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Tender Greens

Salad Place and American Restaurant$$$$
Naval Training Center, San Diego
  • Sarah Gordon
    "Get the steak hot plate w the baby spinach salad."(5 Tips)
    "The first San Diego location for Tender Greens - affordable, fresh salads, soups,..."(2 Tips)
    YoHan Wj C.
    "Salad and steak hotplate is just fantastic!"(2 Tips)
    Ed B.
    "Everthing is good and Healthy , chicken chipotle BBQ my favorite!"(3 Tips)
67 Tips and reviews
  • healthy food
  • hot plate
  • steak
  • salads
  • first san diego location for tender greens
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  • Eater
    EaterApril 23, 2013
    The first San Diego location for Tender Greens - affordable, fresh salads, soups, sandwiches and specials. This is also where P. Balistreri salumi got its start. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Carter G.
    Carter GibsonJanuary 17, 2013
    The first San Diego location for Tender Greens - affordable, fresh salads, soups, sandwiches and specials. This is also where P. Balistreri salumi got its start.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerNovember 5, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite has been the salt and pepper chicken plate. The chicken has so much flavor and taste great with their salad and mashed potatoes.
    Delicious desserts and salads. Recently enjoyed their Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake. Try making a version of this cake at home! Get the recipe on So yum.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 14, 2011
    The leafy salads and grilled meat plates aren't complete without a side order of mashed Yukon golds boasting lots of butter and cream -- the best in town.
  • Travis H.
    Travis HarrupSeptember 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can't decide between grilled veggies and mashed potatoes, get the veggies as a side! You can't go wrong. (now if you can just figure out a way to eat it all!)
  • Deanna H.
    Deanna HeineAugust 12, 2014
    Red velvet cake is very moist and tasty with a delicious cream cheese frosting that isn't too overpowering.
  • David R.
    David RosenbergNovember 11, 2014
    Here's the play: Mahi mahi hot plate + kale salad + chicken soup. Don't be fooled into exchanging your salad for your soup, you want both.
  • Garrick S.
    Garrick ScottSeptember 8, 2013
    The chipotle chicken sandwich and spinach salad is amazing. I get if every time. You won't be disappointed.
  • Ed B.
    Ed BelmonteSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everthing is good and Healthy , chicken chipotle BBQ my favorite! Oh and grilled veggies
  • YoHan Wj C.
    YoHan Wj ChoJune 17, 2012
    Salad and steak hotplate is just fantastic! Best is san diego perhaps.
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NewellApril 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Jake Gyllenhaal's younger brother (j/k: Doppelgänger) is a busboy here and he is awesome. And make sure you get the hibiscus tea
  • Rhia R.
    Rhia R.April 3, 2011
    Good portion sizes. The green envy iced tea was awesome. Also tried their bacon ice cream. Yes, such a thing does exist.
  • Marz
    MarzSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The steak is awesome! For the hot plate, you can substitute grilled veggies for the mashed potatoes. Yum!
  • Kristine B.
    Kristine BarbozaMay 25, 2010
    You have to try the Tuna Nicoise salad. It's seared rare and it's quite the delicious salad. It has kalamata olives, capers, potatoes and quail eggs. Read more
  • Clarisse H.
    Clarisse HansardAugust 19, 2014
    Really wonderful salads. Don't leave without trying their cookies, seriously!
  • Mandy C.
    Mandy CAugust 3, 2013
    Delicious healthy food. Had the steak, cooked perfect. Best mashed potatoes.
  • Sydney L.
    Sydney LampeOctober 17, 2014
    Always check the specials board! But you can't go wrong with anything here
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley AmundsonSeptember 7, 2012
    Tender greens w lemon oregano and steak. Yummmm. The Roma tomato soup is awesome.
  • Maureen L.
    Maureen LiwanagJune 23, 2015
    Their steak is always delicious, but their dessert for the day (Smores cheesecake) was not good.
  • Toshi T.
    Toshi TajimaJune 4, 2012
    When ordering the hot plate, sub the side salad for the roasted vegetables
  • Justin D.
    Justin DetmarMarch 10, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    They serve you by placing your food on a tray at the register. Often while another customer is trying to pay. You end up with your fellow patrons hovering over your food passing money to the cashier.
  • Mizmomo W.
    Mizmomo WillNovember 6, 2014
    Baby spinach salad and mint lemonade, nuf said!
  • Amie H.
    Amie HuebnerOctober 21, 2011
    Ever changing menu, fresh and locally grown & raised -- simple and good food!
  • Sarah Gordon
    Sarah GordonMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the steak hot plate w the baby spinach salad. It is AMAZING
  • Colin M.
