With the advent of Big Data, it’s easier than ever to quantify what people like around the globe. And when it comes to food—particularly easy, cheap eats—Americans have very specific opinions. Dining brands in U.S. have a long and storied history, and whether they’re fast food, fast-casual, high-end, or super cheap, American restaurants offer something for almost everyone.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest rated restaurants in San Diego that are listed as “cheap eats” on Tripadvisor. Some restaurants on the list may have recently closed. Easy, inexpensive options here run the gamut of cuisine, service options, and styles. The restaurants on this list are chock-full of variety, mixing ethnicities, food regions, and cultures into steaming melting pots of deliciousness.

Anyone reading the list will surely see some favorite eateries and classic go-to restaurants. Keep reading to see if any of your favorite cheap eateries made the list.

#30. Pho Ca Dao & Grill

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (61 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
– Address: 11808 Rancho Bernardo Rd Ste 100-110, San Diego, CA 92128-1927
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#29. Ocean Beach Pier Cafe

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (78 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Cafe
– Address: 5091 Niagara Ave, San Diego, CA 92107-3011
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#28. the Menu

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (56 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Cafe
– Address: 3784 Ingraham St, San Diego, CA 92109-6764
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#27. Aunt Emma’s Pancake’s

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (75 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American
– Address: 214 National City Blvd, National City, CA 91950-1109
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#26. Cocina 35

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (67 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Mexican, Latin
– Address: 1435 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-3204
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#25. Square Pizza Co

– Rating: 5.0 / 5 (28 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Pizza
– Address: 4508 Cass St Suite C, San Diego, CA 92109-2853
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#24. Big Kitchen

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (138 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Cafe
– Address: 3003 Grape St, San Diego, CA 92102-1133
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#23. Classics Malt Shop

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (54 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Diner
– Address: 3615 Midway Dr Ste B, San Diego, CA 92110-5251
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#22. Old Townhouse Restaurant

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (90 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Diner
– Address: 4941 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107-3112
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#21. Aunt Emma’s Pancakes

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (262 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American
– Address: 700 E St, Chula Vista, CA 91910-2004
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#20. The Congress Cafe

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (62 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Venezuelan, South American
– Address: 3941 Mason St, San Diego, CA 92110-2725
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#19. Point Break Cafe

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (249 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Cafe
– Address: 2743 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106-2730
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#18. Burger Lounge

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (148 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Fast Food
– Address: 4116 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2506
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#17. Fathom Bistro Bait and Tackle

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (86 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Bar
– Address: 1776 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106-3103
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#16. Pokez Mexican Restaurant

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (158 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Mexican
– Address: 947 E St, San Diego, CA 92101-6511
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#15. Rockys Crown Pub

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (177 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Bar
– Address: 3786 Ingraham St, San Diego, CA 92109-6764
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#14. Papananis Deli & Sundries

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (132 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Deli
– Address: 1450 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-1056
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#13. Hungry’s Kitchen & Tap

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (299 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American
– Address: 2547 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2841
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#12. Cafe Vahik

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (89 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Cafe
– Address: 6780 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-6046
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#11. Bolt Brewery

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (137 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Brew Pub, Pub
– Address: 1971 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2214
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#10. Night & Day Cafe

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (169 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Mexican, Cafe
– Address: 847 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118-2603
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#9. Landini’s Pizzeria

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (353 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Italian, Pizza
– Address: 1827 India St Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101-2519
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#8. Las Cuatro Milpas

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (199 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (5.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Mexican, Latin
– Address: 1875 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113-2111
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#7. Perry’s Cafe

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (350 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Cafe
– Address: 4610 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92110-2703
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#6. The Waffle Spot

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (710 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Cafe
– Address: 1333 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA 92108-3408
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#5. Clayton’s Coffee Shop

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (921 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Cafe
– Address: 979 Orange Ave Should be BREAKFAST not freakfast, Coronado, CA 92118-2609
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#4. Tacos El Gordo De Tijuana

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (361 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Mexican, Latin
– Address: 689 H St, Chula Vista, CA 91910-4222
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#3. Pizza Port Ocean Beach

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (303 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Bar
– Address: 1956 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107-2844
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#2. Hodad’s

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (2,320 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Bar
– Address: 5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107-3010
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#1. Hodad’s Downtown

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (699 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Bar
– Address: 945 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101-5513
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