Neighborhood Guide: Hillcrest

With the annual San Diego Pride Festival set to take over Uptown San Diego July 18-19, Hillcrest is bracing itself for a crowd of 100,000+ friends of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community expected to attend. You can get all the festival, party and scheduling details for the festival here , and read on below for our top picks of the best restaurants, shops and nightlife spots to hit up throughout the weekend.

Updated: July 07, 2009

Hillcrest Restaurants


Arrivederci Ristorante

3845 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Family-style Italian spot serves up homemade pastas to nightly crowds on Hillcrest's hottest corner.


Chilango's

142 University Ave Ste, San Diego, CA 92103

Former Chilango's Mexican Grill is back after the sushi teriyaki spot run by the same family in the same location failed.


Kitima

406 University Ave Ste B, San Diego, CA 92103

Bold meat and vegetarian dishes at Hillcrest's upscale, neighborhood Thai eatery.


Bronx Pizza

111 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

Get in line for Bronx-style pies and plenty of New York attitude at this Hillcrest pizza joint--a casual roadside favorite.


Tre Porcellini Italian Restaurant And Wine Bar

1417 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Confidential chef and Cafe W founder Chris Walsh offers upscale French/Italian small plates in a hip, Hillcrest dining room.


Cafe on Park

3831 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103

Friendly neighborhood eatery serves up creative egg dishes and sandwiches to a young clientle.


Golden Dragon

414 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Former Golden Dragon gets a facelift and an updated, Asian-fusion menu in Hillcrest that's open late.


Tapas Picasso Spanish Rstrnt

3923 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Small, spicy plates of Spanish cuisine offered in an intimate Hillcrest cafe since 1992.


Hillcrest Bars and Nightlife


The Wine Lover

3968 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Intimate hillcrest wine bar serves intelligent international list, with light nibbles on the side.


Universal Hillcrest

1202 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Intimate hillcrest wine bar balances strak red walls with a soothing blue lights, small plates menu and extensive by-the-glass wine list.


Alibi

1403 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Dive bar turned hipster hangout offers cheap drinks, pool tables and a down-to-earth vibe.


Baja Betty's

1421 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Whether Sunday brunch or happy hour fiesta, this old-school San Diego haunt is always packed.


Crush

530 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Intimate hillcrest wine bar balances strak red walls with a soothing blue lights, small plates menu and extensive by-the-glass wine list.


Hillcrest Boutiques and Shops


Hillcrest Farmer's Market

Lincoln St At Cleveland, San Diego, CA 92104

Hillcrest's artful community spirit shines in the unique, open air market on Sunday mornings.


Blue Stocking Books

3917 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Hillcrest independent bookseller with used and new books, journals and gifts is also a popular meeting spot for book clubs and poets.