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San Diego, California, USA

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San Diego Dining

San Diego is a gourmet’s dream. But the cuisine of the city is also diverse and uncomplicated. Wood-fired pizzas as well as Mexican specialties top the lists of favorites.

Elegant
A nice start to a vacation could be dinner at Bertrand at Mister A’s. It’s located at the top of one of the tallest skyscrapers. This American restaurant boasts outstanding views of the city and the Pacific. The menu offers land and sea treats like Angus beef and scallops.

However, for those looking for a romantic spot and the best dining in San Diego, Mille Fleurs is ideal. It’s reminiscent of a French country inn. It’s located inside an Estate in Rancho Santa Fe. This beautiful restaurant is adorned by two fireplaces that sit on each side of the dining room. Seared scallops and prime beef are the favorite choices.

Tip: The restaurant’s dessert menu has been described as the best in San Diego. Don’t miss the chocolate fondant.

For an international flavor among romantic settings, try Primavera Ristorante. It’s located in the center of Coronado. This Italian style villa serves delicious risottos, beef and seafood. The Filet Mignon with wild mushroom sauce is a must.

EXY is another fabulous choice for fine dining in San Diego. Candle light and soft music add to the amazing experience. The chef creates art-like dishes with simple ingredients. Scallops and lobster are placed on a small plate and decorated with floating scallions and wild flowers.

A favorite among travelers is Baci Ristorante. It’s authentic Italian and elegance all the way. Waiters dressed in tuxedos serve fresh made pastas and seafood. The wine list offers choices for ordering by the glass or half bottle.

Elegant and inexpensive usually don’t go together, but Donovan’s of La Jolla is that and more. It’s said that the prime steaks are divine. Seafood lovers will delight in the North Atlantic salmon.

Moderate and Casual
Georges of California is a fun place to enjoy fresh seafood. Table-side made Caesar salads are superb. Its décor is contemporary and the prices affordable.

Another casual place for dining in San Diego is Terra. Its talented chef creates a seasonal menu. Shrimp pasta always tops the list of most ordered items. A must not to be missed is the skirt steak marinated with Mexican spices.

Candelas on the Bay is also quite innovative. It offers exceptional vistas as well as quality food. The Chilean sea bass is well prepared and best of all, inexpensive.

And if you want dramatic, Kemo Sabe is it. The chef gets in such creative moods that you don’t know whether to eat your meal or photograph it. How about steak with floating vegetables and cascades of puree? It’s a must see.

The Dakota Grill, located atop a skyscraper, is arguably among the best. Try the home-style cooking with a California cuisine spin. The meatloaf wrapped in bacon is divine.

Dining in San Diego is an artistic as well as a gastronomic experience, not soon to be forgotten.
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