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Sep 29, 2011 04:54 PM

A Night Out in Coronado?

Hello All,

I'm seeking suggestions for a restaurant in Coronado where I can send some close friends to dinner.

Scanning this board I've found positive recommendations for 1500 Ocean (at the Hotel Del) and for Sapori.

Can anyone expand on these recommendations either by telling me a bit about your experiences with these places, or by suggesting other options? I'm open to all food types and price levels.

Thanks for your assistance.

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  1. It depends on the kind of food they want and what they want to pay. 1500 Ocean is probably the best overall, but you pay for it not only being good, but a premium for being in the Hotel del.

    Chez Loma is pretty nice for French food, Swaddee for Thai, Candelas for upscale Mexican and Coronado Brewing Co for adequate pub food, but pretty good beer.

    I like Sapori, it is a good addition to Coronado and a good place for locals who don't want to cross the bridge, but if I wanted a good representation of Italian food in San Diego, I would cross the bridge.

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    1. re: scottca075


      Thank you for this thoughful but concise reply.

      This will be a "congratulations" dinner, so I'd like to send them somewhere that is "nice" in the sense of excellent food (price be damned since it's on my dime), decent to good atmosphere and/or view, and good service. An interesting wine list would be a plus.

      Right now I'm leaning toward 1500 Ocean, but I'll take a look at the other places you mentioned. Thanks again.

    2. Depending on what you kind of place you are looking for, I would also add Leroy's Lounge. Only been open a couple of months, owned by a very successful, Coronado restaurant operator, getting good buzz. Fresh, local ingredient driven pub type menu, moderately priced, local craft beer list. We drove over for lunch about a month ago and really enjoyed it.

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      1. re: foodiechick

        I would look at other options before Leroys for dinner. I went there and it was pretty lack luster for dinner. Over cooked steak and the burger came with a stale bun. Decent selection of beer though, which might make it a good spot to have a sunday lunch and watch the games.

        Josh would have a field day with them calling themselves farm to table though. Case in point, they do potato chips, with gorg, jalapeno jelly and another gorg like cheese sauce. It was good with a beer and the chips where hot. I was surprised they were cooking chips to order so I asked and turns out they're pre-packaged frozen. It isn't a difficult thing to cook off chips before service and they can be done with a consistent quality. So for a place that is big time touting that they're farm to table, using frozen when its easy enough to slice your own and cook it makes me wonder where else they are cutting corners and not representing themselves properly.

        1. re: mjill

          Yikes, that is disappointing to hear, sorry about the lack luster experience. However, I still think it is a fresh concept and pretty good delivery for "island food", a concept (at that price point) that has been sorely missing over there. As much as I love the concept of farm to table, I think even small steps are steps in the right direction. Not happy that there is some misrepresentation, but given most of the other options in the neighborhood I would still recommend it based on our tasty experience (and I am notoriously picky).

          1. re: foodiechick

            Leroy's Lounge looks like a nice addition to Coronado..from one notoriously picky chica to another.
            ; )

            Mistral at Loew's resort
            1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del

            casual...Brigantine, Miguels, Sapori

          2. re: mjill

            I don't like Leroy's Kitchen Lounge and I've never even been there since they replaced a favorite breakfast place of mine, Beach 'n Diner, but to be fair, their menu doesn't say "farm to table" it says "Local-Sustainable-Fresh, We are committed to the above principles, wherever possible we will source locally to provide flavors that are unique and natural." I think that is a realistic outlook.

            They may have tried hand cutting the potatoes and not getting the result they wanted. We live much healthier and longer lives due partly to the miracle of frozen and refrigerated foods. Fresh, local, sustainable is a nice goal, but it isn't always possible. If you truly ate only local, we would miss out on a lot of great food.

            Sorry the rest of the meal was lackluster, I may give it a try for one of their "beer dinners".

            1. re: scottca075

              I agree, re: not eating truely local at all times. It isn't that big of a deal for me either, however, when I was there the waiter really went out of his way to stress the farm to table concept. The manager was at the next table too talking the same thing, so to me it seems while the menu might not be trying to go over the tope in promises, the employees are. Having been there I can't say the place is as advertized which always makes you wonder what else is being advertized as X but you are actually getting Y. Sliced potatoes for chips are probably one of the easiest things to do consistently btw.

              Foodiechick, I also agree it is a step in the right direction for Coronado, just fell a little short for me.

            2. re: mjill

              That's too bad about your experience. It's still fairly early in the game for them so I would give them another shot, especially since tourist season is over and things aren't so crazy on the island. I've been there a number of times and have enjoyed my meals and beers there. It is definitely the kind of place that Coronado has been needing.

            3. re: foodiechick

              Thanks for suggesting Leroy's Lounge. It sounds interesting enough to try sometime for lunch, maybe, especially given the beer list!

            4. Surprised there are no mentions for Primavera. No view but superior food. Leroy's seemingly got off to a slow start but reports are streaming in that lean toward the positive. One of my guests said it was the best pork chop he ever had. Il Fornaio seems to be getting passing grades again. Peohe's is still under the gun and lumped into the boathouse, brig, chez, costa, rhino conundrum.

              1201 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

              Il Fornaio
              1333 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118