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Barrio StarBarrio Star
611 reviews
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Mexican | Banker's Hill, San Diego

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Larsen's Steakhouse - La JollaLarsen's Steakhouse - La Jolla
362 reviews
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Steakhouse | La Jolla, San Diego

My Aunt’s 93rd birthday. Fabulous meal and the special attention we received from the entire team was nothing less then extraordinary. First off, no matter how good the staff, it’s always primarily about the food. From the salads which were delicious to the scrumptious Chocolate Lave Cale (so light as to be the perfect birthday topper. But the Star was the 20 oz Bone in Rib Eye which we split. One of the great steaks in recent memory with bountiful flavor. My comment to our elite server Molly were if this restaurant was in NYc we would not be able to get a reservation. It was that good. Molly did an amazing job of remembering my Aunt’s needs from our previous visit which was pretty incredible. Best service I’ve received in any eatery by far. We also asked for and had a brief chat with the Chef to thank him for cooking us the best meal of 2019. I can’t say enough good things about the food and overall experience. Thanks to the 5 star team in a 3 star San Diego restaurant world 🌹🌹🌹🌹 More

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Rustic RootRustic Root
888 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

The food great! My waiter wonderful and I loved the surroundings tremendously. The Carrot Cale French Toast was wonderful!!!! More

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Roy's San Diego WaterfrontRoy's San Diego Waterfront
1381 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

This is a great place for a special occasion. The service is great, love the view of the marina, the staff are attentive and genuinely welcoming. Usually it's quiet, too. More

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Blue Point Coastal CuisineBlue Point Coastal Cuisine
2124 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We loved the food and ambiance. The waiter and partners were professional and nice we give them a 2 thumbs up. We will be going back. More

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BarbusaBarbusa
1289 reviews
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Italian | Little Italy, San Diego

Excellent time at Barbusa. It was my wives birthday and everything went really well. We had a 7:15 reservation and were sat promptly. Our waitress and my wife hit it off right away. Great service! Drinks were really good. Food was really good as well. I really liked the room too. More

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Et Voila! BistroEt Voila! Bistro
761 reviews
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French | North Park, San Diego

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We made our reservations online about an hour and a half before, showed up and were seated right away. The service, food, everything was great. We are definitely coming back. More

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Tahona BarTahona Bar
51 reviews
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Mexican | Old Town, San Diego

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Outstanding ambiance, unique food, and wonderful drinks! High you recommend!! More

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West Coast TavernWest Coast Tavern
164 reviews
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Comfort Food | North Park, San Diego

Graduation celebration! Tara was great!! Food was great!! More

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Fred's Mexican CafeFred's Mexican Cafe
5 reviews
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Mexican | Old Town, San Diego

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Six of us for a college graduation celebration enjoyed the ambience and the great food. The service was excellent. Highly recommend Fred’s! More

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Addison Restaurant1. Addison Restaurant
1248 reviews
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Contemporary French | Del Mar, North San Diego

Fantastic experience. Food and presentation was on point as expected . Our waiter, Matthew, along with other staff members created a genuine and personable atmosphere. Chef Bradley/ Addison is well worthy of no less than a Michelin. More

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Black and Blue Steakhouse and Lounge - Valley View Casino2. Black and Blue Steakhouse and Lounge - Valley View Casino
1072 reviews
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Steakhouse | Valley Center, North San Diego

Perfect date night! Order the iced tea with your meal, and a decaf coffee with dessert. They are a presentation in themselves. Each course is well thought out from the array of butters to choose from to the frozen iced tea cubes and rock sugar stirrers for your coffee. Highly recommend! More

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Market Restaurant and Bar3. Market Restaurant and Bar
2890 reviews
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Contemporary American | Del Mar, North San Diego

Great food and service, consistently one of San Diego's best restaurants. More

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Primavera Ristorante- Coronado4. Primavera Ristorante- Coronado
793 reviews
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Italian | Coronado, San Diego

Delicious and great service!!! 😋 Pasta was outstanding and fish of the day was very fresh and well prepared. Great spot for special dinner. More

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Himitsu5. Himitsu
299 reviews
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Sushi | La Jolla, San Diego

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Canyon Grille - Welk ResortCanyon Grille - Welk Resort
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American | Escondido, North San Diego

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ElicitElicit
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Sushi | El Cajon / Lakeside, East County


Elicit Bar & Lounge is the ultimate cocktail lounge that offers handmade artisanal cocktails, craft beer, aromatic wines and cuisine that will make your tastebuds salivate.
Along with attentive and skilled service, Elicit features live deejays, creating an atmosphere perfect for business meetings or a night out on the town. At Elicit, bartenders are masters in their craft, as they perfect tried-and-true cocktails and of-the-moment drinks from the ever-evolving cocktail menu. Fresh juices and garnishes will give the ultimate pop to every cocktail. For guests wanting a more unique mixology experience, a cocktail cart is always on hand, wherein high-end drinks will be made table side using a variety of advanced methods, including fire and smoke. To complete a night, an array of fresh, hand-rolled sushi and Asian classics pepper the menu, all of which will elicit approval.
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Il DandyIl Dandy
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Contemporary Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Il Dandy will become home to California’s first Italian Michelin-rated chefs, father and son duo, Antonio and Luca Abbruzzino. Their eponymous restaurant Ristorante Abbruzzino, situated in the Calabrian region of Southern Italy, was awarded a Michelin star in 2013, the first restaurant in Calabria bestowed the honor. Staying true to sustainable measures and guided by seasonality, the Chefs Antonio and Luca will utilize the bounty of local farms to offer market-driven dishes presented in a contemporary manner showcasing the talents and mindful technique of the kitchen in an approachable setting. Guests of Il Dandy can expect a contemporary approach to cuisine rooted in Calabria, but with a nod to the history of decades past. More

Ney Restaurant & CafeNey Restaurant & Cafe
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Mediterranean | La Mesa, East County

Ney is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant featuring colorful cuisine, including house-made burgers, pizzas, kabab, salads, and hummus. We pride ourselves on serving up authentic Middle Eastern flavors with the best service around. Book your table now!


We offer hookah at our restaurant and per California law, no one under 21 can be seated during times that hookah is being served. Children are welcome on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.More

Tahona Bar- Mezcal Tasting RoomTahona Bar- Mezcal Tasting Room
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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service | Old Town, San Diego

Our mission at Tahona is to educate and give reverence to the complexity and beauty of the Mexican culture through its most iconic beverage, mezcal and to become an epicenter of mezcal culture in San Diego. Our team has selected over 140 kinds of mezcals and our tasting experiences are meant to be fun and educational. Our tasting room is meant as a place of exploration that will allow you to expand your knowledge about agave spirits and what makes Mezcal so unique! It is important to note that we do not offer food in the tasting room unless for private buyouts.

Our mezcal tasting room also acts as a private dining space as it is connected to our restaurant Tahona. From a private 4 course mezcal paired dinner to large group mezcal tastings, we love hosting large parties. For more information about private dining, please contact our event coordinator helene@tahonabar.comMore