Calm. Quiet. Warm. Peaceful. Soft. Care. Slow. Refined. Hushed. Candlelight.
Where in San Diego can I enjoy a meal in an environment with these characteristics? There must be places besides Addison.
Mrs Name and I want to enjoy a meal with friends- just a few- and have meaningful and enlightening dialog (that's why the friends are coming) without having to scream at each other, without being rushed out of our seats. Maybe it's a nice booth, a quiet table staff that know we're no there to visit them, but know the menu and wine list well enough to assist.
Not willing to spend a fortune- we'll go straight up to Del Mar for that. But I'm not going to quibble, either. I'm willing to make compromises on the food- must be high quality, but a limited menu is fine.
Think the opposite of:
Banker's Hill <<<<<<<
Harney "Sushi" <<<<<<
all of which are good places (yes, some are better than others) but are so busy and noisy I really don't enjoy them very much. Except Super Sergios, and then I eat in my car, listening to soft music without commercial interruption.
I was kind of surprised with this, but my recent experience with Cafe Bleu on Washington had these characteristics. I hated the atmosphere at their other location, but the new place is a lot nicer and less shiny-surfaced. The food is not the most creative, but is good, and their new part owner, Javier, takes very good care of his customers.
Just ate there a few days ago with wife and friends. Very pleasant dining experience overall -- nice room, eclectic wine list, staff. But while food wasn't bad it fell a bit short. Canapes as apps were a mixed bag, one very interesting but another like a frozen pastry puff. My fish (opah) had a nice smoky flavor from the grill and a delicious romesco sauce, but was terribly overcooked to the hockey puck level. Probably should have sent it back but I hate to do that. Definitely a nice place to eat with friends, but hard for me to recommend on food quality unless we just had an unlucky night.
Have you been to Freebirds in Hillcrest yet?
Cross it off your list. They were playing Beastie Boys on a Monday at volume 11 when I went.
Would Manhattan in La Jolla fit the bill?
Or maybe Po Pazzo (not so great) or Puerto La Boca (good) on nights they don't have live music?
We enjoy a couple of places in the Ranch...
Mille Fleurs and The Inn of RSF..understated elegance..kind of like me.. : )
Grant Grill and Le Fountainebleau room next door.
I love dark, quiet, leather booths with a chilled relish trash, strong cocktails and rubenesque paintings..