Dining with Celebrated Chefs in San Diego

Chef Bernard Guillas at the Marine Room

Looking for a culinary experience worthy of four stars? Celebrated chefs aren’t hard to find in San Diego. Sampling the cuisine from these culinary superstar will leave no doubt that San Diego is a top-notch epicurean destination.

Artfully presented dishes are par for the course at the Marine Room

The Marine Room

A landmark in La Jolla for more than 70 years, the Marine Room may be just as famous for its notable chef as for of its spectacular surfside views. Chef Bernard Guillas was recently inducted into the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France.  Induction into the exclusive group places Guillas among iconic chefs such as Paul Bocuse, Eric Ripert and Fernand Mischler; Guillas is the only chef in San Diego to join the ranks of the 204 Master Chefs from around the world.

Excellent service matches excellent food at Addison


As San Diego’s only Five Diamond restaurant, Addison exudes culinary decadence from the moment you step through the majestic doors of The Grand Del Mar resort where the restaurant is located. Their tasting menus created by Chef William Bradley present course after course of delicious gems. Chef Bradley’s accolades include semifinalist for a 2010 James Beard Foundation award and Grand Chef designation by Relais & Château.

Chef William Bradley in Addison's kitchen

The Mediterranean Room

The La Valencia Hotel decorates the La Jolla landscape with its rosy pink façade, but the San Diego culinary scene is brimming with excitement about decorated chef Jason McLeod. The talented chef recently returned to San Diego from Chicago, where he was awarded two Michelin stars. Chef McLeod is using his culinary chops to design a new, fresh menu for La Valencia’s landmark Mediterranean Room.

Deliciously fresh ingredients shine at The Mediterranean Room

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!).

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately.

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2 thoughts on “Dining with Celebrated Chefs in San Diego

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  2. We previewed La Valencia’s “Sunday Suppers” recently. These family-style meals will debut May 29. It was a pleasure to meet Chef McLeod and sample his innovative dishes. My favorite veggie was the chanterelle mushrooms with turnips. Absolutely yummy. My husband really liked the softshell crab, and I’m still tasting the fresh berries in creme fraiche flavored with Prosecco wine. I recently did a review of La Valencia on my blog “La Jolla Travel Information”

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