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12 Eater Picks for San Diego Restaurant Week

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It's that time again...San Diego Restaurant Week is back starting September 15. This twice-yearly event from the California Restaurant Association is a pleasure for some restaurants and like a trip to the dentist for others.

To help you sort through the fray, we've carefully curated a dozen recommendations (in no particular order) from the list of 174 participating restaurants.

Or, peruse our last Restaurant Week map for a completely different but similarly worthy set of options, since some eateries will extend their deals for another week.

Use these lists as motivation to check out the restaurant you've always wanted to try or make up your own adventure. Give some love to a new or favorite eatery, even if it's not an official Restaurant Week partner. (Our Eater 38 has some suggestions for you too.)

· San Diego Restaurant Week [Official Site]
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Whisknladle

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1044 Wall St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-7575
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Instead of limiting selections to a static list of Restaurant Week dishes, Whisknladle is opening up their entire menu to diners; put together your own meal for $40.

2. Azuki Sushi Lounge

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2321 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 238-4760
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This sweet Bankers Hill sushi spot is participating in both lunch and dinner. The $30, three course prix fixe includes grilled oysters, miso black cod and yogurt panna cotta. There's also an optional sake pairing.

3. Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen

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530 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 501-6795
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Wade Hageman's new Hillcrest restaurant specializes in handmade pasta; the $30 dinner menu includes their fettuccine alfredo and angel hair pasta with prawns. Make sure to finish with the butterscotch pudding.

4. Cucina Urbana

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505 Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-2222
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Home to some of the hottest tables in town, CUCINA urbana is offering three dinner menus, priced at $25, $30 or $35 for three courses.

5. Delicias

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6106 Paseo Delicias
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 756-8000
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Restaurant Week might be the time to try this elegant Rancho Santa Fe restaurant where chef Steve Molina is cooking up seasonal, sophisticated food. The $40 menu includes local pork and halibut.

6. Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse

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668 6th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 338-0500
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This just-opened carnivore's paradise has an impressive salad bar for vegetarians too. For Restaurant Week, the steakhouse is shaving a few dollars off its prices for the all-you-can-consume lunch and dinner.

7. Farm House Cafe

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2121 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 269-9662
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A perennial favorite, this cozy French restaurant will serve a $30 dinner with optional wine pairings, but they're also offering their full menu a la carte.

8. Market Restaurant & Bar

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3702 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 523-0007
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This Carl Schroeder-helmed Del Mar stalwart is closing briefly for a short makeover in October. Stop in now for a taste of his ingredient-driven cuisine; the $40 menu will be offered until 9/29.

9. Jsix Restaurant

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616 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 531-8744
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This downtown restaurant, overseen by chef Christian Graves, is offering $30 prix fixe with a good variety of selections per course. There'a also a different drink deal every night of the week, from beer flights to 1/2 priced wine bottles.

10. The Fishery

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5040 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 272-9985
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Seafood doesn't come much fresher than at this Pacific Beach eatery that's also home base for a local seafood distributor. The starter choices on chef Paul Arias' $40 menu include albacore crudo and swordfish meatballs.

11. Amaya at the Grand Del Mar

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5300 Grand Del Mar Ct.
San Diego, CA 92130

This North County restaurant is a fine dining splurge, so why not try it out via their more accessible $40 Restaurant Week menu? Chef William Bradley's offering up prawn carpaccio and seared sea bass with lobster bordelaise.

12. The Hake Kitchen & Bar

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1250 Prospect St, Ste B10
San Diego, CA 92037
(858) 454-1637
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Well-respected Mexico City restaurateurs opened this seafood-centric spot in June. Try it now; the dinner prix fixe includes a tuna tostada and grilled octopus.

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1. Whisknladle

1044 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037

Instead of limiting selections to a static list of Restaurant Week dishes, Whisknladle is opening up their entire menu to diners; put together your own meal for $40.

1044 Wall St
La Jolla, CA 92037

2. Azuki Sushi Lounge

2321 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

This sweet Bankers Hill sushi spot is participating in both lunch and dinner. The $30, three course prix fixe includes grilled oysters, miso black cod and yogurt panna cotta. There's also an optional sake pairing.

2321 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101

3. Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen

530 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Wade Hageman's new Hillcrest restaurant specializes in handmade pasta; the $30 dinner menu includes their fettuccine alfredo and angel hair pasta with prawns. Make sure to finish with the butterscotch pudding.

530 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

4. Cucina Urbana

505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101

Home to some of the hottest tables in town, CUCINA urbana is offering three dinner menus, priced at $25, $30 or $35 for three courses.

505 Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92101

5. Delicias

6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Restaurant Week might be the time to try this elegant Rancho Santa Fe restaurant where chef Steve Molina is cooking up seasonal, sophisticated food. The $40 menu includes local pork and halibut.

6106 Paseo Delicias
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

6. Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse

668 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

This just-opened carnivore's paradise has an impressive salad bar for vegetarians too. For Restaurant Week, the steakhouse is shaving a few dollars off its prices for the all-you-can-consume lunch and dinner.

668 6th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

7. Farm House Cafe

2121 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

A perennial favorite, this cozy French restaurant will serve a $30 dinner with optional wine pairings, but they're also offering their full menu a la carte.

2121 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

8. Market Restaurant & Bar

3702 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

This Carl Schroeder-helmed Del Mar stalwart is closing briefly for a short makeover in October. Stop in now for a taste of his ingredient-driven cuisine; the $40 menu will be offered until 9/29.

3702 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014

9. Jsix Restaurant

616 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

This downtown restaurant, overseen by chef Christian Graves, is offering $30 prix fixe with a good variety of selections per course. There'a also a different drink deal every night of the week, from beer flights to 1/2 priced wine bottles.

616 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

10. The Fishery

5040 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109

Seafood doesn't come much fresher than at this Pacific Beach eatery that's also home base for a local seafood distributor. The starter choices on chef Paul Arias' $40 menu include albacore crudo and swordfish meatballs.

5040 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109

11. Amaya at the Grand Del Mar

5300 Grand Del Mar Ct., San Diego, CA 92130

This North County restaurant is a fine dining splurge, so why not try it out via their more accessible $40 Restaurant Week menu? Chef William Bradley's offering up prawn carpaccio and seared sea bass with lobster bordelaise.

5300 Grand Del Mar Ct.
San Diego, CA 92130

12. The Hake Kitchen & Bar

1250 Prospect St, Ste B10, San Diego, CA 92037

Well-respected Mexico City restaurateurs opened this seafood-centric spot in June. Try it now; the dinner prix fixe includes a tuna tostada and grilled octopus.

1250 Prospect St, Ste B10
San Diego, CA 92037

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