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Unconventional Dining
San Diego
Adventurous restaurants near the San Diego Convention Center—from old-school steakhouse and new-wave Italian to waterfront Polynesian

Stake Chophouse & Bar

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What: Steakhouse with a wide variety of cuts and a selection of seafood.

Ambiance: Modern and lively décor with accent colors and lighting.

Recommended by: Zagat

Specialties: Aged ribeye, Lyonnaise potatoes, Diver Scallops.

Where: 1309 Orange Avenue, Coronado (15 minutes from San Diego Convention Center).

CUCINA Urbana

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What: Italian restaurant featuring cuisines from various Italian regions and an in-house wine shop.

Ambiance: Casual environment with simple bohemian style décor including graffiti paintings and metals light fixtures.

Recommended by: Gayot.

Specialties: Artisan pizza, Bruschetta, Braised black cod.

Where: 505 Laurel Street, San Diego (10 minutes from San Diego Convention Center).

JSIX

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What: Farm-to-table restaurant with modern American seasonal specialties.

Ambiance: Bright and elegant feel with a mix of bar seating, booth seating, and table seating.

Recommended by: Zagat.

Specialties: Charcuterie plate, Hummus.

Where: 616 J Street, San Diego (4 minutes from San Diego Convention Center).

Lazy Hippo

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What: Country-style café, well known for its breakfast menu but also offering a variety of dishes for lunch and dinner.

Ambiance: Charming café with hanging lights, flowers, and wall mural decorations.

Recommended by: Restaurant Guru.

Specialties: Omelets, Benedicts, Pancakes, Waffles.

Where: 416 Third Avenue, San Diego (4 minutes from San Diego Convention Center).

Peohe's

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What: Polynesian restaurant with a selection of seafood and sushi dishes a la carte or on prix-fixe menus.

Ambiance: Modern, island-inspired environment overlooking the water from the patio or through floor to ceiling windows.

Recommended by: Zagat.

Specialties: Stuffed Tilapia, Coconut Crunchy Shrimp, Sushi.

Where: 1201 1st Street, Coronado (10 minutes from San Diego Convention Center).