There’s no question that San Diego Restaurant Week (September 20th-27th) motivates diners to try new places and establishments that would normally be reserved for “special occasions,” which is why we curated a list that showcases the best of La Jolla fine dining at an excellent value during SDRW! Continue reading
This week, I attended a cooking demonstration and 3-course dinner plated and created by the famous chefs of the Marine Room. The landmark restaurant sits on La Jolla’s sandy beach, inviting the tides to lick its windows. Wednesday night had a dramatic backdrop of storm clouds behind a group of almost 50 guests seated and swirling complimentary glasses of Sauvignon Blanc.
I was able to talk with Chef Bernard Guillas before the demonstration. Like an artist, he described the canvas (a white plate) he and Chef Ron Oliver would be painting (filling with food). The meal’s theme was “Hunting Games” celebrating the hunting season and the season of comfort food. The appropriately named sommelier, Lisa Redwine, worked with Guillas to hand-pick a selection of red wines to pair with each course.
It was not a hands-on cooking class, but the chefs threw out a wealth of information. Every person in the room could watch the chefs slice, saute and spice the food easily in the angled mirrors on the ceiling. Like a well-rehearsed comedy act, they interacted with the audience well, playing up their contrasting personalities. Charismatic Chef Bernard bantered and winked while the soft-spoken Chef Ron quipped back with dry humor.
Fine dining is an industry classification, which is based upon the menu style, preparation methods and pricing provided by the establishment. Many fine dining restaurants are small businesses with a single location or just a few locations and feature a high quality décor, creating a specific desired atmosphere. The wait staff at formal restaurants is highly trained in providing full service dining and dedicated meal courses. Some of the best fine dining in California can be found at our La Jolla restaurants. The prestigious location on top of the cliffs, overlooking the La Jolla Cove, along with world class chefs and inspired menus, make La Jolla the perfect place to experience fine dining at its best.
The food served at fine dining restaurants is created by renowned executive chefs and prepared using quality ingredients. Each course is visually appealing and serves a specific purpose throughout the meal. Many chefs will pair their courses with a cocktail or wine that complements the dish and enhances the dining experience. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or meeting up with family, friends or business associates, formal dining is a wonderful way to spend your evening in La Jolla.
If you are staying in one of the elite La Jolla hotelsnear Prospect St, there are several fine dining establishments to choose from including Crab Catcher Seaside Grill, George’s at the Cove, La Dolce Vita Ristorante and the Marine Room, just to name a few. Whether you are in the mood for steak, Italian, Mexican cuisine or seafood, La Jolla restaurants offer a diverse selection of fine dining and menu options for you to choose from.
While dining in La Jolla, enjoy breathtaking ocean views, elegant décor, exquisite cuisine and first class service. Search our local restaurant guide to find the location, which is perfect for your special occasion.