No need to venture far from the Bristol: some of San Diego’s finest waterfront spots are just within a few minute’s walk from the lobby. Long, deep, and light-specked, the San Diego Bay plays a gorgeous background to any type of meal: special occasions, romantic nights, or a night al fresco with friends. First, give the new, impressive space of Seaport Village a try. It’s a smattering of boutiques, shops, cafes, and restaurants, right at Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway. The weather, water, and cute shops and cafes all blend together for a seriously scenic package. Take a ride on the carousel, then take your pick of eateries and walk off that meal afterwards.
C Level is another waterfront favorite—perched at the end of Harbor Island Drive on a jetty stretching out into the bay. This local favorite touts an impressive beer selection, great fresh seafood, a divine lobster mac-and-cheese, and a fine Kobe burger. Even more impressive than the food though, is the view—nearly 360 degrees of San Diego Bay surround it. As such, it attracts big crowds—arrive early to get a good table with a view.
Last is The Waterfront Bar & Grill, a Little Italy staple just blocks from the water. The Waterfront Bar & Grill is known for serving food into the wee hours of the night, as well as serving fantastic cocktails (like their famous Bloody Mary) at just about any hour of the day. The menu is stacked with traditional staples: burgers, fish and chips, as well as some updated classic salads and entrees. The Waterfront is billed as “San Diego’s Oldest Tavern,” yet everyone seems to fit in here—fishermen, yuppies, tourists, old, young, you name it. It’s got serious character, serves free popcorn, and is spitting distance from the water—worth a visit anytime.