Memorial Day Happenings in San Diego

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Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May, and most of us will have this day off to remember the men and women who have died serving in the U.S. military. On this day, many San Diego restaurants will be offering special deals. Here are our top picks on where to dine this coming holiday.

Barrel Republic

Too lazy to fire up the grill this Memorial Day yet still crave a great burger? Sink your teeth into Burger Monday at Barrel Republic. Enjoy fries and the loaded, 100% chuck Barrel Burger with black wax cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion on a toasted brioche bun all for only $6! Don’t forget to reward yourself with a craft brew from the place that lets you pour a cold one straight from the tap with a simple swipe of a wristband.

Whiskey House

Stay cool during the holiday week by sippin’ on the refreshing and ever-so-trendy Aperol Spitz at the premier Gaslamp Quarter bar, The Whiskey House. Enjoy the classic Italian cocktail for just $5 during Happy Hour all week from 4 to 7 p.m. 

Jalisco Cantina

Take the long holiday weekend as an excuse to relax with a drink or two at the trendy Jalisco Cantina. This Oceanside restaurant is known for serving up the most delicious handcrafted cocktails, and on Memorial Day you can enjoy $5 beer, wine and margaritas all day long. Can’t wait to get the fun started? The restaurant is opening at 11:30 that Monday.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill is kicking off summertime with the launch of their summer salads and wine flight at all locations. Get your fill of fresh and seasonal flavors with their Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad, packed with arugula, basil and crispy prosciutto tossed in EVOO and finished with a balsamic glaze, or dive into a seasonal favorite with their Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Salad, topped with toasted almonds and drizzled in lemon-mint vinaigrette. Barbecue on the mind? Try your hand at their Sweet & Sassy BBQ Salad, prepared with grilled chicken tossed in barbecue sauce, roma tomatoes, gorgonzola, fresh corn, red onion, cilantro, ranch and crispy tortilla strips. Be sure to enjoy their Summer Sips Flight, featuring Sancerre Blanc, Pascal Jolivet Pinot Grigio, Ruffino II Ducale Rose and Jean Luc Columbo 3-oz. tasters.

The Pioneer

Situated just outside of La Mesa, The Pioneer is the idyllic spot to slip into a summertime mindset, while also honoring those fallen service members who fought for our country this Memorial Day. The location offers a 10% military discount, as well as crave-worthy barbecue, including options such as dry-rubbed and barbecue-glazed Baby Back RibsBurnt Pork Belly Endsprepared with a honey glaze and mac ‘n’ cheese schmear, and their popularDouble Cow, a hearty sandwich that comes loaded with flavorsome brisket, caramelized onions and cheddar cheese.

Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas

Head to Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas this Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy $15 bottomless mimosas and brunch Saturday – Sunday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., plus live music Friday night starting at 9:30 p.m., a DJ and lounge starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday, and Sunday karaoke at 10 p.m., featuring ½ priced drafts from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.!


Spend Memorial Day Weekend at Waterbar in Pacific Beach and delight in prime ocean-front views, coupled with DJs spinning all weekend long, brunch available Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and a special all-American menu available all weekend. Be sure to stop by on Memorial Dayfor live music from 7 – 10 p.m., and 20% off for active duty service members!

Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend Downtown-style at Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp, and dust off your finest 80’s garb for the location’s Saturday Night 80’s Party. Get your brunch fix Saturday – Monday starting at 9 a.m. with bottomless mimosas, and sip drink specials all weekend long with $5 Bud Light, Pacifico and Modelo drafts. Food specials include a Half Rack of Smoked Ribs priced at $24.95 and Full Rack of Smoked Ribs priced at $31.95, served with smoked cherry barbecue sauce, grilled street corn, jalapeno cornbread, baby kale slaw and chipotle black beans. Pair this with music starting at 10 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and acoustic music starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Backyard Kitchen & Tap

Pacific Beach dwellers can spend Memorial Day Weekend living it up atBackyard Kitchen & Tap, with bottomless brunch on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., complete with “backyard” themed games, plus $8 Ketel One & Bulleit Bourbon Frozen Lemonades available on both Saturday and Sunday! Delight in a full brunch on Monday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and receive 20% off if you’re active/retired military or a first responder.

Pacific Beach AleHouse

Get hoppy this Memorial Day Weekend at Pacific Beach AleHouse, where you can grab brunch Friday – Monday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and enjoy all the bubbles with $2 mimosas from 9 – 11 a.m. Sip your way to summer with one of their new frozen cocktails, including The Jabroni and Catalina Wine Mixer, while you bump to DJs spinning all weekend long, and 20% off for active/retired military and first-responders all day on Monday.


Kick off your Memorial Day celebration with karaoke at ginger’s on Sunday night followed by an extra day of brunching at barleymash on Monday, May 27th. Brunch begins at 10:00 a.m. where weekend warriors can enjoy live music and indulge in a variety of barley hashes, a colossal cinnamon roll or the house made Brown Ale Biscuits and Gravy, with sausage gravy, two fried eggs and pork sausage links. barleymash’s Skyy Vodka Bloody Bar, where you can build your own Bloody Mary, will help ease the party after-effects of the long weekend.

Park 101

If you’re looking to kick off your Memorial Weekend with some family-fun, look no further than Park 101! On Thursday, May 23rd the Carlsbad open-air dining establishment will be hosting a Summer Kick Off Luau with island-inspired food and drink specials throughout the day. The party doesn’t stop once the sun goes down, as guests can look forward to performances from Polynesian dancers and a fire show. Aloha attire is encouraged!

Miss B’s Coconut Club

Miss B’s Coconut Club invites you to escape to the tropics this Memorial DayWeekend by enjoying Caribbean-inspired bites and island cocktails, including a blended Pina Colada served straight from a cored pineapple. Soak up the sun all weekend long on the beach bar’s outdoor patio, where a Rum Haven pop-up bar will be setup on both Saturday and Sunday. Dance to the beat of steel drums and let loose this Memorial Day at Miss B’s!

Point Loma Fish Shop

This Memorial Weekend, head to Point Loma Fish Shop for the freshest fish dishes in San Diego! On Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy Fried Red Snapper, served with jasmine rice and a side salad. Pop in on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th, to try the specialty Ecuadorian Ceviche, a refreshing bowl of shrimp ceviche with corn, onions, cilantro and fresh watermelon!

Mavericks Beach Club

PB’s destination beach bar and club will be the place to be this MemorialWeekend, as they’ve got quite the lineup of fun planned for Sunday, May 26th! Mavericks will be hosting their Memorial Day Block Party from Noon to 9:00 p.m., and will feature a BBQ stand, inflatable hoops game, San Diego’s best DJs and a Splash Zone. Mavericks will be taking it up a notch by setting up cabanas with inflatable pools that can be reserved for bottle service during the block party.

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