San Diego Restaurant Recommendations

Feb 9th, 2009, 01:45 PM
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San Diego Restaurant Recommendations

We are at the Point Paradise Resort later this week for a business engagement. Any suggestions for restaurants or other evening activities nearby? What "neighborhood" is it considered in if I am researching on Zagats or elsewhere? (It is north of the airport but south of Grand and west of I-5). We would want something fun but still business appropriate and maybe outdoors or nice view for those of us from the frozen Midwest. We will have a car (or cars) but probably don't want to go too far.
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Feb 9th, 2009, 02:03 PM
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Baleen is the restaurant on site. It gets good reviews.

You are in Mission Bay, near Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, not far from La Jolla. Easy drive to La Jolla, many nice restaurants there.
One of my favorites with great view from some tables is Trattoria Acqua. More high end is George's, and restaurants at the La Valencia Hotel. Fun to walk around La Jolla.
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Feb 9th, 2009, 02:16 PM
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I second driving to La Jolla. It is a charming place, right on the coast. Georges's on the Cove is one of best restaurants I have ever enjoyed in the U.S. and if you do not want to gor high end, Alfonso's is a good bet for excellent Mexican cuisine.
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Feb 9th, 2009, 02:55 PM
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You are in the Mission Bay/Pacific Beach area and I would head to Tower 23 hotel which is oceanfront in PB..great restaurant JRDN and have some drinks and app's and watch the sunset.
Green Flash is oceanfront on Thomas in PB and also the Surfer Hotel which is right on the boardwalk for great lobster tacos and good Mexican beers.
La Jolla is the next town up and sitting on the terrace of George's at the Cove or Crab Catcher is another good bet.
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Feb 9th, 2009, 05:24 PM
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All good responses above. Just want to add that you may want to bring some warm clothing. It's really cold today with rain, should clear up tommarow but we may be getting more over the weekend.

The air will be nice and clean for you when you arrive. Have fun in SD.
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Feb 9th, 2009, 07:30 PM
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The Hotel Del Coronado ( is a must see. Old wooden structure on the largest oceanfront resort property in CA. Tons of character. Eat at Sheerwater on the on the deck. Or Sunday brunch in The Crown Room. Great view of La Jolla. They made Marilyn Monroe movies there in the 50's.

La Jolla is great also. many restaurants overlooking water. Trattoria Acqua is a good spot.

Very good Mexican food in Old Town.
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Feb 11th, 2009, 04:26 PM
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I'll second the Sheerwater at the Del, 1500 Ocean is also excellent. For some great Mexican food, go across the street to Miguel's in the heart of the El Cordova Hotel. Really good salsas here and Mexican Creme Brulee served with Warm Churros. ***kim***
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Feb 11th, 2009, 04:53 PM
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I loved my meals at the Del and Georges but I would add Prado in Balboa Park to your list of restaurants. It is quite lovely to sit outside and enjoy the patio and the food is good. Have a great time.
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Feb 12th, 2009, 01:19 PM
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We have a Baleen in Redondo Beach and it is excellent, so I would think the one in San Diego would be, too. We usually eat in the bar and they have excellent cocktails.

While in SD recently, we ate at Old Venice in Point Loma and it was wonderful Great pizzas and pastas, and a charming atmosphere both inside and out on the patio with all of its white twinky lights. And great service.
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Feb 12th, 2009, 05:33 PM
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I agree that Prado in Balboa Park has a great ambiance. Take a sweater or light jacket as it can be a little cool in the evening when the sun goes down. It can also be very crowded and you might check to see if you can make reservations - then arrive a little early. The parking in Balboa Park can be difficult.
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Feb 12th, 2009, 05:38 PM
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We live in La Jolla and have eatten at almost every restaurant in town!

One we just discovered (I don't know how we've missed it all these years) is called:

Trattoria Acqua
1298 Prospect Ave.

The food is fantastic and the view of beautiful & overlooks the ocean. The inside is like walking around various European restaurants. It's got various rooms that branch off from each other and is charming.
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Feb 12th, 2009, 07:29 PM
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To add to this list, Jack's in La Jolla was pretty happening in the past few years. Pricey but I had a great meal there (seabass). I also love Island Prime for the incomparable views of San Diego downtown skyline.
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