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Aug 29, 2010 03:05 PM

Romantic Restaurants Recommendation

My gf and I are celebrating our anniversary down in SD. My budget for the dinner is $200 for the two. I'd like to avoid Italian restaurants if possible. Asian Fusion restaurants and steakhouses are good, anything exotic is welcome as well.

I don't really mind the food quality as long as it's above average but ambience must be high and romantic. I'm staying in Gaslamp hotel, but anything within 15 mi radius is good distance-wide.

I'm not a SD local (from L.A.) so I don't have a clue about San Diego. I heard Cafe Chloe is a good breakfast/lunch spot so I might check it out while down there. There are so many dinner spots, I'd really appreciate if you guys can help me narrow down to top 5.

Thanks so much!

Cafe Chloe
721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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  1. I'd take the water taxi over from Gaslamp to Coronado and dine at 1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del Coronado.
    Take a pedicab from the dock or cab for the couple miles to the hotel.
    No driving involved so you can enjoy your cocktails..
    Loew's resort in Coronado has a gondola around the bay with champagne and then dine at Mistral.
    Top of the Hyatt Downtown for after dinner drinks is great way to end the evening.
    Happy Anniversary!

    3 Replies
    1. re: Beach Chick

      I saw the SD Harbor Excursion and I really want to get the Sunday Brunch Excursion package, but it'll cost me around $130 for two people. Is it worth it?

        1. re: TryOuts

          $54 per person for cruise, champagne brunch..the food will be average but could be fun and different.
          Water taxi over to Coronado and have brunch at Candelas on the bay or the Marriott might be a better call.

      1. for steakhouses, Donovan's has a location in the Gaslamp District. I've only been to the UTC location and it's a nice, upscale steakhouse. Not sure if it falls under "romantic," but they could probably do something for you if you called ahead.

        If you're willing to drive to La Jolla, which is approx 15-20 minutes away, George's on the Cove has a very nice downstairs dining room that is reasonably quiet with views of the water.

        Cafe Japengo in UTC is Asian fusion but is quite loud and "sceney." There is also a Roy's near the Gaslamp district, off the waterfront.

        The better restaurants are outside of the Gaslamp District.

        Cafe Japengo
        3777 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122

        1. If you are downtown and looking for something with a nice ambience you could look into Cowboy Star. It is a very good steakhouse with a nice "cowboy" theme which is not over the top. The food is very good and goes beyond just your standard steakhouse far, e.g. I had very good foie gras etc. You could ask specifically for one of the booths.

          1. For romance I enjoy Mister A's and AR Valentines at the Lodge at Torry Pines. Hope you find a lovely place to take your GF!

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

            1. I'd definitely go with Suite and Tender in the Se hotel on 5th Ave downtown. It's a sexy resto perfect for an intimate dinner, and the food and service are terrific. (619) 515-3003

              The Grant Grill on 326 Broadway is gorgeous with exceptional service. Not sure if $200 will be enough, but you can check menu online.