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ISO a Bistro French or Italian in San Diego or Coranodo - great food, casual and not to pricey

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bykksu Nov 15, 2009 05:15 PM

Am going to have my birthday in San Diego with my husband and friends....a great view would be nice........would prefer charming and cozy over pricey and noise................I was looking in La Jolla but I think we would rather be closer to San Diego.........

Any bay views or ocean views would be nice too!

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    sdnativa Nov 17, 2009 03:54 PM

    Well, its neither French or Italian, but in Coronado....Candelas by the Bay. You cannot beat the view AND the food and service were excellent when I dined there about 6 months ago.

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      normalheightsfoodie Nov 17, 2009 11:38 AM

      You might want to look at Baci on Morena Blvd. It is very good and traditional. People tend to be a bit dressy when they dine there. We have never been disapointed and reservations are a must.

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      Baci Restaurant
      1955 West Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

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        Beach Chick Nov 17, 2009 03:34 PM

        Love Baci's..always have had great food and excellent service!

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          Dagney Nov 18, 2009 07:52 AM

          Good to know about Baci's. What a wacky location.

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          Baci Restaurant
          1955 West Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

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            Beach Chick Nov 18, 2009 08:12 AM

            If you want to see the movers and shakers in SD, all you need to do is go to Baci's..

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              stevewag23 Nov 18, 2009 08:33 AM

              "movers and shakers" of old school SD.

              The new school doesn't even know where it is.

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                Beach Chick Nov 18, 2009 09:53 AM

                Ha!
                Old school is so cool, that we really don't want the 'new school' to know where we are..

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                  normalheightsfoodie Nov 18, 2009 11:50 AM

                  I love the Pasta Quatro Farmaggi, it is good as a shared starter.

                  Last time I was there I asked them to make the stuffed Clams as an entree.

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                    Beach Chick Nov 18, 2009 12:51 PM

                    OMG..love love love their stuffed Clams!
                    They are so good and I had them make them as an entree for me too..

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        daantaat Nov 16, 2009 09:22 PM

        4th (or 5th) Cafe Chloe.

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        Cafe Chloe
        721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

        1. Dagney Nov 16, 2009 06:11 PM

          Second both Cafe Chloe and Chez Loma. Both are cozy and quiet, and appropriate for quiet gatherings.

          The Marine Room in La Jolla is a more of a fun choice, as it located ON the water. The service is good. The food is mildly boring, but the atmosphere is pleasant.

          Also, no view, but The Farmhouse Cafe on Adams Avenue has great food and excellent service.

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          Cafe Chloe
          721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

          Chez Loma
          1132 Loma Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

          Marine Room Restaurant
          2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

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            stevewag23 Nov 16, 2009 10:31 AM

            Cafe Chloe

            1. Beach Chick Nov 16, 2009 09:03 AM

              In Coronado, you can go to Chez Loma for French and Il Fornaio for Italian.
              Cafe Chloe is excellent in East Village/Gaslamp.

              1. phee Nov 16, 2009 07:40 AM

                No bay or ocean views, but Cafe Chloe is charming with delicious food - and it's downtown San Diego.

                http://www.cafechloe.com/

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                Cafe Chloe
                721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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                  dimsumgirl Nov 15, 2009 08:00 PM

                  If you are interested in charming, cozy, noisy and reasonable, you could try Luc's Bistro. We ate there a couple of nights ago and had a delicious dinner, appetizers, wine and dessert. The total for two of us was about $42. It was rather noisy though and no view; it's quite far inland in Poway. It took us about 25 minutes to get there from La Jolla.

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                    hoppy2468 Nov 17, 2009 11:31 AM

                    Cannot in good concious recommend Chez Loma. We ate there during our nine nights in S.D. and it was the worst of the nine nights. Food was mediocre to poor but seeing garbage being carried out and hearing the staff swearing(Fword) was too much. Nice ambience though. Virtually empty, never a good sign. Waiter..."It's all good". Again, never a good sign. A waiter always knows what's good. Cafe Chloe was good but we had the steak frites which is pretty hard to screw up. On an odd note, not only are the tables small but the chair seats are tiny. My wife said she's sat on more comfortable toilet seats.

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                    Cafe Chloe
                    721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                    Chez Loma
                    1132 Loma Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

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                      stevewag23 Nov 17, 2009 02:28 PM

                      "hearing the staff swearing(Fword) was too much"

                      Interesting, I didn't know people swore in Coronado. And I am surprised it is actually legal there.

                      "It's all good".

                      That is part of san diego's waiter school that every waiter must attend.

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                        Beach Chick Nov 17, 2009 03:33 PM

                        Did you let management know about the F bombs being dropped within earshot of guests...'It's all good' is the mainstay vernacular of every waiter in SD..
                        It's been awhile since dining at Chez Loma..used to be quite good and charming.

                        Cafe Chloe's chairs are extremely uncomfortable and some of the chairs feel like they are going to collapse..and btw, I'm a fit chick!

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