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Apr 9, 2010 10:50 AM

Best Restaurant For a Proposal (Lunch or Dinner)

What place would just be the ultimate restaurant in terms of food, service, ambiance etc in all of San Diego that would be just the perfect place for a proposal?
either for a nice sunny daytime proposal or at night.

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  1. I've always heard the Sky Room at La Valencia is given top marks for that.

    1. I never understood the appeal to propose in a restaurant with many people around you never met before. A restaurant is one of the least romantic place to propose, IMO. I personally would look for something more unique and private.

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      1. re: honkman

        Thus why Josh has heard that about the Sky Room, honkman - more private than even your quieter San Diego restaurants. But yeah, I don't get it either - I guess that's the sort of thing that I like to do in private - which is why it took almost an hour for the beach to clear enough for my liking. :)

        1. re: RB Hound

          I know the Sky Room is more private than other restaurants but still not something I would call "private" for such an occasion. In addition, when we looked for places for our wedding we ate at La Valencia and were absolutly not impressed by the food. (And yes I know that the Sky Room is a separate restaurant than other parts of La Valencia but the food was so mediocre that I have serious doubt that any kitchen there can do outstanding food).

        2. re: honkman

          Unless the restaurant was/is important to your relationship. Like your first date that was spectacular, numerous long delicious dinners, many friends meeting at the bar, spontaneous "meet me" dinners or lunches, a familiar staff.

          Then it becomes the logical and "right" place.

          1. re: honkman

            I should have attached my reply to your post. See my reply further down in the thread for why one might not want to propose in a restaurant. Poor butter sizzling steaks, it wasn't their fault.

          2. The patio at Mr. A's can be extremely romantic. I am sure if you give them the 411, they can make it extra special for you.


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            1. re: normalheightsfoodie

              Congradulations. - He/She still can say "NO" ;)

            2. I would say the back patio of La V..get the corner table, let the staff know whats up..have the champagne ready and the Iranian caviar all set..
              Addison at Grand Del Mar and get a suite for the weekend and enjoy the resort.
              Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel in the Gaslamp..they have killer deals on rooms for $150 and its a lovely 5* stately hotel.

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              1. re: Beach Chick

                I agree with Addison. I think that would be the best way to do it.

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Third for Addison. Nicest place in the city. Nice ambience, very good food.

                  1. re: Dagney

                    Also if you stay at the resort they will drive you up to addison in a mercedes. Nice little touch that they do and would make the proposal that much more special. Ask if they would set up a special table on the balcony looking at the golf course. Nothing is going to beat it in san diego.