Restaurants in San Diego
I'll be spending this weekend in San Diego and will be staying at the Four Seasons Aviara.
Looking for good food places. Nothing stuffy or frou frou or too touristy. Something with a local neighborhood feel, seasonal stuff and good muddled cocktails. Any place in La Jolla or closeby.
There are no shortage of options in the area, but let me chime in with two Japanese restaurants that will fit the bill, each unique in their own way.
If you have room for just one, then perhaps the more unique of the two for most will be Yumeya in Leucadia, a take on a Japanese izakaya (a Japanese-style pub where one composes their meal out of a selection of small plates). They have the largest sake selection in San Diego and a kitchen that puts out both traditional as well as nouveau dishes. Not only do they feature matcha, the hand-whisked tea used in the Japanese tea ceremony, but offers other unique touches such as handmade udon noodles. You will find the atmosphere most unique, intimate, and inviting, and the hosts the most wonderful. (It is completely family run, with mom and dad in the back of the house, and two daughters and a son-in-law in the front of the house.
If you have room for another Japanese restaurant and are a fan of serious sushi, than a visit to Kaito in Encinitas is a must. It's the best sushi that San Diego has to offer. It's far from offering a traditional environment, so don't let that scare you away. The sushi is truly top notch, especially if you leave your meal in the capable hands of Morita-san, the head sushi chef. Omakase, or chef's choice, would get you the best experience. And as best of class as the sushi at Kaito is you will not find even a trace of pretention or intimidation; in fact quite the opposite is the norm at Kaito, making it a great training ground for roll customers looking for a place to comfortably explore the traditional side of sushi.
Much has been written on the boards about each of these wonderful places, so a quick search should net you a lot more information should any of this catch your fancy.
And if you're willing to sneak in some goodies into your room you will find incredible delectables at Elizabethan Desserts. You'll find nothing but praise on the boards as well for this unique storefront, located in the middle of a retail nursery in Encinitas. Go there not only for the wonderful desserts, but also to strike up conversation with its passionate owner/operator, Elizabeth.
130-A N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
1246 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
there are so many suggestions already posted..so you might search la Jolla and del mar.. both good places.. or tell us a bit more about the type of food you are looking for.
Market would be a good suggestion..make reservations now though...I also like Sbicca.. for the neighborhood appeal.. Codys in la jOlla for breakfast or lunch and The Cottage..