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Nice restaurant in SD? Food/view A+!

Heyteacher Mar 1, 2009 01:42 PM

We will be visiting in April and would love a nice dinner out overlooking the ocean somewhere in SD. We will be staying in La Jolla but will have a car....all types of food/price points. Thanks so much!

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    cstr RE: Heyteacher Mar 1, 2009 03:22 PM

    A few choices, Georges downstairs at the Cove in LJ, also Upstairs at the Fish Market next to the convention center.

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      stevewag23 RE: cstr Mar 1, 2009 05:01 PM

      George's and The Marine Room are obvious choices.

      Upstairs at the Fish Market is not "overlooking the ocean", it overlooks the San Diego Bay.

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        lawyerbriefs RE: stevewag23 Mar 1, 2009 05:42 PM

        The Fish Market is also not next to the Convention Center. It's not far away, but it is 4-5 blocks.

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          cstr RE: lawyerbriefs Mar 2, 2009 01:18 AM

          Again, My bad, I guess using the CC as a landmark and giving proximity to the FM was terrible. Please forgive me, Heyteacher for grossly mis-leading you.

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            DougOLis RE: lawyerbriefs Mar 2, 2009 09:00 AM

            the OP is staying in La Jolla not downtown

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            cstr RE: stevewag23 Mar 2, 2009 01:16 AM

            Oh my...Oh my... My Bad, I should never assume salt water in the bay is not ocean water. Oh well, it's a view, and a pretty nice one :)

        2. Beach Chick RE: Heyteacher Mar 2, 2009 10:03 AM

          since you are in LJ, I would do either George's..sit on the terrace..Marine Room..pricey but incredible views..The Shores..sister restaurant of the Marine Room..(more casual)
          La Valencia hotel on the outside back patio overlooking the Pacific.
          Crab Catcher or Trattoria Acqua..really enjoy both of these restaurants but the CC more for the happy hour deals and their crab bisque is outstanding.

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            RB Hound RE: Beach Chick Mar 2, 2009 10:35 AM

            I'm not trying to start a fight, Beach Chick, but I've often see you mention the outdoor terrace at George's when people ask for a fine dining place. The Terrace is not fine dining, IMHO. It's casual dining (or as they put it, "bistro dining'), and is the same menu they serve at their upstairs bar. Fine dining is downstairs at George's California Modern.

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              Beach Chick RE: RB Hound Mar 2, 2009 10:56 AM

              OP states 'all types of food/price points'..
              For someone out of town, George's terrace doesn't get much better than that..

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                RB Hound RE: Beach Chick Mar 2, 2009 11:32 AM

                "OP states 'all types of food/price points'."

                Ooops - I retract my observation. :)

                In the two times I visited the Terrace last year I got better meals than I had remembered getting there prior to their "at the Cove -> California modern" shift. Similar experience? I suspect you go far more often than I.

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                  Beach Chick RE: RB Hound Mar 2, 2009 11:36 AM

                  : )

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              stevewag23 RE: Beach Chick Mar 2, 2009 10:57 AM

              "La Valencia hotel on the outside back patio overlooking the Pacific"

              Excellent choice.

              Food is not unreal, but the experience is.

            3. Josh RE: Heyteacher Mar 2, 2009 11:07 AM

              George's or Marine Room are good options in La Jolla. George's downstairs is fancier, and more expensive, and Marine Room is the same. Less expensive is George's Bar or Terrace, same menu between them, but Terrace is open-air dining - the bar is enclosed. I prefer the bar, it's not as windy.

              El Crab Catcher is tempting - they have a nice view and a cheaper prix-fixe option, but the food is not so good. If you want a more economical option, George's is much better.

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                Heyteacher RE: Heyteacher Apr 5, 2009 03:38 PM

                We ended up at La Jolla Shores - the views and service were SPECTACULAR but the food...meh. It was pretty disappointing.....

                We looked into George's and Marine Room but never menu did it for us...

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                  Josh RE: Heyteacher Apr 5, 2009 03:45 PM

                  Can't judge a book by the cover.

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                    DiningDiva RE: Heyteacher Apr 5, 2009 05:57 PM

                    That's too bad. You actually would have been far better off at either George's or The Marine Room.

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                      Josh RE: DiningDiva Apr 5, 2009 08:03 PM

                      I think George's does themselves something of a disservice with the way they write their menu. For people who aren't used to that kind of food, the lack of description makes it a little hard to get I think.

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                        Heyteacher RE: Josh Apr 6, 2009 12:06 PM

                        By the "kind" of food, do you mean high end? Well, we have experience with "high end" cuisine thank you but the offerings didn't EXCITE us for the price.....

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                          Josh RE: Heyteacher Apr 6, 2009 12:40 PM

                          What I meant is that some restaurants dealing with more modern kinds of cuisine have adopted a really minimal style of menu writing, where it's more like a list of ingredients than an explanation of what's been done with them.

                  2. foodiechick RE: Heyteacher Apr 5, 2009 09:20 PM

                    Have lunch on the patio at The Lodge at Torrey Pines surrounded by beautiful said "Torrey Pine trees", and the intricate craftsmen architecture of Green and Green. The food is top notch, locally and organically sourced by a very talented chef and his team, and slightly less expensive at lunch.

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