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Any recommendations for Gaslamp?

Seasong789 May 28, 2013 04:00 PM

I am so bored with Gaslamp but need to be in that area on Saturday night. When I have to go out to a nice dinner in the Gaslamp area, I generally eat at Katsuya, Donovans, Nobu, Oceanaire, Blue Point or Cowboy Star. I need something that is upscale but not one of the usual suspects. Sorry to leave this so open, but I am completely flexible as to type of food. Any help is very much appreciated!

  1. Fake Name May 28, 2013 04:24 PM

    *thought not technically in the Gaslamp* Cafe Chloe is missing from your list.

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      DoctorChow May 28, 2013 07:27 PM

      I hate to sound like a broken record, but I think Dobson's would make a good addition to your list as well.

      1. ipsedixit May 28, 2013 07:28 PM


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          mcgrath May 28, 2013 07:29 PM

          Easy one......BICE!

          1. Dagney May 28, 2013 10:21 PM

            Well, this is a left field idea, and slightly out of the Gaslamp, and I have never eaten there, BUT it's been around forever...what about Salvatore's? Has anyone been there and can advise?

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              El Chevere Jun 6, 2013 10:49 AM

              Yes, I happen to like the food very much at Salvatores--authentic Italian..

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                Dagney Jun 6, 2013 02:19 PM

                Thank you! I think it's one of the last places downtown where (it appears) you can dine in a quiet atmosphere, AND walk outside for a quiet stroll.

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                  El Chevere Jun 6, 2013 03:40 PM

                  not necessarily saying its my ambiance of choice (not that it's bad), but the food is very good....if I recall, same family or relatives of the former When in Rome restaurant from Encinitas.

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              Seasong789 May 29, 2013 09:08 AM

              Thanks for the input! While I do think I am super important :) I am still sorry to violate chowhound etiquette and not search through old threads before posting a repetitive inquiry!

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              1. re: Seasong789
                master815k May 29, 2013 10:11 AM

                I agree with you, Seasong789. Sometimes the old posts are long and hard to get through. And your question may have a specific part that the old ones don't. As a visitor to our city, I hope you get your questions answered in a helpful, polite manner, not filled with sarcasm. I think it might make some people hesitant to ask questions!
                The members on this board are great at giving advice but sometimes get a little snarky :)

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                wanker May 29, 2013 09:18 AM

                I recently met a friend for dinner at -- gasp -- Searsucker. It was surprisingly good. The restaurant was definitely loud, younger dinners would call it "high energy," but I wouldn't hestitate to go back. Flame away...

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                  Cathy May 29, 2013 10:11 AM

                  I agree with you, wanker. Malarkey cooks/has passed on the recipes and quality of good food to the chefs who work with him. I hate the alcohol centric/hype/see and be seen (and inevitable noise levels) of his 'fabric' restaurants.

                  I absolutely can't get enough of his quiet venture of Green Acre. http://www.greenacresd.com/

                  (It isn't open on the weekend and only 8 am-6 pm Mon-Fri)

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                  Ela0427 May 29, 2013 01:28 PM

                  Cafe Chloe and I also enjoyed Seersucker. Jsix was also good but I went there after 3 cocktails at Noble Experiment so the review may be questionable. Not in Gaslamp but omakase at Azuki sushi was spectacular.

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                  1. re: Ela0427
                    honkman May 29, 2013 03:01 PM

                    Second Cafe Chloe and JSix. Best two restaurants in (or close to) Gaslamp

                  2. The Chowhound Team May 29, 2013 02:43 PM

                    Just a quick note that we removed a sub-thread debating whether another question about the Gaslamp was warranted. It came to a pretty friendly conclusion (thanks for that!), but we thought removing it would help keep the thread focused.

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                      Seasong789 Jun 6, 2013 03:45 PM

                      Thank you for all of the suggestions. I wound up going to an old stand-by - Cowboy Star - and was really happy about the choice. The service was friendly and attentive, the amuse bouche was fabulous, great appetizers which included gnocchi with wild mushrooms and a delicious beet salad. Everyone enjoyed their entrees which ranged from King Salmon to Crabcakes to Filet. The desserts were outstanding as well.

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                        Ela0427 Jun 6, 2013 04:26 PM

                        GREAT choice..i love love CS.

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                          mcgrath Jun 7, 2013 07:45 AM

                          Chef Victor at CS just hired a new Sous who spent his last 3+ years at George's. I think his name is Chris Osborne. His influence is already apparent on the menu as seen above. CS is more than just excellent steaks.

                        2. scottca075 Jun 13, 2013 06:01 PM

                          Funny, I've just never been impressed with either Cafe Chloe or Jsix. I've been to each at least 3 times and never had an "oh wow" experience. They aren't bad... they are even what I'd call pretty good, but I don't get the lavish praise either.

                          Dobson's does impress me on many levels, especially value.

                          I didn't see Grant Grill on the list? I think that might be the best restaurant experience in the Gaslamp.

                          Nobu & Katsu-ya leave me cold, especially at the prices. I think Taka is better than either.

                          Maybe give Spike's a try? I've only been there once, but it was interesting.

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                            Dagney Jun 13, 2013 06:27 PM

                            I think Taka would be a safe bet. DD gave Spike's a decent review.

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