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vmr016 Feb 7, 2011 06:50 PM

Hello all! I was hoping to get some help on deciding where to eat this weekend to celebrate Valentine's Day. I am from the Los Angeles area so don't really know any good places to eat in San Diego. I have to handle a few business things in the morning and plan on celebrating with my girlfriend after.

An ideal restuarant would be a restaurant right near the beach that has a good steak meal with a good romantic setting. We both love steak dinners but I am open to other cuisines. I would like for it to be by or on the beach because we would like to take a stroll on it either before or after dinner. I would also like a place not too casual. All suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
(Price Range $100-$150)

  1. foodiechick Feb 7, 2011 07:39 PM

    Azul La Jolla would fit your criteria. Upscale steakhouse overlooking La Jolla Cove, I would recommend the walk prior because of the fairly early sunset. You might also enjoy The Marine Room which is very romantic and right on the beach at La Jolla Shores. Not a steak house but it has chow worthy food and is a local favorite for special occasion dining.

    http://www.brigantine.com/locations_a...

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    Marine Room Restaurant
    2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

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      vmr016 Feb 7, 2011 09:55 PM

      Thank you for your response! Yes, I came across both these places and can definietly see them as a possibility. Have you personally eaten at both? Which do you think would be the better fit for me?

      Is Azul La Jolla close to the beach? Within walking distance?

      Thanks again for your cooperation.

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      4wino Feb 7, 2011 09:20 PM

      I would go with George's California Modern. Their skirt steak is very tasty and the Cote du Beuf is fantastic. Also their wine list is moderately priced, I found some gems at decent prices. If you make a reservation in advance you should be able to secure a window table, and the views are fantastic.

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        vmr016 Feb 7, 2011 09:57 PM

        Thank you for response! I'll have to take a look at their website. I haven't came across it yet

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        vmr016 Feb 7, 2011 09:52 PM

        After googling some places I found 7 potential restaurants. Any feedback on any of these restaurants would be greatly appreciated. I.E. How is the view? Pricing? Steak Dinners? Customer Service? Atmosphere? Thanks again for all your help.

        JRDN
        The Steakhouse at Azul La Jolla
        Marine Room
        The Beach House
        The Chart House
        Poseidon
        333 Pacific

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        Marine Room Restaurant
        2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

        Chart House
        2588 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007

        Beach House
        2530 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007

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          SDGourmand Feb 8, 2011 05:54 AM

          kitchen 1540

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            DiningDiva Feb 8, 2011 06:19 AM

            While they're all either on the beach or have a great view, I really think you'd be disappointed at The Beach House, The Chart House or Poseidon.

            JRDN, The Marine Room and Azul are all pretty solid choices. You should probably add Island Prime to your list. It's on the bay and has one of the best views in town. You can safely stroll after dinner. Food is generally good, but won't knock your socks off.

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            Marine Room Restaurant
            2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

            Chart House
            2588 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007

            Beach House
            2530 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007

            Island Prime
            880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

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              DougOLis Feb 8, 2011 08:55 AM

              Island Prime really does sound like what vmr016 is looking for. I'd normally pick George's or The Marine Room over it but they aren't strictly steak places.

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                Island Feb 10, 2011 10:47 AM

                What time are you planning to dine? The view is shot at most of these places after dark and if that matters, Island Prime may be your best choice. I've only been there for lunch and happy hour so can't comment on the steak, but the view is great anytime of day. At night you have the lights of the downtown skyline across the bay.

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                Island Prime
                880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

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              daantaat Feb 8, 2011 08:56 PM

              The Beach House in Cardiff has barely passable food. The beachfront view barely makes up for the food. George's in La Jolla has excellent food and a nice view of the water.

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              Beach House
              2530 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007

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                robadam Feb 8, 2011 10:21 PM

                I like George's too. Best view in SD and great food!

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              eatemup Feb 8, 2011 07:05 AM

              Flavor in Del Mar. Had another good meal there on Friday.

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                foodiechick Feb 12, 2011 08:04 PM

                Had a really awful lunch at Flavor today. Everything was extremely over seasoned as if the kitchen's taste buds were on steroids. Salmon sandwich seemed promising but after the third bite the salty intensity made my friend put it down for good. One of the salads had some salty components in it (blue cheese, some bacon lardons), but even when eating only the dressed lettuce alone it was impossible to eat (and I am a big fan of salt). Before our lunch items were brought to the table a server brought a sliced baguette and butter with 4 or 5 different flavored sea salts to sprinkle on top. None of the salts tasted like the described flavors (jerk, curry, etc.) and the butter that was served was...you guessed it SALTED. Can't blame it on unsupervised kitchen staff as Chef was on duty when we were there. Won't be returning.

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                  eatemup Feb 13, 2011 06:31 AM

                  Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy your lunch?

              2. stevuchan Feb 8, 2011 10:03 AM

                You could walk the cove in La Jolla and go to Manhattan's and get the fillet Oscar, it's a good steak if you like tenderloin, and probably the most romantic of all the choices. I would also recommend the Cannelloni as a starter.

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                  dbwave Feb 8, 2011 05:07 PM

                  Agree with all the reccomendations. I might add Poseiden......but only for drinks. Argueably the best beach view for it is literally on the beach. Food is just so so. Mister A's downtown is great for city views but not on the beach.

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

                  1. SDGourmand Feb 8, 2011 05:46 PM

                    drinks at poseidon and dinner at Kitchen 1540 would work well and they are walking distance from each other..

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                      robadam Feb 8, 2011 05:57 PM

                      Dinner at 1540 only if the Chef is actually working which might happen 2 nights out of the month...My last two visits at this restaurant were less than stellar...

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                      gkclapp Feb 9, 2011 11:29 AM

                      I would recommend you try The Green Flash restaurant. It is a laid back restaurant so it may not be what you are thinking of for Valentines Day (I myself prefer laid back). So if you don;t go then, go on another day when in San Diego. The view is the best in SD. And the area around the restaurant is fun too. http://www.greenflashrestaurant.com/3...

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                      Green Flash
                      701 Thomas Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

                      1. jmtreg Feb 14, 2011 09:08 AM

                        The food is meh, but Il Fornaio in Coronado has the best view of the San Diego skyline. I'd follow that up with Candelas, which is right around the corner.

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                        Candelas On the Bay
                        1201 1st St Ste 115, Coronado, CA 92118

                        Il Fornaio
                        1333 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

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