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Enjoy great food in San Diego’s Balboa Park, which is central to the main attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Air & Space Museum, and San Diego Museum of Art’s May S. Marcy sculpture garden. Take a look at the ten best restaurants in Balboa Park, California.
Located in Lost Forest in the heart of the San Diego Zoo, Albert’s offers full-service dining where you can enjoy open-air deck seating overlooking a private waterfall. The menu features a variety of unique dishes: seafood specialties, beef and chicken entrees, healthy pastas, pizzas, exotic salads, sandwiches, and a children’s menu. Their full-service bar offers an extensive selection of craft beers, fine wines, and exotic cocktails. Albert’s Restaurant is open for lunch and summer evening dining.
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 685 3200
At the San Diego Air & Space Museum is an outdoor restaurant featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, salad and more. Enjoy your meal at a picnic table or covered cabana. The Alaska Airlines Flight Path Grill has some of the best chocolate chip cookies in San Diego, and they have a coupon so you can get one free with your lunch purchase. Even better, treat yourself to their nachos and ice cream whilst visiting the museum.
2001 Pan American Plz, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 234 8291
Panama 66 focuses on locally sourced, handcrafted food and drink, from salads and sandwiches to seasonal cocktails and more. Brought to you by the team from the award-winning Blind Lady Ale House and Tiger! Tiger! tavern, the bar features over a dozen purely local craft beer taps.
1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 696 1966
The Village Grill, located on the corner of Village Place and Old Globe Way, serves hotdogs, hamburgers, soups and other fast food items made on-site. Visitors can enjoy casual dining here and people watching at the tile-decorated tables under shady umbrellas. They have revamped the menu to serve Famous Angus burgers, delicious freshly prepared sandwiches and a new gourmet menu that includes salmon and chicken marsala.
1770 Village Pl, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 702 2428
Better lighting, more uniform table seating, and a modern vision of a classic European-style cafe gives the place a complete image of coziness. The Piacere Mio kitchen churns out lots of handmade pasta, in good portions, and at fair prices. The build-your-own section is five pastas and nine of your favorite sauces (bolognese, ortolana, pesto, etc.), suitable for all tastes. They do plenty of ravioli, and one particular type is stuffed with smoked salmon and served with a saffron sauce, which looks phenomenal.
1947 Fern St, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 794 2543
Sabertooth Grill at Elephant Odyssey is leading zoo dining into a new era, focusing on fresh Californian cuisine using cutting-edge service concepts. Featuring fresh ingredients from local farms, the menu offers delicious entrees that are mindful of environmentally sensitive initiatives in support of the community, promoting sustainability. The offerings, ranging from their Peterson Farms salads, wraps, and unique sourdough burgers to a Jidori Farms chicken rice plate and fresh fruit salads, result in a meal as noteworthy as the breathtaking exhibit the restaurant overlooks.
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 760 747 8702