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Nice dinner in SD

attran99 May 10, 2012 03:14 PM

My friend is looking for a great place for dinner in San Diego this weekend. Let's keep the budget to about $50 per person including drinks. She's got a love for Italian food, but is willing and open to try anything that's good.


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    Cathy RE: attran99 May 10, 2012 03:24 PM

    The County is 4200 square miles large. What is your starting point/area/zip code?

    1. Dagney RE: attran99 May 10, 2012 03:39 PM

      I would shy away from the Gaslamp in general, with the exception of Cafe Chloe. Most of the restaurants in the 30th Street/University Avenue area would be well within your price range, in particular Urban Solace and The Linkery.

      There are a boatload of Italian restaurants in Little Italy on India Street, and this area is excellent for pre/post dinner walking around.

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        yanks26dmb RE: attran99 May 11, 2012 11:29 AM

        Very enthusiastic recommendation for Bencotto in Little Italy...some of the best Italian food I've ever had...and I grew up eating east coast/new york Italian...

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          pantani RE: yanks26dmb May 11, 2012 11:38 AM

          Bencotto would be my choice as well

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          Cathy RE: attran99 May 11, 2012 01:17 PM


          Excellent food. Organic, local produce. Excellent wine list. Reasonably priced. Chef is a Codon Bleu graduate. It will be a very nice dinner.

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            hye RE: Cathy May 11, 2012 05:36 PM

            LOL, I guess Jeremy's IS in SD county. ;)

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              Fake Name RE: Cathy May 11, 2012 07:35 PM

              and you can spend most of your day/night driving.

              Might as well go to LA.

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                Cathy RE: Fake Name May 11, 2012 07:44 PM

                I asked the OP where the starting point was after explaining this county is extremely large. There was no answer.

                If the OP is visiting someone who lives in Santee, El Cajon, Lakeside or Ramona then it may be a 30 minute drive to Jeremy's, which I think is a great place for dinner and in the price range.

                If the OP is visiting someone who lives in Vista, Oceanside, Fallbrook or Escondido, then it's also going to be about a 30 minute drive to get to Little Italy.

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                  escondido123 RE: Cathy May 11, 2012 08:44 PM

                  But if they're in North County Inland they could have dinner at Tango and not have to bother going to San Diego.

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                    Cathy RE: escondido123 May 11, 2012 08:47 PM

                    Exactly. Hence, the reason I asked the OP for a starting point.

            2. honkman RE: attran99 May 11, 2012 03:23 PM

              San Diego is not stong on Italian food but some other options for the price could be Wine Vault, Urban Solace, JSix, Starlite

              1. Rodzilla RE: attran99 May 11, 2012 07:36 PM

                Urban Solace, The French Gourmet

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                  honkman RE: Rodzilla May 11, 2012 08:13 PM

                  French Gournet has decent pastry but the regular food is mediocre

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