San Diego

Coronado has everything you need for an amazing beach getaway – shopping, dining, recreation, and beautiful sights!  But given the close proximity to downtown San Diego, many Loews Coronado Bay guests opt to take a day trip to explore.


No car is needed for this adventure — hop onto the Coronado Ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing to head over to Broadway Pier.  Rates and schedule can be found here.  Once you’re in San Diego, it’s a leisurely 10-minute walk to the Gaslamp District.  Now the fun begins!  Here are a few of my suggestions on how to enjoy a day and evening in the city.

Start with Lunch

Downtown Fish Joint: a hole-in-the-wall seafood “joint”, famous for its taco plates and waffle fries. The portions are large, so a single taco plate can easily feed two adults or three kids!

Hodad’s: a San Diego must-try, known for their huge messy burgers and divine milkshakes. If you’re daring, try the Guido Burger, which was inspired by Food Network’s Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dines – a burger served with pastrami, ketchup, pickles, swiss cheese, grilled onions and spicy brown mustard.

Salad Style: a healthy lunch option that highlights local, sustainable and organic ingredients. The salads and pizzas are wonderful!

Shop until you Drop

Horton Plaza: a five-level outdoor shopping center with more than 100 specialty stores including Nordstrom and Macy’s. The center is known for its brightly colored facades and “experience architecture”, referring to its unconventional design.

Settle in for Dinner

Rei Do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse: this option is for the extremely hungry! Try all-you-can-eat tender and savory meats, as well as an extensive salad bar of over 40 different salads, side dishes, and meat selections.

Sushi Deli: known for  having a huge selection of affordable rolls. Try the San Diego Roll, which consists of lobster mix, crab mix, spicy tuna, crab surimi and cream cheese and then deep-fried to perfection.

La Puerta: bottomless chips and salsa are addicting, but be sure to save room for carne asada fries – another must-try when in San Diego.  Note: All drinks and appetizers are half off all night long on Mondays!

After-Dinner Drinks

Vin de Syrah Spirit & Wine Parlor: not your typical bar, with its unique speakeasy vibe (complete with a hidden door) and “Alice in Wonderland” theme. Enjoy a wide array of wines and cocktail and eclectic DJ’s. Note: The cheese and chocolate board is fantastic.

Neighborhood: small, trendy bar with delicious share plates that are sure to satisfy any craving – chorizo corn dogs, jalapeno mac & cheese, truffle popcorn, fries, you name it. And the garlic aioli tastes good on everything!

Late-Night Bites

Brian’s 24: looking for a bite to eat at 3am?  Brian’s serves oversized portions of homestyle comfort food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Try the chicken and waffles!

Istanbul Café: hummus and homemade bread, delicious shawarmas and plates. Open until 3am on the Fridays and Saturdays and until 12am the rest of the week.

A word to the wise: go to San Diego hungry and work off the great meals by walking the Gaslamp District in between stops.

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