R E S T A U R A N T S - ENJOY COASTAL DINING IN SHORES OF SAN DIEGO, CA
CORONADO, CA 92118
Not only does Candelas on the Bay have a prime location with a beautiful view of Downtown San Diego, it has inventive Mexican cuisine that promises guests an interesting and special dining experience. One of the best parts of Candelas on the Bay is the exciting scene of Coronado beachgoers and the San Diego Bay that can be seen from every seat in the house. This restaurant is the sister restaurant of Candelas Downtown and carries over the same creative “Mexico City” style dishes created by Executive Chef Eduardo Baeza. This restaurant is suitable for people willing to test their palates and try new flavor combinations, and for those looking to enjoy the San Diego skyline.
Il Fornaio - Del Mar- Address: 1555 Camino Del Mar #301, Del Mar, CA 92014 – Casual to Fine Dining
Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals.
Sbicca - Address: 215 15th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014 – Casual to Fine Dining
The seaside city of Del Mar holds an array of charms, but until you’ve experienced a meal at Sbicca, you’ll not know how charming it can be. Owned and run by husband-and-wife team Dan and Susan Sbicca, the seaside restaurant is a quintessential neighborhood bistro. The restaurant proper offers an open, airy setting and comfortable vibe, while a separate bistro bar is a gathering place for locals, with an outstanding wine selection and a renowned happy hour. While Dan manages the front of the house, Susan runs the kitchen, putting together an array of refreshing, modern American cuisine that melds regional flavors, incorporates global ingredients, and doesn’t hesitate to play up comfort food favorites.
DOWNTOWN LA JOLLA, 92037
Tapenade - Address: 7612 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037 - Fine Dining
Since opening in 1998, Tapenade has established itself as a La Jolla institution. Diners frequent the sophisticated establishment for acclaimed chef Jean-Michel Diot’s Provençal-style French cooking. Diot, who comes to San Diego after a successful career in Paris and New York, offers a consistently award-winning menu, while Tapenade’s welcoming atmosphere and excellent service compliment the cuisine. For an exceptional experience, Diot offers a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings, offered daily.
Whisknladle - Address: 1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037 - Casual Dining
The new project of Arturo Kassel and Ryan Johnston, Whisknladle, is one of most honest, down-to-earth, and genuine restaurants around. The transformed space, which was once home to Fresh[er], now houses a contemporary neighborhood bistro with a back-to-basics approach. Johnston’s menu celebrates local sources, house-made provisions, and traditional preparations, while Kassel’s wine list, as before, is focused on quality and diversity. Guests will find small plates, seasonal creations, and a truly welcoming space that now boasts an after-hours lounge as a casual nightlife destination.
A new concept in fine dining, Georges California Modern is the result of a contemporary renovation of the beloved George’s at the Cove Fine Dining Restaurant in La Jolla. Partners George Hauer, Mark Oliver, and Trey Foshee (who is also the restaurant's Executive Chef) present a re-imagined vision of the restaurant, offering sophisticated yet relaxed dining in a modern aesthetic, emphasized by a completely renovated space, a new international wine list, and a fearlessly diverse menu that continues to celebrate fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients while incorporating worldly influences.
This restaurant offers a selection of seafood, meat, and game dishes, often at premium prices. The atmosphere is formal and the wine list varied. Located in La Jolla, the restaurant is housed in the former Spindrift Inn, and is now owned by the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
At this family-run Italian restaurant, Chef-owner Cinzia (pronounced chin-see-ah) Mezzetti has transported the essence of his Milan birthplace to the charming Pacific Beach setting. As a native who knows the niceties of Mediterranean dining, Cinzia prides herself with a variety of homemade pastas, specialty dishes and thin crust pizza's which are a local favorite. Co-Owner Francesco Mezzetti completes the authenticity of a good family run restaurant
California has a relaxed approach to dining. None of the fine dining establishments require jackets, in fact with respect to most, jeans are acceptable in restaurants that are referred to as Fine Dining. Call restaurant for further details.