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Jun 6, 2011 11:12 AM

Please help with small 50th anniversary dinner!

We are celebrating my parents' 50th anniversary in San Diego in December. We'll be staying on Coronado. They've asked me to find them a special restaurant for their actual anniversary dinner (there will only be 6 of us). They've specifically asked for someplace French and specifically said they don't want Italian. California-cuisine would probably be okay too.

They have traveled and eaten out a lot and I think they'd prefer a restaurant that has perfect food and service over one that is trendy with unique food. If it was Los Angeles, I'd suggest Spago Beverly Hills or The Water Grill, but I don't know what to suggest in San Diego.

I've looked through the boards and checked out Blanca, but its menu looks more trendy than what I think they want. The same with Kitchen 1540. George's California Modern seems like an option. As does Rancho Valencia.

Does anyone have any thoughts that might help me? I think they'd be fine going anywhere in the general San Diego area as long as the food is worth the trip.

Thanks for any help!

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  1. You might look into 1500 Ocean which has also the advantage to be on Coronado

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    1. re: honkman

      2nd for 1500. Service is excellent there, very professional.

      1. re: diningwithkids

        Plus you’re right at the Hotel Del in December with the big Christmas tree in the lobby, ice skaters just steps from the beach, check out the shops, have drink before dinner on the 1500 Ocean patio area - they have a fire pit. Yum!

        1500 Ocean
        1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

    2. Bertrand at Mr. A's is a short drive over the bridge from Coronado. Pretty classic, french-leaning menu and the best views in San Diego.

      1500 Ocean is the fine dining restaurant at the Hotel Del. Very good but the chef from Rancho Valencia has just been hired to take over kitchen duties. He is very talented but if you thought the menu at RV was too progressive you might want to watch to see what kind of changes are being made at both of these venues with the chef changes.

      1500 Ocean
      1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

      1. I would add Marine Room in La Jolla..
        Nice oceanfront location..

        1. Thanks for all the recommendations. I'll check them out!

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          1. re: tnilsson

            Tapenade in La Jolla. Seems ideal for older folks wanting French cuisine in serene surroundings for their 50th.

          2. I personally would like 1500 or any number of other restaurants in the area. But I can't say that 1500 seems very French.

            Does anyone know anything about Chez Loma? It has been recommended to me and it is on Coronado. While it looks a bit homey for my taste, and I have heard that it may be a bit tired, the reviews on Yelp are almost uniformly good and it does seem to have the most classically French menu of any nearby place. Hopefully some Chowhounds have been there as you never know about Yelp reviews . . .

            Chez Loma
            1132 Loma Ave, Coronado, CA 92118