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Kitchen 1540 makes a comeback
May 18, 2012

Katsuya at The Andaz Hotel Review

Review: Katsuya at The Andaz
April 13, 2012

Prep School

Troy Johnson reviews Prepkitchen
March 16, 2012

Under the TBL in La Jolla

Trey Foshee uncensors himself at TBL3
February 17, 2012

Prime Time

Donovan's enters the chef-centric world with Addison protégé, Kemar Durfield
January 20, 2012

Gordon Goes Gourmet

Solace & The Moonlight Lounge brings a little turf to the surf
December 15, 2011

Saltbox

Sharing plates at Hotel Palomar’s new restaurant is like a gastro-tour from the Big Easy to the California coast
November 18, 2011

Mision 19

A Tijuana chef—with ties to San Diego—is quietly becoming an international culinary darling with a daring new menu
October 12, 2011

Kitchen 1540

Chef Paul McCabe’s new menu encourages diners to wave the white flag
September 11, 2011

Grant Grill

A critical taste of the city’s flagship fine dining experience reveals a sense of San Diego’s culinary history
August 18, 2011

Kaito Sushi

Throw caution to the wind and let the chef surprise you at this casual Encinitas sushi restaurant
July 20, 2011

Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria

If the dough is good enough for Thomas Keller, it’s good enough for this critic
June 17, 2011

Surveying the Menu

Dining critic Candice Woo dishes on the highs and lows of six hot plates from Downtown to Del Mar.
May 13, 2011

Blanca

Its third chef in as many years finds his groove with local flavors and lower prices
April 12, 2011

Nine-Ten

March 24, 2011

Jaynes Gastropub

Gastropubs aren’t novelties in San Diego these days, though Jaynes Gastropub has the distinction of being the first one to set up shop.
February 28, 2011

Romesco

Last summer, Romesco’s owners took over and restored Caesar’s Restaurant in Tijuana, whose original owner, Caesar Cardini, is said to have invented his namesake salad in the 1920s.
January 31, 2011

Cowboy Star

December 22, 2010

Wa Dining Okan

The "okan" in the restaurant's name is a Japanese word for mother, which seems appropriate here. Just like at Mom's house, dinner is laid out and waiting for your arrival.
November 23, 2010

10 Best Private Dining Rooms

We've found the 10 best private dining rooms in San Diego that will have you feeling right at home around the holidays.
November 23, 2010

A R Valentien

The signature restaurant is decorated in calming earth tones and lined with cushy upholstered booths; on the walls are works by California impressionist painter A.R. Va­lentien, for whom the place is named.
October 27, 2010

1500 Ocean Dining Review

Nestled into the beachfront backside of the Hotel del Coronado, just a seashell’s throw from where the sidewalk turns into sand, 1500 Ocean beckons with a taste of the good life.
October 11, 2010

Quality Social Dining Review

When Jared Van Camp signed on to be executive chef at Quality Social in the Gaslamp, he knew the menu concept would require a little explanation. “We wanted to take the typical luxury-restaurant approach and apply it to dive-bar staples” like burgers and stiff cocktails, Van Camp says. “Because everyone loves a great dive bar.”
September 13, 2010

The Smoking Goat

The Smoking Goat is a knockout little bistro that could hold its own anywhere from San Francisco or New York to Le Marais — but happens to be in our own North Park.
August 24, 2010

Soho

July 14, 2010

RA Sushi

April 16, 2010

Bice Ristorante

March 15, 2010

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

March 15, 2010

Voyeur

February 24, 2010

Betting On Barona

February 24, 2010

Bargain Meals at Top Restaurants

January 19, 2010

Out with the New, in with the Old

December 16, 2009

Mama Testa

December 16, 2009

The Red Door

November 9, 2009

Flexing His Mussels

October 13, 2009

Cucina Urbana

October 13, 2009

El Vitral

September 21, 2009

Hexagone

This is the kind of bistro cooking for which many San Diegans salivate when planning trips to France.
December 25, 2008

Pasquale Del Mar

Restaurateur Pasquale Angelotti provides guests plenty of room to party at his new Pasquale Del Mar.
October 16, 2008

blanca

Three of the best reasons to dine at blanca, the high-line, highly respected Solana Beach restaurant are chef Wade Hageman’s trio of Dungeness crab–stuffed deviled eggs.
October 16, 2008

Venice

When the Golden Triangle’s long-running Tutto Mare quietly closed about a year ago, the new Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar just as quietly took its place.
September 18, 2008

Cowboy Star

This East Village steakhouse is a blast of fresh air as sweet as the open range.
August 14, 2008

Farm House Café

Hard-working husband and wife are drawing crowds hungry for a taste of French home cooking.
July 14, 2008

Solare

At Lunchtime one dreary Tuesday, when May gray puttied the skies a steely, battleship shade, Solare glowed like a hearth on a wintry night.
June 18, 2008

Currant

Currant co-owner/head chef Jonathan Pflueger puts the spotlight where it belongs: on the food.
December 20, 2007

