Bertrand at Mr. A's boasts a patio with a view — Photo courtesy of Bertrand at Mr. A's
When it's time to plan a special date night in San Diego, Bertrand at Mr. A's should be at the top of your list. Perched on a slight hill in on the 12th floor of a building just west of Balboa Park, this fine dining restaurant has arguably the best views in San Diego, both day and night. The restaurant has even received national recognition for being one of the top penthouse dining spots in the United States.
Gone are the days of the "jackets only" requirement. Today, this upscale/casual favorite welcomes kids and even dressy jeans, making it more appealing and accessible to a younger crowd as an everyday dining spot versus special occasions only. Note that there isn't a kid's menu, but children are welcome to enjoy sides such as truffles and main dishes, of course.
New York Steak Carpaccio — Photo courtesy of Bertrand at Mr. A's
Chef de Cuisine Stéphane Voitzwinkler prepares a seasonal menu of Modern American cuisine with French and Mediterranean influences. The result is just as stunning as the views.
Start with traditional-style escargots with garlic and butter sauce ($16.50). Beautifully plated favorites such as prime beef filet with a gorgonzola crust ($43.50) or even a hearty seafood paella please the palate next. Save room for dessert, especially the salted chocolate ganache with buttered popcorn ice cream ($11.50).
The wrap-around patio is warmed by heaters in the evening. Go for happy hour to watch the sun as it sets over America's finest city. A variety of small plates are available for just $7, including seared ahi sliders with avocado and frito misto. Sip well drinks and select wines for just $6. Happy hour is from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday through Friday, with the exception of December. A la carte brunch is served on Sundays, including house-made donuts, gravalax and crepes.
The main dining room of Bertrand at Mr. A's restaurant — Photo courtesy of Bertrand at Mr. A's
Bertrand at Mr. A's is a perfect venue for hosting intimate events. Several options are available, depending on the size of your party. The restaurant is easy to access from the freeway versus navigating into the Gaslamp or even La Jolla for fine dining. Street parking is available (mostly metered); however, valet parking is offered at the Fourth Avenue entrance.
Definitely make a reservation to avoid disappointment. Though there isn't a bad seat in the house, ask for a table near the window for the best view, and tell them if you're celebrating a special occasion.