San Diego Convention Center -- Resturant recommendations where a local would go
Help! Will be at a convention downtown and want to eat in a great restaurant that the locals know but the conventioneers don't. Any kind of food would work although sushi, Mexican and Asian would be my top priorities
These recs don't fall into the categories you are ideally looking for but I highly recommend Cowboy Star and Cafe Chloe which are walking distance from the convention center. I also recommend Hane Sushi in Banker's Hill which is maybe a $8-10 cab ride from the Convention Center. EXCELLENT Sushi. Good luck.
I second both Cowboy Star (steakhouse) and Cafe Chloe (french). Cafe Chloe is small and does not have a full bar if that is of importance to you. Also just a short cab ride from downtown is Cucina Urbana, their food is great.
Had dinner at Oceanaire on Saturday the 16th. It's been somewhat hit and miss the last 18-24 months, but they were right on that night. We had a large group so I tried the steamers (some of the best I've had in years – as a native Washingtonian, I'm pretty picky on that front), a couple of the salads that were fresh and well dressed, the crab cake (that honestly has never disappointed) and friends had the oysters on our waiter's recommendation -- they were very happy with the selection. My entree was the diver scallops on parsnip puree with a blackberry sauce -- and wow -- they were perfect. We also had a couple of desserts that we shared which ended the night perfectly. As always, the service was spectacular.
I have to say, I'll be back sooner than later.
Primary, I'm sure a little more detail would elicit some great rec's (especially from a number who've already responded).
1) Are you looking for walking distance (ie. in gaslamp or downtown) or are you willing to drive for a great meal.
2) Do you have a preference for type of place (sit down dinner vs hole in the wall with great food
3) Price (is this a nice dinner with business associates, or a solo mission for great grub etc).
I trust with these type of details you will get more than enough rec's to fill your trip.