Sister restaurant to Humphrey's by the Bay in San Diego, the Grill offers fine food perched on top of the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel. Light, open Asian-flavored decor provides a cheerful background for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The signature Prixe Fixe meal offers dramatic dining for two, beginning with a bottle of Chardonnay or Merlot, proceeding with a soup or salad course, a selection from eight entrees and a shared dessert. Entree choices include Halibut Macadamia, Prime Rib, Filet Mignon or the "Taste of San Diego" shrimp.
Only steps away from the famous La Jolla Shore, this establishment is always crowded with locals, ranging from college students to business professionals. An eclectic assortment of tables and chairs is accompanied by lively jazz music playing overhead. In addition, a surprisingly extensive menu features breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Popular entrees include the Tuna Melt, Shrimp Pasta Salad, and Turkey Lasagna. Meanwhile, dozens of pastries line a glass display case at the order counter. Choose from tarts, cakes, croissants and danish.
The atmosphere at this popular restaurant and bar is best characterized as colorful. The bright yellow sign, along with a front door featuring yellow, blue and green prints, welcome guests into the restaurant. Once inside, guests will notice colorful tabletops as well as mural-covered walls. The small, busy restaurant offers juke box music and a big bar. Carne asada- grilled steak, tops the menu, including combination of tacos, tortas and burritos. The place also offers marinated steak with a cheese enchilada and guacamole. Jose's Court Room is the place for great craft cocktails and delectable eats done the authentic Mexican way.
The Shores Steak & Seafood restaurant combines classic steakhouse favorites and innovative coastal cuisine with spectacular oceanfront views. Their focus is on exceptional quality and fresh local ingredients. The restaurant's surf-side views and inviting atmosphere make for a dining experience you won't soon forget. The restaurant is located at the Sea Lodge Hotel on La Jolla Shores. Call or visit their website for menus and reservations.
Jay's Gourmet Restaurant combines a casual atmosphere with incredible culinary favorites. Guests may sit at the bar, which covers one wall, or at wooden tables. Pictures of family and friends decorate the inside walls, while the outdoor seating is complemented by greenery and gaslamps. Pizzas, pasta and seafood are the featured entrees. Consider fresh clams, fresh salmon or fresh halibut. Each of these seafood specialties are sauteed with garlic and served over linguini, with red or white wine sauce.
Featuring handcrafted brews, tasty entrees and an upbeat atmosphere, this restaurant is popular among locals and tourists alike. Inside, the bar holds a prominent spot, spanning one long wall. Tall tables are accompanied by a black and white decor. An outside patio is also available. The lunchtime menu offers pizzas, soups, salads, sandwiches and more. At dinnertime, try one of the house specialties. Creole Chicken Penne Pasta and Lobster Tacos Vera Cruz are both customer favorites. Remember to try a handcrafted lager or ale with your meal.
With colorful decor, talented mariachis and traditional Mexican specialties, Fidel's Norte is a fiesta for all the senses. Pueblo-style architecture welcomes you to a Southwestern ambiance. The indoors is covered with decorative tile, Southwestern paintings and pottery, while the outside patio offers umbrella-topped tables among cactus plants. As the mariachi group approaches your table, request a song from any region of Mexico. As for the cuisine, try the Carne Asada which is served with guacamole, salsa frescale and tortillas. Top off your meal with a famous margarita.
Located on the second story of a trendy Carlsbad shopping arena, Gregorio's Italian Restaurant sports a modern atmosphere and top-notch cuisine. Inside, black and white decor creates a contemporary look. Customers are seated among black tables and chairs, or at the sleek bar. On the outside, several umbrella-topped tables line the balcony, overlooking downtown Carlsbad. Specialty pizzas are popular. Consider eggplant pizza, with mozzarella, plum tomatoes, fresh garlic and eggplant. The restaurant serves delicious pasta entrees as well. Pasta Emilia offers vodka cream sauce with peas and mushrooms.
Within steps of the cliffs overlooking Carlsbad State Beach, Las Olas offers a glimpse into San Diego's culture that visitors cannot get elsewhere. Located on the west side of the famous Highway 101, on the outside Las Olas may not look busy, though most days their combination of daily lunch specials, happy hour, take out, delivery, and catering makes them a favorite Mexican hang out for locals and visitors. Among their less traditional dishes, Las Olas offers a Smokin' Quesadilla Pizza for starters, as well as a vegetable quesadilla, fresh local "Puerto Nuevo Style" lobster, Mexican Seafood Sautée, and so much more. - Erick Pettersen
Coyote Bar & Grill combines a Southwestern theme, hip cuisine and live entertainment. Wooden furniture features Southwestern-style carvings and Native American symbols are painted on the stone fireplace. Real cactus plants are scattered throughout the restaurant. While the inside hosts a large bar and dining area, the fast-paced action is outdoors. Live entertainment, from disc jockeys to karaoke, enlivens the patio dining section. Popular entrees include swordfish tacos, the vegetable burrito and Chile relleno.
Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana offers delicious cuisine in a cozy environment. It upholds an elite ambiance with white linen table cloths, dark wood furniture and a hardwood floor. The outside eating area features wooden tables and old-fashioned street lamps. Pasta dominates the entree menu. Fettuccine Primavera is a tasty blend of fresh garden vegetables with extra virgin olive oil. Traditional lasagne and manicotti are also popular. Pollo al Marsala is another favorite entree, including a sauteed chicken breast with mushrooms in a marsala wine sauce. Top off the evening with canoli or gelato.