Welcome to the Neighborhood
The heartbeat of every city lives in its downtown, and San Diego is no exception. Located only minutes from the airport, San Diego's thriving urban center offers an abundance of options for dining and entertainment, all easily accessible by foot, car or public transportation. In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, where modern architecture and Victorian-Age buildings stand side-by-side, you'll discover trendy nightclubs, rooftop bars, gastropubs, craft beer haunts and fine dining restaurants lining the streets.
With such a rich culinary scene and active nightlife, finding the right eatery or watering hole can seem challenging. Therefore, the PDMI Team has published a “welcome to the neighborhood” guide to help you experience the local flavors of San Diego.
Limited on time? Too tired to leave the hotel? Want something convenient?
Pendry San Diego has several first-class food and beverage outlets:
Jill AlbertJill Albert, president and founder of Direct Results, is a recognized leader and innovator, developing strategies to drive change and deliver action. Her specialty is matching products and services with audio influencers who engage listeners to shift consumer behavior. She has developed and implemented nearly a billion dollars in successful, response-driven campaigns empowering consumers to take immediate action. Clients include FEMA, Veterans Affairs, Angi, Omaha Steaks, Toyota, Children’s Hospital, AAA, Burlington Stores, Hershey, USC, UCLA, and many others. In 2009, Albert developed a groundbreaking, ROI-based audience analytics database application that raised industry standards for response-driven advertisers. Using such response data and access to culture, music, and social media influencers is key to Direct Results’ impactful strategies that earn over 96% success for advertisers. Albert has twice been recognized as a “Top Women in Sales and Marketing” by American Women in Radio and Television and has numerous awards for strategic media innovation. She brings more than 30 years of experience managing successful national, regional, and statewide advertising campaigns all with clearly defined metrics. Albert is an expert at developing partnerships which bring additional exposure, community participation, excitement, and relevance to campaigns.
Shane AllorShane Allor is an account executive at Kount. Allor is part of a team that drives sales efforts in risk mitigation/payments and helps manage a portfolio of more than 150 merchants — more specifically, focusing on eliminating chargebacks and driving efficiencies for e-commerce merchants across the globe. A big part of the goal for the team he is a part of is to continue to allow customers and brands expand their revenue streams, while protecting the overall brand experience. In his spare time, Allor enjoys skiing, working out, and catching a concert or comedy show. He played golf at Boise State University, where he earned a B.A. in business and currently lives in Boise.
Sarah AndreadakisSarah Andreadakis has been in advertising and media for more than 20 years. With a client portfolio in some of the most complex categories, she has become recognized as a leader in the industry, driving Bluewater to improve the ways it serves its clients and solves for their needs. As executive vice president of media for Bluewater, Andreadakis drives media strategy for her clients and shapes the services required to meet those needs. She leads a team of expert practitioners to deliver world-class services and exceed results. Her data-driven approach fosters a culture of continuous optimization and shared ownership.
Steve ArentzoffSteve Arentzoff is senior vice president of marketing at FlexPay. He is a modern, results-oriented marketing executive with more than 20 years of senior technology marketing leadership, building high-performance marketing organizations, category leadership, marketing and sales alignment, and accelerated company growth rates. Before joining FlexPay, Arentzoff was vice president of demand generation at Medallia, and senior vice president of global digital marketing at Cision. He helped lead these companies through their IPOs, and played a critical role driving growth as senior director of marketing at Dealertrack, helping drive a $4.5-billion acquisition of the company.
Roger ColaizziRoger Colaizzi has significant trial experience in Intellectual Property Rights, including Lanham Act false advertising, state deceptive trade practices, trademark, trade dress, patent, copyright, unfair competition, direct to consumer marketing, social networking, affiliate advertising, and other e-commerce matters. He has represented clients before regulatory agencies such as the FTC and self-regulating bodies such as ERSP and NAD, and in state AG investigations.
Brooke DavisBrooke Davis is the manager of product marketing at Contour Products, where she leads the cross communication between departments and partners for new product launches. She has spent many years at Contour working on the B2B side before shifting to D2C and focusing expanding current product offerings. Now, Davis works with directly with both brick-and-mortar and direct consumers to research trends, identify niche marketplaces, and implement innovation within the comfort-and-support category. Davis holds a dual bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in entrepreneurship & innovation and marketing.
