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Nov 12, 2006 09:25 AM

good restaurants around UTC area

I've only been in San Diego for about 3 months now and still could not find good restaurants in the UTC area. Does anyone have any recommendations for any time of food (Japanese, Italian, Chinese, American, anything!!)?


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  1. Sure!- I've had good lunches at Tutto Mare. For me, that's about it. Lots of people like Roys and Roppongi as well.


    1. Donovan's Steak House.

      Roppongi is on Prospect in La Jolla, not UTC unless there is a new outpost I don't know about.

      Did you mean Japengo?

      1. Duh, not Roppongi, Cafe Japengo.

        It's north of I8, way out of my territory. ; }


        1. There are a lot of eateries in the UTC/Sorrento area, but they are mostly high-volume, high-turnover, popular-priced places. Nothing wrong with that, but sometimes you want something better without having to drive for miles and miles.

          Donovans and Tutto Mare have already been mentioned. The other one that can do some very nice stuff is the Brasserie (The WineSellar and Brasserie)-- though you might not consider that the UTC area. I haven't tried the relatively new Harry's Bar & American Grill, but I used to really like the one in Century City. Good luck.
          . . . jim strain in san diego.

          1. The Renaissance Center has three places worth going to on occasion:

            Barolo - Italian, can be very good, though not really truly outstanding. Mid-range for prices (roughly $14 entrees). Some homemade pastas which are done well. Decor is poor.

            Edo Sushi - Doesn't look like much, but ask the really fun guys behind the bar what is good and they'll lead you the right way, especially if you share your saki. Again, a very, very solid place with good value. Definitely worth a visit if you live in the area. In terms of comparison I think the food is substantially better and cheaper than Japengo. Japengo has a 'scene', but I find it ordinary, trendy, and overpriced. For me, sushi in UTC is Edo.

            Le Peep - Okay, its a chain and there are many better breakfast places in SD. But, for a neighborhood chain place the food is good - better than you might think. When you don't want to drive to the Mission and wait it is worth it to have a nice breakfast on the covered patio. The OJ and coffee are usually good as are the dishes served in skillets (blanking on the name). And you can bring your dog, but you might have to wait for one of the tables in the 'dog allowed' section.

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            1. re: rotochicken

              The dishes served in skillets at Le Peep are called (drum roll) "skillets". :)

              When I lived in that area, I liked to go to BJ's from time to time. Decent food for a chain, and a few good beers on their menu. Rock Bottom was very hit and miss, but they always had a few good beers on tap (unlike many of their sister restaurants) - I think the local influence helped in that respect.

              I'll have to give the Miami Grill a try - it sounded interesting. I always thought that was a stupid place for a brewpub, so maybe it will do better than the various incarnations of the brewpubs that went in and out of the place over the past 6 years.

              1. re: RB Hound

                Miami Grill isn't a brewpub. They call themselves Cuban/Asian fusion, but I prefer their Cuban food over the Asian dishes. The first one is in Poway and we like going there. We try to avoid it on weekends because it gets crowded.

                1. re: leanneabe

                  I'm sorry; I wasn't clear. I wasn't saying that Miami Grill was a brewpub, but the space in which it occupies had been brewpubs prior to that, at least three different ones to my best recollection.