2012 San Diego Restaurant Week
Over 180 restaurants celebrate San Diego cuisine
San Diego Restaurant Week returns for its eighth triumphant year, running from January 15 to January 20. The wildly popular event allows diners to enjoy the culinary gems of San Diego on a budget, with prix fixe menus at over 180 restaurants. Three-course dinners are priced at $20, $30, or $40, depending on the restaurant. The option of two-course lunches has been added this year to provide even more opportunities for discounted dining at $10, $15, and $20.
The foodie adventure that is San Diego Restaurant Week is made simple, as no tickets or passes are required and diners are invited to take free rein of San Diego’s culinary scene as many times as they like, in every neighborhood of the city. Although walk-ins are welcomed, it is wiser to make reservations ahead of time as restaurants tend to fill up early. Over 140,000 people were in attendance at the fall event and even more are expected this time. San Diego Restaurant Week is the best opportunity to explore the incredible diversity and quality of the city’s restaurants, especially in establishments that might not normally be affordable. While the variety of restaurants participating is impressive, the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. A diner’s best bet for winnowing down the options is to peruse the full restaurant list by clicking HERE. The list runs the gamut with slightly more obscure categories like Hawaiian and Creole, dozens of choices for classics like Italian and Asian, and exciting options simply labeled “Contemporary” or “New.” Cross-reference with neighborhoods and prices, and you could plan an entire week’s worth of meals.
Head downtown for rising star Banker’s Hill Bar + Restaurant, opened just over a year ago by an award-winning team with a history of success in San Diego, and serving American cuisine with a hip and urban flair. Jsix is another city favorite, characterized by its attention to environmental responsibility and its creatively simple preparations. Jsix is kindly offering any three courses from its entire regular dinner menu for just $30. For lunch, try the playful menu at recently opened Searsucker, helmed by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey of Top Chef fame. Kensington Grill brings homey warmth to the neighborhood, with a family style atmosphere and upscale comfort food. Its success over the last sixteen years is built on the sense of local familiarity it has cultivated. In Hillcrest, Chef Alberto Morreale combines his classic Italian training with a California sensibility at Fig Tree Cafe. The extensive menu and commitment to local farmers have gained the restaurant great popularity throughout the city. Farther north in Pacific Beach, JRDN combines fresh Californian fare with stunning views of the ocean for a distinctly San Diegan experience. The restaurant’s tag aptly describes it as embodying “Surf, Sky, Spirit.” At Tapenade in La Jolla, award winning chef Jean Michel Diot has been bringing classic French cuisine to the table for over 10 years, and infusing it with inspiration from the city. Also in La Jolla, Cafe Japengo boasts the freshest sushi in town and undeniable Pacific Rim dishes. All three coastal restaurants incorporate a very San Diegan sense of cool into their menus and atmospheres. Take full advantage of this city-wide event, as a way to explore the wealth of exquisite food here in San Diego at unbeatable prices. San Diego Restaurant Week only comes twice a year -- make the most of it!