Cristina FerruggiariCristina Ferruggiari serves as executive vice president, advanced TV, for Lockard & Wechsler Direct. A leader in her field with more than a decade of experience building omnichannel media strategies for major brands, Ferruggiari helps LWD and its clients navigate this rapidly evolving, cross-platform, customizable, and data-rich media environment. Her unwavering commitment to efficiency, coupled with her intimate knowledge of various product categories (including quick-service restaurants, consumer packaged goods, retail, and luxury products) help keep her team on the forefront of all things advanced and connected TV. Prior to joining LWD, Ferruggiari served as senior vice president/group director, video investments, at Havas Media, where she was responsible for developing and leading the agency’s advanced TV offerings as well as national and upfront media investments.
Kevin GaffneyKevin Gaffney is executive vice president of product strategy at CoreMedia Systems. He has been with CoreMedia for 25 years and is a skilled client advocate, providing leadership for the business development, new product development, and workflow enhancement. He played a key role in syndicating CoreDirect, the industry’s leading media management tool that processes more than $10 billion in performance media annually. Before joining the company in 1996, Gaffney was a media buying supervisor and account executive at Time Buying Service and was part of the successful TBS Direct startup.
Federico GarzaFederico Garza, senior vice president, research strategy and insights, leads all of research, insights, and analytics to inform programming, marketing, and digital strategies across Telemundo’s portfolio. A seasoned consumer-insights professional with more than 20 years of experience and ample expertise across multiplatform data, audience measurement, and marketing strategies, Garza oversees and develops comprehensive research plans through consumer insights, data capabilities, and multiplatform measurement to achieve Telemundo’s business goals. Additionally, Garza will oversee primary and secondary research and drive data-driven recommendations to enhance Telemundo’s multiplatform strategy and deliver on the content needs of the growing Latino consumer. He was previously the executive vice president of research and insights at iHeart Media, where he spearheaded thought leadership, developed analytics, and led cross functional strategic programs. As a consultant at Bain & Company for a decade, he conducted extensive management consulting work and developed business growth strategies based on data-driven insights for multinational companies across a variety of industries including airline, beverage, food, consumer goods, and financial services. Garza completed an undergraduate degree in computer system engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico, and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Chris HarrisChris Harris is vice president of advanced TV sales at AudienceXpress, a Comcast Company. In his role, Harris leads a team of sales professionals working with agency and advertiser partners to provide unique solutions to find and engage with audiences across the video ecosystem. He joined AudienceXpress in 2013, where he helped achieve 300-percent growth, leading to an acquisition by Comcast in 2015. Harris brings more than 20 years of media experience and prides himself on bringing a consultative approach to helping clients solve for the challenges impacting the overall media landscape.
Beth JohnsonBeth Johnson has more than 25 years of performance media expertise spanning across categories including finance, healthcare, insurance, retail, DTC, and lead generation. In her current role as senior director of media at Omni Direct, she leads all multichannel media strategy, planning, analytics, and ROI performance for clients looking to reach the large and growing Hispanic market. With Johnson as part of the leadership team, Omni Direct has been recognized as a fastest-growing agency by Inc. 5000, Adweek and the South Florida Business Journal. Prior to joining Omni Direct, she spearheaded the formation of the Hispanic media division for Eicoff, an Ogilvy & Mather company, where she built and led the high-growth business for more than 12 years. Johnson enjoys being an integral marketing partner for her clients by identifying new market opportunities, relentlessly optimizing media, and extracting timely insights from data mining and attribution.
Lori LaskyLori Lasky, vice president of strategy at Media Culture, has more than 20 years of experience developing comprehensive omnichannel strategies (across linear, digital, retail, radio, email, and out of home) to drive brand awareness and increase sales. Her combined passion for marketing insights, media trends and analytics to improve an organization’s bottom line, and talent for building cohesive teams has helped to deliver success for many brands. Lasky has held positions on the brand side at Nautilus Inc. and the agency side as the lead for campaigns such as eHarmony, Conair, Cuisinart, Bare Minerals, Tracy Anderson Method, Dremel, and Rubbermaid.
