Born & Raised
Opulent is the word that may strike you first as you stroll into this split-level steakhouse. The art deco-inspired main dining room features oak pillar blooms, camel-colored banquettes and a jaw-dropping six-tiered brass and crystal chandelier. Upstairs, diners sit on a teak terrace with views of the San Diego
skyline. Eating here is almost like an evening of dinner theater as many dishes from caesar salad to Tournedos Rossini are prepared and served from custom made bar carts. The star of the menu is the Creekstone Farms Beef dry-aged in a glass-enclosed meat locker for 25 to 31 days. Dry-aged duck and lamb, vegan tartares and vegetable side dishes like leeks roasted over coals and broccoli with salty bagna cauda round out the menu. Executive Chef Jason McCleod earned two Michelin stars working at Ria at the Elysian in Chicago
. While Born & Raised is high end, the service is friendly and laid back. Servers pair their suits with sneakers.