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Gorgeous weather...best bars/restaurants with outdoor space?

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What are your favorite bars/restaurants to enjoy the weather on a great day like today? Good beer, drinkable wine, tasty bites required...preferably downtown SD and close environs. Thanks!

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  1. The back patio of Jayne's gastropub is really nice. It's not the most romantic place close to a street but on nice days we also sometimes sit outside of Cafe Chloe.

      1. JRDN in P.B.
        Leroy's in Coronado
        Café Chloe in East Village

        1. Very few, if any, places in downtown...sorry.

          JFAT (Jimmy's Famous) in Shelter Island not bad....agree with JRDN at Tower 23 in PB...had a very good meal last night on the deck at Eddie V's in La Jolla overlooking the ocean.

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          1. re: El Chevere

            El Chevere. How was the smell at Eddie V's? I was there a couple of months ago and it reeked so much from bird crap rock they weren't seating anyone outside. Actually it didn't smell so great inside either so we had our drink and skipped lunch. Stunk blocks away, pity.

            Level C's view of SD Bay and downtown is great from inside and the patio, but can't say the same for the food. Go for happy hour, lunch at the most.

            1. re: Island

              actually no problem at Eddie V's....I could smell it at George's (on the rooftop and even the middle level bar/restaurant area had a musty smell) but not at Eddie V's....from what I understand, location of the smell can vary depending upon the wind and weather conditions.

          2. Try the Glass Door in Little Italy. It's on the top floor of the Porto Vista hotel. Great view of the harbor. 8 or so local beers on tap and a decent selection of wines by the glass. Bar food - I've had the fries, hushpuppies, pickled veg, flatbreads- nothing super memorable, but a good place to have a drink and an app if your looking to capitalize on this weather.

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            1. re: Stiflers_Mom

              No no no no please. Do not recommend anything that requires actual chewing at Glass Door.

              Get a cocktail or a draft, take in the sunset then leave.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Ipse dixit, just curious, have you actually eaten at the Glass Door? I couldn't find much on it searching Chow and have a hard time swallowing (get it?) that you would have had such a terrible experience there and not found the time to post about it.

                1. re: Stiflers_Mom

                  We were there for breakfast. My toast came out half done, as in half it was toasted and the other half was not.

                  I'm always looking for good breakfast places in/around Little Italy, but this was not one of them.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    The speaking in perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love. - Francis Bacon

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Ipse, I'll probably never go to Glass Door but I'm interested in why you would give the place such a negative rap over an un-toasted piece of toast. Really? Just feeling feisty............ or is there more to the story?

                      1. re: Midlife

                        Our first order of taste came out half-done. Didn't even realize that was possible.

                        We asked for another piece. This one came out burnt. So we just gave up with the whole toast thing.

                        Come the bill. We got charged for two orders of toast (and if I recall each order was $3). Miffed? Fuck yes.

              2. Although the food is only in the good to pretty good range, it's hard to beat Island Prime - C Level and Bali Hai for outside dining with a great view.

                1. I would go for the terrace seating at Bertrand at Mister A's.

                  1. "Fathoms" is located on the Shelter Island Fishing Pier. It only seats 20 inside and about the same at some outside tables but the view of the downtown skyline is impeccable. The cruise ships that depart in the late afternoon/early evening pass about 100 yards from your outside table. They have a rotating selection of about 12 craft beers on tap. The menu is short, featuring house made-sausage sandwiches, Vienna brand hot dogs (try a Fuego Dog), and burgers. Prices are moderate; the view is unbeatable.

                    1. Bali Hai has a back patio with a boat dock and fab views of SD bay.
                      Fish Market downtown.

                      Anthony's bayfront you can sit along the waters edge and grab some beers/wine and calamari..boat dock too if your tootling on the bay.

                      Happy hour Island Prime..Harbor Island.
                      Dock bait shop in Shelter Island.
                      Water taxi over from Gaslamp to Coronado...dine at Candelas.

                      1. The outside patio at Tender Greens in Liberty Station was packed the last time I was out there. Nice breeze and then a walk around to see all the new activity (Stone Brewing company will open soon) made it a nice destination.

                        Not quite outside but with the huge open windows giving it an "outside feel" was Prep Kitchen in Little Italy. Definitely tasty bites and a great Happy Hour!