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2009-2010 DELEGATE GUIDE San Diego Convention Center

GUIDE 2012-2013





111 W. Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 525-5000 Fax: (619) 525-5005



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Copyright ©2012 by the San Diego Convention Center Corporation (SDCCC). No portion of this publication may be stored in a retrieval system, transmitted or reproduced in any way without the express written permission of the SDCCC. The SDCCC makes no endorsement, representation or warranty regarding any goods or services advertised or listed in this publication.

Welcome to San Diego, America’s Finest City!

As the nation’s eighth-largest city, San Diego boasts a vibrant economy and easygoing lifestyle that makes it the perfect place to conduct business and relax – all in one trip. While you’re in town, you’ll have the opportunity to experience San Diego for yourself and discover why our city has earned a worldwide reputation as a top vacation, convention and meeting destination. San Diego is known for its near-perfect climate and 70 miles of beautiful beaches, but the region is blessed with more than just sunshine. San Diego offers a wealth of riches including a relaxed and friendly spirit that characterizes the best of Southern California. The San Diego Zoo, the Gaslamp Quarter, PETCO Park and other world-renowned family attractions are special treasures that both visitors and locals enjoy year-round. I’m proud of our great city, and I invite you to enjoy all that it has to offer. San Diego’s many charms are hard to resist, and you’ll soon discover why many attendees “Come for the convention and stay for the vacation.” Sincerely,

Jerry Sanders Mayor City of San Diego

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What’s Inside Finding your way around San Diego

8  General Information

Helpful hints for making the most of your visit. 10 7 Things You Must Do in San Diego 11 Between Meetings 12 Concierge 13 Safety Tips

16 San Diego’s


From Little Italy to Old Town, San Diego’s neighborhoods offer diversity, international flair and adventure.

28 San Diego Beaches

 A trip to San Diego wouldn’t be complete without visiting the beach. Find your favorite or visit them all.

32 D ining


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 From fine seaside cuisine to casual fare, dining San Diego style is always delicious and diverse. 38 Lunch on the Run 50 Restaurant Listings

60 After Dark

 You’ve worked hard all day. Now it’s time to enjoy San Diego’s lively nightlife. 62 Breweries

64 San Diego Shopping

 San Diego is a shopper’s paradise.

68 Arts & Culture

 Whether you’re in the mood for a day at the museum or an evening at the theater, you’ve come to the right city. 70 Balboa Park 72 On Exhibit 75 Hot Tickets

76 Attractions & Action

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 From exotic creatures at our worldfamous zoo to our world-championship golf courses, the action never stops in San Diego. 79 Play by the Bay 80 Golf


San Diego Maps

 Simple guides for getting around. 82 Downtown San Diego 82b San Diego County


Information General

Attending a convention or meeting in San Diego is easy and convenient. Here is some basic information to help you with common needs. Airport The San Diego International Airport is three miles from downtown San Diego and the Convention Center. For terminal and airline information, call (619) 4002404 or visit

Lobby B or check with our concierge in Lobbies B and E for car rental information.

Coffee You’ll find three Starbucks locations in the Convention Center in Lobbies A, C and E, offering beverages, pastries and more. Days and hours vary based upon convention activity.

Quick Food

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ATM Need cash? Two permanent ATM’s are in the Convention Center in Lobbies B and E.

Business Center FedEx Office is conveniently located in the Convention Center in Lobby D and specializes in digital distribution and printing of conference materials. Call (619) 525-5450 or just stop by.

Car Rental Need your own vehicle? Head to the Convention Center’s activity display in


Pick up breakfast, lunch or a cold beverage at Tides, the Convention Center’s on-site restaurant. Check with the Convention Center’s concierge for hours as they vary based on event activity, or ask them about other dining options.

Parking Private vehicle parking is available in the underground garage at the Convention Center and the garage adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, just east of the facility. The cost is $10 to $20 per vehicle depending upon event activity.

Getting Around San Diego’s familiar red trolleys are a fun, fast and easy way to get around town. There are two stops right across the street from the Convention Center. Tickets are available at the trolley station.

For an alternative mode of transportation around downtown, try riding a bike, hailing a pedicab, or powering around on a Segway. Ask the Convention Center concierge in Lobbies B and E for information.

Taxi Service One of the Convention Center’s whitegloved attendants stationed throughout the lobby would be happy to flag a cab for you. You can also call: Yellow Cab (619) 444-4444 American Cab (619) 234-1111 San Diego Cab (800) 368-2947 USA Cab (619) 231-1144 Orange Cab (619) 223-5555

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Wi-Fi The Convention Center offers free Wi-Fi in ground-level lobby areas A-H and Tides Restaurant so you can check your email or browse the web. A nominal fee may apply for additional services requiring more bandwidth throughout the rest of our facility.



Take in the view while admiring “Flama de la Amistad,” a stunning 20-foot sculpture on the Convention Center’s bayside.

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San Diego

7 things to do while you’re in


Hit the Beach

Take advantage of our 70-plus miles of beautiful beaches and make sure the folks back home know you’ve been in sunny San Diego. Don’t forget sunscreen! 2 Walk Around San Diego’s Sizzling Gaslamp Quarter

This 16-block area has an energetic vibe with premier dining, exciting nightlife, unique shopping and diverse entertainment making it a must-do. 3

Check Out the Cuisine Scene

Someone once said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Have no fear. San Diego is a top restaurant destination with endless options from fine dining to fish tacos (try one!).

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Attraction Action

Hands down, make it a priority to visit the world famous San Diego Zoo, Safari Park or SeaWorld San Diego (home of Shamu!). 5

Visit Our Cultural Treasures

Balboa Park has 15 world-class museums set among picturesque gardens and stunning architecture. Or try the USS Midway Museum honoring 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. 6

Play Ball

Catch MLB action at one of the nation’s newest ballparks, PETCO Park. If you’re a golfer, hit the links at one of our championship courses. 7

Shop ‘Til You Drop

San Diego is a shopper’s paradise with upscale malls, boutiques, galleries, outlet centers and antique shops throughout the city.


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Between Meetings You’re between meetings at the Convention Center and have a couple of hours to spare. Here are a few ways to make the most of it!

Walk Along the Waterfront Sparkling blue water and stunning city views await you as you walk north along the Embarcadero running path. Pick it up directly behind the Convention Center.

Take a City Tour

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An Old Town Trolley Tour is the best way to see our city. Hop on at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina or Hilton San Diego Bayfront, adjacent to the Convention Center.

Diego’s urban playground – the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village – filled with sidewalk cafés, specialty boutiques, fine dining and more.

Explore Downtown

Go on a behind-the-scenes guided tour of San Diego’s iconic ballpark. Sail across Harbor Drive on the pedestrian bridge and you’re there! Tours offered seven days a week.

