What is Unplugged Dining?

It's a comfortable place where people come together to find
connection and community. 
A place that fosters human connection over tech connections. 
We piloted "Tech Break Tuesdays" in 2018.  Read all about it HERE.

Want LESS dining distractions?  Here are some San Diego restaurants without TV's in their dining areas.  Please note, this list is just a start! 



The Grass Skirt


Del Mar

Flower Child

Burger Lounge



Cafe Gratitude

Herb & Wood

Herb & Eatery

M. Wine House

La Jolla

Seaside Surf Cafe

La Mesa

Fourpenny House 

The Lunch Box Cafe & Deli

La Mesa Wine Works

Public Square



Aubrey Rose Tea Room

La Casa Blanca



Soup Plantation

The Habit

Trattoria Tiramisu

​Liberty Station/Pt. Loma

Breakfast Republic

Con Panne

Fig Tree Eatery

Five Guys

Ikiru Japanese


Pissa Rotisserie & Cevichieria

Poke 1-2-3


Tender Greens


Blue Boheme


San Diego

Nate's Garden Grill

South Park

The Big Kitchen

University Heights

Soltan Banoo

El Zarape


Bahn Thai

Redhouse Pizza

These businesses take it a step further, offering unplugged dining or incentives to enjoy tech-free meals: 


Los Angeles

Vespertine -   a gastronomical experience seeking to disrupt the course of the modern restaurant. This reservations-only restaurant asks customers to refrain from using electronics at the table.

Le Pain Quotidien - rustic-chic bakery/cafe chain offers box for your phones and dessert as incentive in summer months.

San Diego 

Public Square, La Mesa - Trendy Luncheonette with quaint patio open Mon - Sat 7 am - 6pm, Sun 7 am - 5pm.  Located in the heart of the La Mesa Village with no TV's, offering open mic and live music nights, table games, designated laptop free tables and wifi free times.

La Mesa Wine Works - A cooperative urban winery tasting room serving up award-winning vintages from San Pasqual Winery and Wyatt Oaks.  Enjoy live music on weekends, trivia nights (Thur), classes, and yoga beginning in May and running through the summer months. This is not a restaurant but there are food trucks that frequent this location.

The Lunch Box Cafe & Deli - family owned restaurant and bakery in La Mesa that offers quiet dining with no TV's, table games and a cell phone box available upon request.

The Big Kitchen - Quintessential community cafe. Eclectic breakfast & lunch locale serving hearty fare & coffee in kitschy digs with outdoor seating.  The owner Judy "The Beauty", encourages patrons to unplug and enjoy the experience.  No TV's. Table games available. 



AnalogPubPop-up bake shop creating traditionally-crafted, high quality treats, hosting intimate, tech-free events.  Plans for a tech-free restaurant are in the works.



The Violet Hour - Speak Easy, exclusive cocktail lounge where customers are encouraged to part from their phones and engage in conversation.


Sioux City

Sneaky's Chicken - casual family dining offers box for your phones and 10% off your bill on Wed nights from 5pm to close.




Sushi Lounge - Creative sushi & Japanese fare in a clublike lounge. Offers 20% off bill on "Reconnect Tuesday's" if you stash your phone in a champagne bucket.


The Station Restaurant - offers basket for phones and 5% discount.



Lebro'sFamily Friendly Italian restaurant offering 10% discount for "Disconnect to Reconnect" Sunday nights if you can part with your phone.


Il Triangolo - Intimate, enduring Italian eatery that prohibts cell phone use for diners.

New York City

Eleven Madison Park - 3-Michelin-star, American fine dining restaurant offers a box for your phone while you dine.

Marco Canora’s Hearth - East Village, upscale Tuscan American restaurant offers a box for your phone while you dine.

Drew Nieporent’s Batard - Modern European restaurant situated in the heart of Tribeca, discourages cellphone use.



The Grange - Vegetarian restaurant offering "Mindful Monday's" where customers receive 10% off their bill if they check their phone at the host stand.




Magnolia Table Restaurant - HGTV's "Fixer Upper" stars Chip and Joanna Gaines offer leather wall pouches for cell phones and Table Talk cards to start discussions.




The Crown Restaurant - this quintessential pub in the town of Dorking (south of London) is dog, kid and all kinds of people friendly.


Cambridge Street Kitchen and the Clarendon Cocktail Celler - Intimate neighborhood restaurant with super cool speak easy down below!  



The Oaks Bar - located in the AltStadt of Dusseldorf ready for classic drinks, good conversation and meaningful connections.


Easy Livin' - Modern coffee & pastry house. Delicious fresh juices and smoothies in a bright and unplugged space. 

Cologner Hoffbrau Fruh - German beer house with regional beer and traditional German food. 

Vapiano's- trendy vibe where they make fresh custom pastas with herbs served at community tables. 


Bad Krozingen

Hotel Gasthaus Rossle - Classic German beer garden and restaurant - est. 1688

Land Gasthof Lowen - Enjoy a rich history and food at the quaint traditional restaurant - est 1742.



Gasthof Schwarzer Adler (Black Eagle)- This beautiful tavern in the heart of Isny dates back to the 18th Century. Beer Garden?  Of course! 

Alte Post (The Old Post) - Dine in this 300 year old half-timbered house turned restaurant in Winterstetten, Bavaria.

Know of other restaurants we should add?  Interested in becoming an unplugged dining restaurant or advertising with us? Contact Claudia at cerickson@unpluggedvillage.com