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I need a rec on where to take my wife for a birthday dinner. Thanks.

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  1. Price range? Area of town? Night of week(like, soon so you cannot make a reservation, or way in the future so you can)?

    1. In La Jolla - Fresh(er), George's, Azul, Trattoria Acqua, 910 and Marine Room are all very popular nice restaurants with lovely settings - appropriate for a birthday. 1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del is also very good, same for Bertrand at Mr. A's (and the view can't be beat.) Oceanaire Seafood Room is also very good if you guys really like classic seafood. I also like Parallel 33 for something unique - Asian fusion blending cuisines around the 33rd parallel.

      If she's a serious foodie or wine nut, I'd recommend Tapenade, Wine Sellar Brasserie, Market, 910 or possibly Addison. If you are looking for something more affordable and/or casual - I'd suggest Cafe Chloe downtown.

      Good luck and enjoy!

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      1. re: Alice Q

        We've done George's and The Marine Room, and both were great. Either would work well for a special occasion. Wine selections at both were good by my wino standards. A tad pricey, but that is to be expected.


      2. Love Mille Fleurs in Rancho Santa Fe..
        Country French with a very romantic setting.

        1. I would recommend Prince of Wales at the Del. Great service, food and ambiance. Next would be Rainwater's on Kettner (steaks), and delve into the wine list.


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          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Just FYI - Prince of Wales is now 1500 Ocean.

            1. re: Alice Q

              Alice Q,

              Thanks for the update. How is the food now? We had several great meals at PoW, including the #2 all time great Kobe filet. It was a bit pricey, and I imagine that some younger folk might have found the room a tad stuffy, but for me, the food, service - everything was worth the $.


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                It has been very good on my visits - they have just had a chef change though, so I am not sure if it has changed. Brian Sinnott, formerly of Molly's, has taken over from Jason Schaeffer, who moved to Colorado. They did update the room and opened it up to the outside - it's very nice.

                1. re: Alice Q

                  Molly's was wonderful with Brian Sinnott I am sure he will continue to serve amazing food at 1500 Ocean.

          2. I would recommend the new Blew Boheme in Kensington. I have been their twice and the food is great. See my remarks that I wrote yesterday.

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            1. re: normalheightsfoodie

              BLEU BOHEME

            2. I know this was mentioned but Wine Sellar Brasserie is one of the best spots in SD. The food's great and the staff is a lot of fun. Plus you can have a tasting before you do dinner if you go on the right nights. Oh and they have a website http://www.winesellar.com/ check it out, I took both of my ex-wives there on our first date. JK... It was all three wives.