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Quiet dining in North County

domino1 Apr 21, 2012 05:16 PM

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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    daantaat Apr 21, 2012 05:18 PM

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

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      domino1 Apr 21, 2012 05:45 PM

      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...

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        daantaat Apr 22, 2012 02:16 PM

        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.

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          foodiechick Apr 22, 2012 09:19 PM

          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!

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      Beach Chick Apr 22, 2012 07:16 AM

      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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        domino1 Apr 22, 2012 03:55 PM

        LOL! Love that. Thanks for the thoughts.

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          kpsd Apr 23, 2012 01:11 AM

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

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            littlestevie Apr 23, 2012 09:31 AM

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

          2. Fake Name Apr 22, 2012 05:00 PM

            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.

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              pickypicky Apr 22, 2012 05:18 PM

              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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                foodiechick Apr 22, 2012 09:19 PM

                Great rec.

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                  domino1 Apr 23, 2012 11:42 AM

                  Forgot about that one - good idea!!

                2. deckape Apr 22, 2012 06:01 PM

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

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                    foodiechick Apr 22, 2012 09:14 PM

                    Sky Room is closed for renovations.

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                    Juji Apr 23, 2012 04:18 PM

                    Vivace at Aviara.

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                      josephnl Apr 24, 2012 09:13 PM

                      Certainly not in the same league as George's, Addison or Winesellar...but very pleasant, quiet, and reasonably priced with very good food is Savory in Encinitas. Definitely not high-end like the others, but still very nice, reasonably quiet and not expensive. If you want something more upscale, try Eddie V's in La Jolla. Terrific seafood and killer views of the cove. It can get noisy later on, but it opens for dinner at 4 pm when the view is outstanding, and it's quiet!

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                        littlestevie Apr 25, 2012 12:20 PM

                        is Savory still open? I thought Wade Hageman was going to take over that space and remodel it and open an American comfort food style place. I just havent driven into that parking lot to see if any work is going on.

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                          josephnl Apr 25, 2012 12:54 PM

                          We ate at Savory about 4 weeks ago. Their phone is still operating, and reservations are available on Open Table...so, I think they're still in business.

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                            josephnl Apr 25, 2012 03:58 PM

                            Just called Savory to find out what's happening. They will indeed be closing some time next month (May), to "pursue other interests", and they said that it will be taken over by another restauranteur. Does anyone know what will likely open in the Savory location?

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                              honkman Apr 25, 2012 04:39 PM

                              Chef Hageman, ownerof Blue Ribbon Pizzeria (one of the best pizza places currently in SD) will take over the place and open the Craftsman, a "New American Tavern". Based on the quality of the food at BRP it could become a very interesting restaurant.

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