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Aug 28, 2006 04:07 PM

San Diego - Chowhound tourist looking for great restos' recommendations! :)

Hello fellow chowhounds!
DH and I will be visiting beautiful San Diego for a conference. We are in our late 20's and would love some advice for our trip.
We would truly appreciate recommendations for the following:
1) Restaurant with a great view - view of the water? etc.
2) Trendy style
3) Restaurant on a beach/romantic...

Looking forward to hearing your responses...
Thank you :)

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  1. George's at the Cove would meet all three requirements.

    1. Near the convention center, I can gladly recommend Chive to fill the bill for criteria #2 on your list. You can read my write-up about my dinner there this past Saturday in the "San Diego Gaslamp area" thread here:

      Also near the convention center is Rama, a great Thai restaurant with some hip interior design.

      Further uptown, I like Parallel 33. Fusion food inspired by countries found along the 33rd parallel. (the Chicken Bastilla appetizer and the Warm Medjool Date Cakes with Rose-flavored Ice Cream dessert are both musts!) They also operate the hip Blue Lotus Lounge, next door.

      I haven't yet been, but I've been hearing good things about Stingaree. Maybe some other chowhounds could chime in on this one. It certainly is one of the current places to be.


      1. 1) Restaurant with a great view - view of the water? etc.
        George's at the Cove & Crab Catcher(both in La Jolla), Top of the Market(close to dowtown)
        2) Trendy style
        Oceanaire Seafood Room & Confidential (Gaslamp Quarter)
        3) Restaurant on a beach/romantic...
        Tower 23 (Pacific Beach)

        Stingaree is definitely one of the "places to be" more of a nightclub than a restaurant on the weekend.

        San Diego has some great rooftop bars too: Altitude at the Gaslamp Marriott, JBar at Hotel Solamar, Beach at the W and Stingaree

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        1. re: Mazey

          I would nix Oceanaire, as it's a national chain from Minneapolis, and IMHO, the fare is quite boring.

          Also, I have to give a shout out to George's for view, food & service. Be sure to specify that you wish to sit on the terrace.

          Stingaree is v.v. chic and trendy right now. I suggest going for cocktails & snacks (be prepared to shell out $$$).

          San Diego Magazine just ran their best restaurants issue, so you may wish to referencce these winners.

          Best of the Best (money no object)
          Marine Room

          Best of the Best (moderate)

          Best New Restaurant
          Jack's La Jolla

          Best Dining with a View
          Marine Room
          (George's came in 2nd)

          Best Outdoor Dining
          George's at the Cove

          Best Tapas
          Café Sevilla

          Best Sushi
          Sushi Ota

          Best Steakhouse

        2. I would be careful relying too much on SD Magazine to tell you what's good and what's not in SD. Somehow PF Chang's made it on their "Best Chinese" list for many years. However, out of the list you posted, the only one I strongly disagree w/ is the "Best of the Best"--I think there are several other places that are better than The Marine Room--not saying The Marine Room is bad, but there is better food for the same price level around.

          The "Best Of" SD Magazine is dependent on readers sending in their ballots.

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          1. re: daantaat

            Not sure I agree that there is better food at the same price as Marine Room. There is different food, certainly, but "better" is a relative term. At that level of quality, you're in the realm of personal preference as opposed to an objective measurement.

          2. I agree that there are better restaurants for food in that price range than Marine Room, but it is right on the water and you can't beat the view. For high end I would recommend Jack's in La Jolla. Great food and lively atmosphere - and they have an ocean view bar at the top.

            George's Ocean Terrace is decent for lunch and has an unbeatable view of La Jolla Cove and the coastline. I also like breakfast at the Brockton Villa, overlooking the Cove in La Jolla.

            For hip atmosphere - I'd say Chive, Confidential, Modus, Airport, Tower 23 or Stingaree. You also might want to check out the Solamar restaurant - JSix, and their rooftop bar. I also like Cafe Chloe - it's also hip, but it's more of a bistro than a night spot.

            I also have some other recommendations and write-ups on my site -

            Have a great time!