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Hi there, I am staying at the Bristol in the Gaslamp District March 12-16th and would love some recommendations on good outdoor dining. All price ranges are an option.

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  1. Blue Point and Searsucker have outdoor dining and are located at 5th Avenue and Market Street.

    Blue Point has steaks and seafood. The service is solid and it's a fine dining room. Searsucker is a hipster joint. I have not dined there but people rave about the grits.

    1. Encore

      Lucky Strike

      Southpaw

      1. Cafe Chloe

        1. I wouldn't want to hang and dine on a sidewalk in the Gaslamp with all the drunk idiots walking about...some places better than others.

          Rooftops are the way to go and the Marriott across from Petco Park is fun for drinks and apps.

          Tin Fish has a large patio next to Petco/trolley...good fish tacos.
          McCormicks and Schmicks at the Omni..happy hour and a small patio.

          Fish Market Downtown has a lovely outside bayfront patio for drinks and shrimp cocktails.
          C Level on Harbor Island..happy hour bayfront.
          Fathom Shelter Island pier..

          Point Loma Seafood..calamari or scallop sandwich
          South Beach Grill in OB for fish tacos and beers

          Armando's Green Flash or World Famous in Pacific Beach...JRDN at Tower 23
          George's at the Cove ocean terrace in La Jolla

          Have fun!

          www.gaslamp.org

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            "I wouldn't want to hang and dine on a sidewalk in the Gaslamp with all the drunk idiots walking about...some places better than others."

            Speaking from first hand experience in dealing with said drunken folk, this is a legitimate concern. Thursdays and Fridays before 9pm are safe, but after that, and on Saturday nights, the "Good evening" crowd gives way to the "F*** you!" crowd, which inevitably becomes the "Hey watch where you are going" crowd that communicates via their left hook.

            1. re: Dagney

              I affectionately refer to that crowd as the 23 year olds still working on their GED degree that supports the local crystal meth trade as they work on their career aspiration of becoming the head bartender at Fluxx or opening their own tattoo shop by their 35th birthday.....aside from mentioning their release from the holding tank thanks to King Stahlman, did I leave anything out???

              If you must dine in that area, you have been advised...if your plans are flexible, I would suggest considering outside dining options in Little Italy instead.

              1. re: El Chevere

                Sounds a bit like you've over rated and glamorized the crowds, no way they've earned GEDS so early on in their lives.

                1. re: El Chevere

                  Yes! Nothing left out. lol...

              2. re: Beach Chick

                Not to mention inhaling all those gas and oil burning fumes from those well maintained SD vehicles. I agree, stick to the roof tops.

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  I wouldn't want to hang and dine on a sidewalk in the Gaslamp with all the drunk idiots walking about...some places better than others.
                  _______________________

                  Isn't that the whole point of "outdoor dining" at the Gaslamp?

                  And speaking of rooftops, anyone know if the rebooted JSix offers their dining room menu on their rooftop bar?

                2. Lou & Mickey's still puts out solid, if uninspired, chow. Good cocktails, steaks and seafood. Their location at the end of 5th and the large patio means that the passing throngs will not spoil your dinner.

                  1. The bar at the Blind Burro opens up to their patio - allowing you a full view of all the action in the Gaslamp as well as inside the restaurant. They also have tables outside if that is more your speed.

                    Currant, across the street from the Bristol, has a patio and a late night happy hour which is pretty solid, also.

                    1. Gaslamp-related questions on this board remind me of how my 79-year-old, Fox News watching father reacts when someone asks him a question about Obama or Obamacare. Blah blah GASLAMP blah blah YOUNG PEOPLE DRINKING blah blah blah MENU HAWKERS blah blah RUINING THIS CITY blah blah blah...

                      Another quieter off the beaten path place w/ a patio near the Bristol is Magnolia Tap & Kitchen on 6th & E. Super nice service, great cocktail program, and solid "San Diego casual fare" food.

