NINE-TEN Restaurant has half-price bottles of wine on Wednesdays so we decided to check it out since we hadn’t eaten at this La Jolla restaurant in a while.
We sat outside on the terrace and everyone in our party chose the three-course menu ($42) which includes a hot or cold starter, main course (select entrees additional charge) and a dessert. If you intend to have dessert, this is absolutely the way to go.
I had the Maine Lobster and Dungeness Crab Salad and my husband ordered the Seared Maine Sea Scallops. My salad was amazing, light and fresh. Our waiter said it’s his favorite. The sea scallops were big and paired with strawberries which even my husband, who is not a fruit guy, was raving about.
My main course choice was the Port Wine Braised Short Ribs. For an additional charge, you could have shaved black Perigord truffles on the side. Our very tolerant waiter (we were celebrating our friends’ engagement), Chris, suggested the truffles so I took him up on it.
Overall, this was the best dinner I’d had in some time. My husband ordered the Snake River Farms New York Steak cooked exactly to his taste—rare to the point of practically walking off the table. His entree incurred the additional charge but he said he’s not sure if he’d order it again, mainly because my entree was so good. Our friends both ordered the short ribs with truffles.
When at NINE-TEN Restaurant, always order the Signature Half Baked Chocolate Cake. It comes warm with a deliciously gooey chocolate interior and caramel sauce. This is definitely one of the best desserts in La Jolla. My husband ordered a blue cheese plate.
Wine Wednesdays Means a Half-Price Wine Menu
The Wine Spectator award-winning wine list is extensive and every single bottle of wine is half price on Wednesdays. If you like nice wine, it’s an extraordinary value but your wallet is still going to feel lighter after you leave.
The Bottom Line: Thumbs Up!
All four of us were very happy with our dining experience and our server couldn’t have been nicer. We’ll come back, but will save it for special occasions as it is more than we normally spend for dinner out especially after all that nice wine!
Located inside the Grande Colonial Hotel
910 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
*Top Photo courtesy of NINE-TEN Restaurant
Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).
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