Simple question: can anyone who has spent a significant amount of time in culinary epicentres such as New Orleans, NYC, San Francisco, Italy, France, etc. tell me if there's even one EXCELLENT restaurant (price and ambiance aside -- I'm just interested in the food) in San Diego? I've lived here for quite some time and basically consider the restaurants a joke. I grew up in Northern California (great restaurants, IMHO) and have also lived in Italy (where every restaurant in every town is better than all but a couple restaurants in San Diego) and Toronto (varied but average food).
I can name exactly two restaurants that knock my socks off: The Wine Sellar and Brasserie (in Mira Mesa, ironically) and Sushi Ota (in Pacific Beach, ironically). And in my opinion Sushi Ota is only "excellent" if you make a reservation at the sushi bar.
Sorry if this has offended anyone, I just think SD restaurants suck.