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old style gourmet in san diego

Will be traveling to san diego next week. Looking for upscale gourmet where the ambiance and food haven't changed but remain awesome! Like things such
as caesar's salad tableside. Tournedos or filet with bearnaise. shrimp scampi etc.\
nice quiet romantic dining area.
any suggestions appreciated

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  1. I can't vouch for its awesomeness, but the Imperial House on Kalmia serves that sort of food. Mr. A's would have fit the bill perfectly, but they revamped a few years ago.

    1. Old World classic isn't the type of food San Diego does very well, nor is there much of a market for it here. But if you must, try Old Trieste or Baci.

      1. My first thought was Old Trieste and Baci's which are right down the street from each other..
        Also, Maitre'D in Bird Rock/La Jolla is old style gourmet in a funky way..
        I love this place..it's quirky but old school.
        I miss Lubach's!

        1. Perhaps also consider Red Tracton's in Del Mar as a possibility. Very much an old school-style steak house with the red leather seats, etc.

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          1. re: cgfan

            I'd second this one, too. Red Tracton's is old school for sure, but the quality has remained pretty high. Great steaks. I believe they do tableside Caesar too, but they're really known for the lobster bisque (rightly so).

          2. Marine Room does a tableside Caesar, but the rest of their menu is more modern. Manhattan in La Jolla also does tableside Caesar, and they also serve old-school NY-style Italian fine dining fare. Veal Oscar, Steak Sinatra, Steak Syracuse, Steak Bearnaise, etc. They also do fancy seafood pasta dishes.

            I haven't been there in a while, so I can't vouch for how well its aged. It used to be pretty solid.

            Beach Chick's suggestion of Maitre'D is also one I'd second. Their food is very good, old school style (I had Beef Wellington, for example), but the place is super quirky. Definitely unlike any other restaurant in town.