Head across the street from the Convention Center to experience San

Check Out PETCO Park



San Diego has a rich nautical history that includes the Star of India, the world’s oldest active working ship. See it up close by walking north along the path behind the Convention Center about 20 minutes.

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Concierge Your source for all things San Diego… What Can We Do For You?

Dining Options

• Make restaurant reservations

The Convention Center’s concierge provides menus, pricing and directions to the region’s finest restaurants. With the help of our friendly concierge staff, your plans will be made in no time.

•S  uggest the best places and great deals on food, entertainment and transportation •G  ive you easy-to-follow directions to anywhere in the city •D  irect you to hip nightclubs in the Gaslamp and elsewhere •S  ell you tickets for many popular attractions like whale watching, museums and dinner cruises •R  ecommend attractions and activities to match your time and temperament

Activity Display & Brochure Wall Looking for something fun to do on a free afternoon or evening? Look no further than the activity display opposite the concierge desk in Lobby B for ideas.



Check in with the Convention Center concierge desks in Lobbies B or E for discounts to restaurants, major attractions, activities and more!

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Safety Tips Visitor

San Diego is not only America’s Finest City, it’s one of America’s safest cities. Scan these tips to make your time in our city even more enjoyable and safe. Basics:

Remember to remove badges when leaving the convention area. When traveling at night, choose sidewalks in lighted areas and avoid walking alone. When walking or sightseeing, ask the hotel staff or the Convention

Center concierge for directions and the best way to get there. When traveling with kids and visiting local attractions, dress them in bright clothing and designate a meeting site in case anyone gets lost.

Getting Around:

The airport is only three miles from the Convention Center. Make sure the taxi driver starts the meter and don’t pay more than the metered amount. Gratuities are accepted. Pedicabs are a fun way to see the sights, but make sure the fare is posted before getting aboard and fasten your seatbelt. If you’re taking public transportation, check the current trolley or bus schedules. This information can be obtained from hotel staff or the Convention Center concierge. When at an airport, train or bus terminal, never leave your luggage unattended.


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Metropolitan Transit System MTS buses and trolleys go where the fun is! Ride the bus or trolley to many popular San Diego destinations, including the Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town, SeaWorld, Coronado, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. Going shopping? Just jump on the trolley for Fashion Valley. Going to the beach? From Old Town, MTS buses make frequent trips to Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Point Loma and La Jolla. The trolley also stops at PETCO Park for Padres games and at Qualcomm Stadium for Chargers games. It’s more fun when you save! Purchase a $5 Day Pass and get unlimited rides on MTS buses and trolleys. Single day and multiple day passes are also sold at all trolley station ticket machines and onboard MTS buses. Visit for easy trip planning, or view bus and trolley route maps and schedules.

Special Services Bus and trolley services throughout San Diego

Hours 7 days a week. Early morning to late night

Prices $5 Day Pass = Unlimited rides on MTS, $2 Compass Card

Helpful Hint Buy Day Passes at trolley stations or onboard MTS buses

Unique Feature Phone: (619) 233-3004 or 511; TTY/TDD (619) 234-5005 24-Hour Info: (619) 685-4900 or 511 Web:


All MTS trolleys and buses are wheelchair accessible

10 Miles LA JOLLA

8 Miles

6 Miles OLD TOWN 4 Miles




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Neighborhoods San Diego’s

San Diego is an eclectic mix of urban chic, relaxed beach and Old California. Our sun-drenched city has many enchanting and unique neighborhoods to explore – for an hour or an entire afternoon!


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Gaslamp Quarter The

The Vibe:

Whether you’re looking for an upscale night out on the town or a casual evening with new friends, the Gaslamp Quarter has it all. This 16-block urban paradise includes some of Southern California’s finest dining, nightclubs and cutting-edge fashion.

Why You Should Go: Because you’re already there! The Gaslamp Quarter is right across the street from the Convention Center and makes for a great day of shopping or an excellent night of entertainment. Visit Horton Plaza with more than 100 stores in an open-air setting. Dine at a street-side café, a five-star restaurant or an ethnic enclave. Enjoy the pulsating sounds of the Gaslamp Quarter at night by visiting one of the many nightclubs or hip rooftop lounges found in the district. Get There:

The fun begins just a few steps away from the Convention Center. Just cross the street at 5th Avenue and enjoy!



Salsa, mambo and cha cha the night away at Sevilla Nightclub, free salsa lessons are offered on Wednesday nights. On weekends, party like a rock star at 207 located in the Hard Rock Hotel. Or you can chill out at Croce’s Jazz Bar to live music every night.

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Embarcadero The Vibe:

Need a breather? The Embarcadero is a popular spot among conventiongoers to escape and soak up San Diego’s charming bayfront ambiance. Stretch your legs along four miles of winding bayside paths, grab a bite to eat or find a unique gift.

Why You Should Go: Seaport Village is San Diego’s version of a quaint, seaside fishing village where you can find shopping, waterfront dining, street performers and great paths for walking and jogging. If you feel the urge to free your inner child, ride the historic carousel built in 1895. Get There:

Walk north along the bayside path behind the Convention Center.



Explore a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century at the USS Midway Museum. Nearby is the inspiring Greatest Generation Collection, an art collection honoring those who served in World War II to present day.

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Little Italy The Vibe:

You’re surrounded by old world charm in one of San Diego’s oldest ethnic communities. With a happening arts scene, unique boutiques and enough pasta and gelato to make you feel as though you’re on the piazza in Rome, Little Italy is not to be missed.

Why You Should Go: Originally home to Italian fisherman that built up the region’s tuna fishing industry, Little Italy has undergone a dramatic renaissance that has turned it into one of the most charming communities in San Diego boasting incredible restaurants, delis, bars and shops. Grab a slice of pizza and watch the neighbors play stickball. Or visit one of the many fine arts and antiques shops in the district. Get There:

Take a five-minute taxi ride from the Convention Center or ride the San Diego Trolley’s Blue Line.




The San Diego Firehouse Museum’s brick-and-mortar building on Columbia Street houses fire-fighting gear and memorabilia dating back 100 years and pays tribute to firefighters who have answered the call of duty.

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Old Town



Go to the Old Town Saturday Market, a free local artisan street fair on Harney Street. Held every Saturday, you’ll find local hand-made works, paintings, jewelry, pottery, clothing, blown glass and there’s always live music.

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The Vibe:

Considered the birthplace of California, Old Town is rich in history and is the site of the first Spanish settlement. Savor the smell of fresh tortillas and the music of Mariachi bands as you wind through old California streets.


