Whether you’re planning a day trip to San Diego or live in the area, visiting a new restaurant is always a good plan. San Diego has done an amazing job in providing the community with food from around the world. People in the community are surrounded by food from Paris, Barcelona, Tokyo, Italy, and so on, and we have created a list of some of San Diego’s most anticipated restaurants of 2018! Let’s begin.
Better Buzz Coffee
Better Buzz Coffee was founded in 2002 when Tim Langdon and Stephanie Garden bought a used coffee cart and set up shop in a corporate park in Mira Mesa. The company grew to two coffee carts and eventually turned into a kiosk. Sourcing primarily fair-trade and single-origin beans, the company has been taking steps to make the transition to become a certified organic roaster. Better Buzz Coffee Roasters recently opened its doors in Hillcrest, San Diego as its new location is its flagship cafe and roastery. To this day, Better buzz Coffee has 8 locations in San Marcos, Pacific Beach, San Diego, and Encinitas.
Johan Engman began his career as a restaurant owner when he opened his first Fig Tree location in Pacific Beach and has since opened two more locations in Hillcrest and Liberty Station, as well as Breakfast Republic. At BR, you can find American classics such as Oreo Pancakes, Shrimp & Grits and S’mores French Toast. BR is an innovative breakfast destination that locals and visitors crave when they’re in search of a fun and unpretentious place to begin the day. This restaurant also has a rotating list of 20 beers on tap, which are available as samplers to complement many of the unique dishes they serve. Breakfast Republic currently has locations in North Park, Liberty Station, Encinitas, East Village, Ocean Beach, Carmel Valley, and Pacific Beach.
Frost Me Café & Bakery
Frost Me Cafe & Bakery was founded in 2011 as a cupcake catering and delivery service by Audrey Hermes and Jon Parker who won the championship on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. In 2014, they opened their first location in Seaport Village and now their success has helped them expand to Little Italy in San Diego! Frost Me Cafe & Bakery will offer its popular sweets and pastries along with savory dishes and coffee, craft beer, and wine.At the 1,580-square-foot cafe, which includes an outdoor patio, head pastry chef Hermes will offer a rotating variety of cupcakes, cake truffles, tarts, pies, and custom cakes. Dessert options will also include butterscotch custard, seasonal fruit crumble, and scratch-made ice cream as well as an array of gluten-free and vegan sweet treats.
Harumama in Little Italy was created by Jenny and James Pyo which are local restauranteurs and a husband and wife duo. The restaurant will offer their playful takes on the Asian cuisine as it is inspired by Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cuisines. Harumama brings a twist to the traditional ramen, steamed buns, along with specialty sushi rolls, bites, and greens, small plates, noodles, bao bao buns, and bowls. The Haru Mama team aims to deliver rich flavors with a cultural twist in an inviting atmosphere as they begin their journey in their new location in San Diego.
Maestoso is the creation of Dalila Ercolani, Richard Antinucci, Christopher Antinucci, and Giulia Colmignoli who all shared the same passion for the Italian cuisine. This Italian restaurant offers build-your-own pasta dishes, a Roman style of street food, and fresh calamari. Furthermore, all of their pasta is made daily with ground flours imported directly from their hometown in Rome, Italy. Maestoso offers a unique dining experience called “chef-to-table” which means that the chefs alternate between the front of the house and kitchen — taking orders, chatting with customers and delivering dishes — with bussers helping with other tasks. Maestoso is located at 1040 University Ave., in Hillcrest, San Diego.
Pisco Rotisserie & Ceviche
Moreover, Pisco Rotisserie & Ceviche shares its distinct, worldly flavors of Peru right in the heart of San Diego. Pisco is a creation of executive chef Emmanuel Piqueras who hails most recently from New York City as the host and co-producer of Sabor y Fusion, a popular Peruvian cooking show on Latin America’s largest international cable network. Chef Piqueras’ indoor-outdoor eatery boasts a menu influenced by Peru’s indigenous agriculture, ingredients, and ancient cooking techniques alongside San Diego’s largest selection of Pisco cocktails. Today, this restaurateur is the largest independent restaurant owner in San Diego and owns 20 restaurants in the San Diego area, Las Vegas Valley, Los Angeles, Palm Desert and Sacramento.
Punch Bowl Social
The vision for Punch Bowl Social first came to life in 2010 when founder and CEO, Robert Thompson witnessed the appeal of an environment that combined social games with great food and drink. Following the successful openings of nine different restaurant concepts, Robert began to actualize his vision, but it took three years of real estate searches, design iterations and funding discussions before the first location opened in Denver’s historic Baker neighborhood in November 2012. Since then, Robert and his team have opened 10 additional locations across the U.S. and have employed more than 1,400 team members. Each new Punch Bowl Social is designed specifically for the local market with its brand personality. This year, Punch Bowl plans to open nine new locations in Brooklyn, San Diego, Washington, DC, and Chicago!
Lastly, this New Zealand-inspired Queenstown Bistro recently opened its doors in San Diego. Queenstown Bistro is the restaurant concept of New Zealand Eats restaurant group which is the company that also owns Queenstown Public House, Dunedin New Zealand Eats, Ragland Public House, and Bare Back Grill. Queenstown offers both lunch and dinner with New Zealand-inspired and American fare menu items such as lamb, grilled shrimp, and Fergburger-style organic burgers. Located in the central clock tower in the recently renovated Westfield UTC shopping center, Queenstown Bistro is a garden oasis as the decor pays homage to New Zealand’s natural landscape. Queenstown Bistro is located at 4545 La Jolla Village Drive inside the Westfield UTC shopping center and is open seven days a week serving lunch from 11:00am – 5:00pm and dinner starting at 5:00pm.