Restaurants in National City

$11 for Mexican Food at Casa Don Diego

Castle Park

$20 $11

(47)

Called an "old-school Mexican gathering spot," authentic restaurant satisfies appetites with fajitas, steak skillets, and margaritas

50% Off Dinner at The Steakhouse on Broadway

Chula Vista

$40 $20

(98)

1960s-era steakhouse with old-school cocktails and corn-feed cuts of Nebraskan beef aged for 28 days and grilled over mesquite coals

Up to 47% Off at Masala

San Diego

$20 $11

Colorful and lush restaurant creates Indian cuisine such as coconut-ginger shrimp with sweet mango chutney and crepes with spicy potatoes

42% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

Bankers Hill

$130 $75

(52)

Four-course meal and commemorative show magnets accompany a live, comedic mystery performance with audience participation

Up to a 36% Off Barbecue Meal at Starkey's BBQ

Mission Beach

$45 $29

(112)

Patrons enjoy appetizers, beer, and barbecue sandwiches

Up to 57% Off Growler and Membership at Mission Brewery

East Village

$58 $25

(185)

Fill up a gold-embossed growler with two fills of your choice; Growler Club membership includes discounts on beer throughout the week

50% Off Mexican Food at Bolillo Tortas

Bolillo Tortas

$14 $7

(178)

16 types of tortas layer chicken milanesa and steak asada between slabs of traditional bread, served with deep-fried stuffed jalapeños

45% Off Indian Food at Royal India

San Diego

$20 $11

(501)

Two brothers borrow their mother’s recipes to create home-style Indian cuisine at two locations, served in upscale dining rooms

Up to 40% Off at Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ

Miramar

$20 $12

(73)

The family at this barbecue hot spot cooks beef brisket for 18–24 hours in a cast-iron smoker and makes Texas-style side dishes in-house

Half Off Breakfast at Mercury Grill & Catering

Kearny Mesa

$16 $8

(32)

Breakfast sandwiches and burritos, plus scrambles and build-your-own omelets served with toast and potatoes

62% Off Upscale Continental Cuisine

San Diego

$78 $30

(140)

Tuxedo-clad waiters deliver upscale eats such as roast rack of lamb jardinière, oysters rockefeller, and bananas flambé

45% Off Italian Food at Capri Blu Restaurant

San Diego

$40 $22

(128)

Filet mignon, dungeness crab, and inventive pizzas all share one enticing menu of classic and modern Italian dishes

Up to Half Off at Daddy's Hot Dogs

Hillcrest

$18 $10

Beef hot dogs hoist toppings such as Russian dressing, sauerkraut, and BBQ sauce; buffalo and veggie dogs also available

Up to 46% Off at Flavors of East Africa

North Park

$44.97 $27.50

(230)

Kenyan-born owner uses family recipes & traditional techniques to create East African stews with yellow curry or spicy masala sauce

Up to 47% Off at Monsoon Fine Cuisine of India

Gaslamp

$20 $11

Classic Indian dishes, such as tandoori lamb and vegetarian mushroom masala, served in a luxurious atmosphere

40% Off at New York Bagels & Café

Rancho Bernadino

$20 $12

(29)

More than 20 kinds of New York–style bagels, served on their own or in bagel sandwiches

Up to Half Off at Lil B's Restaurant

North Park

$20 $11

(160)

Formerly Brian's of Washington in Hillcrest, serving same comfort-food menu; breakfast offered all day, open until 2 a.m. Friday & Saturday

Up to 47%% Burgers and Beers at Cheers Bar & Grill

Rancho Penasquitos

$19 $10

(8)

Burgers, brats, chicken sandwiches, choice steaks, & salmon pair with cocktails & beers at this neighborhood bar & grill

Up to Half Off Mexican Cuisine at The Amigo Spot

Mission Valley West

$20 $11

(44)

Chefs create Mexican and American favorites such as carne asada fries, burritos, tacos, Philly cheesesteaks, and grilled cheese sandwiches

50% Off Tuscan Cuisine at Operacaffe

Gaslamp

$30 $15

Prosciutto pizza, porcini ravioli in sage-infused butter sauce, and other Tuscan-inspired specialties at a Zagat-rated eatery

Up to 49% Off Persian Cuisine at Sadaf

Gaslamp

$39 $20

(107)

Under a sky-painted ceiling, diners dig into Persian delicacies such as kebabs with basmati rice or lamb shank

50% Off at LION Coffee

Clairemont Mesa East

$5 $2.50

Hawaiian-based company brews coffee and espresso, blends natural fruit smoothies, and serves toasty breakfast burritos

50% Off Spaghetti Dinner at Sanfilippo's Italian Restaurant

Hillcrest

$40 $20

(66)

Italian restaurant with more than 30 years in business serves a spaghetti dinner with salad and wine indoors or on a twinkle-lit patio

