600 F St, San Diego, CA | Directions 9210132.713628 -117.159237
Breakfast Sun-Sat: 6:30am-11:00am
Brunch Sat & Sun:
Dinner Fri & Sat:
Neighborhoods: Central, Core-Columbia, Central San Diego, Gaslamp
Nathan Coulon Rocks the kitchen – Go early as the later it gets the noisier it gets.
That said the early bird menu has the same portions as the regular menu and costs quite a bit less. I've been dining here on a regular basis since Nathan took over the kitchen and the quality has been uniformly good. The service is average, however when a friend had special allergies the staff did an outstanding job of adjusting the menu to make sure that she had an excellent experience.
Nathan is trying to refresh the menu every 3 months or so. Keeping what works and adding new things to ensure that there is a reason to return. The size of the organization prevents changing the menu more frequently.
As others have mentioned - the wine list is outrageously priced. There are a few winners in there and they are very hard to find. I think that doing a 'by the glass' buy for wine works better here, you get wine tuned for the appetizer and the main course, and don't feel like you broke the bank doing it.
Overall I like this place for a 'nice dinner out.' Get there early, then take in a movie or play.
A Total Let-down – I have been aching to go to Damon Quarter Kitchen since it opened, and knowing it was pricey and high end I was kinda waiting for a special occasion. My bf and I went on a friday night at about 8:30. When we walked it, we went toward the bar and it was like meathead city (probably b/c the cocktail waitresses stand in the well the whole time talking and chatting in their....i guess its the uniform, but looks more like what a dancer or stripper might wear. We were hoping to sit and dine at the bar, but because every other seat was skipped we didn't find any next to each other (and we we asked one man, he kind gruffed and ignored me) So we ordered drinks, closed our tab, and escorted to our table. Before I go on to say how extremely disappointed I was with the experience as a whole, I will say the service was really good. Waters always filled, plated cleared timely and nicely, and never too intrusive. Other then that, the food was a mess. The oysters I had were great, but if you can screw oysters up in the preparation, then any place is doomed. My bf had a ravioli to start and it was so overwhelmingly oily then you couldn't taste anything else. I had a surf and turf of veal that came medium well when asked for it to be medium rare and two pieces of chewy and rubbery shrimp. I'll also add that the pieces of veal came in about the size o half a golf ball...$36 for that? I agree that the whole "small and savory" is in, but it better be REAL savory if its that expensive and small. My bf had the scallops and the only reason I think 2 were on the plate is because the menu said scallop(s). It sat on top a mushy, rice cake. No flavor. Also, I was surprised at the lack of decent bottles of wine for under even $100. I understand a good bottle of wine can be expensive, but a good bottle can also be reasonable. We passed on desert, and should have passed on this place altogether. With some many diverse and wonderful restaurants in downtown SD alone, this is one worth passing up.
One word...WOW! – I had read very mixed reviews about Quarter Kitchen...understandibly so since it is new and high-end restaurants usually take a few months to get everything squared away, but this is definitely the best restaurant I have visited in San Diego (and I've visited most of them).
I wanted to take my girlfriend out for a special night out and boy was it. From the hostesses bright smiles (and beautiful gowns) to the extremely gracious servers to the amuse to the petit four...I just can't say enough.
We started with the Caviar Tacos, which are a brilliant creation from Executive Chef Damon Gordon. Then we moved on to our entrees that didn't disappoint. My girlfriend had the lobster ravioli and she looked like she was melting with every bite. I had the best New York I have ever had; cooked to perfection.
I don't want to ramble and ramble, but I just have to say this was one of the best overall dining experiences I've had. You must give it a try.
Bravo, Ivy...you have created a restaurant that was sorely needed in San Diego. I'll see you again very soon!
Where the "clueless" want to be seen...aka...all hype. – I have noticed that a lot of the downtown restaurants are more concerned about an image and fail with execution. All look and no substance. We ate at the Ivy Hotel Restaurant and was really disappointed. Even the cocktails were nothing to talk about. For a happy hour thriving town, how did they end up with a bad bar tender? For $15 a martini, you better have the best SD bartender making my drink. The Lobster Ravioli is disgusting, I had to gulp my cocktail to take out the taste.
I guess if you're clueless about good food and just want to be seen, then by all means, join the scene and feed into the hype. Since people with style and taste are the minority in this "urbanized" town, we get stock with more of these talentless Chefs with big backers. Based on our experience, it looks like this place doesn't shell out to hire professional people and are more inclined with more profit at the end of the day. Knowing that the "clueless" will always be a follower of the hype factor.
Beautiful rooftop lunch – I went to try the Quarter Kitchen for lunch with a friend recently and was surprised to see the downstairs restaurant empty. However, a friendly hotel worker escorted us to the rooftop where the lunch menu is now being served with an amazing view. The service was attentive and cheerful, but not overbearing. The tomato soup was the best I have ever tasted. My friend started with the tartare which she finished quickly. Its presentation was impressive. I tried the lobster club which was crisp and tasty. It was served with thin truffle fries seasoned just right and a nice chipotle ketchup. The seared hamachi looked great and was thoroughly enjoyed by my friend.
Although it is a little expensive for lunch, I found the splurge to be well worth it. Although it is great for those who have to get back to the office after lunch, the view is conducive to spending the afternoon. Their full wine list is available.
Under done and over priced – Why on Opentable did you have listed that reservations were only available at 6 or 10? We walked into an almost empty restaurant at 7:30. Our food took over an hour to arrive and the restaurant was only ? full. Getting comped a martini was insulting. The Caesar salad was disgusting- soft boiled eggs went out in the 80s with the egg illnesses scare. And you cut off the leafy green part of the lettuce to leave us with the white stalk? Who got the greens? Not to mention that at $13, we paid $2 for each lettuce stalk. That?s not a good way to start a meal after waiting for an hour. The steak and sea bass were cooked well. But the sea bass on risotto is SO boring both in color and in taste. The entire plate was beige except the sprig of parsley on top (parsley is something only Denny?s should use.)
The look and feel of everything on the first floor is great. You?ve out done any other restaurant/club downtown. Unfortunately you?ve missed the mark in making your establishment a place we?d go regularly for a one-stop-shop for dinner and an evening out with friends. I feel the same way now the way I felt after 1 night at On Broadway- it?s OK when a large group of out-of-town visitors comes to Del Mar for a taste of San Diego (at OB I decided it?s best only for a bachelorette party.) But you?ve made it so over priced and the environments a little too uncomfortable for us to want to meet local friends there for a nice evening downtown. I?m sure you?ll continue to lure the conference attendees and bachelorette/bachelor parties. Probably Hollywood?s finest from time to time. Clearly those are your target markets.
Easiest fix for you- put purse hooks in the bathroom stalls! That?s a no-brainer feature that should not have been overlooked.
Editorial Review – From the menu to the sleek decor to patrons' designer ensembles, everything's expensive at The Ivy's new see-and-be-seen restaurant.
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