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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.

Candice

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

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

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!

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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

#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?

Candice

Valentine’s Day – Savor the Romance at San Diego Restaurants

Enjoy a Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner at The Marine Room.
Enjoy a Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner at The Marine Room.

Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at the Marine Room, one of America’s Most Romantic Restaurants

San Diego’s restaurants do romance right. Just ask Travel + Leisure and Yahoo, who named the Marine Room as one of America’s Most Romantic Restaurants. Nestled on the sands of La Jolla Shores, the Marine Room uses nature to set the mood as rolling waves from the Pacific lap up against the restaurant’s expansive windows.

Of course, the Marine Room is just one of many San Diego restaurants where romance is on the menu. This Valentine’s Day, book ahead to ensure the best table at one of these desirable hot spots.

The Celebrity Spot

Searsucker

Searsucker, celebrity chef Brian Malarkey’s signature restaurant

Since opening in 2010, chef Brian Malarkey’s Searsucker in downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter has been popular with locals and visitors alike. Already a celebrity thanks to his time as a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef series, Brian Malarkey is back in the spotlight as a judge on the new ABC TV series “The Taste.” Grab your sweetheart and a table at Searsucker to taste what all the buzz is about.

New Kids on the Block

As San Diego’s dining scene continues to grow, finding a cozy and delicious date-night spot has never been easier. In Little Italy, enjoy a playful yet elegant meal with your sweetheart as you share small plates of Italian street food and house made vermouth cocktails at Monello.

Monello's tasty pizza and housemade vermouth.

Monello’s tasty pizza and house made vermouth.

At Pacific Beach’s latest hot spot, Table 926 serves up a sumptuous prix fixe dinner offering steamed local mussels, grilled lamb chops or pork osso bucco. Enjoy 3 courses for $60 per person, or add two glasses of wine and a glass or champagne for only $20 more.

San Diego Classics

Take in the sweeping views of La Jolla cove.

Take in the sweeping views of La Jolla cove.

You’re on top of the world with a Valentine’s Day dinner at Bertrand at Mister A’s. Perched atop a highrise in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood, Bertrand at Mister A’s looks out over downtown San Diego’s glittering skyline and vast bay. In La Jolla, George’s at the Cove offers exquisite California cuisine prepared by chef Trey Foshee. Like the Marine Room, this San Diego classic serves up spectacular food alongside an equally spectacular view of La Jolla’s coastline.

> More San Diego Valentine’s Day ideas and packages

Where will you and your special someone dine this Valentine’s Day?

Candice

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?

Candice

New Year’s Eve Dining Worth Waiting All Year For

Addison Grand Del Mar San Diego

After the Thanksgiving feast, Christmas cookies, and other holiday treats, heading out on the town for a six-course dining extravaganza may seem like overkill, but what is New Year’s Eve for if not extravagance? It’s the last night of the year, a night to indulge and celebrate before heading into the year ahead with renewed intentions. So grab a loved one and treat yourself to one of these delicious celebrations around San Diego. These hotel restaurants are doing it up right, and if you really feel like living it up, you won’t even need to drive home after these New Year’s Eve dining celebrations.

NYE at The Pearl Hotel

Pearl Hotel San Diego

The Pearl Hotel: big on style, not on price.

Point Loma’s Pearl Hotel has long been a favorite for fashionable locals and visitors that aren’t looking to break the bank on a meal or room night, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. The restaurant features a three-course pre-fixe menu and after dinner festivities including a no-cover party with cocktails, a live DJ and a complimentary champagne to toast for the countdown at midnight.

Location: 1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
Time: 6:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Cost: $49 (plus tax and gratuity)
> Find out more about NYE at The Pearl Hotel

New Year’s Eve Gatsby Night at The Westgate Hotel

Westgate Hotel San Diego

It’s the Great Gatsby at the Westgate Hotel

Already one of San Diego’s most adorned hotels, things get even glitzier at the Westgate Hotel on New Year’s Eve thanks to their Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve dinner. The swanky festivities include a champagne reception, a Five-course wine pairing dinner created by chef Fabrice Hardel in the Versailles Ballroom, live music from the Lorraine Castellanos’ Quartet and complimentary champagne all night. The elaborate affair even includes a midnight balloon drop.

Location: 1055 Second Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Time: 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Cost: $169
> Find out more about New Year’s Eve Gatsby Night at The Westgate Hotel

NYE at The Grand Del Mar

Addison Grand Del Mar San Diego

It doesn’t get more elegant than Addison at the Grand Del Mar

Looking for the ultimate New Year’s Eve dinner? It doesn’t get any more grand than Addison at The Grand Del Mar. Their seven-course meal features caviar garnished King crab, chicken liver mousse and roast squab, to name just a few items. Dessert? Why, a banana split, of course.

Location: 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, CA 92130 (map)
Time: 5:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Cost: $250 ($375 with wine)
> Find out more about NYE at The Grand del Mar

New Year’s Eve Dining on the Water

If an exquisite view with your meal is a must-have, check out one of the many dinner cruises happening around sparkling San Diego Bay, including options from Hornblower Cruises & Events and Flagship Cruises & Events.

Cheers to 2013!

Candice

5 of San Diego’s Top Tots: Best Restaurants for Tater Tots

Maybe it’s the crispy crunch of the golden brown crust. Maybe it’s the warm, fluffy comfort of the soft potato interior. Or maybe it’s that each bite transports you back to a simpler time, when Saturday morning cartoons and the contents of your lunchbox were the only troubles that weighed on your mind. Whatever the reason, the appeal of the charmingly nostalgic tater tot can’t be denied.

