The Best Fast Casual Restaurants in 92130

Fast casual restaurants are the perfect option when you don't have time for full table service, but want higher quality than a typical fast food restaurant. Carmel Valley, San Diego has tons of fantastic fast casual restaurants offering a variety of inventive and tasty dishes to satisfy any craving. Check out our list of some of the best fast casual restaurants in the 92130 zip code.  

Urban Plates

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Urban Plates in Carmel Valley is one of several locations for this rapidly-growing Southern California restaurant chain boasting real meals made from scratch daily. Urban Plates is a cafeteria-style restaurant with a rustic, modern twist. The offerings change seasonally, but typically include fresh salads, hearty soups and stews, hand-carved sandwiches, and combination plates with herb-marinated free range chicken, grass-fed steak, oven-baked salmon or trout, and much more.

Address:
12857 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 509-1800
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Mendocino Farms

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Mendocino Farms is a counter-serve chain offering “farm hospitality” and inventive gourmet sandwiches, soups, and salads, made with local and seasonal ingredients. Bringing high-end design to fast-casual, the Del Mar Highlands Town Center location is designed with a bohemian chic look across the entire space, including a 40-foot wall of greenery, a shaded patio, a cornhole court, and a play area for kids with a chalk wall. You can also order a San Diego craft beer or wine with your meal. Enjoy!

Address: 
12873 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 436-0000
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Porkyland

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Porkyland has two great locations in Carmel Valley (92130): Torrey Hills and Del Mar Heights. The restaurant has built a reputation over 30 years for its delicious Mexican food, especially its award-winning carnitas.

Address: 
12880 Carmel Country Rd, Ste D100
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 847-2767
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Luna Grill

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Founded in San Diego by husband and wife Sean and Maria Pourteymour, Luna Grill’s mission is to provide healthy dining-out options for families on the go. Luna Grill’s menu features fresh Mediterranean food cooked to order, including gourmet salads, signature entrees, wraps, kabobs and more. Their Carmel Valley location can be found in the Pacific Highlands Ranch shopping center. 

Address:
5950 Village Ctr Lp Rd, Ste 106
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 356-9312
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Grater Grilled Cheese 

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Grater Grilled Cheese started as a family-run food truck and now has three brick-and-mortar locations in San Diego County, including one in Carmel Valley on Del Mar Heights Road. The menu offers a variety of chef-inspired gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches that begin with a grated five-cheese blend on fresh-baked bread and build on from there with optional additions like applewood bacon, pesto aioli, or smoked turkey. One of their most popular specialties is the Lobster Grilled Cheese with butter-fried lobster, Krab, and their signature Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Beer Chipotle Aioli.  

Address: 
3545 Del Mar Heights Rd, C6
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 847-2992
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Kabob Lounge

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Kabob Lounge in Carmel Valley is one of two locations serving quality Mediterranean cuisine in a friendly environment. Everything they serve, including their breads and dressings, is made from scratch daily, and meats are delivered fresh and are hormone and steroid free. 

Address: 
11375 El Camino Real, Ste 170
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 720-6600
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Pokewan

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Another tasty fast casual restaurant in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center is Pokewan, serving up fresh poke bowls on-the-go. Build your own poke bowl, or choose from one of their many delicious creations, like the Maui Wowie Mango bowl, made with gluten free spicy tuna served on cucumber noodles, topped with mango salsa, avocado, edamame, beet, sweet onion, furikake, scallion, and mango habanero sauce (yum!). After such a healthy meal, reward yourself with one of their unique desserts, like a "Jolly Cane"– a "J" shaped cone made from corn and filled with vanilla and/or pineapple ice cream. 

Address:
12925 El Camino Real, Ste AA4
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 847-2881
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Nico’s Taco Shop

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San Diegans have a high bar for mexican food and every great San Diego community has a favorite nearby taco shop. For residents in the 92130 zip code, it’s Nico’s Taco Shop. Located at Piazza Carmel, Nico’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and other local favorites like carne asada fries. Nico’s is a cash-only restaurant, so come prepared. 

Address:
3860 Valley Centre Dr
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 481-2628
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Cedar Grill & Cafe

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Cedar Grill & Cafe serves traditional Mediterranean food such as falafel and gyros, in addition to classic American deli sandwiches, breakfast platters, coffee and espresso. Located near Piazza Carmel, this eclectic restaurant is a local favorite for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  

Address:
3861 Valley Ctr Dr
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 350-6717
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