Where to Eat in Rancho Bernardo: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Agatha Simes

Rancho Bernardo in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Takeout. Discover best restaurants in Rancho Bernardo with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
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1. Phil's BBQ

17051 W Bernardo Dr, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92127-1457 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar American, Bar, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 9 +1 858-312-6161
Excellent
43%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 99 reviews

Phil's BBQ

At Phils BBQ we combine the best barbecue, legendary service, and the biggest value to create a fast, casual, and fun experience. Our baby back, beef, and chicken dinners all come with your choice of sides, our most popular are the fresh cut fries and colossal onion rings! The full service bar features the tastiest craft beer in SD and tickers surround the restaurant so you can keep up with all your sports. We also cater! Phil's bbq has been awarded best bbq catering in SD year after year.

Reviewed By Rogeopirate

I had only eaten here once before and it was excellent....this trip, not so much, although their sauce is really very good. I just wanted a quick sandwich and a drink and opted for the Tri-Tip Sand. Ample amount of meat and sauce but the meat this trip was over cooked, a little tough and very dry in spite of being slathered in sauce. I'll give em another chance next time I'm in the area

2. Charm Thai Kitchen

11627 Duenda Rd, San Diego, CA 92127-1110 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 858-798-5126
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Charm Thai Kitchen

Reviewed By gzau - San Diego, California

I had lunch at Charm Thai Kitchen. It is located in a small strip mall. The decor is pretty trendy and it looks more like a craft beer bar than a thai restaurant. They have seating outside also. The place was pretty crowded for lunch but quite a few people were getting take out. It took a while to get our food ordered but when it came, it was pretty good. It is one of the better Thai restaurant in the Rancho Bernardo area and I would definitely go back. Besides they are next to the Edelweiss bakery so you know where you can get dessert

3. Cotija's Mexican Food

17090 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2500 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Fast Food, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner +1 858-487-7973
Excellent
53%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Cotija's Mexican Food

Reviewed By lynus - miami, fl

We were visiting friends and had a late lunch at this location. Best carnitas I have ever had in my life. The food is cooked by someone who knows how to cook. The pork was soft & crunchy on the outside. I just had it plain so I could add the hot sauce to each bite. The hot sauce bar with jalepeanos was a nice touch that was unexpected. A must try with large portions for great value. What is not to love...

4. The Cork & Craft

16990 Via Tazon, Suite 123, San Diego, CA 92127-1649 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Dinner, Lunch SGD 10 - SGD 37 +1 858-924-1457
Excellent
31%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
10%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 67 reviews

The Cork & Craft

Experience a culinary journey while sampling beers and wines from around the world, many produced in house here in San Diego. The Cork and Craft refines comfort food to the match the ambiance and elegance of the tasting room which boasts 41 taps and dozens of wines inside a refined, casual restaurant. We serve a wonderful brunch on Sundays with lunch service Tuesday through Friday and dinner service Tuesday through Sunday. Our bar area, patio and dining room are all available for special private events every day of the week including Mondays! The Cork & Craft will now be featuring live music every Tuesday evening in our dining room beginning on October 27th! Join us for a beer, some wine, and our delicious house made fare!

Reviewed By JimmyJackk - San Marcos, California

Restaurant brewery and winery in one. Had reservation and was quickly seated. Saw item in menu I wanted but couldn't have because hostesses gave us lunch menus. Place itself is In sort of strip mall gps actually let me pass it. Anyway hard place to rate. Part wants to say 5 part wants to say 3. Food was good the selection was not. Only 7 entries to choose from. NY steak $38 comes with 2 sides but you can choose between 4 vegetables. Ended up with seared scallops on risotto. It was excellent but like tapa size only 3 scallops. Wife had Lamb sugo again very good but tapa size portion. Pork belly app was just as big as entree and very good. Place needs to add a few more entrees and some more sides evaluate its portion sizes and it adjust prices.

5. The Incredible Egg

11828 Rancho Bernardo Rd, San Diego, CA 92128-1912 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 26 +1 858-592-7731
Excellent
24%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

The Incredible Egg

Reviewed By Christina I - Freeport, New York

My fiancé and I came here for breakfast on our last day visiting San Diego. Right off the bat I knew we picked a good place to eat! The gentleman who took us to our seat was so friendly and welcoming as well as our waitress. Smiles go a long way!

We ordered the Steak and Eggs plate as and the Strawberry and Banana Crepes. We requested M for our steak but it was more on the MW side, but it was so delicious I didn't mind. The crepes were what I'm calling "healthy crepes" as it was just sliced up fruit wrapped in a crepe (whipped cream on the side but my fiancé ate that). I'm used to a more creamy syrupy crepe but I'm happy the way this one came out as it didn't make me feel so guilty. Sitting in the outdoor area to eat this meal was the icing on the cake.

Beautiful day, welcoming staff & delicious meal made our last day in San Diego wonderful!

6. R B Donut & Sweets Shoppe

16713 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2509 Seating Breakfast, Lunch +1 858-487-5277
Excellent
15%
Good
85%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Reviewed By illinois travelere

Everything is really good, but they do an especially fine job with the apple and blueberry fritters. Doughnuts are 85 cents each or $7.95 a dozen. Specialty items cost a little more. There are all sorts of beverage choices, and five tables in case you want to enjoy your selection(s) immediately. Worth the drive.

