Are there any upscale vietnamese places in SD?
There's one in Rancho Bernardo that's nice, but I can't find the name right now. It's tucked away in a maze of a shopping center, with a grocery store (Ralph's?) out front.
I've been there a few times for their Vietnamese crepe with seafood. It's really a bargain, but of course the other food is overpriced compared to the Pho houses (but I imagine it's a little more reasonable than Saigon on 5th). I love the crepe so much I never order anything else, but all food I've seen was elegantly executed.
I've never had what I consider to be a good version of 7 course of beef in San Diego, and I've always been disappointed.
When you say "upscale" do you mean in decor & style - like The Slanted Door, or do you mean a wide array of various dishes, regardless of atmosphere. Nothing close to The Slanted Door in San Diego.
For dishes like Lobster in Tamarind Sauce, Be Thui(sort of a roasted beef with ginger sauce), crab steamed in beer, and other dishes you may want to try Que Huong.
Que Huong Restaurant
4134 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92105
I've had mixed results but some of the dishes I've witness coming out of the kitchen look really great.
Another good thing is that they are open til midnight.
Not sure that I've even had high-end Vietnamese, but Convoy Noodle House (across from O'Brien's) does a nice 7 course beef. I also like their grilled beef in grape leaves. Those dishes run around $10-12.
Pho Pasteur, which I just went to the other night, sells fresh crab and lobster dishes. I had a very good meal there. They're in the same parking lot as K Sandwiches, on Linda Vista Rd. and Mesa College Dr.
Usually the restaurants which offer the '7 courses of Beef' - although many of these are Pho restaurants.
There used to be an upscale French-Vietnamese in Rancho Bernardo but I think that it is long gone.
I definitely reccomend Westminster. Best vietnamese grocery I have been to is located there as well.