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

April 14, 2018 Tonie Szymanski

Discover the best restaurant in Spring Valley, United States including Ranas Mexico City Cuisine, Coops Barbecue, Antica Trattoria, Cali Comfort BBQ, D.Z. Akin's Delicatessen, Lido's Italian Foods, Casa De Pico, Gaetano's Italian Restaurant, El Pollo Grill, Brigantine La Mesa
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1. Ranas Mexico City Cuisine

9683 Campo Rd Ste A, Spring Valley, CA 91977-1255 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 619-589-1792
Excellent
82%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 65 reviews

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Here at Ranas we offer authentic Mexico City dishes and dishes from the central region of Mexico. We are family owned and operated since 2004.

Reviewed By happyme899 - O.C., California

Highly recommend. Cute, quaint family owned and operated. Service is warm and friendly. Decor artsy and cute. A nice local eatery. Our friend brought us here for some authentic Mexican food and surely it did not disappoint. I had an amazing egg & poblano pepper dish with corn meal type crust. I can't remember the name of it and I don't want to butcher it. The Ingredients, salsas, and sauces were all homemade at the restaurant and tasted so fresh. Their Spicy Bloody Mary cured everything. It's about a 10-15 minute drive from downtown San Diego in an area I've never visited in San Diego but so worth the visit. I'm thinking Guy Fierri needs to know about this place!!! I've never had Mexican food like this. Yum!

2. Coops Barbecue

2625 Lemon Grove Ave, Lemon Grove, CA 91945-2912 (Formerly Barnes BBQ) Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 619-589-0478
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Coops Barbecue

Reviewed By Teri M - San Diego, United States

One of the most difficult challenges of moving from the south and it's delicious cooking to Southern California is missing legit Southern cooking. Today we discover Coops in Lemon Grove and let me tell you IT IS TRUE SOUTHERN COOKED BBQ!! The picture shows you the amount of meat you get on your bun, the thickness of the bun and your table has multiple options for as much sauce as you want to put on it. The corn bread slices are HUGE!! The sweet potato pie was scrumptious too and it was the best way to close out the meal. If you are in the area, make sure you check it out!!

3. Antica Trattoria

5654 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942-1929 Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 619-463-9919
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Antica Trattoria

Antica trattoria is a modern casual Italian eatery. Using organic and localy sourced Ingredients ,

Reviewed By kd_sachi - Chula Vista, California

We went here for my friends birthday a couple of weeks ago. I find it difficult to find really good authentic Italian food. This place is it. It is very cute inside and the staff is outstanding. The food is very fresh. This place can be a bit pricey but I don't mind paying for great food.

We started with mozzarella, moved onto a fantastic salad called Insalata Di Venere and then I had the gnocchi with braised short ribs as my entree. All of it was absolutely fantastic.

I always rate an Italian restaurant based off of the cannoli and I was not disappointed at Antica Trattoria. I love an authentic cannoli.

I liked this place so much I just made a reservation for 10 people to celebrate my birthday here!

4. Cali Comfort BBQ

8910 Troy St, Spring Valley, CA 91977-2609 Outdoor Seating, Television, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 619-337-0670
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Cali Comfort BBQ

Located ten minutes east of Downtown San Diego, Cali Comfort BBQ is quickly becoming known to locals outside of East County as the go-to destination for Slow Smoked Barbecue and San Diegan Hospitality! At Cali Comfort BBQ in the heart of Spring Valley, we barbecue all of our meats in our Ole Hickory Smoker with select cooking woods after they have been seasoned with our specialty Cali Dry Rub. Passionate about remaining true to barbecue tradition, we have developed our menus for our Low -N- Slow Cali BBQ Restaurant and Catering Events to offer only the highest quality barbecue in San Diego. Since we smoke the traditional way, "low-n-slow" there are times that we run out due to increased cravings for great tasting barbecue. We know that those of you who understand the true art of barbecue realize that once we are out, we are out. We cannot smoke up another batch of great tasting BBQ until the next day. A general rule of thumb for our smoked meats are as follows:

Reviewed By grandslamhomer - El Cajon, California

My wife and I visited Cali Comfort tonight for some dinner sandwiches. Socorro our server nicely greeted us with a big smile and took our drink orders. We order 2 Pacifico Michelada's which were only $5.00, and were huge and delicious. We asked Socorro to recommend some of her favorite Sandwich dishes to us. We took Socorro's recommendation and ordered the Tri Tip Cheese Steak sandwich, which was delicious with slices of tri-tip meat melted with provolone cheese, grilled peppers & onions, and served on a Amoroso Roll. My wife chose to have the Tater Tots for her side. The potatoes were so good, and the amount of Tots were amazing. We also had The County Fair sandwich which had slow smoked pulled pork meat, with mac-n-cheese & melted cheddar cheese, served on grilled sourdough bread. For my side I ordered the Onion Rings, which were very crispy and tasty.The pulled pork was very tender and when I put some of Cali Comforts unique Jalapeno BBQ sauce on the sandwich, it was very good. Cali Comfort's homemade small garnish cup of pickled onions and dill pickles on our sandwich plate, were also delicious. Cali Comforts Manager Ian also came by to talk with us and to see how our meals were, and was very nice to talk with. All the employees at Cali Comfort always smile at you and say Hi as you walk through the restaurant. Also a great place to enjoy a very tasty meal and drink, as you enjoy your favorite sporting event on Cali Comforts many large TV's. It's really worth a trip here !

