I almost never eat in La Jolla. Nothing against the restaurants or town, but I dislike the drive. That said, I have to plan a work-related dinner, which in this case means being somewhat cost conscious, not crazy expense account. Entrees in the teens to twenties.
One last piece to the puzzle, dinner will start around 9:30pm.
Instantly I thought of Piatti or possibly Barbarella. But trawling around on Yelp, I also came across Finch Wine Bar and Bernini's Bistro.
Are these latter two restaurants any good? Better than Piatti? Is there anywhere else that I should consider?