A Running List Of More Than 100 San Diego Restaurants & Bars That Have Shuttered In 2020

November 19, 2020

The year 2020 has been an exceedingly difficult period for restaurants around the country and the world due to restrictions imposed aimed at battling the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this post, we keep track of the more than 100 San Diego County bars and restaurants that have shuttered over this devastating year.

The review platform Yelp recently published a report finding that, as of the end of August, nearly 163,000 total businesses on Yelp had closed since the beginning of March, a 23% increase since July. Of those shutters, 32,109 are restaurants and 6,451 are bars. Yelp's ominous report predicted 61% of those currently shuttered businesses would never reopen. The James Beard Foundation and the Independent Restaurant Coalition recently surveyed independent restaurant operators and one-third said they would not be able to stay in business through October without some financial assistance. The National Restaurant Association has predicted the industry is likely to lose $240 billion in 2020 because of the pandemic.

Many notable San Diego restaurants have permanently shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic and associated prohibitions, including the entire San Diego-based Souplantation chain after 42 years in business, Crab Catcher in La Jolla after four decades, Searsucker in the Gaslamp after a 10 year run, Donovan's Steak & Chophouse after 12 years, Whisknladle in La Jolla after a dozen years, The Oceanaire Seafood Room in the Gaslamp after 15 years, The Dubliner on 4th Avenue after almost 20 years, 9 year-old Tiger! Tiger! Tavern in North Park, and most recently, Small Bar in University Heights after an 11 year run. 

Below is our list of San Diego County restaurants that have closed in 2020. We will continue to update this post throughout the year. Please note that this list is not meant to be fully exhaustive and it is not aimed at suggesting all closures were primarily caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also should be noted that some of these establishments may reopen if restrictions drastically change and/or if public funds become available. 