Satisfy your inner schoolboy (or girl!) with tasty tots from one of these top 5 San Diego spots (in no particular order):

1. Bub’s at the Ball Park

What’s more All American than a baseball game and a side of tots? Top off a Padres game at PETCO Park with an order of their Lunch Lady Tater Tots, which can be made with sweet potatoes for a twist on the classic tot, or go all in with the Ballpark Tots, topped with chili, cheese, onions and sliced hot dogs.

2. R Gang Eatery

This comfort food haven has taken the tot to the next level. You’ll find everything from the traditional tot to ones flavored with pickles, jalapeno and cilantro, blue cheese and bacon, or a side of foie gras crème for dipping.

3. Currant Brasserie

If you like your tots served in elegant bistro ambiance, try Currant American Brasserie located in the Sofia Hotel. Nothing says indulgence like enjoying some garlic and chive tater tots dipped in habanero ketchup or chive buttermilk ranch under the glow of their sparking chandeliers.

4. Eat at Recess

Trends collide when tater tots meet the food truck. With a menu featuring childhood favorites like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and grilled cheese, tater tots are a natural fit. Go for the original, or try some topped with cheddar cheese or truffle oil and feta. Their “Tatchos” come layered with grass–fed beef, jalapeños, cheddar cheese and Recess signature sauce.

5. Station Tavern

In a sea of venues trying to out-top each other’s tots, Station Tavern in South Park is a refuge for the tot purist. Their tater tots come served just one way, golden brown and deliciously crispy, seasoned just right with some salt and pepper, and as simple and wonderful as those Saturday morning cartoons.

> Find more delectable San Diego restaurants

Do you have a favorite San Diego tot spot? Share it below!

Suzzanne

5 to Try in San Diego: Valentine’s Day Edition

No matter how long you’ve been with your valentine (or looking for one!) here’s our 5 to Try for Valentine’s Day celebrations throughout San Diego.

1. Valentine’s Beer Tasting Dinner

Spoil your man with a Beer Tasting Dinner brought to you by La Jolla Wine Tours. Dinner includes four-course dinner with dessert, each course paired with a local San Diego craft brew. Includes a behind the scenes tour of a brewery.

2. San Diego Symphony: A Valentine’s Romance with Broadway’s Best

Love is in the air. He’s Hugh Panaro, Broadway’s Phantom. She’s Jennifer Holliday, star of the original Dreamgirls. As Cupid takes aim, sparks will fly when two of our favorite performers return to San Diego. Performances are February 10th and 11th at 8:00 pm.

3. Magic 92.5 Valentine’s Hook Up Singles Cruise

Don’t miss your chance to mix and mingle with other San Diego singles as you cruise on your own private yacht around San Diego Bay. This annual Valentine’s Hook Up Singles Cruise could be the most unique and romantic place to meet that special someone!

4. The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Add a little mystery to your Valentine’s Day with this interactive dinner. The show takes place throughout the entire room, and performers may actually be seated at your table, so part of the fun from the beginning is trying to figure out who’s involved in the crime and who’s not. Throughout the night, murders and mayhem will occur, hidden clues will come forth and our Detectives will help everyone try to solve the crime.

5. Love is in the Air: A Valentine’s Day Tribute to Sinatra

Snuggle up to your sweetie at Anthology for the most romantic show of the year. Singer, John Vincent, brings his signature Sinatra tribute show to San Diego just in time for Valentine’s Day. Vincent’s show is so spot on, you’ll think you’re being serenaded by Old Blue Eyes himself.

Candice

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

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

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

Saltbox

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.

Stephenie

The Users Guide to Valentine’s Day

Happen to be in the “anti-Valentine’s Day” mindset this year? Looking to impress your new special someone? Want to spice things up and really wow your love? Then check out these Valentine’s Day restaurant recommendations!

 The Top Spots for Singles, Couples and New Relationships

 Singles:

Get Fluxxed at FLUXX

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
What better way to spend the holiday (or escape it!) than among your girl friends. Avoid the couple-filled restaurants this Valentine’s Day with Sammy’s Take-Home Pizza Kit, complete with Sammy’s signature fresh pizza dough, homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and a choice of your favorite toppings. Sammy’s Take Home Valentine’s Day Pizza Kits are available Feb. 7 – 14 at all Sammy’s locations for $5.00 – $8.00 for traditional, whole wheat or gluten-free crust; extra toppings are and additional price.

RA Sushi Restaurant Bar
RA Sushi is heating up on Feb. 13 with a singles-only Meet Market. Eligible bachelors and bachelorettes can strut their stuff as they peruse the selection of San Diego’s finest bachelors and bachelorettes. The fun starts at 6PM with a live version of The Dating Show in the cocktail lounge and goes until close. Singles can get RA with $5 Singletinis, X-Rate Margaritas and $7 “Cuter by the Sake Samplers.” RA will be serving “Love Me” food and sushi rolls costing under $10.

FLUXX
You may arrive at San Diego’s best nightclub single, but you could leave with a date!  FLUXX nightclub is celebrating Valentine’s Day with celebrity guest Bob Sinclar, legendary DJ/producer, performing hits ‘Love Generation’, ‘World Hold On’ and more. Let FLUXX be your date this year and visit Event Vibe to purchase tickets. Pre-sale tickets start at $20.00. Continue reading