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La Jolla rec ... seafood ... anniversary ... July 7 ...

Sorry for not doing a search first, thought this would be easier if I was specific ...

Parents 50th anniversary ... party of 7 ... my parents, my wife and I and our two kids aged 16 and 20 ... and my brother ... so, seven adults ...

My mom wants seafood ... so a seafood place or a seafood/steak place ... not thinking "ethnic" for this meal, so straightforward "American" fare ...

My dad is insisting on treating ... my mom said "don't worry about prices" but I know my dad, he's very careful with his money ... so I'm thinking entrees in the 20-25 pp range, maybe 20-30 bucks per person ... something like that ...

We're staying in La Jolla and dinner is on Saturday night July 7 so I'm going to try and make a reservation maybe tomorrow or Tuesday ...

None of us are traveling with anything close to formal, so nice jeans/slacks with golf shirts is the fanciest we can go and at that we'd probably prefer if it casual is acceptable (but no shorts and flips flops -- if you know what I mean.)

Thanks in advance ...

PaulF (usually posts on LA boards)

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  1. It's about $10. per person more expensive than what you have in mind, but other than that I think Eddie V's fits the bill perfectly. If you are ok with a more casual menu, George's Ocean Terrace would fit within your price range.

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    1. here's a good thread. Fishery in Pacific Beach might fit your requirements.


      1. I second Alice and Foodiechica's rec of Eddie V's or George's at the Cove on the ocean terrace in La Jolla...sorry cstr. ; -)

        LJ Shores restaurant is oceanfront and another options for more casual..
        Make reservations quickly.

        Happy 50th to your parents!


        1. 50th... Only happens once, and not that often.

          If it was me, I'd call and make reservations at the Marine Room. Explain the situation (dad insists on paying) and ask if they can print menus for the table with "adjusted" prices and then give them your credit card in advance where you can pay the difference. I'm sure they will work with you.

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          1. re: aafflyer

            Maybe for drinks and apps but the Marine Room for dinner is not what it used to be imho..
            To much wild game, to much fluff and not enough substance..never seen a menu so overplayed.
            Sometimes simpler is better.

            1. re: Beach Chick

              More than half of a 50th dinner is atmosphere and the friends. Also consider the couple married 50 years and what there age is. I think the Marine Room is a gooda choice. I have been there three times in the past year (all for one of their cooking demo's by Bernard and Ron followed by dinner of the food they demo), and the evening was fun and for the most part the food very good to excellent.

              I know you did say "IMHO", but perhaps you should give it another go.

              I still think for the celebratory nature of a 50th dinner (which I've been to my in-law's 50th), the Marine Room could be a good fit. Of course there are other good choices offered here. My main point is it is a special night, and the poster can take steps to take $ off the table in terms or restricting choices.

              1. re: aafflyer

                I've been going to LJBTC and the Marine Room for many years and yes, I adore the little French man.

                Like the view and feel its fitting for a 50th anniversary but not the food.

                I am not impressed with the menu and haven't been for several years.

                If I go now, its to the High Tide breakfast, apps and drinks in the bar.
                I do miss their lunches..and they should bring them back since what good is an ocean view when its dark and you've got a couple flood lights

            2. My brother likes Jake's in Del Mar.

              Any thoughts?

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              1. re: PaulF

                Had one business lunch at Jake's - some of the worst food I had in SD over the last 10 years

                1. re: PaulF

                  Since you haven't yet settled on a spot, I would also suggest the Crab Catcher on Prospect. Prices more in line with what you're looking for and the food is pretty good overall, though not at the level of Eddie V's or George's.


                  1. re: bizzwriter

                    Had recently another business dinner at Crab Catcher and they only had one entree below $30 which is way overpriced for the quality of the food we had at that night. Even people who are normally not so interest commented how expensive the food was for the quality

                    1. re: honkman

                      I have to agree with honkman. Crab Catcher is very overpriced/expensive and they use really inferior products (specifically crab).

                      1. re: foodiechick

                        They have a big ol' rental payment to make..
                        ;- )

                2. You can do better than Jake's. After all, this is a big occasion. The Fishery has great fish, but can be noisy and hectic, particularly on a Saturday night. If that's the tone you want, then go for it. (Entrees can go as high as 38. But plenty of items far less.) The Fishery could maybe could set you up outside. I also second +2 the recos of George's Terrace or Eddie V's.

                  1. Thanks all.

                    But after my folks told me to make the reservation, they called the concierge at the hotel where we are staying and they picked a place called Truluck's.

                    Judging by the menu, they picked a place a litte more expensive and it's also a chain.

                    But thanks everyone -- I can never figure out my parents.

