Canyon Vista is not the best dining hall on campus but come for breakfast! It has one of the best breakfasts around. I highly recommend the sausage bobcat or the bacon breakfast burrito with tater tots! Sometimes the specials here are good, but for the most part, coming to Warren just for the regular food is NOT worth it. If you are going to Earl's and want a change of pace from your own dining hall, then come in and see the specials. The grill is decent and there is sometimes pizza that is tasty like pesto kind. Overall, Canyon Vista gets pretty mundane and the selection is not really that great. Come for breakfast or ICEEs!
Club Med on campus is the BEST place to spend your meal points! The food here is steps above the rest and the specials that they have are very light on your wallet. Walking here is definitely worth it! If you have to eat on campus and have meal points to kill, make sure you try this place out. The prices are still reasonable if you don't have meal points as well. The hawaiian burger was surprisingly good and the specials change daily! Not many people know about this place so the lines are never too long even during lunch time, but this place closes early so make sure you don't try to come here for dinner.
Sierra Summit is one of my favorite dining halls at the UCSD campus. The restaurant is a little more run down than others but the food selection is good if you are not eating here everyday. I LOVE the turkey sandwich on croissant with cilantro garlic mayo. I also really like the stir fry which is a nice change of pace from the grill. I suggest getting teriyaki and saigon sizzle (it is a balance between the salty and sweet). There is also a smoothie and ice cream shop that does not make the best smoothies, but if you have meal points, they are definitely good enough. I really like the Orange Shooter.
Edwards Mira Mesa is one of the few places that offer IMAX. It is located kind of far away from most things, but if you have the time and gas money, drive out here because it is worth it. The theaters are all stadium style seating so that person sitting in front of you will not block your view like other places. It is a little more expensive than other places but you pay for the upgrades and good view. The speakers are really good and you can hear the audio really well. They also have good concession stands and pretty fast lines. The only bad part is that parking may be a little hard to find but you just park a little farther away in the lot.
The Bitter End is your typical bar. There are very little places to sit and it can sometimes get crowded. The mixed drinks are not that tasty and the bathroom is inconveniently located upstairs. The bartenders do not know how to make many drinks but they do know how to put a lot of alcohol into the drinks you order.
Ki Sushi is located in the Costa Verde Shopping Mall. It replaced Samurai Sam's. The restaurant is not the large inside but the interior has completely been remodeled. It has a very modern feel to it. This place would get 5 stars if it was always during Happy Hour. Happy Hour is 4-6pm M-F. I highly recommend coming here at those times because there are many rolls that are $2.50 and appetizers at those prices as well. The sake is also really cheap. The specialty rolls are 30% off, but this still makes these rolls the same price as other places. I would suggest trying the spicy calamari tempura and the spicy yellowtail roll as well as the spicy tuna crunch roll. All three things will only cost you $7.50. Make sure you come early to the happy hour because it can get super crowded with UCSD students looking for a good deal. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The sushi makers were extremely fast and seeing as how I sat at the bar, our sushi chef was very helpful when we placed our orders.
The Grill is located at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. The Lodge is a high class hotel, so the crowd here is a bit older. The Grill is a small restaurant located at the Lodge, but it has a nice interior and the service is extremely good. On weekends, they have a jazz musician named Mike Nelson playing there. They give you these potato chips with a dip as you wait for your food and I must admit that these are addicting! The dip is delicious. I had the salmon and must say that it exceeded my expectations. The food was delicious and the fish was cooked perfectly. The prices are more on the high side with each dish costing about $15, but the ambiance is very casual and relaxing.
Little Sichuan is not a place for the feint at heart. If you LOVE SPICY food, then come here immediately. They have dishes that are often too hot to handle, but you can request varying degrees of spiciness. I highly recommend the spicy cold noodles that is served with ground meat. It is really tasty even with the burn of the spice. I also recommend the ma pao tofu and the stir fried string beans. If you are planning on eating here, make sure you order a lot of water! The place itself is okay on the inside and the prices are reasonable. Sometimes the parking runs out in the lot but parking on the street is not too bad.
The House is a quaint modern looking restaurant with eclectic crooked windows on the outside. This restaurant serves Asian fusion food. It is Asian American inspired if you must. The garlic noodles are a must! Their fish dishes are the most popular as well. The prices are a little on the pricey side and the parking is not that easy, but the service and taste make up for it. This restaurant is extremely small, so I recommend making reservations early!
Zazang is conveniently located near Kaiser Permanente. This is the reason I went to try out this place due to its random location on Geary. I was suprisingly impressed with how delicious the noodles were. I would highly recommend the black bean sauce noodles because they were amazing. The only bad thing is that the parking is hard to come by on Geary. The service was good and the restaurant is a bit small but nicely decorated. The prices were very reasonable as well.