Why You Should Go: Old Town’s many historic landmarks and attractions including Presidio Park and the Whaley House (said to be haunted!) are must sees. Stroll through Fiesta de Reyes for a historic shopping and dining experience. Be sure to check out Bazaar del Mundo’s boutiques, handcrafted arts and gifts as well as some of the best Mexican food in San Diego. Que bueno! Get There:

Just a short taxi ride from the Convention Center or catch the San Diego Trolley’s Blue Line in front of the Convention Center.



Beaches The

of San Diego

Coronado Beach The Scene: Twenty-eight miles of clean, uncrowded and awe-inspiring beaches await you in Coronado – just a few miles away from downtown geographically, but half a world away in terms of relaxation and ambiance.

What To Do: Enjoy ocean views and fine dining at the historic Hotel del Coronado. Meander along the shore and enjoy the warm sand beneath your feet while watching the waves roll in. Or rent a bike and pedal along the waterfront, then grab lunch or go shopping at the Coronado Ferry Landing.

Get There: Motor across the bay on the Coronado Ferry, available at 5th Avenue Landing behind the Convention Center. Or take a taxi over the Coronado Bridge.



One of Coronado’s most charming features is how unnecessary a car is. Consider renting a bike to explore the neighborhoods. Bikes are permitted on the pedestrian ferry that takes you across the bay.

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san diego beaches Pacific Beach The Scene: You know you’ve arrived in California when you sink your feet into the sand at Pacific Beach. This is the quintessential West Coast beach with sunbathers, surfers and the glittering blue ocean stretching as far as the eye can see.

What to Do: Hit the beach! Rent a surf board, boogie board or roller blades along the boardwalk.



For family fun, Belmont Park in Mission Beach can’t be beat! Ride the historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, classic Tilt-A-Whirl or three-story Vertical Plunge. Play arcades, midway-style games or a round of mini golf.

Ocean Beach

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The Scene: A counter-cultural hub in the 1960s, this beach retains its funky charm from those bygone days. A blend of young, old and canine (this is a favorite dog-friendly beach among locals), the atmosphere is contagiously easy-going.

What to Do: Explore tide pools at the foot of Newport Avenue, home to San Diego’s largest antique district. Stroll down Ocean Beach Pier, the longest on the West Coast.

Get There: Your best bet is to rent a car. Ocean Beach is seven miles from downtown and Pacific Beach is about 10. Photos: ©Brett Shoaf



san diego beaches La Jolla Beaches The Scene: One visit to La Jolla’s beaches and you’ll see why it’s called ‘the jewel’ of San Diego. Windansea Beach, with incredible surf breaks, is perfect for surfing buffs.

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The Children’s Pool is a tiny cove that’s a haven for California sea lions and a favorite spot for watching wildlife. La Jolla Shores is popular with families thanks to its wide sandy beaches, gentle surf and play area. There’s also a boardwalk perfect for strolling or bike cruising. La Jolla Cove is a paradise for swimmers, divers or snorkelers. Enjoy bright orange Garibaldi, halfmoon and shovelnose guitar fish gliding by.

What to Do: La Jolla’s stunning seaside scenery makes it a mecca for shutterbugs. So bring your camera and get ready to make some memories.

Get There: Your best bet is to rent a car and drive 30 minutes north from the Convention Center.


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In the Heart of Downtown

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The Gaslamp Quarter is packed with dozens of world-class restaurants of all varieties. Whether you’re looking for a quick but hearty lunch between meetings or a fancy night out on the town, the Gaslamp won’t disappoint.

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Authentic Mexican Food San Diego and Mexican cuisine go hand in hand. No need to cross the border into Mexico, spicy favorites can be sampled in nearby Old Town or downtown, close to the Convention Center. Experience traditional tacos, enchiladas, muy buena carne asada or fine dining emphasizing the best of Latin culture. Let the smell of freshly made tortillas be your guide! ©Cohn Restaurant Group

Seaside Elegance


Nothing sets the mood better than sparkling oceanfront dining and fresh seafood. Head to the Embarcadero to taste the bounties of the Pacific Ocean or hop on the ferry to Coronado for bistro dining along the bay. Nearby Shelter Island and Harbor Island also offer inspired seafood faire with incredible views.


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San Diego is home to a diverse — and delicious — restaurant scene. From fresh seafood served along the waterfront to authentic Mexican cuisine, we’ve got it all. ©Hornblower Cruises

Taste the World Take your taste buds on a trip around the world while you’re in San Diego. Fill up on Italian food in Little Italy, venture into downtown for Thai or Indian, or explore the Gaslamp Quarter for your favorite global cuisine.



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Lunch on the Run The food court at Westfield Horton Plaza offers a quick outdoor respite and good food if you’re in a hurry. Located on the fourth level between 1st and 4th Avenues and G Street and Broadway, a variety of tasty food from steak sandwiches to hearty soups and gourmet Mexican tacos can be smelled wafting through the air. Quick cravings can also be satisfied at Seaport Village by walking a short distance up the bayside path behind the Convention Center where you’ll find a variety of smaller eateries offering everything from gyros to burgers and pizza.



Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, host of TLC’s Mega Bites and past Bravo Top Chef finalist, is serving up American Classic Cuisine at Searsucker in the Gaslamp Quarter. The emphasis is on approachable and unpretentious dishes paired with local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails and one-of-a-kind wines from around the world.

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Rei Do Gado Brazilian Steak House Hungry? Looking for a unique experience? Come to the meat lover’s paradise! Enjoy Brazilian barbecue, better known as Churrasco, a unique way of roasting meat over mesquite flame that preserves tenderness and gives an unmatched taste. When arriving at Rei Do Gado, you will enjoy an unlimited buffet of mouth-watering traditional Brazilian dishes and a large salad bar. A variety of skewers of mesquitebroiled cuts will arrive at your table until you will say “I quit!” Rei do Gado is the perfect place for lunch or dinner with a diverse wine selection and exotic Brazilian cocktails that are guaranteed to satisfy. When you think you have seen it all, you will indulge in the most delicious desserts in the world. Rei Do Gado is a tradition that unites friends and family and will keep you coming back for more! Location: 939 4th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter Phone: (619) 702-8464 Web:

Cuisine Genre Brazilian steak house

Serving Hours L D Sun-Thu 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

Getting There Short walk from SDCC

Entree Prices $$$ $20-$50

House Specialty Unlimited grilled meats with large salad & hot dishes buffet, Caipirinha (Brazilian cocktail)


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Hard Rock Cafe See the show. Meet. Greet. Rock. Party. A short walk from the San Diego Convention Center, the Hard Rock Cafe San Diego is the perfect venue to celebrate and congregate following the day’s activities. If unbeatable service, delicious food and great music are important to you, then come see the show! Join us for our daily half-price happy hour. Don’t forget to check out the Rock Shop for San Diego’s best rock-inspired fashions and gifts. Present this ad to receive 20% off food, non-alcoholic beverages and rock shop merchandise. Location: 801 4th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter Phone: (619) 615-7625 Web:

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Getting There


6 blocks north of SDCC

Serving Hours L D Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am

Entree Prices $

Cuisine Genre

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5 blocks north of SDCC


House Specialty Legendary 10 oz. Burger menu

Mint Downtown Thai Authentic, sophisticated and affordable. Mint Downtown Thai brings the traditional taste of Thailand to downtown San Diego. Executive Chef Ratchai Duangploy takes your taste buds to Thailand with authentic culinary creations featuring mouthwatering appetizers, delectable entrees and delicious desserts. Black leather booths, granite tables and a modern lighting scheme add another level of sophistication to the interior décor of Mint Downtown Thai. Location: 732 4th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter Phone: (619) 546-8424 Web:


Serving Hours L D Sun-Thu 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

Entree Prices $ Up to $20

House Specialty Lunch specials ‘til 3pm Mon - Fri

san diego dining 1500 OCEAN Hotel del Coronado

On the Menu: Contemporary coastal cuisine

The Del’s signature oceanfront restaurant utilizes fresh, on-site ingredients and features modern design, sublime service and exceptional wine.

Getting There: Short cab or ferry ride

1500 Orange Ave., Coronado (619) 522-8490 |

Cheese Shop Restaurant One of the last true old fashioned “mom & pop” shops serving homemade breakfast and classic handcrafted sandwiches in a beautiful Victorian hotel. 311 Island Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619) 232-2303 | Open daily for breakfast and lunch

Chianti Authentic Italian cuisine and an extraordinary wine selection in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Patio seating and private rooms available. 644 5th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619) 235-8144 | Lunch: 11am-4pm, Dinner: 4pm-11pm




Prices $$$

On the Menu: Best deli downtown Getting There: Corner of 4th and Island Serving


Prices $

On the Menu: Italian cuisine Getting There: 7 minute walk from SDCC, up 5th Serving


Prices $$$

san diego dining Hornblower Cruises & Events Hornblower offers a deliciously different dining experience, combining the best cuisine on the Bay with exquisite views, music and first-class service. 970 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero (619) 686-8715 | Ticket Booth: 8:30am-7pm Mon-Sun

La Fiesta Authentic Mexican cuisine, with a collection of specialty margaritas. Patio seating and private rooms available. Daily happy hour! 628 5th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619) 232-4242 | Lunch: 11am-4pm, Dinner: 4pm-late

Lotus Thai Downtown Award-winning, elegant and authentic Lotus Thai downtown, presents the favors of regional recipes from Bangkok and southern Thailand. 906 Market St., East Village (619) 595-0115 | Lunch: 11am-3pm, Dinner: 5pm-10pm (11pm Fri-Sat)

The Old Spaghetti Factory For over 40 years, families and friends have been coming to enjoy the delicious food at an affordable price, charming atmosphere and friendly service. 275 5th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619) 233-4323 | Lunch and dinner daily

Ocean Room Step in to see why Ocean Room is a destination for seafood lovers. You’ll come back for more once you taste the handmade sushi and fresh oysters. 630 5th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619) 501-6550 | Dinner: 4pm-late

Operacaffe Authentic Tuscan cuisine prepared by Tuscan chefs. Experience the taste and atmosphere of Florence right here in San Diego. 835 4th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619) 234-6538 | Lunch: 11am-3pm (except Sun), Dinner: 3pm-10pm

On the Menu: Salad, 8 oz. bistro steak or chicken and dessert Getting There: 5 minutes from SDCC Serving

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Prices $$$$

On the Menu: Authentic Mexican food Getting There: 5 minutes from SDCC Serving


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On the Menu: Happy hour, lunch special, vegetarian friendly Getting There: Short walk from SDCC Serving


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On the Menu: Family-friendly Italian Getting There: Corner of 5th and K Serving


Prices $

On the Menu: Seafood & sushi Getting There: 7 minute walk from SDCC, up 5th Serving


Prices $$$

On the Menu: Italian cuisine Getting There: 5 minute walk from SDCC Serving


Prices $$


san diego dining Pacific Fish Company All the sports and great food to please any sports fan or hungry appetite. Featuring burgers, fresh seafood and baja-style tacos with two daily happy hours. 601 Pacific Hwy., Downtown (619) 239-2400 | 11am-1am, Happy Hour: 4pm-7pm, 11pm-close

Peohe’s Located on the water’s edge in Coronado, Peohe’s offers breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline, an exceptional menu and warm hospitality. 1201 1st St., Coronado (619) 437-4474 | Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner: 5pm

Rei Do Gado Brazilian Steak House One price allows you to eat unlimited charcoalgrilled meats accompanied by mouth-watering traditional Brazilian dishes and a large salad buffet. 939 4th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619) 702-8464 | Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

On the Menu: American cuisine Getting There: Located adjacent to Embassy Suites Serving


Prices $

On the Menu: Asian/Polynesian/Pacific Rim, seafood, steaks, sushi Getting There: Cab, ferry or water taxi Serving Prices $$$ Br L D

On the Menu: Skewer after skewer of various meats Getting There: Short walk from SDCC Serving


Prices $$$


san diego dining Sheerwater - Hotel del Coronado Casual dining restaurant features fresh, sustainable seafood and California cuisine plus outdoor dining terraces, fireplaces and ocean views.

Getting There: Short cab or ferry ride

1500 Orange Ave., Coronado (619) 522-8490 |


Urban Bar & Grill

On the Menu: American

Contemporary cuisine created in-house with the freshest ingredients! Daily happy hour 4-7pm. Patio seating and private dining available. 827 5th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619) 235-8700 | Lunch: Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm, Dinner: daily 4pm-late


On the Menu: Classic bistro-style cuisine


Prices $$$

Getting There: 10 minute walk from SDCC Serving


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san diego dining Make reservations or get more information about dining options at the Concierge Desk, located in Lobbies B and E. $����������������������������������������������� UP TO $20 $$������������������������������������������������� $20 - $30 $$$ ��������������������������������������������� $30 - $40 $$$$��������������������� $40 AND ABOVE Prices are average per person for dinner.