                      Also, all the daily deals sites here in SD are now running a $25 for $50 deal for Encore Champagne Room if that is something that interests you.

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                      1. re: Stiflers_Mom

                        I couldn't make the recommend button work, but YES.

                        1. re: Stiflers_Mom

                          except Fox News distorts the truth and some us who bitch about the caliber of the overwhelming majority of Gaslamp restaurants do not (though Encore is good).

                          1. re: El Chevere

                            Hmmmm. Aside from the crowd in the Gaslamp being uneducated, crystal meth smoking, bail bonds needing bartenders and tattoo artists, I wonder what the OP's impression of the Gaslamp might be after reading your "undistorted" description of it... ;)

                            1. re: El Chevere

                              what does a new station have to do with this topic.

                              1. re: cstr

                                I was replying to Stiff Mom, who made the analogy.

                            2. re: Stiflers_Mom

                              'my 79-year-old, Fox News watching father reacts when someone asks him a question about Obama or Obamacare. Blah blah GASLAMP blah blah YOUNG PEOPLE DRINKING blah blah blah MENU HAWKERS blah blah RUINING THIS CITY blah blah blah...'

                              Is 'Doctor Chow' your Dad?
                              ; )

                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                WHOA, HEY!

                                Now wait a cotton pikkin minute there kiddo!!

                                [Reaches for Geritol bottle & takes a swig]

                                LOL (No! I take it back.)

                                Yeah, it's them there YOUNG PEOPLE who are RUINING THIS CITY, gosh darn it!

                                We'da had REAL FOOD and a REAL DOWNTOWN if it wasn't for them YOUNG PEOPLE and their awful baseball crater thingy!

                                And NO! I am NOT Stifler's Mom's Dad. (Well, at least I don't think so. Who's Stifler?)

                                [Grouses, mutters something, and returns to watching Fox News and drinking his PBR sixer]

                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                  BC -- I suppose your dad's lawn is completely free of teenagers...

                                  My father lived on a corner lot and ALWAYS had trouble with teenage drivers cutting the corner and mowing down his prized bushes on the corner, while leaving huge skidmarks across the lawn.

                                  So one day he has some cement left over from work in his back yard, fills a good-size wooden lug box with the cement. After it dries a few days later, he removes the cement block from the box and paints it dark green, and installs it amongst his bushes on the corner, a bit low and out of sight.

                                  So about a week later at night he hears this huge crash as a teenage hotrodder cuts the corner and mows over the bushes. Except this time, the huge cement block hidden in the bushes totally takes out the kid's oil pan on the bottom of his engine, and several yards down the street the car is pulled over, leaving a trailing river of oil.

                                  Dad never got bothered by lawnjobs again.

                                  <<sorry for the OT story, but had to tell it>>

                                  1. re: Tripeler

                                    Wow Trip..your Dad was a ball buster..love that!
                                    If he did that now, the kids would of sued and your beloved Dad would be making concrete blocks in 'da big house'..

                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                      I think even now it would be hard to find a judge who would rule in favor of a teenage hotrodder vandal, but then, these days You Just Never Know.

                                    2. re: Tripeler

                                      Or for the trash can hitters:

                                      Cut out the bottom of a can and slip it over a fire hydrant.

                                      1. re: Fake Name

                                        Wow, big noise followed by a water show. Great visual, FN.

                                        (I'm surprised my story hasn't been deleted yet.)

                                2. I'm coming a bit late to this thread, but wanted to share a recent trip. I was alone on a business trip this past weekend, staying at the Marriott by Petco Park. I had a Sunday dinner to figure out on my own and was tired of cheeseburgers and fish tacos after being along the coast most of the week. At the concierge's recommendation, had a great, quiet dinner at Rama. Cute little Thai place where the exterior walls are completely open to the street, so you can still people-watch without being right there 6" from them. Had a decent cocktail and a great plate of drunken noodles with shrimp. Went to the rooftop bar at the Marriott afterwards for another drink and a gorgeous view of the coast and sunset. A great evening for travelling alone!