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San Diego Restaurant Week Veterans: 10 Spots Worth Visiting

Where to drop your dining dollars during SDRW.

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Love it or loathe it, with over 180 participating restaurants and eight days of dining, San Diego Restaurant Week is back with a bang on Sunday, January 17.

For the first 2016 installment of this bi-annual event, Eater has compiled a list of ten San Diego Restaurant Week stalwarts that are all offering special two and three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinner menus.

However, if you prefer full choice menus and less crowded dining rooms, remember that you can always create your own restaurant week by visiting — and supporting — any of your favorite or yet-to-try neighborhood eateries and their chefs not featured on the list.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bali Hai Restaurant

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2230 Shelter Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 222-1181
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Opened in 1954 San Diego's first "tiki temple" will be offering a $20 two-course lunch menu and a $30 three-course dinner menu filled with Asian-inspired food choices. Take your pick of pupus (spicy albacore, roasted pika salad), and follow up with entrees including Korean style fried chicken or the pepper-crusted mahi mahi. Dinner guests can also enjoy a chef’s choice dessert trio.

2. Mister A's

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2550 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 239-1377
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Treat yourself to a $20 lunch menu at San Diego’s most iconic rooftop restaurant, where for an additional $7.50 you can make it a three-course affair. Choices include hearts of baby Romaine followed by traditional seafood paella. A solid lineup of French classics will be on offer during dinner ($50), from country pâté, roasted “en croûte”, to an oven roasted Mediterranean branzino in Champagne beurre blanc, and citrus panna cotta to finish.

3. Pamplemousse Grille

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514 Via de La Valle
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 792-9090
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Chef‑owner Jeffrey Strauss’ elegant Solana Beach eatery will be serving up a suitably gourmet three-course dinner for $50 per person. Expect to see lobster ravioli, miso seabass with green tea noodles, and Hudson Valley duck confit on the menu. Desserts include a pear tarte-tartin and warm chocolate truffle cake.

4. The Westgate Hotel

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1055 2nd Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 238-1818
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Indulge in a little European elegance with award-winning executive Chef Fabrice Hardel during Restaurant Week. His two-course lunch menu costs $20 and consist of dishes like buratta “alla panna” and short rib “sous vide” with parsnip purée. The three-course dinner menu ($50 per person), features California quail blanquette, Alaskan king crab agnoloti and a trio of tirimasu, Tahitian vanilla panna cotta and passion fruit ravioli for dessert.

5. Dobson's Bar & Restaurant

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965 Broadway Cir
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 231-6771
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Enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer at this long-standing upscale Gaslamp eatery. Chef Martin San Roman’s offerings comprise a two-course lunch menu for $20, with choices like mussel Bisque en Croûte and grilled strip loin. While his three-course dinner menu ($50) features an 8 oz. filet mignon with escargot and Tiramisu with Danesi Coffee-Kahlua sauce for dessert.

6. Anthony's Fish Grotto

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1360 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-5103
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Have one last meal before Anthony's leaves this locations. Founded in 1946, San Diego's original seafood restaurant is offering its full menu during Restaurant Week when it will be charging a flat $10 fee for lunch and $30 for dinner. Choose from an array of seasonal fresh catches and multitude of favorites, including fish n’ chips, squid steak sandwiches, lobster tails and Alaskan King Crab legs.

7. Grant Grill

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326 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 744-2077
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Chef Mark Kropcynski's three-course dinner menu at the iconic Grant Grill costs $50 per person and includes selections such as little gem wedge salad, and sea scallops with English pea puree, braised fennel, prosciutto fresh figs and fig vincotto. Round out the meal with delectable desserts such as apple bread pudding, and house-made ice cream.

8. 1500 OCEAN

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1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 522-8490
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Enjoy a three-course tasting menu courtesy of Chef Meredith Manee at the historic Hotel del Coronado’s signature restaurant. With a stellar selection of firsts and mains, the menu costs $50 plus reserve wine pairing for an additional $40 per person. Delectable dinner options include market oysters, veal tenderloin and mushroom risotto with a spiced apple crumble for dessert. Visit UberToCoronado.com for up to $25 off rides to/and from the Crown City during Restaurant Week.

9. Island Prime & C Level

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880 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 298-6802
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Island Prime’s three-course feast costs $40 (excluding tax and gratuity) with an additional wine pairing for $15. Course options include lobster bisque, cedar plank roasted salmon, and an 8 oz. Compart Duroc pork chop with Gruyere au gratin potatoes. Entrees can be upgraded to pan roasted day boat scallops ($10), or an 18 oz. prime bone-in ribeye ($20). A key lime tart with pomegranate seeds and raspberry coulis is one of three choices for dessert.

