25+ Farm to Table Restaurants in North County San Diego (2019 Master List)
As the demand for fresh, real food rises; farm to table restaurants are answering the call. Simply explained, the chef negotiates with local farms to have their freshest seasonal, daily picks delivered and the menu is crafted around it. The result? Well… just ask your taste buds.
Market Restaurant + Bar
With many items made in-house with fresh ingredients in a creative and exciting ways, you’ll almost immediately agree to come back to sample the rest of the menu. True to the typical farm to table fare, you’ll find a changing menu to match the seasonal availability. Start with their homemade sourdough, choose between two different ways they prepare duck, wash it down with a nice glass of red, and finish with their homemade salted caramel.
Offering a balanced menu of home cooked favorites, fresh earthy flavors, vegan pleasing options and a special menu for the littles. With the desire to please all, you’ll save the day by seeing vegan, gluten-free, and carnivore options. Can’t decide? They offer a mix n’ match options for select menu items.
A model worth repeating, so they did just that; Prepkitchen is one of the few farm-to-table restaurants that have more than one location. If the ingredient isn’t fresh: they don’t serve it. Unusual offerings such as rabbit meat pasta give insight to the creativeness the menu takes in bringing good ingredients to your palate.
Viewpoint Brewing Co
Farm-to-table meets upscale dining. Enjoy light bites such as squash blossoms or pate at the community table seating area of their bar or grab a table and savor each bite of your short rib pappardelle. An impressive wine selection and attentive staff will bring this venue to the top of your list for nights out with friends or a quick stop for a solo lunch.
Lockwood Table Café
Claire’s On Cedros
The word got out a long time ago and this local favorite is widening its reach of fans. Only serving breakfast and lunch its most popular menu items are brunch based (not surprisingly). So famous in fact that they have their own pancakes aptly named “Claire’s Cakes”, a dead giveaway for their repeat customer fan club.
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Solterra Winery & Kitchen
A Mediterranean flare is infused in this wine bar offering their own locally made wine, tapas, and a vibe only Encinitas can offer. Enjoy the ambiance of outdoor seating with an abundance of relaxed locals staying warm with real flame heat lamps while overlooking their very own vineyards.
Started by a local, the tradition continues as part of their DNA at this local favorite: fresh ingredients brought in daily in support of not only the local farmers but of the local community as a whole. Being located in one of the coolest parts of Cardiff, directly across from the surf; you’ll zen out while enjoying fresh bowls, smoothies, salads, and plates.
Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen
The latest of hipster hot spots with a Ph.D. in food. After reading the menu you’ll wonder why you haven’t been here yet. They marry items you wouldn’t think of: beets and pistachios, broccoli with candied peanuts, and their cocktails are no different by showcasing their craft skills through Roasted Beet and Smoked Coconut cocktails to name a few. In-house made marshmallows to finish off are a must.
It’s rare to find a restaurant where the chef is the farmer who planted and harvested the ingredients used to create your dinner. They even go the extra mile and make their own homemade pizzas and kinds of pasta. You’ll love it so much you’ll want to invite your friends, and it just so happens that they have a private room to accommodate up to 50 people.
The Miller’s Table
A small but cozy venue with one large communal table and a handful of small tables. you’ll enjoy a casual experience with small, light bites. Start with handmade parmesan chips, savor a glass of Bordeaux and choose between a savory meat dish, sandwiches or a variety of vegan options.
Nutmeg Bakery and Café
Offering mainly a brunch style menu with an impressive local following. Find yourself sampling classic favorites like scrambles, waffles and baked treats or something different like a steak and egg quesadilla or soy chorizo bread on the vegetarian plate.
The Rancho Bernardo Inn typically does everything the proper way in all of their ventures. Avant is no different and does not disappoint. A refreshingly cool vibe with an upscale feel and fresh bites without a stuffy feel.
The Cork and Craft
One of the most aptly named restaurants we have the pleasure of bragging about in North County. Exceptional wines paired with creative dishes are crafted with creativity and flare by the main chef. Be prepared to get outside of your comfort zone with dishes like quail with apple and parsnip puree, caviar-topped coconut pannacotta on curry brioche, and finishing off with nitro coffee-infused ice cream.
A true family experience brought to you by three, actual brothers. Priding themselves with local finds, fifteen beers on tap and weekly wine specials. They make an art out of charcuterie boards and keep it interesting with daily versions of everyone’s favorite comfort food: mac n cheese. Get spoiled with carefully chosen selections of their favorites to include: small batch chocolate, wines, pancetta and cheeses from select local farms.
Cafeteria style venue with attentive staff, fresh ingredients, creatively classic options and local kombucha on tap. Salads, fish, pizza, flavorful sides you can make a meal out of or freshly carved chicken and beef; finishing with not your typical deserts.
The Wooden Spoon
Home to multiple award-winning chefs and local San Diegan, Jesse Paul rolls up his sleeves and gifts us comfort food in his own perfected style. Proudly boasting an entire menu full of in-house created dishes (including the ketchup), with ingredients strictly from local farms and businesses. Feast on buttermilk fried chicken, artisan sandwiches, burgers, and finish with grandmom’s warm apple bundt cake.
Locally renowned as a hidden gem, Chef Jonathan Freyberg invites you to get cozy and enjoy his French-inspired menu. Twisting together simple flavors in unique ways such as seared foie gras, yellowtail with jalapeno and blood orange, and scallops with ginger spice pumpkin puree. Who says you have to remain at the coast for a brag-worthy meal?
Burgers, grilled cheese, tater tots, and craft beers; all proudly sourced locally down to their love for the honeybees who make our food system possible. Bringing everyone together isn’t done with just food anymore, the setting is equally as important. Indoor and outdoor communal seating and flavors to satisfy the whole family.