Andy LatimerAndy Latimer, the founder/CEO of Bluewater Media, is a proven director/producer with more than 25 years of experience in the television and film industry. He takes a client's vision and creates a story worth watching — making concepts reality. Latimer’s storytelling ability crosses genres and categories, delivering results in sales by eliciting immediate response directly from consumers. After launching Bluewater in 2000, he led the way in creative and production, being the first-ever end-to-end, fully digital studio in Florida. With a focus on performance-based strategies, he seamlessly led Bluewater in the launch of its media division to integrate creative and media under one roof. Then as the market shifted, he led Bluewater Media through the evolution in direct-to-consumer strategies, becoming an expert in the digital, social media, influencer marketing and e-commerce marketplace management. This converged agency strategy has put Bluewater on Adweek’s 100 Agencies to Watch list and has seen it honored as an Inc. 500 company and as one of Florida’s fastest growing companies. With clients ranging from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 500 Companies and a deep hit list including Magic Jack, The Philips Smokeless Indoor Grill and AirFryer, Blackstone Griddles, Johnsonville, Soda Stream, Thundershirt, and Tommy John, Latimer has proven his ability to adapt to any market and to drive real branded response success in the increasingly important world of direct-to-consumer marketing.
Racine LevyRacine Levy leads the in-house strategy and buying team at Angi as the senior director of brand media. She has more than 12 years of media experience, working with a variety of brands covering the CPG and entertainment categories. Prior to moving to Angi and bringing media buying efforts in house, she worked at an agency for eight years. Levy is born and bred in Manhattan and a graduate of the George Washington University School of Business, where she studied marketing and interned for the American Advertising Federation (AAF). She doesn’t only have a passion for planning and negotiating media, but Levy also enjoys making new and maintaining relationships throughout the industry.
Kyle PattenKyle Patten is vice president of direct response at Univision. Based in New York, he has a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast media industry. Skilled in broadcasting, advertising, sales, digital marketing, and social media, Patten graduated from New York Institute of Technology.
Nicolas PietropintoSenior executive with more than 15 years in management and leadership. Nicolas Pietropinto has an entrepreneurial attitude with a passion for technology, finance, and operations. He is a proactive leader and business relationship catalyst possessing a heightened sense of responsibility and ethics. Pietropinto considers himself an overachiever and highly competitive, while enthusiastic about winning through a collaborative team effort. He is a consultative and hands-on executive that leads by example, and is adept at creating, analyzing, and reporting results-driven business metrics. Pietropinto is known for strong multicultural awareness and is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.
Teddy PritikinTeddy Pritikin is vice president of direct response at DirecTV Advertising and a proven sales leader in the industry. Prior to his 11 years at DirecTV, he was vice president of ad sales at Veria and an account executive at Game Show Network. Pritikin is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting. In his free time, he enjoys crushing opponents on the basketball court with his killer crossover. Pritikin and his wife are enjoying their lives as empty nesters in Morristown, N.J.
Raphael RivillaA media savant, Raphael Rivilla — chief media officer of Marcus Thomas LLC — delivers optimized cross-platform messaging in sync with the customer life cycle and has worked his magic for SEGA Games, Caesars properties, Sherwin-Williams, SafeAuto, Troy-Bilt, and March of Dimes, to name a few. Under his leadership, Marcus Thomas has become the largest media buyer in Ohio and the first Cleveland agency with its own real-time media trading desk. It’s also won OMMA, Creative Media Awards, and was an Effie finalist for its media work. The agency is also a Google Premier Partner, which only 3 percent of U.S. agencies can claim.
