Four of us are coming down to San Diego in two weeks to celebrate a friend's birthday, and am looking for some suggestions as to where to go. She lives in Rancho Bernardo, but we are willing to drive to other areas for good chow. Looking for something "nice", but not super expensive (maybe around $50/person before tax & tip and without alcohol). Any type of cuisine other than Thai or Italian. Japanese is good, a steakhouse would work, but open to other ideas.
For those of you familiar with LA dining, I'm looking for something along the lines of Nook Bistro, Mako, AOC, Jar...something unique to San Diego.