In our natural desire for comfort, we often find ourselves returning to familiar places and things, especially when it comes to dining out. Fortunately, for those looking to indulge this fall, we’ve put together a list of can’t-miss seasonal tasting menus at local favorites that will bring some excitement to your restaurant repertoire.
6009 Paseo Delicias
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
A Rancho Santa Fe staple blending the best of French cuisine and décor, Mille Fleurs is a charming bungalow style eatery serving exquisite award winning dishes. The romantic retreat brings a slice of Provence to this historic Southern California neighborhood, offering a warm and welcoming ambiance that spans from the indoor country French décor to the outdoor courtyard sanctuary. The critically acclaimed food continues to enhance the experience; changing daily depending on availability of fresh ingredients, the sampling menu embodies the best of seasonal dining. From the Sautéed Quail with Foie Gras and Crispy Sautéed Veal Sweetbreads to the Salmon Tartar Cannelloni and Fresh Pea, Artichoke, and Asparagus Risotto, the Chef’s unique flavor combinations for fall are outstanding.
Addison at The Grand Del Mar
5200 Grand Del Mar Way
San Diego, CA
With one of the most decorated Chef’s in the world at its helm, Addison at The Grand Del Mar hotel is one of the San Diego area’s finest restaurants serving artfully inspired recipes in a stunning setting. Overlooking the hotel’s beautiful golf course and elegantly designed to include a marble bar, terrace seating and a world-class wine cellar at its center, Addison offers an unmatched dining experience. This fall, Relais and Châteaux elite grand chef William Bradley expresses his creativity through his masterful multi-course tasting menu incorporating seasonal flavors and elements of surprise throughout. The Mussels in Green Curry, Mascarpone Agnolotti, Coffee Roasted Duck with Candied Peanuts, and Lavender Panna Cotta with Rhubarb are just a few of the intense yet simple flavors on the menu this season that have San Diego out to taste.
AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
Named after an early 20th-century California artist, AR Valentien’s elegant yet warm wooden architecture and local seasonal flavors pay homage to Southern California heritage. The restaurant’s several small rooms complete with plush booths and stained glass lanterns are the perfect setting to enjoy a beautiful meal overlooking the 18th hole of Torrey Pines Golf Course. Executive chef Jeff Jackson, a Bocuse d’Or Culinary Gold Cup winner and pioneer of the farm-to-table movement in San Diego leads the kitchen in producing fantastic regional cuisine. Wine lovers will rejoice at this season’s tasting menu, featuring Roasted Apricots with Purple Haze, Braised Veal Cheeks, and Lemon Sponge Cake – among other dishes – all alongside a wine pairing from the restaurant’s vast selection from California wineries.
George’s at the Cove – California Modern
1250 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA
Recently named one of San Diego’s 10 Best Foodie Spots by USA Today, George’s at the Cove California Modern is a San Diego icon offering oceanfront dining and contemporary flavors with an emphasis on locally grown ingredients that shape their focus on tasting menus. With slick design, breathtaking vistas, and unforgettable food, a visit to George’s at the Cove, whether to the more casual Level2 for a cocktail, the Ocean Terrace for happy hour and a million-dollar view, or California Modern for fine dining, is a must for San Diego residents and visitors alike. For the ultimate dining experience, reserve TBL3, the restaurant’s exclusive and inventive tasting menu program which has patrons place their trust in the hands of the chef with no choices or substitutions. The unparalleled evening features a playful mix of location and ever-changing seasonal dishes ranging from fresh seafood like Snapper Crudo with local melon and Charred Octopus paired with pickled onions to twists on classics like Chino Farms Corn Lasagna with mushrooms. You simply have to experience George’s at the Cove for yourself.
Wine Vault and Bistro
3731 India Street
San Diego, CA
If you’re looking for a new Saturday night spot featuring fresh dishes every week, San Diego’s Wine Vault and Bistro should be at the top of your list. Each Saturday, the chef compiles a no-choice five-course tasting menu with optional wine pairing that changes in its entirety with each passing week, meaning you’ll always be surprised and will never experience the same flavors twice. This charming spot is decorated in Californian ranch style, with crisp white walls, wide arch doorways, and tables inside and out, some communal, others around a fireplace, and a few surround the fire pit at its center. The space is comfortable and welcoming and diners easily find themselves spending hours enjoying good food, great company and captivating conversation. Menus aren’t released until the week before, but dishes for the upcoming Saturday can be viewed by clicking on each Tasting Menu item on this calendar. Recent fall tasting menus have featured Seared Scallops with Grilled Peach, Maple and Bourbon Brined Pork Tenderloin, Black Truffle Gnocchi and an Irish Coffee Milkshake.
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