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The 10 Best Restaurants In Chula Vista, San Diego
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The 10 Best Restaurants In Chula Vista, San Diego

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Chula Vista is known for being the second largest city in the San Diego area. It was founded in the early 19th century and has grown into a city with a lot to offer to its visitors. Chula Vista has many beautiful restaurants: here’s our guide to some of the best.
Mediterranean pita bread | Courtesy of Aqui Es Texcoco
Mediterranean pita bread | Courtesy of Aqui Es Texcoco
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Aqui Es Texcoco

Texcoco is a restaurant known for its Traditional Mexican Lamb Barbecue, a fan favorite. Texcoco serves a variety of Barbecue style meals. Barbecue (Barbacoa) style involves slow roasting meat for more than seven hours in an underground fire pit covered with leaves of the maguey plant. Texcoco replicates this process with a specialized oven, making their Barbacoa the closest to traditional Mexican lamb barbecue you’ll find in the US.

Address & telephone number: 1043 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA, USA, +1 619-427-4045

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Italianissimo Trattoria

Italianissimo Trattoria has been in business for over 30 years, from the time when Aniello Zaino served meals on Italian cruise ships. He left the cruise ships and ended up in San Diego, California, and after several years of running a successful restaurant in Bonita, California, he formed a partnership with Emanuele Ianni from Italy. Together they brought Italianissimo Trattoria to life. They recruited a talented Italian chef and dedicated staff to open the brand-new restaurant in Chula Vista. Quality, service, and presentation are key at this restaurant.

Address & telephone number: 323 Third Ave, Chula Vista, CA, USA, +1 619-651-1457

Seafood Spaghetti from Brescia | © Benjie OrdoÒez/Flickr
Seafood Spaghetti from Brescia | © Benjie OrdoÒez/Flickr
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Steak House on Broadway

The Steak House on Broadway, formerly known as The Butcher Shop, has stood as one of San Diego’s finest prime rib restaurants for about 45 years. They feature premier beef from exclusive Nebraska ranches, steaks, ribs, chops, seafood and pasta. Since 1968, this restaurant has attracted ‘meat and martinis’ celebrities including Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., who would pair a steak with a cocktail. Visit this steakhouse and do the same as the stars while enjoying the cool decor in red tones and their booth seats.

Address & telephone number: 556 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA, USA, +1 619-420-9440

Steak Pommes-Frites presentation | © waferboard/Flickr
Steak Pommes-Frites presentation | © waferboard/Flickr
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Zorba’s Greek Cuisine

Zorba’s Greek Cuisine is the first authentic Greek buffet restaurant in Southern California, and is dedicated to bringing its customers recipes that have been part of the family for over 50 years. They guarantee that guests won’t only love the food, but they will also enjoy the modern Greek atmosphere and live entertainment provided every Friday and Saturday night. Zorba’s share their enticing food with the San Diego area through their catering services.

Address & telephone number: 100 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA, USA, +1 619-422-8853

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Mea Kwan Thai Cuisine

Dine at Mea Kwan Thai Cuisine if you’re looking for an authentic Thai meal and a cozy family environment. All of the food that’s served here is fresh, and the curries and other sauces are all made from scratch using the highest quality ingredients. They go the extra mile to ensure that the food is authentic and served to perfection with customers’ specific taste requests in mind. Their menu is well rounded and covers a wide range of flavors, serving everything from Thai style steak to vegetarian dishes.

Address & telephone number: 230 3rd Avenue Chula Vista, CA, USA, +1 619-426-5172

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spring rolls | © stu_spivack/Flickr
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Galley at the Marina

Galley at the Marina Restaurant is a bar and grill voted as the ‘Best Live Entertainment in South Bay.’ It offers casual waterfront dining, making it the ideal place to enjoy a meal in a beautiful location. Whether you’re visiting for a relaxed meal, business meeting, happy hour, sunset dinner, dancing or a weekend breakfast, this restaurant does it all. They have been serving quality breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1994. Their menu consists of steak, poultry, seafood, pasta and various other meals at affordable prices.

Address & telephone number: 550 Marina Pkwy, Chula Vista, CA, USA, +1 619-422-5714

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Mandarin Canton Chinese Restaurant

This Chinese restaurant specializes in seafood, hot pots, and noodle dishes. It provides an intimate and welcoming atmosphere for its guests, making it the perfect place to grab a meal with friends and family. Mandarin Canton Chinese Restaurant also serves a variety of chicken, beef, pork, vegetables, and rice dishes. They serve hot & spicy meals, from Orange Flavored Chicken to Salted Pepper Chicken Wings.

Address & telephone number: 543 Telegraph Canyon Rd, Chula Vista, CA, USA, +1 619-656-6888

Chinese Food Guangdong | © sanfamedia.com/Flickr
Chinese Food Guangdong | © sanfamedia.com/Flickr
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D’Lish California Cuisine

D’Lish serves unique Italian food. Their breads, pastas, dressings, desserts and sauces are made fresh in-house. They offer an extensive menu full of fresh garden salads, pizza, chicken, fish, pastas, burgers, wraps, and sandwiches, as well as red and white wines, and beer. D’Lish offer take-away and catering options. Whether you have time to dine in and experience the warm environment or not, you can always enjoy the great food that this restaurant has to offer.

Address & telephone number: 386 E H St, Chula Vista, CA, USA, +1 619-585-1371

Food from D'Lish Catering | © Brandon and Kaja Geary/Flickr
Food from D’Lish Catering | © Brandon and Kaja Geary/Flickr
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La Bella Pizza Garden

La Bella Pizza has been in business since an Italian couple from New York, Tony and Kitty Raso, opened the restaurant in 1955. The restaurant has been successful since it opened and is filled with stories of couples holding their wedding reception. Grab a meal here and become a part of their wonderful history while indulging in a hearty Italian meal.

Address & telephone number: 373 Third Ave, Chula Vista, CA, USA, +1 619-426-8820

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Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro

Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro serves a blend of Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine, as well as extensive menus for tapas, lunch, dinner, and Sunday meals. There’s also an unbeatable Happy Hour and dessert menu, and a varied wine list. Visit Romesco any day of the week and you won’t be disappointed.

Address & telephone number: 4346 Bonita Rd, Bonita, CA, USA, +1 619-475-8627

Porto Romano | © amrufm/Flickr
Porto Romano | © amrufm/Flickr