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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?

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  1. '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..
    Alfonso's
    Karl Strauss
    The Spot
    Whisknladle (fri-sat)
    The Shores restaurant

    Hopefully, others will chime in.

    1. Berini's is OK but, they close at 10pm as does Piatti, I'd be concerned that they'd rush you and limit your menu selections. You may need to make a call and request, depending on the number of people, to see if they'll accommodate your late venue.

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      1. re: cstr

        Is PF Chang's *that* bad? I've never had a reason to go, but it stays open until 11.

        1. re: notjustastomach

          I've been to several P.F.'s across the country, not by my choice. If you go keep your expectations low. I think it's like commissary prepared food.

      2. That starting time is going to kill you for LJ. I think everything there closes at 10.

        1. 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?

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          1. re: notjustastomach

            I wouldn't describe a visit to The Spot as a privilege. More like an ordeal.

            1. re: Josh

              It seems ever more likely that I shall never enjoy the privilege of undergoing the ordeal that is a visit to The Spot.

          2. 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.

            1. 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."

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              1. re: notjustastomach

                Thanks! Nice to hear the end of the story and that all worked well. So few happy endings in life. . .