Places to eat in Chula Vista

  • Restaurants
    by lmkluque
  • Restaurants
    by lmkluque
  • Galley at the Marina
    by lmkluque

Most Viewed Restaurants in Chula Vista

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo

    China Little Cafe Express!: One of the Best in CV!

    by lmkluque Updated Aug 5, 2012

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Under Construction:

    China Little Cafe Express has closed. I don't yet know what will be opened in it's space so until then I will leave this tip for those who are researching for information about this restaurant.

    This is the second location for China Little Cafe Express. I found it for the first time across the street from the Chula Vista Public Library in an old little strip mall. The food was delicious and the price was heavenly. $.99 per item. When the strip mall was torn down to make way for the new Police Department, China Little Cafe Express moved to a new and modern building on the corner of Third Avenue and H Street. The price went up ten cents, to $1.09 and the flavor, freshness and choice stayed the same. They are very generous with their servings and it is still one of the best places in San Diego for Chinese flavor.

    I always order food to go, but they have a several tables in the very clean establishment and very friendly ladies to serve the food and who will make good suggestions. Besides the buffet style choices, there is a menu to order from.

    Favorite Dish: They offer many of the usual items, such as very tasty orange chicken or broccoli beef, fish and spring rolls but one dish that is outstanding in flavor is their green beans in black sauce. Delicious!! I also like their noodles, mushroom chicken and kung poa chicken.

    Through the back door.
    Related to:
    • Business Travel
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo

    La Bella Pizza Garden: Filippis' Competitor

    by lmkluque Updated Jun 26, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    In the heart of downtown on Third Avenue, this family owned and operated Italian restaurant's has been one of Chula Vista's favorite pizza places. This is not fast-food pizza like Dominos--which opened a shop across the street--this is a neighborhood family Italian restaurant . Like Filippis' Pizza Grotto. Both opened their doors in the mid-1950s and have been in competition since. Or maybe not. It seems that each restaurant has it's own loyal clientele.

    Okay, just so you know my bias, I was manager of Filippis and Filippis is my favorite.

    Favorite Dish: The flavor of the food is different from Filippis, but it's good too. I like the Peperoni & Mushroom pizza, Lasagna and Chicken Parmesan. Beware, the Veal Parmesan comes with french fries instead of pasta--which is how it's served at Filippis.

    They have patio dining
    Related to:
    • Business Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo

    ...Talavera Azul: New To The Block! Stella's is now....

    by lmkluque Updated Jun 24, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The building's been there for years, but Talavera Azul hasn't been there very long. They serve breakfast and lunch. The interior decor is restive it's a great place to sit outside on a sunny day having coffee and reading a good book!

    Update:

    Stella's is out and Talavera Azul is in. Talavera Azul means blue pottery. The decor is a pale blue with lots of pots around the place. The menu is now Mexican and the two most popular items are Chilaquiles and their Cafe de Olla. At least that's what I've been told. I haven't tried either yet.

    Another thing I'll have to check on is whether or not they serve dinner. On their web page they say, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yet, they state their hours as 7:30 am - 2 pm? Interesting.

    Favorite Dish: The menu is now Mexican but I haven't seen it yet or tried any of the food. I will let you know my opinion after I've checked it out.

    A New Place To Try.

    Was this review helpful?

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo

    The Steak House on Broadway: AKA: The Butcher Shop Steak House

    by lmkluque Updated Jun 24, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Step into the past. Red leather booths, red velvet flocked wallpaper and dark wood, especially popular in the late forties early fifties, can be experienced at this popular restaurant!

    Have lunch here!

    Walking into the dimly lit dining room from the sunny outside is like going blind. You can hear but not see a thing! Close the door, stand still for a few moments until the pale glow begins to reveal the scene.

    The Butcher Shop has a reputation for being "connected." If that is true or not I haven't a clue, unless the photo of Frank Sinatra with the owner is telling. Actually the owner of the ButcherShop and Frank Sinatra do have a connection, Del Mar Race Track.

    Update:

    The Butcher Shop Steak House was sold some years ago, but since the quality of food did not suffer at all, I didn't mention that. However, now not only has it been sold the new owners have changed the name to The Steak House on Broadway. They are still using the history of the original owner and I'm sure that it is with his permission.

    Neither the decor nor the food has changed so it is still a great old place to experience.

    Favorite Dish: Prime Rib At It's Best!

    The drinks are strong, they make the best potato skins I've ever had, the prime rib is tender and delicious. What more could anyone want? Oh also I suggest that you order their homemade bleu cheese dressing--it is the best--for your salad and enjoy!

