Highest-rated cheap eats in San Diego, according to Tripadvisor

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July 22, 2022
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Highest-rated cheap eats in San Diego, according to Tripadvisor

With the advent of Big Data, it's easier than ever to quantify what people like around the globe. And when it comes to food—particularly easy, cheap eats—Americans have very specific opinions. Dining brands in U.S. have a long and storied history, and whether they're fast food, fast-casual, high-end, or super cheap, American restaurants offer something for almost everyone.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest rated restaurants in San Diego that are listed as "cheap eats" on Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor rankings factor in the average rating and number of reviews. Some restaurants on the list may have recently closed. Easy, inexpensive options here run the gamut of cuisine, service options, and styles. The restaurants on this list are chock-full of variety, mixing ethnicities, food regions, and cultures into steaming melting pots of deliciousness.

Anyone reading the list will surely see some favorite eateries and classic go-to restaurants. Keep reading to see if any of your favorite cheap eateries made the list.

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#30. Oscars Mexican Seafood

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (155 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Mexican
- Address: 746 Emerald St Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA 92109-2404
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#29. Landini's Pizzeria

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (354 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Italian, Pizza
- Address: 1827 India St Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101-2519
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#28. Gelato Paradiso

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (145 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Dessert
- Address: 789 West Harbor Drive Ste 117, San Diego, CA 92101
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#27. Cheese Shop

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (182 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 2165 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
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#26. The Taco Stand

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (127 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Mexican
- Address: 645 B St, San Diego, CA 92101-4306
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#25. Lucha Libre Taco Shop

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (529 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Mexican
- Address: 1810 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103-3734
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#24. Bronx Pizza

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (351 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Italian
- Address: 111 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103-2002
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#23. El Indio Mexican Restaurant

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (605 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Mexican
- Address: 3695 India St, San Diego, CA 92103-4749
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#22. Las Cuatro Milpas

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (201 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (5.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Mexican, Latin
- Address: 1875 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113-2111
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#21. Perry's Cafe

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (355 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Cafe
- Address: 4610 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92110-2703
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#20. The Waffle Spot

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (713 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Cafe
- Address: 1333 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA 92108-3408
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#19. Clayton's Coffee Shop

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (926 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Cafe
- Address: 979 Orange Ave Should be BREAKFAST not freakfast, Coronado, CA 92118-2609
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#18. Burger Lounge

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (246 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 1608 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2599
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#17. Moo Time Creamery

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (568 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Dessert, American
- Address: 1026 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118-3403
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#16. Woody's Breakfast and Burgers

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (376 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 4111 Ocean Blvd Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA 92109-3900
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#15. Tacos El Gordo De Tijuana

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (363 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Mexican, Latin
- Address: 689 H St, Chula Vista, CA 91910-4222
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#14. Oscars Mexican Seafood

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (463 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Mexican
- Address: 703 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109-1058
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#13. Pizza Port Ocean Beach

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (304 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Address: 1956 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107-2844
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#12. La Playa Taco Shop

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (324 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Mexican
- Address: 3973 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109-6958
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#11. Hodad's

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (2,326 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Address: 5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107-3010
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#10. Donut Bar

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (656 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bakeries, American
- Address: 631 B St, San Diego, CA 92101-4306
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#9. Pappalecco

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (413 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Coffee & Tea, Italian
- Address: 1602 State St, San Diego, CA 92101-2512
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#8. Olive Cafe

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (255 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 805 Santa Clara Pl, San Diego, CA 92109-7223
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#7. Hodad's Downtown

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (705 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Address: 945 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101-5513
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#6. Kono's Cafe

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,274 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 704 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-2408
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#5. The Taco Stand

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,135 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Mexican
- Address: 621 Pearl St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-5014
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#4. Salt & Straw

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (170 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Dessert, American
- Address: 1670 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2516
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#3. The Baked Bear

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (612 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Dessert, American
- Address: 4516 Mission Blvd Ste C, San Diego, CA 92109-2792
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#2. Nado Gelato

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (345 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Dessert
- Address: 1017 C Ave, Coronado, CA 92118-3413
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#1. Bobboi Natural Gelato

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (702 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Dessert, Italian
- Address: 8008 Girard Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4160
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