What is Curbside San Diego? 

An initiative of the Downtown San Diego Partnership and 12 other community, business, mobility, industry and environmental organizations, Curbside San Diego is a program to support Downtown’s ground floor eateries and retail stores as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing creative and flexible use of streets, sidewalks and parking for outdoor dining, seating and designated waiting areas. 

Through Curbside seating and dining areas, you can continue to safely support the restaurants and small retail establishments that make up the social fabric of Downtown’s unique neighborhoods 

This innovative program will serve as a key part of Downtown’s economic recovery. The design and configuration of each Curbside San Diego location will be slightly different and responsive to each neighborhood’s unique needs.  

We invite you to check out the following Curbside locations in your neighborhood! 

Curbside San Diego Pilot Locations 

The Downtown San Diego Partnership has partnered with the Columbia Community Foundation, Cortez Hill Active Residents Group, East Village Association, Gaslamp Quarter Association and Little Italy Association to pilot the following Curbside San Diego locations in Downtown.



 Columbia District 

Columbia Street between B Street and C Street 

Monday – Sunday, All Day

Launched in June, Curbside Columbia District uses one travel lane and one parking lane for seating adjacent to Karl Strauss Brewery and Brewpub. 

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Achilles Coffee (703 Ash Street) 

Monday through Sunday: 7:30 a.m–1 p.m.  

Launched in early June, the temporary curbside treatments at Achilles Coffee Roasters were the first example of how businesses can participate and implement quick-build COVID-19 response improvements through the new Curbside San Diego program.  This pilot project was made possible through a joint partnership with Circulate San Diego, the Downtown San Diego Partnership, and the Cortez Hill Active Residents Group (CHARG). Funding was provided through the City of San Diego’s Neighborhood Parking Program which supports mobility solutions within community parking districts.

East Village  

J Street between Sixth Avenue and Tenth Avenue

Fridays: 3-10 p.m. | Saturdays and Sundays:  10 a.m.-10 p.m.


Curbside East Village will close four city blocks to vehicular traffic along J Street between Sixth Avenue and Tenth Avenue to allow for expanded outdoor dining. Curbside East Village launches June 26 and will occur every Friday through Sunday during the State of California’s emergency declaration. 

Gaslamp Quarter  

Fifth Avenue between L Street and F Street

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. (last seating 10 p.m.)
Saturday: 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. (last seating 10 p.m.)
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (last seating 10 p.m.)

Curbside Gaslamp closes Fifth Avenue to vehicle traffic from L Street to Market Street on Wednesdays and from L Street to F Street from Thursday through Sunday. This closure allows for restaurants to provide additional seating within a 10-foot wide space adjacent to the curb. Curbside Gaslamp launched June 18 

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Little Italy

India Street from W. Beech to W. Grape Streets including W. Date and W. Fir Streets between Kettner Boulevard and Columbia Street

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 4-10 p.m.

Under the beautiful San Diego sky, streets in Little Italy are closing every Friday and Saturday from 3-11 p.m. to offer open-air dining that will help restaurants alleviate the loss of indoor seating while also creating a safe 30-foot physical distancing promenade for visitors. Reservations are strongly encouraged to ensure availability and allow for adequate spacing on the physical distancing promenade. Visitors are required to follow County Health directives including but not limited to wearing face covering, maintain physical distancing, stay within their family unit.

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Restaurants and small retail establishments are critical to the social fabric of our great city. We believe Curbside San Diego and programs like it will best allow for your businesses’ continued operation given the current physical distancing restrictions enacted in response to the pandemic. 

Apply for a Permit: City of San Diego – Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Permit 

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If you are the owner of a ground floor restaurant or retail business in Downtown San Diego and are interested in learning more about how Curbside San Diego could benefit your business, please contact the Downtown San Diego Partnership by clicking here.

 About the Downtown Partnership 

As the principle voice and advocate for the continued prosperity of Downtown, the Downtown San Diego Partnership is confident that the reasons Downtown has been strong in the past – the reasons we have all chosen to live and work together in the first place – will continue to serve us well as we navigate this next chapter together. Learn more about our work to support the economic recovery of Downtown.  

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