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Nice dinner in SD

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.

Thanks!

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

    1. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: yanks26dmb

          Bencotto would be my choice as well

        2. http://www.jeremysonthehill.com/index...

          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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          1. re: Cathy

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

            1. re: Cathy

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

              Might as well go to LA.

              1. re: Fake Name

                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.

                1. re: Cathy

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

                  1. re: escondido123

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

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

              1. Urban Solace, The French Gourmet

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                1. re: Rodzilla

                  French Gournet has decent pastry but the regular food is mediocre