Expert Picks: Chef Michael Rubino

Though Michael Rubino spends most of his time in the kitchen at Napa Valley Grille as head chef, he uses what little free time he has left to explore the city and enjoy the tastes and sounds of San Diego. He shared a few of his favorite local spots with Citysearch.

Updated: November 10, 2006

At Home: San Diego Restaurants

George's at the Cove

1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

"Can't beat the view from the top level."

Cafe Chloe

721 Ninth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

"Cafe Chloe is one of my favorites downtown. It's really unique in it's menu, setting and wine list. I haven't found many places in Southern California like it."


3709 Convoy St Ste 101, San Diego, CA 92111

"I love dim sum and sushi. Emerald in Mira Mesa is one of the most authentic places I've been for dim sum."

At Home: San Diego Bars and Nightlife

Top Of The Hyatt

1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA 92101

"Great date spot. What a view!"

The Field

544 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

"Perfect place to meet friends--great music and great people."

Bull & Bear Bar & Grill

1271 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

"Perfect spot for when family and friends come to visit from out of town."

At Home: San Diego Shopping and Attractions

Westfield Horton Plaza

324 Horton Plz, San Diego, CA 92101

"Of course I love Horton Plaza for shopping--I'm not a fan of shopping, per se, but if I need something in particular, chances are I can find it in my own backyard. My favorite is The Edge, a specialty knife store."

Embarcadero Marina Park North

Convention Way & Marina Park, San Diego, CA 92101

"I'm a huge fan of music. I saw Ben Harper at the Embarcadero Marina Park a couple months ago and it was such a unique venue and incredible show."

Petco Park

100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

"Since I'm originally from Queens, NY, I'm a die-hard New York Mets fan--sorry Padres fans! But I've been to Petco Park to see them play and was pretty amazed by the park."

Balboa Park

Laurel St at Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

"Balboa Park is so diverse--the museums and parks have so much culture and you can learn so much about San Diego history. It's a great place to take out-of-towners, but can also be a great place to go on a romantic date."