Bleu Bohème & Avenue 5

Restaurateur Philippe Beltran recalls la vie bohème with his latest hit, Blue Bohème; Avenue 5 settles comfortably into the neighborhood.
November 28, 2007

Bite

Bite Modern California Bistro & Wine Bar showcases purer versions of celebrated chef Chris Walsh’s classic dishes.
October 22, 2007

A Savory Symphony by Strauss

Jeffrey Strauss' Pamplemousse Grille strikes all the right notes
September 14, 2007

Taking the Fifth (Avenue)

From Corvette Diner to Blue Point Coastal, their restaurant terrain extends all the way up (and down) Fifth Avenue. David and Lesley Cohn can't get enough of a good thing
September 12, 2007

The Three Faces of Busalacchi

Joe Busalacchi-he of Hillcrest fame-expands his restaurant empire to include the new Cafe Zucchero in Little Italy
September 11, 2007

Designer Eats for the Movie Crowd

Wolfgang Puck offers pungent, spicy-hot fare in a rumpus-room atmosphere in Mission Valley Center
August 1, 2007

Where the Surf Meets the Savory

At Charlie’s by the Sea in Cardiff, the cuisine rates right up there with the spectacular surf show. But sorry, Charlie, the rice pilaf is for the seagulls.
July 11, 2007

Addison

Keenly focused California/Mediterranean cuisine and impeccable service provide the bedrock of Addison’s charms.
May 30, 2007

Grant Grill

U.S. Grant Hotel executive chef Andreas Nieto had the good sense to return mock turtle soup to the Grant Grill menu.
April 27, 2007

Blanca - Market Restaurant & Bar

Two restaurants - Blanca and Market Restaurant + Bar - opened wihin an easy gallop of the Del Mar racetrack, both with high-profile chefs.
March 28, 2007

Epazote Oceanview Steakhouse

Del Mar's Epazote Oceanview Steakhouse offers a mix-and-match menu - and matchless tableside vistas.
February 27, 2007

Buon Apetito

February 21, 2007

Region

Region sizzles in Hillcrest, where it opened last November in the Fifth Avenue premises that formerly housed Mixx.
February 20, 2007

Seven-17

At 7:17 on a Saturday night, at 717 Fourth Avenue, you discover the magic that is Seven-17.
February 18, 2007

Le Fontainebleau

Thirty-something chef Fabrice Hardel, Normandy born and bred, prepares a menu at Le Fountainbleu that smoothly marries classic and contemporary.
February 16, 2007

Monsoon and Cafe Cerise

Monsoon and Café Cerise are ready contenders in the new downtown ballpark district.
February 15, 2007

Il Delfino and Le Petit Calypso

Le Petit Calypso melds sun and sea; Il Delfino delights with mussels and clams.
February 14, 2007

Pearl Chinese Cuisine and California Cuisine

Pearl Chinese Cuisine makes a splash; California Cuisine is reborn.
February 13, 2007

Mister Tiki Mai Tai Lounge

The Gaslamp Quarter’s new Mister Tiki Mai Tai Lounge is pretty kicky.
February 9, 2007

Adobe El Restaurante

Pleasing the palate at Adobe El Restaurante in Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa.
February 7, 2007

Osetra the Fishhouse

The fish are mighty fine at Osetra.
February 7, 2007

Asia-Vous

February 6, 2007

1500 Ocean

Coronado cachet and artful cuisine distinguish the Del's reincarnated restaurant, 1500 Ocean.
January 30, 2007

Oceanaire Seafood Room

Oceanaire is all about seafood, Sinatra and supper-clubbing.
January 16, 2007

Rama

Spawned by the creators of Celadon, Rama is no second cousin when it comes to Thai food.
January 9, 2007

Paradise Grille

Del Mar's Paradise Grille emphasizes big, up-front flavors and service that pampers.
December 26, 2006

Mission SoMa and Bud's Louisiana Food Shoppe

Going coastal; saltwater daffy.
December 21, 2006

Baja Betty's and Ortega's

Two new Mexican joints-- Baja Betty's and Ortega's--are salsa-rific.
December 21, 2006

Apertivo

Apertivo Italian Tapas & Wine Bar makes good on word-of-mouth promises of great fare at affordable prices.
November 25, 2006

Magnolia's Authentic Southern Dining

Just how many crayfish tails does Bessie Johnson pile into a portion of crawfish etouffee?
November 11, 2006

Tower 23

November 10, 2006

Amarin Thai

Uncovering two Asian culinary gems--Amarin Thai and Kyoto Sushi--in San Diego's Midway District.
November 8, 2006

Confidential

Don't let Confidential's good looks and celebrity pedigree fool you. It’s not what it seems.
November 7, 2006

Jsix

Jsix's bold menu captures Baja's rustic yet sophisticated cooking style.
November 7, 2006

Restaurante Romesco

The menu at Bonita's Restaurante Romesco takes a novel and thoroughly satisfying course.
November 2, 2006
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