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The Best Date Spot in 10 San Diego Neighborhoods

Published On 09/08/2015 Published On 09/08/2015
ERIN JACKSON/THRILLIST
POMEGRANATE
SARA NORRIS/THRILLIST
Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro
Red Door
JUNIPER & IVY
Solterra Winery & Kitchen
THE MED
KYLE HALL/THRILLIST
The Lion's Share
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1. Bleu Bohéme 4090 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116 (Kensington)

This charming French restaurant has a killer atmosphere: imagine candles, exposed stone, and wood details. They do a delicious brunch menu that includes a couple crepe plates that steal the show. You can also try the "Bohemian Menu," which is a pre-fixed, three course menu offered on Tuesdays that will only set you back thirty dollars.

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2. Pomegranate 2312 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 (University Heights)

An eclectic, quirky vibe and some Russian-Georgian cuisine make this place a unique spot. Try the salad sampler, cheese pie, and Shashlik

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3. Coin-Op 3926 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

Take everything awesome about being a kid in the '80s, add a killer craft cocktail list and 20 craft beers on draft and you’ve got Coin-Op, the arcade/bar combo that just opened up in North Park with pinball and more than a dozen vintage games on rotation like Donkey Kong, Street Fighter, and Frogger. Score!

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4. Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro 3940 4th Ave #110, San Diego, CA 92103 (Hillcrest)

This moroccan bistro serves up plenty of flavorful dishes that include vegetarian and vegan options. Get the “Moroccan Feasts” to taste a little bit of everything.

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5. The Red Door 741 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103 (Mission Hills)

The Red Door is a spot with a bistro-esque feel where you can enjoy warm biscuits and homemade jam... or chicken-fried steak & eggs.

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6. Juniper & Ivy Restaurant 2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

Top Chef: All Stars winner Richard Blais is behind Juniper & Ivy, a Little Italy restaurant that's making moves to put the San Diego dining scene on the same level as New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The refined menu is nothing if not creative, and dishes like lobster congee with beef sausage, wagyu short rib with Gruyere-rye bread pudding, and vindaloo-rubbed filet carpaccio prove that Blais' cooking inspiration isn't limited to one cuisine. That said, one of the best things on the menu is also the simplest: the buttermilk drop biscuit with smoked butter.

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7. Solterra Winery & Kitchen 934 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

This trendy spot has live music on Tuesdays and Saturdays. But it's got tapas and plenty of wine any night. On the wine menu, try the Ainsley.

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8. THE MED 1132 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037 (La Jolla)

THE MED offers a seasonally inspired menu and an al fresco dining experience. Sit out on the ocean view terrace for the full experience.

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9. Soda & Swine 2750 Dewey Rd #104, San Diego, CA 92116 (Point Loma)

Soda & Swine offers indoor and outdoor dining in a stylish industrial chic space. For eating and drinking, they have an extensive bar (where you can get a beer float) and a menu full of small plates, such as meatballs, fried pizza knots, soft-serve ice cream, and pies. The outdoor patio is equipped with heat lamps and overhead lighting.

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10. The Lion's Share 629 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Don't let the taxidermy, mismatched chandeliers, and surrealist paintings distract you from the food and drink at The Lion's Share (easier said than done, we know). This quirky, hunter's den of a restaurant satisfies your carnivorous side with a game-heavy menu of wild boar bolognese, chicken fried quail, elk loin steak, and bison tartare. You don't have to be a totally adventurous eater though to take part in the fun: the menu includes tamer plates like an aged white Cheddar-topped burger, hand-cut truffle fries, and roast chicken. Both the expected and unexpected offerings pair well with whiskey cocktails and if you can handle it, absinthe.

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