Edna Gutierrez

Calling all Food Lovers! – San Diego Restaurant Week is Back

Cucina Urbana 1 -Courtesy Erik Isakson -exp.7_2015

Enjoy San Diego’s emerging culinary scene during San Diego Restaurant Week Sept. 21-26.

It is that time of the year again, the time for foodies to gather, feast and spread some San Diego Restaurant Week cheer. That’s right, San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) returns September 21-26. During SDRW more than 200 participating restaurants offer a prix-fixe, three-course dinner menu at just $25, $35 and $45 per person and a two-course lunch menu for $10, $15 and $20 per person. This is your opportunity to try that place you’ve always heard about, treat your boss for lunch or plan that dinner you have pending with your friends.

But before you grab your appetite and head out that door, here are five steps that will help you enjoy San Diego Restaurant Week to the fullest.

  1. Do some research – Visit SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com where you can find which restaurants are participating, their price range and even peruse their special prix-fix menu. Remember that restaurants create a special menu for Restaurant Week, which means you might not be able to sample a dish from their regular menu, but could try something they don’t regularly serve.
  2. Try a new restaurant – We all have our favorite restaurant, but the idea behind Restaurant Week is to give food lovers the opportunity to explore new restaurants. Don’t be afraid to venture out and check out that place you read about or try a new ethnic cuisine.
  3. Make a reservation – Restaurants tend to be busier than usual during SDRW. Depending on the restaurant, you can either call or make a reservation online.
  4. Invite everyone – Go with your friends, family, co-workers or that special someone. The more people in your party, the more dishes you get to try. Have everyone in your group order different items, and remember…sharing is caring!
  5. Get social – Remember to check-in on Facebook, tweet about it, upload a picture on Instagram or review the restaurant. If you loved it, let the world know. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SDRW.

If you’ve got these steps down but are still not sure which restaurants to try, here are some quick suggestions:

San Diego Restaurant Week Lunch Suggestions


Don Chido – Downtown San Diego
Café Coyote – Old Town
Anthony’s Fish Grotto – San Diego Bay


Puesto at the Headquarters – Seaport Village
Blind Burro – Downtown San Diego
Searsucker  – Downtown San Diego and Del Mar


Prep Kitchen – Del Mar, La Jolla and Little Italy
Bertrand at Mister A’s – Banker’s Hill
Veladora at Rancho Valencia – Rancho Santa Fe

San Diego Restaurant Week Dinner Suggestions


Indigo Grill – Little Italy
Gaslamp Strip Club – Downtown San Diego
True Food Kitchen – Mission Valley


Tidal – Mission Bay
Jsix – Downtown San Diego
Croce’s Park West – Banker’s Hill


Hornblower Cruise & Events – San Diego Bay
Market Restaurant + Bar – Del Mar
The Marine Room – La Jolla


5 Reasons to Try San Diego Restaurant Week this January

100 Wines Hillcrest San Diego Restaurant Week

Update: San Diego Restaurant Week has been extended for a second week! Sample your way at one of the 150 participating restaurants from January 26-31, 2014.

All the holiday feasting may have you thinking of fasting, but don’t start that New Year’s diet just yet! San Diego Restaurant Week is just around the corner. If you don’t yet have plans to enjoy San Diego Restaurant Week, January 19 – 24, 2014, here are the top 5 reasons why you should change your plans:

1. Healthy Options

Roppongi Sushi Bar - San Diego Restaurant Week

Sushi is healthy! Enjoy some at Roppongi during Restaurant Week.

While not everyone makes a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, many diners have healthier eating in mind in January. Fortunately, several San Diego Restaurant Week participating restaurants are known for their healthy-yet-delicious options. Try the Good Things Growing, an Indian corn pudding, at Indigo Grill or the seasonal fish entree at Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar to discover that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring.

2. Dining Around the Globe

San Diego is a cultural melting pot, especially when it comes to restaurants. Start the week with dinner at Nobu for Japanese fare, try an Italian favorite at BICE Ristorante, and round out the week with lunch at Taste of Thai. Your taste buds will have traveled the world in one week.

3. New Venues for San Diego Restaurant Week

Croce's Park West celebrates its Grand Opening during Restaurant Week.

Croce’s Park West celebrates its Grand Opening during Restaurant Week.

Whether it’s the brand new SEA180º Coastal Tavern or the recently updated Market Restaurant + Bar, each San Diego Restaurant Week gives diners a chance to try new venues. Check out the grand opening Croce’s Park West, a new spot by the owners of the original Croce’s restaurant downtown, which closed in 2013.

