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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]
· All Eater San Diego Maps [~ESD~]

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Whisknladle

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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.

Azuki Sushi Lounge

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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.

Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen

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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.

Cucina Urbana

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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.

Delicias

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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.

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse

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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.

Farm House Cafe

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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.

Market Restaurant & Bar

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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.

Jsix Restaurant

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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.

The Fishery

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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.

Amaya at the Grand Del Mar

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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.

The Hake Kitchen & Bar

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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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Whisknladle

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.

Azuki Sushi Lounge

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.

Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen

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.

Cucina Urbana

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.

Delicias

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.

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse

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.

Farm House Cafe

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.

Market Restaurant & Bar

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.

Jsix Restaurant

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.

The Fishery

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.

Amaya at the Grand Del Mar

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.

The Hake Kitchen & Bar

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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