Pacific Beach’s Patio plays cool


Meghan McCarron

Meghan McCarron

by Alissa Kasawdish, Contributor

In the midst of midterms, it’s nice to take a little break and venture off campus. The Patio in Pacific Beach is the perfect getaway.

Named San Diego’s best neighborhood restaurant of 2015 by San Diego Magazine, this place is a definite must-try.

The restaurant provides an outdoorsy and peaceful ambiance.

As soon as patrons step inside, the atmosphere seems to be detached from their surroundings.

Criminal justice senior Farah Saleh enjoys this aspect of the cozy place.

“The atmosphere and decorations give it a trendy feel that you don’t usually get from any other restaurant,” she said.

The Patio serves a variety of unique entrees for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This makes the restaurant a great spot for any time of day, whether for a casual outing with a few friends or a romantic dinner date for two.

The menu consists of a section of small plates and another of large plates.

A small plate with an appetizer is a good way to go. A large plate is more on the pricey side.

Being on a college-student budget calls for more attention to price, but it’s worth the satisfaction at a place like The Patio.

A few satisfying items on the dinner menu are the seasonal vegetable flatbread and the warm summer orzo, both for $12.

The menu is almost overwhelming because everything sounds appetizing.

Many of the food items, such as the flatbread and the cheese plate, are served on a wooden board. They look even better on the vintage table seating.

The servers are more than happy to help customers navigate through the menu and recommend the most popular choices.

There’s also wine, beer and cocktails on the drinks menu. The restaurant also has bar seating for those winding down from an especially long week.

Not to mention, The Patio offers happy hour from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3-6 p.m. on weekends.

In order to properly end a meal at The Patio, be sure to order dessert. Try its French apple tart with vanilla ice cream, caramel and powdered sugar. All of the options are simple yet so unique.

The Patio also uses a tool to receive immediate feedback. The Humm Device is a tablet customers can use to answer questions and provide the restaurant with comments or criticism based on their dining experience.