5 Top Picks for San Diego Restaurant Week by Erin Jackson

Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week returns on January 18, with over 160 restaurants serving up discounted prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. Considering the wealth of choices, deciding where to dine is always a bit daunting. To help narrow down the 25 options in La Jolla, we’re zeroing in on five top picks, spanning budget-friendly lunch menus to full-on fine dining.

PUESTO

Puesto’s restaurant week menu combines several of the modern Mexican restaurant’s greatest hits into one unstoppable meal. For lunch, get three tacos of your choice, a half order of house-made guacamole, and a mini frozen horchata for $15. There’s also a $20 dinner menu that’s similar, except you can swap guac for beans or street corn and choose a Mexican street cup or frozen horchata for dessert.

1026 Wall Street, eatpuesto.com

CAFÉ LA RUE

If you love a great charcuterie platter, make a beeline to this restaurant in the La Valencia Hotel for lunch. $20 nets you an abundance of fine meats and fancy mustards, along with your choice of dessert (lavender crème brulee, chocolate pot de crème, or a sorbet trio).

1132 Prospect Street, cafelaruelajolla.com

PREPKITCHEN

Prepkitchen routinely breaks the mold during Restaurant Week by offering up nearly their entire menu. The $20 lunch is a great way to go, provided you’ve got a date. Each person selects their own entrée from a list of 10 items along with an appetizer and dessert to share. It’s a screaming deal, especially if you’re eying the Tagiatelle Bolognese (which is regularly $20.50). There’s also a $40 dinner where diners select their own appetizer, entrée, and dessert.

7556 Fay Avenue, wnlhosp.com

BIJOU

If you haven’t had a chance to hit Bijou, Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to scope out this romantic French restaurant in the heart of La Jolla. The $50 dinner includes tempting options like Dungeness crab salad, duck confit, and hazelnut éclairs.

1205 Prospect Street, bijoufrenchbistro.com

NINE-TEN

Many Restaurant Week menus have at least one weak link, like a boring green salad or an uninspired dessert—not Nine-Ten. The four options for each course are all solid. Enticing options like Hamachi sashimi, hay-smoked duck, and a Meyer lemon tart with house-made huckleberry sorbet will make decisions difficult. There are even two gluten-free desserts and a formidable vegetarian entrée.

910 Prospect Street, nine-ten.com

Erin Jackson is a freelance food writer based in San Diego. She currently serves as city editor for @DiningOutSD and is a contributor to several publications, including Thrillist, Serious Eats, and San Diego Magazine.

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