5 Most Indulgent Dining Experiences

Andrea Bennett, Casey Hatfield-Chiotti, Darlene Horn and Ann Wycoff | June 27, 2018 | Feature Features

Pull up a chair! From dazzling dishes to classics we'll love forever, here are 46 reasons San Diego's dining scene is hotter than ever.
Born & Raised

1. Born & Raised
Harking back to a more genteel era, Born & Raised revives the pageantry of tableside service from five roaming, interactive carts. Outfitted with everything from burners to a custom liquid nitrogen tap, servers flambĂ© a selection of tableside classics. A cart bears the evenings’ desserts du jour; look for the newly introduced cart of rare ports to finish the spectacular evening. 1901 India St., San Diego, 619.202.4577

2. Kettner Exchange
The exclusive experience for eight to 10 guests gives a taste of chef Brian Redzikowski’s creative musings. (Think “pho” dumplings or foie gras biscuit and gravy.) Monthly themes and menus, posted online, often sell out weeks in advance and take place only once a month. Dinners are priced at $125 per person and include beverage pairings. If you missed the monthly chef’s table dinner, you can book private events. 2001 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, 619.255.2001

3. George’s TBL3
George’s at the Cove is already well-known for its gorgeous oceanfront scenery and modern California cuisine, but they upped the extravagance at TBL3, named after “table three” of George’s California Modern, the fine dining floor of George’s. There’s no set menu; rather, the 12- to 14-course menu, served once nightly at a single table, is based on impeccably fresh and locally sourced ingredients (think salads foraged from around La Jolla and local beach plums deftly transformed into sorbet). Executive chef Trey Foshee’s and chef de cuisine Jonathan Bautista’s creative dishes might include foie gras served with Chino Farms strawberries, brioche and benne seeds, black truffle with radish and basil, and San Diego spot prawn with fennel pollen butter—though you’ll likely not know the full menu until you arrive. Inside tip: Dinner is $190 per person or $300 with beverage pairings and requires a minimum seven-day advance booking. You’ll find the widest variety of dishes during shoulder season. 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.4244


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