Brent Bernasconi

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?


Free at Last

He's eagerly awaiting your visit to the Zoo

He's eagerly awaiting your visit to the Zoo

Today is October 1, which means for the next 30 days kids and families can enjoy:

Free admission into the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park during Kid Free Days. All children ages 3 – 11 will receive complimentary admission into both parks for the entire month.

Free admission on any one- or two-hour Harbor Cruise of San Diego Bay with Hornblower Cruises & Events. Complimentary tickets will be provided for up to two children, ages 12 and under, per each paying adult for the entire month.

Half-priced admission into four museums in Balboa Park: the Mingei International Museum, the Museum of Man, the Museum of San Diego History and the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) will offer half-priced admission every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Note: this offer is actually valid through May 31, 2010 with some blackout days effective after October 31; please check museums to verify for half-priced admission days.


Tallships Invade The Bay…With A Bang!

Take that ye salty dog!

Take that ye salty dog!

The San Diego Maritime Museum is offering aspiring buccaneers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Throughout September, they’ll be hosting cannon battles on the high seas (of San Diego Bay) as the state’s official tallship, The Californian, defends our harbor from the invading privateer Lynx

The mock battles – with real explosions but, thankfully, no actual danger – will take place over two weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, Sunday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 26. 

Visitors can experience these epic battles in several ways.