Grossmont Center Restaurants

La Mesa’s hottest dining scene is at Grossmont Center! We have everything from burger joints and juice places to coffee houses and candy shops. There is a world of culinary options here—Mexican, Vietnamese, Chinese, Italian, and many others—and all of them are delicious. Come to the Center, and bring your appetite!

Restaurants at La Mesa’s Grossmont Center

If you are hosting a party in La Mesa, you are probably buying your beverages here, where the shelves are full of top-name beers, wines, and spirits.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
The seemingly endless menu has something for everyone, including pizzas, salads, burgers, sandwiches, pastas, and their incredible Pizookie desserts.

Burgers, Fish & Fries
Try the namesake trio—or the wings, hot dogs, or fried shrimp—at this 1950s diner-style restaurant. Round out a meal with the house specialty, zucchini fries, and a milkshake.

Candy Paradise
Gourmet chocolates, rainbow-colored candies, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Japanese sweets—they are all here, along with many other treats at this candy emporium.

Candy Pros
Satisfy your sweet tooth at San Diego’s ultimate bulk candy supply store. Retro, Mexican, and champagne-flavored gummy bear candies are favorites.

Casa De Pico
Every day has a fiesta vibe at this lively Mexican restaurant. Delicious Mexican food, “birdbath” margaritas, and mariachi music create a celebratory atmosphere.

Chuck E. Cheese’s
It’s a kid’s dream come true—pizza, desserts, arcade games, and tons of fun. There is a reason this is the go-to place for birthday parties in La Mesa!

Claim Jumper
Enjoy a hearty and satisfying meal of Certified Angus Beef®, rotisserie chicken, wood-fired pizzas and more at the La Mesa outpost of this national chain.

Cold Stone Creamery
Customize your cone or cup of ice cream by selecting your favorite flavors and mix-ins for a sweet splurge that is sure to hit the spot.

Dante’s Pizza
Pizza, by the slice or the pie is an excellent go-to choice, but there is also a variety of calzones, pastas, salads, and other Italian favorites on the menu, too.

Fruteria Don Chamango
This San Diego family-owned eatery dishes out refreshing Mexican fruit salads and smoothies as well as a selection of desserts and snacks.

When only a juicy burger and piping hot fries will do, come to this popular restaurant and dig into an all-American meal.

Greek Gyros
Savor healthy Mediterranean dishes such as gyros, kabobs, pita sandwiches,  dolmades, hummus, and more at this Greek eatery in the mall food court.

Hooley’s Public House
Find Ireland in the heart of San Diego at this pub serving up traditional dishes such as corned beef and fish and chips, and Irish beers and whiskeys.

Jamba Juice
Give your day a healthy boost with a smoothie, juice, yogurt, acai bowl, or light fares such as flatbreads, breakfast wraps, and oatmeal.

Maui Express
Maui Express brings a taste of Hawaii to La Mesa, with such signature island dishes as BBQ plate lunches, saimin noodle soup, and Spam musubi.

Momentos Café
This casual, family-friendly Mexican café goes beyond taco shop staples and also serves more unusual dishes such as sopes, empanadas, and flautas.

Olive Garden®
Mangia to your heart’s content at this chain, which is renowned for its decadent servings of pasta (and for its tasty breadsticks).
Panda Express
This fast-casual chain is known for its American Chinese cuisine,  with entrees such as Broccoli Beef, Honey Walnut Shrimp, and perennial favorite Orange Chicken.

Panera Bread
Order from the selection of sandwiches, soups, and salads, either a la carte or in combos. Save room for dessert from the tempting display of baked goods.

Reading Cinemas Enjoy dinner and a movie all in one place, thanks to a menu of sweet and savory options, as well as craft beers, wines, and cocktails.

Red Lobster Sea Food Differently® at this chain known for its bountiful portions of shrimp, crab, lobster, and more (plus its addictive Cheddar Bay Biscuits®).

Rubio’s Fish Tacos
The homegrown San Diego chain popularized the fish taco and has expanded its menu to focus on inventive, coastal-inspired Mexican flavors.

See’s Candies
Scrumptious chocolates and candies are offered by the box or by the piece at this beloved shop. Make sure to stop in for a free sample.

