Boyfriend and I are heading down from LA for the Xmas holiday and weekend and are staying in the Gaslamp Quarter. I'd love to find a low-key, fun, and non-stuffy but fancy-ish tasty dinner for Xmas night. I know about the list on Open Table, but I don't know which restaurant ambiance fits the bill. In general, we love steak, seafood, and great craft beer but he doesn't want to have to wear a suit.
Any recommendations? Thanks in advance!
Top of the Market
You can also take the water taxi over from the Gaslamp to Coronado and dine at 1500 Ocean at the lovely Hotel Del or brunch in the Crown room..cab it for the mile or two..they have an oceanfront ice skating rink and its all gussied up for the holidays..hit up Leroy's Lounge on the way home for a hot toddy and then the Top of the Hyatt for a B&B and view all the Xmas lights in the city.
Trying to think of a place in SD wear you have to wear a jacket..ugly Xmas sweaters are the rage.. ;)
If you want something super casual you can try Barleymash, located at 5th Avenue and Market Street.
IDK, I think OP is looking for a special meal in a classy but not-too-formal place. I love all of the places you & BC suggested, but I think that if it were me, on Christmas Day, I'd want to go somewhere a bit more, more...what's the right word?
I should have added Top of the Market to my short list; glad BC did.
Not sure what OP means by low-key. I thought it meant "quiet". There's more than one interpretation.
This from the chef's FB post- Farm House would be on my A list:
Farm House Cafe
New Year's Eve Dinner $70.00 Pre-Fixe Menu* Wine Pairings with 3 Courses, $25 Tuesday, December 31, 2013 ~Amuse-Bouche~ Potato Galette, Cured Salmon Crème Fraiche ~First Course~ Beef Carpaccio, Lobster Tail Roquette, Parmesan, Preserve Lemon OR Mushroom Soup truffle Cream, Parmesan Crisp ~Second Course~ Diver Caught Scallop Roasted Mushroom, Potato Confit Leek Purée, Muscadet Beurre Blanc OR Seared Honey-Spiced Duck Breast Potato Puree, Grilled Trumpet Vanilla Turnip, Duck Prosciutto ~Third Course~ Abbott's Gold Crisp Mustarda, Arugula ~Fourth Course~ Vanilla & Raspberry Vacherin Lemon meringue Vanilla Ice Cream, Raspberry Sorbet Additional Courses Six Oysters On The Half Shell, Shallot Mignonette $18 Assorted Cheese Plate Accoutrements And Bread $15 Duck Trio Port Gelée, Brioche $24 *Tax, Gratuity, Beverages Not Included
OOps. Xmas, not New Years. Sorry, my mistake.