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Humphreys By The Bay

Heirloom Salad
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Humphreys By The Bay offers many wonderful experiences. It’s a restaurant, it’s a hotel, it’s a concert venue or it can be a combination of all three. When Humphreys releases its annual summer concert schedule we always take a gander to see who is coming to town. Once settled on who we “must see” the next action of ordering tickets comes into play and that’s where the combo applications begin.

Humphreys offers Dinner & Concert Packages, which means for one price you get dinner at Humphrey’s restaurant and some of the best seats in the house (we snagged 5th row which totally rocked). Humphrey’s also offers “Room” stays where you can spend the night and literally watch the concert from your hotel room balcony. How cool is that?

We opted for the dinner package to enjoy some great food and the show without having to travel around town rushing to do both. Convenience is the key here. Parking once and walking between the two venues makes for a lovely evening. If you have dinner, you can even bring your cocktails to the concert if you’re still nursing them, or order an extra glass and save yourself from the concession lines. Aside from the convenience factor, Humphreys is a staple for dining and you don’t just have to be going to a concert to try it out.

Nestled on Shelter Island the landscape is all water, sailboats, yachts and seagulls. Needless to say it is San Diego pristine. The interior of Humphreys boasts high ceilings, lots of wide spaced windows to take in the scenery and eclectic chandeliers dangling above. Walls of muted gray surround you and classic white linen tables are offset by cozy, cushy couch-like chairs. Tables are a tad close together making private conversation a little difficult. The sound system seemed to be having a little difficulty with broadcasts of a scrapping sound filtering through the room for several minutes. Nothing like nails on a chalkboard to get the old appetite going.

The Dinner / Concert package does have bit of a “cattle call’ feel to it. Two reservation times are offered to insure you make it to the concert on time. Expect a large influx of bodies arriving simultaneously creating robust activity with servers darting to and fro to get the dishes out. From our experience and observing the dining room, a wildly varied set of server skills is apparent. We were seated prior to the neighboring table but their server was there within seconds while we pondered if we had one. Guess it’s the luck of the draw.

The Dinner menu with the concert package is a preset array of selections. Appetizers were Wild Mushroom Soup with ground Turkey-Sage Meatballs with Smoked Gouda or Heirloom Tomato Salad with Rocket Arugula, Manchengo Cheese, Roasted Garlic-Basil Vinaigrette. The mushroom soup had tremendous flavor and actually reminded us of Salisbury steak (hey…we like Salisbury steak) in a bowl with its well-seasoned mushroom puree and bite size meatballs. The only complaint being there weren’t very many of said meatballs. The salad was replete with large colorful tomatoes, great shavings of cheese and a delicate dressing. Great bread also accompanied these dishes…great for dipping with the soup.

Entrée selections included Halibut, Sea Bass, Chicken, Prime Rib or Ravioli. We opted for the Roast Breast of Chicken with Pecorino Romano Risotto and Rosemary Au Jus which

Roasted Chicken
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was just brilliant. The chicken was very succulent and the sauce added a delicious finish. The risotto was to die for. Perfect, perfect, perfect. Add some nicely steamed veggies and the plate was a winner. The Roasted Alaskan Halibut with sweet chili hash and port wine butter was another killer dish. An apple sweet and spicy sauce complimented the fish beautifully and was appreciated due to the Halibut being a bit overdone. We split the decadent Dulcet de Lecher Brownie with Caramel Sauce that will satisfy any sweet tooth with its thick, gooey caramel. Yummy!

Dulce Brownie
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For regular dining, a more extensive selection is offered but for a prix fixe menuHumphreys hit their marks pretty well. Go for dinner; go for a show or go to take a nap (after the filling meal). Humphrey’s By The Bay delivers a pleasurable night for any occasion. As a concert venue, it doesn’t get any better than this place. Cool ocean breezes gently tussle the artist’s hair, while wait staff are there to deliver drinks and food to your seats. You can even text them with your order. Seating is a bit tight so pray for slim neighbors. Prices for a dinner/concert package tend to run in the $100 range but for great seats and a great meal that’s a price tag worth paying. Enjoy!

The good – convenient, eats and a show in one easy stop

The bad – felt a little like a cattle-call, get ‘em in and get ‘em out

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  • City: San Diego
  • Phone: 619-224-3577
  • Name: Humphreys By The Bay
  • Address: 2241 Shelter Island Drive