best–its seafood. RB Sushi is an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant with three locations throughout the county (Rancho Bernardo, College Area, and Hillcrest). If it’s been a long week and you don’t feel like going out, they offer online ordering and delivery services for added convenience.

Sushi is the perfect option to end the week. The low calories of raw fish fillings make sushi a healthier and more filling option than many other dine-out choices. So, you can enjoy your meal guilt-free and you still won’t leave hungry! The “all you can eat” option is available all day, every day. To compliment the sushi offerings, RB Sushi has a variety of other dishes, including yakisoba, rice bowls, fried rice, and chicken bowls. They also have soups and salads for appetizers and a wide range of sides and extras!

If you don’t eat fish or meat, RB Sushi has a number of vegetarian sushi options to choose from, including classic cucumber rolls, colorful veggie rolls, and filling avocado rolls. All the sushi is customizable, too, so you can create the vegan or veggie sushi of your dreams! There’s truly something for everyone.

If you go on a Friday but want more during the week, this San Diego Sushi restaurant offers a 2 for 1 draft beer special Monday through Thursday, and daily lunch specials are available every day from 11:30 until 3:00 pm.