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10 New Spots to Try During San Diego Restaurant Week

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Yes, San Diego Restaurant Week is back again for its 13th annual edition. The first run of the twice-yearly event returns this Sunday, January 15 and continues through Sunday, January 22. With over 180 restaurants participating and offering prix fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner, now's the time to catch a deal at a pricier spot, revisit a neighborhood gem, or check out a new-to-you eatery; we've parsed the list and picked out a selection of 10 solid new restaurants that emerged onto the dining scene in 2016.

And if you're not a fan of Restaurant Week, create your own version by supporting your local favorite haunts or getting out to try a recently-opened eatery that might not be on the list. Our Eater 38 and Eater Heatmap have more than a week's worth of restaurant suggestions just for you.

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The owners of this legendary Berkeley tapas destination chose Rancho Santa Fe for their second location, which serves its signature menu of small plates that combine authentic flavor with seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby Chino Farm. Cesar's Restaurant Week dinner menu is offered for $30.

Et Voilà!

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This charming bistro on Adams Avenue is a welcome addition to the local French restaurant landscape. Offering a $40 dinner menu during Restaurant Week, courses include smoked duck breast served with port wine and fig sauce and a pear tart with amaretto ice cream.

Pacific Standard Costal Kitchen

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There a 'Top Chef' alum in the kitchen of this bright and modern restaurant that centers its menu around coastal-inspired cuisine and local purveyors. The $40 SDRW dinner menu includes chicken liver mousse, a meatless version of warming cassoulet, and a banana doughnut.

A European chef put down roots in Carmel Valley and opened a sleek, modern eatery influenced by Mediterranean and Asian flavors. For SDRW, there are both lunch and dinner menu options, for $20 and $40 respectively, that include salmon tartare, beef carpaccio, white truffle chicken and grassfed filet mignon.

CUCINA sorella

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The newish addition to a restaurant family known for accessible Italian-inspired food has a focus on handmade pasta, featured in three prix fixe menu options for SDRW that range from bucatini with meatballs to pappardelle bolognese and agnolotti with bay shrimp and scallops.

The Grill at Torrey Pines

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A recent big-budget makeover has transformed this casual eatery which still has the same sensibilities as its fine dining counterpart, AR Valentien. The $40 SDRW dinner menu showcases seasonal produce and the prowess of its outdoor wood-fire cookery suite through wood grilled tri tip and wood roasted vegetables.

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Bull & Grain

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Executive chef Daniel Barron is back, and making his mark on the local culinary scene in the kitchen of this hip Hillcrest haunt, which is featuring a $30 SDRW dinner menu that offers up practically the entire menu, ranging from local opah ceviche and braised Duroc pork shank, as prix fixe options.

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Master French chef Patrick Ponsaty's new namesake restaurant in North County highlights the cuisines of the Basque region of France and Spain. The $50 SDRW menu includes indulgences such as foie gras terrine, slow-roasted beef and the classically elegant floating island dessert.

Cooking up modern Mexican cuisine and bringing an upscale vibe to Pacific Beach, Pueblo is offering a $30 SDRW menu with more options than most. The six entree choices include chicken mole, lobster enchiladas and shrimp chile rellenos.

One Door North

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This stylish new sister to The Smoking Goat brings the outdoors in with a camping-inspired setting and a locally-inspired menu of American classics. The $40 SDRW menu ranging from shrimp and grits to a New York steak or half chicken and make your own s'mores option for dessert.

César

The owners of this legendary Berkeley tapas destination chose Rancho Santa Fe for their second location, which serves its signature menu of small plates that combine authentic flavor with seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby Chino Farm. Cesar's Restaurant Week dinner menu is offered for $30.

Et Voilà!

This charming bistro on Adams Avenue is a welcome addition to the local French restaurant landscape. Offering a $40 dinner menu during Restaurant Week, courses include smoked duck breast served with port wine and fig sauce and a pear tart with amaretto ice cream.

Pacific Standard Costal Kitchen

There a 'Top Chef' alum in the kitchen of this bright and modern restaurant that centers its menu around coastal-inspired cuisine and local purveyors. The $40 SDRW dinner menu includes chicken liver mousse, a meatless version of warming cassoulet, and a banana doughnut.

Crudo

A European chef put down roots in Carmel Valley and opened a sleek, modern eatery influenced by Mediterranean and Asian flavors. For SDRW, there are both lunch and dinner menu options, for $20 and $40 respectively, that include salmon tartare, beef carpaccio, white truffle chicken and grassfed filet mignon.

CUCINA sorella

The newish addition to a restaurant family known for accessible Italian-inspired food has a focus on handmade pasta, featured in three prix fixe menu options for SDRW that range from bucatini with meatballs to pappardelle bolognese and agnolotti with bay shrimp and scallops.

The Grill at Torrey Pines

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A recent big-budget makeover has transformed this casual eatery which still has the same sensibilities as its fine dining counterpart, AR Valentien. The $40 SDRW dinner menu showcases seasonal produce and the prowess of its outdoor wood-fire cookery suite through wood grilled tri tip and wood roasted vegetables.

Courtesy photo

Bull & Grain

Executive chef Daniel Barron is back, and making his mark on the local culinary scene in the kitchen of this hip Hillcrest haunt, which is featuring a $30 SDRW dinner menu that offers up practically the entire menu, ranging from local opah ceviche and braised Duroc pork shank, as prix fixe options.

Ponsaty's

Master French chef Patrick Ponsaty's new namesake restaurant in North County highlights the cuisines of the Basque region of France and Spain. The $50 SDRW menu includes indulgences such as foie gras terrine, slow-roasted beef and the classically elegant floating island dessert.

Pueblo

Cooking up modern Mexican cuisine and bringing an upscale vibe to Pacific Beach, Pueblo is offering a $30 SDRW menu with more options than most. The six entree choices include chicken mole, lobster enchiladas and shrimp chile rellenos.

One Door North

This stylish new sister to The Smoking Goat brings the outdoors in with a camping-inspired setting and a locally-inspired menu of American classics. The $40 SDRW menu ranging from shrimp and grits to a New York steak or half chicken and make your own s'mores option for dessert.

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