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Tapas or wine bar lunch with a view?

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I'm going to be in San Diego for business either Thursday, April 15 or Friday, April 16th, 2010. My wife and I are interested in a lunch of tapas (Spanish, Italian, or French--not Asian) or a wine bar with a view of the water. I know it can be a lot to ask to have good food with a good view; so if we were to choose, it would be food over view. I'll be finished with my meeting well before lunch time, so we'll have time to travel a ways from the Embassy Suites downtown for the right place. Since we're pretty flexible with our schedule, so we can pretty much go anywhere between, say, downtown and Torrey Pines. $75 for two people including tax, tip, and drinks is the budget we'd be shooting for, but would pay more for the right place. Though we're not on a tight schedule for lunch, we'll have to head back to Palm Springs pretty much right after we eat, so we won't be able to go to any places that are only open for dinner. Finally, it doesn't absolutely have to be tapas or a wine bar. If there are places that people who like tapas and wine bars might enjoy, we'd certainly be up for those, too! Thanks everyone.

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  1. I can't think of anything that meets all of your requirements. The closest is probably Wine Vault & Bistro (not much of a view thought) and I don't think they're open for lunch.

    Costa Brava has good tapas (not sure about the wine selection) but while it's in Pacific Beach, it's not on the water.

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    Costa Brava
    1653 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

    Wine Vault & Bistro
    3731 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

    1. Neither are a wine bar, but think about going into La Jolla and having a glass of wine +/- a snack at George's Ocean Terrace (fantastic view) and then some small plates at Whisknladle (no view, but pleasant patio seating and short but usually interesting list of small plate options).

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      Whisknladle
      1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

      George's Ocean Terrace
      1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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      1. re: CTDub

        is Whisknladle open for lunch?

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        Whisknladle
        1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

        1. re: ibstatguy

          Yup, 11:30-3:00 daily, although now that I look at the lunch menu you do lose a couple of small plate options. But you still have the flatbread, cheese & meat board, mussels and fries, chorizo dates, scallops, pasta dishes, etc. Short menu but usually fun, especially for first-timers.

          1. re: CTDub

            thx - did not realize that they were open for lunch

      2. I agree with Doug about the difficulty of combining the two, particularly at lunch, but here's a suggestion: go to Bertrand at Mister A's for the view and a glass of wine and then walk across the street to Cucina Urbana.

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        Mister A's Restaurant
        2550 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

        1. Bertrand at Mister A's, they have a nice patio menu, and the best views in town.

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          Mister A's Restaurant
          2550 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

          1. The deck of the Fish Market Downtown has some great app's and drinks and it sits bayfront.
            Candela's on the Bay in Coronado..you can take the water taxi over and the restaurant is right at the Ferry Landing.
            Have fun and report back!

            www.sdhe.com
            www.candelas-coronado.com

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            1. re: Beach Chick

              Wow! Thanks everyone. So many great sounding suggestions. You've managed to make my life harder! Just kidding. I really appreciate it. I'll make sure to report back after our day there. Thanks again.