Looking to grab some dinner at a restaurant close to Petco Park before a Padres game? There are literally hundreds of good restaurants in the downtown San Diego / Gaslamp area near Petco Park. Here is our guide to the top places to eat in, updated for the 2019 season. All restaurants are close to the stadium, within 5 blocks walking. If you prefer to eat inside the ballpark, see our Concessions Guide. If you’re on the liquid diet, see the best Padres bars to get a drink.
One thing about San Diego dining scene—with so many great new restaurants opening up, it never gets boring. The top new recommended restaurants to try for 2019 are Storyhouse Spirits
for cocktails, small plates, salads, cocktails, flatbreads and cocktails at 1220 J Street, and Himmelberg’s
at 369 Tenth for a rock n roll theme and classic comfort food.
There are a lot of good sushi options in San Diego. If we limit ourselves to the immediate proximity around Petco Park, the choice would have to be Taka Sushi
at 555 5th Avenue (which sounds like a fake address in a movie script) or of course the legendary Nobu
at 207 5th.
The top restaurant for greek near Petco Park is Meze Greek Fusion
at 345 6th Ave. Not specifically greek but more Middle Eastern, The Kebab Shop
at 630 9th Ave.
Family / Kid-Friendly Places To Eat
If you’re coming to Petco Park with kids or babies, check out our tips for a fun family visit to Petco Park
. Also you’ll find the best eats inside the park. What kid deserves to be deprived of the all-American hot dog and cracker jack experience? Outside close by Petco Park, you can find The Old Spaghetti Factory
(275 Fifth Ave), Ghiradelli Ice Cream
on Fifth and Burger Lounge
at 528 5th for the best fast-food burger in the area. You can also venture up to Crack Shack
for fried chicken in Little Italy.
Did you know Petco Park is the closest baseball park to Mexico? That’s right, home plate is a short 15 mile walk to the Mexican border. All other factors aside, if you are coming to San Diego your best choice for cuisine is going to be a Mexican restuarant. Unless you are coming to a game on Taco Tuesday
For Mexican, consider Oscar’s at 927 J St., Blind Burro at 639 J St., Fuego at 744 Market St. or Lolita’s at 202 Park. For the most authentic Mexican that’s close to Petco Park, check out Las Cuatro Milpas in Barrio Logan.
Casual Places To Eat
Lets face it. A fancy romantic date and a baseball game are probably two separate evenings. On game day you are looking for a casual place that won’t mind your frayed Hoffman jersey and hat head. Your best bets here will be a nice slice of pizza from Basic
(410 10th Ave.) or some tater tots and sports grub at Bub’s (715 J Street).
Although we have to say if you are going casual, why not just dine inside the park where you’ll find some of the best food in all of baseball?
Those tickets ain’t cheap and neither is that foam finger. So who has any money left for a steak that costs an arm and a leg? Again we’ll direct you to Lolita’s for some affordable Mexican, The Kebab Shop for a lamb döner, or Lucky’s Lunch Counter
for some diner goodness.
The Best Restaurants
In addition to any of the great selections above, the top restaurants near Petco Park are: McCormick & Schmick’s
in the Omni Hotel, Oceanaire Seafood Room
(400 J St.), The Deck at Moonshine Flats
JSix at the corner of J and Sixth, Flemings, Donovans, Lou & Mickey’s
for steaks, and Stone Brewing Tap Room
(795 J St.)
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