The Vista Community Clinic Tobacco Control Program works to establish smoke-free outdoor dining patios across North County San Diego. Currently, 120 municipalities across California have passed ordinances for smoke-free patios, including Chula Vista, El Cajon, National City, Del Mar, Encinitas, Coronado, Solana Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside in San Diego County.

There are many reasons for outdoor dining patios to be smokefree, including:

Secondhand smoke exposure – Secondhand smoke doesn’t go away when sitting outside. In 2007, a Stanford University study confirmed the exposure to secondhand smoke in outdoor settings. Secondhand smoke contains more than 60 materials considered carcinogens and can cause short- and long-term problems to both children and adults. According to the Surgeon General, there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.

The patron’s experience – Did you know only 12 percent of Californians smoke? To accommodate the 88 percent who don’t smoke and prefer to dine outdoors, cities and counties are looking into smoke-free patios – it’s just good business.

Employees of establishments with outdoor patios – While you may not smoke at your favorite restaurants and have the choice to leave or sit somewhere else if other people do, employees of those restaurants don’t have that choice. Choosing to have smoke-free outdoor patios is not only good for patrons but also employees!

Current Initiatives: Oceanside 

Oceanside Restaurants with Smoke-Free Outdoor Patios:

101 Cafe

333 Pacific Steak & Seafood

Bagby Beer Company

Barnes and Noble

Beach Break Cafe

Beer Brewing Company

Brooklyn Boyz Pizza

Buffalo Wild Wings

Bull Taco

Carls Jr.


Chipotle Mexican Grill

Cream of the Crop Market

Dominic’s at the Harbor

Fire House Subs

 Fratelli’s Italian Kitchen

Hello Betty Fish House


Jamba Juice

Jersey Mike’s

Joe’s Crab Shack

Johnny Mananas

Lighthouse Oyster Bar & Grill

Local Tap House

Los Taco

Master’s Kitchen and Cocktail


Mimi’s Cafe

Mission Ave. Bar & Grill

Noodles & Company

Oceanside Broiler

Pier View Coffee Company

Red Cup Yogurt

Rim Talay

Rockin’ Baja Lobster

Ruby’s Diner

Shakey’s Pizza Parlor

Stone Brewery


Stratford at the Harbor

Succulent Cafe

Swami’s Cafe

Tapioca Express

The Broken Yolk Cafe

The Habit Burger Grill

Vista Hand Wash/Shell Food Mart


Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub













Resources for smoke-free outdoor dining:

For more information on smoke-free outdoor dining, please contact Program Manager Gena Knutson at or (760)631-5000 ext. 7165.