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Nov 18, 2009 07:50 AM

Fab birthday dinner

looking for excellent seafood in either San Diego, La Jolla or surrounding. Ocean view would be nice. Not too terribly expensive.......maybe $40 per entree?

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  1. "$40 per entree" you could pretty much eat anywhere in san diego.

    If you are looking for ocean view, try La Jolla.

    George's, La Valencia, Marine Room etc

    1. My recommendation is Nine-Ten, outside seating. I believe they have heat lamps on the patio. I've always been impressed with their seafood and meat dishes. Great wine list, too.

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      1. re: globocity

        2nd Nine-Ten. By far the best dinner we had during our ten day stay. Got the Chef's Mercy tasting and he changed up each course for my wife and I...i.e. Salmon for her, halibut for me, pork for her, steak for me. And be SURE to get the pasta with white truffle from Alba. It's an extra $20 for one ounce of truffle or $40 for two oz. but so worth it. Also, one of the desserts was a panna cotta that will be the pastry chef's entry for hisTop Chef Pastry tryout and it was really superb. Got the wine pairing which I thought was very good and service was friendly and professional.
        On a side note we also ate at Whisk-n-ladle which was also very good but not what your looking for. Based on our brief experiences I can say that the best dining in San Diego is in La Jolla.

      2. You could put your party hats on in the parking lot of Mariscos German and get some tall boys at the Liquor store next door and have one hell of a birthday party for $40..
        If that doesn't do it for you, Crab Catcher is pretty good. in LJ...really enjoy the happy hour with the $5 martini's..steamed mussels, calamari and crab bisque with the ocean views..
        La V on the back patio is one of my fav's..
        George's at the Cove on the ocean terrace with cocktails and fish tacos at sunset.
        You could head up to Cardiff and dine oceanfront at Bull Taco and sneak in a bottle of Veuve or a sixer of Pacifico's and gussy up one of those picnic tables with a tablecloth, candles and your seafood and watch the sunset..
        Happy Birthday!

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          The OP wrote $40 per entree not for the whole dinner. Why would you then go for example to the ocean terrace at George's at the Cove when the food at the downstairs restaurant in much better. Crab Catcher is one of these restaurants (in addition to Brockton Villa) who only can survive because of their view but not because of the food.

          Brockton Villa Restaurant
          1235 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

          Crab Catcher
          1298 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

          1. re: honkman

            I respectfully disagree, honkman on Crab is always fresh and creative.
            When is the last time you have been there?
            Brockton Villa is one of those I do agree with on the view is way better than the food..having lived for many many years in LJ in the village, I believe that I speak from experience.
            The OP wrote that they are looking for 'excellent seafood'.
            As far as suggesting a total of $40 total, you can have some of the best seafood as in Mariscos German and still have tons of money left over to have drinks and dessert at the Marine Room.
            What's wrong with George's having dinner on the terrace?
            Terrace or the bar is pretty darn good and imo, the dining room has lost its groove.
            The OP could have an appetizer or salad/soup/entree and a glass of wine for around $40 per person..and dine with a great ocean view, great food in a great place..

            1. re: Beach Chick

              "Terrace or the bar is pretty darn good and imo, the dining room has lost its groove." - My own experience is the other way around. Terrace food nothing special but the tasting menu at the restaurant a few weeks ago was really good.
              Crab Catcher - With Tapenade, 9-10, Georges, (even Piatti) there are many options in LJ with much better food for similar prices. The OP mentioned that great food is important and a ocean view would be nice.

              1. re: honkman

                for seafood, have always had great experiences at the Crab Catcher..maybe, I am in the minority but can only go on what I have experienced.
                George's for me, has been the opposite with the terrace and bar kicking it and the dining room as meh..
                I do enjoy Nine-Ten, Piatti's and Tapenade and you can't go wrong with any of these great restaurants.

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  I have to agree w/ honkman...George's downstairs dining room is better than the bar and patio. I've been underwhelmed by the upper 2 levels' food and really liked the formal dining room food.

                  For the OP, Tapenade in La Jolla has good French but no view. George's has the best combo of food and view.