For a foodie on vacation, it is always a must to find the best restaurants with amazing chefs in the area. However, during the holiday season when traveling or entertaining friends and family, finding fun and delicious spots is a must. There are many amazing options near Carlsbad beachfront hotels.
Have Dinner at a Celebrity Chef’s Restaurant
San Diego is home to several of Bravo Tv’s Show Top Chef stars. Enjoy the celebrity’s creations while on vacation.
Richard Blais is owner of Juniper and Ivy, a modern fine dining experience located in San Diego’s Little Italy. The restaurant is a farm to table restaurant with a menu that changes based on seasonal ingredients.
Another Top Chef alum that has two restaurants in Little Italy, Herb & Wood, and Herb & Eatery. Herb & Wood features seasonal California and Mediterranean food while Herb & Eatery is a market and café that serves breakfast and lunch foods. The newly opened Herb & Sea in downtown Encinitas has a seafood focus. Encinitas is a quick trip from Carlsbad beachfront hotels.
Enjoy Theatre at Dinner
Illusions is a speakeasy theatre and bar in the Gaslamp District of San Diego. The Illusions Theatre and Bar is a journey first and foremost. There is a magical entry, escape room, strolling magicians, art and ambiance. The 3-course meal is followed by a parlor magic performance on stage. It will keep you and your family entertained and offer an engaging experience.
Classic Southern California Cuisine with Music
The best Mexican restaurants can be found near Carlsbad beachfront hotels. Many of the Mexican restaurants have live Mariachi’s.
Casa de Bandini is located in Carlsbad with all the sights, sounds, and flavors of Mexico plus Mariachi entertainment. The month of December check out their famous pumpkin flan and enchiladas Navidenas and more from their holiday specials.
Casa Guadalajara in iconic Old Town San Diego and has great food along with entertainment. Afterwards, take a stroll through the town shops and enjoy a local trip to Mexico. During the holidays, enjoy specials from the holiday menu, like turkey mole tamales, or cranberry chipotle chicken.
Stroll into Carlsbad
What can be more picturesque than an oceanfront restaurant with views of the Pacific Ocean? Stroll from the Carlsbad beachfront hotels and you will find tons of fun places to eat.
Dini’s Bistro is one of Carlsbad’s most popular and historic restaurants, with a lively casual bar and an extensive selection of California coastal cuisine. Enjoy a romantic outing with a night that you will not forget.
If you enjoy wine tasting, Paon Wine Bar and Restaurant will be a fun place to go when staying in Carlsbad. With an elegant art deco dining room and plush cocktail lounge with live piano music, it is a local’s hot spot for special occasions or celebrations. With over 650+ wines on the list, you are sure to find some great tasting options.
San Diego County is Heaven for a Fun Foodie
Carlsbad Beachfront hotels are the perfect spot to enjoy a gorgeous vacation, while being centrally located to so many amazing restaurants in San Diego. There are many family, dog-friendly, and romantic venues with a variety of cultural delights. San Diego is one of the elite counties for a foodie.