NINE-TEN
NINE-TEN

NINE-TEN

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nine-ten.com/
  • Phone: 8589645400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:00am

    Breakfast: Sunday: 6:30am - 2:30pm

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Lunch: Sunday: 11:00pm - 2:30pm

    Bar Menu: Daily: 3:30pm - 10:00pm

    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 6:30pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

    Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Knibb
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: 3-Course Dinner-$55 per person/$75 with wine pairings. Nightly.

    Happy Hour-1/2 Priced Bar Menu; Drink Specials. 3:30-6:30pm Mon-Fri.

    1/2-Priced Wine. Wed. 6-10pm. Dining Room Only.

    3-Course Lunch-$24 per person. 11:30am-2:30pm daily.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Girard
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $5.00 valet parking charge with restaurant validation.
A word from NINE-TEN
An ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes NINE-TEN a must visit for culinary aficionados. This intimate restaurant, led by chef Jason Knibb and pastry chef Rachel King, offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along La Jolla’s Prospect Street. Enjoy the best of the harvest from local artisan farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s Evolving California Cuisine. The bounty of the sea is also featured with local fish selections and items arriving daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. Special prix fixe menus are available and feature matching wines from the extensive wine cellar. Enjoy dining indoors or on the sidewalk patio or ocean-view terrace. A separate bar offers limited menu and happy hour specials daily. Open daily for breakfast and lunch and dinner nightly.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
NINE-TEN reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (88)special occasion (75)neighborhood gem (51)romantic (50)notable wine list (43)great for outdoor dining (38)great for lunch (23)good for groups (21)great for brunch (20)hot spot (17)scenic view (15)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Awesome Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My wife and I have enjoyed several anniversary meals at this fine establishment over the years. Marking some of our major milestones by returning to see what kind of multi-sensory experience the chef and his team can deliver. Our latest visit was no exception to what has been a very positive and memorable series of exceptional meals (both food and service included). Like a fine wine, Nine-Ten gets even better with age. We both have to recommend the "mercy of the chef" prix fixe multi-course surprise dinner. You will not be disappointed. Our compliments to Executive Chef Jason Knibb - CRA's 2014 San Diego Chef of the Year. The entire team went above and beyond to make our dinner an occasion to remember for many years to come. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and Unique Flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I really enjoyed Nine-ten not only for their romantic yet trendy decor, but their delicious and unique flavors. I had the pumpkin encrusted lamb it was so enjoyable. Every bite was slightly different and made me put my fork and knife down out of pure ecstasy. It is not very large portions so I recommend the $55 3 course meal. Nothing was off limits with the deal and for the quality of food and service this was a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend to my friends for a date or celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice fir a meal in La Jolla
    cnmgVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This is a very nice restaurant. We had the tasting menu that the cheff surprised us with. I had the wine pairing. The food was beautiful and tasty. The wine complemented it very well. My husband and I got different dishes which was very nice as we tasted almost the whole menu and they were all wonderful dishes. This is a great restaurant. It was open Monday and it serves all meals of the day. They were serving soup outside for the Taste of La Jolla and that was obviously very popular as there were hoards of peple in line there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Darcy
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Nine-ten truly never disappoints! The menu has unique items and we are always confident that whatever we order we will be fresh and delicious. The service is top-notch, unlike 99% of what is found in San Diego. It's obvious that a lot of attention is made to making sure the wait staff is well trained. The bar is usually busy and can be noisy but the dining area is set apart from it so you can actually hear the people you are with! It is also conveniently located in the heart of La Jolla. It has no view, but is still one of the best places to dine in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Breakfast
    Foodie4LifeVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I normally come here for dinner, but always wanted to try breakfast here. Boy was it good! All of the recommendation that our waiter suggested were spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistant and dependable
    RelgaVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    You can count on Nine Ten. It is consistent and dependable the two most underrated words in life. My only issue is it is pricey especially if you want to drink. We shared a starter and each had the short riib entree and one glass of wine. The bill was $140. That felt high to me
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Terrific dinner
    Bill
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The duck breast was wonderful, perfectly cooked, moist and tender. The Lobster appetizer special was creative and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The overall ambiance and food are what always bring us back. Beautiful small modern room, but still very comfortable. Great food that does the "local/seasonal" thing without changing too frequently. Servers are always knowledgeable and efficient. The reason for the lower service score is purely subjective; while our server the last few times is clearly a professional, his style/manner just rubs us the wrong way. A bit too over the top for us, particularly as everyone else on the staff seems "quiet" and almost serene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Simply Great
