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Mar 27, 2007 03:53 PM

Gauranteed Good service in San Diego

What restaurants in San Diego have a reputation for stellar service?

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  1. Marine Room, Mr. A's, Top of the Cove, AR Valentein are the first answers that come to mind.

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    1. re: Josh

      El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

    2. I don't know about whether they have a reputation, but here are a few consistently good spots:

      Antica Trattoria

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      1. re: mimosa

        Tapenade waiters are great.
        Maitre d? not so great and extremely rude unless you're from a visibly rich white family.
        I made a reservation a month in advance for my mother's birthday. We arrive they sit us in the bar area when perfectly good tables are available in their main dining room. After discussing this with the maitre D for quite awhile he finally gave in. stating "other reservations had been made". *cough*

        when we left 2 hours later? still empty tables. No thanks! But the waiter was extremely nice and attentive.

        i had extremely good service at Island Prime. Horrible service and Donovan's (once again attributing it to them not giving a damn to two young adults since the tables around us were consistently better served and older).

        of course i honestly think as a young adult (23yr old law student) i get completely different service than other age groups at nice restaurants so i might not be the best person to comment. (except is NY, NY was great)

        1. re: clayfu

          agree with you on the maitre d. The wife of chef diot is extraordinarly nice though when in house/

          1. re: clayfu

            It's kinda ironic that a place called Maitre'd would be lacking in service. ;)

            1. re: mimosa

              That's not what he said. I've been to Maitre'd and the service is excellent. I think he's saying that the maitre'd at Tapenade is bad.

              1. re: Josh

                Thanks for the clarification!

                1. re: mimosa

                  It would have been alot funniest if it was Maitre'd tho =)

            2. re: clayfu

              I've always been treated very nicely at Donovan's, and I'm neither rich nor white (nor old). Same with Fleming's (even when ordering their Prime Rib special).

              I've had lovely service at the no-longer-there Blackhorse Grille... hopefully Market (that's what took over the space, right?) is just as good.

              Ruth's Chris is another steakhouse that is formal, but also treats you as such. Of course, I do take slight exception to the fact that they always speak to the male at the table.

              Speaking of which, I am offended that whenever I order osso bucco or a nice hunk of meat entree, the servers always try to give it to my boyfriend. What? A girl like me couldn't possibly want to wolf down a huge veal shank?? Just because there's a pasta dish in our order it automatically must be mine?

              1. re: clayfu

                One of the nicest evenings we have had was a year ago at George's (before the California Modern tranformation). The part I remember the best (besides the 3 succulent short ribs on the mashed smoked pototatos) was how all of a sudden 3 wait people appeared, each with a plate that seemed to float to the table in front of us - no coversation asking who had ordered what - the food just floated down in the correct spot. And then they were gone. It was magicical and a perfect choreography!

                1. re: abacal

                  I love that kind of service! The only restaurant I've ever been to with that level of service was Rosemary's in Vegas. Even at Bertrand's at Mr. A's our dishes don't hit the table at the same time, however the service is otherwise perfect - and the couple of times we've been there, we've been treated with the utmost respect.

                  1. re: Divamac

                    try the upper crest places in NY. Dishes/silverware get wisked away upon completion and food comes exactly at the same time and new silverware is reset corresponding to what you eat. This is especially impressive when you have 10+ course meals =)

                    actually they do this at places in LA, just never had the same quiet efficiency anywhere else other than NY *shrug*

                    1. re: clayfu

                      Marine Room has this same kind of service.

          2. Market
            AR Valentein
            Donovan's (never had a problem here and I look under 30)
            Arterra (however, it's been a while since I've been there)

            1. 1500 Ocean has fantastic service, as do Jayne's Gastropub, Cafe Chloe, Red Pearl Kitchen, Antica Trattoria, Jack's Fine Dining, Tapenade and California Cuisine. Those are the ones that stand out in my mind right now.

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              1. re: Alice Q

                I also received spectacular service at Cafe Chloe. Morton's has pretty good service too. Last week I received fantastic service at the bar at Donovan's, including a long, detailed description of the wine I chose (the only Zin offered by the glass, which was great), but I wasn't impressed with the service at Donovan's when I ate at the actual restaurant a couple years back. They seemed too busy to pay attention to us.

                1. re: Alice Q

                  I really liked the service at Cafe Chloe, California Cuisine and Tapenade (best lunch in LJ).

                  1. re: Alice Q

                    Oh, and Dobson's too - had lunch there last week, the service was perfect as it has always been. Probably has something to do with the fact that the owner is almost always on site.