Taste the bounty of Southern California
at restaurants that take pride in using
local produce, meats and cheeses. Chef
Trey Foshee of George’s California
Modern (1250 Prospect St., La Jolla) serves
exceptional seasonal California fare
alongside stellar views of La Jolla Cove.
The menu at The Red Door highlights
produce grown at the owner’s farm atop
Mount Helix (741 W. Washington St.,
Mission Hills). Indulge in the six-course
“Mercy of the Chef” tasting menu at
Nine-Ten in the Grande Colonial Hotel
(910 Prospect St., La Jolla), which creatively incorporates locally sourced ingredients and, at $89 per person ($134 with
wine pairings), is one of the city’s best
fine dining values. Chef Carl Schroeder
has received national acclaim for his
ever-changing seasonal menus at Market
Restaurant + Bar (3702 Via de la Valle, Del
Mar) and Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant
(2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill).
Top seafood restaurants in San Diego
range from high-end to laid-back, but
always feature the freshest fish and shellfish.
The posh Water Grill impresses with its
decor, iced seafood towers and raw bar
selections (615 J St., Gaslamp Quarter).
For alfresco dining, Oceana Coastal
Kitchen at the Catamaran Resort Hotel
sits right on Mission Bay, an ideal spot
for king crab legs, sea bass ceviche or a
seafood tower. Diners love the 800-gallon
vertical jellyfish tank in the center of the
dining room (3999 Mission Blvd., Mission
Beach). Herringbone is a design gem
with 100-year-old olive trees and twinkling lights; don’t miss Top Chef Brian
Malarkey’s shrimp ’n’ grits or whole-fish
ceviche (7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla). Point
Loma Seafoods, a harborside fish market
and café, bustles with happy diners because
the clam chowder and breaded seafood
served with house-made tartar sauce are
delicious (2805 Emerson St., Point Loma).
WHITE TABLECLOTH ELEGANCE
For more formal dining and service,
artisanal French contemporary cuisine is
complemented by an award-winning wine
list at Addison, the signature restaurant at
Fairmont Grand Del Mar, headed by James
Beard–nominated chef William Bradley.
(5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Carmel Valley).
Book a high-tide breakfast at The Marine
Room (2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla) and
watch waves crash against the picture windows while sipping mimosas and enjoying
Grand Marnier chocolate brioche French
toast. At A.R. Valentien, chef Jeff Jackson
prepares the seasonal dishes for a weekly
family-style dinner on the restaurant’s
lovely terrace overlooking Torrey Pines
Golf Course (11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La
Jolla). 1500 Ocean is The Del’s signature
oceanfront restaurant, spotlighting California coastal cuisine. The hotel’s fresh herb
and vegetable gardens supply the chefs with
flavorful ingredients, as do the local single-line anglers (1500 Orange Ave., Coronado).
Explore San Diego’s best restaurants, from fine dining to fast-casual.
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Pork chop with
The Red Door