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Heading down to San Diego for one night next Saturday and staying at Hard Rock. I'd love to go somewhere other than Nobu which is in the hotel - any recommendations for somewhere within walking distance?

Thanks in advance!

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Nobu
207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

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  1. Cafe Chloe
    JSix
    Cowboy Star

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    1. re: honkman

      I just sent my husband to Cafe Chloe this morning for breakfast - he's there at a conference, staying at the Omni. Said it was closed and another restaurant was opened in it's place.
      I'm planning on joining him this weekend. Want to stay local - we're from LA so love the thought of walking everywhere! So for the best steaks, people seem to agree on Cowboy Star?
      For seafood, what would people recommend? Oceanaire?

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

      Oceanaire
      San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

      1. re: xox

        I'm sorry to report that your husband must have gone to the wrong address. Cafe Chloe is alive and well, a friend had lunch there yesterday. Give it another shot when you come down this weekend.

        Yes to Cowboy Star. Oceanaire is good, but it is part of a national chain.

        1. re: foodiechick

          Hmmm, I don't know if I want to tell him that I gave him the wrong directions! We always have fights over this. I insist my directions were right - he just mistook them! ;o)

          I've continued to read the board - some people recommend Starlight and 1500 Ocean. Thoughts?

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          1500 Ocean
          1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

          1. re: xox

            Chloe is 9th at G. NE corner.

            Most of the streets are alpha and numeric.

            Cowboy Star http://www.thecowboystar.com/ is on 10th, just North of Market, which is one block South of G.

        2. re: xox

          You sure you had the right Cafe Chloe?

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

      2. Cafe Chloe
        JSix
        Cowboy Star

        and the search tool- this is a very common question....

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        1. re: Fake Name

          Should we think about adding Searsucker to the list of those three? I've still yet to go for fear of being ostracized here but from friends who have gone, they've had only good things to say.

          Neighborhood/Noble Experiment for that matter too.

          1. re: DougOLis

            I went and thought the small plates were very good. And I was decidedly unimpressed witht he food and the free side order of attitude served at Neighborhood.

            1. re: DougOLis

              I've heard Neighborhood is good but I haven't been myself.

              1. re: DougOLis

                You should check Searsucker out. It's not perfect, but as a whole package it's pretty appealing. If you do, try to go with a small group who are willing to share (more fun than as a couple, I think), and go heavy on the small plates (even if that means you order only one entree per two people, say). I thought the cocktails were interesting but weren't as universally crowd pleasing -- you'll probably find one you like, but you might find several you don't love.

                1. re: CTDub

                  chose Searsucker. menu looks interesting.

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                  Searsucker
                  611 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                  1. re: thegrifter

                    Report back and have a great time!

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      Sorry for the delay - so we went to Searsucker. Loved the cocktails, great service. The menu was very intriguing, but unfortunately I didn't feel the execution was there. Many of the dishes were underseasoned, and certain things (farm bird lollipops) were simply not good. Don't think I'd return.

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                      Searsucker
                      611 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                      1. re: thegrifter

                        Thanks thegrifter for reporting back..
                        Sorry, Searsucker wasn't that great...at least the cocktails were good!

                2. re: DougOLis

                  Neighborhood/Noble Experiment is not in the Gaslamp either.

                  Their service is also terrible. I wouldn't add it to the list.

                  1. re: stevewag23

                    "Their service is also terrible."

                    WHAT??? Service was GREAT at both places the one time I've been at each (same evening). I know one event doesn't make a trend, but this is the first time I've heard a complaint about service at Noble Experiment or Neighborhood.

                    1. re: bizzwriter

                      It is with great reluctance I agree with steviewagg. I went for lunch one day- I can throw a rock from my studio window- and was treated as if I was an unwelcome interruption in their otherwise busy day. Just asking for a menu was sufficient to get the nasty eyeball. I figured my lack of tattoos and youthful exuberance made me unqualified for entry to their Palace of No Ketchup.

                      Now that I think about it again, I'll look around for that rock.

                      1. re: Fake Name

                        Oh well. Guess I'll have to chalk up my good experience to beginner's luck. While I still have a bit of youthful exuberance, I am tat-free. Surely you and steveswag aren't painting Noble Experiment with the same tarry paintbrush, are you? My "date" and I had a truly transcendent evening there (which no doubt colored the dinner that immediately followed at Neighborhood).

                        1. re: bizzwriter

                          I've had varying service at Neighborhood. Sometimes it's been good, rarely bad, often indifferent. Fake Name is not to be trusted. He hasn't even been to Berlin, fer cryin out loud.

                          1. re: Josh

                            Pfft. Not only have I been to Berlin, I took the aging s-bahn train too far and ended up in East Berlin. The kind military officers were as displeased to see me as, well, the staff of Neighborhood.

                            To be fair, I've not been to Noble Experiment, and it's my hope the name stands for a flirtation with courtesy.

                        2. re: Fake Name

                          It was the bedazzled Hardy shirt with the jeggings..
                          ; )

                        3. re: bizzwriter

                          Yeah, terrible.

                          Let's put it this way, if I owned the place and the bartender was giving that kind of service, I would have fired her on the spot.

                          Skip this place.

                          1. re: bizzwriter

                            The service I have gotten at Neighborhood has ranged from indifferent to very good. I would go and check it out for yourself

                          2. re: stevewag23

                            Terrible service. I now keep a packet of temporary tattoos in my wallet and a fake ironic mustache in my pocket in event I end up at the Neighborhood. Their beer list almost makes up for the attitude however.

                      2. Cowboy Star
                        Jsix
                        Cafe Chloe
                        Dobson's
                        Grant Grill
                        Searsucker

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                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          Grant Grille and Dobsons are not in the Gaslamp, missy!

                          1. re: Fake Name

                            My Berlin map has Grant Grill with ONE 'E' in the neighborhood along with Dobson's with it's FAB mussel bisque en croute.
                            ; )

                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              Well, as long as it's en croute. ; )

                            2. re: Fake Name

                              I don't think Cafe Chloe and Cowboy Star are in the Gaslamp either

                              1. re: honkman

                                I think Jsix could be considered outside as well.

                          2. Thanks everyone for the recs - appreciate it!

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                            1. re: thegrifter

                              the kebab shop.