As mentioned before in previous posts in our Lunch & Design series, the GoHaus team loves going to local restaurants to not only enjoy amazing food and drinks, but to also revel in quality design. Outside of gathering for lunch with the team, we do have our own personal favorite restaurants that we’d like to share. Here’s to wrapping up the year with our top Lunch & Design restaurant choices! 

Stella Public House
Stella Public House

Katie: Stella Public House

“Stella has become a recent favorite. It’s a short walk away from my apartment and the food is really good. What I love about it is that the restaurant is attached to a coffee shop. And, both venues open up to a patio, which overlooks a new neighborhood park. It’s a great little indoor/outdoor spot. I also love the variety of seating options they offer. There are big comfy couches around fire pits, high and low tables, and bar seating that faces the wood-fired pizza oven. The whole concept is inviting, which is all I ever want in a local restaurant.”

Source: Stella Public House


SouplantationSouplantation Mac n Cheese

Taylor: Souplantation

Souplantation is my favorite restaurant because what more can you ask for with unlimited salad and mac-n-cheese.  You can start off healthy with a nice crisp salad and BAM finish it off with a couple servings of mac.  The service is always welcoming and the design of the food offered I think is great in regards to being one for the first “healthy” sit down restaurants that offers a little bit of everything.”

Source: Souplantation


Rare Form Rare Form

Kim: Rare Form

“One of my favorite lunch spots in downtown San Diego has to be Rare Form. They create deli sandwiches with a cheeky twist that will leave any hungry patron satisfied. My personal favorite is their waffle chicken sandwich, because you just can’t go wrong with waffles. The restaurant décor is incredibly unique as well. I would describe it as a congressional library meets Hogwarts meets gothic church. What’s not to love?”

Source: Rare Form



Derek: Tiger!Tiger!

This continues to be one of my favorite places to eat and drink in San Diego.  It’s really the perfect neighborhood pub.  It’s got excellent food in the form of wood-fired sandwiches with farm-to-table ingredients.  It has an amazing selection of craft beer, both in-house brewed beer from Automatic Brewing Company, as well as a vast selection of some of the best beers around (Draft Magazine has named Tiger one of America’s 100 best beer bars every year since it opened).  The staff is super friendly and will happily let you sample any of the beers, and then also give you recommendations for food and beer pairings.  And then the design of the place is sooooo good.  The interior feels like a cross between an old German beer hall and a log cabin in the mountains.  And the covered outdoor beer garden is made from reclaimed wood and shipping containers.  I highly recommend a visit!”

Source: Tiger!Tiger!

buoy beer

Buoy Beer

Brian: Buoy Beer 

 I think my new favorite restaurant is Buoy Beer in Astoria, OR.  Excellent food – the pan fried oysters with jalapeno jam and goat cheese are to die for!  Great beer too.  It sits on a dock and has enormous windows to get terrific views of the Columbia River.  Inside, the building has some beautiful wood tables & floors and there’s even an opening covered with glass where you can see seals and other habitat.”

Source: Buoy Beer


Shino Sushi + KapppoShino Sushi + Kappo

Michael: Shino Sushi + Kappo

“At a glance, Shino may not look like much on the outside, but once you enter the double doors, you’re greeted by a fresh interior that is both inviting and soothing. The use of wood paneling strategically placed no walls pairs very well with the wood flooring used through out the restaurant, and really highlights the Sushi Bar.

Even better than the décor is the Sushi crafted by Chef Robert Nakamura. Robert does an amazing job creating sushi that is elegant, indulgent and in my opinion rivals some of the best in San Diego. My recommendation, ask for the Omakase, you wont be disappointed.”

Source: San Diego Untion Tribune