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Jan 29, 2007 04:09 PM

Casual Romance in San Diego

SO has lived in SD for several years but doesn't eat out much (this will change). I will be in town from PIttsburgh for President's Day weekend and would love some suggestions for a casual but intimate place to eat. SO is ovo-lacto-pesco vegetarian and I am omnivorous. We like all kinds of food and LOVE southeast asian and seafood. Would prefer something moderately priced ($50 for two without wine or so) and not a totally mobbed "scene".

Based on other links The Linkery looks great. Any other suggestions?

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  1. I like the Linkery, and would also recommend Cafe Chloe, Vagabond, Cafe Cerise, Modus, or Red Pearl Kitchen - these places are popular, but shouldn't be mobbed (with the possible exception of Red Pearl Kitchen). They are all in the metro area. I also have some other local favorite spots around town linked on my blog - scroll down on the right hand side -

    Enjoy your visit!

    1. Roppongi's in La Jolla fits the Asian fusion, your price range (especially if you go for their 50% off all tapas between 4-6 pm) and not too much of a scene.

      Cavaillon in Santaluz would definitely fit the "casual romantic" bill for good food. Will run you a little above $50/2 people for 3 courses but they have a Monday night $32 prix fixe if you want to do an early Valentine's Day dinner. French bistro.

      Parallel 33 in Hillcrest is small, cozy and romantic in a different way. Will run closer to $30-40/person but the food is excellent. Fusion food from all the countries on the 33rd parallel.

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      1. re: daantaat

        I actually just went to Roppongi last week, and it was not good. The service was terrible - bording on rude - and the food was not as good as it usually is. We've been there many many times and always enjoyed it, but we might never go back after this visit.

        1. re: daantaat

          I second Cavaillon but would avoid Parallel 33 which has rather disappointing food (though the concept is nice) and bad service.

        2. Cafe Chloe is as romantic as it gets. heavy, true french food with a cozy atmosphere.

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          1. re: drliu

            I agree- and the pomme frites are great share food. Oops, found a photo...


            1. re: drliu

              I really like Cafe Chloe (I was there yesterday) but I wouldn't call it romantic.

            2. Jyoti Bihanga on Adams Avenue! This would be more appropriate for a casual meal, but they have a wonderful selection of vegetarian and vegan cusine.


              1. Jyoti Bihanga is romantic????? Sorry, i'd have to Strongly disagree with that assessment. Decent food, but an odd place. I would second Modus, and am told Vagabond is cozy and romantic.