It's hard to imagine a seaside dining experience more complete than the one at Dolphins Restaurant, Bar & Banquet. Sailboat masts bob in the harbor just beyond floor-to-ceiling windows, a red canoe hangs from the ceiling to complement nautical flags on the walls, and at the entrance visitors are greeted by a bronze sculpture depicting a human pyramid of dolphins. And that's before you get a look at the menu. Classic seafood dishes such as lobster tails and grilled teriyaki mahi mahi fill plates during dinner service but also during weddings, when tables are draped in white cloth, decorated with floral arrangements, and cleared of all single people. The restaurant also offers a weekly Sunday brunch, with more than 50 items to choose from.
At the sushi bar, chefs wrap colorful seafood and vegetable combinations into 25 largely simple rolls, including the Chef's Marina, which contains tempura rock shrimp and avocado, and the Tijuana, which pairs spicy tuna with roasted jalapenos. In the evening, a tree-studded patio glows with light from several fire-pits, and occasionally the whole restaurant fills with music from live bands, mariachi bands, and DJs.
Since 1994, Asti Ristorante offers an Italian fine dining experience in the heart of the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Professional service, elegant interiors, exciting outdoor patio and outstanding Italian cuisine, guarantee a memorable dining experience.
Guava's kitchen sizzles with a menu of American, Mexican, and seaside favorites, and bartenders whip up legendary margaritas and signature cocktails. Cajun spices cling to a grill-blackened slab of mahi-mahi smothered in a sweet-chili sauce and a mango salsa made in-house ($14). The baja burrito granda ($13) clusters succulent chunks of house marinated and grilled carne asada mixed with melted cheese and pico de gallo in a tomato-basil tortilla, and the loco coconut flavors a tender chicken breast fillet with eponymous coconut ($9). Groups wash down snacks with the Bionic Beaver, a pitcher overflowing with a mix of five alcoholic varietals sweetened with cranberry juice, grenadine ($13), and a compliment from a passing stranger.
Fat Fish Cantinagrill’s chefs blend Southern Californian and Latin American culinary traditions to create a hybrid cuisine that includes tacos, fresh seafood, and pasta. Their menu demonstrates their philosophy with shrimp enchiladas, carne asada fajitas, or 8-ounce skirt steak rubbed with cumin and char-grilled with smoked jalapeno butter and caramelized onions. Diners wash meals down with sangria, a large selection of margaritas, and specialty cocktails, such as the Drunken Mermaid made with pear vodka and agave nectar.
True to its name, the Fish Bucket Grill lays before guests a spread of pescetarian dishes. The menu features salmon served daily and seasonal selections such as swordfish, red snapper, catfish, and shark, freshly grilled and ready to be slapped into sandwiches, salads, or tacos. Visitors pair their feasts with house wine and beer.