Buntz
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  • First Review
    November 12, 2014
  • Last Review
    March 24, 2015
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Located in downtown Los Angeles, Redbird is carved into one of the city’s most historic edifices, inside the rectory building of Vibiana – a premier wedding, events and performing arts venue. Chef Neal Fraser along with restaurateurs Amy Knoll Fraser and Bill Chait have crafted a beautifully dynamic restaurant space with seating in the lounge, 24 seats at the wraparound indoor/outdoor bar and a beautiful courtyard as the main dining room with a state of the art retractable ceiling. Guests will be able to tailor their experience with the ability to enjoy Fraser’s refined yet approachable modern American menu, a robust cocktail program by Julian Cox and Tobin Shea as well as an unexpected wine list curated by Diane Pandolfini. General manager Christian Phillipo helms the floor with a refined and comfortable approach to service.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Fine Dining - Plus Annoying 3% Fee
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/22/2015
 2006
Dined on 3/22/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We had a fine dinner on a busy Sunday evening at Redbird, eating in the outdoor section of the converted old cathedral. Highlights were the sweet and sour pear salad and the Red Wattle Pork loin, just about the best pork that I have ever tasted. It even provided lunch for us the next day. An interesting touch was the "Amuse Booze," a Campari concoction with simple syrup, to start things off.
The service was very good, the vibe is hip and the noise level was high. Two caveats: the pricing shown on Open Table is $30 and below. Not so: $30-$50 is the proper category. Also, we were put off by a strange 3% surcharge which the server explained is an automatic addition to enable employees to have health insurance. Rather than debate in a busy setting, we simply tipped 3% less."
Dined on 3/22/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Dobson's Bar and Restaurant is a hidden treasure in the heart of Downtown San Diego/Gaslamp Quarter. For the last 30 years, this has been the hot spot for business lunches and frequented by many local and nationwide celebrities. Paul Dobson, the namesake for Dobson's bar and restaurant, is one of America's few professional Bullfighters. The food is California cuisine with a touch of Italian, French, Spanish and Asian cuisine. One thing that both local San Diegans and Zagat can agree on is that this is one of the top restaurants in San Diego. Due to the limited seating and popularity, reservations are highly recommended. Owner Paul Dobson "works a room better than Sinatra", which explains why this "local tradition" downtown remains, "after all these years", a "high-powered, hobnob spot"; the Cal kitchen "serves up delicious, innovative food, along with old standbys" ("have the mussel bisque and think of heaven").
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Best appetizer around.
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/20/2015
 2006
Dined on 3/20/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We like Dobson's for pre-theater or pre-opera and because their mussel bisque en croute is the best appetizer in all of Southern California, and maybe in the entire country. One of these days, I'll order three and make it my meal! Our salmon and ravioli entree were both very good as well."
Dined on 3/20/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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 Tapenade
Tapenade
To our dear friends, neighbors, and guests, After over seventeen years of memorable evenings, Tapenade is closing. We have been proud to contribute fine food and stellar service to you.<br /> <br />We will be re-opening mid-July at our new location as Bistro Du Marché and hope that you will join us on our new culinary adventure. We will be located on 7437 Girard Avenue, La Jolla. Please continue to follow us as we will provide more information on Bistro du Marché through subscribing to our newsletter, or following us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We look forward to seeing you there!<br /> <br />Sincerely,<br /> <br />The Tapenade Team<br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Tapenade moving
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/19/2015
 2006
Dined on 3/19/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Had what will be our final meal at Tapenade's current location and it was excellent. By the time we return next winter, they will have relocated to Girard St., but we anticipate the same wonderful food. This meal included foie gras, the halibut special and wild boar pappardelle, accompanied by a good Bordeaux Merlot blend. Dessert was a light Baba au Rhum that provided a nice finish to a fine meal. We look forward to next winter in the new location."
Dined on 3/19/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Chez Pierre Bistro is an authentic French Bistro, one everybody wishes they had in their neighborhood. Most of the dining is in the charming covered patio where the ambiance is intimate, friendly and always very professional. Prepared by Chef Pierre with the knowledge, passion and respect of the seasonal ingredients from the farmer’s market, the food is superb. The specials on the blackboard are impressive, unusual and follow the seasons. In winter you can find Chef Perre’s famous cassoulet to wild game; In the spring shad roe and soft shell crabs; and in the summer you can find paella, steak tartar, and pomme frites. <br><br>It’s no surprise that Chez Pierre has been voted The Best French Restaurant of the Desert for the past six years and has been rated “Dining Excellence” by Zagat and Gayot. <br><br> You may be tempted to sign up in Chef Pierre’s cooking classes every Monday followed by lunch.<br><br> Bon Appetit!
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/16/2015
 2006
Dined on 3/16/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Wonderful meal on our first visit to Chez Pierre. We ordered the foie gras special, which was served with endive and tasty apples, and was delicious. Our entrees were the Orange Roughy and skate wing specials, both served in similar fashion, and both very tasty, especially since neither fish is common on restaurant menus. We only get to this area once or twice a winter, but we will definiteely go back to Chez Pierre."
