Love Is In the Air: Celebrating Valentine’s Day in La Jolla

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Valentine’s Day, the quintessential day of love, is rapidly approaching. More than a splendid day of gifting chocolates and flowers to someone special. There’s hardly anything more romantic than a tranquil environment where quality wine and a delectable meal in a five-star restaurant may be enjoyed with your loved one. How convenient would it be if one of the better restaurants in La Jolla were actually located inside your hotel? As luck would have it for vacationers and local San Diegans alike, there are numerous hotels in La Jolla with premier on-site restaurants, all crème de la crème for a celebration of romance in San Diego’s premier seaside community.

The restaurant inside the elegant Empress Hotel is located near the ocean, a delightful hotel that caters to guests from around the country. The Empress features a restaurant appropriately named Manhattan that mimics the presence and atmosphere of a definitive New York lounge. Live piano shows pay tribute to an unobtrusive and warm ambiance. Diners and lovers alike have a choice to either eat in the bar lounge area, or conversely may opt to spend their special time together relishing their meal in the private dining room. Designated as San Diego’s Best Romantic Restaurant, Manhattan provides its diners with the additional extravagance of an award-winning menu, featuring specialties such as veal chop, a signature scampi, classic cannelloni and homemade pastas. For that special Valentine’s Day romantic date, Manhattan’s delicious offerings, along with its reserved, affectionate surroundings make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience long to be cherished by lovers.

The Nine-Ten Restaurant is a first-rate steakhouse conveniently located on La Jolla’s historic Prospect Street inside the Grande Colonial. Nine-Ten diners have an option to revel in airy al-fresco dining on its private sidewalk patio, or in the soothing ambiance of its indoor dining room which features opulent mahogany wood accents and lofty ceilings. Nine-Ten provides its ever-welcome guests this Valentine’s Day with an expansive selection of quality, local menu choices and fine wine. Couples are able to pamper themselves with delightful dishes crafted from locally grown produce and indigenous La Jolla seafood. The atmosphere at Nine-Ten is the perfect place to enjoy numerous entrees along with tastefully paired wine. For that romantic night you seek with your special someone, Nine-Ten delivers lasting memories along with its memorable menu selections.

The Shores Restaurant is fittingly located in the La Jolla Shores Hotel. The restaurant provides lovers and couples with an incomparable ocean view of the Pacific. For lovers who prefer to enjoy the fresh scent of the Pacific replete with the sound of the waves, as well as relax in a calm ocean breeze, The Shores Restaurant features an open-air patio. The expansive layout and modest decor creates a laid back setting that is great for lovers and couples seeking a special night out filled with a romantic atmosphere and a mouth-watering menu.

Additionally, guests staying at the La Jolla Shores Hotel may be ensured they will receive kingly and queenly treatment from their deluxe, full-service accommodations. They additionally offer special romance deals that include special discounts and accompaniments to enhance a special Valentine’s Day stay.

Ring in the New Year at The Shores and The Marine Room

0-1Celebrate the season and let The Marine Room and The Shores Restaurant take care of the cooking!

Ring in the New Year at The Marine Room with a culinary celebration to remember. Choose from an exquisite five-course menu that features Mulberry Wine Braised Imperial Wagyu Beef, Dill Pollen Butter Basted Maine Lobster Tail. Seating begins at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $185 per person and includes live music from the Whitney Shay Band. For those looking to ring in the New Year a little earlier, a three-course dinner for $115 per person is available at 5:30 p.m.

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Before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, The Shores Restaurant’s seasonal menu features plenty of options for the kids, plus à la carte specials including Crab Dynamite Hawaiian Ono, Citrus Glazed Maine Lobster Tail, Nebraska Prime Aged New York Steak. Make it an evening to remember!

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Celebrating New Years Eve in San Diego

Screen Shot 2018-12-30 at 1.59.13 PMGet ready to light the sparklers, pop the champagne, and welcome in 2018! San Diego and La Jolla will be welcoming in the new year bigger and better than ever. See what’s happening and make your plans! As always, please celebrate responsibility.

Saturday, December 31st:

Hornblower NYE Celebration Dinner Cruise

8 p.m., Grape Street Pier, San Diego

Cheers to 2019 onboard Hornblower and the majestic San Diego Bay. Enjoy free flowing champagne, a gourmet buffet prepared fresh onboard by our chefs, DJ entertainment to keep you dancing all night long, and of course incredible views you won’t find anywhere else. Happy New Year San Diego!

Craft Beer New Year

8:30 p.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Liberty Station)

You haven’t celebrated New Year’s Eve until you’ve celebrated it at a brewery, and San Diego’s biggest craft brewery, Stone Brewing Company, is having a heck of a party at their Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Liberty Station.  Go all-out on the last night of the year with an extravagant affair at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. Explore the activities we have planned for every corner of the Bistro and close out 2018 on a high note!