Irene ScharmackAs CEO of QuickBox Fulfillment, Irene Scharmack is passionate about helping D2C and omnichannel brands streamline operations, delight customers, and grow their businesses. With 25-plus years of experience in the logistics industry and a common-sense approach, she has a track record of driving results, building high-performing teams, and ensuring client satisfaction. Scharmack joined QuickBox in 2021. Under her leadership, the organization has grown to four locations, ensuring fast delivery to customers across the U.S. Previously, she held leadership roles at Impact Fulfillment Services, GEODIS, Network Global Logistics, and The Complete Logistics Company. In addition, Scharmack has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern California Distribution Management Association and was an advisor to the United Way Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Mt. San Antonio College.
Sialoren SpauldingSialoren Spaulding is a marketing and advertising professional who has spent more than a decade immersed in the study and practice of quality communication. As a former ad woman turned client, with both an honors BA and MA in communication management, she has a breadth of experience in a variety of verticals, but is particularly well-versed in QSR, e-commerce, and financial services. Having spent time on both sides of the creative process, Spaulding is passionate about, and committed to, developing award-winning work that delivers for the business. She is the director of advertising for Farmers Insurance by day, and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication of Journalism by night.
David TiberiaWith almost 15 years in direct-to-consumer advertising, David Tiberia has diverse, hands-on leadership experience in most major disciplines of multichannel D2C advertising. A true, modern advertising “renaissance man,” he’s embraced a career of constant evolution and growth. He currently supports Bluewater as a partner and vice president of data and analytics, leading a team of talented data scientists and analytics pros to develop advanced solutions that give brands deep insight into consumer response. Tiberia and his team developed a leading-edge visualization platform and continue to find new opportunities for innovation. Prior to his current position, he started out on the creative side, producing and directing award-winning commercials, developing stories to create response, and driving growth for both startups and Fortune 100 brands. Pushed by an innate curiosity about the rest of the advertising business, he moved into media and rapidly developed sharp instincts and a strong ability to build TV media strategy. Outside of advertising, Tiberia is an avid bass guitarist and drummer, and enjoys distance running as well as spending time with his wife and two sons.
Matt TimothyMatt Timothy is the executive vice president of customer success, sales and marketing at Blockboard, where he leads all of the company’s customer-facing efforts. He started his career in video and TV advertising at CBS where he rose from account executive at KPIX-TV to vice president, general manager of both CBS.com and CBSNews.com. Timothy also has held leadership roles at Broadband Enterprises, Vindico, Sorenson Media, and Extreme Reach.
Paul WahlgrenPaul Wahlgren is the co-founder and chief marketing officer at BeautyStat Cosmetics. He has 30-plus years in the retail and wholesale business, having held senior management and business development positions in beauty and luxury goods companies across the U.S. and Europe. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from SUNY Buffalo, an M.B.A. from Nyenrode Business Universiteit in Breukelen, The Netherlands, and completed the Digital Marketing Strategy Program at Harvard University.
Meng WilliamsMeng Williams is the senior director, finance at Bold.com, where she leads the financial planning and analysis (FP&A) team. As well as managing budgeting, forecasting, and reporting for the fast-growing company, Williams also manages Bold's global payment strategy where she uses a data-driven approach to optimize conversion rates and LTV. She is also responsible for improving profit and reducing fraud and chargeback risks. During her time with the company, Williams established an effective budgeting, forecasting, and monthly review process and built the FP&A team from the ground up. Williams holds CFA and CPFPP designations, as well as a Data Science for Finance certification.
Tom WolfeTom Wolfe is the senior vice president of business development at Viant Technology. He is responsible for driving strategic business partnerships to support the company’s growth and business strategy. Wolfe is an accomplished industry veteran, with more than 25 years of experience in content distribution, advertising, and technology focused on connected TV (CTV) and over-the-top (OTT) video. He has launched and led multiple businesses at industry leaders such as Roku, YuMe, Tivo, and Comcast, and has advised companies including VIZIO, Vice Media, and more. Wolfe earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Lehigh University. He has been a guest lecturer at New York University and Drexel University.In his free time, he, his wife Lisa, and their two sons enjoy skiing, golfing, making music, and serving their community as active board and committee members of St. James the Less Episcopal Church.
Sometimes Locals Know Best.
Here are 15 additional Zagat-rated, uniquely San Diego restaurants located in the renowned Gaslamp Quarter and walkable from Pendry San Diego.
