San Diego Restaurant Week - Recommendations, Suggestions, and Comments
Looking to make some final decisions on restaurant week--so far, thinking about Currant, 1500 Ocean, Jacks Grille, and Nine-Ten. Any recommendations/suggestions as far as the places under consideration and other places I should try? I'd prefer to stay in/near downtown.
Also, what do people think about the fact that most places charge $40/person? Even though I'm participating I personally think it's a bit of a rip-off. Restaurant in LA charge between $25-35 during restaurant week, and I think even NY restaurants charge less.
All your suggestions are good, except I'd skip Jack's Grille and go for Jack's Dining Room. I was sorely disappointed in Jack Grille, but I've heard good things about The Dining room.
As for price... well $40.00 a person is still a deal for a price fix menu at a high end restaurant. Plus restaurant week is merely a marketing tool for the restaurant industry to generate sales during a traditionally slow time after the holidays. It's not a charity event. Thus the restaurants will charge whatever the market will bear. If you think the price is too high, then select restaurants that only charge $30.00.
Skip Currant--I wasn't overly impressed by my lunch there. I spent just under $40 for lunch and was underwhelmed.
I 2nd the rec for Jack's Formal Dining Room over the Grill. The Dining Room has much more interesting food.
Nine-Ten is good--we went last year and again for lunch recently. Both meals were very good.
And $40/person is not a rip off if you choose your restaurants carefully. Some of the good, high-end places can easily run close to $75+/person w/o ETOH, tax and tip for a 3 course meal.
Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions.
OK, I retract the statement that it's a "rip-off." I agree that if I were to go on a regular day, I'd spend upwards of $70-80/person, if not more, not including drinks, tax, tip, for the same meal. It's not the actual food/price ratio that bothers me.
I was surprised to learn that other city's restaurants charge less than SD's during restaurant week, and I feel it's a bit unfair/misleading to advertise the event as $30/person for a 3 course meal, when it seems like at least 1/2 of the restaurants are charing $40/person, and some even charge a surcharge for substitutions.
$40/person + wine + tax + tip + parking = more than I bargained for sometimes.
I don't think RW is a rip-off, but I gotta say it is hard to get to $75/person for three courses in San Diego. Thankfully the $40 entree is still rare, but even with it, you need a $22 appetizer and a $13 dessert - also rare 'finds' once you eliminate foie gras from the options - to get to $75. Sure, Addison can get you there, but they aren't in RW. For all the participating high-end places the luxury-type entrees (i.e. the $35 and up aged beef, truffle-laden, foie concoctions) don't appear on the RW menu.
For the most part, my impression of RW week is you generally get a soup or salad starter or a smaller version of a pricier type starter - in other words items that would be $8-12 on the regular menu. The entrees are also usually the mid-low range, sometimes even being items from the appetizer or second course menu, and sometimes less elaborate than on the regular menu - items that would typically run $16-30. Desserts are often an afterthought or less elaborate than the regular menu - items that would run $8-10. Of course their are exceptions, but I just don't see many this year. For me and what I typically order, I save about $6-10/person. Not bad at all, but I would rather choose from the entire menu (including the option to share dessert - which cuts into the RW savings) in a less crowded room with (typically) better service.
I haven't looked at every menu, but I am leaning towards skipping RW this week. But, again, I have enjoyed it in the past.
1500 Ocean was phenomenal last year. I also just got a rave report on them from some people I sent there who were in town for the Fancy Food Show. The next night they went to Market - I'm hoping they'll tell me how they liked that.
Of the remaining choices I agree on the recommendation for Jack's Fine Dining and 910. Skip the Grill and the Ocean Room, at least for Restaurant Week. Currant is good, but I think you'll get a little more bang for your buck at one of the other places you mentioned.
$40. is not a ripoff, but I see what you are saying, many cities restaurant weeks are less expensive. I think they upped the cost to encourage the high end ones to participate - it seems like many others followed.
I was just at the Guild tonight, and they are offering a $30. dinner that sounded good - what they made for our tour tonight was excellent.
If you don't already have a reservation, you may have trouble getting one - you can try Opentable, they have a system where you can search all the restaurants participating. Good luck!
re: Alice Q
I also wholeheartedly reccomend and agree about 1500 Ocean. We went there last year for RW and it was fabulous!!! $40/person for that place is a steal and if you can still get a reservation, you should go. The service is impeccable and the food (or at least last year's food) was outstanding. They also did a very reasonable wine pairing for the three courses for something like $15. I hope they do it again this year. We have reservations for two weeks from tonight.