4. California Restaurant Month

San Diego’s January Restaurant Week is part of a month-long celebration of California dining. Thanks to California Restaurant Month, travelers up and down the state can sample cuisine from more than 30 California destinations. So enjoy a January road trip, and be sure to stop in San Diego between January 19-24!

5. Great Deals

100 Wines Hillcrest San Diego Restaurant Week

Cheers to great deals!

Of course, the best reason to dine during San Diego Restaurant Week is to take advantage of the great deals. With three-course meals at some of San Diego’s finest restaurants starting at $25, Restaurant Week can help you recover from all that holiday spending.

Are you planning on dining in San Diego during Restaurant Week? Let us know in the comments below.


San Diego Restaurant Week’s Newest Eateries

Cannonball Restaurant Mission Beach - San Diego - San Diego Restaurant Week

What’s the best thing about summer coming to an end? Fall is prime time for big savings when you travel to San Diego! In September, the beaches are less crowded (though the weather is still fabulous), hotel rates are more affordable and dining at more than 180 San Diego restaurants is a real steal, thanks to San Diego Restaurant Week, September 15 – 20, 2013.

During San Diego Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy deep discounts as restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for just $20, $30 or $40 per person. Lunch prix-fixe menus are also available at many places for just $10, $15 or $20 per person.

With so many restaurants participating, it can be hard to choose just which ones to check out. Here are some brand new options for 2013 that are sure to make the decision even harder.


Cannonball Restaurant Mission Beach - San Diego - San Diego Restaurant Week

The beachside view from Cannonball

If the name conjures up the image of diving into a swimming pool, you’re on the right track. The brand new sushi restaurant and lounge in Mission Beach is decorated with pool loungers and beach balls, and their rooftop is currently being expanded into what will soon be San Diego’s largest oceanfront rooftop lounge. During San Diego Restaurant Week, you can enjoy three courses of their Pacific Rim-inspired menu for $30.

> Find out more about Cannonball

Fish Public

Fish Public Restaurant in Kensington San Diego

Tableside oysters service at Fish Public

Fresh seafood is what this new Kensington restaurant is all about. The menu features fish from both oceans, including the Atlantic’s Gulf Coast, New England and English Coast as well as the Pacific’s North West, Baja and Pacific Rim regions. During San Diego Restaurant Week, you can get your fish fix in three courses for just $30, or splurge on the tableside oyster cart service where patrons have the opportunity to select fresh shucks with prepared mignonettes and house made accouterments such as tarter and cocktail sauces.

> Find out more about Fish Public


Avant restaurant Rancho Bernardo Inn San Diego

Avant’s exquisite charcuterie

This summer, the luxury Rancho Bernardo Inn welcomed a new restaurant, Avant to its elegant digs in the rolling hills of San Diego’s North County. During San Diego Restaurant Week, this high-end yet casual spot will offer three course dinners for $40. Be sure to check out the restaurant’s unique features, which include a signature classic martini menu accompanied by a “choose your own” stuffed olive bar, a fire engine red vintage Berkel manual flywheel charcuterie slicer and two custom-built mustard taps.

> Find out more about Avant

> Check out the full list of San Diego Restaurant Week partners

Which spot will you be savoring this San Diego Restaurant Week? Tell us in the comments below!

Brent Bernasconi

San Diego Restaurant Week Returns September 15-20

San Diego Restaurant Week - September 2013

San Diego Restaurant Week - September 2013

With hundreds of amazing restaurants throughout San Diego county, it can be hard to pick which one to try when lunch or dinner rolls around. This September, the California Restaurant Association San Diego County wants to help make that decision a little easier with a week of delicious prix-fixe lunches and dinners at many of San Diego’s award winning restaurants.

San Diego Restaurant Week

More than 180 San Diego restaurants will invite diners to indulge in three-courses prepared special for this occasion only at discounted prices with prix-fixe lunches priced at $10, $15, and $20 and three-course prix-fixe dinners are $20, $30, or $40. No tickets necessary for this event, just make reservations for any of the participating locations, show up, choose from their prix-fixe menu and let your taste buds enjoy!

When: September 15-20, 2013
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week


#SDRWTaste2013 is an exclusive first look at what San Diego Restaurant Week September has to offer with over 40 of San Diego Restaurant Week’s best restaurants will be serving up samples of house specialties that will delight your taste buds! Each food sample will be paired with a unique beverage to enhance the flavors of each dish you sample.

