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Hillcrest Valentines reccomendations?

Honeyman Jan 7, 2010 09:08 AM

I am an OC hound and not familiar with this area of SD, but we are staying in a B & B for Valentines weekend and I could use help in choosing a couple restaurants for Saturday and Sunday (Valentines) nights. Moderately expensive, all cuisines. Thanks for the help!

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    stevewag23 Jan 7, 2010 11:20 AM


    Got to Hane Sushi for Sushi.

    Yakatori is there as well and one of san diego's shining gems.

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      CuppySD Jan 7, 2010 01:15 PM

      Yakatori is delicious and great, but I don't think it's a romantic Valentine's evening...

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        stevuchan Jan 7, 2010 01:54 PM

        Good food is always Romantic, I'll third the WV, last meal there was very good.

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          stevewag23 Jan 7, 2010 02:49 PM

          That point wasn't lost on me.

          But I think you could make it work depending on the people going.

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        sdnativa Jan 7, 2010 12:06 PM

        I would suggest Cafe Bleu in nearby Mission Hills. Dined there last night and was very happy. Good menu, moderate prices, intimate romantic setting.

        Cafe Bleu
        530 University Ave
        San Diego, CA 92103-3118
        (619) 291-1717

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          stevewag23 Jan 7, 2010 12:41 PM

          Also Wine Vault and Bistro is close by.

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            mmjgam Jan 7, 2010 12:50 PM

            Definitely visit Wine Vault!!!

          2. CuppySD Jan 7, 2010 01:17 PM

            We went to Arrivederci for Italian last Valentines. Cozy, great food, inexpensive, and they had special heart cakes for two for V-Day that were absolutely delicious.

            Alternatively, Kous Kous is great for romance and ambiance with excellent Moroccan food.

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              jennywenny Jan 7, 2010 02:56 PM

              I noticed eclipse chocolat had a fun looking special dinner those nights, I've not been but it looks delicious! http://eclipsechocolat.com/

              1. Honeyman Jan 8, 2010 11:25 AM

                Thanks everybody.

                I'm confused about sdnativa's reply. When I go to their website, Cafe Bleu says they are on W. Washington, but you say you were there last night and list a University Ave. address.

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                  honkman Jan 8, 2010 11:30 AM

                  Cafe Bleu just moved from University Ave. to W. Washington

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                    sdnativa Jan 8, 2010 12:16 PM

                    Sorry about that, I did not notice the descrepancy. Thank you HM for the correction!

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                      Honeyman Jan 8, 2010 01:18 PM

                      So were you at the new location? Is that a romantic setting?

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                        sdnativa Jan 8, 2010 01:56 PM

                        Yes, the new location, and yes, it is romantic: cozy and candle-lit. But make a reservation. We went on a Tuesday and our party of 4 was lucky to get a table.

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                          honkman Jan 8, 2010 01:59 PM

                          Any details about the food ?

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                            sdnativa Jan 8, 2010 02:35 PM

                            I had a special of the evening: 1/2 roasted chicken with charred baby bok choy and mashed yukon golds for $19.00. It was succulent and delicious and a very generous portion. My husband had coq au vin which he liked but thought the chicken portion was a little skimpy. We also had some starters: mushrooms in puff pastry (they do a nice job with the pastry), scallops, a crab cake, a beet salad, and squash bisque. I loved all of them. Its solid bistro food, simple and straightforward, nothing tricky. Most entrees are priced around $20. Oh, and for dessert: banana bread pudding with pistacio gelato, creme brulee, a dense chocolate cake with dried cherries, and apples in puff pastry. I was dying by then but managed to sample the desserts - all very good. The cheapest red on the list at $30 is an off-brand Napa meritage, "Love & Meritage" (a recent 3rd Corner wine club hot tip). It's a great value.

                            I hope this helps. I am not so good at doing food write-ups.

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                              honkman Jan 8, 2010 02:43 PM

                              Thanks ! That gives a good idea about the food at Cafe Bleu

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                                binkychow Jan 9, 2010 05:02 PM

                                I only had the mozarella, proscuito and tomatoe appy but was very disappointed. Tomatoes were mealy, the moza was flavorless and the proscuito was piled on top like pastrami with the texture of deli meat. But the atmosphere is cool.

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                                  stevewag23 Jan 9, 2010 06:07 PM

                                  "Tomatoes were mealy, the moza was flavorless and the proscuito was piled on top like pastrami with the texture of deli meat."

                                  That sounds really terrible.

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