I posted here prior to Thanksgiving to find some spots to dine (we were flying in from Seattle for Thanksgiving and didn't know the area). I have to say, we had a great time!
We started at PaneVino, and all four of us (my husband and I and another couple), had great service and some terrific food. I had the lamb, excellent! Another had Osso Buco, great, there was a pasta dish and the seafood risotto. The server was engaging, helpful with wine and presecco. We had a stellar time!
I'm going to throw this thought out there, though, to the - average diner, I'm not sure how to put it, but I think we may lose sight of our part of the dining experience. That is, our group of 4 is lively, gregarious, we like to chat up the server ask questions. In other words, we go to have a good time and we're not leaving that up to just the restaurant. It's an interactive experience!
We had such a great time at Panevino we went again a few nights later. The server remembered us and took care of us again. This time however, two of the dishes fell short. The Saltimboca was not well represented, not familiar as the dish normally is. I had a rather thin, anemic and very dry swordfish. I explained my dish to the server, and not only did he not charge for the dish (the eggplant with it was sublime!), we were served a platter of desserts and glasses of presecco. Nice job.
We had Thanksgiving at NineTen in La Jolla, very very good! We also dined at Quarter Kitchen and had amazing (blackened Hamachi) food! We sat at the cookline, chatted with one of the upper line cooks and got tips about the menu. The service was outstanding!
U.S. Grant. Have you ever sat over breakfast and just swooned? If not, I'd recommend the smoked salmon omelet with creme fraiche and caviar! And the potato cake that comes with it? OMG! I'm writing the place for that recipe!
The Hyatt downtown has a bar on the lobby level... "Red" something, it was very quiet on Saturday and my husband and I stopped in about lunchtime, the bartender turned the tv to the college game we wanted to watch, served us some terrific tortilla soup and keep our champagne glasses filled, quite nice for corporate hotel stuff!