    Understated Facade
    Related to:
    • Business Travel
    • Singles
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo

    Marie Callender's!: A Cozy Chain Restaurant & Bakery!

    by lmkluque Updated Jun 24, 2012

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Though it is a chain restaurant it still has it's charm. This Chula Vista store is just off Third Avenue on F Street. They offer patio dining--which I prefer--however, in inclement weather I like the cozy, high-backed booths in the bar to enjoy a meal.

    The bar is full service and usually not crowed at lunch time. There is more of a flurry in the various dining areas so for a nice conversation, choose a seat in the bar.

    Favorite Dish: Pies are most popular at Marie Callender's, but their menu offers something for everyone and the food is pretty good all the time.

    I espeically like the Cobb Salad, potatoe skins, their salad bar and of course pie. Most of their food is homestyle cooked and pretty well done. Don't forget to order a pie to take home.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Business Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Agraichen's Profile Photo

    Via Lago by Busalacchi: Excellent Trattoria

    by Agraichen Written Jun 22, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Set in a small mall of of Eastlake Parkway, this branch of the Busalacchi Restaurant chain brings a bit of San Diego's Little Italy to Chula Vista. Lunch time seems to not be this restaurant's specialty as I've rarely seen many people at lunch; at times I'm the only patron.

    Dinner however is another matter. The place is usually packed and reservations needed on weekends.

    Favorite Dish: The pasta bolognese is excellent. I was told the chicken parmesan was the best a friend had ever had, but I was not quite as enthusiastic. It was good, but I have had better. Portions however are huge and most entrees will partially go home with you.

    Related to:
    • Food and Dining
    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • Agraichen's Profile Photo

    Los Arcos: A bit of Mexico

    by Agraichen Written Jun 22, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Los Arcos is a Mexican restaurant chain that has expanded into the US. Just a few miles from the Otay Mesa border in Chula Vista, Los Arcos brings very good "fast food" that tastes as good as the places I eat in the Baja.

    Favorite Dish: I chose the perenial favorite, fish tacos while my wife had a mixed sea food dish. Both were excellent.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Agraichen's Profile Photo

    Islands: Great Frys at Islands

    by Agraichen Written Jun 20, 2012

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Islands is a Burger & Beer chain with a number of venues. Luckily I found one in my new hometown of Chula Vista. It has a "sports bar" feel and the wait staff are friendly and efficient. The menu selection is typical for a "quick bite" restaurant, but everything is prepared very well and they have some of the best french frys I've ever had.

    Favorite Dish: Definitely their classic burger but hold the cheese and make the frys "well done." Consistently excellent.

    Related to:
    • Beer Tasting
    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • LauraWest's Profile Photo

    Cilantro Live!: Very Vegan

    by LauraWest Updated Apr 9, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Organically grown, all raw vegan food -- are you ready for this? And in old downtown Chula Vista, too. The sparsely, modern decor of this storefront restaurant contrasts with the rich, varied flavors of this food. Highly recommend it! And plan to return for more healthy, delicious food and to watch the cooks work in the open kitchen.

    Even my non-vegetarian brother liked it! This is a guy who didn't appreciate vegetables at all until he was into adulthood!

    Favorite Dish: Their global approach is their best. Try the ginger lemonade, a cold drink.
    Their wonderful web site has great photos, etc. of much of the food.

    Related to:
    • Food and Dining
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo

    Luna Grill: The Ultimate Kabobery in East Lake

    by lmkluque Updated Dec 12, 2013

    Interestingly enough the focus of this restaurant is the kabob.

    To Be Continued...

    Favorite Dish: To Be Continued...

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Business Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Chula Vista Hotels

Latest Chula Vista Hotel Reviews

Good Nite Inn San Diego South Bay
Terrible (1.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Motel 6 San Diego - Chula Vista
Bad (2.0 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
San Diego Metro KOA
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Best Western Chula Vista Inn
1 Review
El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Hercor Hotel - Urban Boutique
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Chula Vista RV Resort
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Vagabond Inn Chula Vista
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review

Instant Answers: Chula Vista

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

26 travelers online now

Comments (1)

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Buffalo Wild Wings will be opening a restaurant in Otay Ranch Town Center, Monday, 17 March 2014!
    If you are a wing fanatic or a sports fan, this might be the place for you. Check it out. I'll write a review after I've tried it out.

Chula Vista Restaurants

lmkluque's Profile Photo

As the second largest city in San Diego County, Chula Vista has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from.  The restaurants are scattered all over the city.  Third Street and Boadway...

Map of Chula Vista