San Diego Restaurant Week: Gaslamp Quarter Best Bets

Frugal foodies, rejoice – San Diego Restaurant Week is back! Kicking off on Jan. 15 and running through Jan. 20, Restaurant Week offers visitors and locals alike the chance to enjoy a full three-course dinner or two-course lunch at a super discounted price. More than 180 restaurants around San Diego County participate in Restaurant Week, so choosing which spots to visit can be daunting. If dining amongst the hustle and bustle of downtown excites your palate, here are three Gaslamp Quarter venues sure to offer a can’t-miss meal:

Nobu San Diego


Nobu is known nationally for its Japanese fusion cuisine, but the high-end dining experience can quickly add up to a high-end bill on a normal night. During Restaurant Week, you can enjoy fresh yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, yuzu soy, cilantro, and serrano chili followed by their steamed Chilean sea bass in black bean sauce with julienned ginger, chives and baby bok choy and still only pay $40 per person for the meal.

Bice San Diego


Bice’s elegant dining room and sophisticated Italian dishes make it the perfect date-night restaurant. Their Restaurant Week menu includes a creative soft asparagus flan appetizer with cheese Fondue and wild mushrooms, plus offers diners the option to add on additional sides, like their delectable potato gnocchi in a creamy crab and corn sauce, as well as wine and cocktail pairings.

Saltbox San Diego


One of downtown’s newest additions, Saltbox lept onto the dining scene as the signature restaurant of the Hotel Palomar. Their beef cheek tacos have been the talk of the town since the hotspot opened up this fall. During Restaurant Week, their many offerings include flash-fried shishito peppers and beef short ribs slow cooked in a coconut porter. Splurge by adding one of their fresh cocktail concoctions – mixologist Erin Williams doesn’t disappoint.

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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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