The Best Restaurants & Bars In North Park


Once you get tired of San Diego’s amusement parks and beaches, you might want to see what else the city has to offer. Exploring North Park is a good place to start. You’ll find almost as many coffee shops as breweries, succulent-packed boutiques, and The Observatory—a theater from 1939 that’s been restored to host rock shows, drag queens, and more.

But you’re not here just to learn about places dishing out lattes and housewarming gifts—you want restaurant recommendations. And North Park is one of the best neighborhoods in San Diego to eat and drink in. Up, down, and around 30th Street, you’ll find restaurants where you can relax after a long day in the sun or kick off a rowdy night of bar hopping. There’s a French bistro that’s been around for over a decade, somewhere to try absinthe cocktails, and a pizza place that puts their own spin on pies from all over the world.


Wormwood is basically a woodland nymph fantasy where you can have a nicer meal without the fuss of a fine dining restaurant. Definitely snag a reservation for the secret garden-esque outdoor patio in the back—it’s got tall shrubs, succulents bursting out of hanging planters, and an old piano in one corner. This is where you should eat French bistro dishes with Latin American twists, like oysters topped with a mezcal-infused mignonette and wagyu tartare flavored with roasted bone marrow and guajillo chili. Trying every single one of their absinthes during one sitting is impossible, but the Ab-Solo Normal drink is a great intro to the spirit, made with Mexican whiskey, absinthe, pineapple, lime, and ginger. Sure, this is one of the pricier places in the neighborhood, but you’ll see both people dressed up and locals sporting half-zip sweatshirts and Birkenstocks



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