    Colin MurphyMarch 7, 2013
    Look for local celebrity Brian Dunaway. He eats here regularly. Don't disturb him while eating though.
  • Don S.
    Don SalesFebruary 19, 2012
    Steak sandwich is good. The tuna and albacore are also delicious.
  • Perriann H.
    Perriann HodgesMarch 13, 2015
    Salads are the best here. Love that I can see everyone making the food.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaApril 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The flank steak and seared albacore always hits the spot!
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LumJanuary 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Can't beat the flank steak hotplate and arugula salad. Very nice employees too!
  • Phil C.
    Phil ChenAugust 14, 2012
    Everything is fresh but the chipotle chicken salad is excellent.
  • Gail S.
    Gail StewartApril 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The coconut cream pie is heavenly! BUT first eat the Happy Vegan ;)
  • hkevinchu
    hkevinchuJanuary 4, 2014
    Try the Backyard Steak salad. Delicious!
  • Scott R.
    Scott R.March 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I honestly think I could eat here every day. A much healthier alternative to my usual 'indiscretions.'
  • Tom R.
    Tom RoccoJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Charcuterie board with homemade salami and prosciutto...yum!
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PradesNovember 20, 2010
    The steak is amazing - flavorful and tender, and I agree with the props on mashed potatoes!
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FooAugust 25, 2012
    Try the Swordfish Bacon & Falafel
  • ravi s.
    ravi singhSeptember 21, 2013
    They have the best flourless chocolate cake.
  • Melanie K.
    Melanie KelloggNovember 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Mashed Potatoes - get a side for dessert, they are amazing.
  • Marnie B.
    Marnie BApril 26, 2010
    get there early to beat lunch crowd...chipolte chix salad my favorite! YUM!
  • elizabeth n.
    elizabeth newtonSeptember 12, 2012
    Salt and pepper chicken sandwich needed salt and pepper! To much mayo and fat in my sandwich to be healthy :(
  • PetZoneTropicalFish
    PetZoneTropicalFishApril 11, 2012
    Healthy and great tasting dishes!
  • PetZoneTropicalFish
    PetZoneTropicalFishApril 11, 2012
    Albacore is one of the best dishes here!
  • Danielle L.
    Danielle LeahJanuary 10, 2015
    The mint lemonade is delightful
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MurphyApril 3, 2011
    Red velvet cupcakes are really moist and delicious
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FooAugust 25, 2012
    Try the Italian Bacon Panini
  • Oliver D.
    Oliver DelaCruzOctober 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    their albacore on ciabatta is to die for!
  • Afghan H.
    Afghan HamrazMay 26, 2012
    Chipotle bbq salad is amazing!
  • Kylie H.
    Kylie HJuly 2, 2012
    Get the albacore! So good.
  • Loren C.
    Loren CMay 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Outstanding salads. So easy to keep a diet here.
  • Valerie-Jimmy F.
    Trying the savory looks amazing!
  • Magan B.
    Magan BordwellDecember 15, 2012
    So good! Big portions
  • Heather P.
    Heather ParkerNovember 9, 2011
    I'm a big fan of their organic chicken ceaser salad.
  • Devine
    DevineFebruary 21, 2014
    Delicious Giant Salads!!
  • Linda K.
    Linda KodmanSeptember 28, 2015
    Happy Vegan Salad was great!
  • Jenna J.
    Jenna JordanNovember 7, 2011
    It's NOT Jake Gyllenhaal's brother! We asked [; He's a sweetheart, but says he's not related.
  • Christine M.
    Christine McDannellAugust 17, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Mix the Hibiscus Tea w/ lemonade- incredible!!
  • Jessica Y.
    Jessica Y.March 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    There's a daily special. Tons of salads and plates.
  • David G.
    David GereghtyMay 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Absolutely love their steak sandwich! Read more
  • Elena P.
    Elena PenceMarch 9, 2013
    Best chicken Cobb salad ever!!!
  • Liz M.
    Liz MackJune 5
    Decent salads, but small for the price.
  • Nanc D.
    Nanc DingmanMarch 10, 2014
    Lots of salads.
  • Bryan J.
    Bryan JenningsSeptember 1, 2011
    Eat a steak sandwich. Life changer!
  • Jeff
    JeffMarch 25, 2010
    Order Margo's Bark Root Beer. Proceeds go to dog shelters.
  • Jeanette
    JeanetteApril 3, 2010
    Order herb brushed alabacore hot plate. So god...I mean good!
  • Holly H.
    Holly HainesOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    the mashed potatoes are. amaze. balls.
  • C M.
    C MaOctober 19, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    eat here when your GF or BF says they want to eat "light & healthy"
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