Dinner in San Diego: 4 Restaurants Where You Can't Go Wrong
Excellent food, beautiful ambiance, with a great wine selection—here are four of our favorite places to drop in for a nice dinner in San Diego.
San Diego has one of the most vibrant food scenes in this part of the country: the freshest seafood due its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the best produce because of California’s fertile soil, and a love for spices and strong flavors as a result of Mexican influence. Here are our top picks for restaurants for a best dining experience:
Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar
Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar pays attention to the slightest details, from its modern and chic dining room to its carefully-prepared menu. With every dish, the ingredients are all fresh and vibrant, sourced from local farmers and producers. This is also why Nine-Ten’s menu is seasonal, as it relies on the available produce.
Owner Chef Jason Knibb has trained under the wing of one of the finest chefs in the world: Wolfgang Puck. Sous-vide cooking is one of his specialties, so everything in this restaurant is perfectly cooked—moist on the inside and evenly-cooked.
Start with the Jamaican Jerk Pork Belly—an age-old recipe handed down to the chef by his mother. For your entrée, I highly recommend the Maine Sea Scallops served with “charred baby artichokes, roasted carrots, smoked cipollini onions, and a pistachio relish and herb nage” on the side. End your dinner with a Half Baked Chocolate Cake, served with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Nine-Ten also has an extensive selection of amazing wines to pair with their amazing food, so be sure to ask your server about that.
Nine-Ten is located inside the Grande Colonial La Jolla at 910 Prospect St La Jolla, CA 92037
6:30am – 9:30pm, Sundays to Thursdays
6:30am – 10:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays
Truluck's Seafood Steak and Crab
Revered as one of the best restaurants in San Diego, Truluck's is recognized by multiple local publications as the go to place for seafood and steaks.
Truluck's Seafood Steak and Crab is known to dedicate itself to sustainable fishing, and has their own fisheries to ensure that the seafood they serve is fresh and not frozen. So fresh, it takes less than 24 hours to get to your table.
Truluck's Seafood Steak and Crab is "a getaway for the senses.” With its beautiful interiors and great food, one must take a leisurely meal. Bestsellers from its acclaimed menu are the 10 oz. fillet of beef served with Florida Stone crab claws and a South African lobster tail, the All Natural Rib-eye, and the Blackened Swordfish Pontchartrain. Truluck's also makes great cocktails that you will surely enjoy with your delectable dishes.
TIP: Take advantage of this establishment’s half-price Happy Hour.
Truluck's Seafood Steak and Crab is located at 8990 University Center Lane San Diego, CA 92122
5:00pm - 10:00pm, Mondays to Saturdays
5:00pm - 9:00pm, Sundays
An Italian restaurant with a Californian twist, CUCINA Urbana is a restaurant cum wine shop cum art gallery. Loved by locals for their delicious Italian classics like the Veal Piccata, Stuffed Fried Squash Blossoms, and their famous pizzas—which, I may add, are all organic and utilizes ingredients from local farmers and producers of the respective kind.
CUCINA Urbana has a warm vibe that locals and tourists alike have come to love. If you love art, this places showcases work from local and international artists. Be sure to ask the staff if a particular piece catches your eye – it might be for sale, and, if you’re lucky, could become a rare masterpiece.
CUCINA Urbana favorites are the Bosc Pear + Gorgonzola pizza, Meatball + Mozzarella Di Bufala pizza, the Pepperoni + Fennel Sausage pizza, the Grilled Octopus, and their Semolina Crusted Sweetbreads.
CUCINA Urbana is located at 505 Laurel Street San Diego, CA 92101
5:00pm – 9:00pm, Sundays and Mondays
5:00pm – 10:00pm, Tuesdays to Thursdays
5:00 – 10:30pm (dinner), 10:30pm – 12:00am (pizza + vasi), Fridays and Saturdays
Situated right in front of the beach, the Marine Room is known as one of the most romantic settings in the city. The best time to be in Marine Room is during high tide, and the water would crash gently right on the windows.
With a menu influenced by many different countries, you will surely have a great dining experience in the Marine room with its romantic ambiance and perfect cuisine.
Most-ordered dishes include the Lobster Bisque—which also happens to be their signature dish, the Roasted King Trumpets & Escargot for your appetizer, the Black Angus Filet Mignon, or the Maine Lobster Tail for your main course. For dessert, try the Organic Strawberry Rhubarb Torte, or if you want something more on the tangy side, try the Meyer Lemon Hibiscus Tart.
TIP: Be sure to check the tide level if you are planning to go to the Marine room. Dining here at high tide is an experienced that must not be missed.
Marine Room is located at 2000 Spindrift Dr La Jolla, CA 92037
Restaurant: 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays
Lounge: 4:00pm – Close, Daily
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