5 Top Picks for San Diego Restaurant Week by Erin Jackson

January 19, 2015

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 San Diego 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

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 ThrillistSerious Eats, and San Diego Magazine.