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Jun 20, 2009 01:53 PM

San Diego, Best Food, Best View?

I am going to San Diego in a few weeks and was hoping for some help from those of you that know the area. I want to go to a nice place for dinner with a great view and good service. Does such a place exist?! Suggestions from the concierge included Bertrand's at Mr. A's, Island Prime, George's at the Cove, and Candelas at the Bay. Reccomendations? Oh and if you have been there can you suggest the best seating? Thanks so much!

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  1. Your concierge selected the conventional thinking places.

    I would say honestly, best food and best view is Point Loma Seafoods.

    But they close I think at 6;30pm.

    1. Hands down, gotta go with George's at the Cove and request window seating near sunset time...the view is awesome, the food is great & the service matches. I have literally been known to order 8 bowls of the smoked chicken, broccoli & black bean soup in a row (and I don't care for any of those ingredients individually so they must put some kind of addictive chemical in it to make me crave it)....

      Another great place to eat (although it lacks the same quality of view since instead of being in La Jolla like George's) is Sally's on the Waterfront which is in the base of the Hyatt downtown by Seaport Village - so there is a view of the harbor, but it's not the same as George's.....Sallys is more funky, modern 'em both, but I only get "cravings" for George's.....geez I love that soup....

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      1. re: Cobbo

        Question.. I saw the soup (sounds delicious!!) only on the "terrace" menu. Is that outside only? There seem to be different menus. "Modern" being the other and the bar menu of course. It said menu updated 6/15

        1. re: Yes Please

          The Terrace and Bar menus are the same, both carrying the soup. The Terrace is outside only, offering the most extensive views. The bar is much smaller and features about the same amount of seating indoors as out on it's covered patio. Downstairs is the more upscale, "fine dining" George's California Modern. The seating is all indoors and the menu is really more narrowly focused on fresh, local, seasonal ingredients.

          1. re: Yes Please

            Between the 3 levels w/ different menus, I'd recommend going downstairs to eat. You still get the view and you get better food.

        2. Yes Please, where are you staying and will you have a car? The recommendations given by the concierge are good, all are upscale, but are not very close together. All are reachable if you've got a car, but if your hotel is in the Downtown/Gaslamp area the cab ride to some of these places is not inexpensive. All these places have web sites, Google them and see if you like the menu's.

          *Mr. A's probably has the best view of the city. It's on Banker's Hill and sits on about the 15th floor. Spectacular view of the city, plus you can watch planes landing at Lindburgh

          * Island Prime is on Harbor Island and has one of the best Bay views in the city. It looks directly across to the Navy's North Island installation and is good for watching sailboats on the Bay

          * George at the Cove is in La Jolla and has an ocean view

          * Candelas at the Bay is on Coronado Island (accessible from downtown via water taxi) and also has a great Bay view. The food is upscale Mexican

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          1. re: DiningDiva

            DD, we are staying at the Hotel Solamar in downtown San Diego. We will have a car and also access to a car service if we choose to go to La Jolla. So location is not too much of a factor. But thanks for asking! The concierge also suggested taking the ferry to Candelas which sounds like fun.

            I have EXTENSIVELY googled all the places in question and was hoping to get outside opinions and just personal preferences from people who may have been to these places or know about them. Being that they all have a view I'd like to know how the food and the service is, where to sit and the overall experience you would get.

            The only reason I'm being so OCD about this is because its for a special occasion and I'd really love for it to go well! Thanks!

            1. re: Yes Please

              Don't overlook JSix in your hotel. It's really quite good.

              1. re: DiningDiva

                Thanks for the tip! I completely forgot all about that! We will definitely be there for drinks and snacks most likely. Do you know how breakfast is there by chance?

                1. re: Yes Please

                  Yes, the last time I had breakfast there it was actually quite good, but that was at least a year ago or more

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    Oh good! Again thanks for the tips and reminder about JSix! We will have to go! And do you have a preference about the places I or any of the others listed? Thanks for being so helpful!

                2. re: DiningDiva

                  Love of my fav's in the Gaslamp besides Dobson's, Grant Grill and Basic!

            2. Connected to Island Prime is C-Level. The menu at C-Level is somewhat limited and more like "bar food" style. Prices are moderate with the outdoor seating and the fabulous view of the bay. Have always been very pleased with food and service and it's near downtown on Harbor Island.

              George's at the Cove is a great option as well. Food & service is first rate. The problem IMO is if your are there after dark, there is absolutely nothing to see as an ocean view. It gets dark, dark over the water. So if you're going to George's, get there well before sunset and walk around beautiful LaJolla and take in the great scenery before you dine.

              Another fun place is World Famous in Pacific Beach. Located right on the boardwalk looking out on the surf. Always alot of surfer in this area to watch. Food is typical beach city steak/seafood/etc. The bar has some good happy hours deals on food & drink as well.

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              1. re: Stuffy

                Thanks for the info about George's after dark. That was exactly the kind of advice I was hoping to hear!

                1. re: Yes Please

                  As long as you go before 8, you'll get sun.

                  1. re: Josh

                    Planning to go around 7:30. That may be too late to have the view throughout dinner do you think?

              2. Oh and to add...
                We have reservations at Mastro's the same week after we are back in town (LA). So I was hoping to go somewhere not too similar in flavors. Thanks for all the replies so far!

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                1. re: Yes Please

                  I wouldn't do Island Prime then. Of the rest of the options I'd probably go with George's