Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Diego >
Mar 30, 2011 05:50 PM

Good lobster dinner (not Mex style), any recommendations?

Dad's birthday is coming up and he wants lobster. Any suggestions? He mentioned Truluck's and The Palm but don't want to go any further than La Jolla.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Donovan's La Jolla or SD
    Top of the Market
    Whaling Bar at La Valencia..they used to have AUS lobster tail..check beforehand.

    What Dad wants, Dad gets..enjoy your dinner!

    1 Reply
    1. Had the South African lobster tail at Truluck's a couple of weeks ago and it was delicious. Nice atmosphere, comfy booths and good service. Happy B-Day Daddy Coffeehead2,

      6 Replies
      1. re: Island

        How was the noise level?....also have my 85yr old (not so great hearing) Grandma that will be participating.
        Ate at Flemings earlier this month and the noise was deafening (Grandma didn't have too good of a time :o(

        Thanks for the feedback, all!

        1. re: Coffeehead2

          While I didn't have the lobster, I found the noise level at Trulucks to be fine. And I'm very fussy about it.

          1. re: Coffeehead2

            Grandma (and therefore possibly your father) would enjoy the atmosphere and lobster at Anthony's in La Mesa...even at lunch time.

            1. re: Cathy

              I've always said you had to be under 8 or over 80 to really enjoy Anthony's . I was there in January with my 91 year old mother and 93 year old aunt. They've been eating at the La Mesa Anthony's since it opened, it's a comfortable spot for them.

              They both commented that the meal was "terrible", "one of the worst", "really awful" once we got in the car. I had to agree, we were served a boat load of really crappy food at rock bottom pricing. It didn't taste very good and even at low prices, it was NOT a good value. As long term satisfied patrons of that particular location my mother and aunt hated the food. It's been 3 months and they yet to say "let's go over to Anthony's".

              A few years ago I probably would have agreed that Anthony's would have been a good choice. Not so much now, that location has deteriorated rapidly over the last couple of years.

              1. re: DiningDiva

                Well, there goes that option. We haven't been since September. Sad it has gone so downhill.

            2. re: Coffeehead2

              I'm fussy about noise too... and comfort..and which direction I'm facing..and the list goes on, and no problem on any level. I'd go again, maybe try the steak. I think they're grass fed, but not sure.

              Avoid Mondays now unless you want all you can eat stone crab. Our waiter said it's packed that night during stone crab season.

          2. I've always been a fan of The Palm for lobster, last summer they had a special 4lb lobster dinner for 2 for $89.00, a steal. Ruth's Chris also has lobster entree's. If you need to stay close to LJ, Donovan's would be a good choice.

            1. Red Tracton's in Solana Beach has a great lobster dinner, if you don't mind the drive. Plus one lobster is good enough to feed 2-3 people.

              Red Tracton's
              550 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075