Encore Champagne Bar and Dining Room
- Dagney Jan 5, 2014 05:27 PM
I rode by last night. Encore is located at the southwest corner of 6th Avenue and F Street. The room is not finished yet but so far it looks...well...pretty. Maybe a little Ikea, but pretty. It is a small space, a'la Cafe Chloe or Farmhouse. They open for mock service next weekend and I believe you can sign up for an invitation on their website.
I am so tired of seeing empty storefronts in the Gaslamp so I hope they succeed.
It'll be interesting to see what they mean by SD "fresh" cuisine. Presumably, most things on the menu will pair well with champagne!
LOVE this place...just returned from the soft opening. Same owner as Blue Boheme.
Went with a group of friends and enjoyed a number of shared plates such as the pate, duck confit, and potato gnocchi with bacon that almost had me wetting my pants. For entrees, the group ordered scallops, the burger, jidori chicken, and whitefish which was all good.....one of my friends owns the largest wine bars/wine shops in the San Diego area and we washed down this great food with a bottle of Perrier Jouet Rose and a magnum of Quintessa. For dessert, we shared the devils cake chocolate and lemon tart that were equally fantastic.
I heap praise on Gaslamp and Seaport Village restaurants about as often as San Diego professional sports teams win championships....in other words, this place is great and I will definitely return....love the ambiance and furnishings of this place as well....they even have a private dining table for a group of 4 that I will have to take advantage of. Muah.
I went this past weekend and wasn't all that impressed. I didn't eat there---just sat at the bar. Ordered the Schrambsberg Champagne and they were out ($60), so they recommended another type of champagne priced at $120. I thought that was kind of ridiculous. We ended up opting for a bottle of wine. No one had tried it so couldn't tell us about it. The vintage on the menu was an '08. The one they served was an '11. Not sure how such a new place can already have vintages that don't match up. It was just okay. I don't think I'd make a special trip to go back. Unfortunate, because I was SO excited about this place as I LOVE champagne.
re: Bretzel Girl
How frustrating. Sounds like they could have made your dining experience better with just a few little service tweeks...recommend a champagne in a logical price range, not twice what you originally ordered, train the staff, and then offer an explanation/compensation for the incorrect vintage being served to you.
For Firecooked: parking in the Gaslamp is always a bear. I would suggest looking for a parking lot on the outskirts of the Gaslamp, around 7th and F. The prices for the lots range between $5-10, and you save the hassle of driving in Gaslamp traffic.