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insideOUT, San Diego, CA

insideOUT

4.8
4.8
880 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
insideOUT is Hillcrest’s sexy, chic and refined destination restaurant for those who want to enjoy fine dining, craft cocktails and relax in an outdoor urban oasis.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 69 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 888-8623

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Duran

  • Private party facilities

    At insideOUT, San Diego’s only urban oasis we offer 3 different spaces or entire venue buyouts with a stunning and unique holiday backdrop you won’t find anywhere else in San Diego! Please contact paris@insideoutsd.com for more details and walk-throughs.

  • Neighborhood

    Hillcrest

  • Cross street

    Center Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 880 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Best Ambiance

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing first date experience! I was super nervous, and the staff was so friendly!
  2. j

    joannab

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this spot! Fantastic drinks and the ambiance is impeccable.
  3. JG

    JuanG

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!! The food is so good!! The place amazing and service is outstanding.
  4. DT

    DarrellT

    Palm Springs

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inside Out is my dining room outside my house. I LOVE the newly rolled out menu!
  5. AR

    AlexR

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Different. Diverse. Good food. Good vibes. Colorful. Good location.
  6. AG

    AndrewG

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was wonderful! Food was good, and a good value. The cheese board was one of the best charcuterie boards and easily can feed 3 or 4 people. It was loud, but not uncomfortably. The food wasn’t out of this world, but quite an experience. Drinks were great. Truly one of San Diego’s most unique restaurants, exciting to see what they do next.
  7. TE

    TheEds

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch and drinks we’re delicious! Our server was very nice and attentive! Would come back again
  8. EH

    EmilyHB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner. I think I had the best pork chop I've ever had. Everyone's I food was fabulous. I cannot wait to go back.
  9. H

    Howard

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Incredible space. Good service.
  10. f

    foodanddrinklover

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Very slow service and zero willingness to apologize or be accountable for poor service.
  11. BO

    BrianO

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time with great food and service - we'll be back
  12. L

    Leli

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Charming place with beautiful ambiance! Most of the plates were outstanding like the burger and the burundi, the brussel sprouts and the bread were yummy and they have a nice cocktail selection.
  13. DF

    DamonF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious! I highly recommend the salmon (main entree), Brussel sprouts (appetizer), and donuts and chocolate cake (desserts). Julian our server was wonderful. Very attentive, courteous, and provided wonderful service. Will definitely dine at your restaurant again.
  14. S

    Shyla

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Def will be back! A must to place!
  15. AG

    ArleneG

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Nice service
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the ambiance and the servers were outstanding making my first time welcoming. The drinks and food were on point. Definitely will be returning.
  17. JH

    JanH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, Great ambiance and wonderful service. Exceeded our expectations.
  18. JP

    JohnP

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A completely awesome restaurant. One of our favorites in all of San Diego. Wonderful atmosphere, great food and service!
  19. f

    food1st

    San Diego

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really love this place. Best damn burger is aptly named. Poke is delicious, beautifully prepared and presented. Doughnuts are the bomb!!
  20. PJ

    PJBricoleur

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great night out with an amazing space, great food and a very attentive (and attractive) staff! What a great addition to Hillcrest!
  21. LS

    LS17

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    College graduation dinner. Fantastic food, atmosphere, and I cannot say enough great things about the service. I have been here a few times and the staff is excellent.
  22. AB

    ABertram

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch. Tylor was our server and he was the absolute best! Great cocktails and the meals were out of this world. We will be back!!
  23. M

    Missa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places to go to. The atmosphere is very inviting and the food and drinks are outstanding.
  24. JH

    JeremyH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere! It feels like an urban oasis. Highly recommend.
  25. BP

    BobP

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great; ambiance is unique. We enjoyed our visit
  26. S

    Shoechronicler

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We do date night every Wednesday and this was the first time we tried Inside Out . The service was awesome, the food was equally delicious and the drinks were amazing! Thank you!
  27. CA

    ChristopherA

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We went for a very good tasting brunch. Tylor was a very good server, professional, with great recommendations for drinks and food.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The aesthetics of this place Definitely matches the great service and amazing food. It will exceed expectations.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and cocktails, my overall experience was great and servers were attentive to the guests.
  30. m

    mikeb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely AMAZING again ! FOOD spectacular and the courtyard is MAGICAL. Best place to enjoy our amazing SD climate and fantastic COCKtails with friends:)
  31. DF

    DonetteF

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Who knew you could find such a cute little restaurant right in the middle of an apartment complex! The food was great (a little on the smaller side when it comes to portions but filling) and the drinks were so yummy! Be sure to get there just in time for happy hour to get some steals. The heaters outdoors (and the drinks) kept us warm throughout our meal. Overall we had an amazing time and will definitely be back.
  32. F

    mattF

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Hello, We love the atmosphere and service, but the 2 braised short rib dishes that were ordered were tough. Not happy about that, but everything else was amazing.
  33. JO

    JoannaO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was nothing special to be honest. The ambience is definitely a vibe.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was really excellent! Loco moco was delicious!
  35. BT

    BrianT

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a little chilly at the top on a Sunday morning, but it was nice and not too crazy. The atmosphere is always fun with the right friends. Food was good, curious to try out the menu. I did a Cali scramble, it was good, not crazy special. Friend did the breakfast croissant, forgot to ask how it was, seemed like he enjoyed it.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak was amazing. Brought out on hot stone rare, so you can cook to your liking!
  37. CR

    CaseyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is always a fantastic experience at Inside Out. The food and drinks are amazing and the service is great.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a wonderful time here! All of the staff was so friendly and the ambiance is beautiful. We sat inside and could still see how beautiful the restaurant was decorated. Highly recommend experiencing!
  39. L

    Lorena

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Incredibly attentive staff! Ambiance was fantastic.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Stale bread. Staff asks how’re doing but doesn’t wait for your answer - and they move on - like robots. Terrible sound system.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from insideOUT using the Order Online button.

insideOUT is rated 4.8 stars by 880 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 69 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for insideOUT

1642 University Ave Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Center Street

  • Neighborhood

    Hillcrest

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Duran

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 888-8623

  • Private party facilities

    At insideOUT, San Diego’s only urban oasis we offer 3 different spaces or entire venue buyouts with a stunning and unique holiday backdrop you won’t find anywhere else in San Diego! Please contact paris@insideoutsd.com for more details and walk-throughs.

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