BALBOA PARK THE PRADO AT BALBOA PARK $$$ 1549 El Prado, (619) 557-9441

BANKERS HILL AZUKI SUSHI $ 2321 5th Ave., (619) 238-4760 BERTRAND AT MR. A’S $$$ 2550 5th Ave., (619) 239-1377

CARLSBAD CASA DE BANDINI 1901 Calle Barcelona (760) 634-3443



CORONADO 1500 OCEAN Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave., (619) 522-8490


CANDELAS ON THE BAY $$$$ 1201 1st Ave., (619) 435-4900 IL FORNAIO $$$ 1333 1st Ave., (619) 437-4911 PEOHE’S $$$$ 1201 1st St., (619) 437-4474 SHEERWATER $$$ Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave., (619) 522-8490 VIGILUCCI’S $$$$ 1330 Orange Ave., Ste. 200 (619) 522-0946


ATHENS MARKET TAVERNA $$$ 109 West F St., (619) 234-1955 BANDAR $$$ 845 4th Ave., (619) 238-0101 BARLEY MASH $$ 600 5th Ave., (619) 255-7373 BICE RISTORANTE $$$ 425 Island Ave., (619) 239-2423 BITE M.E MEDITERRANEAN EATERY 423 F St., (619) 255-1700


BLUE POINT COASTAL CUISINE $$$$ 565 5th Ave., (619) 233-6623 BRIAN’S 24 RESTAURANT 828 6th Ave., (619) 702-8410


BROKEN YOLK CAFÉ 355 6th Ave., (619) 338-9655


ACQUA AL 2 $$$ 322 5th Ave., (619) 230-0382

BUCA DI BEPPO $$ 705 6th Ave., (619) 233-7272

ASTI RISTORANTE $$$$ 728 5th Ave., (619) 232-8844

BURGER LOUNGE 528 5th Ave., (619) 955-5727


san diego dining CAFÉ 21 750 5th Ave., (619) 795-0721


THE FLEETWOOD 639 J St., (619) 702-7700


CAFÉ SEVILLA $$$ 353 5th Ave., (619) 233-5979

FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE $$$$ 380 K St., (619) 237-1155

CANDELAS $$$$ 416 3rd Ave., (619) 702-4455

FOX SPORTS GRILL $ Hilton San Diego Bayfront One Park Blvd., (619) 231-9000

CHEESE SHOP RESTAURANT $ Horton Grand Hotel 311 Island Ave., (619) 232-2303 CHIANTI $$$ 644 5th Ave., (619) 235-8144 CHOPAHN AUTHENTIC AFGHAN RESTAURANT $$ 750 6th Ave., (619) 236-9236 CINE CAFÉ 412 K St., (619) 595-1929


CRAB HUT RESTAURANT $ 1007 5th Ave., (619) 234-0628 CREMOLOSE SAN DIEGO 840 5th Ave., Ste. 100 (619) 233-9900


CROCE’S RESTAURANT & BAR $$$$ 802 5th Ave., (619) 233-4355 DE’MEDICI $$$$ 815 5th Ave., (619) 702-7228 DICK’S LAST RESORT $$ 345 4th Ave., (619) 231-9100 DOBSON’S BAR & RESTAURANT 956 Broadway Cir. (619) 231-6771


DONOVAN’S PRIME SEAFOOD $$$$ 333 5th Ave., (619) 906-4850 DONOVAN’S STEAK AND CHOP HOUSE $$$$ 570 K St., (619) 237-9700 DUBLIN SQUARE IRISH PUB & GRILL $ 554 4th Ave., (619) 239-5818

GASLAMP STRIP CLUB A STEAK PLACE $$$ 340 5th Ave., (619) 231-3140 GEORGE’S ON FIFTH $$$$ 835 5th Ave., (619) 702-0444 GOURMET INDIA $$ 810 4th Ave., (619) 702-7967 GREYSTONE THE STEAKHOUSE $$$$ 658 5th Ave., (619) 232-0225 HARD ROCK CAFÉ 801 4th Ave., (619) 615-7625


HOUSE OF BLUES® $$ 1055 5th Ave., (619) 525-1966 IHOP EXPRESS 711 4th Ave., (619) 330-5975


JOLT’N JOE’S $$ 379 4th Ave., (619) 230-1968 JSIX RESTAURANT Hotel Solamar 616 J St., (619) 531-8744


LOU & MICKEY’S AT THE GASLAMP $$$$ 224 5th Ave., (619) 237-4900 MASALA 314 5th Ave., (619) 232-5050


MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT $$$ Omni Hotel, 675 L St. (619) 645-6545 MCFADDEN’S RESTAURANT 731 5th Ave., (619) 795-2500


THE MELTING POT $$ 901 5th Ave., (619) 234-5554 MERK BISTRO 820 5th Ave., (619) 814-5700


MINT DOWNTOWN THAI 732 4th Ave., (619) 546-8424


MONSOON 729 4th Ave., (619) 234-5555


MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE 285 J St., (619) 696-3369


NICKY ROTTEN’S $$ 560 5th Ave., (619) 702-8068 OCEAN ROOM $$$ 630 5th Ave., (619) 531-7464 OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM 400 J. St., (619) 858-4004


KANSAS CITY BARBEQUE 610 W. Market St. (619) 231-9680


KATSUYA SAN DIEGO 600 F St., (619) 814-2000


OPERACAFFE $$ 835 4th Ave., (619) 234-6538

LA FIESTA $$$ 628 5th Ave., (619) 501-3108

OSETRA THE FISH HOUSE $$$ 904 5th Ave., (619) 300-7834

LOTUS THAI DOWNTOWN $ 906 Market St., (619) 595-0115

OSTERIA PANEVINO $$$ 722 5th Ave., (619) 300-7834

OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY 275 5th Ave., (619) 233-4323



san diego dining THE PALM 615 J St., (619) 702-6500


TABULE $$ 535 4th Ave., (619) 238-0048


TAKA $$$ 555 5th Ave., (619) 338-0555

PANDA INN 506 Horton Plaza (619) 233-7800

QUIZNOS - GASLAMP $ 119 Broadway, (619) 231-9430 RED LIGHT DISTRICT 409 F St., (619) 255-2800


RED PEARL KITCHEN 440 J St., (619) 231-1100


REI DO GADO $$$ 939 4th Ave., (619) 702-8464 REVOLVER RESTAURANT 751 5th Ave., (619) 756-7678 RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE 520 Front St., (619) 231-7777


THE TIN FISH 170 6th Ave., (619) 238-8100


URBAN BAR AND GRILL $$ 827 5th Ave., (619) 235-8700

PACIFIC FISH COMPANY Embassy Suites 601 Pacific Hwy., (619) 239-2400

YARD HOUSE $$ 1023 4th Ave., (619) 233-9273

DRAGON’S DEN $ 315 10th Ave., (619) 358-9332

ROCKIN BAJA LOBSTER $$ 310 5th Ave., (619) 234-6333 ROYAL INDIA $$ 329 Market St., (619) 269-9999

