After eating my way through the town, I'm excited to share my top picks with you. From sushi to pizza, there's something for everyone on this list of seven must-try restaurants.

So grab a fork and let's dig in!

Union Kitchen and Tap

Union Kitchen and Tap
🗺️ 1108 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
☎️ 760-230-2337
🌐 Website
Sunday: 9 AM–12 AM
Monday: 11 AM–12 AM
Tuesday: 11 AM–12 AM
Wednesday: 11 AM–12 AM
Thursday: 11 AM–12 AM
Friday: 11 AM–2 AM
Saturday: 9 AM–2 AM

As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by the chic and rustic decor. The menu had many innovative options that left me drooling. My favorite dish was the delectable short rib grilled cheese sandwich, which was a perfect blend of savory flavors. The drink menu also did not disappoint with their creative cocktails and impressive selection of craft beers.

The service was top-notch, and our server was very knowledgeable about the menu, making excellent recommendations. Although the prices were a bit on the higher side, it's definitely worth indulging in such an heavenly culinary experience.

If you're looking for a night out with friends or a romantic dinner date spot, Union Kitchen and Tap is definitely worth checking out!

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Nectarine Grove

Nectarine Grove
🗺️ 948 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
☎️ 760-944-4525
🌐 Website
Sunday: 8 AM–7 PM
Monday: 8 AM–7 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM–7 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM–7 PM
Thursday: 8 AM–7 PM
Friday: 8 AM–7 PM
Saturday: 8 AM–7 PM

Walking into Nectarine Grove, I was immediately struck by the vibrant and modern decor. The menu features a variety of farm-to-table dishes that are both healthy and delicious. I tried the hearty mushroom risotto and it did not disappoint! The staff was friendly and attentive, making for an overall enjoyable dining experience. If you're looking for a place to satisfy your taste buds while also getting some Instagram-worthy photos, Nectarine Grove is definitely worth a visit.

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Lobster West

Lobster West
🗺️ 765 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
☎️ 760-634-1684
🌐 Website
Sunday: 11 AM–8 PM
Monday: 11 AM–8 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM–8 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–8 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–8 PM
Friday: 11 AM–8 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–8 PM

I must say, I felt like royalty as soon as I stepped inside. The elegant decor and welcoming staff set the mood for a luxurious dining experience. As for the food, oh my goodness, the lobster rolls were to die for! The fresh succulent meat is drenched in buttery goodness and served on a perfectly toasted bun. It's no wonder why they call it Lobster West because their lobster rolls are truly the best in town. Don't forget to try their clam chowder, it's so good you'll want to take a bath in it!

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Death By Tequila

Death By Tequila
🗺️ 569 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
☎️ 760-795-9143
🌐 Website
Sunday: 11 AM–9 PM
Monday: 11 AM–9 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM–9 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–9 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–9 PM
Friday: 11 AM–12 AM
Saturday: 11 AM–12 AM

This place is not for the faint of heart, as their name suggests. But don't worry, you won't actually die by tequila here, unless you really overdo it on their extensive selection of tequilas and mezcals. The atmosphere is laid-back and chic with a modern twist on traditional Mexican decor. The menu boasts a unique fusion of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. I highly recommend trying their guacamole with grasshoppers if you're feeling adventurous or their short rib tacos for something more traditional, but equally delicious. The drinks are just as impressive as the food, with creative concoctions like the Smoked Pineapple Margarita and the Dragonfruit Mojito. My only complaint? I wish they had bigger glasses because I could have sipped on those all night. Overall, Death By Tequila is a must-visit spot for any foodie or tequila lover in Encinitas.

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GOODONYA Organic Eatery

GOODONYA Organic Eatery
🗺️ 1051 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
☎️ 858-264-8550
🌐 Website
Sunday: 7 AM–5 PM
Monday: 7 AM–5 PM
Tuesday: 7 AM–5 PM
Wednesday: 7 AM–5 PM
Thursday: 7 AM–9 PM
Friday: 7 AM–9 PM
Saturday: 7 AM–9 PM

First of all, the restaurant's atmosphere is inviting and cozy, with a touch of rustic charm. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I was impressed by their menu featuring organic and locally sourced ingredients. I ordered the Grass-Fed Beef Burger which was cooked to perfection and had an explosion of flavors in every bite. And let's not forget about the delicious sweet potato fries that were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

But what really stood out to me was their commitment to sustainability. From using biodegradable straws to composting food waste, GOODONYA goes above and beyond to reduce their environmental impact. It's like they're saying "hey mother nature, we got your back".

Overall, I highly recommend giving GOODONYA Organic Eatery a try if you're looking for a tasty meal that's also good for the planet. You won't be disappointed!

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Firenze Trattoria

Firenze Trattoria
🗺️ 162 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024
☎️ 760-944-9000
🌐 Website
Sunday: 4–9 PM
Monday: 11:30 AM–3 PM
Monday: 4–9 PM
Tuesday: 11:30 AM–3 PM
Tuesday: 4–9 PM
Wednesday: 11:30 AM–3 PM
Wednesday: 4–9 PM
Thursday: 11:30 AM–3 PM
Thursday: 4–9 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM–3 PM
Friday: 4–9 PM
Saturday: 11:30 AM–3 PM
Saturday: 4–9 PM

Upon entering, I was immediately transported to the streets of Italy with its cozy and intimate atmosphere. The menu offered an exquisite selection of authentic Italian dishes that made my taste buds dance with joy. The succulent Osso Bucco and homemade pasta were standouts, while the Tiramisu for dessert was simply divine.

The service was impeccable too! Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and had great recommendations. It's obvious that Firenze Trattoria takes great pride in their food and service, which is always a winning combination.

If you're in Encinitas looking for a new Italian spot to try, I highly recommend giving Firenze Trattoria a chance- it's sure to impress even the most discerning palates!

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The Kebab Shop

The Kebab Shop
🗺️ 132 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
☎️ 760-634-9822
🌐 Website
Sunday: 10:30 AM–9 PM
Monday: 10:30 AM–9 PM
Tuesday: 10:30 AM–9 PM
Wednesday: 10:30 AM–9 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM–9 PM
Friday: 10:30 AM–9 PM
Saturday: 10:30 AM–9 PM

Walking into The Kebab Shop, I was hit with the savory aroma of grilling meat and spices. The menu offered a broad range of options, from tender lamb kebab to crispy falafel. And let me tell you, the hummus was divine. The staff were friendly and helpful in choosing dishes to suit my tastes. Overall, The Kebab Shop is a fantastic addition to the Encinitas food scene that'll leave your taste buds wanting more!

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Brad Thomas

With a true passion for exploring all that San Diego has to offer, Brad takes great pleasure in discovering new spots and sharing his experiences with his readers. From hidden gems to tried-and-true favorites, he doesn't miss a beat when it comes to exploring different corners of town. When he's not writing or dining out, Brad can be found soaking up some sunshine at the beach or taking an outdoor adventure around SoCal.