The 10 Best Restaurants In Chula Vista, San Diego

Photo of Sierra Brown
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

Aqui Es Texcoco

Restaurant, Mexican, BBQ, $$$
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.

Italianissimo Trattoria

Restaurant, Italian, American, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
Seafood Spaghetti from Brescia
Seafood Spaghetti from Brescia | © Benjie OrdoÒez/Flickr
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.

Steak House on Broadway

Butcher, Restaurant, Steakhouse, Seafood, American
Steak Pommes-Frites presentation
Steak Pommes-Frites presentation | © waferboard/Flickr
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.

Zorba's Greek Cuisine

Restaurant, Greek, $$$
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.

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

Galley at the Marina

Bar, Restaurant, American, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Fast Food, $$$
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.

Mandarin Canton Chinese Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese, Seafood, Vegetarian
Chinese Food Guangdong
Chinese Food Guangdong | ©
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.

D'Lish California Cuisine

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan
Food from D'Lish Catering
Food from D'Lish Catering | © Brandon and Kaja Geary/Flickr
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.

La Bella Pizza Garden

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Fast Food, $$$
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.

Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro

Bistro, Mexican, Mediterranean, Spanish, Cocktails, $$$
Porto Romano
Porto Romano | © amrufm/Flickr
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.

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