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NYC foodies relocated to SD. Looking for good suggestions

Hi all. My husband and I just moved to San Diego from NYC. We are very much into the culinary scene & relied on the fellow chowhounders for recommendations back East quite a bit! Our anniversary is coming up this weekend & looking for any last minute thoughts. We just got into town so I haven't had time to do any solid research. Thanks in advance for any or your referrals!

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  1. Anniversary? Marine Room. La Jolla.

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

    1. Depending on the day, the Wine Vault and Bistro is a good choice - they serve 3-5 course meals with wine pairings.

      1. I think if you're celebrating your anniversary, you should decide if the food or the view is more important to you. Since you said you were "very much into the culinary scene" in NYC, I'll assume you want nice places with tasting menus to celebrate your anniversary.

        If food is more important, I'd go:
        - Blanca
        - Kitchen 1540 - call ahead to arrange for a tasting menu

        If you value the view and romantic setting more, you could consider:
        - George's (California Modern) - might be hard to get reservations on such short notice

        Other places you could consider, but are probably a step lower than the previous mentions:
        - Addison
        - Rancho Valencia - call ahead to arrange a tasting menu
        - AR Valentien
        - Cavaillon

        1. I second Kitchen 1540. It will definitely make you feel like you are living in California now.

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          1. re: chezwhitey

            Thanks for the great recommendations. We love everything from Dive places to fine dining.. I think for our anniversary we wanted to go a little nicer. A tasting would be great. Blanco and Kitchen 1540 look right up our alley and I love that they are into the whole farm to table. We've been to George's before and I feel like the food is hit or miss but ldo ove the location.
            Marine Room looked good also. Is this at the La Jolla shores Beach and Tennis Club?

            Anyway, thanks for the info all!

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

            1. re: Jdrenik

              Marine Room is JUST to the south of the Beach and Tennis Club on Spindrift. Here's a better map than the one in the margin of this page:

              http://maps.google.com/maps?q=2000+Sp...

              1. re: Jdrenik

                It is right next door around the curve. Valet parking in front.

                1. re: Jdrenik

                  I'd also recommend Market Restaurant + Bar. The chef there is a 2 time beard nominee for best chef pacific.

              2. one more question. Has anyone eaten at the Sky Room in La Jolla?

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                1. re: Jdrenik

                  I would wait a few months to try the Sky Room. They are about to completely remodel. The entire food operation is being revamped my a Michelin 2-star chef/consultant. They have got the Mediterranean Room and Patio menu about done, next up are the Whaling Bar and Sky Room.

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                  The Mediterranean Room
                  1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

                  1. re: foodiechick

                    Good info.

                    "The entire food operation is being revamped my a Michelin 2-star chef/consultant."

                    Any idea who?

                    1. re: foodiechick

                      Well the argument against waiting is that the consultant will probably be gone by the time they actually finish remodeling. Not sure you'd be eating the consultant's food right now if you go, but you definitely won't be when the remodel is complete.