Where to Dine Outdoors in San Diego From sexy rooftop bars to sun-soaked patios

Blessed with an almost Mediterranean climate, San Diego’s outdoor dining game is strong. Whether city skyline or ocean views are your jam, “eating out” takes on new meaning at these alfresco hot spots. With long summer days and evenings in mind, here are 14 restaurants and bars with solid food and drink programs, plus sunshine – or starry nights – and good vibes, guaranteed.

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The Dish: National Wine Day, National Burger Day, Memorial Day weekend

The newest concept from Trust Restaurant Group, Fort Oak, offers burger lovers an elevated option: the Wood-Grilled Dry Aged Burger ($17). Available on the brunch menu and in the bar, the burger is topped with aged cheddar, truffle onion jam, fried egg aioli, bread and butter pickle, and comes with a side of fries. 1011 Fort Stockton Drive, San Diego. Reservations: (619) 722-3398. fortoaksd.com

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The son surpasses the father at Fort Oak

Brightly flavored New American dishes take Mission Hills spot to next level.

With their first restaurant, TRUST in Hillcrest, owner Steve Schwob and chef Brad Wise created a special place that featured “dishes that are a cut above yet grounded, technical but unpretentious and both passionate and deeply satisfying,” as I wrote in 2016 when they first opened. They did so, however, in an environment with the sound level of a nightclub and an atmosphere that bordered on a hipster bar.

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