Poway Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Poway

April 14, 2018 Weston Hennigan

Poway /ˈpaʊ.eɪ/ is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. Originally an unincorporated community in the county, Poway officially became a city on December 12, 1980. Poway's rural roots gave rise to its slogan "The City in the Country". As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 47,811. The ZIP Code is 92064.
Things to do in Poway

1. Poway Sushi Lounge

13132 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-4612 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 858-748-0070
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Poway Sushi Lounge

Reviewed By larye2017 - San Diego CA, United States

Every year Sushi Lounge holds a contest to come up with new tastes, new variations of flavors, The winners make the menu. The winners are picked by the patrons. How awesome is that? The flavors are both traditional and unique, new and local. Poway Sushi Lounge is a most excellent adventure, ask for Tory!!

2. Cafe Lily

14045 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064-3959 Seating Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 858-486-3415
Excellent
82%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
18%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Cafe Lily

Reviewed By lilsnipper102 - San Diego, California

i am in LOVE with this place! i learned about this place through groupon and i am now hooked. i got an iced mocha and hot Turkey panini and everything was great! the cafe itself so quaint and warm i could have stayed there all day. this place is perfect!!!

3. Brigantine Seafood Restaurant

13445 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-4713 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 66 +1 858-486-3066
Excellent
48%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 148 reviews

Brigantine Seafood Restaurant

Reviewed By MTWOODSON76 - Mt. Woodson, Ramona, CA

My wife and I stopped at the bar lounge for Friday night Happy Hour. Extensive bar menu, but we opted for the shrimp cocktail (very fresh with a spicy cocktail sauce) and the children and bacon nachos with an unusual twist - homemade potato chips vice tortilla chips. The skinny Margaritas we're excellent as well. Great local dining option.

4. Hamburger Factory Family Restaurant

14122 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064-3906 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 20 +1 858-486-4575
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 121 reviews

Hamburger Factory Family Restaurant

Our family restaurant is conveniently located in Old Poway Park and offers a great dining experience, no matter the occasion! The menu features a wide selection of our signature hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and awesome barbecue including ribs, chicken and steak. In addition to our lunch and dinner menu, we also serve breakfast 7 days a week! Interested in hosting a party or planning a big event? We offer affordable catering customized for your event. We can travel to your location or you can use one of our private dining patios. Be sure to ask about our catering menu and let the Old Poway Catering Company take care of your next event! On weekends, you can enjoy train rides, a farmers market, craft fair and the Poway Historical Museum in the Old Poway Park. Come join us for delicious food and friendly service today!

Reviewed By Dianne B - Hellertown, Pennsylvania

Large family of twelve lunched here during a Saturday visit to the Farmers' Market and Civil War Camp Days. The wait was about 15 minutes without a reservation. The place was very busy. The decor is Old Western and our children had fun checking out all the memorabilia. Menu is extensive with everything from soups, salads, sandwiches, Italian dishes, seafood, even steaks. (Breakfast served in morning hours.) Kid's Menu available along with crayons. Our family ordered everything from hot dogs to steak. The soup of the day, beef vegetable was outstanding. I had the meat loaf with mashed potatoes and gravy; it was ok, but a bit bland with very heavy gravy. For fun, we ordered the World's Largest Sundae with twelve spoons. It was the hot fudge variety and was enjoyed by all. Our server was friendly but a bit slow. However, the dining rooms were packed at peak lunch hours, and the staff perhaps stretched a bit too thinly. A good lunch spot. Would return.

5. Villa Capri Trattoria & Wine Bar

14771 Pomerado Rd, Poway, CA 92064-2802 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 16 - SGD 29 +1 858-391-9400
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Villa Capri Trattoria & Wine Bar

As a Diner's Choice winner in 2015, Villa Capri Trattoria & Wine Bar is renowned throughout North San Diego County for its affordable fine-dining and catering. Our variety of home-style Italian and Mediterranean dishes are always made fresh to order from the finest ingredients. We offer an excellent selection of wines, a full-bar, and a variety beers on draft. Join us for a romantic night out, a birthday celebration, or happy hour at our bar for discounted appetizers and drinks. We are located in the Target Shopping Center in Poway and open every day at 11:00am.

Reviewed By SANCarolyn - San Diego, California

Cozy local restaurant located right by the Target Dept. Store. Casual but classy, comfortable decor. Excellent selection of quality Italian dishes. Great appetizers, flat breads & pizzas too. Excellent salads. Great seafood dishes. Reasonably priced. And the owner and his staff make you feel right at home. Highly recommend.

6. Kaminski's BBQ & Sports Lounge

12735 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-4443 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
50%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 77 reviews

Kaminski's BBQ & Sports Lounge

Reviewed By MTWOODSON76 - Mt. Woodson, Ramona, CA

Very quick takeout service. Always come for the baby back ribs and Louisiana hot links combo. Ribs will compete with any I've had in Memphis, Dallas, Detroit, or any other BBQ City venue. Loaded baked potato is very tasty as well. Ranch beans and Cole slaw only fair. Go the the ribs and baked potato!

7. Original Pancake House

14905 Pomerado Rd, Poway, CA 92064-2804 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch 858-679-0186
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 73 reviews

Original Pancake House

Reviewed By nadojeff - San Diego CA

This is not your standard IHOP or Denny's, but rather a quality pancake house that happens to serve great Omelettes also. If you are a fan of the German Pancake, this is your 'go to' place. The lines are typically long, and the side orders are typically pricey, but you won't be disappointed.

8. In-N-Out Burger

12890 Gregg Ct, Poway, CA 92064-6833 Takeout, Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 800-786-1000
Excellent
74%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

In-N-Out Burger

At In-N-Out Burger, quality is everything. Stop by to enjoy our menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries and shakes. In-N-Out makes fast food the old fashioned way.

Reviewed By Adrian A

In-n-out is always a must have while in Cali. idk what it is because honestly there's nothing incredibly special about their burgers other then they're fresh and ALWAYS consistent. I guess that's what really separates them from a lot of the others. While up in Poway visiting family I came here twice and the service was outstanding with minimal wait for our food. Double Double animal style is my burger of choice and although I didn't get to try their animal style fries I'm sure it's awesome as well. Shakes are also good here. Please bring one to Hawaii lol

9. Filippi's Pizza Grotto

13000 Oak Knoll Dr, Poway, CA 92064-4222 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Italian, Pizza Dinner, Lunch +1 858-748-1800
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Filippi's Pizza Grotto

Reviewed By Ron T - Fort Saskatchewan, Canada

We always order this extraordinary pizza when we are in town. It is so unique and so good. Filippi's puts good value into there pizzas with lots of chesse and plenty of topping. We also had their antipasto salad.....another winner.

10. North Park Produce

12342 Poway Rd, Poway, CA, Poway, CA 92064-4243 Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Persian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 858-391-9100
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

North Park Produce

Reviewed By HPotter8 - Los Angeles, California

While looking for another restaurant, we fortunately stumbled on this delightful casual Persian restaurant which is attached to a very nice ethnic produce market. The falafel, schwarmas and hummus are tasty; portion sizes are generous; and prices are very reasonable. It has only counter service but the restaurant is well-organized, spacious, new and clean. A great choice for a quick, satisfying and tasty meal!

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