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clanger Apr 21, 2011 01:03 PM

Looking for a nice dinner with great food and wine list - nice view if possible.
Considering Truluck's in LJolla but not sure we want to drive that far.
Any suggestions in the SD area for this Saturday night?

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    Island RE: clanger Apr 21, 2011 01:16 PM

    Had a couple of very good meals at Trulucks, but there is no view. You mentioned not wanting to drive that far...What part of town are you in?

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      clanger RE: Island Apr 21, 2011 01:40 PM

      We are driving in from the east side. My husband is working in Alpine.

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        DiningDiva RE: clanger Apr 21, 2011 02:38 PM

        Alpine...ocean view...no desire to drive that far...I think there are a couple of mutually exclusive things in there :-).

        One of the best places for drinks is the C-Level lounge on Harbor Island. Food there? Not so much. Island Prime next door has better food, and it even has a bay view. You could have drinks at C-Level and then drive over to Puerta la Boca at the north end of Little Italy for your steak fix/red meat.

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    2. chris2269 RE: clanger Apr 21, 2011 01:29 PM

      I have heard great things about Truluck's happy hour but have not been myself.

      Cucina Urbana has a great wine list and great apps. Plus you pay retail for the wine plus $7 corckage.

      Cowboy Star also has great food and though a smaller wine list (Mainly CA Wines last time I was there) Still well thought out and chosen.

      None of those places have really any view though.

      I'd do one of the above and then go somewhere for drinks and view.

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        clanger RE: chris2269 Apr 21, 2011 01:42 PM

        Great idea for drinks w/view and dinner elsewhere- any suggestions for a drink w/view spot?

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          chris2269 RE: clanger Apr 21, 2011 01:54 PM

          Look into Altitude sky lounge 23rd floor of the Hyatt downtown. Also I believe the W hotel has a rooftop bar as does the Andez hotel.

          BTW Altitude sky lounge has the worst most cheesy website ever...worth a visit alone.

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            DiningDiva RE: chris2269 Apr 21, 2011 02:26 PM

            The age range of it's patrons trends very young. The last time I was there, which admittedly was a couple of years ago, the drink menu was limited and not particularly well executed.

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          SDGourmand RE: chris2269 Apr 21, 2011 02:25 PM

          Cucina Urbana for dinner and drinks at Mister A's. One of the best city views in SD.

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          karaethon RE: clanger Apr 21, 2011 02:02 PM

          Addison has a nice (non-ocean) view if you go early. However, some recent reports are saying the food has slipped (and I think the executive chef is on some sabbatical). However, their sommeliers are very good and they have an amazing wine list.

          Kitchen 1540 has a view if you sit outdoors (might not be feasible with this weekend's forecast) and has great food.

          Marine Room has a great view, but mediocre food.

          Blanca has great food and a good wine list. Cowboy Star has great food, but not so good wine list.

          Of all the places I mentioned, I'd say Trulucks most directly compares with Cowboy Star where Cowboy Star has superior food while Trulucks offers a marginally better wine list

          Hope this helps

          1. honkman RE: clanger Apr 21, 2011 02:43 PM

            George's for very good food and nice view. I have colleagues who had business dinners at Trulucks and were very disappointed in the food.

            1. Beach Chick RE: clanger Apr 21, 2011 02:54 PM

              Everyone has given you great places..
              Have you thought of staying the night downtown or LJ?
              I ask this since most places, have great deals and why drive an hour each way with wine when you can really booze it up and have a great time too!
              Just checked expedia for Saturday night and 2 great 4* resorts came up for around $100..
              Hilton Torrey Pines in LJ for $119 and you can dine at The Lodge at the lovely A. R. Valentien for a fab dinner and then morning, you can do Easter breakfast overlooking Torrey Pines Golf course..
              Grand Hyatt Manchester is $109 on the marina in Downtown SD and you can do the water taxi over to Candelas in Coronado, Hotel Del or Sapori's..and then have after dinner drinks at the Top of the Hyatt.
              That is what I would do for around $100+ and make it a little mini vacation!
              Keep us posted!

              www.expedia.com
              www.sdhe.com
              www.hoteldel.com
              www.lodgetorreypines.com

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                clanger RE: Beach Chick Apr 25, 2011 10:13 AM

                Thank you for all the great ideas. We took the recommendation to stay at Hilton Torrey PInes and dined at A.R. Valentien. It was beautiful and the food was great. We had a wonderful time. I look forward to trying some of the other restaurants listed in SD next time I visit.

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                  Beach Chick RE: clanger Apr 25, 2011 12:59 PM

                  WOW..
                  How great is that!
                  What did you have and did you go for a great hike at Torrey Pines State Park for Easter?
                  Glad you had a wonderful time!

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                clanger RE: clanger Apr 25, 2011 10:15 AM

                Thank you for all the great ideas. We took the recommendation to stay at Hilton Torrey PInes and dined at A.R. Valentien. It was beautiful and the food was great. We had a wonderful time. I look forward to trying some of the other restaurants listed in SD next time I visit.

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