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Here are the top-ranked restaurants with water views and outdoor seating in San Diego, California.

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You can't beat the water views from these top-ranked restaurants in San Diego, California.

When dining out at new places, getting recommendations from people you know is your best bet. However, as that is not always an option, we have sourced the top-ranked restaurants with water views and outdoor seating in San Diego, California, according to TripAdvisor. Thousands of people nominate their favorite places to dine on the TripAdvisor website; keep reading to find out which 3 San Diego restaurants are the top picks.
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These are the top-ranked restaurants with water views and outdoor seating in San Diego, California.

Oceana Coastal Kitchen

According to TripAdvisor, Oceana Coastal Kitchen is the No. 4 restaurant in San Diego! That's an epic achievement out of 2,763 restaurants in San Diego, California.

However, it is the No. 1 restaurant in San Diego, California, as far as restaurants with water views and outdoor seating are concerned.

We were curious to see what diners love about Oceana Coastal Kitchen. Upon investigation, we found that the big drawcard was the outdoor patio seating with its gorgeous panoramic views of the bay.

The restaurant priding itself on California local produce features an 800-gallon aquarium and a laid-back bayside locale in the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa on San Diego's Mission Bay.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, menu highlights include Sea of Cortez scallops, two duck risotto, handcrafted sushi, shrimp ceviche, chipotle shrimp cocktail, grilled Harris Ranch ribeye, and Norwegian ocean trout.

However, if you love all things indulgent, Sundays are Oceana's Sunday Champagne Brunch. It includes three courses with options like smoked salmon, cocktail crab claws, sushi, Norwegian ocean trout, fresh fruit, pastries, and champagne.

"Coastal brunch at its best! I came for brunch with a friend and was thoroughly impressed! Our server, Jeanelle, was friendly and very attentive! Don't sleep on the prime rib; it's DELICIOUS! If you want a great bay view, amazing service, and tasty food, definitely check this place out!" - ChriswR2746TB, TripAdvisor.

See their Website for more information.

3999 Mission Blvd., Waterfront at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, San Diego, California.

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Eddie V's Prime Seafood - La Jolla

As far as water views are involved, our favorite pick is Eddie V's Prime Seafood. These are views we'd travel across the country for!

We featured Eddie V's Prime Seafood - La Jolla in a travel story last year when it was ranked one of the top 3 seafood restaurants in San Diego. We suggest you add it to your travel bucket list. Read the story here - The top 3 San Diego seafood restaurants with water views.

The upscale seafood restaurant overlooks the La Jolla Cove and offers captivating ocean views. The seating is right on the water!

Serving the freshest, finest quality, and best cuts, menu items include gulf oysters, crab cakes, seared Hawaiian mahi-mahi, sautéed lemon sole, swordfish steak, broiled Georges Bank scallops, and, for landlubbers, prime steaks and chops.

Locals can be found at Eddie V's, indulging in the spectacular desserts and cocktails.

"Fabulous view, food, and service! The best! We had a 90th birthday luncheon here for my Mom. Everything about the experience was picture perfect. The view - to die for. The food - superb. And the service - the best I have ever experienced. Our head waiter, Ramon, was just terrific. Welcomed everyone and offered them something to drink. Very attentive throughout and responsive to all requests. He made us feel like he was enjoying serving us as much as we were enjoying his service - a rare trait. I can't stop raving about this place!" - MMC1957, Jan 2022, TripAdvisor.

See their Website for more information.

1270 Prospect St, La Jolla, California.

Island Prime

Diners absolutely love the location of this restaurant. Island Prime rests on stilts on the water's edge of San Diego Bay and overlooks the city skyline and Coronado.

Many travelers stop at Island Prime restaurant for a special occasion or to top off a boating or whale-watching experience.

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Island Prime is known for its excellent service, delicious meals, and a setting on the California waterfront you can only dream about.

Menu highlights include fresh oysters, ahi crab & avocado stack, prawn cocktail, lobster bisque, Island Prime filet trio, lobster tail, and black garlic seared tuna.

Our recommendation is to go at sunset time and start with Cheese & Charcuterie, along with chilled wine and then order Island Prime's Seafood Platter, which includes oysters, lobster tail, chilled prawns, crab claws, salmon tartare, black pepper mignonette, and condiments.

"Family birthday dinner. I loved and truly enjoyed my dinner at Island Prime. The location is beautiful. You can see the Coronado Bridge and San Diego's amazing skyline. For the appetizer, I had a Dozen Oysters on the Half Shell, which had three different types of oysters, delicious! For dinner, the Australian Rack of Lamb, oh my, was this gorgeous and Amazing!!! It was cooked to perfection. The dinner roll was very delicious, Ummm..can I have the recipe LOL…For my Libations, l had The Desi Arnaz Cruzan mango rum, papaya nectar, mint, fresh lime, soda. I will most definitely be coming back again!" - Dalaneb2020, San Diego, California, TripAdvisor.

See their Website for more information.

880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, California.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite restaurant with water views and outdoor seating in San Diego, California? If you are inclined to share, please leave a comment at the bottom of this story and tell us your favorites so we can visit the next time we travel to San Diego.

(Source: TripAdvisor)

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