Graduation Lunch and Dinner Locations around San Diego

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Graduation is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for caps and gowns, diplomas, and friends and family. Aside from waiting hours to hear your name called and struggling to take pictures amongst all of the leis and bouquets, a major part of the graduation ceremony is the after-party!

San Diego has some of the best restaurants for any type of cuisine you may be looking for. But be sure to make your reservations early, since it’s guaranteed to be busy during graduation time.

SDSU’ grads are prepping for the big day already, since commencement ceremonies will be held May 21-23. And if you’re a soon-to-be UCSD alumni, then June 12 or 13 (depending on which college you belong to) is the big day for you. When graduation day rolls around, you don’t want to stress about which restaurant to go to after the ceremony– you’ll be too worried about making your cap fit nicely on your pretty hair.

If you’re graduating from UCSD and want to stay in the La Jolla/UTC area, there are many options for you to choose from.

from Amanda J. via YelpTapenade
Located in downtown La Jolla between Pearl and Kline Street
Tapenade is a great spot to get a delicious French 3-course meal with excellent ambiance and service. The wine is a must-try, especially for those graduation toasts.

from Lauren M. via YelpWhisknladle
1044 Wall St
La Jolla, CA 92039
Bone Marrow and Chorizo Date Fritters are popular favorites at this American hot spot.

910 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
A staple in the La Jolla community, Nine-Ten offers everything from surf to turf. You won’t leave disappointed in the food, atmosphere, or location.

And if you’re in other areas of San Diego, then you should definitely try one of these fantastic eateries.

Cuciana Urbana
505 Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92101
If you’re looking to appease the palate of any diner, Italian food is usually the way to go. The food is great, the service is amazing, and they have a great wine selection to allow for a proper celebration of your accomplishments.

Kous Kous
3940 4th Ave # 110
San Diego, CA 92103
Step out of the typical with an exotic Moroccan meal that will surely impress. The food is delicious and it will make for a night you’ll remember.

The Greenery Raw Food Cafe
133 Daphne St
(at Neptune Ave)
Encinitas, CA 92024
The Greenery Raw Food Cafe is said to be the best raw vegan restaurant in all of San Diego. Make sure to save some appetite for ice cream.

Whether you want Italian, BBQ, soul food, or vegan, there’s a great restaurant in San Diego to fit you and your guests’ desires. Congrats, grad!

*Photo from Brian Lane Winfield Moore via Flickr and Amanda J., Henry W., Leslie L., Tracy B., and Lizzy B. via Yelp.

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