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Paradise Grill--Del Mar....Any Feedback?

El Chevere Dec 18, 2006 11:10 PM

Anybody been here (Via de la Valle).....looks like a nice place to grab a drink and socialize...how's the food?

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    Bob Foster Dec 26, 2006 03:08 PM

    We've eaten there twice. Good not great. For that kind of $$$ I'll go east about a mile to Market bar and Restaurant.

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      PGB Dec 26, 2006 06:07 AM

      I was there Saturday evening and the food was excellent. Three of had duck, sirloin steak, and hangar steak. For appetizers we had a lobster salad and a garden salad, both superb. My only disappointment was even though we had a reservation a week in advance that was confirmed with a call a day in advance, when we arrived the dining room was full and we had a choice of sitting in a heated patio area or the bar. When I expressed my disappointed they simply said we will make a note next time that you prefer the dining room. Are there those that would prefer the bar?

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        Alice Q Dec 26, 2006 05:26 PM

        Do you mean Market or Paradise Grill? Sounds like Market's food. If so, the same thing happened to us, we had a reservation and they tried to stick us next to the bathroom door in the bar. They acted like it was unreasonable to expect to be seated in the dining room without a special request. I found it annoying, and so did the three other couples they tried to seat at that table after we refused to sit there. (We wound up at a different table in the bar.)

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          PGB Dec 27, 2006 03:59 AM

          AliceQ,
          Yes, it was Market. I called the next day and left a phone message for Carl, but never heard back. I love the food, but don't like the treatment. They, too, seemed to imply I should have requested the dining room. From your posting it seems this was not a one-time situation but an ongoing policy with them.
          PGB

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            Bob Foster Dec 30, 2006 05:31 AM

            PGB-not their policy at all. While they had not seen this thread on Chowhound, they tell me that from now on, if it looks like a full night they will alert those reserving after that point that any open space will be in the bar or the patio. Given the RAVE review in last week's San Diego Reader, they will be very busy for many months. (As I've said before, I have no $$$ interest in this place, I'm just a fan.)

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              PGB Dec 30, 2006 05:03 PM

              Good to know and glad you brought it to their attention. As for the food, I'm a fan as well. It's good that there are places of this calibre with entress in the $20s.

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        buzznutter Dec 25, 2006 05:20 PM

        Instead of the neighborhood potluck christmas party, we went down to Paradise Grille. I had not been there for 6 months, as we had given up on the place. Pretty restaurant, nice concept, but uninspired food.

        We spend $110 per person (sounds hard to do, but we drank some pretty good wine) and the wine was the only thing decent about the place. Jerk chicken was dry, the steaks were overcooked, the salads were run of the mill, just totally mediocre.

        I hate to say it, but for the price, I would rather go to Papa chino's, the other mediocre eatery in the mall. Paradise Grille is just missing the mark, although they seem to be busy enough.

        I won't be back until there is a change of chef or ownership.

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          daantaat Dec 26, 2006 04:45 AM

          if you're going to spend that kind of $$ per person, just go further east a few minutes on Via de la Valle to Carl Schroeder's new place, Market Bar and Restaurant (on the old Blackhorse Grill site). Food will not disappoint!

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          PGB Dec 21, 2006 05:05 AM

          Trying to be upscale but the food doesn't match the expectations nor the prices.

          1. SanseiDesigns Dec 18, 2006 11:21 PM

            Have been there a few times. For the area, it is a nice change from the high-priced neighborhood restaurants. The food is okay for the price, but nothing overly exceptional. It is a good social/drinks/small plates place. The outside patio is comfortable as is the outside bar. Wine list is modest, but accomodating.

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