Starbucks Coffee
The coffee giant caffeinates the masses with its well-known lineup of lattes, macchiatos, Frappuccinos®,  cold brews, and other beverages. Baked goods and prepared food also available.

Create the ideal sub with fresh-baked bread, premium meats, and cheeses, and locally grown produce. Sandwiches can be accompanied by a side salad or chili.

Tasty Inn Express
Savor Chinese comfort food that is cooked to order at this casual eatery. Menu mainstays include noodle, fried rice, and curry dishes.

Trader Joe’s
“Great quality at great prices” is the motto of the popular grocery store, which earns its devoted following with a terrific selection of specialty items.

Tutti Frutti
Enjoy cool, creamy frozen yogurt in flavors that range from Mango Lychee to Death By Chocolate, plus an abundant selection of toppings.

Vallarta Express
Fresh Mex flavors are the specialty of this San Diego-based chain, which offers tostadas, burritos,  tacos, chimichangas, quesadillas, and much more.

Villa’s Mexican Food
This food court eatery serves authentic, homestyle Mexican dishes from tacos to tortas. The wide-ranging menu offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as dishes for kids.

Wetzel’s Pretzels
The famous, buttery pretzels come in a variety of flavors, wrapped around hot dogs, or served with a tasty dipping sauce on the side.

La Mesa Restaurants for Kids and Adults

Every parent needs a day off from cooking, but finding a restaurant to please everyone in the family—including young picky eaters—can be challenging. At Grossmont Center, families can enjoy a good meal together at many of our kid-friendly restaurants.

For pizza, arcade games, and kiddie entertainment in an upbeat environment, nothing beats Chuck E. Cheese’s.

Popular sit-down restaurants such as Casa De Pico, Olive Garden, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, and Claim Jumper offer children’s menus with a lot of great options, and they have a welcoming atmosphere perfect for families.

Vegetarian and Vegan Food At Grossmont Center

There is a growing awareness of the health benefits of plant-based diets, which means there is a growing need for vegetarian and vegan options when dining out. Grossmont Center recognizes that demand and is proud to be home to many restaurants serving vegetarian-friendly dishes that taste good and are good for you all at the same time.

Some restaurants have menus that prominently feature plant-based meals, such as Jamba Juice and Fruteria Don Chamango. Many others are more than willing to adapt dishes traditionally served with meat or offer vegetarian options, including Tasty Inn Express, and Vallarta Express.

Discover how delicious vegetarian and vegan food can be with the mouthwatering choices at Grossmont Center!

Best Places for Dessert

For anyone who believes no meal is complete without dessert, Grossmont Center has plenty of sweet treats. If a piece (or two or three) of candy will hit the spot, visit See’s Candies, Candy Paradise, or Candy Pros. For people craving cool and creamy desserts, Cold Stone Creamery offers custom flavor creations with a variety of mix-ins, while Tutti Frutti dishes out frozen yogurt and a dizzying array of toppings.

Coffee, Tea, and Snacks

The coffee giant Starbucks has an outpost at Grossmont Center to satisfy any caffeine craving with its beloved lineup of drinks, which can be accompanied by a baked good or breakfast sandwich. For a different twist on java and tea, try the boba tea or iced Vietnamese coffee at Pholicious. Whenever hunger strikes on the go and a quick snack is called for, try Wetzel’s Pretzels, where the namesake dish is served in sweet and savory varieties.

Where’s Happy Hour?

If you need something a little stronger than coffee or tea, relax with a glass of wine or a bottle of craft beer with friends, or celebrate something special with a cocktail.

Raise a glass of Irish beer or spirits at Hooley’s Public House.

The large sit-down restaurants at the Center—Claim Jumper, Casa De Pico, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse—all have happy hours or drink specials.

Even moviegoers can enjoy a cocktail, beer, or wine at Reading Cinemas. In case people want to have a happy hour at home, BevMo has it covered.

Best Place to Grab a Sandwich

Some people consider the sandwich the perfect food, and you can’t blame them if you go to one of these Grossmont Center eateries.

At Submarina, you can build your own sub just the way you like it.

Panera offers a range of sandwiches on fresh bread choices, and they can be combined with soups or salads.

For different flavor profiles, try a torta at Villa’s Mexican Food, a pita sandwich at Greek Gyros, or a Spam musubi at Maui Express. You’ll find that the sandwich concept translates well in any cuisine!