Where To Eat In San Diego; Fine Dining To Fine Views Part One

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Where to eat in San Diego? So many choices, and so many good choices at that. Finding a good place to eat here isn’t the hard part, it is choosing which great restaurant to dine at. My choices are spread out geographically. Everywhere from Downtown to La Jolla and even a short drive to a winery in Escondido. I put some miles on the rental car finding these culinary gems, so I hope you are hungry and ready for some good food. Let’s eat!

Flank Steak at AR Valentine at The Lodge At Torrey Pines

Tidal Restaurant – Named by Zagat’s as one of the top 10 new restaurants in 2014 this restaurant is located on the water at Paradise Point Resort. You don’t have to be a guest of the resort to dine here, but it makes for a short walk home after dinner if you are. They have a great cocktail menu including a few Tequila’s so of course; I order their spicy take on a Margherita called The Barnacle. Dinner starts with a lovely Foie Gras served with Honey Date Jam and Brioche Toast. For my main meal, I’m drawn to the Coriander-Apple Cider Glazed Pork Cheeks. They are known for their fresh seafood so since the Pork was tasty I can only imagine their seafood is divine.

Tidal restaurant at Paradise Point Resort San Diego

The Barnacle Margherita

Foie Gras Torchon at Tidal restaurant

Coriander Apple Cider glazed Pork Cheeks

Barefoot Bar & Grill – Still at Paradise Point if you are looking for more casual fare then walk about 20-feet next door to Barefoot Bar & Grill. Great views but a more casual menu with items like Burgers, Sliders, Calamari and Wings.

Barefoot Burger at Paradise Point

Great Maple – Brunch lovers it is time to get excited. Great Maple is the place to go. Located at 1451 Washington Street, Great Maple serves Brunch every day until 2 pm, 2:30 on weekends. Arrive early because this place lines up. You can make reservations, just make sure everyone arrives on time or they won’t seat you. Start off with table sugared Beignets as good as you get in New Orleans and then have the House Smoked Beef Brisket Hash. To die for!

Great Maple San Diego

Packed house at Great Maple

Beignets at Great Maple San Diego

House smoked Beef Brisket Hash

The Lodge at Torrey Pines A.R. Valentien – Feel like dressing up for lunch? Want to dine in a glorious example of California Craftsman style? A.R. Valentien is your special occasion place. The menu is sophisticated yet approachable, and the prices are quite reasonable considering the location and excellent service. I started off with a Charcuterie Plate, and then I moved to a Crab Salad Stuffed Avocado. I finished off the meal with Fennel Bomboloni for dessert. Don’t worry I Googled Bomboloni as well, it is an Italian donut.

AR Valentine at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Charcuterie Plate at AR Valentine

Crab Salad stuff Avocado

Fennel Bombolini with custard at AR Valentine

George’s At The Cove Ocean Terrace – 1250 Prospect Street. In La Jolla if you don’t get a view why are you there? George’s At The Cove has three options for you to choose from, a bar/lounge, fine dining and a rooftop patio with unobstructed views. I chose the rooftop, and it did not disappoint. Check the weather channel to find out when the sun sets in San Diego and make your reservation for 30 minutes earlier. Settle in and hopefully you’ll enjoy a beautiful Sunset. To go with the view, I sampled Fresh Grilled Octopus and the Braised Short Ribs. Both were cooked perfectly, and they went great with the wine my waiter selected.

Rooftop patio at George's At The Cove

Sunset view from George's Ocean Terrace

Grilled Local Octopus from George's Ocean Terrace

Braised Beef Short Ribs

There are the first five out of ten places I am recommending you eat at when you are visiting San Diego. I’ll wrap up with Part Two of where to eat in San Diego and don’t worry those places are just as good. There may be chocolate, wine and Mexican cuisine in that listing. Until then Bon

Until then Bon Appetite.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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