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Some advice for next Thurs in the Gaslamp for a BOS Chowhounder?

drbangha | Jan 20, 201103:20 PM

In town next week on business. 8 folks for a business dinner, but it is a fairly young crowd of ambitious eaters and drinkers. We are staying at the Hard Rock, apparently for better or worse.

Did some research on here and it looks like there are less options close by than I anticipated.

1. Nabu, service sounds meh.
2. Acqua Al 2, only one review which makes me nervous, although the menu looks good.
3. Blue Point, meh.,

The high points within close vicinity of the hotel appear to be:

1. Donovan's
2. Oceanaire

I'd really rather not do a steak house because its not really "San Diego" in my mind, so I am thinking cab it to Fish Market for drinks/apps, followed by Oceanaire for dinner. That idea was recomended on this board.

Couple questions:

1. Assuming we go with my plan, the reason for Fish Market is to get the "San Diego" experience, which I would hope would basically guarantee us a seat by the water or at least with a view. On a Thursday night, is that going to be a problem for just drinks and apps for 8?

2. Any other recomendations which don't involve much more than a 10 minute cab ride? Price is not irrelevant (i.e. no $250pp omakase) but $50-$100 a person is not a huge deal.

Thanks all!

San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

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