A Restaurant With A View Even An Apollo Astronaut Loves

Just beyond this door is good food with a view...

A friend recently asked me for a recommendation of a great place to dine in San Diego to impress a VIP coming into town. The VIP happened to be Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who was in town to sign his autobiography, Falling to Earth, at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Since I helped edit the book (shameless plug), I was invited to join them.

View of downtown from our table. This picture does not do the view justice.

I knew Al was used to great views (you know, seeing the moon up close and the earth from  about 238,857 miles away) so I suggested C-Level Lounge which has a spectacular view of downtown from Harbor Island. The picture above does not do it any justice but Al loved the skyline along with watching the sailing yachts glide by.

A delicious Buffalo Chicken Salad

C-Level offers a more casual and relaxed dining experience but still has the same high-end quality of food as the attached fine-dining and dinner-only Island Prime Metro Steaks & Seafood. I personally enjoyed a wonderful salad with buffalo chicken (I am a sucker for things claiming to be spicy) and a cold draft beer.

Fish aficionados will enjoy the comprehensive menu of fresh catches of the day including cedar plank roasted salmon with black linguini, cucumber salsa, dill moleta and guallijo-anchovy cream or the fresh caught macadamia crusted grouper with pineapple salsa, lemon-sea salt sea beans and lime-ginger beurre blanc.

Land lubbers can enjoy free range chicken with fingerling potatoes, braised wild greens, lavender butter and banyuls-demi reduction or a mouth-watering 8 or 12 oz cut of filet mignon (which I spoiled myself with last time at C-Level).

Astronaut Al Worden enjoying the view...

So whether you are in the mood for some casual relaxed dining or out on a date, the food and the view of C-Level will always make it a great dining experience.

What is your favorite restaurant in San Diego with a view?

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

5 thoughts on “A Restaurant With A View Even An Apollo Astronaut Loves

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  2. My favorite, with at least as good a view, is Bali Hai–wonderful history, and very nice menu and even reasonably priced for where it is.

  3. my favorite restaurants with spectacular views are the “Bali Hai” and the “Old Lighthouse” on Harbor Island and a nice one at Mission Beach, unfortunately I didn’t remenber the name, but we have had a gorgeous sunset, it looked like that the sun went into the ocean, unforgettable.

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