PROPER GASTRO PUB 795 J St., (619) 255-7520

ROYAL THAI CUISINE $$ 467 5th Ave., (619) 230-8424

TILTED KILT PUB AND EATERY $ 310 10th Ave., (619) 814-5458

SALVATORE’S CUCINA ITALIANA $$$$ 750 Front St., (619) 544-1865

TOAST ENOTECA AND CUCINA 927 J St., (619) 269-4207

SEARSUCKER $$$ 611 5th Ave., (619) 233-7327

ZANZIBAR CAFÉ 707 G St., (619) 230-0125

SOLEIL @K Marriott Gaslamp Quarter 660 K St., (619) 446-6088 SUBWAY 611A K St., (619) 525-0022




HORNBLOWER CRUISES AND EVENTS $$$$ 970 N. Harbor Dr., (619) 686-8700 JOE’S CRAB SHACK AT THE ROWING CLUB 525 E. Harbor Dr. (619) 233-7391

EAST VILLAGE TAVERN + BOWL $ 930 Market St., (619) 677-BOWL

SLOPPY JOEY’S $$ 548 5th Ave., (619) 525-9960


TOSCANA CAFÉ AND WINE BAR $ 238 5th Ave., (619) 231-5788


FLAGSHIP CRUISES AND EVENTS 1050 N. Harbor Dr., (619) 234-4111,




EMBARCADERO ANTHONY’S FISH GROTTO 1360 N. Harbor Dr. (619) 232-5103


THE FISH MARKET 750 N. Harbor Dr. (619) 232-3474




ROY’S HAWAIIAN FUSION $$$$ San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel and Marina 333 W. Harbor Dr. (619) 239-7697 RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE 1355 N. Harbor Dr. (619) 233-1422


SALLY’S $$$ Manchester Grand Hyatt One Market Pl., (619) 358-6740 TOP OF THE MARKET 750 N. Harbor Dr. (619) 234-4867




TOM HAM’S LIGHTHOUSE $$ 2150 Harbor Island Dr. (619) 291-9110

HILLCREST BANANA LEAF $ 3975 5th Ave., (619) 298-8888

san diego dining BOMBAY $ 3960 5th Ave., (619) 297-7777

LA MESA CASA DE PICO 5500 Grossmont Center Dr. (619) 463-3267


CASA DE REYES 2754 Calhoun St. (619) 220-5040



LA VILLA RESTAURANT AND BAR $$ 1646 India St., (619) 255-5221 PREPKITCHEN $ 1660 India St., (619) 398-8383


EL AGAVE 2304 San Diego Ave. (619) 220-0692


EL FANDANGO $ 2734 Calhoun St. (619) 298-2860 OLD TOWN MEXICAN CAFÉ $$ 2489 San Diego Ave. (619) 297-4330 ROCKIN BAJA LOBSTER 3890 Twiggs St. (619) 640-0305

POINT LOMA PHIL’S BBQ 3750 Sports Arena Blvd. (619) 226-6333



CASA GUADALAJARA $$ 4105 Taylor St., (619) 295-5111

INDIGO GRILL $$ 1536 India St., (619) 234-6802

BARRA BARRA SALOON 4016 Wallace St. (619) 291-3200

CAFÉ COYOTE $$ 2461 San Diego Ave. (619) 291-4695

BUSTER’S BEACH HOUSE & LONGBOARD BAR $$ 807 W. Harbor Dr. (619) 233-4300 EDGEWATER GRILL 861 W. Harbor Dr. (619) 232-7581


HARBOR HOUSE $$ 831 W Harbor Dr. (619) 232-1141



The Gaslamp’s Jumpin’

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When the sun sets, this downtown neighborhood heats up! Ride a mechanical bull at Double Deuce, sing along at The Shout! House or learn a new salsa move at Café Sevilla.


Every Night’s A Beach Party

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Whether it’s hanging out on a rooftop lounge, chilling in a neighborhood bar, dancing the night away at a chic nightclub or rocking out to live music, every night is a celebration in San Diego!



Laugh it up! See some of the best stand-up comedians in the business at The American Comedy Co. in the Gaslamp Quarter, Mad House Comedy Club atop Horton Plaza, or at The Comedy Store, run by Pauly Shore’s mom, in La Jolla.

Live Onstage Tonight Rock ‘n roll your thing? Check out the House of Blues or 4th and B. Jazz/Blues more your style? Try Anthology in Little Italy. Looking for a Headliner? Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay features stars performing under the stars.

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After Dark San Diego

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Let the Good Times Roll! Get the party started at Dick’s Last Resort or Whiskey Girl. Shoot some hoops at Bub’s at the Ballpark’s in-house basketball court, play a game of pool at Dussini Loft Bar or try your hand at darts at The Tilted Kilt.


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San Diego’s

Microbreweries Besides having a reputation for sun soaked beaches and a laidback lifestyle, San Diego has one of the largest concentrations of microbreweries in the nation. Our city’s rise as a big beer destination started over two decades ago with the opening of the Karl Strauss Brewing Company downtown. Today San Diego is home to more than 30 thriving brew houses. Explore our local beer culture at a downtown brewery or take a tour to taste all of San Diego’s awardwinning beers.



So many beers, so little time! Sample all America’s Finest City has to offer by taking a fun brewery tour of San Diego.

©Karl Strauss Breweries

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Dick’s Last Resort The Joint Yer Mama Warned You About! There’s always a reason to party at Dick’s. Sassy servers, buckets o’ grub, and cold adult beverages are all in fun and fun for all who dare to enter. Bring the whole group! Dick’s is a romper room for adults…with beer! So when it’s time to shed your corporate skin, visit this overtly casual joint that offers a childlike security blanket where you feel like you’re breakin’ all the rules…and gettin’ away with it! Location: 345 5th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter Phone: (619) 231-9100 Web:

The Establishment

Ambiance & Vibe

The Shame O’ The Gaslamp since 1991

Live entertainment! No cover! No class!

Open ‘Til

Primary Attraction

Daily from 11am-2am

Huge patio, buckets o’ good grub, big-ass beers & smart-ass servers

Getting There A napkin’s throw from the SDCC

Dussini Loft Bar Offering something for everyone, this upscale, fireside lounge serves delicious food and cocktails! Will accommodate parties from 5 to 100.

In the Mood for: Fun, upscale lounge With a Spotlight on: Cozy, fireside loft bar

275 5th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619) 233-4323 | Opens Mon-Fri at 4:30pm, Weekends at 12pm

Getting There: Corner of 5th and K St.

The Shout! House

In the Mood for: Live music, comedy, fun

Rock ‘n Roll Dueling Piano bar & restaurant. Request-driven show with a unique twist of audience interaction and comedy for adults. 655 4th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619) 231-6700 | Open 7 nights a week, pianos nightly

Whiskey Girl Premier live entertainment, dining, dancing and subscriptions to all major sports packages! Colorful vibe of Whiskey Girl, appeals to all. 702 5th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619) 236-1616 | Mon-Sun 11am-2am

With a Spotlight on: San Diego’s only Dueling Piano bar Getting There: Short walk from SDCC In the Mood for: A memorable experience With a Spotlight on: Guest satisfaction Getting There: Corner of 5th and G St.


