CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA is one of the larger cities surrounding San Diego, with a population of more than 200,000 people. The words Chula Vista translate to "beautiful view" in English, and that's certainly true of this gorgeous area. It's known for shopping, theatre, and many wonderful eateries and lounges too. These are our top choices for drinking and dining in the 91909, 91910, 91911, 91912, 91913, 91914, 91915, and 91921 zip codes!
is a wonderful cozy Greek family restaurant that includes a delicious buffet. They've got so many of your Mediterranean favorites on that buffet, so you can indulge in your top picks in the amounts that you desire. They've got a wide variety of vegetarian dishes here, so if you're looking for a place to bring your vegetarian friends that will really please their tastebuds as well as your own, you'll love it here. They play great music here and have a very nice atmosphere too. You can find Zorba's Restaurant on Broadway between D Street and Flower Street.
Black Angus Steakhouse
is one of our favorite places for delicious steaks and seafood in Chula Vista. The atmosphere is dim and romantic, and yet it's still casual-elegant, and they've got a full bar so you can indulge in your favorite cocktails during dinner. We love the bar area which includes a TV. They've got a very nice "dinner for two" deal that includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert. We also love the prime rib, and everyone that goes here always raves about it. You can find Black Angus Steakhouse on E Street between Woodlawn Avenue and North Trolley Station.
La Bella Pizza Garden & Catering
is your source for fresh delicious pizza and delicious local brews. They've got plenty for you to do before or after your meal, including shooting some pool, throwing a few darts, or putting some coins in those old school arcade machines and showing the kids how it's really done. They deliver too, and they've got a great catering service that definitely gets our recommendation. You'll find La Bella Pizza Garden on 3rd Avenue between G Street and Park Way.
El Torito Mexican Grill
is a chain restaurant, which we don't generally recommend, but we love this one so much that we don't mind it being a franchise! The Mexican food that they serve here is very authentic, and the service is superb. They've got a great lunch buffet, and we love ordering the guacamole because they make it fresh right in front of you. The chips and salsa are delicious too! Very highly recommended. You can find El Torito Mexican Grill on Bay Boulevard near the intersection with Gunpowder Point Drive.
Filippi's Pizza Grotto
is another Italian restaurant and pizzeria that gets our recommendation based on hot fresh food and friendly fast service! It's been open since 1964, serving customers the best old fashioned style Italian food in large hearty portions that will satisfy even the hungriest diners! Some of the more unique pizza restaurants have wild combinations that just aren't so good, but everything at Filippi's is mouthwateringly tasty! Crave-worthy. You will find this one on Broadway between Casselman Street and D Street!
Aunt Emma's Pancake Restaurant
is our go-to spot in Chula Vista for a really amazing breakfast! It's always packed with happy diners, so you'll want to give yourself a little extra time in case there's a wait. (There usually is. Don't let that put you off. It's worth it.) They've got such a huge variety of pancakes plus a giant array of breakfast choices. We love the old school style here, and we very highly recommend it to you! You'll find it on E Street between North Trolley Station and Woodlawn Avenue.
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
is the very best place to go if you're seeking an amazing deep dish pizza. No need to jet set all the way to Chicago anymore... BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse has you covered. Oh those cheesy saucy bites with just the right amount of toppings will really have you in pizza heaven! We also love their sandwiches and hamburgers. The sports bar atmosphere is great, and all the televisions mean that you never have to miss the big game while you're here. In fact it just may become your big game destination! You can find BJ's on Broadway near the intersection with I Street!
South Bay Fish & Grill - CLOSED
is a restaurant that's located right alongside the marina, making it the perfect place for your fresh seafood. The beautiful view would be impressive enough through the windows, but they also have an outdoor seating area so you can get up close and personal with that lovely marina view! They've got a great sports bar atmosphere, so you can catch the game while noshing on their incredible seafood dishes, and we love their private party room for special occasions! You'll be able to locate South Bay Fish & Grill at 570 Marina Parkway.
Mea Kwan Thai Cuisine
has certainly earned their mention on this page with their flavor-packed menu items and their superb friendly service! We love all their curry dishes, especially the green curry! Oh it's to die for. They've got a wonderful Pad Thai lunch special that's always a great bet, and we also recommend the Spicy Basil lunch special. Everything on the menu is affordable and served in large quantities. You'll love the inviting atmosphere and the authentic style of the food. You'll find Mea Kwan Thai Cuisine on 3rd Avenue between E Street and Davidson Street.
Nico's Steak & Chop House - CLOSED
was made for steak lovers like yourself. The atmosphere is elegant and woodsy, very comfortable and romantic for those special occasions or even first dates! You're not limited to just steaks and chops here... you'll also be able to get the finest seafood and chicken dishes that are available in the area! We've never had a bad dish here. Incredible martinis here, including a pomegranate martini that will really please those tastebuds! You can find Nico's Steak House & Chop House at 2015 Birch Road.