Coronado Restaurants: Our Top Picks

Coronado real estate offers prospective buyers a bevy of community amenities you can’t find elsewhere, and the island’s dining options are all part of the allure. This list includes a few of our favorite spots (many are dog-friendly). Here’s the local eateries we encourage you to check out:

Tartine Café

A charming restaurant with views of the San Diego Bay from its outdoor patio. It offers pastries and breakfast plates in the morning, superb coffees throughout the day and evening, great salads and entrees at lunch, and fabulous dinner specials in the evening.  The café serves wine, and pooches are welcome on the patio.

Located at 1106 First Street

Call: 619-435-4323

Swaddee Thai Restaurant

An all-time favorite, offering delectable and fresh cuisine with Thai chefs and owner.  The only difficulty is deciding what to order from its huge menu!  A small outdoor patio is available for dining and take-out orders are available.

Located at 1001 “C”Avenue

Call: 619-435-8110

Café 1134

A popular “locals” meet and greet spot or to just hang out while reading the paper.  It offers wonderful breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, as well as great coffee, espresso and desserts.  Check out the upstairs dining balcony and the sidewalk café service where pets are welcome!   Wine and beer is available.

Located at 1134 Orange Avenue

Call: 619-437-1134

Coronado Boathouse 1887 Restaurant

This local go-to has had its on-the-water Glorietta Bay location across from the Hotel del Coronado for more than 120 years.  It serves wonderful surf and turf menu selections in its charming and historic building with some of the best views on the island!  And if you just want a great bar for cocktails, the mahogany bar upstairs is a delight!

Located at 1701 Strand Way

Call: 619-435-0155

Clayton’s Coffee Shop

An icon on the island, and decade after decade serves up all-American favorites.  You can’t beat a weekend breakfast, happily entrenched in a café booth with your favorite tunes on the tabletop jukebox!!!  It feels like 1945 and everyone loves it.  Be prepared for long lines on the weekends, especially in the summer. (Mexican take-out is also offered in the back at 1107 Tenth Street.)

Located at 979 Orange Avenue

Call: 619-435-5425

Burger Lounge

An absolute addiction for island locals.  You can choose the delicious turkey, beef, or salmon burgers or go with the freshest, organic salads loaded with nutrition.  It’s all organic and grass fed.  They serve beer and wine, and some of the best French fries and onion rings (in our opinion) anywhere!  Dogs are welcome at their outdoor sidewalk tables.  Take-out orders are available- just pop to the front of the line for pickup.

Located at 922 Orange Avenue

Call: 619-435-6835

Photo courtesy of: Burgerlounge.com

Rhinoceros Café and Grill

This spot serves up delicious fare on white table cloths but without a stuffy ambiance!  Fresh fish, meat, and pasta dishes abound, along with the best buttery rolls anywhere in San Diego!  Don’t miss the beautiful leaded glass windows in this historic Spreckles Building.  For lunch or dinner, this restaurant delivers.  Sidewalk tables are available (pet friendly) and take-out orders are available at the backdoor.

Located at 1166 Orange Avenue

Call 619-435-2121