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Beachfront Dining in San Diego for a nice Birthday Dinner?

My BF is asking for one thing on his birthday trip to San Diego. He would like a nice dinner outside at a beachfront restaurant. I've been googling all morning and so far have come up with The Beach House, which doesn't sound like the food is good. Poseidon Restaurant On The Beach, and a restaurant at the Hotel del Coronado.

Can anyone suggest anything that might be more what we are looking for?
Any help would be great.

Thank you so much!!!

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  1. Beach or waterfront?

    If just water, than Georges is good, or I'd consider the restaurant at Loews Coronado (current name escapes me) that has a view of the bay.

    More traditional food (some say stuffy, others say wonderful) Marine Room is a good choice- beautiful ocean view.

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    1. re: Fake Name

      Ugh, just went to George's Bar about a week ago and it's now on my "don't bother to ever return" list.

      Plus, the smell from the Cove is really, really bad.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I think waterfront is what he ideally would like.

      2. Peohe's (one of the best waterfront views in San Diego) - - Wait for it . . .

        1. "Real" beachfront anything is quite hard to come by in SD (drinks, food, etc...). I'll echo FN's suggestions with caveats that George's is a good suggestion, but, after dark, there's really nothing to see due to their location on the coast. Marine Room is definitely right on the water, but has the same issue - no view after dark.
          I'd add in JRDN at Tower23 in Pacific Beach. The food is normally pretty solid for dinner and you have a view of Crystal Pier right in front of you and the lighted coast of La Jolla to the north. Outdoor seating at this time of year generally has heated gas lanterns which can be quite cozy and you can always move inside if it's overwhelmingly chilly.

          1. George's at the Cove ocean terrace for lunch..or George's Modern for dinner
            Sunset for drinks and app's at the Marine Room in LJ..
            1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del and then get a room in one of the villas..
            JRDN in PB and stay at Tower 23
            AR Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines and get a room..hike Torrey Pines State reserve
            Bali Hai and stay at Humphrey's.
            Kitchen 1540 at L' Auberge Del Mar and stay at the lovely hotel

            Divey..
            South Beach in OB for fish tacos and cold beers for divey beach
            Bull Taco in Cardiff
            Poseidon stay at The Motel next door
            World Famous or Green Flash in PB and stay at the cottages over the pier...Kona's breakfast.