questions about La Jolla for work-related dinner
I almost never eat in La Jolla. Nothing against the restaurants or town, but I dislike the drive. That said, I have to plan a work-related dinner, which in this case means being somewhat cost conscious, not crazy expense account. Entrees in the teens to twenties.
One last piece to the puzzle, dinner will start around 9:30pm.
Instantly I thought of Piatti or possibly Barbarella. But trawling around on Yelp, I also came across Finch Wine Bar and Bernini's Bistro.
Are these latter two restaurants any good? Better than Piatti? Is there anywhere else that I should consider?
Ended up at Piatti. Everything was spot on.. Although Piatti ostensible closes at 10, that in fact is the last call for food orders. The liquor license goes until midnight. So we had a good 2+ hours of eating, drinking, and conversing -- and never felt rushed -- even though the restaurant was "closed."
All of the places you mention have parking issues (on top of everything else.) I would definitely avoid Marrakesh and The Spot. Whiskanladle is a good thought. Wherever you decide to go, I'd make a reservation and alert them to your situation. If the place is less than welcoming, I try another place. By giving them the head's up, you're doing the proper thing as a diner. How they respond will show you how much they'll appreciate your business.
Thank you all for the feedback.
It might still be possible to make it to Piatti with my group.
Otherwise, it seems the options are Prospect Bar and Grill, The Spot, or Marrakesh.
I have never had the privilege of stepping into any of these establishments. Opinions? Experiences?
'dinner will start around 9:30pm.'
That's the monkey wrench..town closes down early like most of SD.
With that said, I like Piatti's a lot..
Barbarella...what do they say if you don't have anything nice to say.
Bernini's bistro used to be quite good but haven't been in quite awhile
Late night (9:30pm) within your parameters..
The Shores restaurant
Hopefully, others will chime in.