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Best ocean view dinning (lunch) San Diego???

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mmjgam Feb 23, 2010 06:59 PM

La Jolla south.

  1. foodiechick Feb 23, 2010 07:10 PM

    In the village of La Jolla - George's Ocean Terrace, the balcony at La Valencia Hotel, Trattoria Acqua.

    South of La Jolla in Pacific Beach - Jordan at Tower 23 Hotel, The Green Flash or World Famous are all right on the boardwalk at the Ocean but the food at these three is nothing to write home about.

    1. goodhealthgourmet Feb 23, 2010 07:16 PM

      just to clarify, foodiechick's La Jolla suggestions are actually in the Cove, not the Village...but they're good ones. you can't beat the view at George's - that would be my top choice. and i love the food and atmosphere at Trattoria Acqua.

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        daantaat Feb 23, 2010 07:42 PM

        3rd George's. Best combo of food and view. Downstairs dining has the best menu.

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          Josh Feb 23, 2010 08:18 PM

          Big 4th to George's

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            Indirect Heat Feb 27, 2010 04:25 PM

            Yep, George's is the best view, hands down. Order a beverage, enjoy the view, then go eat somewhere else. At George's, you're paying for the view, not the food.

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              honkman Feb 27, 2010 05:46 PM

              George's (the restaurant not the terrace) has some of the best food in SD.

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                Indirect Heat Feb 27, 2010 09:50 PM

                People keep telling me that. I've eaten there twice (yep, gave it a second chance). I found it vastly overrated both times. Don't get me wrong, the food isn't terrible. But for the prices they charge, it really ought to be quite a bit better than merely edible. If that is some of the best food that SD has to offer, that makes me very, very sad.

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                  Josh Feb 27, 2010 10:02 PM

                  What would you cite as some of the best?

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                    Indirect Heat Feb 28, 2010 07:12 AM

                    Best meal I've had in San Diego was at Addison, but the price there is pretty high (too high, in my opinion). For the price of a meal at Addison, I'd rather get in the car and drive to LA and eat at Providence - given that a meal at that price is only a 2-3 times a year event for me. But other good meals have been had at Cowboy Star. At Cowboy Star we've mostly gotten our money's worth.

                    It seems to me a general problem with San Diego dining (at the medium-high end, in particular) that you pay New York prices for food that's nowhere near New York quality. And for the life of me, I can't figure out why. You could say cost of living is high here, but it's high in New York/Chicago/SF as well. I can find $100 meals in SF that are better than a $400 meal in SD.

                    Anyway, I didn't intend this to be an SD bashing post, I quite like it in SD, and think that SD has some of the best grocery stores in the country. For home cooking (which I enjoy immensely), SD really can't be beaten.

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          Beach Chick Feb 23, 2010 08:29 PM

          George's
          La V back patio
          Bahia Don Bravo's Bird Rock for the lobster burrito with a cold Pacifico
          Crab Catcher
          Trattoria Acqua
          Marine Room when they have High Tide breakfast/lunch
          The Shores

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            SDGourmand Feb 24, 2010 11:40 AM

            took this picture the other day of the view from crab catcher.

             
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            normalheightsfoodie Feb 24, 2010 01:41 PM

            Get burgers to go at HODADS in Ocean Beach and eat them on the wall or on a bench on the Pier.

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              Josh Feb 24, 2010 01:54 PM

              Or better yet, tacos from the Mariscos German taco truck in the Apple Tree parking lot.

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                normalheightsfoodie Feb 26, 2010 09:29 AM

                Where is that?

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                  Captain Jack Feb 26, 2010 11:05 AM

                  I could not agree more Josh. Just ate there today and my marlyn and gobenader were fantastic. NHF, they are on Cable, between Santa Monica and Newport.

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                    normalheightsfoodie Feb 28, 2010 08:28 PM

                    Thanks, new place before and/or after we go to Robb Field!

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                  cstr Feb 28, 2010 05:05 AM

                  What a great addition for OB.

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                stevewag23 Feb 26, 2010 11:50 AM

                Point Loma Seafoods.

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                  cstr Feb 28, 2010 05:06 AM

                  For the view, it's George's.

                  1. ibstatguy Mar 1, 2010 01:22 PM

                    how about the patio at L'Auberge in Del Mar? I think they use the menu from inside the hotel at 1540...

                    1. stevuchan Mar 1, 2010 03:54 PM

                      Where did you wind up going for lunch?

                      1. Dagney Mar 1, 2010 05:46 PM

                        I chuckled a bit when I read the title ofthis post. I thought, Ha! No such thing, if the view is fantastic then the food will be mediocre at best; though in fairness, I have never been to George's.

                        Here is my left field suggestion: find out of Tapenade does any "To Go," and walk to the beach for a gourmet picnic. The Marine Room is worth a mention. The food is pretty basic but the view is good and the service is solid.

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                          Josh Mar 1, 2010 07:22 PM

                          George's has very good food. I think it's a mistake to assume that the two things are mutually exclusive, even though too often they are.

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                            daantaat Mar 1, 2010 09:10 PM

                            I think George's downstairs dining has the best combo of food and view in SD, IMO. Better than the Marine Room, which feels "old" to me.

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                          4wino Mar 1, 2010 10:03 PM

                          For the view George's, for the food George's. It is a favorite of mine, and trust me, if the food was not excellent, I would not recommend the place. I would especially recommend ordering a whole bunch of appetizers and get a decent grasp of the chef's abilities.

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