San Diego’s Top Places to Have a Fancy Dinner

December 16, 2021

The size of the Southern California metropolis of San Diego means diners can find dozens of eateries to suit all tastes. The vast selection includes fine dining restaurants where some may go to enjoy a romantic evening or celebrate a special occasion. Feast on a mouthwatering steak or indulge in a particular ethnic cuisine. Enjoy a meal while overlooking the ocean or bask in the warmth of a fireside setting. Here are some of the most elegant places to enjoy a delicious meal in San Diego, brought to you by the friendly team at Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most ideally located hotels in San Diego.

Cowboy Star

This East Village restaurant and butcher shop is proud to be the first to offer contemporary American meals created with a Western twist. The facility partners with local farmers, ranchers, and anglers to serve meals made with locally sourced ingredients such as Angus beef. Perhaps start the meal with a shrimp cocktail, a plate of oysters, or steamed mussels. Enjoy an eight-ounce Wagyu skirt steak, a 14-ounce ribeye, an 18-ounce T-bone, or a 40-ounce Porterhouse for two. Pair a steak with a sauce of your choosing plus crispy Brussels sprouts, roasted beets, or macaroni and cheese. Finish the meal with “Abuelita S’mores,” Cowboy Star crème brûlée, or another decadent treat. Add a cocktail, beer, or wine from the extensive house selection. Cowboy Star opens for dinner daily at 5:00 p.m.

Salvatore’s Cucina & Lounge Italiana

Salvatore’s offers a fine dining opportunity in a modern atmosphere exuding Europe combined with a Southern California vibe. The facility’s team of professional chefs has more than 40 years of experience in preparing European cuisine. Meals are prepared using fresh ingredients from local vendors and growers. The venue opens daily at 4:00 p.m. for brunch and dinner. Starters might include a cheese platter or fried gnocchi. The main entrée might include chicken parmigiana, roasted chicken, or the daily seafood catch. Pasta offerings include beef Bolognese, clams, and bacon on spaghetti or mushrooms and peas on fettuccine. With more than 50 types of liquor at the bar, diners can order any type of drink.

Top of the Market

Diners enjoy meals prepared with the freshest seafood while seated in the elegant dining room overlooking San Diego Bay. To provide customers with the finest seafood, the restaurant owns and operates a processing and distribution facility. Starters might include an artisan bread basket, oysters on the half shell, or a prawn cocktail. Follow up with Ahi tuna, salmon, swordfish, or lobster with accompanying sauces and vegetable sides. Finish the meal with buttermilk panna cotta, sorbet, or salted caramel bars. The venue opens for dinner at 4:00 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday.

Nobu San Diego

This popular Japanese restaurant offers both dine-in and take-out options for the convenience of their clientele. The selection of cold dishes includes fluke sashimi with baby artichokes, seared salmon karashi-sumiso, and bluefin tuna tacos. Hot meal choices include shrimp and lobster with spicy lemon sauce, squid pasta with garlic sauce, and Nobu-style fish and chips. The venue also serves a variety of vegetable dishes, sushi, soups, and Wagyu steaks. Nobu serves dinner Monday through Sunday starting at 5:30 p.m.

With such a variety of culinary delights to choose from in San Diego, you’ll want to stay for a while, so reserve your room today at Sunrise Inn San Diego. When they’re looking for comfortable and affordable hotels near downtown San Diego, visitors will be amazed by our unbeatable rates as well as our spacious rooms, stunning views of the harbor, and proximity to the best dining options and most popular attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544 to make your reservation.

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