Three Historic San Diego Restaurants to Finally Visit During SD Restaurant Week

By | January 26, 2018
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Bali Hai

With so many great new restaurants opening around San Diego every day, it is no wonder that some of the better known restaurants that out-of-towners flock to simply haven't made it on to our agendas. And, let's face it, some of them are pretty expensive. That's why San Diego Restaurant Week is the perfect time to "play tourist" in our own town, and go see what all the fuss is about at these guide-book icons.

Bali Hai Restaurant, Shelter Island

The Attraction: Tom F Ham Jr’s classic Shelter Island tiki destination, was originally called Christian’s Hut when it opened in 1954. It remains family owned and operated and is still one of the largest original tiki "temples" in the world. 

The Price: $30 

The Dinner Menu

First Course Options

Soup du jour, chef selected seasonal soup 

Crispy chicken wings with spicy firecracker sauce, pickled vegetables

Linguica corndogs with napa cabbage sauerkraut, spicy mustard

Thai caesar salad with romaine hearts, parmesean, heirloom tomatoes, anchovies, housemade croutons

Local greens with goat cheese, macadamia nuts, berries, li hing mui vinaigrette

Flash-fried shishito peppers with garlic ponzu, local sea salt

Main Course Options

Rootbeer-braised short rib with brown butter radish, charred pickled onion, braised greens

Huli huli chicken, a spice-rubbed grilled chicken leg with pineapple rice, hibiscus syrup

Pan-seared pork chop with potato hash, pickled asian pears

Korean seafood stew with kimchi broth, clams, mussels, local white fish, scallions,

Crispy-seared albacore with cucumber and bell pepper ceviche, togarashi water

Chicken lo mein with carrots, onions, bok choy, spinach, lo mein noodles

Evil jungle prince with onions, bell peppers, eggplant, celery , spicy red curry sauce

Pan-seared local whitefish with sesame-ginger eggplant puree, black garlic paint, bok choy


Taste of the islands trio: caramelized banana miso mousse cake, milk chocolate pistachio parfait, ginger macadamia nut blondie

Marine Room

The Marine Room, La Jolla

The Attraction: Originally built in 1916 as the Spindrift Inn, this historic La Jolla haunt still draws crowds thanks to its location directly on the sea, so close that ocean waves crash into the windows.

The Price: $50

The Dinner Menu

First Course Options

Chimichurri Dusted Wild Prawns Tri Color Quinoa, Tomato Papaya Chutney, Aji aioli, Pisco Emulsion

Artisan Red Little Gem Lettuce Compressed Dates, Port Feta, Crabapple Ciabatta, Sage Honey Dressing

Signature Maine Lobster Bisque Enokitake, Yuzu Crème Fraiche, Pistachio Muffin

Main Course Options

Sea Salt Crispy Skin Branzino Pancetta Dust, Celeriac Mousseline, Verbena Pesto, Peppadew Rouille

Red Walnut Zaatar Coated Maine Diver Scallops Carrot Freekeh, Pickled Pear, Upland Cress, Lillet Rouge Infusion

Cacao Porter Braised Kurobuta Pork Cheeks Orange Peel Gremolata, Pecan Jewel Yams, Honshemeji, Cipollini Jus

Main Course Options for an Additional $15

Center Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon Crème Fraiche Potato, Tart Cherry Chutney, Roquefort, Truffle Petite Syrah

Agrume Butter Basted Maine Lobster Tail Beemster Gouda Polenta, Star Fruit, Leek Sprouts, Malahat Ginger Rum

Togarashi Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Black Rice, Mango, Avocado Fritter, Pinot Gris Hibiscus Infusion


Three Sweet Tastes Tahitian Vanilla Bean Blanc Manger | Cappuccino Chocolate Tart | Maltese Orange Sorbet

Hotel Del Coronado

1500 Ocean at Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado Island

The Attraction: Dinner overlooking the sea at the historic old Hotel Del Coronado, which opened in 1888.

The Price: $50 (additional $45 with wine pairings)

The Diner Menu

First Course Options

Be Wise Ranch beet salad with aged goat cheese, watercress, red beet ice cream

Lemongrass-ginger lobster infusion with poached claw, mexican vanilla

Foie gras torchon with crabapple, smoked eel, celery root ( additional $8)

Main Course Options

Garden root vegetables with roasted acorn squash, carrot, turnip, pearl onion

Roasted Mary's chicken with potato mille-feuille, savoy cabbage, diablo sauce

72-hour short rib with green cardamom-chestnut, maitake mushroom, burgundy wine sauce (additional $12)

Dessert Options

Sicilian pistachio buttercream bar with tamarind sorbet

Vanilla creme brulee with caramelized persimmon

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