Hotel: Marriott Gaslamp
Would I stay again? Yes. It is conveniently located in the gaslamp district and close to the conference I attended at the Hilton. It has a lounge and a rooftop bar.
Marriott gaslamp room 2126
View from the Marriott
View from the Marriott
Lunch: Tin Fish Gaslamp
Would I dine again? Maybe. There are so many restaurants in San Diego and I wanted dish tacos and a short walk.
Fish tacos/ octopus tacos
Dinner: Juniper and Ivy
Would I dine again? Most definitely. I was dining with colleagues and so we each picked a “bite” to start, then a small plate and then entreés. I loved my yellowtail bite, the heirloom tomatoes and the black cod. My colleagues each had the steak which they shared a bite and that too was amazing. I look forward to returning on my annual trip to San Diego!
Juniper and Ivy menu
Breakfast: Lucky’s Lunch Counter
Would I dine again? Yes. It’s around the. Order from the Marriott, you can build your own breakfast burrito and it’s per diem friendly!
Build your own burrito
Dinner: Ironside Fish & Oyster
Would I dine again? Yes. But I admit I liked dinner at Juniper and Ivy a little better. I liked the menu options with lots of fresh fish and it was easy to share with others. I tried a bunch of items including two desserts.
Dinner: Davonti Enoteca
Would I dine again? Yes. The menu seemed familiar and it was because I dined at a location in Chicago and had the same polenta and ragu. Group dining is great because we tried a bunch of dishes!
I have something to share with you.
I headed out to a conference in San Diego. One lunch and two dinners were mine. The rest- conference food. I stayed at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter and took advantage of the easy walk to various restaurants. I even tried out the scooters left around the city- super fun and a must try if you see one laying around!
I was staying in the Gaslamp district and arrived right before lunch. I needed a quick spot close by so I could eat and then head to the conference hotel and grab my shirts and badge. This was a short walk and a great meal to start my trip. Time for some tacos – Chili rubbed Octopus and Sticky Beef Short Rib…..YUM!
I decided on a solo dinner and wanted something hearty. I found Double Standard on OpenTable and I was able to sit outside. My meal was fine but next time I will opt for a different spot.
Lucky’s Lunch Counter
Right around the corner from the Marriott is Lucky’s lunch counter. I wanted a breakfast burrito since I was going to be in meetings and in a sales booth most of the day. Lucky’s hit the spot. Egg whites, cheese, veggies, bacon – perfect start to the day!
Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Some hits, some misses. This restaurant got great reviews but I should have listened to the server and stayed away from the sushi. You should never use avocado that is not ripe in a roll – never. But on the positive side, the appetizers- octopus, mussels and the duck tostadas were a hit!
Jsix Restaurant at the Kimpton
Sometimes sitting down with a colleague after a work event is a necessity. Debrief on the day and get ready for the next. A refreshing adult drink, crispy spring rolls and guacamole hit the spot!
Soleil @k at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
I ended up with one monring to grab an early breakfast and decided to do so at the hotel so I easily bring my laptop with me. Chilaquiles were on the menu and a must for me. A bit spicy but really good! Ready for the day ahead!