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Fine Dining in San Diego

Living It Up for a Special Occasion

San Diego has many exceptional fine dining restaurants to celebrate milestone events, entertain clients or savor an evening of romance with first-rate cuisine, stellar service and enchanting ambiance.

When Nothing but the Best Will Do

The art of fine dining is alive and well in San Diego whether you’re in the mood for oceanfront coastal cuisine, the flavors of France, white tablecloth experiences with buttoned-up service, steakhouse extravaganzas or fireside rendezvous. Reservations are highly recommended at these upscale establishments.

Featured Restaurants

A.R. Valentien - The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Dazzling cuisine, much of it in the California/contemporary vein, is the main draw at this gorgeous dining room overlooking Torrey Pines' famous golf course at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. Seafood, duck, veal; even the vegetables shine at this destination for gold-card business travelers and couples seeking a special night out.

Addison

Southern California's only AAA Diamond and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Addison features Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley’s artisanal approach to cooking. Highlighting local and seasonal ingredients, Chef Bradley prepares contemporary French cuisine with creativity, superb preparation and beautiful presentation. The signature restaurant at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Addison's fine dining menu is complemented by an award-winning wine list of nearly 3,600 selections.

BICE Restorante

Housemade pasta with innovative combinations, delicious sauces, signature cocktails and an elegant dining room make this Italian restaurant a stand-out in San Diego. BICE, located in the Gaslamp Quarter, also features an impressive cheese bar menu and first rate wine list. 

Donovan's Steak & Chop House

A classic steakhouse where USDA Prime steaks reign supreme and excellent market seafood is available for those non-steak moments. The wine selection has earned the prestigious Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Locations in both Gaslamp Quarter and La Jolla.

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

With locations at the Headquarters at Seaport Village and in La Jolla, Eddie V's offers prime hand cut steaks, fresh seafood and live jazz in an elegant setting. Also available is a comfortable lounge and fresh oyster bar and over 200 wines curated by a Master Sommelier. 

Georges at The Cove

Executive Chef/Partner Trey Foshee serves "California Modern" cuisine from a beautifully appointed dining room with stunning views of the La Jolla shoreline. Locally sourced ingredients such as Chino Farms produce and Pacific seafood are just the start. The restaurant offers an 8-course Chef's Tasting Menu that's a foodies dream and other delicious dishes that change daily. 

Le Fontainebleau

Located at the Westgate Hotel in Downtown San Diego and only open for its dressy Sunday Champagne brunch, Le Fontainebleau is utterly refined and very French, with stunning floral displays, opulent décor and food fit for royalty. Expect formal service and classic dishes.

The Marine Room

Right on the beach at La Jolla Shores, the Marine Room pairs an incredible location with expertly prepared French, Mediterranean and California cuisine. Most tables offer views of surf and sky; during the winter, the restaurant hosts special High Tide Breakfasts, with the waves pounding right against the windows.

Mistral

A combination of French sophistication and California sensibilities make the menu at Mistral both interesting and inviting. Delicious fresh seafood topped with herbs grown on property, or perfectly prepared steaks with truffle butter or red wine demi, are paired with sweeping views of the bay and San Diego skyline from Mistral's waterfront location at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Truluck's Seafood, Steak & Crab House

Located in La Jolla, fresh juicy steak, fresh seafood and crab flown in from their own fisheries are Truluck's signature dishes. A beautiful dining room and a wine program recognized with Wine Spectator Magazine's Award of Excellence further elevate the overall dining experience. 

1500 Ocean Avenue

Special occasions call for special places and 1500 Ocean Avenue restaurant at the Hotel del Coronado never fails to deliver with its fresh coastal cuisine and spot on service. Enjoy the beautiful ocean views while you dine and afterward, take a moonlit stroll along the boardwalk for a truly romantic evening. 

Other Fine Dining Restaurants

Bertrand at Mr. A's

Go for the view—a sweeping, 12th-floor vista of downtown, San Diego Harbor, Point Loma and beyond—and stay for the contemporary American cuisine. Superb wine list, sleek surroundings (including patio dining at eye level with planes heading for the nearby airport) and exceptional service make Bertrand's a standout for any fine dining occasion.

Mille Fleurs

Long celebrated as one of San Diego's top restaurants, Mille Fleurs in Rancho Santa Fe boasts haute cuisine, elegant décor, top-notch service and an intimate hacienda setting. Tucked off a tree-lined lane in San Diego's toniest neighborhood, the place is exclusive, expensive and worth every cent. A courtyard offers divine outdoor dining and the piano bar is a perfect place for a nightcap.

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