Confidential (Reported Closed)

(619) 696-8888 | View Website

901 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA | Directions   92101

32.715652 -117.161069

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More Tags: Bar Scene, Celeb Hangout, Group Dining, Date Spot, People Watching, Live Music, Outdoor Dining

Cuisine: Asian, Eclectic & International, Californian, New American, Tapas / Small Plates

Price: $$$

Payment Methods: MasterCard, Discover, Visa, American Express

Neighborhoods: Horton Plaza, Central San Diego, Central

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Reviews for Confidential

over a year ago

Awesome way to start GNO! – We went here on a recommendation to start out a Girls Night Out. When we got there for our 7pm reservation, we found out it was happy hour until 8 and that meant 1/2 price EVERYTHING... drinks, food and WINE menu! We knew it was tapas so we ordered a bunch of plates to share but no one told us that these are fairly good size portions for "tapas" and we were totally stuffed before we got to dessert. : ( We left a lot of food on the table un eaten but only because we were full... the food was awesome. When the bill came it was $45 each for 5 of us to have way too much food and 3 bottles of good wine. I will say we might have made slightly different menu choices if it weren't 1/2 price... but we prolly could have done with about 1/2 the food we ordered. Oh and they were totally accomodating for a couple vegetarian requests also.

over a year ago

Great food, and service! – I finally made it out to Confidential since I had been hearing so much about it and its happy hour. Everything I heard was spot on! They have wonderful food and the staff is very nice and always make sure you are comfortable. The place was smaller than I had imagined, would have been nice to have some more room since it can feel a little cramped, but it's not really a big deal cause you forget how little it is when you are there. I would def recommend this place and can't wait to go back!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Hip downtown loft restaurant is cool by association to celebs, a locally renowned chef and top DJs spinning into the wee hours. – Local hunk and ex-Bachelor Andrew Firestone's name gets thrown around often as a major investor in this Gaslamp haunt, even though his face is rarely seen in the dining room. It makes no matter to downtown hipsters who come in droves to be seen at the stylish urban loft eatery complete with exposed brick walls and DJ booth upstairs. Red and blue hued lighting contrast with minimal white furnishings and industrial steel accents. International tapas characterizes a menu of interesting small plates meant to be shared. Starters like soft pretzels with mustard seeds and jumbo sea scallop Adobo are served with style on an oversized spoon. The Coca-Cola braised short ribs arrive on a savory potato salad in a martini glass, and succulent Cuban shrimp is skewered on a stalk of sugar cane. Also popular are the Gourmet sliders and fresh assorted sorbets served in Chinese spoons for dessert.

over a year ago

great service! – my sister and i went to confidential a few weeks ago off a tip from the concierge at our hotel. let me just say it was great!!! the food was fabulous, you have to try the ahi and scallops. we only had a quick bite, stayed mostly for drinks and dancing, but it's definitely a menu worth exploring (being tapas and all). the atmosphere was very fun, kind of LAish, and the DJ was really great--he played everything from hip hop to house to rock. all of this was great, but the best part was the service!! Our server Cathrine was really fun. it was pretty dead when we got there and she hung out and chatted with us, giving us recommendations for the rest of our trip, talking about the cute boys that worked there and ALWAYS making sure we had a full drink. the security guards were nice when they moved us to a new table (they get rid of the middle tables for dancing) and when we got drinks at the bar, the bartenders were great. one of them juggles and he's fun to watch. the end of the night was a bit of a blur but i remember being shocked when our server opened the door for us as we left and remembered our names!! it was a wonderful experience and i recommend confidential to everyone.

pros- service, food, cute boys

cons- expensive drinks

over a year ago

Great customer service, fun atmosphere – I've been to Confidential twice. The first time I took my husband there for his birthday. The wait staff was extremely helpful. They were all happy to make recommendations and managed to keep dishes and drinks coming without hovering over us. The second time was for a friend's bachelorette party. Yes, a bunch of giggly, rowdy women and, again, the same fantastic food and service. If you get a chance, try the infused vodkas. The Asian fusion tapas and the sliders were quite tasty.

over a year ago

Posers stay away! – Came here for a Thursday night art show upstairs that a friend of mine was in and was impressed. Nice atmosphere and beautiful wait staff that was not only nice to look at, but helpful too and surprisingly, no attitude. The appetizers were great & plentiful but unfortunately, I was not able to try any of the entrees. When I wanted to step it up a bit from the wine, I went to the bar for a few cocktails which although a bit on the pricey side, came fast and HARD. But then, this is the way I like them! Definitely more of a mellower, truly urban, local crowd than your usual PB/Dick's variety. Have been meaning to visit again during the weekend, but its a bit of a walk in heels from my East Village/Ballpark home. And ladies, this IS the kind of place where you CAN wear your nice clothes & shoes to - no flip flops here! Once I do and can have a comment about the dinner experience there, I'll revise/upgrade my review.

over a year ago

Wow!!!!! – We stopped in here on a whim and what a great surprise! We were in town for a few days and wanting a relaxing place to sit and talk. This was the place! Colin, the bartender, was not only a fantastic "dirty, dirty" martini maker but totally entertaining as well! Have you seen the movie cocktail? Tom Cruise has nothing on Colin. We met the manager who wanted to make sure all of our needs were met. DJ music was not too loud but still very nice. I recommend this for couples, new dates, old friends and new friends. The decor was eclectic but comfortable. I am usually not into trendy but this really worked.

over a year ago

Only REAL lounge in Gaslamp – I have been to virtually every bar/lounge in the Gaslamp at least several times and none of them compare to Confidential. The people are always beautiful and the management is fantastic. The last time I went they upgraded my table without me asking and literally kept the table spotless the entire meal. The ahi tuna was great as was the deconstructed pizza. Everyone loved the lamb burger sliders. We topped it off with desserts and my entire party loved it. The security staff always keeps out the San Diego Trash and I never have to wait in line for a drink. Overall, the place rocks and is the closest thing to a big city spot that SD has. I dont understand the people who bash Confidential - I guess they prefer to drink bud lights and fight beach jerks all night. Not me.

over a year ago

Great place if you like listening to top forty rap with your Meal – I went here during the week to grab a bite and a cocktail before going to a movie. The food was Gross...Not just bad but gross. My server apologized to me for the plate because she could tell that i was having a difficult time consuming the Duck Slider. the french fries tasted like they had been microwaved. The Bartenders are more interested in looking cool, than making a good drink. In my humble opinion, this place is over hiped by 21 year olds who are accustomed to eating fast food and top ramen. don't bother. oh..why play rap during dinner.

over a year ago

Cool atmosphere and great bartenders – A really well thought out tapas style menu in a chill, loungy atmosphere. The flavor combinations work well and there's a lot of variety. The service is some of the best in downtown San Diego - they are attentive and pay attention to the little things. The scene is beautiful people in their most fashionable clothes. The music during dinner hours is relaxed and then they get it pumpin around 10 or so (type of music depends on which night you're there). That's when you can meet the bartenders. They handle a crowded bar very well and with smiles on their faces. Overall a great experience from beginning to end. Highly recommended for a night you want to treat yourself and your friends or impress your business associates. One last thing, don't be late for your reservation, they don't hold them much past the time.

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