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

December 23, 2020 
(Originally published 11/19/2020)

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. 10 Barrel Brewing Company - East Village
  2. 5th Ave Kitchen & Tap - Bankers Hill (rumored to be relocating)
  3. 85°C Bakery Cafe - Point Loma
  4. Amarin Thai - Hillcrest
  5. Apollonia Greek Bistro -  La Jolla UTC
  6. Artisan Noodle Tatsuki - Downtown
  7. B-Mo's Sandwiches - Pacific Beach
  8. Bang Bang- Gaslamp
  9. Banzai Bar - Midway
  10. Bar Bodega - Little Italy
  11. Bar Pink - North Park
  12. Beach Grass Cafe - Solana Beach
  13. Belching Beaver Brewery Tasting Room - Ocean Beach
  14. Berkeley Pizza, Downtown
  15. Bibigo Kitchen - Fashion Valley
  16. Bo Beau Kitchen + Cache - Hillcrest
  17. Boomers - El Cajon, Kearny Mesa (rebranded to San Diego Family Fun Center) & Vista
  18. Brick & Bell Cafe - Pacific Beach
  19. Burger Lounge - Gaslamp
  20. Buster's Beach House - Seaport Village
  21. Cabais Mexi-Deli - Hillcrest
  22. Cafe 1134 - Coronado
  23. Cafe on Park - Hillcrest
  24. Casa Sol y Mar - Del Mar
  25. Champagne Bakery - Del Mar
  26. Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers - Carlsbad & Gaslamp
  27. Coyote Ugly - Gaslamp
  28. Crab Catcher - La Jolla
  29. Craft Burrito Company - Del Mar
  30. Crush - Solana Beach
  31. Cueva Bar - University Heights (rebranded to DeNada Kitchen & Market)
  32. Culture Brewing - Ocean Beach
  33. Decoy Dockside Restaurant - San Marcos
  34. Donovan's Steak & Chophouse - Gaslamp
  35. The Dubliner - Gaslamp
  36. Ebisu Sushi - Hillcrest
  37. El Jardin - Liberty Station
  38. Escondido Brewing - Escondido
  39. Five Guys - Pacific Beach
  40. Fuddruckers - All Locations
  41. Furaido Premium Chicken Company - Poway
  42. Gabbiano Pizza - Mission Beach
  43. Gaya Gaya - Miramar
  44. Grater Grilled Cheese - Del Mar
  45. Green Acre - La Jolla
  46. Hacienda de Vega - Carlsbad
  47. Hammond's Ice Cream - Pacific Beach
  48. Heart & Trotter - North Park
  49. IB Public House - Imperial Beach
  50. Il Dandy - Bankers Hill
  51. Indigo Grill - Little Italy
  52. Iron Fist Brewing - Barrio Logan & Vista
  53. Jayne's Gastropub - University Heights
  54. Juice Crafters - Little Italy, La Jolla, Hillcrest, Coronado
  55. J/Wata Temaki Bar - Kearny Mesa
  56. Ken Cinema - Kensington
  57. La Torta Cafe - La Mesa
  58. Lil' Farmers Cafe - Kearny Mesa
  59. Livingston's Chicken Kitchen - Ocean Beach
  60. Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop - Carlsbad
  61. Lumberyard Tavern - Encinitas
  62. Martinis Above Fourth - Hillcrest
  63. Masala Street - La Jolla
  64. McCormick & Schmick’s - Downtown
  65. The Melting Pot - La Jolla
  66. Melvin Brewing - East Village
  67. Mexican Village - Coronado
  68. Mother's Saloon - Ocean Beach (rebranded to NorthSide Tavern)
  69. NaPizza - All Locations
  70. Newport Pizza - Ocean Beach
  71. North Park Breakfast Company - North Park
  72. The Oceanaire Seafood Room - Gaslamp
  73. On The Border - Mission Valley
  74. Phil's BBQ - San Marcos
  75. PrepKitchen - All Locations
  76. Primavera Ristorante - Coronado
  77. Ramen Menma - Oceanside
  78. Rock Bottom Brewery - La Jolla
  79. Rosie's Cafe - Escondido
  80. Royale - Point Loma
  81. Roy's Hawaiian Fusion - La Jolla
  82. Salvatores Cucina Italiana - Downtown
  83. San Marcos Brewery & Grill - San Marcos
  84. Sapporo Japanese - Ocean Beach
  85. Searsucker - Gaslamp
  86. Sicilia Bella - La Jolla
  87. Sign of the Whale - Gaslamp
  88. Sister Ray's - Sherman Heights
  89. Slaters 50/50 - San Marcos
  90. Small Bar - University Heights 
  91. Soda & Swine - North Park (rebranded to Fortunate Son Chinese)
  92. Souplantation - All Locations
  93. Surf Rider Pizza - Ocean Beach
  94. Sushi Yama - Carlsbad
  95. Swami's Café - Poway
  96. Tacos Libertad - Hillcrest
  97. Tako Factory - La Mesa
  98. Tamarindo - North Park
  99. Te Mana Cafe - Ocean Beach
  100. That Pizza Place - Carlsbad
  101. Tiger! Tiger! Tavern - North Park
  102. Tin Room - Hillcrest
  103. Tocaya Organica - Downtown & La Jolla
  104. Toronado - North Park
  105. Treelogy Cafe Restaurant - Pacific Beach
  106. Troy's Family Restaurant & Coffee Shop - Clairemont
  107. Two Paddles Fish & Grill - Hillcrest
  108. Two Roots Brewing - Ocean Beach
  109. Two Seven Eight - Hillcrest
  110. Ultrazone Laser Tag - Midway
  111. Umi Sushi - Encinitas
  112. Volcano Rabbit - Gaslamp
  113. Waypoint Public - North Park
  114. Whisknladle - La Jolla
  115. 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.