This weekend I went to BlueFire at the La Costa resort In San Diego with friends. I would not go back.
First, the positives: the setting is beautiful - we ate on the patio near the fire pit. The appetizers were interesting. We shared the Goat Cheese Terrine (pretty good), the calmari (very good and tender) and the Duck confit bruschetta (average).
But the negatives far out-weighed the positives. The wine list was the worst I have ever seen. It was filled with wines I see at Vons and Costco but with huge mark-ups. I work in the industry and I understand that restaurants need to take a large profit on wines but this was ridiculous. And the list was filled with boring, supermarket choices like Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay - there wasn't anything particularly interesting until you surpassed the $100 level.
Dinner was passable but not good value. I had the arctic char which sounded great. Unfortunately it was pretty boring and I expected more for $31 (even in a resort setting).
The service was below average.
We did not order dessert because everyone was feeling a little ripped off. Six of us spent $425, without dessert and a total of about 10 glasses of wine. The week before the same six of us ate at Cafe Chloe. We spent the exact same amount and were filled with appetizers, dessert, dinner, four glasses of interesting wine each, great service, etc.
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