Food and Drink

Located in the heart of Downtown, the Wyndham has many nearby opportunities for food, drinks and entertainment.

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There are two restaurants on the Wyndham grounds , Claim Jumper and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, as well as the Hazelwoods Deli & Cafe.  There is also a Starbucks at the back of the Wyndham lobby.

Three blocks east of the hotel, at W Ash & India St, is the south end of San Diego’s Little Italy. There you will find a variety of cafes, galleries, restaurants, and a Rite-Aid on the corner of W. Ash & Kettner.

Less than one mile walk along the waterfront leads to Seaport Village where there are a variety of restaurants, cafes and shops.

Get there free… Try FReD, if the weather is nice. It is a free ride service that you order from your phone using their Lyft-like app.


Claim Jumper0 miles – Casual chain restaurant. Wyndham Lobby.

Craft & Commerce0.3 miles – Taxidermy & old books line the walls of this hip gastropub, serving seasonal eats & craft cocktails. 675 W. Beech St.

Burger Lounge0.5 miles – Grass-fed beef burgers, turkey burgers, Alaskan cod fish sandwiches, gluten-free options available. 1608 India Street.

Little Italy Farmers Market – 0.5 miles – Saturday 8am – 2pm only. San Diego County’s largest Farmers’ Market, on Cedar Street from Kettner Blvd to Front Street. Featuring local farmers’ fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, poultry and cheese.  Plus artisan foods including seafood, olive oil, sauces, fresh bread, and chocolate. Find crafts and gifts too! 200+ booths every Saturday! Cedar Street between Kettner and Front.

The Crack Shack – 0.7 miles – Hip hangout for chicken & egg dishes with stylish outdoor seating, a full bar & bocce court. 2266 Kettner Blvd.

Brew Pubs

Queenstown Public House0.5 miles -Whimsical New Zealand-themed pub serving upscale bar fare & a large selection of draft beers. 1557 Columbia St

Karl Strauss Brewing0.5 miles – Chain brewpub offering American bar food with a gourmet twist alongside house-brewed craft ales. 1157 Columbia St.

Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits0.7 miles -Kid-friendly brewery & pub providing acclaimed beers, refined bar fare & to-go kegs. 2215 India St.


Starbucks – There is a Starbucks kiosk near the elevators at the east end of the Wyndham lobby. If that is not open, the closest Starbucks to the Wyndham is located at 600 W Broadway #115 at the San Diego Trolley Station.

Tazza D’Oro0.4 miles – Serving coffee locally roasted by Caffe Calabria. Breakfast, lunch, pastries, desserts. 1603 India Street.

Cafe Italia – 0.5 miles – Vibrant coffee shop with a pet-friendly patio boasts Italian cafe fare, gelato & free WiFi. 1704 India St.

Influx0.6 miles – Breakfast, lunch, pastries, deserts and coffee. Free Wi-Fi available. 750 West Fir (north-west corner of India & W Fir).

Coava Coffee Roasters0.6 miles – San Diego outlet of the Portland coffee company. Coffee, espresso, pour-overs, and house-made vanilla and Cocanú chocolate for vanilla lattes and mochas are served at this woodsy-chic space. 400 W Broadway.

Brickyard Coffee and Tea – 0.7 miles – Cozy coffee shop with weekly live music serving locally roasted coffee, sandwiches & breakfast fare. 675 W G St.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf0.7 miles -Coffeehouse chain serving a variety of beverages including its signature ice-blended options. 160 W. Broadway.


Shino Sushi + Kappo0.2 miles – Laid-back Japanese eatery serving sushi & rolls in simple, contemporary surrounds. 838 West Ash Street

Underbelly0.6 miles – Snug counter for hearty bowls of ramen, Japanese comfort grub and craft beer in an industrial-chic setting. 750 W Fir St


Little Italy, San Diego
There are too many great Italian restaurants in nearby Little Italy to list here. These are a few of the oldest places in the neighborhood, so they must be doing something right.

Mimmo’s0.5 miles – Casual Italian comfort food. Indoor seating set in a faux Italian village (known since the 1960’s as “Mimmo’s Italian Village”). Groups rooms for larger parties. 1743 India St

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto – 0.6 miles – Like visiting the Italian family you never grew up in! This affordable, casual local chain slings enormous helpings of traditional fare. 1747 India St.