Where: Broadway Pier, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 12, 2013
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $60
> Find out more about #SDRWTASTE2013

> Explore more of San Diego’s delectable dining options

Which restaurant are you excited to try during this September’s San Diego Restaurant Week?

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego: January 22-27, 2013

100 Wines Hillcrest San Diego Restaurant Week

Our picks for things to do this weekend are top-notch with delicious food, world-class golfers, a festival for the whales and wonderful pieces of art that chronicle the story of America. This is your weekend:

San Diego Restaurant Week – Week 2

Things to Do - 100 Wines Hillcrest San Diego Restaurant Week

Try 100 Wines Hillcrest during San Diego Restaurant Week

By popular demand, San Diego Restaurant Week has been extended for another week! Enjoy a prix fixe lunch or dinner at over 120 restaurants throughout the county. Hurry up, because the deliciousness ends on Friday!

Dates: Through Friday, January 25, 2013
Cost: $10-$40
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

Farmers Insurance Open

Farmers Insurance Open - Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler in Round Three at the 2012 Farmers Insurance Open. Photo courtesy of Stan Badz.

Spend this weekend enjoying beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean while also watching the world’s greatest golfers play at the south and north courses of Torrey Pines Golf Course during the Farmers Insurance Open. Single day tickets are still available.

Location: 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037 (map)
Dates: January 21-27, 2013
Cost: Free – $1200
> Find out more about the Farmers Insurance Open

Big Bay Whale Festival

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The Big Bay Whale Festival is a free, one-day family festival with a wide variety of interactive and hands-on displays to learn about California gray whale ecology and conservation. Children will enjoy the walk-through gray whale, train rides, giant inflatable obstacle course, free face painting and art mural coloring project.

Location: Broadway Pavilion, Broadway and North Harbor Drive (map)
Dates: January 26, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Big Bay Whale Festival

Behold, America!

Eastman Johnson, The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket

Eastman Johnson, The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket. Oil on canvas, 1880. Putnam Collection, Timken Museum of Art

As part of a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Timken Museum of ArtBehold, America! tells a cohesive story of the history of art in the United States. The works on display range from the colonial period to the present.

Location: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: Through February 10, 2013
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Behold, America! at the San Diego Museum of Art

> Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar


San Diego Restaurant Week 2013 Preview

Was your New Year’s resolution to start feeding that piggy bank? If you’re like me, you want to save money without feeling like you’re missing out on the good things in life, like fine dining. January is always a great time of year for money-saving travel to San Diego, when hotel rates and airfares have dropped from their peak holiday prices. And thanks to San Diego Restaurant Week, you really can live the good life in San Diego without breaking the bank.

From January 13 – 18, 2013, diners can enjoy a six-day exploration of the region’s exciting dining scene for a fraction of the normal expense.  More than 180 participation restaurants will offer special three-course, prix fixe dinner menus for just $20, $30 or $40 per person (beverages, tax and gratuity not included) and two-course, prix-fixe lunch menus for just $10, $15 or $20 per person. Here’s a sneak peek at some notable menus:

100 Wines Hillcrest

100 Wines Hillcrest San Diego Restaurant Week

100 Wines Hillcrest

100 Wines Hillcrest will be serving up their signature crispy cauliflower with pancetta, parmesan cheese and a balsamic port reduction. Follow that up with a proscuitto pizza creatively topped with house made mozzarella and green grapes.

Gaijin Noodle + Sake House

Gaijin Noodle and Sake House San Diego Restaurant Week

Ramen at Gaijin Noodle + Sake House

Gaijin Noodle + Sake House in downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter offers one of the tastiest deals with a starter, two yakitori skewers, half bowl of ramen and dessert (like their bacon s’more) all for only $20.

Terra American Bistro

Terra American Bistro San Diego Restaurant Week

Pumpkin soup and lamb at Terra American Bistro (Photo by Paul Body as it appears in “From Terra’s Table,” Chefs Press, 2010)

For diners who want maximum menu options, Terra American Bistro in La Mesa has you covered with more than 10 appetizer options and seven entrée options, including their Karl Strauss Amber Lager braised pot roast and sinful lobster mac ‘n cheese.

California Restaurant Month

San Diego Restaurant Week is part of California Restaurant Month, occurring January 2013, when 30 destinations across California are hosting restaurant week events.  Details are available online at www.visitcalifornia.com/restaurantmonth.

What restaurants are you excited to try out during Restaurant Week?


