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Best Business Lunch (near downtown)

Looking for a new (to San Diego, not just new to me!) place to take someone for a business lunch. Gaslamp or within short drive of downtown is ideal. Any suggestions??

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  1. Dobson's for business lunch.

    Here's their lunch menu:
    http://www.dobsonsrestaurant.com/lunc...

    1. I like Currant, which is not new but sometimes overlooked.

      1. Dobsons is the obvious choice.

        Mister A's is a good place to close a deal as well.

        Cafe Chloe for a third.

        1. Grant Grill, Westgate. Dobson's is a San Diego insider place and the noise level is horrendous, very difficult to hold a civil business discussion.

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          1. re: foodiechick

            "noise level is horrendous, very difficult to hold a civil business discussion"

            I think that is the lure; other people can't hear the deal you are cooking up.

            1. re: stevewag23

              I've never "got" that part of it. And maybe because I'm getting to be a crusty old man, but I really hate the loud places. Alchemy, Bencotto, Chloe, Wine Vault, Banker's hill even Cucina are loud to me. As you may have noticed from my reviews, I may not be as fussy about the food as some, but I dine with someone because I want to share time with them.

              One of my favorite dining experiences was at Fleur di Lis in LV- we had a separate curtained booth. They did bring course ofter course of amazing food, too. But it was quiet and wonderful.

              Last week we went with a large group to Otan and had our own room. It's a group that goes together once a month, and I enjoyed the group a lt more because one could have decent conversations with any member of the table, regardless of seating position.

              Very nice, Good food, too.

              1. re: Fake Name

                I would call Alchemy, Cafe Chloe, Wine Vault lively but not really loud. The main reason for me to go to a restaurant beside the food is the conversation with other people and I hardly can remember when I was to any of these places and stayed there less than at least 2.5 hours but I never had problems to have good conversation with different sized groups.

                1. re: Fake Name

                  This is a trend with restaurant architects these days on loud music equates to drinking more and eating faster..

                  www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stori...

            2. Cowboy Star is open for lunch (except for Monday). I saw some fancy people there when I went for lunch.

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              1. re: Josh

                Forgot about CS, good choice if the "fancy people" don't mind old cowboy music.

                1. Dobson's
                  Grant Grill
                  Jsix at the Hotel Solamar
                  Cafe Chloe
                  Le Fontainebleau @ the Westgate
                  Cowboy Star
                  Island Prime
                  Bali Hai in Shelter Island

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                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    Thanks all! Appreciate the input... I'll post again if I have a fantastic or horrible experience :)

                  2. So we went for Cowboy Star, since it was pretty much the only place mentioned here that I hadn't tried. And ya know what? It was perfect. Comfortable. Decent service and good salmon, with nettles and risotto. And hearing cowboy tunes in downtown San Diego was a fun change from the norm around here. Thanks again, ya'll.