SLAS2018 Restaurant Guide: San Diego

SLAS_2018SLAS2018 is back in San Diego at the San Diego Convention Center February 3–7, 2018. If you’re heading to SLAS for the first time, I recommend checking out their website to learn all that the conference has to offer. Outside of amazing presenters and exhibitors, you will find a variety of networking opportunities and educational programs to enhance your experience.

If you’re looking to step out of the Convention Center for a casual meeting with clients and colleagues — or to unwind at the end of a long day — we’ve compiled a list of the top-rated nearby restaurants and coffee shops.

See the interactive map at the bottom of this post and save a link on your phone for easy reference. Don’t forget to stop by booth 1652 to see us and ask one of our scientists your best immune cell and research questions!

Grab a Cup of Coffee

The Cat Cafe: “Coffee & pastry shop serves drinks & light fare amid a host of adoptable cats.”
Rating: 4.5
472 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Lani Coffee: “Mainland outpost of Hawaiian coffee stalwart for espresso drinks, tea & smoothies in a cheery space.”
Rating: 4.5
101 Market St. #100, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 6:00am – 6:00pm

Brickyard Coffee and Tea: “Cozy coffee shop with weekly live music serving locally roasted coffee, sandwiches & breakfast fare.”
Rating: 4.2
675 W G St., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 6:00am – 2:00pm

Starbucks: “Seattle-based coffeehouse chain known for its signature roasts, light bites and WiFi availability.”
Rating: 3.2
Inside the San Diego Convention Center (Hours: 8:00am – 9:00pm)
Inside the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina (Hours: 5:00am – 5:00pm)
Inside the Hilton San Diego Bayfront (Hours: 5:30am – 6:00pm)

Enjoy a Quick Meal

Burgers, Bait & Beer: “Comfort food on the boardwalk at Embarcadero Marina Park South.”
Rating: 4.8
200 Marina Parkway, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 10:30am – 6:30pm

Cafe 222: “Quirky daytime joint serves inventive spins on American comfort classics, including pumpkin waffles.”
Rating: 4.3
222 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 7:00am – 1:45pm

Berkeley Pizza: “Low-key venue featuring deep-dish pizza by the slice or whole pie, plus craft beer on tap.”
Rating: 4.0
539 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm

Village Cafe: “No-nonsense cafe pours espresso drinks & serves up bagels, pastries, sandwiches & salads.”
Rating: 3.6
809 W Harbor Dr. A, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Have a Dining Experience

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood: “Elegant fine-dining chain with a seafood & steak menu, plus a cocktail lounge featuring live jazz.”
Rating: 4.6
798 W Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine: “Upscale choice for small plates, sushi & coastal cuisine served in a sophisticated two-story space.”
Rating: 4.5
435 Fifth Ave. #2, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: “High-end chain offering seafood, steaks & a deep wine list in sophisticated but lively environs.”
Rating: 4.4
380 K St., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Morton’s The Steakhouse: “Upscale chain for aged prime beef, seafood & other traditional steakhouse fare in a clubby space.”
Rating: 4.4
285 J St., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 5:00pm – 11:00pm

The Oceanside Seafood Room: “High-end chain offering seafood, steaks & a deep wine list in sophisticated but lively environs.”
Rating: 4.3
400 J St., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

McCormick & Schmick’s: “Upscale steak & seafood chain known for its clubby environs & happy hour.”
Rating: 4.2
675 L St., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 6:00am – 10:00pm
Reservations Required

The Old Spaghetti Factory: “Family-friendly chain eatery featuring traditional Italian entrees amid turn-of-the-century decor.”
Rating: 4.2
275 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 11:30am – 2:00pm, 4:30pm – 10:00pm

Rustic Root: “Modern rooftop destination featuring local, seasonal cuisine & craft cocktails in stylish surrounds.”
Rating: 4.2
535 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 4:00pm – 2:00am

Gaslamp Strip Club – A Steak Place: “Vargas prints line the walls at this hopping over-21 steakhouse where diners grill their own meat.”
Rating: 4.1
340 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Sally’s Fish House & Bar: “Sustainable sushi & seafood at this modern, elegant eatery in the Grand Hyatt.”
Rating: 4.1
1 Market Pl., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine: “Refined seafood dishes, a raw bar & classic cocktails are the draw at this vibrant, clubby eatery.”
Rating: 4.0
565 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

NOBU San Diego: “Open for dinner nightly at the sushi bar or dining room and for drinks at the bar lounge.”
Rating: 3.9
207 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Sit Down and Unwind

Prohibition Lounge: “Stylish, red-hued haunt with a 1930s vibe, featuring live music & seasonally inspired cocktails.”
Rating: 4.5
548 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 8:00pm – 1:30am

The Whiskey House: “Restaurant & bar featuring 1800+ whiskeys alongside food such as burgers, sausages & charcuterie.”
Rating: 4.3
420 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 4:00pm – 12:00am

Lou & Mickey’s: “Smart surf ‘n’ turf joint known for steakhouse staples & tropical cocktails, plus an outdoor patio.”
Rating: 4.3
224 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm

Rockin’ Baja Lobster: “Rollicking chain outpost boasts seafood-centric Mexican eats, margaritas & an outdoor patio.”
Rating: 4.1
310 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 11:00am – 9:30pm

Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp: “A rotating menu of craft beers paired with New American small plates in a modern-yet-rustic setting.”
Rating: 4.1
333 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 11:00am – 2:00am

Tin Fish Gaslamp: “Casual chain serving a range of seafood, from fish tacos to oyster po’ boys, plus burgers & chicken.”
Rating: 4.1
170 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 11:00am – 8:00pm

Nason’s Beer Hall: “Spacious option for craft brews & global comfort eats in refined surrounds with a marble-topped bar.”
Rating: 4.0
570 J St., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 3:00pm – 12:00am

Jolt’n Joe’s Gaslamp: “Bi-level warehouse-style hangout packs a huge dance floor, games, 3 patios & sports TV under 1 roof.”
Rating: 3.9
379 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 3:00pm – 2:00am

Gaslamp BBQ: “House-smoked meats & slow-cooked ribs are served with a full bar in rustic tavern digs with TVs.”
Rating: 3.8
524 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 10:00am – 12:00am

Joe’s Crabshack: “Informal seafood chain serving crab buckets & stuffed shrimp, plus American comfort dishes.”
Rating: 3.8
525 E Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm

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