Gaslamp Quarter Right across the street from the Convention Center, the Gaslamp boasts an eclectic blend of shopping from hip, locally-owned stores to funky boutiques and galleries.

©Kevin Lock

Located: Just across the street from the Convention Center.

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Westfield Horton Plaza Enjoy San Diego’s sunshine at this outdoor mall while looking for the perfect gift for someone back home or yourself. If you’ve got a favorite upscale, name-brand store, you’re likely to find it here – among 114 others. Located: A few blocks from the Convention Center. Between Broadway and G St. and 1st and 4th Aves.



Sports fans can gear up with Padre hats, jerseys and other baseball memorabilia at PETCO Park’s Padres Team Store. For fun, retro-inspired clothing, try Bettie Page in the Gaslamp Quarter, named after the 1950s pin up icon.

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Big Deals

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Big designer names and big deals abound at discount outlets – particularly Carlsbad Premium Outlets and Las Americas Premium Outlets – both well worth the trip. Located: Check with the Convention Center concierge for directions.


Shopping San Diego

ŠBrett Shoaf

Let the hunt begin! Search through the racks for a hot new fashion or look for special one-of-a-kind gift for the folks back home - shopping options are endless.

More Shopping Suggestions Historical California: Bazaar del Mundo, Fiesta de Reyes and the Old Town Esplanade (all in Old Town) offer charming clothing, jewelry and unique finds in a vibrantly festive atmosphere. Uniquely San Diego: For distinctly San Diego gifts, don’t miss the gift shops at the San Diego Zoo,

Safari Park, SeaWorld or Seaport Village. And from sculptors to glass blowers, working artists at Spanish Village in Balboa Park create one-of-a kind gifts. La Jolla Luxury: Ready to splurge? Prospect Street in La Jolla, with its upscale boutiques, offers clothes, jewelry and more right out of the pages of Vogue.


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Carlsbad Outlets


Museums With the largest concentration of museums west of the Mississippi River, Balboa Park is a landscape of arts and culture, housing 15 of the region’s major museums (p.70). Along the Embarcadero, the USS Midway and the Maritime Museum honor San Diego’s seafaring past and present.

©Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Art San Diego offers art enthusiasts a slice of just about anything you might want to indulge in. From contemporary to cutting-edge and folk art to Flemish masters – including a Rembrandt. Visit our fine art museums in Balboa Park, downtown San Diego or La Jolla. Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and La Jolla Timken Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art Museum of Photographic Arts Mingei Museum


Music Enjoy the sweet refrains of the San Diego Symphony performing the classics under the stars in the summer months right behind the Convention Center. Or hear some head-banging rock ‘n roll at the House of Blues or 4th and B. If you prefer to jazz it up, head to Gaslamp Speakeasy or Prohibition downtown.

Arts & Culture San Diego

©Broadway San Diego

Theater Home to two Tony Award-winning playhouses, San Diego theater is sure to please whether you’re in the mood for a musical, a comedy, an edgy drama or Shakespearean tragedy. San Diego Civic Theatre Balboa Theatre Old Globe Theatre La Jolla Playhouse



Museums not to miss for the young (and the young at heart) include the San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park and the New Children’s Museum, across the street from the Convention Center.

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Balboa Park The Basics

Why You Should Go

The nation’s largest urban park, Balboa Park, covers an incredible 1,200 acres of land adjacent to downtown that houses 15 major museums, more than 85 cultural organizations, The Old Globe Theatre, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo.

Not only does Balboa Park have a wealth of cultural attractions, it’s also a perfect getaway from the bustle of downtown. Strolling the grounds filled with lush botanical gardens, tranquil ponds and gorgeous Spanish-Renaissance architecture is a great way to unwind.



Pick up a 2-Day Passport to Balboa Park at the Convention Center that lets you visit 14 museums over 48 hours. Discounted tickets available at the Concierge Desk.

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san diego arts & culture Highlights • F rom dinosaurs to mastodons, travel through 75 million years and dig into the rich fossil history of Southern and Baja California at the San Diego Natural History Museum. •R  euben H. Fleet Science Center features hands-on, interactive, eye-popping exhibits that are fun for all ages including an IMAX Theater! •H  onoring one of the icons of the 20th Century, the San Diego Automotive Museum features more than 80 historic autos and motorcycles, including one driven by actor/race enthusiast Steve McQueen!

•S  an Diego Veterans Museum and Memorial Center honors the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. •B  uilt for the 1915-1916 PanamaCalifornia Exposition, the stunning Botanical Building and adjacent Lily Pond are one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park. A fascinating collection of more than 2,100 plants are inside.

Get There • Just a short taxi ride from downtown. Visit for mass transit information.


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On Exhibit San Salvador: Rebuilding a Piece of History SPANISH LANDING Through Spring 2013 The first European vessel to reach America’s West

Coast, San Salvador, is being rebuilt by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Enjoy a rare opportunity to watch shipbuilders construct a full-size, fully-functional and historically-accurate

replica of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s flagship.

How Things Fly: Experience the Adventure SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM Through February 2013 Have you ever wondered how a bird flies in the sky? Or what it was like during the Wright brothers’ very first powered flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903? Explore the wonder of flight in this interactive fun-zone designed to educate, entertain and challenge aviators of all ages.

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san diego arts & culture Maritime Museum of San Diego A family fun museum. Visit historic ships, climb aboard a Russian submarine or enjoy a 45-minute bay cruise for $3 plus museum admission. 1492 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown (619) 234-9153 | 9am-8pm every day, 9pm Memorial Day to Labor Day

Spanish Village Art Center Stroll through the historic studios and courtyard for a day of art. Over 200 artists. Come watch, learn and shop.

