5/22/2012 10:27:00 AM

San Diego's 10 Best-Looking Restaurants

Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens
Sometimes you're as hungry for some stunning decor as you are for mouthwatering chow. So where to feed your eyeballs? Below find San Diego's top 10 best-looking restaurants, as ranked by their Decor score. Which are you favorites? Let us know by voting.

No. 1: Addison
Grand Del Mar, 5200 Grand Del Mar Way; 858-314-1900
Food: 27
Decor: 28
Service: 28
Cost: $123
“When you want to be treated like a king or queen”, this “foodie heaven” in Carmel Valley’s ultra-opulent Grand Del Mar Hotel “can’t be topped” – it’s No. 1 for Service in the San Diego Survey – and its “flawless” staff is matched by a “wow!” “glamorous and romantic” setting; yes, it’s a serious “splurge”, but its “luxurious three-hour” extravaganzas featuring chef William Bradley’s “impeccably prepared” New French fare and “stellar wines” make it the “crème de la crème” of “special-occasion destinations.”

No. 3: Vivace
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
7100 Aviara Resort Dr., Carlsbad; 760-448-1234
Food: 25
Decor: 27
Service: 26
Cost: $69
As “beautiful” and “sleek” as ever after a switch from the Four Seasons to Park Hyatt, this “upscale” Carlsbad Italian still wows with its “sublime” setting in which “even an aging hubby looks romantic in the candlelight glow”; this “top-class” contender also boasts “excellent”, “knowledgeable” service and “NYC-quality” fare from a kitchen that’s “accommodating to special requests”, so while all agree it’s “expensive”, most say it’s “worth it for a special occasion.”

No. 2: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Stone Brewing Co., 1999 W. Citracado Pkwy.; 760-294-7866
Food: 21
Decor: 27
Service: 21
Cost: $31
Devotees dub this brewery-restaurant in Escondido the “holy grail of craft brewing”, where the “impressive” environs include an “amazing industrial interior” and a “beautiful outdoor garden”, all “in the middle of nowhere”; an “unparalleled beer selection” complements the “innovative” menu of Eclectic cuisine emphasizing “organic” and “sustainable” products, and though some say the fare can be “hit-or-miss”, most agree the “awesome” brews and “spectacular setting” make it “totally worth the drive”; P.S. “stick around for the tour while you’re there.”

No. 4: JRDN
Tower 23 Hotel
723 Felspar St.; 858-270-5736
Food: 22
Decor: 27
Service: 20
Cost: $46
For “stunning views” of the “San Diego sunset over the ocean” and “a special night out” on the Pacific Beach boardwalk (adjacent to Tower 23), this “hip” ocean-fronter is seriously “impressive”, and the “fine-dining” Californian fare featuring “modern combinations and selections” is “very good too”; the “beautiful patio” is where the “amazing beach/surfer” scenery and “people-watching is the best”; P.S. it also offers a “reasonably priced, delicious” brunch – but just “wear your sun block.”

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe; 858-759-6216
Food: 24
Decor: 27
Service: 25
Cost: $63
“Leave the troubles of the world” behind and head out to this “favorite” at the “heavenly” Rancho Santa Fe resort (it “shouts wealth and elegance”) for an “excellent”, “luxurious” Cal-Mediterranean meal presided over by a “gracious” staff; sure, it’s “expensive”, but brunches, lunches and dinners are “special” in its “glorious” French-inspired setting complete with “fabulous patio”, and you can always book a room for a truly “magical night.”

No. 6: Bertrand at Mister A's
Fifth Avenue Financial Ctr.
2550 Fifth Ave., 12th fl.; 619-239-1377
Food: 25
Decor: 27
Service: 26
Cost: $70
“Killer views” from atop Bankers Hill assure that this long-running landmark is “always a special treat”, as do its “outstanding”, “inspiringly presented” New American creations with a French accent from chef Stéphane Voitzwinkler; celeb proprietor Bertrand Hug (of Mille Fleurs fame) directs an “obliging, attentive” staff that satisfies “your every whim”, meaning the overall package is “perfect for special occasions” – especially if you nab a “table near the windows to best appreciate the panoramic” vista – but just know that it all comes with “prices to match.”

No. 7: Marine Room
2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla; 866-644-2351
Food: 25
Decor: 26
Service: 25
Cost: $63
“It feels like you’re in the water” when “waves lick the windows” during high tide at La Jolla’s “premier” place “to impress” “right on the beach”, where “artful” chef Bernard Guillas employs “amazing” ingredients in his “divine”, ever-changing French-Eclectic dishes that are matched by a wine list to “drool over”; it’s an evening of “total serenity and bliss” that’ll “blow away” visitors – but consider letting them pay for the “splurge”; P.S. “don’t miss” the special “high-tide brunches” in winter.

No. 8: A.R. Valentien
Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla; 858-777-6635
Food: 26
Decor: 26
Service: 25
Cost: $69
The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ “stellar” eatery proffers “divine” “farm-fresh” Californian cuisine – chef Jeff Jackson writes the menu daily around the market’s best “local picks” – in a “beautiful Craftsman-style” setting that’s adorned with paintings by the namesake San Diego painter and boasts “exceptional views across the golf course”; “impeccable service” completes the “romantic experience” for well-dressed “locals and visitors”, who note you’d better “have enough space on your credit card” for the sizable bill – though it’s resoundingly voted “worth the price.”

No. 9: Island Prime
880 Harbor Island Dr.;619-298-6802
Food: 24
Decor: 26
Service: 23
Cost: $51
“Pricey” for sure, partly because it enjoys a “perfect setting” on San Diego Bay, this “beautiful” entry is actually two eateries in one: Island Prime is fine dining, while the no-reserving C Level Lounge is more casual, with a “first-place view of the city skyline” from its patio; “another gem from chef Deborah Scott”, it boasts “delicious, Californian-style” seafood and steak delivered by a “fabulous” crew – no surprise, it’s “a special-occasion favorite.”

No. 10: Anthology
1337 India St.; 619-595-0300
Food: 21
Decor: 26
Service: 20
Cost: $49
A “cool place” Downtown that jazz (and rock and R&B) babies decree one of the “best music venues in San Diego”, this “stylish” supper club offers “quality” contemporary Californian cuisine considered way “better than average for a night” spot; factor in the “beautiful”, “modern” multilevel space, and all in all it’s a “very pleasant evening” here according to its hipsters-of-all-ages clientele, sizable tariffs and sometimes-“stretched” service notwithstanding.



1 comment :

  1. Thanks for providing useful information.. There are some amazing San Diego country club in this area as well where you can enjoy with your beloved ones. Recently I have seen The Farms Golf Club which has well designed desert wedding locations & exceptional dining venues. It looks the best place for organizing & hosting all the events as well.

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