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Oct 16, 2008 08:51 AM

The Grand Del Mar..

Lovely property and great restaurants that was just voted by Conde Nast as one of the top resorts to stay and dine in the US..
Can't wait to play the Tom Fazio course..
Anyone been to Addison, Amaya, Clubhouse or Lobby Lounge lately?

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  1. Didn't we already have this conversation, complete with amazing photography?

    Loved Amaya, it's like Addison without being fussy. And a bit cheaper. The rest are good quality places, too. As for golf, I don't know what end of the club to use, but I drool over the idea of using that Tom Fazio course as a playground for my dirt bike. Beautiful jumps off the greens! Wheee!

    I was OK with Addison. Lots of pomp and circumstance, and I found some glaring errors in the food. Their license to fleur-de-sel should be revoked for gross overuse. The light danced on the beautiful slightly grey crystals that featured prominently on each dish. Prominently, like a little rock candy garnish on every dish I ordered, including the foie. No doubt the chef was not in the kitchen that night.

    Overall, the quality was fantastic, but at those prices, I'll be as picky-picky as I care to be, thanks.


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    1. re: Fake Name

      amazing photography..did you pull that from the website.. ; )
      I'm thinking more clubhouse..more bang for the buck..especially if I play golf this weekend..they have a mimosa/bloody mary bar on Sunday..
      Fake..did you stay there as well?

      1. re: Beach Chick

        grrr...pull that from the website....grrr. Let's just say I'm qualified to create my own
        ; )

        Yes, we stayed there. Yes, I'd go back in an instant, if I won the lottery. Because that's what it takes.

        The food at all their venues is very high quality- you simply can't go wrong. Best fine dining bang for buck is Amaya. I would go to Addison for a cocktail and an app, just to dress up and play fussy. But you'll want to stay for dinner. Closest restaurant to which I can compare is Daniel in NYC. Has the same highbrow atmosphere, which has both good and bad effects.


        1. re: Fake Name

          Have you tried AR Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines???

          1. re: Running Girl

            AR is a very nice restaurant but IMHO it isn't in the same league as Addison

    2. Was at Addison in August. Really great meal! I can't recall everything we had but I had a short rib or some kind of beef that literally melted in my mouth and SO had a protein w/ a "gingerbread" sauce on the side that was also excellent. Sorry I can't recall the details better--I've had a lot of meals since.

      1. My one disappointment.. as usual.. is that Addison wasnt that 'dressy'... I was!! But there were resort types there.. One woman in jeans.. Although it seemed she was a guest and not up on the attire.. But men without jackets.. etc.. AT that price! It was over $400.00 for the two of us.. I had better be dressed up for that! Other than that the services and food was terrific.. I did prefer their old menu though. I do not like this prixe fix(sp?) idea. I see Rancho Bernardo Inn has gone that way too...ANYONE goes.. be SURE to ask for the rotunda room!!!

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        1. re: butterbutt

          I forget which chef has said the that the "Tommy Bahama look" has ruined dress codes forever.

          1. re: Fake Name

            I was at Ruth's Chris Del Mar 2 Saturdays ago, and I was in "tommy bahama" ie slacks and a understated silk hawaiian shirt. I was one of the better dressed men there. Yeah there were a few jackets but no ties, but there were lots of jeans, polo shirts, and even some board shorts, t-shirts and flip flops. I don't think SD gets too formal for anything. I guess people figure their money is as good as somebody nicely dressed.

            1. re: Fake Name

              Obviously I am not that chef, but I have referred to our fair city as the "Tommy Bahama Capitol of the World" when it comes to dinner attire. Our out of town guests are usually overdressed when we take them to many of our fine dining establishments. The owner of Old Trieste (who had previously stuck to their "jackets required" policy) has lamented the fact that he has had to not only relax their policy, but drop it altogether or face a severe downturn in business. Slippery slope...then the shorts begin to appear.

              1. re: foodiechick

                Yah, SD is quite casual, coats required?? I'd have to blow the dust of mine! As far as the restaurant bus, in this economy, wear what you want but, just come.

          2. Grand Del Mar resort was voted best of 4- 5* luxury hotels in the USA by Trip Advisor..
            Props to them..
            I see that restaurant week has $40 at Amaya Grand Del Mar..


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            1. re: Beach Chick

              Amaya- the unsung hero. Had two excellent meal there. Granted, I have limited taste, and was dining before midnight.

              1. re: Fake Name

                It really is the unsung hero..are you taking Mrs. Fakey to the RW $40 deal?
                I can watch Mr. Eleven..
                : )

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Nah. Restaurant Weak is not for us, and if we were to drive to LA for a meal, we'd go further up the 5.

                  Besides, the Mrs is in NYC dining at Eataly and other such places. I had her pick up some big-buck olive oil for me and Batali hisself helped her pick it out.

                  1. re: Fake Name

                    New York City..tell Mrs. Fakey to have a drink for me at the Campbell Apartment outside of Grand Central..puff puff

            2. Not sure how RW got dragged into this, but Amaya (last year) had a regular $40 3 course menu during normal service. You didn't get to pick which dishes, but there was nice 3-course menu that seemed to change fairly often in terms of variety.