Price of Admission: $8 - $15 Getting There: Half-mile walk from SDCC

Aesthetic Allure: Artists at work Price of Admission: Free Getting There: Located in Balboa Park

1770 Village Pl., Balboa Park (619) 233-9050 | Daily 11am-4pm

Timken Museum of Art From Rembrandt to Rubens to Copley, the Timken Museum of Art displays masterworks spanning seven centuries. Spend an hour or an afternoon. 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park (619) 239-5548 | Tue-Sat 10am-4:30pm, Sun 1:30pm-4:30pm

Aesthetic Allure: Majestic ships

Aesthetic Allure: A jewel box of fine art Price of Admission: Always free Getting There: In Balboa Park, 2-mile cab ride from SDCC

Hot Tickets JUNE 3–SEPT. 30 RICHARD III & AS YOU LIKE IT Old Globe Theatre (619) 234-5623 JULY 18–SEPT. 5 DEL MAR HORSE RACING (858) 755-1141 SEPT. 16 – 21 SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT WEEK SEPT. 26 – 30 SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL Gaslamp Quarter (619) 582-2368

OCT. 4 LITTLE ITALY FESTA Little Italy (619) 233-3898

FEB. 12 MARDI GRAS Gaslamp Quarter (619) 233-5227


MAR. 17 SHAMROCK ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL Gaslamp Quarter (619) 233-5227

DEC. 7 & 8 DECEMBER NIGHTS Balboa Park (619) 239-0512 JAN. 4, 5 & 6 RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES San Diego Civic Theatre (619) 570-1100

MAY 3, 4 & 5 CINCO DE MAYO Old Town (619) 291-4903


The Basics: Safari Park provides a 2,200-acre sanctuary for exotic and endangered animals from all over the world. Observation stations allow closeup viewing while preserving the animals’ natural settings.

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Where: Thirty miles north of downtown San Diego

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San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park

SeaWorld San Diego

Where: 1750 Shores Dr., Mission Bay, about 10 minutes from downtown



Check the feeding schedules at SeaWorld because meal time is the best time to meet playful dolphins and sea lions up close. At Safari Park don’t miss Cheetah Run where you can witness these sleek cats race on a straight 330-foot-long track reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour.

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The Basics: This fun-filled aquatic-park overflows with whales, dolphins, sharks and other marine animals. Check out Manta, a new attraction that combines an educational exhibit with a coaster that pulls three to four G’s through more than a dozen twists and highbank turns, and a thrilling 54-foot drop!

LEGOLAND California The Basics: A magical, interactive theme park for kids up to age 12, LEGOLAND California features more than 50 rides and attractions.

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Where: One Legoland Dr., Carlsbad 34 miles north of downtown

Attractions & Action San Diego

With San Diego’s abundant sunshine and world-class attractions, there’s plenty of outdoor fun year round. When your business is done, stay in town a few days more, because your San Diego adventure is just beginning.

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San Diego Zoo The Basics: One of the world’s greatest and most well-respected zoos, the San Diego Zoo brings animals from all of the world’s hemispheres together in a single location. More than 4,000 animals comprised of 800 species have 100 acres of space to play and display their unique characteristics to visitors. Where: Park Blvd. and Zoo Pl. in Balboa Park, just a couple of minutes outside of downtown


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Summer never ends when you’re in San Diego thanks to an average daily temperature of 70 degrees. There’s always something to do bayside! Take a Bay Cruise

Balmy bay breezes, sparkling waves and sheer natural beauty are key ingredients for a great day or dinner cruise. See Navy ships, the Coronado Bridge and splashing California sea lions.

Explore the Tide Pools

Try tidepooling at Cabrillo National Monument where you can see hermit crabs and tiny octopus in their natural setting and in plain view.

Signatusre Tour

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Play by the Bay

Go Kayaking, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving With the Pacific Ocean so close, water sports are a way of life for locals and visitors alike. From scuba diving and snorkeling to surfing and kayaking, have some fun!

Brothels, Bites and Booze Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones starting at $45 per person

Food and Wine Tours 619.233.8687


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Golf San Diego is home to no fewer than 92 golf courses, including municipal venues and private clubs. Each one offers a great golfing experience thanks to blue skies, temperate climates and beautiful terrain. Perhaps San Diego’s most famous course is La Jolla’s Torrey Pines Golf Course, an open to-the-public PGA Tour stop that draws visitors from all over the world. Nearby downtown are the Coronado Municipal Golf Course and Riverwalk Golf Course. Many of San Diego’s most beautiful courses are north of downtown including Maderas which is just 30 minutes from downtown. To reserve a tee time online visit



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ŠOld Town Trolley


Little Italy

Maritime Museum Of San Diego 50

Cruise Ship Terminal 19

Santa Fe Train Depot



Broadway Pier

Horton Plaza USS Midway 51




37 35

Seaport Village 45 48

7 38





Embarcadero Marina Park North


Embarcadero Marina Park South




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Gaslamp Qtr. Trolley Stop

Coaster/Amtrak Line MTS/San Diego Trolley Line International Visitor Information Center


Location Map dining 1 1500 Ocean (San Diego County map)

29 Operacaffe

2 Banana Leaf (San Diego County map)

30 Pacific Fish Company

3 Bandar

31 Peohe’s (San Diego County map)

4 Bite M.e Mediterranean Eatery

32 Phil’s BBQ (San Diego County map)

2 Bombay (San Diego County map)

33 Quiznos Gaslamp

5 Brian’s 24 Restaurant

34 Red Light District

6 Broken Yolk Cafe

35 Redfield’s

7 Buster’s Beach House

36 Rei Do Gado

8 Café Coyote (San Diego County map)

37 Richard Walker’s Pancake House

9 Cafe Sevilla

38 Sally’s

8 Casa Guadalajara (San Diego County map)

1 Sheerwater (San Diego County map)

10 Cheese Shop Restaurant

39 Titlted Kilt Pub & Eatery

11 Chianti

40 Toscana Cafe and Wine Bar

12 Crab Hut Restaurant

41 Urban Bar and Grill

13 Dick’s Last Resort 14 Donovan’s Prime Seafood

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15 Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

13 Dick’s Last Resort

8 Fiesta de Reyes (San Diego County map)

28 Dussini Loft Bar

16 Fish Market & Top of the Market

42 The Shout! House

17 Flaship Cruises and Events

43 Whiskey Girl

18 Hard Rock Café


19 Hornblower Cruises and Events 20 IHOP Express

8 Bazaar del Mundo

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21 La Fiesta

44 Bettie Page

22 Lotus Thai Restaurant

45 Del Sol

23 Masala

46 Macy’s

24 McFadden’s Restaurant

47 Premium Outlets

25 Mint Downtown Thai 26 Monsoon 27 Ocean Room 28 Old Spaghetti Factory

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48 Tamara G 46 Westfield Horton Plaza

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49 Japanese Friendship Garden

52 K1 Speed (San Diego County map)

50 Maritime Museum of San Diego

53 Maderas Golf Club

49 Reuben H. Fleet Science Center 49 San Diego Air and Space Museum 49 San Diego Museum of Art 49 San Diego Natural History Museum 49 Spanish Village Art Center

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54 Old Town Trolley Tours 55 San Diego International Airport (San Diego County map)

56 San Diego Zoo 57 San Diego Zoo Safari Park (San Diego County map)

49 Timken Museum of Art 51 USS Midway Museum





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Torrey Pines State Reserve



Mission Trails Regional Park


Belmont Park

Seaworld San Diego




San Diego International 55 Airport




Mission Basilica SD De Alcala




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Silver Strand State Beach





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