Discovering The Eight Best Restaurants In North Park

best restaurants in North Park

North Park is one of my favorite areas in San Diego to get a good meal.  Simply park your car and wander around to find a host of amazing local restaurants and bars.  You will find lots of craft breweries in the neighborhood, eclectic stores, neighborhood coffee houses, and outstanding restaurants. There are also great places to simply catch up with friends and family over a drink.  When you are ready for a meal, use my list to find the best restaurants in North Park


Siamo Napoli is one of my go to restaurants for Italian food in San Diego. I absolutely love their food and respect their focus on quality ingredients, delicious food, and excellent service.  It is run by three brothers, and they are always there, working hard. It’s like going to a neighborhood restaurant, where they know your name, and so many of the customers are all regulars. And it’s hard not to want to be a regular as the food is absolutely delicious. One of my favorite dishes is the pappardelle con il ragù d’agnello, Cabernet-infused pasta with slow braised lamb ragout. Siamo Napoli is the highest-rated Italian restaurant in San Diego, easily giving them top billing on this list of the best restaurants in North Park.  If you are looking for a pizza, it’s also on my list of places to get the best pizza in San Diego.

best restaurants in North Park
Pappardelle con il ragù d’agnello

Bivouac Ciderworks

Bivouac Ciderworks is typically known for its craft cider company, but to ignore the food that they have available for pairing would be a mistake.  In addition to seasonal ciders, they often have local popups with chefs.  Be sure to check out their decor. Also awaiting big news as the opening of their new Bivouac Adventure Lodge. After dinner and drinks, indulge in the The S’mores Experience.

The S'mores Experience

Kin Len

If you see a line outside Kin Len, that would not be unusual, but it is well worth the wait.  Serving Thai street food, including Khao Soi, a coconut curry noodle soup hailing from Northern Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. Pro tip – they do take reservations Monday – Thursday.  While the Khao Soi is a top-seller, I am told that the Hat Yai Chicken & Curry is a must order.

Khao Soi

Cori Pastifico Trattoria

Cori Pastifico Trattoria‘s menu is based on menu traditional Sicilian food.  As a sign of their excellence, Italy’s top food & wine publishing group Gambero Rosso awarded them with its highest honors – only five Italian restaurants have received this honor. I highly recommend making a reservation. Cori is highly regarded as one of the best restaurants in North Park.  I dare you to not try the Fritelle cacio e pepe:  savory Italian style doughnuts, pecorino foam, pipli black peppe.

best restaurants in North Park
Fritelle cacio e pepe

Alexander's On 30th

Combine pasta and pizza with fine dining to understand why Alexander’s on 30th in North Park is so popular.  Especially on a Tuesday when they have a $8 pasta special. Pictured is The Cherry Bombe, a spicy, meaty, and cheesy pizza.

The Cherry Bombe


Both the food and drinks at Wormwood are quite spectacular. And if you have not had absinthe before, it is quite the experience to have a large water tower delivered to your table with instructions on how to best enjoy this mysterious drink.

Absinthe tower


It is worth going to Dunedin New Zealand Eats for the New Zealand pies alone. You get two pies plus a generous portion of fries. But be warned that they do run out of them, so order early.  A very easy second is getting their burger and fries (be sure to check out their burger of the month).

best restaurants in North Park
Burger of the month

BOTANICA Art & Cocktail Bar

Botanica Art & Cocktails is San Diego’s first genever and gin-focused cocktail bar that includes an art experience in a speakeasy-style lounge that is visually stunning. Each drink is paired in a unique glass representing the art.  The menu is made from bite-sized items. This would also be a great restaurant if you are looking for a creative craft cocktail.

Watch your drink being made

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