By Rachel Childs


If you've worked up an appetite at MCRD San Diego, we know the best places to grab a bite to eat. MCRD San Diego restaurants showcase Southern California flavors and favorites. Outside the gates, local restaurants near MCRD San Diego offer even more choices that are sure to hit the spot. If you're wondering where to find the best Mexican food in San Diego, which restaurant has the sweetest dessert offerings, or the perfect place to grab some beers and catch the game, we've got you covered. Keep reading to find out the best food and drink San Diego and MCRD San Diego restaurants have to offer.

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MCRD San Diego Restaurants

If you want to grab a bite to eat at MCRD San Diego without leaving the base, check out the following restaurants. For more information on MCRD San Diego restaurants, visit the base's MCCS website.

1. Bay View Restaurant

Building 132, Neville Road San Diego, CA 92140


: 1 (619) 725-6430 Enjoy great service and fresh, local food at Bay View Restaurant. MCRD San Diego's Bay View serves up artful creations from its renovated 1920 Spanish Colonial building that is full of character and charm. Menu options include burgers, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, fish and chips, pasta, salads, and more. If you have time for a sit-down meal at MCRD San Diego, Bay View Restaurant is a great option. In a hurry? Bay View offers curbside pickup and express meals (see its website for times and locations). Catering and special event planning are also available.

2. Bulldog Tavern

Building 590 San Diego, CA 92140


: 1 (619) 524-4446 The Bulldog Tavern, found in the base's Community Center, is the perfect place to catch the big game. More than 20 big-screen TVs show your favorite teams, pay-per-view events, and more.

3. The Common Grounds Cafe

Building 10 San Diego, CA 92140 The Common Grounds Cafe has coffee drinks and breakfast and lunch items.

4. Domino's

Building 590 San Diego, CA 92140


: 1 (619) 344-0850 Domino's pizza is also found in the base's Community Center. Call for carryout or delivery.

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American Cuisine

5. Dockside 1953

998 W. Mission Bay Drive San Diego, CA 92109


: 1 (858) 539-7635 Bahia Resort Hotel's Dockside 1953 serves up eclectic dishes alongside stunning views of Mission Bay. This nautical-inspired restaurant's menu features everything from flatbread pizza to meatloaf to fish tacos and beyond.

Asian Cuisine

6. Harney Sushi

3964 Harney St. San Diego, CA 92110


: 1 (619) 295-3272 If you're hungry for Japanese cuisine, head to Harney Sushi. This premier sushi bar and restaurant has more than 30 gourmet specialty sushi rolls, as well as nigiri, sashimi, and other Japanese fare.

7. Supannee House of Thai

2907 Shelter Drive San Diego, CA 92106


: 1 (619) 795-8424 If you're on the hunt for the best Thai food San Diego can serve up, check out Supannee House of Thai. Menu items include Thai classics like Tom yum and kha soups, pad Thai, curry dishes, and much more.


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8. In-N-Out Burger

3102 Sports Arena Blvd. San Diego, CA 92110


: 1 (800) 786-1000 We're including one, and only one, fast-food option for you in this article because you won't be able to finish a tour in California without hearing the hype. Fresh, quality ingredients make In-N-Out's simple menu of burgers, fries, and shakes famous for a reason. But if you're looking to add a little more flavor to the simple fare, In-N-Out's not-so-secret menu includes the topping known as "Animal Style." This topping combines the chain's secret spread with pickles and grilled onions, and it’s delicious on their burgers and fries alike.

Indian Food

9. Sundara

1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. San Diego, CA 92107


: 1 (619) 889-0639 Sundara boasts some of the best Indian food San Diego has to offer. Sundara's fresh naan is baked to order, and its slow-cooked curries showcase unique Indian flavors. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu options are available.

Italian Cuisine

10. Filippi's Pizza Grotto

1747 India St. San Diego, CA 92101


: 1 (619) 232-5094 Don't let the name fool you: Filippi's Pizza Grotto has more on the menu than just pizza. For more than 70 years, Filippi's has served up authentic Italian cuisine, from pizza pies and pasta to sandwiches, soup, and salads.

11. Parma Cucina Italiana

3850 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92103


: 1 (619) 543-0049 Parma Cucina Italiana’s authentic Italian cuisine and down-to-earth ambience are sure to please. Try the homemade lasagna and pastas and some tiramisu, gelato, or sorbet for dessert!

Mexican Cuisine


12. El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria

2304 San Diego Ave. San Diego, CA 92110


: 1 (619) 220-0692 Experience the true flavor of Mexico at El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria. Whether you're hungry for moles, tacos, burritos, or seafood, this restaurant will satisfy your cravings. And with more than 2,000 tequilas to choose from, you won't be thirsty when you leave!

13. La Puerta

Address #1

560 Fourth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101


: 1 (619) 696-3466

Address #2

4020 Goldfinch St. San Diego, CA 92103


: 1 (619) 876-5200 La Puerta is all about tacos, tunes, and tequila. The fun atmosphere is a great place to hang out, and the Sinaloa-inspired family recipes can't be beat.

Sweet Treats

14. Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

643 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101


: 1 (619) 234-2449 If you're looking for a sweet treat to beat the heat in San Diego, head for the Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. Found in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, Ghirardelli serves up its world-famous hot fudge sundae, soda fountain classics, shakes, ice cream cones, and other decadent desserts. The restaurant also has an exclusive selection of chocolate gifts and limited-edition treats in its retail section.

Hungry for More?

We hope this article has been able to whet your appetite for San Diego and MCRD San Diego restaurants. If you're craving even more restaurant options, check out San Diego's official tourism website. Got a hot dining tip? We want to know! Share it on MyBaseGuide's Facebook or tag @mybaseguide on Instagram or @mybaseguide on Twitter.

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