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Apr 21, 2012 05:16 PM

Quiet dining in North County

Hi all. My 80 something folks are coming for a visit and I need a quiet venue. They like good food fun food - they just can't do noise. I did Mille Fleur and Jai before which worked well but was hoping for another option. Just no sushi - but fusion is OK. I will also want to make a reservation since it is a Friday night.

Thanks for any suggestions!


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  1. Addison is quite quiet.
    George's California Modern is reasonably quiet, but you have those stairs to navigate.

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    1. re: daantaat

      Thanks for the suggestions. Going through the links I saw Wine Sellar and Brasserie... Haven't been there is quite a while. What are your thoughts between that and Georges? I think we could handle the stairs. Georges does have that view...

      1. re: domino1

        Haven't been to Wine Sellar for a really long time (ie: years). The last meal I had there fell flat in terms of flavor. It was a short beef rib type of dish and I remember it tasting on the bland side, nothing interesting. Maybe it was cooked that way w/ the intent to pair it w/ wine, but I've eaten at other restaurants that had wine pairings and the food tasted great on it's own.

        Personally, I think George's would be the better of the two, based on the above. I have some vague recollection that the chef is also doing more experimental food on a separate menu.

        1. re: daantaat

          George's has introduced a new concept that they are very proud of called TBL 3, and from what I understand they need at least a 2-week notice. It is 12-14 courses, specifically designed for each group. $170 per person, $250 pp with wine pairings. Haven't personally tried it (no special occasions and pockets aren't currently that deep lately), but I have heard great things!

    2. Marine Room in LJ
      Addison at Grand Del Mar
      Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
      Rancho Valencia resort in RSF
      George's Modern

      The beloved elusive quiet restaurants are like finding Big Foot...

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        LOL! Love that. Thanks for the thoughts.

        1. re: Beach Chick

          Rancho Valencia is closed until summer / late summer, according to their website.
          Might want to double check.

          1. re: Beach Chick

            RSF Inn just got bought by John Moores. Not sure if they are going to be doing any renovations soon.

          2. These are all good suggestions, I'm a fan of Addison, second only to oh, well, nevermind.

            That typed, I'd also consider West Steakhouse.

            1. Well, if you're headed south, then A R Valentien is another quiet option. God, I feel like a geezer opting for quiet. . .

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                1. re: pickypicky

                  Forgot about that one - good idea!!

                2. Sky Room a the La Valencia in La Jolla. Mortally quiet last time I was there.

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                  1. re: deckape

                    Sky Room is closed for renovations.