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May 15, 2010 05:42 PM

Early dinner in Sorrento Valley/Mira Mesa

We often attend performances staring at 7:30pm at Qualcomm Hall on Morehouse Drive in Sorrento Valley. Is there anywhere reasonably nearby that serves excellent food and begins serving dinner at 4:30 or 5:00pm at the latest. We love great food, and also hate rushing through a nice dinner.

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  1. Cavaillon is about 20 minutes drive, serves very good food and starts dinner at 5pm.

    Cavaillon Restaurant
    14701 Via Bettona, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92127

    1. You have lots of choices depending on your taste preference and budgets. Anywhere from highend Roy, Donovan near UTC, or the less expensive Apollonia; also depending on which night you plan this there is an inexpensive pretty good French lunch place Opera Cafe & Patisserie near Miramesa/805 planning to stay open later on Fri/Sat once in awhile (call ahead or join their email to find out when). Several choices on Miramar, lower budget, Seafood Island, if you like quick pretty good Vietnamese or Chinese food. You can yelp the zip code or freeze their map for general restaurant reviews (although sometimes the location is not really in the desired vicinity). I like Cavaillion as well, quite delicious, but not always very fast. There has been a Reader coupon for Cavaillion, and they frequently offer a discounted special of the evening Sun-Th. On Miramar there is also reasonably priced and fairly good Taste of Lebanon and Taste of India, although they don't seem as popular for dinnertime. Have fun!

      Taste of India
      6780 Miramar Rd Ste 100, San Diego, CA 92121

      Taste of Lebanon
      6780 Miramar Rd Ste 110, San Diego, CA 92121

      1. You could head east on Mira Mesa Blvd. about 2 miles to the BevMo/Fresh&Easy shopping center. There is a really nice Food Court there. The restaraunt in particular is Amarin Thai Restaraunt...It is tucked inside a food court next to a couple other Asian restaraunts, one Indian Tanduri and the other Filipino fast-food style restaraunt among a few others. I have never been disapointed there. And if it is busy you could order to go and just eat outside on the patio.

        Amarin Thai Restaurant
        6755 Mira Mesa Blvd Ste 109, San Diego, CA 92121

        6 Replies
        1. re: sd4life

          Wine Cellar and Brasserie would be a good pick but no dinner till 5:30. They just opened Split Cafe on the same property which offers wine and "lighter" fare, you may want to call for details.

          1. re: stevuchan

            Unfortunately, Winesellar & B does not begin serving until 6 pm on Saturday evenings when we usually attend performances.

            Are there any really good places in Del Mar or La Jolla that stay open throughout the afternoon so that we could have a really early dinner and not rush?

            1. re: josephnl

              I am pretty sure Ruth Chris in sorrento highlands (just east of the 5) opens at 4pm on Saturdays, if you like them. Arterra in the Marriott is just across the freeway from Ruth Chris, but it has gone downhill, and is now a more generic hotel restaurant.

              Arterra Restaurant
              11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

              1. re: josephnl

                could try Kitchen 1540 at L'Auberge, although I don't know what time they open for dinner. Nine-Ten in La Jolla may be an option.

                I think Piatti's in La Jolla is open through the afternoon. Roppongi's starts their happy hour at 4 pm. Americana in Del Mar is very casual and ok food, although open all afternoon/evening.

            2. re: sd4life

              SD4life, Amarin Thai is good, most notably is their Tom Yum coconut milk soup - spicy, creamy, lemongrassy! So good!

              For entrees, I think Spices Thai Cafe, just across the parking lot is usually better. It is my standby in Mira Mesa - probably one of the best restaurants in the zip code. I especially recommend their spring rolls... so fresh, basily, and served with delicious warm peanut sauce!


              Amarin Thai Restaurant
              6755 Mira Mesa Blvd Ste 109, San Diego, CA 92121

              1. re: alegramarcel

                I've actually been wanting to try Spices but haven't just yet. It seems everytime I am on that side of the parking lot I am inside Habaneros....which is usually on Saturday, late in the morning, to get their "chilequiles" with red sauce. Great hangover food.

              1. re: alegramarcel

                We regularly attend performances of Orchestra Nova, a gem of a chamber orchestra. Their performances are a real treat, but we always have problems finding restaurants locally where we can get a great meal and still comfortably make a 7:30 pm performance.

              2. I don't know if I would count it as great food, but there is the Karl Strauss Brewery on Scranton Road next to the San Diego Tech Center (1 block north of Mira Mesa). It's pretty well hidden, but it's only open Monday-Friday, since all of its business comes from tech workers.

                So there's another option if your concerts are on the weekdays.