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Top 5 San Diego Restaurant Week Menus Not To Miss

BY Kalah Siegel | September 15, 2016 | Feature Features

Twice a year, more than 180 S.D. eateries queue up—each armed with a special San Diego Restaurant Week (sandiegorestaurantweek.com) fixed menu highlighting the outposts' star dishes. Here, our top five favorites to try Sept. 25 through Oct. 2.
San Diego Restaurant Week is the ideal time to try an array of Nobu's storied bites.

1. A locals' Shelter Island favorite, Bali Hai Restaurant offers Hawaiian-American fare and ambience, perfectly curated in its SDRW lunch and dinner menus. The lunch menu ($15) includes pupus and entrees. For starters, try the Hawaiian ceviche or short rib wonton tostada, and for the main, seared albacore or the aloha cobb salad. At dinner ($30), don’t miss the chicken luau or lobster wonton tacos stuffed with spicy-citrus lobster salad. For the main attraction, opt for the catch of the day or kalbi-style flank steak, neither of which will disappoint. Evening guests are also offered a sugary treat—a trio of desserts selected by the chef. Sweet deal! 2230 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, 619.222.1181

2.
Carnivores have a friend in Carne Prima Italian Steakhouse, especially during SDRW when the dinner menu ($40-$50) is decidedly flush with appetizers, salads, entrees and dessert. For authentic Italian cravings, look no further than the tagliatelle al funghi porcin—a decadent egg fettuccini with white wine sauce. Meat lover? Get excited, the famed prime filet mignon makes the entree menu too. 314 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 619.880.9997

3.
In the central San Diego neighborhoods, Farmer’s Bottega will be serving up contemporary Italian-American fare with a three-course dinner menu ($40) and wine pairing add-ons available ($15). Options for mains include fish and pasta nightly specials alongside a juicy short rib plate with lemon soft grass polenta. Start with housemade meatballs and end with raspberry chocolate mousse cake. Bonus points: The farm-to-table credo is still in effect for SDRW festivities. 860 W. Washington St., San Diego, 619.458.9929

4. Nobu San Diego
has a corner on the market (literally—with its prime Fifth Avenue corner real estate) when it comes to sushi. Thankfully for raw fish lovers, Nobu’s fixed dinner menu ($40) pulls out all the stops. Delve into three courses of mouthwatering savory delights like yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, char-broiled Kumamoto oysters and beef Toban. The experience is topped off with dessert offerings including kabocha fritters—crispy Japanese doughnut holes served with Malaga gelato. 207 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 619.814.4124

5.
Championing SDRW’s presence in North County is Vintana Wine + Dine, infamously located atop The Centre at Lexus Escondido. The lunch menu ($20) boasts two courses of lobster mac and cheese, Michael’s crispy artichoke hearts and sundried tomato and kalamata olive linguine—to name a few choices. The dinner menu ($30) features some of the same plates with stellar additions like jumbo shrimp to the linguine, Chef Deborah’s pepita and sesame crusted brie, and desserts like mud pie and a warm butter cake. The real cherry on top? Window-shopping for a new Lexus on the way out. 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, 760.745.7777

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