I just returned to NY from a wonderful four days in San Diego. Thanks to all the chowhounders for recommending some fabulous restaurants! On Friday and Saturday nights we stayed in the Gaslamp and Sunday and Monday nights in La Jolla.
Here's a quick summary of where and what we ate:
Friday night: Late dinner at Oceanaire. We brought a bottle of wine that we bought at the Wine Bank (great service at the shop) and were not charged a corkage. Our waitress kept trying to steer us toward the fried/heavier dishes - even though we stated that we didn't want anything fried. She raved about a few though, so we though we should give them a shot. We had the calamari app which was fine, fried, with a bit of a kick, but it certainly wasn't the best calamari I've ever had. Then I had the grouper (which they ran out of and substituted halibut) with a peppercorn sauce (also recommended by the waitress). It was heavy, masked the flavor of the fish and not in a good way. My husband had the simply grilled wahoo -- fabulous. We also ordered the cauliflower and cheddar gratin, forgettable.
Saturday morning: Breakfast at Cafe Chloe. Such a cute place! I had the croque madame, delicious, and my husband had the eggs piperade, also fabulous. Wish we'd gone for dinner instead of Oceanaire!
Saturday dinner: We had a wedding.
Sunday breakfast: The grill at Torrey Pines (we had an 11am tee time). The breakfast burrito was tasty (pretty yummy salsa) and the granola and berries was light and flavorful.
Sunday lunch: We shared carne asada tacos at Alfonso's in La Jolla. They were surprisingly delicious!
Sunday Dinner: Sky Room at La Valencia. AMAZING. There were only two other tables and we were spoiled rotten (granted we told them it was our anniversary). To start we shared a lobster souffle -- light and subtle flavors. Then they gave us a complimentary duck course which was fabulous. I had lamb and my husband had venison, also delicious. Then we had the orange beignets and ice cream (we asked for seconds). Really a special special night!
Monday Breakfast: Cody's in La Jolla. I had omelette which was fine, nothing remarkable, except the view!
Monday Lunch: Marisco's German. We went after visiting the zoo. Wow. Thank you chowhounders for recommending this. We ordered the Governador, the Fish Taco, the Smoked Marlin and the Garlic Shrimp. I loved them all, but probably the marlin the least (I don't love smoked fish). My husband was skeptical when we pulled up, but I assured him I had strong recommendations, and he wanted to go back for dinner!
Monday Dinner: George's California Modern. We had a great meal. The service was fine, and the food was pretty tasty. Unfortunately it didn't compare to the Sky Room for a special occasion. We started with an asparagus, prosciutto and crispy poached egg salad -- my husband's favorite. We followed this with a meyer lemon ricotta ravioli which was also delicious. Next we shared spaghetti with crab and uni -- pretty tasty but not as flavorful as the previous two dishes. Our last dish was salmon with asparagus and peas. The asparagus and peas were very tasty, but the salmon was completely forgettable.
Tuesday Breakfast: Brockton Village -- beautiful view and tasty carne asada benedict.
Tuesday Lunch: 2 apps at Agave -- fabulous.
Tuesday Dinner: George's Ocean Terrace. Love the view, the service was mediocre. We had the fish taco apps and they were decent, but did not hold a candle to German's!
I can't wait to return to SD, especially for tacos at German's, a more upscale Mex at Agave and a special dinner at the Sky Room!