Top Things to Do in San Diego: September 21-23, 2012

It’s all about food, beer, Pacific Islands, fast cars and the rise of the undead this weekend in San Diego. Here are our top picks for the weekend:

1. San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week Logo

Get ready to grub! San Diego Restaurant Week ends September 21 and you do not want to miss out on the delicious meals and fabulous deals being served up by over 180 local restaurants. Sample the signature cuisine and sophisticated style that makes San Diego’s dining scene one of the region’s top attractions.

2. Annual Pacific Islander Festival

Picture courtesy of yelper Kaliloa O.

From September 22-23, head down to Ski Beach in Mission Bay between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to enjoy this FREE event showcasing the cultures, food, crafts and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

3. Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival

From September 22-23, enjoy the thrill of fast-paced auto racing and exhibitions at one of the most distinctive race track locations – Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation.  San Diego Fleet Week’s marquee event will be held from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or until the last race, and allows the general public a rare glimpse of the daily activities happening at the base as well as racing excitement.

4. Festival of Beer

On September 21, join your beer-loving brethren in downtown San Diego at the 18thannual San Diego Festival of Beer. Seventy-five local and regional brewers will be in attendance, providing samples and tastings of their signature and award-winning beers along with music, vendors, food booths and more.

5. The Haunted Hotel

Let the haunting begin! Starting on September 21, San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter welcomes The Haunted Hotel back for another season of terror. Get ready to scream as you weave your way through Hollywood’s favorite horror films.

> Discover More Great Things to Do with San Diego’s Event Calendar

What do you have planned for the weekend?


Restaurant Week Meets National Cheeseburger Day

What do you get when you combine San Diego Restaurant Week, a 6-day celebration of dining deals, with National Cheeseburger Day? One great excuse to go out and enjoy a burger in San Diego!

Try a cheeseburger at one of these participating Restaurant Week venues and savor the savings along with your entrée:

Davanti Enoteca

Cheeseburger at Davanti Enoteca in San Diego's Little Italy

Davanti Enoteca’s top-notch burger (photo by Erin Jackson).

It may be an Italian restaurant, but Davanti Enoteca serves up a mean cheeseburger. Just ask San Diego food blogger Erin Jackson. Plus, Davanti Enoteca was recently named one of the top 50 best new restaurants by Bon Appetit magazine.

Bunz Burger Joint

An All-American Classic at Bunz

You may have read about Bunz previously on this blog, and for good reason. During Restaurant Week, you can choose from 5 different burger options paired with a drink and an overflowing bucket of fries or onion rings for just $10.

Slater’s 50/50

Slater's 50/50 Cheeseburger in San Diego

The Flamin’ Hot cheeseburger at Slater’s 50/50

If you like options, you’ll love the Restaurant Week deal at Slater’s 50/50. Diners can enjoy a burger, appetizer and drinks for just $10; and you can choose from any of their 10 decadent burger options featuring toppings that range from peanut butter to asparagus spears.

Where will you satisfy your craving on National Cheeseburger Day?


The Finest of America’s Finest: Indulging San Diego Restaurant Week Picks in North County

What’s better than indulging in some fine dining in America’s Finest City? How about two or three decadent courses for $10 – $40? Indeed you can, during San Diego Restaurant Week, where you can taste two-course lunches from $10-$20 or three-course dinners for $30-$40. Indulgence that’s kind to my wallet? I’ll raise my fork to that any day.

San Diego’s North County doesn’t just offer gorgeous beaches, expansive vistas and charming coastal communities. It is also home to some legendary fine dining establishments that celebrate everything from inspired Mediterranean fare, sumptuous French-inspired cuisine and the freshest fruits of the sea. So put on your finest threads, and venture out for an elegant culinary experience in San Diego’s North County.

Whole-Roasted Filet of Prime Beef Tenderloin at Amaya

Whole-Roasted Filet of Prime Beef Tenderloin at Amaya

Amaya at the Grand Del Mar

Dinner only – Three Courses for $40
Feel like whisking yourself away to Tuscany? Escape to The Grand Del Mar for an enchanted evening amidst rolling hills and Tuscan style architecture. Elegance, romance and indulgence await you at the Amaya, where executive chef Camron Woods creates artful Mediterranean-inspired American classics, such as the Whole-Roasted Filet of Prime Beef Tenderloin served with fragrant red wine jus and smoked onions (pictured above). Or try the Cider-glazed Hot-Smoked Salmon with roasted baby root vegetables and celery root puree. For $25, complete your Mediterranean dining experience with wine pairings for each course, selected from their collection of fine Spanish, Italian and French wines.

