Where to Eat in Escondido: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Hector Krause

Escondido (/ˌɛskənˈdiːdoʊ/ ES-kən-DEE-doh) is a city located in San Diego County's North County region, 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Downtown San Diego, California. The city occupies a shallow valley ringed by rocky hills. Incorporated in 1888, it is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County. The city had a population of 143,911 in the 2010 census.
Things to do in Escondido

1. Cenote Grill

1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026-3343 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 760-740-9911
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 252 reviews

Cenote Grill

Reviewed By jody_t - Virginia

Thank you Trip Advisor reviewers! Our family loved our dinner at Cenote Grill! They do not take reservations, so we had a 25 minutes wait for a table. Food was well above average Mexican fare and portions were so large that we all brought half of our meals home!

The restaurant sign isn’t well lit at night, so use a GPS!

2. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

1999 Citracado Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92029-4158 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Brew Pub, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 20 - SGD 39 +1 760-471-4999
Excellent
53%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 797 reviews

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

At Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, we endeavor to use as much in-season, locally and organically grown produce as possible. It's about much more than freshness and sustainability. Local, organic food--fresh from local growers AND our own farm to your table--simply tastes better and is better for you. Combine those benefits with our expansive gardens, our indoor and outdoor 32-tap beer systems and select wines and you've got a dining experience to satiate your--body, mind and soul.

Reviewed By jody_t - Virginia

Trip Advisor reviews are spot on! This restaurant had beautiful patio and modern, attractive dining room. Our group can recommend the duck tacos, brats and ‘quick kraut’, Asada steak, and pasta with the pork. We all shared the pretzels with mustard as an appetizer...light and not chewy...terrific!

The only negative is the outside signage...there isn’t one!!! Stone brewing was very difficult to find...use your GPS! Even as we left, a car pulled up and asked us if this was the brewery bistro ;-).

3. Vintana Wine + Dine

1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA 92029-2224 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch SGD 26 - SGD 39 +1 760-745-7777
Excellent
58%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 515 reviews

Vintana Wine + Dine

Located on the Penthouse Level of the Lexus Centre of Escondido, Vintana offers a modern take on California Cuisine and picturesque views of the Escondido town and countryside.

Reviewed By KFM214 - San Diego, California

It's not often you have to walk by a James Bond looking car to get to your table (can't remember the make or style) but wayyyyy hip...The restaurant is a strange mix of down-home wooden crates and sophisticated plates. and BIG! yes, it is located a top the Lexus dealership, and why not use so much wasted space to open a restaurant. Our lunch was very good without being outstanding: good ahi stack, good lobster and cheese sandwich, good onion rings. The surroundings felt a bit too industrial for a cozy meal, but the saving grace is that you can hold a normal conversation with the person in front of you, something lacking in most trendy establishments. The outdoor terrace is the place to be on a warm evening.
Be aware that parking for the restaurant is on the top floor of the parking garage... that took us a few mns to figure out.

4. A Delight of France Bakery

126 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2602 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible French, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 760-746-2644
Excellent
48%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

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Reviewed By Joel K - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The baguette was ok not particularly crusty. The omelet I had was good with spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and feta cheese. My wife’s half sandwich and soup was ok. The service was helpful, friendly, and attentive. Coffee was available with multiple refills and robust.

5. Pho Truc Xanh

503 W Mission Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-1608 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 760-489-8201
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 76 reviews

Pho Truc Xanh

Reviewed By Edge W - Columbia, Missouri

Looking for something different, I chose this restaurant I'd passed up before. It was excellent! I chose a meat dish. The presentation was beautiful, the flavors a good mix. Service was prompt and caring. I enjoyed watching the interactions of waitstaff and regulars and their friendliness toward a newcomer. I'll be back--there are a lot of dishes to try.

6. Bellamy's

417 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2607 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch, Drinks +1 760-747-5000
Excellent
67%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

Bellamy's

Reviewed By Sheryl B - Bethesda, Maryland

Everything was just fabulous. The French Onion soup had wonderful flavor. The ham and cheese crepe was outstanding- it was light but the filling had incredible flavor. The steak sandwich was also very flavorful and tender. Nice wine selection. Street parking available outside restaurant. Would absolutely return. Nice stop if travelling from San Diego to Palm Springs.

7. Burger Bench

237 E Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2802 Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast SGD 7 - SGD 28 +1 760-294-2001
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Burger Bench

Burgers, Grilled Cheese, Beer, Fries, Tots, and soon to come, ice cream shakes. We select as many fresh and local ingredients as possible to create high-quality food for Escondido. Now open for breakfast on weekends.

Reviewed By EuroTravelLover - San Diego, CA

We live in Escondido, and have been to Burger Bench many times. Friday night we went around 7:30pm. Sadly, the patty melt was a great disappointment. It is served on very thick sourdough (not the usual rye bread of patty melts). The result was a dry sandwich with very little cheese and grilled onions. We also got a slider combo and the fried chicken sliders were also quite dry, with very little sauce. We usually really enjoy the Bench, but things were a bit dry and flat. The tater tots were good, but in the past the truffle tots had more truffle flavor and Parmesan. Maybe it was an off night, but we likely won’t go back for a while.

8. In-N-Out Burger

1260 W Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92029-1704 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 800-786-1000
Excellent
63%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 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 Lepha - Murrieta, California

Jason was very nice and helpful. He was in the dining area wiping down tables, asked guests if they'd like refills, and asked if he could clear trays. His uniform was crisp and clean.

The mirrors in the women's restroom were extremely water spotted - surprising since it was noon.

9. Vincent's

113 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2601 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating French, International Dinner, Lunch, Late Night SGD 29 - SGD 46 +1 760-745-3835
Excellent
69%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 135 reviews

Vincent's

Reviewed By corgipower - San Diego, California

Amazing French cuisine influenced by local and seasonal California produce. It's on the smaller more intimate side, has a full bar, and made-from-scratch menu. Sadly, Vincent has passed away, but his food legacy lives on. A small dedicated kitchen staff turns out consistently delicious meals. Midweek specials should be taken advantage of so you can enjoy a variety of items without hurting your wallet.

10. Filippi's Pizza Grotto

114 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2602 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 +1 760-747-2650
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 170 reviews

Filippi's Pizza Grotto

Reviewed By Rob M - Escondido, California

We had dinner at Filippi's last week, and while their pizzas are out-of-this-world great, we also discovered their pasta dishes are just as great! My lady ordered the Manicotti dinner and i had the Filippi's Family Combo of spaghetti, ravioli and lasagna. Both orders came with tasty soup, salad and garlic bread!

The Manicotti came smothered in cheese and my lady enjoyed it thoroughly..My Family Combo was just that: enough to feed a small family of 3 or 4!! After I finished my soup and salad, I attacked the combo, essentially 1 pile of spaghetti and 1 pile of ravioli and lasagna mixed together, and all generously covered in a very delicious meat sauce...WOW! I finished off most of the ravioli and lasagna, and was able to take home the spaghetti for lunch the next day!

Fillipi's has great pizza...and great pasta. It'll be a hard decision the next time I visit

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