Gazing out at the Pacific never gets old. If you’re looking for a bar or restaurant with incredible views of the water, you’re in luck: there are plenty of options in San Diego. We’re breaking down a few local favorites, all minutes from downtown.
Sitting at the very end of Harbor Island, Coasterra undoubtedly has one of the best views in all of SD. You’ll enjoy sweeping views of the city skyline, Coronado bridge and harbor no matter where you sit. To call Coasterra’s weekday happy hour great would be an understatement; where else can you score a five dollar beer with these views?! Snack on their ‘Modern Mexican’ dishes from 3:30 to 5:30 in the tequila lounge or patio and enjoy guac, calamari, ceviche, upscale queso (it exists), and more appetizers for a killer deal.
Eppig’s Shelter Island location is as laid-back as a beer tasting room can get. Just a few great beers, and a smattering of small tables overlooking America’s Cup Harbor. Their waterfront biergarten is dog-friendly, kid-friendly, and the perfect place to unwind. Enjoy the view of boats big and small – and keep your eyes peeled for sea lions that sometimes make an appearance. Check out Eppig’s website for more info on the award-winning independent brewery.
The Holding Company
This bar and music venue got a complete overhaul in 2019, complete with a rooftop with a ridiculous view. Just a half block from the water in Ocean Beach, THC is a perfect spot to watch the sun set behind the OB pier. Snag a stool or a seat by a fire pit and sip a classic cocktail, or a specialty drink made with Ocean Beach’s own Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey.
Glass Door @ Porto Vista Hotel
Since there’s always something new and exciting going on at the ground level of Little Italy, that you might forget to look up. Located on the fourth floor of the Porto Vista Hotel, Glass Door restaurant offers both bustling neighborhood and serene bay views. Avoid crazy long brunch lines and head here for a mimosa, or end the day on the Glass Door balcony with house-infused cocktail.
Duke’s is definitely memorable, just like the restaurant’s namesake. Surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku is the inspiration for this La Jolla cove hangout, which exudes a welcoming island vibe. Stop here for a Hawaiian-centric bites like banana macnut pancakes in the morning and ahi steak at night. Or swing by just for a glass of wine in a stunning setting.
Sushi by the sea is what Cannonball is all about. Their expansive rooftop offers a killer view of Mission Beach, with a Pacific Rim and California Coastal menu to curb your appetite. It’s a great place to bring a friend or two to share sake, sashimi and sushi rolls. Grab a spot by a fire pit at night and get cozy with a seasonal cocktail while watching the sun go down. Is there really anything better?