    Chris
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Came here for our 20th anniversary. A special meal for a special event. The duck was fantastic, as was the sashimi. My wife's steak was perfectly cooked. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Questionable
    SteveA
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I had reservation an showed up on time. Seated promptly and served promptly. However Open Table sent me a negative E-mail stating that I didnot honor my reservations. This is not right. I sent a response to Open Table and they refuse to acknowledge that a mistake was made. I presented them with my receipt and room charge to my hotel. Still no response from Open Table. I will not use the restaurant or Open Table again. My company will no longer use the hotel for our out of town guests. A simple acknowledgement that a mistake was made would have been acceptable.
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  • always a favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We always enjoy this restaurant. It was pretty loud at first, but then was quiet enough for good conversation. Every choice of food was very delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent of kind
    Bigdinner
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Delicious food, excellent service,limited menu if you do not like seafood.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Probably won't return.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Pretty disappointing lunch. Three salads ordered: two smoked salmon, one Nicoise. Re the former, the salmon was razor thin, as if from a super market package, and buried under a huge mound of arugula, with a not-particularly-notable vinaigrette dressing. The albacore in the Nicoise salad was overcooked and chewy, potatoes and tomatoes were sparse. As with the other salads, there was way too much arugula.
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  • Nine Ten never disappoints
    JeremyVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My wife and I have been going here for 7 years. Always great food and great customer service at a great location. If you haven't been, you won't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday evening dinner
    annie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I've eaten here for dinner and lunch, and I've loved it, so I was surprised by the limited Sunday evening menu. The bread was cold and service was ok. Not sure why Sunday is any different, if you are going to be open then you should open it up like the rest of the week and offer more on your menu.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food was exquisite, the server explained the courses and their accompanying wines thoroughly. Reservation was hassle free. Recommended to my friends for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Bestfinedining
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Nine-Ten is our favorite fine dining restaurant. The food, service and wine list are impeccable and they make dining at Nine-Ten feel like a special occasion. We love the fact that it feels local, intimate and not touristy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice evening
    Rootie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    What a great place to celebrate a birthday! I took a friend to dinner to celebrate during Restaurant Week. There were two more options to choose from the Restaurant Week. Both options were fabulous. The food is consistently wonderful here. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A San Diego Coastal Classic
    JacquesG
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    On La Jolla's beautiful coast in a classic, beautiful Colonial Grande Hotel is NINE-TEN, where excellent service, quaint ambiance and fine dining come together to create a terrific experience. It was restaurant week so not always making the "best", I think that Chef Jason put together some well above average selections, including a delicious agnolotti with butter poached lobster, a delicious sashimi crude and excellent duck breast. My only thing to not give the food a perfect score is I think the duck was a little under done, but still well prepared and delicious. Pastry chef also hit the mark with vanilla flan that was as good to look at as it was to eat. Definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing service
    normalguy
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The service we received was top notch and I'm not the easiest to please so kudos to the staff. Food was very good, had the spaghettini to start very good would recommend, had the duck for main coarse, was good, however one piece of the duck was under cooked the fat wasn't fully rendered(slightly chewy), but over all still a very good dish. Wife had the pork belly starter was excellent. She had the short rib for the main, felt it was a little under garnished but what garnish was there was really good(pickled beats very nice). Over a very good experience would eat there again.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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  • Excellent food, so-so Service
    Indigo
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Chef Knibb did a fabulous job with the restaurant week menu. I had the Hay Smoked Duck and it's one of the best duck dishes I've eaten in a long time. The only complain I had was we were seated in the terrace with 8 tables and one server. The server was very good but with 8 tables, even he couldn't provide great service to the guests. There were long periods of silence, like sitting down for 15 minutes before getting approached and getting water, waiting a long time for the entrees, and not having the dishes cleared while the bus person was busy setting a table nearby for the morning breakfast service. We sill enjoyed our meal and would definitely return but we know that Nine-Ten can do much better service than what we had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Amazing Dining Opportunity
    ihightow
