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I am looking for a very upscale restaurant in San Diego near the convention center. Can anyone help me?

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  1. Maybe try Oceanaire Seafood Room, Molly's in the Marriott, Le Fontainbleu at the Westgate, or if you're willing to cross the bay, 1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del Coronado. There are also a number of steakhouses near the convention center - Flemings, Morton's, Lou and Mickeys - and Nobu in the new Hard Rock Hotel.

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    1. re: Alice Q

      Great suggestions-- I would also add Sally's and Rainwaters? Although, I suppose Rainwater's might be a bit of a hike. Also, the restaurant at the US Grant.

      1. re: jturtle

        ugh. please, not rainwater's. i've had too many really bad experiences there to ever recommend it. even on the best day there, both the food and the service barely achieve mediocrity.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Really? I guess I go for business lunches but I never have anything but well prepared food and nice, formal, unobturssive service.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            That is strange, I have never had anything but gret meals and service at Rainwaters. The Rainwater family are there to oversee the operation and make sure the customers are happy. They can accomodate any request that you might have. You can even order a meal with out opening a menu and request what you would like, and 9 out of ten times they will accomodate yoru needs and desires. They have 3 provate rooms for larger groups.

            1. re: normalheightsfoodie

              they weren't there the night of my first disaster, and our server insisted that there wasn't even a manager available to talk to. i called the next day, and asked to speak to the owners...it took several days, but laurel rainwater did finally get back to me. after about 10 minutes of pleading my case to her on the phone, she grudgingly offered to send me a $100 gift certificate. i figured it was better than nothing, so i accepted.

              i took a good friend there for a celebratory dinner to use the certificate and the only decent dish was the gazpacho. everything else was barely passable. overdressed salad, flavorless steak, and fish so dry & overcooked i couldn't even get it down. and of course the bill was over $100 so we still had to pay the overage, plus tip.

              and again, the service was poor.

              i no longer live in SD, but i sure as hell won't be eating at rainwater's when i go back to visit.

      2. Laurel and Mister A's in Banker's Hill are a short jaunt north. Mister A's got the 180 degree views of SD.

        My SO had a business dinner at Lou and Mickey's and was appalled that they picked it for an upscale place for VIP clients. He said the food was average at best.

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        1. re: daantaat

          Mr. A's is a good call - it's about as upscale as you can get in the area.

          I have had too many mediocre meals at Laurel since it changed over to go back - though I like the concept and the room. I have never been to any of those steakhouse places. Along the lines of your comment - I'm consistently appalled that the two most reserved restaurants on OpenTable in SD are the two locations of Ruth's Chris.

          1. re: Alice Q

            I've been to Fleming's in UTC many times and think they do a good job--good steak, good service and different vibe than Morton's or Donovan's. I'd pick Fleming's and Donovan's over Morton's.

            Not surprised that Ruth's Chris has the highest hits for reservations given that PF Chang's gets "Best Chinese" in SD Magazine!

            1. re: daantaat

              another vote for fleming's [and personally i'd choose it over donovan's any day, but since we're talking about places close to the convention center, donovan's would be out of the running anyway].

              in terms of downtown/gaslamp steakhouses, i'd still say fleming's is a good choice. it's not super-upscale, but the food is consistently good.

              i was wholly unimpressed with both greystone's [ridiculously overpriced food and obnoxious service] & max new york [terrible service, pretty good food]. the palm - meh. haven't been to morton's.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                There's a Donovan's at 6th and K downtown.

                1. re: phee

                  wow, you learn something new every day! thanks.

                  i still say go for fleming's over donovan's :)

            2. re: Alice Q

              I would have to agree that Mr. A's would be a great choice. It is a short taxi ride from the convention center, but for the view it is worth it (the food and service are great too). If I was in your position, Mr. A’s would be where I would go.

          2. I vote for Fleming's too. The steak I had there was so tender, the service was just perfect and they had a mac and cheese that had a hint of chitpotle in it that was yummy! I don't know if that was a special menu item on Valentine's Day last year...