The Return of San Diego Restaurant Week 2016
Get ready to chow down for cheap on San Diego’s best grub.
Loosen up those belts! Restaurant Week makes its return to San Diego on January 17th through the 24th, with establishments all over the county offering irresistible deals on all sorts of fine foods. For many of us, this week is our opportunity to test the waters (and wines) at places for the first time. Two–course meals range from $10 – $20, and three–course meals from $20 – $50, depending on where you go. We know how overwhelming it can be to choose amongst the large number of restaurants (more than 180 are participating!), so we’ve decided to help out by highlighting a few that are sure to leave your hunger sated and your wallets intact.
Italian Food : Il Fornaio
Del Mar and Coronado ($20 – $40)
If you’re yearning to be transported to Italy for a couple hours, this is the place to go. The views are unparalleled in San Diego and the ambience is authentically Italian. The restaurant found its beginnings in Italy in 1972 as a culinary school and has since expanded to 22 full–service locations across America, two of which are nestled right in our backyard. Reservations are a must if you want to enjoy one of the private dining areas, but no matter where you sit you’ll be sure to enjoy the wide range of house–made pastas and wood–fired pizzas.
French Cuisine: Mille Fleurs
Rancho Santa Fe ($20 – $45)
Looking for the perfect excuse to enjoy some of that delicious Mille Fleurs créme brulée? Restaurant Week is it. Nestled in the middle of Rancho Santa Fe and boasting a cozy, majestic decor (with a piano bar!), Mille Fleurs is one of our local favorites, and it’s offering some great deals that are impossible to resist. You can choose any two wine pairings for just $18.50 and satisfying three–course dinners will be $45. If you’re not in the mood for a large meal, stop at the bar for the brasserie menu, which offers affordable small plates.
California Cuisine: Nine–Ten Restaurant and Bar
La Jolla ($50)
This restaurant is located right along Prospect Street in La Jolla, with sidewalk tables that offer a unique vantage point for people–watching. The menu is constantly in flux and updated daily, dictated by the local harvest and the seasonal style of “Evolving California Cuisine.” With three–course dinners priced at $50, it may not be the cheapest, but it’s sure to be the freshest.
Persian Cuisine: Bandar Restaurant
Whether you’re an aficionado of Mediterranean food or looking to try Persian cuisine for the first time, Bandar has your back. Menu items, including the filet mignon kebobs and world famous chicken, will be discounted down to $30 which, considering the quality of food, is an absolute steal. And with the generous portion sizes, you’ll be taking leftovers home to chomp on for the rest of the week.
Japanese: Azuki Sushi
Bankers Hill ($20 – $30)
Azuki is one of the hidden sushi gems of San Diego. Dedicated to sustainability and organically grown products, the owners of Azuki Sushi provide a sushi menu more healthy and satisfying than anywhere else. Restaurant Week is the chance to get adventurous and try some of their unique sushis, including the aptly named “R U Kidding Me” roll stuffed with snow crab and tempura asparagus.
To see the full list of participating restaurants, visit San Diego Restaurant Week. And don’t forget, most restaurants will be busy, so be sure to make a reservation!