Explore the benefits of ghost kitchens in San Diego

Learn how a San Diego ghost kitchen can supercharge your growth and earning potential

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Why open ghost kitchens in San Diego?


Average basket size

The average basket size at our San Diego ghost kitchens locations is $28, meaning more online revenue for your restaurant business.


Deliveries per week

Tap into more online delivery demand at our San Diego dark kitchen locations with an average of 6,348 deliveries per week.


Average delivery time

Our San Diego ghost kitchens are built for efficiency, with the logistics and delivery support you need to deliver more orders faster.


Delivery platforms available

Maximize your reach online with 5 delivery platforms to choose from.


Ghost kitchens versus traditional restaurants


Real Estate

Pay only for the space you need, rather than for empty dining rooms and waiting areas.


Staff required

We provide all your support staff, and there’s no need for front-of-house labor, so you can work with a smaller team.


Weeks to launch

Our facilities are move-in ready and we can help you navigate the permitting process.



Avoid the $1 million+ startup cost on your own restaurant to start seeing profits faster.



With a ghost kitchen, you can break even in just 6 months with a 10% profit on a $1M run rate.

Kitchen Specs

All you need and more under the hood

We offer kitchens for modern-day chefs and help get you set up with specialized equipment and minimal fuss.



  • Private kitchen
  • Driver pickup area
  • Staff locker area
  • Restrooms
  • Mop wash
  • Cold & freezer storage
  • Dry storage


  • Order pickup & processing
  • Courier handoff
  • Cleaning & maintenance
  • Safety & health inspections
  • Delivery logistics
  • Extraction & ventilation
  • On-site support staff
  • Delivery software


  • 3 compartment sink
  • Prep sink
  • Hand sink
  • Commercial hood
  • Tablet
  • Grease-trap/interceptor


  • Gas points
  • Power outlets
  • High power lighting
  • Cold & hot water lines
  • Gas/fire safety system
  • WiFi
  • Trash / recycle
  • Ethernet connections
  • Grease/trap cleaning
  • Hood/flu cleaning
  • Pest control

Ghost kitchen facility

2 ghost kitchen locations

Our San Diego facilities are located in the heart of delivery demand, providing you with exclusive access to more online customers.

Ghost kitchen

46 total ghost kitchens

Our San Diego facilities are equipped with a variety of kitchen layouts to best fit your restaurant needs.

Ghost kitchen cooking space

180 to 260 sq ft cooking spaces

Choose from a variety of kitchen spaces or open up multiple kitchens to test out new concepts.


Delivery and pickup in high traffic areas

With prime locations near high concentrations of student delivery demand in San Diego, you're able to easily drive more pickup and delivery business to your restaurant.

The San Diego food scene

Tacos - ghost kitchen

Operating a traditional restaurant is hard enough. But opening one? That requires plenty of time, serious capital, and lots of uncertainty. Luckily, CloudKitchens can help with opening and operating a food delivery restaurant - quicker, cheaper, and easier. Our ghost kitchens in San Diego will easily translate your cooking services to the modern food delivery service scene.

Restaurant owners know that kicking off a business is the hardest step. That’s why we've created a simple, proven model for launching your new location—we provide the kitchen, you bring your cuisine. With minimal startup costs and no new infrastructure needed, our team can take your San Diego ghost kitchen concept from on-deck to open in weeks.

To maximize your customer reach, we picked convenient ghost kitchen locations in high-volume, high-delivery areas. Unlike brick-and-mortar restaurants in areas with plenty of foot traffic, your ghost kitchen will be surrounded by San Diego residents who want food to come to them.

And forget about the overhead costs weighing down your business. CloudKitchens takes care of cleaning, security, delivery service, and more—you’re reducing staff and boosting profits. And instead of worrying about late-night mop jobs, you get to focus on your craft. When looking for a ghost kitchen, San Diego cooks will love our affordable prices.

Our proprietary technology streamlines all orders into one easy app on a single tablet—software and hardware included. To mitigate errors, our on-site ghost restaurant team checks that all deliveries land on the right dinner tables across San Diego.

Leave behind the crowded floors and wasted money with in-person dining. A more efficient, affordable, and time-saving business awaits you with CloudKitchens. With our ghost kitchens, your cooking can reach the most people for the lowest cost—now that’s a perfect dish.

San Diego downtown ghost kitchen facility
San Diego locations

Get cooking to more local students in the heart of downtown San Diego with our ghost kitchens optimized for efficiency.

El Cajon ghost kitchen facility
San Diego locations
El Cajon

Grow your restaurant business at our El Cajon ghost kitchen location near local residents and students.

Locations in all the right places


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What is a ghost kitchen?

Ghost kitchens, also known as dark kitchens or virtual kitchens, are commercial kitchens built for food delivery. They’re located within the delivery radius of a high volume of online customers, rather than high foot traffic areas. With ghost kitchens, there’s no physical storefront or dining area, so you only need a few back-of-house staff members to fulfill online orders.

How does a ghost kitchen work?

In a ghost kitchen, your restaurant is focused on delivery rather than dine-in. When eaters order your food online, you’ll prepare it from your ghost kitchen, and hand it off to a fulfillment team to get the order over to the right delivery driver. This gives restaurateurs a low cost, high efficiency model to get the most out of delivery.

Are ghost kitchens profitable?

Yes. Ghost kitchens allow restaurateurs to increase profitability by maintaining the essential elements of a restaurant while cutting costs on labor, overhead, and wasted food while reaching a higher volume of customers ordering online. Plus, you can run multiple virtual brands out of a single ghost kitchen to increase revenue without the extra overhead.

Why are ghost kitchens so popular?

Ghost kitchens are rising in popularity because they’re a lower cost alternative to operating a traditional restaurant. They’re also focused on delivery, which has grown 300% faster than dine-in since 2014. That means restaurateurs are using ghost kitchens to future-proof their business and accelerate growth.

How does a ghost kitchen help your restaurant grow?

Ghost kitchens help restaurateurs grow their business by doing delivery right. The way we dine has changed, and ghost kitchens allow restaurant operators to capture food delivery demand without sacrificing their bottom line. They’re also a great way to expand to new markets without spending time and money on a traditional restaurant buildout. You can easily expand your restaurant brand to different cities across the country such as Los Angeles or New York.

How much do ghost kitchens cost?

The cost of ghost kitchens varies by market, space, and services. Compared to a traditional restaurant, they’re a much lower cost alternative on both upfront capital and ongoing operating costs. You can get started in a ghost kitchen with as little as $30K, instead of $1M+ for brick and mortar buildout.

What are the requirements to set up a ghost kitchen in San Diego?

Thanks to the innovative CloudKitchens model, it doesn’t take much to open up a ghost restaurant or commissary kitchen brand San Diego will love. To get started, you’ll need a minimum of $30k to cover costs associated with opening, as well as four core members to manage your virtual kitchen operations. 

Will CloudKitchens provide drivers, or will I need to hire them myself?

While CloudKitchens facilitates order fulfillment, we do not employ delivery drivers. That said, you won’t need to hire your own—we’ll connect you to individual food delivery platforms with drivers who can deliver your menu items food directly to your customers.

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