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Dagney Sep 1, 2010 06:11 AM

Hello all-

Need opinions for dinner tonight. Of the new places that have opened recently, what are your favorites? We are looking to stay under $250 for two.

What does everyone think of Dobson's these days? I was thinking old school would be the way to go. Is the food good? Or do they exist on name alone?


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  1. Beach Chick RE: Dagney Sep 1, 2010 10:54 AM

    Hey Dags..
    I like Dobson for lunch..or drinks with all my attorney buddies.
    Bali Hai might be fun..talk about old school..they just renovated and the views are fab..you can keep it under $100.
    I love the Rancho Santa Fe inn for quiet, simple elegance..
    You can take the water taxi over to Coronado from the Gaslamp and enjoy dinner at il fornaio or Candela's..still keeping it around $100+
    Wine Vault is another option.
    Have fun and report back!


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    1. re: Beach Chick
      Dagney RE: Beach Chick Sep 1, 2010 11:18 AM

      Oh, I forgot about Wine Vault. hhhmmm, might check out their menu.

      Today is my birthday and I am really in the mood for something unobtrusive and elegant. If I have to listen to one more loud upsell for sparkling water or one more semi-competent waiter say, "Can I getcha guys started on some apps..." I'll scream.

      BC thank you for the recs! I'll let you know where we dine.

      1. re: Dagney
        Beach Chick RE: Dagney Sep 1, 2010 11:42 AM

        Happy Happy Birthday Virgo girlie..from one Virgo to another..
        Just checked WV and they are closed today.. :(
        Le Fontainebleau room at the Westgate is old school.
        Mille Fleurs is country French in the ranch.

        I hear you on the upselling crap by incompetent college age servers..drives me nuts too!

        1. re: Dagney
          DiningDiva RE: Dagney Sep 1, 2010 11:44 AM

          "Can I getcha guys started on some apps..." I'll scream.

          I feel your pain.

        2. re: Beach Chick
          stevewag23 RE: Beach Chick Sep 1, 2010 12:14 PM

          Yeah, I agree, the quintessential Dobsons experience is more lunch.

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