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
funny you should write this this morning.. I was sooooo disappointed in Old trieste.. Went there last night for my husbands birthday..Read the reviews.. even chatted with someone who had been there. Excited abouyt men wearing jackets,women dresses etc.. Looking forward to something very old style... it was so bright in there and they had a leak in the ceiling ,so had soiled bus tubs on a tbale with linens..in the middle of the room! The salad was ice berg loaded with blue cheese from a bottle.. dinner was ok. wine list awful...
I see below other ideas. Manhattens in La Jolla is the old red booths,pink lights,all the waiters are over 6o I think! sometime they sing in Italina,but that may be mostly Xmas eve... Food is good a 7-8.. not a foodie excellent.. Good steak Diane..
they do the caesar from scratch at the table..
The Westagate we tried.. I was not impressed... Maitre D is definetly quirky..if you can get a reservation.. we tried so long we finally were determined and would take any night! ended up on a Sat..but had to go early...in the end it was never even full..a fun experience though..
I would highly suggest Manhattens.. we go there every Christmas... I think you would like that...
le fontainebleau in the westgate hotel is probably perfect for you.
de medici is terrific for traditional italian. the service is excellent, and they do a tableside caesar...as well as a flaming bananas foster.
not necessarily old-school in the formal sense [saw a few fellow diners in shorts & flip flops last time i was there], but pamplemousse grille in solana beach does excellent high-end gourmet cuisine.
as far as steakhouses go, romantic atmosphere is tough. i'm not a huge fan of this one because the ambience there is so not my style, but donovan's in la jolla might be okay for you. very much a 'traditional' feel, although personally i think it's a bit stodgy. they don't do the tableside caesar, but the service really is excellent. one warning though...it's pretty pricey.
hope that helps. enjoy!
514 Via de la Valle, Suite 100, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Westgate Hotel the: Fontainebleau Restaurant
1055 2nd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
De Medici Italian Restaurant
815 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
4340 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92122
1500 Ocean is a brand new restaurant serving modern CA cuisine - I don't think it would satisfy this person's needs.
I think Maitre'D sounds like the perfect choice. The food there will probably be better than the Imperial House. Dobson's downtown is also a little bit along these lines - not old school formal, but pretty classic food - great Caesar, mussel bisque, etc.
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.