Finally have time to report on our week in SD at the end of January.
Bertha's in Old Town--terribly disappointed. We found the food to be fairly bland. The place is small with one waiter. I will say that our experience was tainted by a family with a toddler who screamed the entire time---parents felt the need to ignore instead of removing the child from the restaurant. Some patrons moved outside due to the noise. Waiter was clearly flustered and even tried bringing ice cream (as an appetizer) to the child to quiet him but was unsuccessful. Obviously this was no fault of the restaurant.
Georges at the Cove in La Jolla--upstairs. We both had the crab cakes while friends had the fish tacos. Very good and presented very nicely. Sitting under a heat lamp, eating delicious food and looking out at the water was great. Bill was $100 which included 6 margaritas. We recommend this restaurant.
Fresh in La Jolla---Took advantage of the half price happy hour. Our waitress was very informed and helpful regarding the menu choices. Service was impeccable. I ordered crab cakes, prawns and mac and cheese. The latter was very, very rich and plentiful. Waitress decided to serve it last due to its richness--it actually took the place of a dessert. Hubby had scallops, calamari and one other which is escaping me at the moment and really enjoyed them all. Dishes averaged $4 - $6 each!! We suggested it to our travel mates who ate there the following evening and equally enjoyed their meals.
Fins in Mission Valley--Quick stop for a swordfish taco. At $2 per it was worth it.
Rappongi--La Jolla. Took advantage of the half-price happy hour but we really weren't hungry. Hubby had the seared tuna and I had the seared scallops. They were good with a great presentation. More of a lively atmosphere than Fresh.
Old Town Mexican Cafe---While the food was standard it didn't justify the 45 minute wait. I had tacos while hubby had carnitas. We wouldn't return.
Greystone in the Gaslamp District---This was a business dinner and recommended by a local. It was very loud which we didn't expect from a 4* but that's the only complaint. There were 8 of us and every single person raved about their meal! I had the lobster bisque which was the best I've ever had. There were huge chunks of lobster in a wonderfully creamy soup. I followed it with lobster risotti which was equally as wonderful. The filet mignon and crab legs presented beautifully presented and very tasty. The portions were so huge that most couldn't finish their meals. The service was a perfect blend of attentive and playful. The bill for 8 dinners, 2 bottles of wine, various other drinks and 6 soups/salads came to almost $700. While it wasn't an inexpensive evening I believe a couple could have a fabulous meal for well under a 100.
Thanks to Chowhounds for helping us to prepare for our trip:)