One of the best Italian restaurants in the city is Biga, which specializes in artisanal pizzas and dishes made with house-made pasta. Owner Tae Dicky is known for scouring local farms and markets to find the best, most sustainable and freshest local produce, so expect quality no matter what is ordered.
950 6th Ave. C, San Diego, CA 92101
STK San Diego
High quality chops and seafood are on the menu and a party vibe is a given.
600 F St., San Diego, CA 92101
The Morning After
This bistro and bar serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and bar selections. The Morning After transitions to a sports bar in the evening, becoming part of the energetic and vibrant downtown nightlife scene. The evening menu features an array of bar bites.
531 F St., San Diego, CA 92101
Tocaya - San Diego
The Los Angeles-based Mexican chain has hit downtown San Diego. Regulars love the variety of bowls, which are ideal for a grab-on-the-go lunch.
755 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Pushkin Russian Restaurant
One of San Diego’s only destinations for Russian food, Pushkin serves up quality borscht, pelmeni, Armenian dishes like grilled salad, and a hearty selection of specialty vodkas.
750 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Osteria Panevino is one of the best quality Italian restaurants in downtown San Diego. The fresh pasta and osso buco are not to be missed. A bonus: gluten-free options.
722 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Dinner and a movie? Theatre Box features a top-of-the-line viewing experience complete with a full dinner and snack menu alongside craft cocktails and other sweet treats. For a full sit-down experience, hit the on-site Sugar American Brasserie.
701 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
The Butcher's Cut
The Butcher’s Cut features prime cuts and a meat locker that is able to be viewed by the public.
644 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
The Lion's Share
In-house charcuterie, one of the best cocktail lists in San Diego, and less common meat options, like wild boar, are what The Lion’s Share is known for. Think of it as a quirky (in the best way) gastropub — and one that offers one of the best dining and drinking experiences in the city.
629 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Tacos el Cabron
Tacos El Cabron was opened by an Argentinian who had spent five years living in Tijuana eating and loving tacos before opening up shop in San Diego. Favorites include anything with shrimp — be it a shrimp taco or a surf-and-turf with carne asada. For vegetarians, the portobello taco is a hit. The adobada is also popular, as is the classic carne asada.
532 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
A city-wide destination for breakfast, Cafe 222 is particularly known for its ever-changing specials — particularly its pancakes.
222 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
With a rooftop bar and an ever-changing menu, Jsix in the Kimpton Solamar is one of the Gaslamp’s best dining options. Executive chef Anthony Sinsay is known for introducing Filipino flavors to some of the dishes, providing an extra dose of creativity in the menu.
616 J St., San Diego, CA 92101
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
For an upscale, special occasion seafood dinner, The Oceanaire Seafood Room is a solid bet. It doesn’t win major points for creativity, but it can be counted on for quality and well-executed classic seafood dishes with a small twist.
400 J St., San Diego, CA 92101
WhipHand brings comfort food and creative cocktails to J Street.
935 J St., San Diego, CA 92101
Water Grill San Diego
Water Grill specializes in plates of the freshest catch. A stacked raw bar and creative mains complement an ever-changing specials menu.
615 J St., San Diego, CA 92101
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and open to taking a 5-minute taxi, Lyft, or Uber ride, we encourage you to explore Little Italy – rich in culture and cuisine.
If you're looking for some authentic local flavor, immerse yourself in San Diego's Little Italy district, just north of downtown, where you can grab a slice of pizza or an espresso and biscotti from a local café, or dine at one of the celebrity chef restaurants located on bustling Kettner Boulevard – known as "Top Chef Alley."
Herb & Wood
An award-winning restaurant by celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey that is known for wood fire cookery focusing on basic rustic preparations that rely on the quality of the ingredients.
Juniper & Ivy
Led by "Top Chef: All-Stars" winner Richard Blais and the team at Juniper Hospitality, the popular modern American restaurant sits in a converted 1920s sawtooth warehouse. Blais' innovative approach to cooking and cuisine is a hit with locals.
The menu features progressive American cuisine using seasonal ingredients and is also influenced by Chef Brian Redzikowski's classic French culinary training and passion for Asian flavors and ingredients. The menu boasts some of the most innovative entrees in San Diego.
