This Thai restaurant has garnered plenty of respect by local Encinitans. The beach town atmosphere provides a laidback and simple dining experience with all the Thai food favorites you would find at a classy downtown restaurant. House specials include duck and Praram.
If Italian is more your taste, dress up and head out for a delicious meal at Firenze Trattoria. With romantic lanterns and flower displays, the patio provides a beautiful backdrop to a great meal. The head chef, Italo Peveri, is a Milan native who brought back his exquisite Northern Italian dishes to San Diego. Try the Filet Mignon al Casino for a great example of what Chef Peveri can do.
For a contemporary American bistro, check out Sage Grill. With Pan Asian influences and a seafood menu to die for, this restaurant has it all – from burgers to brie. Casual yet classy, Sage Grill caters to even the most finicky eaters. Their grilled portobello mushroom with polenta and vegetables is one of the most elegant dishes for vegetarians around.
Honey's Bistro & Bakery
Nothing beats a neighborhood café in the morning. All the delicious food at Honey's is made from scratch and well worth the wait. Enjoy a cup of coffee while you take in the beautiful Encinitas scenery.
Santa Fe Barbeque
For some down-home BBQ, check out Santa Fe for a fun and fabulous dining experience. From the Old West décor on the walls to the finger-lickin' good menu, you can't go wrong.
Meritage Restaurant & Bar
Combining Mexican and Southwestern with Asian and Mediterranean cuisine can be a tricky undertaking, but Susan and Dan Sbicca of Meritage have pulled it off. Try their zesty seafood jambalaya or their seared prawns tagliatelle for the ultimate in the Sibcca's selection.
Gaffney's Wine Bar
When Donna and Robert Gaffney relocated to Encinitas from Sonoma Valley in 1999, they got to know the regional wines well after running a wine bar up north for seven years. Their expert knowledge afforded them a successful business and today they host dinner and wine tastings to a packed house. Check Gaffney's out for an educational and delicious experience.
For a more informal evening out, stop by the Daley Double, a popular spot in Encinitas since 1957. The Old West Saloon theme to the bar gives it a vintage appeal, and the comfortable Naugahyde booths make this a laidback and fun place to spend an evening. The bar also offers billiards and video games for the fun-seekers.