50% Off at Green Shallots Thai Gourmet Express

Kearny Mesa

$10 $5

Thai barbecued chicken, roast duck, three types of curry, and spring rolls in a choice of four proteins

Up to 42% Off at Naked Pizza

Pacific Beach

$20 $13

(126)

Healthy pies made with hormone-free meat, sugar-free sauce, and 10-grain dough that includes brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa, and probiotics

Up to 50% Off Breakfast and Lunch at Incredible Cafe

Rancho Bernardo

$20 $11

(80)

Menu features classic American breakfast and lunch options, as well as sections dedicated to healthy dishes and Mexican favorites

Up to 59% Off Mediterranean Fare and Drinks at Eba's Lounge and Bistro

Hillcrest

$20 $10

(6)

Enjoy Mediterranean favorites such as chicken shawarma, falafel, and gourmet pizzas paired with beverages

Up to 40% Off California-French Cuisine at Bernard'O Restaurant

San Diego

$50 $30

(217)

Dinners start with filet mignon tartar with a quail egg or escargot, and move on to entrees of beef bourguignon or California bouillabaisse

45% Off Flamenco Dinner Show at Cafe Sevilla

San Diego

$163 $89

(768)

Flamenco performers accompany traditional Spanish dinners centering on paella studded with seafood, chicken, and sausage

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

The Old Spaghetti Factory

$60 $29

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

Up to 51% Off Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Rocking Tanuki

Mission Valley West

$20 $11

(147)

Inventive rolls spiced with cilantro, peppers, chipotle, and savory sauces served alongside katsudon, udon, ramen, and curry rice

Up to 50% Off Italian at Vittorio's

Torrey Highlands

$40 $20

(84)

Homemade ravioli, black-ink linguine, and other Italian specialties served in a Tuscany-decorated dining room

Up to 48% Off Burgers and Sandwiches at Babs

Kearny Mesa

$24.94 $13

(491)

Burgers with fresh ground beef patties flled with gooey cheese and overstuffed sandwiches bursting with deli meats, fries, and coleslaw

Up to 45% Off Crepe Meal at Fabrison’s French Creperie

Multiple Locations

$43.50 $24

(241)

French cuisine, from classic crepes to traditional Provençal tapenade, comes together for a unique café meal

Up to 52% Off Mexican Meal at El Comal

North Park

$41 $20

(289)

Tacos made from barbecue goat, grilled steak, fish, or marinated pork, paired with margaritas and traditional Mexican dishes

48% Off at Chopahn Authentic Afghan Cuisine

San Diego

$25 $13

(182)

Seasonal Central Asian dishes such as lamb loin kabobs and beefy stews poured over beds of basmati rice

Up to 47% Off at Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

Hillcrest

$20 $11

(426)

Chef’s specials at this popular Indian restaurant include masala pasta, chicken tikka masala, and lamb curry

Up to 46% Off Burgers at The Skybox San Diego

San Diego

$47.96 $27

(39)

Half-pound Angus beef burgers, served with or without melted cheese and accompanied by refreshing domestic brews

50% Off at Capriotti's Sandwich Shop

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

(352)

Ideal for game day parties, award-winning subs pack fresh ingredients such as coleslaw and roast beef, buried beneath hot or sweet peppers

40% Off at La Crepe Fraiche

Sorrento Valley

$20 $12

Hot and cold coffee drinks, frozen yogurt topped with housemade vanilla whipped cream, savory and sweet crepes, and other café foods

50% Off Tapas at Romesco

Chula Vista

$30 $15

(235)

Famed chef creates Mexican dishes with a hint of Mediterranean; tapas bar serves food and drink late

Half Off Italian Cuisine at Antica Trattoria

La Mesa

$30 $18

(283)

Chef Francesco Basile celebrates the cuisine of his native Italy with seasonal meals of seafood medleys, tender roasts, and flavorful sauces

Half Off Mexican Food at La Torta Cafe

La Mesa

$20 $10

(175)

Mexican eatery specializing in more than 30 styles of tortas; other Mexican staples include quesadillas, burritos, and tacos

43% Off at Nonno's Italian Restaurant

La Mesa

$30 $17

(35)

A generous wine selection complements Italian staples, such as 16-inch cappicolla subs and meat lovers' pizzas made with from-scratch dough

47% Off at All The Perks Espresso Café - La Mesa

La Mesa

$10 $5.33

(23)

Signature drinks such as the Perk-u-ccino complement breakfast wraps and sandwiches served all day

Up to 43% Off Pasta Meal for Two or Four

Rancho San Diego

$42 $24

(62)

Five types of pasta coated in classic sauces such as A la Vodka, Pomodoro, Scampi,etc.; veggie and meat lasagna

38% Off Italian Cuisine at Voce Del Mare

Bird Rock

$40 $25

(87)

Classic Italian dishes, such as beef carpaccio with shaved parmesan, spaghetti with homemade pesto, and wild salmon with puttanesca sauce

