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Anniversary dinner in San Diego

chicachow Mar 12, 2013 04:03 PM

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.

  1. bocasdeltorro Mar 13, 2013 03:42 PM

    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
      yanks26dmb Mar 15, 2013 10:42 AM

      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
        bocasdeltorro Mar 15, 2013 01:52 PM

        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
          yanks26dmb Mar 15, 2013 02:00 PM


          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
          jmtreg Mar 15, 2013 04:35 PM

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

      2. c
        chicachow Mar 12, 2013 06:12 PM

        Thanks. I'll look into these.

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        1. re: chicachow
          Dagney Mar 13, 2013 02:00 PM

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

        2. Beach Chick Mar 12, 2013 05:23 PM

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

          Love SB..happy

          1. c
            chicachow Mar 12, 2013 05:15 PM

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

            1. Fake Name Mar 12, 2013 04:53 PM

              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. chris2269 Mar 12, 2013 04:21 PM

                Where are you staying?

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