photo credit: Deanna Sandoval
Callie might be the hardest reservation to get in town. But if you plan ahead and book a table for a group, the Mediterranean menu delivers a ton of hits like zhoug-drizzled hummus with warm pita, juicy Aleppo-spiced chicken, and lemon saffron linguini with local uni. The drink list is also excellent, with Italian and Spanish wines by the glass or bottle, local craft beers, and plenty of mezcal- and gin-based cocktails. The tables that face the semi-open kitchen are the best seats in the house, but the warm yellow and rust colors of the dining room also make it a great choice to impress a new date or just get a bit fancy with your longtime partner. And if you plan to see a Padres game while you’re in town, Callie is a five-minute walk to Petco Park.