HOB Block Party

9 p.m., House of Blues, Downtown San Diego

Kick off the night with San Diego’s legendary DJ Tanner. Revisit your favorite memories with throwback party Hickies & Dryhumps. And last but not least, countdown to the new year with A-Trak’s Goldie Awards champion, Miles Medina. There’s also a COMPLIMENTARY champagne toast at midnight along with a balloon drop that you won’t want to miss!

Big Night San Diego: New Year’s Eve Gala

9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Hilton San Diego

Big Night San Diego is the perfect, ALL-INCLUSIVE night. Leave your wallet at home because your ticket includes everything: all drinks included all night, buffet, and entertainment throughout the TEN different party zones. (All you need to remember is your ID, because you must be at least 21 to attend.)

The annual Big Night San Diego is an over-the-top celebration at the Hilton San Diego. This is the fifteenth year, and the gala includes drinks, food, dancing and entertainment across 10 different party zones. They’re famous for their countdown to 2018 as the clock strikes midnight. There are several ticket packages but main event admission with all the bells and whistles ranges from $120 to $170. 21 and older only.

Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in La Jolla

Do you want to enjoy your Thanksgiving but not get stuck cooking? We’ve got you covered. Here are three of our favorite La Jolla locations offering Thanksgiving dinners.

The Marine Room

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The combination of outstanding cuisine and service and dramatic view has made The Marine Room in La Jolla Shores one of the best-known and favorite restaurants in San Diego, and even in the country, for more than 71 years. They have a special holiday menu that you can find on their website. Seating is open and available on November 22 from 12pm to 7 pm. Make a reservation ahead of time by calling 866.644.2351.

NINE-TEN

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An ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes NINE-TEN a must visit for culinary aficionados. This intimate restaurant, led by award-winning chef Jason Knibb (a 2011 Iron Chef America Challenger and 2010 Rising Star Chef winner), offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along Prospect Street. Reservations are required. Please (858) 964-5400 to to make a reservation between 3:30 and 8:30 pm. Children 12 and below get a discounted price of $25.

The Shores

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Located right on the beach in the Spanish-style La Jolla Shores Hotel, the Shores Restaurant serves Sunday brunch and breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with menus featuring Southern California’s fresh produce and specialty items from both American coasts. Whether you prefer a family meal or a romantic dinner for two, you’ll enjoy the friendly service with the surf, or even the sunset, in the background.

For Thanksgiving, adults eat at $64 per person, and children can eat for anywhere from $5 to $38, depending on age. Food will be served from 10:00am-7:00pm. Reservations aren’t required, but you should reserve your spot by calling 866.644.2630

3 Spooky Ways to Celebrate Halloween in La Jolla

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Halloween time is here! We’ve rounded up some our favorite activities happening in La Jolla. Please celebrate responsibly and be sure to double check ticket availability prior to any of these festivities.

Pillage The Village
Downtown La Jolla

Tuesday October 31st, 3pm-6pm

Get ready for the 7th annual Pillage the Village in Downtown La Jolla! Put on your best outfit, and walk around the Village in costume for a little Halloween fun. Local businesses who are participating will have orange and black balloons visible, so you know where you’ll be able to trick-or-treat. Locals tip: Start at Girard and Prospect, and work your way through downtown La Jolla. Enjoy the festivities!

Belmont Park
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Be sure to check out Belmont Park as they transform the beachfront amusement park into “Boomont Park”. Attractions include zombie laser tag, pumpkin patch, roller coasters, and different crafts. Don’t miss out on the costume contests and Halloween festivities!

Barbarella
Every Day Until Nov 1

It should technically be Boo-Barella, because it’s just that scary. But this year, the Halloween decorations will return at San Diego’s Barbarella. See the decked out Halloween decorations at 2171 Avenida de la Playa restaurant.

 

Christmas Weekend 2017 Events In San Diego

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In addition to the presents, the Christmas carols, and spending time with your loved ones, here are some even more Christmasy activities for your holiday weekend!

Saturday, Dec. 23
Russian Grand Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’
6 p.m., California Center for the Arts in Escondido

It wouldn’t be Christmas without “The Nutcracker.” The tale of Masha and her journey into the land of toys come to life isn’t just playful and fun. It truly is a stunning example of the artistry and beauty of ballet. And… when it comes to ballet, there may be no greater experience than the Russian Grand Ballet. This year, Russia’s brightest stars will thrill us at the Concert Hall stage at the Center for the Arts Escondido and it’s an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. Tickets range from $35 to $85.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m., The Old Globe

Make an outing of this stage production of the Christmas classic is sure to make your heart grow three sizes! This is one of San Diego’s favorite holiday traditions, and you’ll find it at The Old Globe, in its twentieth year! It runs through Christmas Eve and if you’re familiar with the classic Dr. Seuss book you already know  you’re in for a treat. With musical productions such as “This Time of Year” and “Fah Who Doraze” bringing the smiles, you’re sure to be a hit with the adults or children you decide to bring along. Tickets start at $37 for adults and $24 for children.

