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Need a very special occasion restaurant in N. San Diego County (La Jolla or further north). Thinking about Addison at the Del Mar Grand, or Mille Fleurs in Rancho Santa Fe. Has anyone been to either recently...or have other suggestions? We love El Bizcocho, but will likely be there for another event shortly before this occasion.

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  1. What about:
    Market (on Via de la Valle, about a mile east of I-5 and the Del Mar Fairgrounds). Truly innovative food, great service, upscale and modern decor.
    Blanca (on Highway 101 in Solana Beach). Top-notch food.

    Haven't been to Mille Fleurs in a long time, but I haven't heard anything bad about it going down hill or anything. I think it's pretty solid.

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    1. re: encinitaseater

      Agree that both Market and Blanca are terrific spots, but I'm looking for something more special...I suppose I mean formal, somewhat dressy, and with wonderful atmosphere for a truly special occasion. Therefore I thought about Mille Fleur or Addison. In the past, Mille Fleurs was wonderful, but I don't know how it is now...and I've read about, but never been to Addison.

      1. re: josephnl

        I wouldn't call it dressy but it is definitely upscale and delivers excellent food: Cavaillon. Their 50course tasting menu is very good (often not on the menu, so just ask),

        1. re: honkman

          Have never heard of Cavaillon. Can any other CH comment re this restaurant vs. Addison or Milles Fleurs?

          1. re: josephnl

            Just do a search on this board for Cavaillon. It will pop up quite often as one of the favorites in North County for fine dining, e.g.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/537148

            http://www.cavaillonrestaurant.com/

            1. re: josephnl

              Addison

              1. re: josephnl

                Addison for the special occasion.

                But do try Cavaillon later -- it's a great place too!

              2. re: honkman

                50 course? is that a typo? I agree on it being excellent but it's not fancy in nearly the same way as Addison or Mille Fleurs.

                1. re: DougOLis

                  Hopefully it's a salad, a steak, and 48 desserts. :) I'd try that ... once.

                  1. re: DougOLis

                    Haven't you heard ? That's the new culinary trend to have at 40+ courses for the tasting menu ;)

            2. Hi.. we went to Addison for my bday in July.. I think I wrote about it not sure.. Anyway the dinner was superb,service excellent..they do do the prixe fixe menu these days..and even though I do not eat seafood I was happy.. It is a wonderful place for a special occasion..and priced as such.. Make SURE you ask for the Rotunda room ,unless you are a large party .otherwise the dining room side for two is not the best ./
              place to sit....

              Mille Fleurs is also nice.. having been redone it is very elegant..not as upscale as Addison however..

              I would opt for Addison as you said a special day..we sat in the Rotunda room once when a hot air balloon dropped down right in front of us.. pretty amazing..

              1. Cavvillon .Market, Blanca are all nice restaurants.. NOT for a special occasion..well Blanca used to be.. but go for Addison or Mille Fleurs..

                actually we are going to Ocean 1500 this weekend ..for a special occasion.. I have not been there yet...but we went to Addison in July....

                1. Addison is the most formal of all the suggestions below. Really good food and service. The last time we were at Mille Fleurs, it was solid but nothing that was spectacular.

                  1. Thanks everyone. Addison seems to be the winner. We will go in a few weeks and I will report back.

                    1. Following the recommendation of many CH's, we went to Addison last evening and could not have been happier.

                      The setting and ambiance of the restaurant is really wonderful. It is quiet, tables are well-spaced, the seating is very comfortable and the view terrific.

                      The service was as close to perfect as it gets. The servers were professional, warm, knowledgeable and competent. Throughout our 2 hour dinner, they didn't miss a beat.

                      The food was excellent! The menu although limited to four choices in each category, had many interesting choices. I could have eaten them all! The food was delicious, beautifully presented and innovative. The only thing I can think of negative to say is that the portions were a bit precious...read, small. Almost everything served was so good, that we wished there was more of everything! Nevertheless, by the time we finished dinner, we were certainly satisfied...and not stuffed...in reality a good thing.

                      The elegant ambiance, wonderful service and delicious food do not come cheap! With a cocktail, a modest bottle of wine, dinner for two with tax and tip is easily $400! In this economy, this is certainly an experience that most of us will have to reserve for a very special occasion. It was notable that last night (Saturday), the dining room was not more than 30% filled. I certainly hope they survive, because it is truly a wonderful place!

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                      1. re: josephnl

                        Sounds like you made the right choice! Glad to hear they are hanging in there with the quality, but can't help but wonder how they will weather the downturn in the long run. Fingers crossed they survive!