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Dinner in San Diego Gaslamp District

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Howdy, 'hounds. The beloved and I will venture outside our velvet-lined LA-cocoon to see an opera in SD this Saturday. Any recommendations for where we should have dinner before the show? We'd prefer something near the opera house or at least within the Gaslamp neighborhood. We're game for any sort of cuisine and prefer someplace on the quiet side.

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  1. Royal Thai is decent and if you are in the mood for sushi try Taka - I think it rivals most sushi places in LA. Also for a really nice small plates meal try Le Gran Tapa on B sreet (very close to the Opera House).

    1. You have to go to Chive - my husband and I had a fabulous meal there!

        1. I had a great lunch at the Grant a few weeks ago, and would not hesitiate to go there for dinner. Quiet and upscale.


          1. Is the opera at the Civic Theater, or the Symphony Hall? La Gran Tapa is very close to the Symphony Hall, but not the Civic.

            Near the Civic I recommend the bar at Dobson's - try the Mussel Bisque. The Grant is also very close, and newly remodeled.


            1. We had a very below-average experience at Royal Thai this week. The soup was lukewarm and pretty flavorless. The "spicy" (indicated by a firecracker on the menu) is not spicy at all and the curry (and soup) were extremely heavy in the coconut milk department. It wasn't the worst Thai we've ever had (pretty close) but it was bad enough not to go back. We really enjoy the Irish Pub in Gaslamp - The Field. Food and ambiance are great although I'm not sure how "quiet" it would be on a Saturday night. Maybe if you do dinner early? Either way, you can't go wrong with the dishes and the Guinness on tap is incredible. We've enjoyed this pub more than some of the ones we frequented in Dublin!

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              1. re: Crolak

                Best time to go to The Field is 5:00-6:00 on a Sunday, when those guys get together at a table in the main room and play Irish songs. On Friday and Saturday it's a mess --just another bar filled with people wanting to do the downtown "scene." 90 percent fratboys.