Best Affordable Restaurants in San Diego

With the advent of Big Data, it’s easier than ever to quantify what people like around the world. And when it comes to food, especially cheap, easy meals, Americans have very definite opinions. Restaurant brands in the United States have a long and storied history, and whether it’s fast food, fast food, high-end or super-inexpensive, American restaurants offer something for almost everyone.

Stacker has compiled a list of San Diego’s top-rated restaurants that are listed as “cheap eats” on Tripadvisor. Some restaurants on the list may have recently closed. Easy and inexpensive options run the gamut of cooking, serving options and styles. The restaurants on this list are bursting with variety, blending ethnicities, food regions, and cultures into steaming melting pots of delight.

Anyone who reads the list will surely see favorite restaurants and classic must-try restaurants. Keep reading to see if any of your favorite inexpensive restaurants made the list.

#30. Pho Ca Dao & Grill

– Rating: 4.5/5 (61 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
– Address: 11808 Rancho Bernardo Rd Ste 100-110, San Diego, CA 92128-1927
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#29. Ocean Beach Pier Cafe

– Rating: 4.5/5 (78 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Coffee
– Address: 5091 Niagara Ave, San Diego, CA 92107-3011
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#28. the menu

– Rating: 4.5/5 (56 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Coffee
– Address: 3784 Ingraham St, San Diego, CA 92109-6764
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#27. Aunt Emma’s pancakes

– Rating: 4.5/5 (75 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American
– Address: 214 National City Blvd, National City, CA 91950-1109
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#26. Cocine 35

– Rating: 4.5/5 (67 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Mexican, Latin
– Address: 1435 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-3204
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#25. Square Pizza Co

– Rating: 5.0 / 5 (28 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (5.0/5), Value for money (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Pizza
– Address: 4508 Cass St Suite C, San Diego, CA 92109-2853
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#24. Big kitchen

– Rating: 4.5/5 (138 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Coffee
– Address: 3003 Grape St, San Diego, CA 92102-1133
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#23. Classic malt shop

– Rating: 4.5/5 (54 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (5.0/5), Value for money (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Diner
– Address: 3615 Midway Dr Ste B, San Diego, CA 92110-5251
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#22. Old Townhouse Restaurant

– Rating: 4.5/5 (90 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Diner
– Address: 4941 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107-3112
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#21. Aunt Emma’s pancakes

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (262 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American
– Address: 700 E St, Chula Vista, CA 91910-2004
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#20. The Congress Cafe

– Rating: 4.5/5 (62 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (5.0/5), Value for money (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Venezuelan, South American
– Address: 3941 Mason St, San Diego, CA 92110-2725
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#19. Point Break Cafe

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (249 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Coffee
– Address: 2743 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106-2730
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#18. burger parlor

– Rating: 4.5/5 (148 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Fast Food
– Address: 4116 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2506
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#17. Fathom Bistro Fishing Tackle & Tackle

– Rating: 4.5/5 (86 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Bar
– Address: 1776 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106-3103
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#16. Pokez Mexican Restaurant

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (158 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Mexican
– Address: 947 E St, San Diego, CA 92101-6511
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#15. Rocky’s Crown Pub

– Rating: 4.5/5 (177 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Bar
– Address: 3786 Ingraham St, San Diego, CA 92109-6764
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#14. Papananis Deli and sundries

– Rating: 4.5/5 (132 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Caterer
– Address: 1450 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-1056
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#13. Kitchen and Faucet Hungry’s

– Rating: 4.0/5 (299 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American
– Address: 2547 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2841
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#12. Vahik Cafe

– Rating: 4.5/5 (89 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Coffee
– Address: 6780 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-6046
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#11. Bolt Brewery

– Rating: 4.5/5 (137 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Brasserie, Pub
– Address: 1971 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2214
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#ten. Night and day cafe

– Rating: 4.5/5 (169 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Mexican, Coffee
– Address: 847 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118-2603
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#9. Pizzeria Landini

– Rating: 4.5/5 (353 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Italian, Pizza
– Address: 1827 India St Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101-2519
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#8. Las Cuatro Milpas

– Rating: 4.5/5 (199 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (5.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Mexican, Latin
– Address: 1875 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113-2111
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#7. Perry’s Cafe

– Rating: 4.5/5 (350 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Coffee
– Address: 4610 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92110-2703
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#6. The waffle corner

– Rating: 4.5/5 (710 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Coffee
– Address: 1333 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA 92108-3408
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#5. Clayton Cafe

– Rating: 4.5/5 (921 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Coffee
– Address: 979 Orange Ave Should be BREAKFAST not freakfast, Coronado, CA 92118-2609
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#4. Tacos El Gordo De Tijuana

– Rating: 4.5/5 (361 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Mexican, Latin
– Address: 689 H St, Chula Vista, CA 91910-4222
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#3. Pizza Port Ocean Beach

– Rating: 4.5/5 (303 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Bar
– Address: 1956 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107-2844
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#2. by Hodad

– Rating: 4.5/5 (2,320 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Bar
– Address: 5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107-3010
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#1. Downtown Hodad

– Rating: 4.5/5 (699 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Bar
– Address: 945 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101-5513
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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