Bencotto – 0.6 miles – Chic bi-level eatery famed for artisanal Italian eats, including handmade pasta & classic desserts. 750 W Fir St #103.

Mona Lisa Italian Foods0.7 miles – Lasagna, pizza & old-world Italian cooking in an old-school setting, plus a gourmet deli & market. 2061 India St.


Minou1.4 miles – A Crêperie – Pâtisserie with gluten-free options? Oui! Serving breakfast and lunch. 721 8th Ave.

Bertrand at Mister A’s1.5 miles – Perched high atop an example of mid-60’s brutalist architecture you will find fine dining in this French restaurant with excellent views of San Diego bay and surrounding areas. Although the restaurant is expensive, there is also an outdoor balcony where you can enjoy cocktails and appetizers without breaking the bank, and watch one of San Diego’s spectacular sunsets at no additional charge. Reservations for indoor dining are recommend. Please review and follow the dress code or you might be turned away. 2550 5th Ave.

Cafe Chloe1.5 miles – Small, cozy French Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Moderately priced. 721 9th Ave.

Steak & Seafood

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse0 miles – Outpost of upmarket steakhouse chain known for sizzling, butter-topped beef in an elegant setting. 1355 N Harbor Dr.

Puerto La Boca0.6 miles – Argentinean specialties, including empanadas, hearty steaks & Malbecs at this warm, refined eatery. 2060 India Street.

Donovan’s Downtown1.6 miles – Cozy little steak and seafood restaurant near Horton Plaza. Moderately priced for a fine dining establishment with excellent service. 570 K Street.


Cafe Gratitude – 0.6 miles – A branch of the LA chain offering creative plant-based fare, juices, beer & wine in hip, clean digs. 1980 Kettner Blvd.

Pokez – 1.4 miles – Yes, of course we have a Mexican skate-punk vegetarian and vegan restaurant in San Diego.  Classic Mexican fare, as well as breakfast all-day.  Many vegetarian & vegan menu items available. 947 E St.


Extraordinary Desserts0.5 miles – Patisserie / restaurant in Little Italy, which in addition to lavish cakes, tortes, pastries and ice creams features a wide selection of savory dishes, including creative panini and salads, artisan cheeses and more, as well as appealing gluten-free and vegan fare. Our small batch roasted organic coffee, tea blends sourced from around the world, eclectic collection of boutique wines, all of them organic or sustainably produced, and unique beers from San Diego’s celebrated craft brewers make perfect accompaniments. 1430 Union Street.

Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego is the historic heart of San Diego, with many historic buildings, museums, and restaurants. We recommend using your favorite transportation service to get there as it can be difficult to find parking on weekends in Old Town. Another option is the Trolley to Old Town, which leaves every 15 minutes from the County Center/Little Italy Station just east of the hotel. It arrives at the Old Town Transit Center in about 8 minutes, and will cost about $2.50 per person.

El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria3.1 miles – serves Mexico City nouvelle cuisine, and they boast a selection of over 2,000 tequilas.  They have a private party room that can accommodate up to 28 people.  Located on the southern outskirts of Old Town at 2304 San Diego Avenue.

Casa Guadalajara3.7 miles – makes their tortillas fresh, right before your eyes.  They have dining indoors, in the bar, and on an outdoor patio under the shade of a giant pepper tree.  Try some of the Mexican seafood dishes.  Located on the north-western edge of Old Town at 4105 Taylor Street.

Casa de Reyes3.7 miles – is located in the heart of Old Town San Diego.  This is what drinking margaritas and savoring some antojitos on the patio of a hacienda is all about.  Live mariachi music and folklorico dance shows on the weekends.  2754 Calhoun Street.

North Park, San Diego

For the more adventurous foodies that don’t mind going a bit out of the way, North Park is fast becoming the foodie/Brewpub destination of San Diego.  There are literally too many great places to eat and drink to list here.  The center of activity is around the intersection of University and 30th St, far from tourist areas and among the locals.  If you are driving, we suggest you use the public parking structure just south of the intersection, on the west side of 30th St, because finding parking on the street can be difficult.  The North Park Scene web site can help you wade through the long list of restaurants in the area.

Many other restaurants can be found in the San Diego Restaurant Guide.