Dined on 3/16/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Our restaurant serves California-influenced French cuisine in a quaint countryside environment. We are a long-time favorite of locals who appreciate the value of the menu and our extensive wine list. After three decades of serving our clients, it is as much an honor and a privilege, as it is a reassurance to know, that while culinary trends come and go, appreciation and dedication to quality endure.<br /><br />Breakfast and Lunch served daily; Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
French find in Pacific Beach
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/08/2015
 2006
Dined on 3/08/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Tried the French Gourmet based on Open Table reviews and it was delightful. Great escargots in a classic prep and one of the best racks of lamb I've ever had, were particularly noteworthy, but everything was delicious. Stephan was friendly, helpful and interesting to talk with. Parking right in front of the door was a bonus. We'll definitely be back!"
Dined on 3/08/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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MENU: Reflecting Chef Bradley’s refined style, the menu features intense flavors and simple, yet masterfully combined ingredients. Offered as a multi-course experience, the menu changes frequently and incorporates seasonal inspirations. <br /><br />LE SALON BAR & LOUNGE: Share savory petite assiette and sip an ever-changing array of vintage and seasonally inspired cocktails in Addison's lounge.<br /><br />CORKAGE: There is a $75 corkage fee per 750ml bottle, up to the equivalent of three bottles, not represented on the wine list.<br /><br />VEGAN GUESTS: Chef is pleased to accommodate vegan guests with a 48-hour notice.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Over the top
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/11/2015
 2006
Dined on 3/11/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Addison has become a once-a-year dining experience for us when we winter in the San Diego area. This is truly a word-class restaurant, whether you choose the standard 4 course menu or splurge on the wonderful, but bank account- draining, tasting menu with wine pairings. The setting is palatial, the service impeccable and the food exquisite, with several one-of-a-kind preparations. A true culinary experience, not easily replicated."
Dined on 3/11/2015
 2006
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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JRDN features hand selected, all-natural meats, the finest seafood from sustainable sources, organic and locally grown produce. Each creation is thoughtfully prepared for your culinary delight.<br /><br><br><br />JRDN Bar and Lounge is a social indoor and outdoor venue offering a unique experience that is both casual and sophisticated. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the crowd, hip yet comfortable - all enjoying the view of the ocean while sipping hand-crafted signature cocktails and exploring one of San Diego's most creative wine lists.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/10/2015
 2006
Dined on 3/10/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Fine meal with excellent service in a comfortable setting looking out over the ocean. Exceptional rib eye was done precisely to my liking, just beyond medium rare. Excellent mussels appetizer. JRDN is a must-stop when we are in San Diego."
Dined on 3/10/2015
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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For the freshest seafood, steak, and rhythm the buzz in town is Eddie V's Prime Seafood in La Jolla. The menu features a tour of the best of what the world's oceans have to offer. Additional features include prime steaks, signature appetizers and salads, and house made desserts. Located on Prospect Street in the Village with expansive views of the Shores, the Cove, and the Pacific. Eddie V's atmosphere is a fantastic high energy dining experience. Visit our fabulous V Lounge where you can enjoy live music seven nights a week. We offer indoor and outdoor private dining rooms for all your corporate and social gatherings. Savor classic seafood starters like oysters on the half shell and famous All Lump Crab Cakes. Our Award Winning wine list features over 100 selections.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/09/2015
 2006
Dined on 3/09/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Wonderful seafood, beautiful room, great view and fine service combined to make a terrific meal. Both the grouper and halibut were superb. We shared their decadent version of Bananas Foster for dessert and left very happy indeed."
Dined on 3/09/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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"The hidden gem in the jewel…" Enter through wrought iron gates into a European courtyard and discover the charming world that is Finch's Bistro & Wine Bar. The owners of Finch's have created a serene, intimate space where guests can escape life's hustle and bustle and relax, drink great wine, enjoy live music, and eat some of the best food around at moderate prices - an upscale dining experience at casual dining prices. This is evident from the moment you are graciously seated at your table with crisp linens, water carafes with fresh lemons as stoppers, and black and white finch salt and pepper birds. It is these quirky touches and attention to detail that is the guiding spirit behind this popular cozy, romantic and friendly La Jolla hotspot.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/04/2015
 2006
Dined on 3/04/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Nice meal for 5 with accomodating service. Informal, pleasant atmosphere. We like it here very much."
Dined on 3/04/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Great Food * Epic Sunsets<p>Brockton Villa is a beautiful historic home converted into a restaurant located directly across from the ocean. Our seaside location offers a spectacular view of the world-famous La Jolla Cove, and has become a favorite "show off" spot for locals and visitors alike. We are known for our breakfasts, including our famous Coast Toast. Our chef creates many other wonderful dishes seasonally for lunch and our dinner service.<p>Our house is the perfect place for you to host your next party. Whether it be a wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, baptism, bridal shower, baby shower, or any special occasion.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Brockton Breakfast
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/06/2015
 2006
Dined on 3/06/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Wonderful setting in the Cove for a great breakfast or lunch, especially with outdoor seating. Coast Toast is the best and service is always friendly."
Dined on 3/06/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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