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Suggestions for upscale San Diego restaurant

It's my fiance's 30th birthday and we always go out to a nice restaurant. This time we will be in San Diego during this weekend Fri-Mon. I need some suggestions for an upscale restaurant that can give us that *WOW* factor. I have treated him to some phenomenal establishments in other cities, so this time around I really want to surprise him with something new and different.

This is what I was considering before when I thought we were going to be in San Francisco:

Fleur de Lys
Gary Danko
French Laundry

I would prefer something that is inventive and interesting (hope that doesn't sound repetitive!!). Prix fixe if available. Cost is not an issue.

Help me!! I have three days to figure this out!!

Thanks!!

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  1. In San Diego, you might want to look into Mr. A's above downtown. It has an amazing view.

    If you're feeling extra adventurous, take him to Laja in the Guadalupe Valley and stay the night at Adobe Guadalupe. It's about 1.5 hrs from San Diego, but is an amazing culinary experience. You can't get much more of a wow factor than Laja.

    (Cue Chowhound moderator complaining about Baja posts...)

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    1. re: Josh

      Mr. As was the first place that came to my mind too. What it lacks in over the top *wow* factor is more than made up by the space and view. San Diego doesn't do fine dining in the Fleur de Lys, Gary Danko, French Laundry vein so it's really hard to come up with a recommendation along those lines.

      Second the recco for Laja. A weekend in the Valle de Guadalupe wine country? Birthday to remember :-)

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      1. If we you are willing to stay in Palm Springs I highly recommend Blend. It is not on the same level as French Laundry but the chef worked several years at French Laundry and is doing some great work. I had a 7-course tasting menu this weekend and this restaurant would be easily one of the top 5 restaurant in San Diego.

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        1. re: honkman

          Interesting tip honkman - can you share more? Maybe in a separate post?

        2. I've heard nice things about El Bizcocho in Rancho Bernardo. The fanciest place I've ever been is probably George's at the Cove (the fine dining area), but I wouldn't recommend it. Everyone else raves about it, though.

          1. Tapenade; Addison; Market; the view from Mr. A's is a must

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            1. re: ibstatguy

              how about ar valentine at the lodge at torrey pines? we had a special occasion dinner there a while back and it was wonderful. Georges just reopened up after an extensive remodel and they did change the menu. other posters probably been there already and could give you details.

              1. re: littlestevie

                dinner and a night at the Lodge is an excellent way to go; also - try "Guild", not far from Gaslamp. had lunch there about 3 weeks ago and was favoably impressed. got a good write up today in the Reader.