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                    1. re: PaulF

                      I've enjoyed the Truluck's in Naples, FL. Suggest you go early enough to take advantage of their happy hour, at least for drinks and appetizers:


                      1. re: PaulF

                        Trulucks in LJ is a good call...they have one hell of a happy hour and I would start in the bar with drink and apps to keep the bill down because it is pricey.

                        1. re: PaulF

                          I was actually going to mention Trulucks but as you mentioned it's a bit more on the expensive side. It is a chain, but they've built their name and reputation around exactly the type of menu you're looking for. I never thought to visit but have a friend in the kitchen who convinced my otherwise.

                          I think you'll be pleased, though if you do end up changing I'd opt for Georges Modern or travel a bit North to Flavor Del Mar.

                          1. re: PaulF

                            90%, maybe more, of concierges recommend places because they get a kickback or spiff from the restaurant. That isn't to say they recommend bad places, but that could affect their job, but given a choice between a place they have a relationship with and one they don't, the one they do, will win.

                            And while Jake's Del Mar may not be a foodie spot, it is a real stretch to say the food is bad, it isn't, it just isn't special, but the setting is.

                            If I was going to do seafood in UTC area instead of the Village I'd have gone with Roy's.

                            1. re: scottca075

                              Disagree with Jake's - we are not talking about not having creative food etc. but simply lousy executed food, e.g. heavily overcooked meat and fish, bland vegetables, calamari with the consistency of rubber etc. If people who are normally not interested in food and who see Rubio's and Quiznos as especially good places for great food comment on the horrible quality of the food at Jake's it is indeed one of the worst restaurants possible

                            2. re: PaulF

                              I automatically assume "La Jolla" means the village, I forget that places in UTC call themselves "La Jolla" too. ;) Trulucks is in the UTC area, east of the 5. That being said I have no reason to think they won't provide the kind of menu you're looking for and I have heard good things about the food. Enjoy!

                            3. Thanks to everyone again for their recommendations. I did want to follow up with a brief report.

                              As I noted earlier, my folks decided on Trulucks.

                              It was fine for what it was.

                              Service was very good, which one would expect.

                              I ordered the 16oz ribeye. I ordered it medium rare, which the waiter explained would be "warm but very pink on the inside." That was fine with me. The steak was fine, not amazing, but good. It was served with green beans, that really were quite good, cooked with a bit of fresh tomato and seasoning.

                              The only other thing I tried were a few of my dad's fries (he had fried shrimp) and they were really good, herbed and well done which happens to be the way I liked them. The restaurant comped us a chocolate bread pudding with flaming cherries jubilee for the anniversary, not my thing, though everyone else seemed to like it.

                              Truluck's is okay, but not some place I'd be dying to return to. I've been to Fleming's before (there is a Fleming's right next door) and probably liked it better. It's impolite to note the price when someone else paid, but I'm not blind and saw the prices and have to say that I would not really recommend Truluck's.

                              A few people suggested that we try their Happy Hour, but my folks did not want to try it. It's probably a much better value.

                              For what it's worth, my pop wanted Italian food the night before we went out for the anniversary and we went to a place called Osteria Romantica. In some ways it was a more enjoyable meal. I liked the vibe down in that part of La Jolla -- Truluck's could have been in any city anywhere -- no sense that you were in La Jolla. I kept it simple -- spaghetti and meatballs -- and liked it just fine. It came with a bunch of small meatballs (you know how some places serve one huge meatball) and, if anything, it was all a little under-seasoned. I enjoyed it, but if I ever found myself down there again I'd try something else. My son had gnocchi with sausage and I had some and it was really good, really sparked my desire to eat gnocchi again (I rarely order it).

                              For what it's worth: I met a buddy for a drink on Saturday at a place called O'Brien's Pub in Kearney Mesa. I only tasted his wife's salad (it had a really nicely grilled hot link in it and a bunch of brie and crackers) but I can recommend their beers on tap. Lots of local brews I was unfamiliar with, went with a Societe Harlot and thought it was great. They had a bunch of TVs and a lot of food specials (basically a bar menu) but I'm really just recommending the beer selection. It's on Convoy.

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                              1. re: PaulF

                                Went last week the first time to Truluck as part of a business dinner and was hoping for a nice dinner based on positive comments on CH but Truluck came away as a very overprized place with just OK (for the price actually really disappointing) food. We shared a few appetizers which included one of the seafood plater and crab cakes - especially the seafood plater was unremarkable and the crab cakes had too much filler. As entrees we had different fish based dishes which came over very bland and boring. For dessert even the waiter made jokes that the kitchen prefers size over quality and unfortunately he was correct.

                                1. re: honkman

                                  Basically we had the same experience.

                                  I should add that there were many more seafood options than steaks. I think there were only three steaks on the menu, plus one chicken dish.

                                  My brother had the crab salad and hated it. I didn't taste it, but it looked like Krab salad.