The Crack Shack
Another of Chef Richard Blais' creations. It's comfort food thanks to locally-raised, free-range, antibiotic-free chicken, and creative recipes.
Bencotto Italian Kitchen
Voted Best Italian Restaurant by San Diego Magazine four years in a row, Bencotto puts a unique spin on traditional Italian cuisine or regional specialties by offering dishes designed to share. The atmosphere is contemporary though mixed with the feel of an Old World kitchen.
Looking for some after-hours fun? The Gaslamp Quarter houses just about every kind of venue you can think of. We’ve pulled a few fun selections together for you here.
Fun, high-energy downtown restaurant and bar that celebrates the richness of American culture through its appetizing and progressive bar fare. Both the restaurant philosophy and menu offerings draw heavily from two barroom staples: beer and bourbon.
Downtown restaurant and bar that channels Cuba’s heyday, when the island became a playground for Americans to escape prohibition and hit a happening bar scene. Enjoy live music every Thursday through Saturday evenings!
Pops Liquor Cabinet
With a capacity of only 12, Pop’s Liquor Cabinet isn’t just the smallest bar in San Diego, it’s a throwback to a grand time when phones were actually used for calling, cocktail hour was a daily event, and opening a bottle of bourbon was Pop’s cure for your toothache.
Prohibition Liquor Bar
Here at the original San Diego speakeasy bar, Prohibition, we go unseen by most people in our underground, secret bar. Be mindful of their strict dress codes.
A cozy New York-style nightclub and lounge with a glamorous yet intimate
feel. Choose your party pleasure at the “Gaslamp’s Favorite Lounge”: a late night on the dance floor with unexpected champagne showers and sparkling chaos, or a classy rendezvous complete with delicious bites and libations.
The Shout! House – Dueling Pianos
It’s the greatest music hits of all time combined with great showmanship, energy, and comedy. Watching the people, watch the people … it’s worth the price of admission alone!
Downtown San Diego’s original line-dancin’, boot-stompin’, mechanical bull-ridin’ entertainment venue that’s a little bit Country, a little bit Rock-n-Roll and a whole lot of unique FUN!
The Whiskey House
The Gaslamp’s premier whiskey bar. The Whiskey House, featuring over 2,800 whiskeys, craft cocktails, 20 international draft beers, an eclectic wine list and a delectable menu of house-made fare.
Vin de Syrah Wine Parlor
Quirky decor plus DJs and live music in this hip, hidden lounge serving wine, cocktails, and small bites.
The Nolen Rooftop Bar
The Nolen is a destination rooftop bar and lounge that honors modern, timeless cocktails and a renewed spirit of community.
Cuban Cigar Factory
Happening lounge serving global wines and microbrews, offering hand-rolled premium and basic cigars.
Amazing live music from the country's most talented musicians playing your favorite songs to keep the dance floor rockin' until last call! San Diego's friendliest bartenders serve up drinks behind the bar including $5 shots of Jameson and Fireball all day, every day!
An in-your-face honky-tonk bar with a sexy edge, Moonshine Flats features live music, line dancing, and DJs spinning top country, rock and pop music.
Swanky speakeasy tucked behind a secret door in The Neighborhood eatery that serves incredible craft cocktails. Reservations recommended. Visit Website
Trailer Park After Dark
Subterranean dive bar serving American comfort fare and beer amid funky trailer park-themed decor.
Trendy tiki bar located in Craft & Commerce, serving strong drinks in tropical surroundings.
Located in the heart of the Gaslamp, Atomic explodes with an amazing sound and light show. Atomic offers three unique levels that will give you an experience like no other.
Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub
Circa-1933 haunt presents live blues bands every night, plus happy hour, in a welcoming setting.
The Tipsy Crow
Historic tri-level hangout serves pub grub and signature drinks alongside games, comedy, and live music.
The Smoking Gun
Urban setting and southern-influenced dishes draw industry friends, restauranteurs, and tourists from all over. Grab a drink, enjoy the music, and try your hand at ping pong.