Sunday, Dec. 24
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
Times vary, Vintage Village Theatres Coronad

If you’ve somehow managed to never see this holiday classic, why not take the opportunity to see it on the big screen? Already familiar with this incredible film? You’ve never experienced it quite like you will in a real movie theater on Christmas Eve. You can enjoy this special Christmas Eve screening at the Coronado Village Theater on Christmas Eve. This is a life affirming tale of a man who, in the midst of discouragement and depression, gets a chance to see what the world would be if he’d never been born.  Starring Jimmy Stewart, this film is sure to make anyone realize just how many riches they have and that “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Tickets can be purchased at the box office.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center

Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) provides a trail guide for you so you can get the most out of this free nature walk. It will last an hour and a half and you’ll get a great deal of knowledge about the animals, plants, history and geology of the park. You’ll start at the Visitor Center and you’ll find yourself on one of three trails. Whether you enjoy the scenic Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks, you’ll be certain to experience the nature right next door in a way you’ve never experienced it before. Don’t forget the sunscreen and make sure you bring some water and wear close-toed shoes!

Where To Enjoy Christmas Dinner in La Jolla

You got through the mad shopping rush. You made sure everyone on your Christmas Card list has one on the way. Your house is decorated and beautiful. You’re only human so this year why not enjoy yourself by eating out instead of adding one more task to your already busy schedule? With plenty of options for dining in or takeout, there’s no need to fret. Enjoy a fabulous meal made even better because somebody else handled the cooking! Here’s a list of some restaurants you’ll find open.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

There are a few great choices at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. A.R. Valentien is one of the best fine dining experiences in the Greater San Diego area, and you’re sure to enjoy their farm to table approach and attention to detail that makes eating there truly sublime. Choose breakfast, brunch, or dinner but call soon because the reservations book quickly. 858-777-6635. Looking for something a little more casual? No problem. The Grill & Bar is an excellent choice for breakfast, brunch, and dinner as well. Make your reservation for The Grill & Bar with a call to 858-777-6641.

La Valencia Hotel

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How about a sumptuous four course meal along with great ambience with a beautiful ocean view and holiday music? From lobster bisque to Mediterranean cuisine to classic European fare, the options here are truly endless. Make your reservations at 858-454-0771

The Marine Room

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The Marine Room is an area favorite and one taste of the incredible seafood you’ll find here explains why. With carefully prepared shellfish and delicious fish, you’re certain to be impressed. Of course, if you want something from the land or the air, there are great choices from duck to Black Angus filet mignon. One taste and you’ll understand why the Marine Room has been a fixture of La Jolla since 1941! Make your reservations by calling 866-644-2351.

Mandarin House

Looking for Asian food? The Mandarin House will be open all day from 11 am to 10 pm. Whether you order a special or a family style meal or if you indulge in the a la carte choices of traditional appetizers and entrees, including noodles and rice, vegetables, beef, poultry, and seafood; you and your guests are sure to leave full and happy! Call 858-454-2007 for reservations.

Nine-Ten Restaurant

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The Nine-Ten brunch is already a Christmas tradition for a great many in the know in La Jolla. With a focus on fresh ingredients, a great deal of it locally sourced, the brunch is truly a special experience. Reservations are available  by calling 858-964-5400 so make your plans today.

The Shores Restaurant

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The Shores brunch buffet is a fixture for many of us in La Jolla. It’s no wonder, too, because the food is excellently prepared and a great variety is available. Make your reservations by calling 866-644-2630.

Give Thanks. And Let NINE-TEN Do the Cooking!

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Do you want to have Thanksgiving dinner but don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen? We have a solution for you – go to NINE-TEN.

An ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes NINE-TEN a must visit for culinary aficionados. This intimate restaurant, led by award-winning chef Jason Knibb (a 2011 Iron Chef America Challenger and 2010 Rising Star Chef winner), offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along Prospect Street. Enjoy the best of the harvest from local artisan farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s Evolving California Cuisine, recognized with an “extraordinary to perfection” rating by ZAGAT. The bounty of the sea is also featured with local fish selections and items arriving daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. Special prix fixe menus are available and feature matching wines from the extensive, Wine Spectator awarded wine cellar. Enjoy dining indoors or al fresco on the sidewalk patio or ocean-view terrace.

In keeping with their ongoing commitment to creating innovative cuisine using only the freshest ingredients, Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo III will prepare a special, three-course prix-fixe dinner on Thanksgiving.

3 -Course Prix-Fixe Menu
$72 per person / $97 with wine pairings
(turkey plate for children 12 and under $25)

See their full menu HERE


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