Boasting Michelin stars and three decades of culinary experience, executive chef Patrick Ponsaty pilots a team that creates upscale seafood and contemporary gourmet fare. Ponsaty?s colleagues include young chefs Gianina Dicicco and Mike Reidy, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and the New England Culinary Institute. Dishes with modern, imaginative flavors include squid-ink risotto, veal cheeks with orange-blossom mousse, and hibiscus-pomegranate consomm?. Each creation is a work of visual art, too, with colorful spices, marbleized sauces, and carefully stacked ingredients arranged to resemble Rodin?s The Thinker.
The restaurant's chef and owner, John Randall, employs more than 30 years of experience to grill up a wide variety of fresh seafood, certified Angus steak, and hearty sandwiches. Rev up digestion engines with one of John's starters, which include such Neptunian delights as fried calamari and smoked salmon pizza ($3.50–$9.50). Hearty entrees, such as prime rib, a swordfish sandwich, and scallop scampi, muscle out hunger ($9.95–$18.95), while a bevy of soups and salads stand on the sidelines, waiting to be tagged in if the bacon cheeseburger sprains its condiments ($4.50–$10.50). At the full bar, 15 different beers and more than 20 wines, several from California, supplement rising salivary floodwaters.
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For the freshest Californian fare, head over to San Diego's BarFly La Jolla. Complement you meal with a beer or wine from BarFly La Jolla delightful drink menu. Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers. For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on BarFly La Jolla's patio. Stay connected at no cost thanks to BarFly La Jolla's wifi. Dance the night away while BarFly La Jolla's DJ spins the latest tunes. Your pooch is also welcome at the restaurant.
Be sure to call for a reservation if the restaurant is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy BarFly La Jolla's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Ample parking is available — the nearby lot is open to diners, as is valet, if preferred. For those who choose to find their own space, street parking is also an option.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at BarFly La Jolla running under $30 per person. BarFly La Jolla accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
Sample a wide array of Mediterranean dishes at Ali Babbas Cave. Health nuts will be pleased with the menu at Ali Babbas Cave, which includes a number of fresh, nutritious items. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour. For those big group gatherings, Ali Babbas Cave provides plenty of space to have a good time. Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Ali Babbas Cave's beautiful outdoor seating area. Wireless internet access is just a click away at Ali Babbas Cave. A DJ spinning or live musical guests are not out of the ordinary at Ali Babbas Cave. Live music is often featured for diners' enjoyment. DJ fans will appreciate Ali Babbas Cave's frequent live mixes.
The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time. Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Ali Babbas Cave. You can also grab your grub to go. You can also have Ali Babbas Cave cater your next event.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more. All major credit cards are accepted.
American fare gets an edgy makeover at Urban Bar and Grill. Gluten-sensitive diners can still find plenty of options on Urban Bar and Grill's menu, as can vegans. Televisions are strewn throughout the bar, so fans can stay up to date on the latest sports happenings. Sized just right for big groups, the private room at Urban Bar and Grill would be an ideal pick for your next birthday party or family gathering. Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Urban Bar and Grill with their complimentary wifi. The patio tables outside of Urban Bar and Grill are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table. No need to dress up for a trip to Urban Bar and Grill — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire. You can also have Urban Bar and Grill cater your next event. Getting your food to go is also an option.
You can easily find street parking near Urban Bar and Grill or pull up curbside and make use of the valet service.
Meals at Urban Bar and Grill are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person. The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.