Sugar Spice Salmon at Pacifica Del Mar

Sugar Spice Salmon at Pacifica Del Mar

Pacifica Del Mar

Lunch – Two Courses for $20
Dinner – Three Courses for $40
Not only was Pacifica Del Mar the site of my wedding reception, but it’s also the place to I go in San Diego when stuck with a seafood craving. Their Sugar Spice Salmon (pictured above) is the stuff of legend, and is thankfully offered on both their lunch and dinner menu options for Restaurant Week. The overwhelmingly popular choice for guests on my big day, this perfectly grilled salmon filet is spiced with a glaze that is both sweet and succulent. Often imitated but never matched in its perfection, the salmon is just one of the many reasons to try Pacifica Del Mar. Go for lunch if you want to take in gorgeous sunny views of the Pacific Ocean, but go back for dinner if you want to treat your taste buds to their chocolate filled Beignets. Served with blood orange sorbet, these Beignets could be a dangerous start to a new obsession.

Mille Fleurs

Mille Fleurs

Mille Fleurs

Dinner only – Three Courses for $40
A San Diego establishment since 1984 and winner of numerous awards (including a designation by Food & Wine Magazine as one of America’s top 25 restaurants), Mille Fleurs is the original creation of legendary San Diego restaurateur Bertrand. Nestled in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe, Mille Fleurs offers a seasonal menu of French-inspired California cuisine, featuring the freshest ingredients available at local farms and markets. For the Restaurant Week menu, chef Woesle has whipped up delectable options that beg to be seen as much as savored. Always artfully presented, a meal here is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palette. With entrée options like the Quenelles of Trout and Grilled Shrimp with Brocco Flower Risotto finished with Nettle Leaf Champagne Sauce, or the Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Prosciutto, I may need to go back a few times to try every dish of each course. Then again, this just may be the perfect opportunity to brush up on my French while savoring all they have to offer.

Which Restaurant Week options will you try in North County San Diego?

Robert Arends

Ready, Set, Eat! San Diego Restaurant Week Picks in East County

Casa de Pico's festive patio

The 7th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week, the region’s largest dining event, is just around the corner starting on January 15 and continuing through the 20th. With such a wonderfully diverse selection of eateries (over 180!) to choose from, how can you possibly narrow it down to a savory few?

A number of fine dines can be found in East County, from traditional Irish fare and zesty Mexican dishes to fresh seafood, sushi and farm-to-fork selections.

Following are my Top 5 restaurant picks in East County that are sure to please just about any pallette:

Anthony's Fish Grotto

Anthony's Fish Grotto

Anthony’s Fish Grotto

Anthony’s Fish Grotto in La Mesa is a San Diego landmark known for fresh fish and seafood (voted Best San Diego Seafood 13 years in a row), including luscious lobster, seasonal catches from local waters, pastas, Mama’s famous clam chowder and crispy fish & chips. Restaurant week dinner price: $20.

Terra American Bistro

Terra American Bistro - As Fresh as it Gets!

Terra American Bistro

At farm-to-table favorite Terra American Bistro, located in the east College District, Chef Jeff Rossman’s New American cuisine focuses on San Diego’s bounty of sustainable, organic ingredients and preparation styles from North, South and Central America. His Restaurant Week entrée menu choices include grilled local fish in a ginger-soy glaze, Karl Strauss Lager-braised pot roast and lobster macaroni ‘n cheese! Lunch/dinner prices: $15/$30.

Casa de Pico

Casa de Pico's famous "birdbath margarita"

Casa de Pico

At festive Casa de Pico in La Mesa, known for its award-winning Best Mexican cuisine, “every day is a fiesta!” As our winter weather continues to be sunny and warm, I suggest dining on the patio with its colorful umbrellas, splashing fountain and strolling Mariachis, while enjoying a birdbath margarita (or two 😉 with your meal. Lunch/dinner prices: $10/$20.

Hooley’s Irish Pub and Grill

Charming Hooley’s Irish Pub and Grill in La Mesa, voted Best Irish Pub in 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune), features authentic pub fare and delicious traditional Irish dishes like fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, white wine chicken boxty (stuffed potato pancake) and corned beef and cabbage. Their award-winning corned beef tacos are an Irish twist on a Mexican favorite! Dinner price: $20.

Banbu Sushi delights

Banbu Sushi

The casually stylish Banbu Sushi in La Mesa perfectly melds classic Japanese design with the look of a modern bistro. Chef Horita Mitsuhiro prepares fresh sushi and a tempting new sousaku menu of original Japanese fusion creations. Dinner price: $20.

Make your reservations now for San Diego Restaurant Week. Bon Appetit from East County! 🙂