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5.8 km from Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
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Chef William Bradley's standard-setting dining room is exceedingly ambitious and his team is cooking world-class ingredients with exceptional skill, le...
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Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Several attempts over a few months to get a reservation there remain unsuccessful. Voice mail messages remain unanswered, waiting lists never are recognized or at least you are told that nothing has changed and there won't be availability for the evening. With this attitude, no...matter the food, I am not willing to spend a dime there! Maybe they just don't need any business anymore,.........More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 10 May 2021

We were seated on a dark patio, after waling through a cavernous, empty,clearly not the main seating area. Bear in mind, this is a restaurant with a Michelin star and the five course tasting menu costs $185. The patio was barren, nothing to make is...seem in the least inviting. We were celebrating our 20th anniversary and have enjoyed many fine dining experiences on special occasions., unfortunately, this was not to be very enjoyable. Our table was completely bare except for a dingy grey place mat. There was no decor on the patio that made is seem welcoming. We had to beg for a candle or additional lighting to be able to see our food. We were forced to navigate a 100 page wine list on our phone, and told there were no printed copies, well, since this restaurant existed before COVID, they had copies of the wine list but simply would not provide it. The same with a copy of the tasting menu, which would require one sheet of paper and not be passed on to other diners. As a result, I could not begin to describe any of the dishes we were served. I do recall that our first taste as an "Arnold Palmer" an homage to the fact that the restaurant overlooks a golf course, but, seriously ice tea an lemonade for $185? Meant to be playful but fell flat as there is nothing playful about this restaurant. We requested an email copy of the menu, but have gotten no response. Explanations of the dishes were perfunctory at best. The coursing was unbelievably slow, thank god we only went for the 5 course because we were there from 8 to 11, if we had done the 10 course, we could probably still be at the restaurant. Mostly the service was absent and the food lackluster, others have mentioned the wine parings, we were never offered that option. Overall we left feeling like we were an afterthought by the staff In a city with such a vibrant, innovative dining scene, this restaurant has been left behind.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Helpful?6  
Reviewed 14 April 2021

We ordered the 5 course menu and it felt like 15 courses. I can't imagine what the 10 course menu offered. Each course has several small dishes and each dish is a small piece of art. The service and the ambience were top notch. My...only complaint is that I should have been warned that after the bread came the main dish which was barbecued pigeon and by the time it arrived I was full! I guess that is not a bad problem to have. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Helpful?5  
Reviewed 4 April 2021

We ate at Addison 5 years ago, and again this week. We opted for the five course menu, which actually comprised 15 small plates of delicious works of art. Which were "courses", and which were amuse-buches wasn't clear, but it didn't matter each one (with...one exception) was an amazing sensation for all the senses. This is an expensive restaurant, and you should expect that it will end up costing at least $300 per person and last about 3 hours. But, it is a rare treat to be savored and enjoyed; and the Michelin star is well deserved. We found it significantly better than five years ago, and feel that the chef is getting better and better at his craft. The cost of this culinary event should be viewed in light of the massive amount of work involved with the creation of these complex dishes, the creative plating, the huge amount of cutlery, the beautiful setting, and the dramatic simultaneous presentation by the staff for each dish. The wine choices are vast but expensive. We had a half-bottle of an amazing Barbaresco (which is listed at $100 on the menu, but somehow morphs into $135 on the bill). Seating is outside on the veranda, and there are adequate heaters. We needed ours turned on by the end of the evening. They plan to keep all dining outside this spring and summer. The staff all wore masks. Overall, if you can afford a meal here, I recommend giving Addison a try.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 15 November 2020 via mobile

All hype lacking substance. This is not a Michelin star Restaurant even thought it tries to be.. Jeune Et Jole Carlsbad is a million times better!

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 12 September 2020 via mobile

I have been to three Michelin Star restaurants In France that don’t compare to this food and service. The wine list is extraordinary, the food is phenomenal and the service was perfection. Amazing.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 10 March 2020

Our son and daughter in law took my wife and I out for a 10 course tasting and wine pairing dinner to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The restaurant itself is elegant and understated, more like being in the main dining room of a French...chateau. This is a dress-up experience. The staff seats each table and diner in unison. The serving is choreographed with one server per diner for each course. It resembles performance art and is quite effective. The food is served in a particular order followed by the paired wine. While each dish seems small, over the course of nearly 4 hours there is quite a lot of food. As for the food itself, FANTASTIC! Flavor and texture combinations only a chef would even think of trying, and it all works! This is something everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 19 September 2019

An experience your palate and senses will delight in. If you have the stamina the ten course tasting menu with wine pairing it is quite the hedonists delight. Starting right with the amuse bouche and ending with the gift of chocolates when you leave.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 8 September 2019 via mobile

So I want to start out by saying that we are seasoned diners. Daniel, chef’s table at Brooklyn Fare, and Le Bernardin are what I am comparing this restaurant to. Most importantly, I want to point out that the service here is beyond amazing. The...overall experience is a 10/10. There are very few places that provide this level of personal attention. The staff is choreographed to a tee but not pretentious, and still engaging and funny. We went to the Addison to celebrate our anniversary. We chose the 10 course option and ordered two bottles of wine with the help of the sommelier. The wine recommendations were lovely, and paired nicely with the food. Now the food. Overall it was beautifully presented with some amazing standout courses. The silverware and table accoutrements were also thoughtful and quaint. My husband had the kobe beef and I had the pigeon, both were melt in the mouth and top quality. The char course, and the horseradish pot de crepe with caviar, and crab were also standouts. A few items were a bit of a let down, however, i.e. the artichoke au gratin - a tough little patty in sauce, a king crab and avocado petite saveur - guacamole in a cigar paper, and some sort of fruit salad with tomato broth. They also brought a chip and dip course in the middle which was really odd and incongruous, but we honestly appreciated the bread course because we were hungry. Overall I think I was hoping for all of the courses to have some type of seafood or other protein for the level of this restaurant and the price. The price is, well, high. It is in line with other higher Michelin starred restaurants. I think we will go back, if for nothing else to experience the service once again.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Helpful?6  
Reviewed 6 September 2019

All of the dining options at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar are top notch. They are also priced to match, but worth it in general.

Date of visit: August 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5