5. D.Z. Akin's Delicatessen

6930 Alvarado Rd, La Mesa, CA 92120-5305 Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Delicatessen, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 14 - SGD 26 +1 619-265-0218
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 330 reviews

D.Z. Akin's Delicatessen

Established in 1980 D. Z. Akin&apos;s has been a San Diego institution since they first opened their doors back in 1980 and is still a family run business spanning 3 generations. From the Menu: "D.Z. stands for the two of us, Debi and Zvika Akin. Having lived in Los Angeles, we frequented many good delicatessens and knew that San Diego was in need of one. Considering how we both enjoyed cooking, and how even our first date revolved around a bowl of chopped liver, we decided to pack our bags, move to San Diego and take a stab at cooking for starved delicatessen lovers. With only a small budget, good old-fashioned recipes, the courage to experiment, hard work and long hours, &apos;D.Z. Akin&apos;s&apos; came to be. We made a commitment to ourselves that we would never compromise on quality and we would fill our plates high with the finest delicatessen available... With the help of wonderful customers and perseverance, we became, beyond our greatest expectations, a thriving business."

Reviewed By DJSparks45 - Richland, Washington

My wife and I went here for dinner tonight. The waitress said a sandwich was a must. We both ended up ordering the Corned beef and pastrami on rye. Huge sandwich and absolutely delicious. Potato salad was ok. They had a small jar of fresh pickles at the table that were amazing. This was suggested by a friend and so glad we went.

6. Lido's Italian Foods

7252 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945-1507 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 619-469-9901
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Lido's Italian Foods

Reviewed By SanDiegoWayne - San Diego

Found this great local San Diego Italian restaurant in Lemon Grove. They have been in business since the 1950's and the reason why they are still here is the great food, huge portions, fun and efficient staff.

Located in an very low key building in South East San Diego - a real hidden gem.

7. Casa De Pico

5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942-3016 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 619-463-3267
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 282 reviews

Casa De Pico

At Casa de Pico in La Mesa, guests can enjoy outdoor patio dining year-round, surrounded by trees, colorful flowers and splashing fountains. Rounding out the Mexican dining experience are the strolling mariachis and famous award-winning giant margaritas.

Reviewed By ccrowe3 - Lakeside, California

Our family recently dined at Casa de Pico in celebration of my son's birthday. We eat here a couple times a year and the food and service is always top notch. When it gets really busy it's kind of loud but that is the only...MoreHI good morning my name is Lino Rodarte. the casa de pico general manager . I wanted to Thank you for the very nice review about our food and service we hope to see you soon again !!

8. Gaetano's Italian Restaurant

10025 Campo Rd, Spring Valley, CA 91977-1802 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 619-670-3555
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Reviewed By 49kenl49 - La Mesa, California, United States

To be clear, I recognize the fact that everyone has a favorite pizza joint. Obviously some are better than others, but why guess. If ever in the Casa del Oro area of Spring Valley or Rancho San Diego, try Gaetano's Italian Restaurant for your next pie. Best crust, best sauce, and the rest is just toppings. Once you have one of their pizzas you'll drive across town to get another one. Give yourself about 20 minutes to order and pick up. Also note that Fridays and Saturdays are especially busy.

9. El Pollo Grill

7836 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945-1801 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 619-697-7153
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

El Pollo Grill

Reviewed By antjanae - San Diego

I have been coming to El Pollo Grill ever since they operated out of a very small hole in the wall place further down the street. Their charbroiled chicken is super delicious, cooked to perfection and very tasty right down to the bone. On Tuesdays, you must try their Albondigas Soup; Oh my Goodness, the best I have ever had. I usually call in because it sells out fast so I usually pick a couple orders for dinner so I call ahead and reserve. You will truly love it! I recommend this place; you will not regret it!
Janet Rodrigues

10. Brigantine La Mesa

9350 Fuerte Dr, La Mesa, CA 91941-4107 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 39 - SGD 66 +1 619-465-1935
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 214 reviews

Brigantine La Mesa

Reviewed By Josephine J - La Mesa, California

Do not like the remodel. Carpet removed just makes for a noisy warehouse atmosphere. Every course was served with the same wilted collard green-like garnish. The menu was solely over priced seafood, have done away with great steaks. Must have been a bad night because seemed like everyone was serving food including the manager but all of our orders were mixed up or missing food. Won’t be back. Way over priced too.

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