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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
March 24, 2008
April 15, 2005
On a warm San Diego night, the prime seating area is outdoors on the wrap-around porch. You are actually sitting over the water. However, this night was pretty chilly, and most people preferred to eat indoors. We were still given a great window seat, and even at night it was fun to watch all the activity on the busy marina. It took us only a minute to fall in love with our waitress. She was young and full of energy. The word "perky" came to mind. She was great with the kids. She also knew the menu and had some suggestions for us.
The menu here boosts both steaks and seafood, but the steaks clearly dominate the menu. I felt the menu could use a few more fish items to balance the menu, especially since we were on the water!
We started with an order of calamari, and we all dug into the appetizer, so it was quickly gone. I had a pepper-crusted steak. It was good; the cut of meat was top quality. However, for my taste, I felt the pepper coating was a little overwhelming and strong. I would have liked the same cut of meat without so much pepper taking over the taste. I also had a side of mushrooms. The side dish was huge and enough for the whole table, but the problem was that I am the only mushroom eater at the table, so a lot of the plate went back. The kids shared a steak, and again, the quality was first class. The dessert tray was sinful and delicious, with a lot of choices.
Our meal for one adult and two kids (sharing one adult meal) was $130. It was a little steep in price. I enjoyed our meal here. The history and building really take over the meal. We had top-notch service, and the food all was good quality. I did not feel the food was as creative as it could have been. However, if you want great views and great service in a historic building, this is your spot. Even if your budget does not call for dinner here, stop by and check out this very historical and scenic part of Coranado Island.
From journal Exploring San Diego
July 14, 2003
From journal Coronado