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Nov 16, 2013 11:42 AM

2 nights in San Diego - Restaurant tips for Family of 4, 2 adult children

Hi there,
My family and I are going to be doing a road trip through California over the holiday. We will be in San Diego for 2 nights. I am trying to narrow down some restaurants but having difficulty.

We are looking for something lively, fun, modern and delicious, of course. Can be more pricey but doesn't have to be.

We like asian, mexican, american, italian.

Here is what I have read about, and am deciding between and would love a local perspective, or other suggestions:

Farm House Cafe
Georges at the Cove
Blue Ribbon Pizza

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Farm House is quaint, has very good food, and is reasonably priced, but it's not really a "lively" place.

    I think Searsucker is overpriced for what you get.

    If the weather cooperates, the rooftop restaurant at Georges would make a fun stop.

    Bencotto has good food, but again, it's not really "lively". You could eat there and then walk around the rest of Little Italy, though.

    I'd say that that Basic Pizza downtown would be a better choice than Blue Ribbon.

    How old are your kids?

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    1. re: DoctorChow

      Hi Doctor Chow!

      Thank you for your help.

      My kids are 23 and 20.

      Any lively/fun new hot spots we should check out that you would recommend?

      Thanks for your help so far!

      1. re: anythingasian

        Busalacchi's a Modo Mio has good Italian food and is quite lively in the evening, including live music after 7.

        Slaters 50/50 at Liberty Station is almost always lively (inside) and has very good hamburgers.

        1. re: anythingasian

          South Beach Bar & Grill for your Kids!! Pretty lively and OK Baja style fish tacos, go for happy hour.

          1. re: cstr

            Since South Beach is a bar her younger one couldn't get in.

            George's, Basic, Saltbox or PrepKitchen would be on my list. You might also consider Carnitas Snack Shack (probably better lunch option since I can't vouch for lively atmosphere at dinner) and Cucina Urbana or Enoteca (if you can get reservations).

            Have a great trip!

      2. You obviously did your research. Your list is solid. Enjoy SD

        1. For your two nights in SD, my suggestion is to choose 2 of the 3 following (in no particular order):

          Cucina Urbana
          Buona Forchetta

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            1. re: bobabear

              Thanks everyone! Cucina Urbana and George's are now booked. You have all been a great help. And we will also check out some of those places for fish tacos!! :)

              1. re: anythingasian

                If you have time for a drink before your dinner at Cucina Urbana you should definitely go across the street to Mr. A's for a drink and an amazing view (it's a restaurant, so your whole family can go. Better for drinks than dinner). You can walk around the restaurant to look east over Balboa Park and then sit in the bar area or deck to watch the sun set over the bay or see the planes land. Have a great trip!

                1. re: anythingasian

                  Good choices! Have fun while you're here!