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The San Diego food scene continues to boom, and North County, San Diego is a mecca of hip, casual, and fine dining restaurants to try! From fresh-caught seafood, local brews, and even delicacies cooked over an open flame, here are our top five restaurant picks near Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa in Carlsbad, San Diego.


“The wild is calling. Let’s go!”

Located just a few blocks from the beach in Carlsbad, Campfire boasts a return to the origins of cooking and hospitality. A theme of camaraderie exists here, where guests can gather around a fire, enjoy farm-to-table food, and share it with friends. From the moment you walk in, you get the feel of an outdoor camping trip. The smells of a campfire, the decor, and friendly hospitality all create a cozy dining vibe.

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Campfire’s menu includes a large variety of appetizers and share plates. Dinner features dishes like the roasted whole fish, smoked duck, and jidori chicken for two. The drinks are works of art in themselves, and yes, of course there are s’mores on the dessert menu! If you are part of a larger group, you can opt for the ‘camp feast’ and enjoy a generous 5-course meal.

Yes, Campfire is a great place for an adult night out, but don’t be afraid to take the whole family. There is a large teepee outside for the kiddos to play in while the adults enjoy a craft beer on the patio.

Barrel Republic

Since San Diego is home to some of the best craft breweries in the United States, Barrel Republic is a place to sample so many of these top local beers. At Barrel Republic you can enjoy the revolutionary self-pour tap system, where you can pour your own beer, share, and compare with fellow craft beer enthusiasts. Simply swipe your personalized wristband and select from the 52 beers and six wines on tap!

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Don’t worry, there’s food here too! Pair your frosty brew with a selection of all-American bar fare, from bacon-wrapped pork belly to crispy avocado grilled cheese. Make sure you try the vegan wild mushroom “French Dip” and the ever popular 100% chuck Barrel burger on a brioche bun.

Barrel Republic regularly partners with local breweries to host ‘tap takeovers’ and exclusive beer releases. Make sure you check their calendar for other social events, such as creative paint nights and competitive weekly trivia.  

Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar

Robata literally means “around the hearth.” This cooking style originated centuries ago in Japan, where fishermen needed a way to cook on their boats. They encased charcoal in stone or sand, providing both a cooking space and a source of heat. Today, the chefs at Blue Ocean Robata grill over the same hardwood charcoal to maintain precise temperatures, constantly tending the grill to achieve perfection.

In addition to the grilled dishes, Blue Ocean Robata also features an incredible sushi menu with some of the freshest fish in the area. You will truly enjoy a dining experience filled with unforgettable dishes and a unique cultural scene.

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Paon Restaurant and Wine Bar

Paon Restaurant and Wine Bar offers French cuisine with California influences, beautiful patio dining, and elegant Art Deco decor in an intimate setting. The menu at Paon features seasonal, locally grown produce for fine-dining lovers from all over the world. This special dining space spotlights organic prime meats, game and fish, all prepared with traditional French sophistication. Enjoy the beautiful lounge with an old Hollywood vibe and enjoy your dinner outside on the patio where you can soak in the beauty of the downtown Carlsbad Village.

Before or after dinner you can enjoy a French wine tasting in Paon’s retail wine shop.

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Pizza Port

“Our goal is only met if we make you happy and you have a great time, EVERY TIME!”

Pizza Port is a San Diego must-do, and a favorite among locals and visitors alike. After a day surfing and sand castle-making, a stop at casual Pizza Port for a local pie and beer is a perfect end to your San Diego beach day.

Pizzas are categorized by: Original Pizzas, Anti-Wimpy Pizzas, and Create Your Own. Try the Pizza Laguna with the signature whole-grain beer crust. Or opt for the Pizza Carlsbad with pesto, mesquite grilled chicken, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and feta cheese.

There is plenty of local beer to choose from to pair with your perfect pizza pie. So far, all of the Pizza Port locations in San Diego collectively have won over 91 medals/awards from the Great American Beer Festival.

Courtesy of @pizzaportbrewingco

Have you tried an unforgettable restaurant near our MarBrisa Resort in Carlsbad, San Diego? We would love to hear your favorites!   

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