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Dec 5, 2013 07:41 PM

Restaurant suggestions needed near SD symphony

Just moved to SD from SF (via NYC). Any suggestions for dining walking distance to San Diego Symphony? Thanks in advance!

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  1. Currant


    Cafe Chloe

    Cowboy Star

    There are many others in Little Italy as well as Gaslamp Qtr or down by the Marina District (like Mozza or Lion's Share) depending on your definition of "walking distance".

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      plus 1.

      good suggestions, them all.

      strongly encourage Chloe.

      we lunch there during rehearsal breaks- ergo, 10 min hustle each way making our 1:15 lunch window very pleasant.


    2. +1 on all these suggestions. Left field idea and untested: Chaplos, on 10th A? B? Somewhere in there.

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      1. re: Dagney

        It's B.

        Have you ever been? I've walked past it many times, but never been inside.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Have not been yet, though I am encouraged by the fact it is still there. I figure it's a 50-50 shot, either it's really good or it's a money laundering source.

          1. re: Dagney

            I always figured it to be a place where city officials went to eat when they could expense things, or to impress out-of-towners.

        2. re: Dagney

          9th & B. Symphony Hall is 10th & B making Chaplos very conveniently located.

          We're doing the Holiday Pops concert on the 23rd and I had wanted to do Chaplos for an early dinner. They are not, however, open for dinner on a Monday night.

          Now I've got to figure out what plan B is going to be <sigh>

        3. There is a decent, casual Italian restaurant within a block or two from the Symphony called Sole Luna (directly in front of the El Cortez--2 or 3 minute walk)....I would also highly recommend The Grant Grill, inside the US Grant Hotel, located on Broadway, about a 5-7 minute walk--excellent restaurant and great happy hour specials until 7PM Monday-Friday at the classy bar (live jazz on Thursday nights).

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          1. re: El Chevere

            I would disagree on Sole Luna. A beautiful corner spot with altitude, but good only for beverages. The food is terrible, but the staff is very kind.

            1. re: SaltyRaisins

              I usually get their lasagne which is pretty good--not the best, mind you, but pretty good.

            1. Also second (or third) Ipse's four suggestions.

              Am I the only one who likes Dobson's? Rarely gets mention here, but I'd add it to the OP's growing list.

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              1. re: DoctorChow

                I like, or have liked, Dobson's...I have not been in a few/several months and heard they were undergoing an ownership change--have you been recently and can you confirm that and/or if it has effected the quality of the food as it used to be one of my regular go-to places downtown...I know one of my favorite bartenders, Alex, moved over to Currant.

                1. re: El Chevere

                  Last time I was there was early September, and then just for lunch (the mussel bisque). That, at least, was as good as ever. So I can't comment on recent quality otherwise. I've had many very pleasant dinners there over the years, though.

                  Didn't know about the ownership change. Thanks for the heads up.

                  1. re: DoctorChow

                    I agree. Alex was a fixture there for many years and moved for reasons I will not get into on this board but I need to get back there. Dobsons, along with Athens Market and Salvatore's have been some of my more consistent, off the Gaslamp circuit I have frequented downtown for years.

                  2. re: El Chevere

                    We saw him at Currant the other night before a show at the Balboa Theatre - he is a nice addition to that bar. While I don't think the bar menu at Currant has changed in 4 years, I think their Happy Hour makes them one of the best pre-show food venues downtown. Two peoples can feel pretty fancy in that place for $50 before a show.

                    1. re: Stiflers_Mom

                      I used to refer to him as the wine just kept coming and coming !!....does he still make his world famous huevos drink?...arguably, the best bartender I've come across in my nearly 11 years in San Diego--he knows and takes care of his regulars (and vice versa).

                      1. re: El Chevere

                        I thought the Huevos drink was a Dobson thing, but I am sure he will get plenty of requests for it there. The bar and restaurant were full when we were there, he was solo behind the bar - handling the whole house pretty well for an older gentleman. Yah, I'd put that guy up against any of these Mumford & Sons bartenders you see floating around SD any day of the week.

                    2. re: El Chevere

                      Alex is awesome and saw him at Currant and worked the room, effortlessly.
                      Is Paul selling Dobson's?

                      Grant Grill at US Grant
                      Le Fontainèbleau/Plaza bar for happy hour & apps at Westgate hotel
                      Cowboy Star
                      Cafe Chloe

                      Good acoustics there.

                    3. re: DoctorChow

                      Well we all know the one, BC, who likes the mussel bisque at said place. Don't forget to throw in that H2O taxi to Coronado!