San Diego’s Oldest Restaurants


You can never go wrong with a classic restaurant. Dive into some local history and please your taste buds along the way at one of San Diego’s Oldest Restaurants. These restaurants have been in continual operation, most in the same location, and many by the same owners!


(1933) Las Cuatro Milpas: Homemade tortillas are calling your name at this beloved Mexican restaurant known for its authentic dishes like mouthwatering tamales and tacos, and its charming picnic-table décor.


(1933) The Waterfront Bar & Grill: Burgers, burritos, and breakfast are hits at this Little Italy establishment that has been dubbed San Diego’s Oldest Tavern.


(1934) Tobey’s 19th Hole Café: Good comfort food and great views can be found here. Enjoy your meal looking out at a gorgeous green course and San Diego skyline.


(1937) Turkey Inn: Located in Ramona, stop in for darts, pool, and tunes on the jukebox at this local pub that is welcoming to neighbors and visitors alike.


(1938) San Diego Chicken Pie Shop: Break into a delicious, fresh-baked chicken or turkey pot pie that is smothered in gravy at this long-loved establishment. And make sure to grab one of their dessert pies before you head out.


(1940) Café La Maze Steakhouse: Soak in the nostalgia of the big red booths and vintage ambiance while you delve into a mouth-watering, juicy steak just the way you like it in the oldest steakhouse in San Diego.


(1940) El Indio: Since 1940, it has been dedicated to serving the finest Mexican food north of the border. Serving up Great Sonoran style Mexican Food, El Indio is a favorite among many due to their generous portions, quality ingredients, and flavorful food.


(1941) Clayton’s Coffee Shop: Jump back in time at this 40’s classic American diner in Coronado where you can get a great cup of coffee, hand-scooped ice cream, and homemade meals that will have you coming back.


(1941) The Marine Room: This restaurant in La Jolla takes ocean view to the next level. Dine on exceptional dishes featuring locally sourced seafood as the waves crash against the windows during high tide.


(1944) Hob Nob Hill: Here you will find scratch-made comfort food like their chicken n’ dumplings. But do not sleep on their breakfast either, which has been renowned as one of the best in San Diego.


(1946) Pernicano’s Family Ristorante: When the recipes are handed down by generations, you know the food is going to be good. Located in El Cajon dine on classic Italian favorites like white pizza, garlic cheese bread, and chicken parmigiana with a hand-crafted touch.


(1946) Rainbow Oaks Café: Dig into traditional American cuisine in a lodge-like ambiance that will having you feeling cozy and content.


(1946) Tony’s Jacal: This authentic Mexican restaurant was started right out the home of original owner’s parents. Since then, the space has been expanded but the legacy has continued.


(1947) Aero Club: Decked out in pinball machines and signature lights, this watering hole is well-known amongst locals and now they have Space Kat BBQ on-site served out of huge smokers to keep you well fed.


(1947) The Barbecue Pit: With locations in National City and Fletcher Hills its traditions are rooted in Texas barbeque expertise, you will be drooling over their slow-cooked, choice-cut meats that can be paired with all your favorite sides.


(1948) Red Tracton’s Steakhouse: Expect to eat very well when you come here as guests rave about generous portions and tender, deliciously seasoned steaks.


(1949) Rudford’s Restaurant: This diner serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner 24/7 in the heart of North Park. You can get a burger, perfectly cooked pancakes, or even a shake with mix-ins to satisfy your sweet tooth.


(1950) Filippi’s Pizza Grotto: The Little Italy market and restaurant is their oldest location where you can stop in and enjoy extra cheesy pizza, pasta topped with rich sauces, and fresh cannoli.


(1950) Turf Supper Club: At San Diego’s original grill-your-own supper club and bar, you can cook up your own steak to perfection on their hot, self-service grill.


(1959) Harbor House: This family run restaurant in Oceanside is known for their welcoming atmosphere and breakfast including their lobster benedict, hearty scrambles, and gluten free pancakes. Owner Anthony Spano has also been an avid supporter of the people in his community.