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Attendee Tip: Dining on the Waterfront

Who doesn’t enjoy a good meal with a stunning view? We all do, especially after a busy day attending meetings and conferences. According to a recent survey done by Open Table, the largest restaurant reservation site on the web, users chose several San Diego bayfront spots as being among the top 100 restaurants with the most scenic views in the U.S.

If your plans bring you to San Diego for an upcoming meeting or convention, here are some dining spots with a view you'll want to add to your itinerary for a unique waterfront experience.

The Fish Market

The Fish Market

The Fish Market is the easiest one to get to from our convention center. It’s just a quick walk from our facility (about 10 minutes) along the waterfront path. It makes a very pleasant lunch option and a perfect opportunity to take a break on a busy meeting day.

The Fish Market, known for offering incredibly fresh and delicious seafood, was founded in 1976 by a sport fisherman and his business partner, a boat captain and gourmet cook. The Fish Market offers a wide selection of seafood and the menus are updated daily to reflect changes in seasons, availability and –of course- fishing luck.

  • Tip: While you're there, be sure to take a photo with the famous kiss statue located on the bayfront next to the USS Midway Museum!

Bertrand at Mr. A’s

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For those with a little extra time, Bertrand at Mr. A’s offers a dining experience all its own. Perched atop San Diego’s skyline, the famous restaurant offers diners 360 degree views of downtown, Balboa Park, San Diego Bay and Coronado. Paired with a diverse menu offering everything from mac ‘n cheese to lamb chops, it’s easy to see how Mr. A’s was named one of the “Top 10 Penthouse Restaurants in the United States” by for MSN and one of the “Most Romantic Restaurants” in the U.S. by OpenTable Diner’s Choice. To get there, grab a cab at the convention center for quick five-minute ride.

Island Prime

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Island Prime/ C Level

Island Prime and C Level makes a perfect dinner option to decompress after a full day of meetings and conferences. Located less than four miles from the San Diego Convention Center, it’s an easy cab ride. If you're slightly more adventurous, and looking for a longer walk along San Diego Bay, take a stroll of the San Diego Harbor during and after sunset. C Level, the adjacent restaurant, is also open during lunch hours.

Island Prime is an award-winning fine dining restaurant, resting on stilts atop of the San Diego Bay. The view of the ocean and San Diego Downtown skyline is breathtaking.

The Marine Room in La Jolla

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The Marine Room

Our third option allows you to experience the ocean views Southern California is known for. The Marine Room takes you to a different area of San Diego, a little further away from the convention center. La Jolla offers you a chance to break away from downtown and explore the charming La Jolla cove, romantic scenic dining at the beach with an up-close view of the surf right outside the restaurant window.

The Marine Room was founded in 1941 but its history began in 1916. Today a traditional dining spot, the award-winning restaurant describes the menu as a “culinary renaissance,” featuring seasonal dishes mixed with the signature seafood bill of fare that made the Marine Room famous.

Reservations? No Problem!

Allow us to make you a reservation and arrange a cab ride. Help is as close as our concierge services near lobby B & E.

San Diego has so much to offer, so many places to see and a vast list of incredible spots to eat. We understand that when you are here to attend meetings or conferences, time can be limited. We hope these three options of scenic restaurants can be useful when you are planning what to do during your free time, or a place where you can wow your colleagues, clients and business partners. For more options, check out our attendee guide.

Posted by Marcelo Bellato, on October 15, 2014
Attendees, Between Meetings, Experience San Diego

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