With its endless sunshine, coastal waves, numerous trails, and picturesque shoreline, San Diego is one of the greatest locations for a date night! Because there are so many wonderful restaurants and fun activities to choose from for your San Diego date night, we’ve produced a list of our Top 5 Favorite Restaurants and Date Night Activities to get you inspired for a night or day out with your love!
If you’re searching for a sophisticated, up-scale steakhouse for a date night, Born & Raised is the place to go. They provide a romantic ambiance ideal for an intimate moment with your sweetheart, with exquisite meals and a broad cocktail menu. If you go to this posh steakhouse, make sure to check out their rooftop terrace bar for an incredible view!
Location: Downtown San Diego / Near Waterfront Park
Type of Food: Mexican
One of our favorite spots on this list is King and Queen Cantina! This hip, new-age Mexican-style restaurant is ideal for a date night out, especially for a double date. If you’re looking for a great day-date spot, in addition to their dinner menu, they have weekend brunch offerings.
We like to call this one “A Taste of San Diego”! Brigantine-Portside Pier, known for its San Diego-style surf and turf menu options, is ideal for a couple looking for a great spot to watch the sunset over the harbor.
Rooftop Cinemas is an open-air rooftop cinema that serves local brews and elevated snacks from retro-style counters. My husband and I recently went on a date night here and had a great time! What better way to elevate a traditional movie date night than to take it to a downtown rooftop?
Hiking and Walking Trails
Location: Mission Trails, Torrey Pines, 7 Bridges Urban Walk
With average temperatures ranging from 60 – 77 degrees, hiking is a very popular day-date idea for San Diegans. We love how our unique city provides both traditional hiking trails and urban hikes where you can stop for coffee or cocktails if you need a quick break!
Location: Sunset Cliffs
Picking up dinner and hosting a beach picnic to watch the sunset is a classic San Diego date night. Order to go from your favorite local restaurant before driving to your favorite beach for a romantic oceanfront evening.
A balloon ride over Del Mar or Temecula Winery Country is the ultimate date experience for the courageous couple. When booking your balloon ride, look for packages that include dinner at a restaurant or a glass of wine from a nearby winery!
Another exciting date for the adventurous couple: paragliding or hang gliding over the Torrey Pines cliffs. Following this energizing experience, we recommend that you dine at a nearby La Jolla restaurant while watching the sun set.
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