10. George's at The Cove

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1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-4244
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La Jolla dining institution George’s is offering a three-course menu for $50 per person with optional beverage pairing for an additional $30. What to expect: Appetizers like yellowfin tuna “fish tacos” and a grilled octopus terrine, plus entrees including roasted Jidori chicken, and locally caught swordfish. Supplemental entrees are also available and range in price from $8-$30. Desserts come in the form of a whipped coconut, chia seed, bee pollen, coconut sorbet and ginger consommé, and a Chino Farms carrot cake.

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1. Bali Hai Restaurant

2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
Opened in 1954 San Diego's first "tiki temple" will be offering a $20 two-course lunch menu and a $30 three-course dinner menu filled with Asian-inspired food choices. Take your pick of pupus (spicy albacore, roasted pika salad), and follow up with entrees including Korean style fried chicken or the pepper-crusted mahi mahi. Dinner guests can also enjoy a chef’s choice dessert trio.
2230 Shelter Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92106

2. Mister A's

2550 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
Treat yourself to a $20 lunch menu at San Diego’s most iconic rooftop restaurant, where for an additional $7.50 you can make it a three-course affair. Choices include hearts of baby Romaine followed by traditional seafood paella. A solid lineup of French classics will be on offer during dinner ($50), from country pâté, roasted “en croûte”, to an oven roasted Mediterranean branzino in Champagne beurre blanc, and citrus panna cotta to finish.
2550 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

3. Pamplemousse Grille

514 Via de La Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Chef‑owner Jeffrey Strauss’ elegant Solana Beach eatery will be serving up a suitably gourmet three-course dinner for $50 per person. Expect to see lobster ravioli, miso seabass with green tea noodles, and Hudson Valley duck confit on the menu. Desserts include a pear tarte-tartin and warm chocolate truffle cake.
514 Via de La Valle
Solana Beach, CA 92075

4. The Westgate Hotel

1055 2nd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Indulge in a little European elegance with award-winning executive Chef Fabrice Hardel during Restaurant Week. His two-course lunch menu costs $20 and consist of dishes like buratta “alla panna” and short rib “sous vide” with parsnip purée. The three-course dinner menu ($50 per person), features California quail blanquette, Alaskan king crab agnoloti and a trio of tirimasu, Tahitian vanilla panna cotta and passion fruit ravioli for dessert.
1055 2nd Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

5. Dobson's Bar & Restaurant

965 Broadway Cir, San Diego, CA 92101
Enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer at this long-standing upscale Gaslamp eatery. Chef Martin San Roman’s offerings comprise a two-course lunch menu for $20, with choices like mussel Bisque en Croûte and grilled strip loin. While his three-course dinner menu ($50) features an 8 oz. filet mignon with escargot and Tiramisu with Danesi Coffee-Kahlua sauce for dessert.
965 Broadway Cir
San Diego, CA 92101

6. Anthony's Fish Grotto

1360 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Have one last meal before Anthony's leaves this locations. Founded in 1946, San Diego's original seafood restaurant is offering its full menu during Restaurant Week when it will be charging a flat $10 fee for lunch and $30 for dinner. Choose from an array of seasonal fresh catches and multitude of favorites, including fish n’ chips, squid steak sandwiches, lobster tails and Alaskan King Crab legs.
1360 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

7. Grant Grill

326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
Chef Mark Kropcynski's three-course dinner menu at the iconic Grant Grill costs $50 per person and includes selections such as little gem wedge salad, and sea scallops with English pea puree, braised fennel, prosciutto fresh figs and fig vincotto. Round out the meal with delectable desserts such as apple bread pudding, and house-made ice cream.
326 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

8. 1500 OCEAN

1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Enjoy a three-course tasting menu courtesy of Chef Meredith Manee at the historic Hotel del Coronado’s signature restaurant. With a stellar selection of firsts and mains, the menu costs $50 plus reserve wine pairing for an additional $40 per person. Delectable dinner options include market oysters, veal tenderloin and mushroom risotto with a spiced apple crumble for dessert. Visit UberToCoronado.com for up to $25 off rides to/and from the Crown City during Restaurant Week.
1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118

9. Island Prime & C Level

880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Island Prime’s three-course feast costs $40 (excluding tax and gratuity) with an additional wine pairing for $15. Course options include lobster bisque, cedar plank roasted salmon, and an 8 oz. Compart Duroc pork chop with Gruyere au gratin potatoes. Entrees can be upgraded to pan roasted day boat scallops ($10), or an 18 oz. prime bone-in ribeye ($20). A key lime tart with pomegranate seeds and raspberry coulis is one of three choices for dessert.
880 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

10. George's at The Cove

1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla dining institution George’s is offering a three-course menu for $50 per person with optional beverage pairing for an additional $30. What to expect: Appetizers like yellowfin tuna “fish tacos” and a grilled octopus terrine, plus entrees including roasted Jidori chicken, and locally caught swordfish. Supplemental entrees are also available and range in price from $8-$30. Desserts come in the form of a whipped coconut, chia seed, bee pollen, coconut sorbet and ginger consommé, and a Chino Farms carrot cake.
1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

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