San Diego Restaurants: Oldies but Goodies

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San Diego has a storied history of being one of the major hubs of culinary excellence in the country, and some of its restaurants have stood the test of time and continue to serve locals and tourists top-notch eats. The restaurant industry is fiercely competitive and infamous for its high turnover rate, but these San Diego restaurants are still going strong after all these years. Check out these local spots that have been around for quite some time.

Woodstock’s Pizza

6145 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115

Back in the ’80s, owner Jeff Ambrose helped open the first Woodstock’s Pizza location near SDSU. Ever since then, it has served as a staple for hungry college students, as well as a favorite among the thousands of customers that have walked through its doors and ordered some pizza. With a signature secret sauce, fresh dough made daily, and a hard-working motivation to stay loyal to its customers, Woodstock’s Pizza is a true icon in San Diego history. 


Lido’s Italian Foods

7252 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Family-owned for generations, Lido’s has been serving traditional Italian cuisine since its opening in 1955. The restaurant is a well-loved and respected spot amongst locals, and for good reason too. They have killer pizza and pasta, and from the first bite, it’s clear that it has been prepared from long-standing family recipes. 

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Grill

Multiple Locations: La Jolla, La Mesa, Mission Valley, Scripps Ranch

Fueled by a passion of adhering to its motto of “Eat well, feel good,” Sammy’s has become a true staple of San Diego restaurants. With the first location opened in La Jolla, Sammy’s has been serving up piping hot woodfired pizzas, unique tapas, and yummy sundaes since 1989. That success has translated to 14 locations throughout California and Nevada, but at its core, Sammy’s has never wavered from top tier quality and loyalty to its customers. 



Multiple Locations: Convoy, Hillcrest, East Village, North Park

Authentic Japanese food has a true leader among the rest in San Diego since 2001 with Tajima. Owner Isamu “Sam” Morikizono has been propelled by his vision of running a restaurant concept focusing on traditional Japanese flavors and style. Now with six locations throughout San Diego, Tajima continues to strive towards excellence.  


Turf Supper Club 

1116 25th Street, San Diego, CA 92102

Since opening its doors in 1950, Turf Supper Club has been a long-standing spot in the historic area of Golden Hill. A grill-your-own steakhouse and piano bar, Turf Supper Club has essentially remained the same since the 1950s, with very minor changes that continue to preserve this historical restaurant. 

Bub’s at the Beach

1030 Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA 92109 

Pacific Beach is home to plenty of bar and grills spots, but Bub’s has been going strong since 1998. More than 20 years later, Bub’s continues to be a go-to spot for both locals and visitors who are looking for the true PB experience. Customers know they’ll be treated to great food, a vibrant atmosphere, and of course, a cold beer. 


The Waterfront Bar & Grill

2044 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California 92101

Operating as San Diego’s longest continually held liquor license, The Waterfront Bar & Grill is also one of the premier seafood restaurants in the city. In operation since 1933, you’re not going to find fresher seafood-inspired dishes anywhere else in San Diego. 

The Barbecue Pit

920 East Plaza Boulevard, National City, CA 91950

Established by two sisters and their husbands in 1947, The Barbecue Pit continues to be family-owned and operated. Serving up Texas-style barbecue, it has earned a reputation as some of the best BBQ you can find in San Diego. With staples like Beef Sandwiches, Pulled Pork, and Ribs, this mouth-watering BBQ joint is one you don’t want to miss. 

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