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Nine-Ten in La Jolla

Bruce | Feb 10, 200205:01 PM

Not sure if other San Diego Chowhounds have commented on this place, but I thought I would chime in with a recent dinner there.

Overall: Excellent food, high prices, mediocre to bad service. We may go back, but will need to see some improvement or that would be the last time.

Reservations for four at 8:30 on a Saturday night, we get there about 10 minutes early, happy to wait at the bar (place was obviously very busy). However, we were not seated until 9:05 with no explanation, and barely an acknowledgement. Personable bartender and interesting wine list, but they had just run out of the very interesting looking home-made potato chips. Not the end of the world, but annoying in the context of waiting so long for a reserved (!) table. Having worked in restaurants, I know how chaotic it can get on busy nights, but to me good service is handling situations that arise with a bit of grace and charm. On that score, Nine-Ten failed, to say the least.

Once sat, though, the food was excellent for the most part, particularly the entrees. Sturgeon, scallops, veal tenderloin, lobster risotto were all winners. The soup and the foie gras less so. Chocolate cake very good.

The prices are imo high (entrees high 20s to mid 30s) but they do make most items available as a smaller "taster" size for roughly half price, which is a great option.

Would we go back? Depends. We're new to San Diego and are still getting to know the dining scene. If we find comparable food for less, or with better service, probably not. Otherwise we'll most likely give it another shot.

Has anyone else been there yet? Any similar or dissimilar experiences?


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