The Patio – San Diego (Goldfinch)


The Patio on Goldfinch just recently opened its doors a few months ago (June ’14) and is the latest addition to Mission Hills’ impressive line up of eclectic eateries.  They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, and have 12 taps onsite, plus an impressive bottle lineup.


When I first walked in, I was definitely impressed with the decor.  The space is made bright with large skylights, a huge living wall of plants, and sunlight to spare.  It’s also dog friendly.


A decent sized bar lines the inside as you walk through the main dining area, followed by a back room that houses the kitchen, a secondary “patio”, and…



a cheese cave!  Impressive.  I can’t say that I’m too much of a cheese connoisseur, but it certainly looked like they had a wonderful selection to choose from.


To start off our meal right, Darren and I shared an order of the ahi poke tacos.  These were definitely flavorful and had a nice crunch with the deep fried wonton shell.  Plating here was fantastic and we were excited to see what else would follow.


Our second course was a chopped salad and this one did not disappoint.  They get all their fresh produce from Suzie’s farm and you could definitely taste the difference.



For my entree, I opt’d for the Fresh Fish Sandwich which you can see the description above.  Plating again was beautiful as an opened face cod sandwich.  My only criticism here was that the fish could have used a little more seasoning as it was a pretty thick piece of fish.  Other than that, it was spot on.  Also, the sandwich comes with a choice of Kennebunk fries, or a small salad and dessert.  The fries aren’t pictured here, but they were darn good.


Darren opt’d for a flatbread for his entree.  I’d have to say, this was probably our least favorite.  While it was okay, and well presented, the flavors didn’t really pop out and as with other flat breads.  It quickly became a bit monotonous after a few slices.  Having said that, our server did recommend that flatbread should be shared, so it will certainly be noted for next time.



For dessert we had just a bit a room left to share a deconstructed key lime pie.  It definitely tasted fresh, however I did think it was overly tart.  All in all, the meal was very good.  However, I do need to mention one issue we had to deal with, and it certainly detracted from the dining experience.  There were several flies making their rounds during the course of our lunch.  So, we spent a good amount of time shooing them away to the side.  The server was nice and apologized and said they were looking for a solution to resolve this issue.  As a new restaurant, I’d say that’s probably one of their main areas of improvement to address.  Once this is taken care of, I believe it’ll be a go to establishment for a long time to come.  Thanks to Chris for hosting us and Michelle for coordinating for us.

The Patio
4020 Goldfinch St.
San Diego, CA 92103  


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I couldn't be luckier to call San Diego my home the past couple decades. America's "Finest City" is bursting with delicious eats in nearly every corner. Whether you want savory or sweet, fancy or rustic, you can have it all! I have the awesome job of uncovering some of these gems, and sharing them with you. When I'm not chowing down, I also write about $$$ at Thanks for stopping by!

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