7. Sidny's Deli

11981 Bernardo Plaza Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2537 Seating Delicatessen Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 858-674-1090
Excellent
35%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Sidny's Deli

Reviewed By gsmyles - San Diego, CA

A delicious deli in the heart of Rancho Bernardo. Good sized sandwiches, high quality products, and nice staff.

8. Souplantation

17210 Bernardo Center Dr, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128-2004 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Excellent
26%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 63 reviews

Souplantation

Reviewed By James J - San Diego, California

Good food, great selection, always busy. I would rate it higher but they need to have two employees seating guests and more employees clearing/cleaning tables.

9. Stir Fresh Mongolian Grill

17120 Bernardo Center Dr, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128-2002 Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, Mongolian Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 20 +1 858-385-0020
Excellent
33%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 68 reviews

Stir Fresh Mongolian Grill

Stir Fresh Mongolian Grill is a create your own stir fry buffet concept. Guests select from a variety of meats, fish, shellfish, tofu, vegetables and noodles. Ingredients are placed in one bowl and topped with our house made sauces. The meal is then cooked by our chefs on our custom wok which is 6ft. in diameter and reaches a temperature of 600 degrees. White rice and biscuits are included with every buffet meal. Stir Fresh also offers appetizers, side dishes, and a child's menu. We offer a variety of soft drinks, iced tea, beer and wine. Stir Fresh Catering will bring this same experience to you at your family or work function. Packages start at only $11.95 per person.

Reviewed By TNharleychick - Tennessee

This was the worst experience I have had at a restaurant in a LONG time. We were staying at the hotel basically across the parking lot, so it seemed like a convenient option. It turned out to be a nightmare.

We were seated and our waitress asked if we had been there before. Nope. So she started trying to explain how it works, except that she was mumbling, not looking straight at us, and often using words that I seriously believe were another language. When she walked away, we both looked at each other and said HUH?

We went up to what appears to be a buffet line where they have bowls that you fill with whatever ingredients you want to eat. We were both a bit shocked that all of the meats/proteins were FROZEN. They were all sliced extremely thin and frozen to the point of being hard as a rock. This was not "normal" for the Mongolian grills of our past. My husband actually asked me if I wanted to leave at that point, but we stayed.

After selecting proteins and veggies to fill the bowl, you then have to try to put noodles in your bowl. This becomes a challenge and it was quite entertaining to watch the "technique" that some people had at piling the noodles on top of their already over-filled bowls. Many noodles were sliding off and just hitting the floor.

Next, you reach the sauces and spices. There is a guide which tries to explain how many servings of each sauce you should get based on the spice level that you desire. Remember that for later!

Finally, you stand in line and wait your turn for the cooks to put your custom bowl on the grill to cook it all up. It is ONE grill and the food is tossed/flipped in a circular motion around the grill. This is the MAIN issue - everyone's bowl of food is cooked the same way.....which means that even if you selected sauces for your bowl that were not spicy, if the bowls ahead of you had spicy sauce, then you're going to end up with it too!!! Additionally, if you have any food allergies (as I do), then you cringe when you see the person's bowl ahead of you that is filled with onions and peppers. It's common sense. If onions and peppers are cooked on a grill surface and then slid around the circular area, then MY bowl of food is placed on that same grill surface, I am essentially getting all of my food seasoned with those onions and peppers.

I wanted to ask the cooks if there was a way to grill my food on a separate surface or at least wipe down the grill before they took my bowl, but they were SO rude. It was clear that they were just there to cook and not offer any customer service.

So yeah, we ended up back at our table, took one bite of our food, and gave each other "the look." Please keep in mind that my husband is VERY adventurous with food and has no food allergies or picky preferences. Even he hated the way his food tasted. Our waitress came by and he asked for the bill. She did not bother to ask us what was wrong or why we were not eating. After she dropped off the bill, she disappeared and never came back to our table again. We had to go find someone else so we could pay $30 for NOTHING except a nightmare experience and 1 bite of food.

We ended up going to another restaurant to eat after we left. Expensive lesson!!!

10. Pamir Kabab House

16769 Bernardo Center Dr, Suite K10, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128-2546 Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +1 858-798-5372
Excellent
88%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Pamir Kabab House

Reviewed By SoCalMember - San Diego

Pamir Kabob House is one of the best additions to the Rancho Bernardo food scene in many years. Pamir is an outstanding Afghani Restaurant owned and operated by Noor and Diba Amiri. My wife and I love Afghani food but haven’t had much to choose from. Last week we gave them a try and were we ever pleased! Their lamb stews are incredibly tender and the spices are blended to perfection. The stew we liked best was qabeli palow which has a complex, tomato-based broth which my wife and I greatly enjoyed. We also ordered kofta curry which consists of spiced beef meatballs served in a rich dark sauce . I find Afghani kofta superior to all other national versions of the dish and Pamir’s version is just outstanding! Pamir is located in a hidden corner of the Bernardo Center but is well worth the effort to find. The ambience is tasteful and subdued, the service prompt and the price quite reasonable. We look forward to visiting Pamir Kabob house again soon and trying other menu items that sound mouthwatering.

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