47% Off Italian Cuisine at Stella Italian Fare

Village

$30 $16

(66)

Lasagna with an Angus-beef ragout, yellow fin tuna in a pine-nut and hazelnut crust, and braised lamb shank with fresh gnocchi

Crab Catcher – 40% Off Upscale Seafood

Village

$100 $60

(642)

Take in coastal views while dining on Alaskan and dungeness crab, Maine lobster, and prime steaks

Select Local Merchants

John's Incredible Pizza Co. graces guests with acres of incandescent entertainment options and a fully stocked buffet ($9.49 value, $1.50 value for drinks). In addition to a slew of soups, salads, pasta, desserts, and traditional pizza choices, the buffet brandishes a bouquet of specialty pizza creations, including spicy peanut-butter, barbecue chicken ranch, and alfredo pizza.

3030 Plaza Bonita Rd
National City,
CA
US

Though Cheez Whiz isn't a staple on most restaurant menus, at McGonagle's it's one of the ingredients that pulls together the restaurant's eight varieties of Philly cheesesteak. When composing each one, cooks layer split bread with a choice of chicken or traditional steak meat and top it with melted cheese or other ingredients to create pizza and buffalo chicken versions. From there, diners customize each one with spicy and sweet peppers from the house pepper bar, adding as many multi-hued slices as needed to achieve a desired heat level or to test for color blindness. Even the fries here get special toppings, from custom options to the menu's tried-and-true varieties with Cheez Whiz or cheesesteak on top.

1231 Highland Ave
National City,
CA
US

Shared Dreams' boat docks at Sunroad Resort Marina's pier, which is just a short jaunt away from nearly all of San Diego's seaside sights and attractions. Because of that, it's not difficult for the boat's licensed captain to customize trips. Depending on what customers want to see—whether it's whales, seals, battleships, the Coronado Bridge, or Olly, the city's beloved thicket of seaweed—he'll steer the boat in the appropriate direction. The cruises depart Friday–Sunday from sunrise to sunset.

3201 Marina Way
National City,
CA
US

According to Zagat, the portions of breakfast plates at Broken Yolk Cafe can be "obscene"—although one could also consider them generous. Sometimes, these sizes are even considered a challenge. In 2010, Man Vs. Food's Adam Richman paid the restaurant a visit to tackle its infamous Iron Man Special: a 12-egg omelet, topped with chili and piled onto a 15-inch pizza pan.

Opened in 1979, Broken Yolk has spent decades fine-tuning its southwestern recipes—many enigmatically named for people such as "Betty" and "Tony G". Alongside steaming breakfast burritos and griddled buttermilk pancakes, the menu features nearly 20 omelets stuffed with fresh ingredients such as beef chorizo, avocado, and mushroom sauce. Shredded hash-browns are crafted from fresh potatoes, and the salsa is handmade each day. Until its official closing time at 3 p.m., Broken Yolk also serves sandwiches and half-pound Angus burgers. The local chain's six locations each feature their own private banquet room and secret underground passage to one of the other restaurants.

884 Eastlake Pkwy
Chula Vista,
CA
US

In 1959, Domenic Donato ventured from his hometown of Cosenza, Italy, to California, where he opened his first Italian restaurant with recipes from his mother, Rosa, whom he considers the best cook in Italy. Donato soon opened a succession of Italian restaurants now owned and operated by his sister, brother, and sons. In 2006, Donato passed down Mangia Italiano on Third to close family friends Adam and Kathy. The pair faithfully continues to follow the recipes passed down through generations of the Donato family, as well as adding modern twists to Italian classics.

Inside the kitchens, chefs bake eggplant parmigana with ricotta and romano cheese, lightly flour and sauté veal with fresh mushrooms and marsala wine sauce, and toss spicy shrimp with angel-hair pasta, olive oil, and sun-dried tomatoes. In the dining area, murals of Italian seascapes are dotted with white sails puffing in the wind and depict ancient ruins full of crumbling columns and Betamax players. When not inspecting the restaurant's art, patrons can dig into plates of housemade cannolis and tiramisu.

248 3rd Ave
Chula Vista,
CA
US

Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwiches became an instant classic one fateful day in 1967, when an anonymous Georgia chicken wandered into a hot, buttered bun and made history. Forty-some-odd years later, or 267 million chicken years, Chick-fil-A sandwiches are still made the same way, with boneless cuts of breast meat hand-breaded by mystic chicken ascetics, dill-pickle chips pickled from the freshest of cucumbers, and an optional golden wheat bun that is both golden and made of wheat ($3.35 including tax). Like gambling on horse racing, the original chicken sandwich is so dangerously delicious that you'll devour two without thinking twice, but unlike gambling, Chick-fil-A's sandwiches never contain dice, poker chips, or knee-breaking goons in track suits.

2089 Olympic Pkwy
Chula Vista,
CA
US