Food & Dining Experiences

Looking for craft brewery foodie dining, farm-to-table whole foods, chef-owned culinary experiences, international flavors, wine pairings on a patio, high tea or home cooking… Escondido has something for everyone’s palate!

Start your morning with a fresh cup of organic Fair Trade coffee at a local hot spot Kettle Coffee & Tea or breakfast at Swami’s Cafe. Afternoon tea is a pleasant experience at The Grand Tea Room. Savor a freshly baked pastry or lunch at A Delight of France Bistro & Bakery. Celebrate the Irish way at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub or become a wine connoisseur at Vinz Wine Bar and Intertwined Bistro and Wine Bar. Our wonderful Hispanic heritage is celebrated through our many Mexican restaurants… Steakhouse at Jalapeño Grill & Cantina, La Tapatia, Mi Guadalajara, and Lourdes to name a few.

Enjoy the warm California sun and a fantastic craft brewery experience at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Offbeat Brewing Company, or Plan 9 Alehouse.

Many of the great restaurants in the historic downtown Grand Avenue district offer outdoor patio seating and unique inside ambiances. You’ll find amazing California cuisine as well as French, Italian, Salvadorian, Mexican, Irish, and more!
– Downtown Escondido Restaurant Dining Guide and Map – PDF

What says Southern California more than the rich creaminess of our famous avocados and you can find them enhancing a variety of dishes at the California Avocado Grill. You can even enjoy fresh oysters on the half shell Friday & Saturday evenings at The Original Sand Crab Tavern.

And don’t miss the cuisine of Chef Deborah Scott at the spectacular Vintana Wine + Dine, located on the Penthouse Level of the Lexus Centre of Escondido, Vintana offers a modern take on California Cuisine and picturesque views of the town and countryside.Escondido Dining Food Restaurants

You’re Not Worthy” – At least, that’s according to the bottle of Arrogant Bastard Ale in front of you, but they’ll let you stick around anyway. They’re nice like that at Stone Brewing Co., famous for making some of the best craft beers in the world. Now you can kick back and watch them in action as you partake of their aggressively large onion rings, duck tacos, or jerk chicken smithereens in-a-bowl-on-a-plate (yes, that’s a real dish!) at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens and consider chilling by the fire pit for a while. Stone has followed up their stellar beer reputation with an equally impressive menu, featuring locally fresh and naturally raised ingredients from Stone Farms, tossed liberally with spices, unique sauces and influences from around the world. No fizzy yellow beer or mediocre food here.

For more information on Food and Dining in Escondido you can also visit the City of Escondido Taste Escondido and Restaurants and Eateries pages.

Escondido Downtown Farmers Market

FARMERS’ MARKETS – GETTING FRESH – Escondido now has four weekly markets!
Every Tuesday afternoon, Grand Avenue freshens up with local organic produce, flowers and other specialties that you won’t find in your local supermarket. Walking down the street is a feast for the senses, with the freshest smells and colors of seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, herbs, nuts, eggs and honey surrounding you. Other vendors offer gourmet chocolates, salsas, European breads, fish tacos, coffee and much more!

Escondido now enjoys four open-aire markets:
Tuesday: Downtown Farmers’ Market
2:30-6pm on East Grand Avenue (between Kalmia & Juniper)
Saturday: Escondido Saturday Market
9am – 1pm on Kalmia Street just north of Grand Ave
Sunday: North San Diego Certified Farmers Market
10:30am – 3:30pm, I-15 & Via Rancho Parkway (at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead)
Monday: Welk Farmers’ Market
3 – 7:00pm at the Welk Resort Village (north Escondido)

For those specifically interested in area wineries or breweries, we encourage you to visit any of our incredible boutique wineries or our three unique craft breweries.
Click here for Escondido’s Wineries & Breweries.

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