2020 RESTAURANT & BAR CLOSURES
  1. 5th Ave Kitchen & Tap - Bankers Hill (rumored to be relocating)
  2. 85°C Bakery Cafe - Point Loma
  3. Amarin Thai - Hillcrest
  4. Apollonia Greek Bistro -  La Jolla UTC
  5. Artisan Noodle Tatsuki - Downtown
  6. B-Mo's Sandwiches - Pacific Beach
  7. Bang Bang- Gaslamp
  8. Banzai Bar - Midway
  9. Bar Pink - North Park
  10. Beach Grass Cafe - Solana Beach
  11. Berkeley Pizza, Downtown
  12. Bibigo Kitchen - Fashion Valley
  13. Bo Beau Kitchen + Cache - Hillcrest
  14. Boomers - El Cajon, Kearny Mesa (rebranded to San Diego Family Fun Center) & Vista
  15. Brick & Bell Cafe - Pacific Beach
  16. Burger Lounge - Gaslamp
  17. Buster's Beach House - Seaport Village
  18. Cabais Mexi-Deli - Hillcrest
  19. Cafe 1134 - Coronado
  20. Cafe on Park - Hillcrest
  21. Casa Sol y Mar - Del Mar
  22. Champagne Bakery - Del Mar
  23. Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers - Carlsbad & Gaslamp
  24. Coyote Ugly - Gaslamp
  25. Crab Catcher - La Jolla
  26. Craft Burrito Company - Del Mar
  27. Crush - Solana Beach
  28. Cueva Bar - University Heights (rebranded to DeNada Kitchen & Market)
  29. Culture Brewing - Ocean Beach
  30. Decoy Dockside Restaurant - San Marcos
  31. Donovan's Steak & Chophouse - Gaslamp
  32. The Dubliner - Gaslamp
  33. Ebisu Sushi - Hillcrest
  34. El Jardin - Liberty Station
  35. Escondido Brewing - Escondido
  36. Five Guys - Pacific Beach
  37. Fuddruckers - All Locations
  38. Furaido Premium Chicken Company - Poway
  39. Gabbiano Pizza - Mission Beach
  40. Gaya Gaya - Miramar
  41. Grater Grilled Cheese - Del Mar
  42. Green Acre - La Jolla
  43. Hacienda de Vega - Carlsbad
  44. Hammond's Ice Cream - Pacific Beach
  45. Heart & Trotter - North Park
  46. IB Public House - Imperial Beach
  47. Il Dandy - Bankers Hill
  48. Indigo Grill - Little Italy
  49. Iron Fist Brewing - Barrio Logan & Vista
  50. Jayne's Gastropub - University Heights
  51. Juice Crafters - Little Italy, La Jolla, Hillcrest, Coronado
  52. J/Wata Temaki Bar - Kearny Mesa
  53. Ken Cinema - Kensington
  54. La Torta Cafe - La Mesa
  55. Lil' Farmers Cafe - Kearny Mesa
  56. Livingston's Chicken Kitchen - Ocean Beach
  57. Lumberyard Tavern - Encinitas
  58. Martinis Above Fourth - Hillcrest
  59. McCormick & Schmick’s - Downtown
  60. Melvin Brewing - East Village
  61. Mexican Village - Coronado
  62. Mother's Saloon - Ocean Beach (rebranded to NorthSide Tavern)
  63. NaPizza - All Locations
  64. Newport Pizza - Ocean Beach
  65. North Park Breakfast Company - North Park
  66. The Oceanaire Seafood Room - Gaslamp
  67. On The Border - Mission Valley
  68. Phil's BBQ - San Marcos
  69. PrepKitchen - All Locations
  70. Primavera Ristorante - Coronado
  71. Ramen Menma - Oceanside
  72. Rock Bottom Brewery - La Jolla
  73. Rosie's Cafe - Escondido
  74. Royale - Point Loma
  75. Roy's Hawaiian Fusion - La Jolla
  76. Salvatores Cucina Italiana - Downtown
  77. San Marcos Brewery & Grill - San Marcos
  78. Sapporo Japanese - Ocean Beach
  79. Searsucker - Gaslamp
  80. Sicilia Bella - La Jolla
  81. Sign of the Whale - Gaslamp
  82. Sister Ray's - Sherman Heights
  83. Slaters 50/50 - San Marcos
  84. Small Bar - University Heights 
  85. Soda & Swine - North Park (rebranded to Fortunate Son Chinese)
  86. Souplantation - All Locations
  87. Surf Rider Pizza - Ocean Beach
  88. Sushi Yama - Carlsbad
  89. Swami's Café - Poway
  90. Tacos Libertad - Hillcrest
  91. Tamarindo - North Park
  92. Te Mana Cafe - Ocean Beach
  93. That Pizza Place - Carlsbad
  94. Tiger! Tiger! Tavern - North Park
  95. Tin Room - Hillcrest
  96. Tocaya Organica - Downtown & La Jolla
  97. Toronado - North Park
  98. Treelogy Cafe Restaurant - Pacific Beach
  99. Troy's Family Restaurant & Coffee Shop - Clairemont
  100. Two Paddles Fish & Grill - Hillcrest
  101. Two Roots Brewing - Ocean Beach
  102. Two Seven Eight - Hillcrest
  103. Ultrazone Laser Tag - Midway
  104. Umi Sushi - Encinitas
  105. Volcano Rabbit - Gaslamp
  106. Waypoint Public - North Park
  107. Whisknladle - La Jolla
  108. Winston's Beach Club - Ocean Beach
Small businesses are struggling to survive during this tumultuous time. Support them!! Get take out. Buy gift cards. Leave glowing online reviews. Follow and engage with their social media. Shop at small businesses this holiday season instead of patronizing large corporations and big box retailers. We need your help now more than ever. Stay well and safe!! 


FULL DISCLOSURE: A working draft of this list was shared as a comment on a thread in popular Facebook Group Eating & Drinking in San Diego, which many people thereafter copy and pasted around social media. The draft list was exactly that, a draft, and not meant to be shared all over the Internet. It was eventually hijacked by KUSI News, who seemingly did not even take the time to verify closures before publishing.