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We're always checking out new places for San Diego Restaurant Week and were invited to preview the SDRW menu at The Marine Room in La Jolla. This fine dining restaurant has huge windows facing the ocean, which is especially mesmorizing when it is HIGH TIDE. I never knew there existed a restaurant where you could watch the waves splashing at the heavy duty windows while dining (view depends on season/time of the year).

The restaurant itself is located in a residential looking area so you go through a little bit of windy streets to reach it. Once there, you can valet your car or find street parking nearby. We were seated by the hostess and were ready to eat.

The San Diego Restaurant Menu is attached at the end of the post and contains 3 appetizers, 6 entrees, and a dessert to choose from.

Our Appetizers:

Pistachio Panch Phoron Wild Prawns / Tuxedo Barley, Eggplant chutney, Penny Royale, Pink Grapefruit Dressing

Back view of the shrimp with the fantastic seasoning!

Date: 
01/17/2016 - 12:01am to 01/24/2016 - 11:59am

It's time for San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) again! This bi-annual event has over 180 participating restaurants showcasing their menus for us! Check out your favorite restaurants or try something new! The prix fixe lunches are two course meals that cost $10, $15, or $20 while the prix fixe dinners are three course meals that cost $20, $30, $40 or $50. Prices may vary with add-ons (see restaurant for details).

This year, San Diego Restaurant Week begins on January 17 and ends January 24, 2016!

We haven't reviewed the entire SDRW list but these are a few places of interest (though the list keeps growing):

A few other favorite picks based on our own dining experiences are:

For my birthday last year, Dennis planned an outing with friends at Searsucker in Del Mar. We've had lunch in the downtown location during San Diego Restaurant Week a while back so this was our first dinner experience. This Searsucker replaced Burlap which we had visited a couple of years ago.

The waiting lounge is sort of cowboy to me, maybe because I see that cow skin!

Here's the bar area with the popularly used "eat" sign! They have a happy hour from 4:30-6:30 on Monday through Friday plus all day on Wednesday.

The restaurant wasn't too busy that Saturday night so we were seated quickly at our table. We were handed menus to browse.

It's true. We've done A LOT of eating and drinking this year at Oh-So Yummy. That's just how us food bloggers roll. Before we post our first official review this year, we wanted to share some highlights from the archives!

So what was popular in 2015?

The post on Korean BBQ AYCE at Manna Korean BBQ got the most consistent traffic.

The biggest spike in traffic hit our Bracero Cocina de Raiz post. It's well deserved because it's also Dennis's favorite restaurant from last year.

These chowder fries from Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar got the most likes on INSTAGRAM. Follow us (ohsoyummyreview) for more!

 

Don't forget to check out our awesome Birthday Freebies and Deals Roundup post!

Continue reading to see our restaurant, travel, event and recipe highlights...

We all deserve a delicious birthday meal right? I decided to check out the very popular and recently opened Bracero Cocina de Raiz for mine. The headliner was Chef Javier Plascencia (last seen in my Caffe Calabria Specialty Produce post).

During the Taste of Little Italy, the restaurant wasn't even officially open yet Bracero was serving these grilled and roasted spaghetti squash tacos. So many unique items. I've been seeing beautiful photos on social media and we were NOT disappointed by the real thing. Are you ready to start drooling yet? These platings at Bracero were unbelievably gorgeous!

Albacore Two Ways / Seared / Tartare

This dish had lots of layers of flavor, texture and color. The top was seared albacore with a fried zucchini layer and another sort of catfish battered albacore in the middle

We're loving the holiday season in San Diego. Earlier this month we took a stroll through Hillcrest with a buddy for the Taste N Tinis event... yummy nibbles and a glass cocktail refilled at every stop. Great way to get into the spirit of the holidays and have a good time in the neighborhood. You can also check out last year's Taste N Tinis 2014.

We'll let the pictures speak for themselves...

Food

Mediterranean salad and chicken skewers at Luna Grill. We also received a coupon for a free chicken skewer on our next visit!

Dennis and I wanted to celebrate our 10 year dating anniversary and picked out Pacifica Del Mar, OPPOSITE the direction from the traffic madness of December Nights in Balboa.

Pacifica Del Mar is in the Del Mar Plaza which has a parking lot underneath. The restaurant can validate your parking for up to 2 hours free so we thought this was very useful for a busy Friday evening. We took an elevator up to the shops then used maps to find our way to the restaurant.

I loved the glow of the bar inside Pacifica Del Mar. The whole place was packed with diners on this chill Friday night.

We ordered drinks at our table. Dennis picked the Bendistillery Crater Lake Vodka old fashioned while I sipped on a yummy Chocolate Martini.

Dennis and I are fans of the build your own pizza trend. For Black Friday, PizzaRev offered pizzas for only $5 each! We hit up the nearest location (Scripps Ranch) soon after opening and ordered four for the two of us. We weren't worried about finishing it all since pizza works fantastic as leftovers.

The concept is simple. Start from a pre-designed pizza and or start from scratch. Either way, you can customize to your heart's content at one set price, currently $8.25.

The employees assemble the pizza in front of you and can provide suggestions if you need ideas.

Here is one of our customized pizza ready to go into the oven!