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San Diego - Favorite spots?

I'll be in San Diego next month and want to go out for an excellent meal (who doesn't?). I am looking for a place that has a fantastic wine list, entrees and apps to write home about. I'm thinking French, American, or maybe even Italian (although I live in Boston and the Italian is delish) but I am open to most anything.
It will be around the new year, but not ON new year's eve. I figured I'd start my research early.

I'm interested in hearing where San Diegans go when they want a killer meal. Think of it as where you'd go for a date or an anniversary. It doesn't have to be super expensive or haughty, just wicked GOOD and worth the effort!

Thanks!

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      1. All of the above, plus:
        George's at the Cove
        Mille Fleurs in Rancho Santa Fe

        On a not-so-recent trip to Boston, we came away with a memorable quote from a Russian-born cab driver who managed to get lost:
        "I hate North End." We loved it, though. Hope your San Diego trip is half as memorable.
        . . . jim strain in san diego.

        1. Nine-ten (in La Jolla as are Tapenade, George's, and Marine Room) is now our go-to for a great meal.

          By the way, all of the places listed so far are indeed very good and priced at roughly $25+ per entree, but well worth it.

          1. In the high-end category, I would also add the Wine Sellar Brasserie and Jack's La Jolla. I also really like Cafe Chloe - which is more of a casual bistro, but has very good food and a decent wine list. Other favorites are Chive, Parallel 33, Roppongi, Red Pearl Kitchen (stylized Chinese) and Japengo (but not the atmosphere).

            I also want to try Market in Del Mar, Blanca in Solana Beach, and the new place at the Hotel Del - 1500 Ocean. Have heard very good things but have not been to those yet.