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Anniversary dinner in San Diego

Hi, will be in SD this weekend with my boyfriend to celebrate our anniversary. Would like to find a nice dinner spot, not super expensive. We are young and not rich (yet). Thanks.

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    1. Do you have a car?
      Anything you like? (might narrow it down a bit)
      Anything you don't like? (might narrow it down a bit)
      Where do you live ?(tells us what kind of food you are used to)

      1. Not sure where the hotel is. Yes, we will have a car. We live in Santa Barbara and have a pretty flexible palate.

        1. Rancho Valencia resort
          AR Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines
          George's
          Eddie V's
          Jsix
          Grant Grill
          Drinks at Marine Room

          Love SB..happy
          anniversary!

            1. re: chicachow

              On the more strict budget, but still a pleasant atmosphere end, you might consider Cafe Chloe or Farmhouse Cafe.

            2. WIne Vault is the best value in San Diego. If you go Friday night for $35 you get 3 courses with wine pairings. It has the special feel without costing too much. Just make sure and make a res.

              Cafe Chloe, Urban Solace are also very nice and pretty good value.

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              1. re: bocasdeltorro

                Wine vault is tasty but EXTREMELY small portions. You will leave hungry.

                My vote is for smoking goat. A very tasty bistro located in South Park with a nice setting and service.

                1. re: yanks26dmb

                  The smoking goat is excellent.

                  Portion size is quite subjective. One the main reasons I like wine vault so much is that I can have a three course meal and not feel sick afterwards. At most restaurants if I order an appetizer, entree, and dessert to myself I feel overly stuffed.

                  Restaurant week is the same way. A lot of people dislike the smaller portion size whereas I feel the smaller portion sizes allow me to try more courses and not feel sick afterwards.

                  1. re: bocasdeltorro

                    True.

                    I avoid restaurant week ilke the plauge - not because of portion size, but because of the sub-standard fare most places typically serve up.

                  2. re: yanks26dmb

                    For an anniversary dinner, small portions is probably a good thing, as fullness tends to limit later activities. Let's not elaborate on this.