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Came for restaurant week and was so pleased with everything. Every dish was meticulously prepared and service was on spot. Our server Chris was so good at suggestions, prepped our wine pairings even when it wasn't on the menu, and was so much fun to work with. The dining room was smaller than I expected, but that made for exclusive and intimate dining. Taste of every item was beyond compare. Definite 5 star dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Review
    Dplumly
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I came here with my bf and another couple for restaurant week. I had been previously a few years ago and my expectations were high. This visit did not meet my expectations from my previous visit. I had to send back my main entree because the black cod was overly salty. We had to ask for my boyfriend to get his wine pairing serving because they kept forgetting it - and it came out after he finished the plate already (not quite a pairing anymore). My girlfriend ordered specifics for her dessert (lactose intolerant) and her dessert still came out with the dairy. The lamb and the short rib entrees were amazing and the pork belly and the burrata appetizers were fantastic, but I guess when I pay that much, I just expect a bit more perfection.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    Griffdnb8
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our second visit to la jolla and yet again it delivered. Great cocktails at the bar, friendly service, starters fantastic, jerk pork delivered, melt in your mouth spicy, beautiful plating, mains were fantastic, steak and the Cod, f
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    As usual we had a fantastic meal! The food is super creative with perfect wine parings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best meals of my life!
    Happycustomer1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My boyfriend and I had dinner at Nine-Ten for his birthday this past weekend. The entire experienced was amazing. Besides the great service and quiet romantic ambiance, it was really the food which stood out. We had the 3 course menu. Each plate of food was beautifully plated and seasoned to perfection. I'm not typically a whiskey person, but the Rick James was so smooth. It was not just a great dinner, but truly an amazing dining experience which pleased all the senses - sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch. We will definitely be going again!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    KlokVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Always one if the very best restaurants in San Diego but lately it's clearly #1. Food, wine and are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too salty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    EVERY dish I had way way too salty....;.;.........……………………....................
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  • luvToHaveFunDine
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    great place, wonderful food, service, and ambient. Certainly it is not a kid-friendly place. Unfortunately, the balcony was closed when we went there. Overall, highly recommended.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fabulous
    Shelleyd
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I am always amazed with the food. Chef Jason is a genius. The soup is always fresh and delicious with so many flavors the short ribs fall apart and melt in your mouth and as the deserts I am always torn as they are so delicious. I had the fennel cake raspberry and fig this time. You can never go wrong with anything in this menu. It has been my favorite place for a long time. No other place comes close to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Nine-Ten has been our go to restaurant for special occasions. We went there for our anniversary, and as usual, the food did not disappoint. Creamy burrata with speck, and an awesome tomato puree soup were great appetizers. The roasted eggplant and falafel entree was wonderfully spiced and the falafel was the best I've had outside the Middle East. The wild salmon entree was also great. Two things soured our experience, however. First, the wine pours for the three course menu with wine pairing were quite stingy. Second, there was a $21 overcharge on our bill. Mistakes can happen, but it definitely took away from what was otherwise a nice dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Outstanding food and the service was very good. Instead of an entree went with 3 appetizers and each one was better than the previous.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Ten out of Ten for Nine Ten!
    NJfoodlover37
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Friendly and informed service was just the beginning at this highly recommended restaurant. The pickled mushrooms and scallion vinaigrette presentation of hamachi sashimi was unexpected and delicious, and my 36-hour braised short rib melted like butter. My companion's fresh and interesting salad combination of stone fruits and burrata was followed by perfectly cooked Colorado lamb. A decadently rich chocolate dessert was an outstanding end to an exquisite meal.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 9-10 is a 10
    Dude4food
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The soup du jour was creamy mushroom. Divine! And as a bonus , had no cream! Tums carpaccio is a staple on the menu. It should never leave. Great texture and Asian overtones flavor. Lamb was fantastic. Hats off to Chef Jason. We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We ate here for brunch on a Saturday. It was fairly empty. We had a nice spot on the shaded patio. Service was excellent, as were the brunch dishes. Would definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic
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  • Wish service met quality of food
    RibsyVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food is always very good. But the room is dull and the service was unattentive and dismissive. Even the hostess seemed depressed.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Chef's Mercy with wine pairings
    RoundAndAbout
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We decided to let the chef make the decisions, we went with the five course Chefs Mercy and it was completely enjoyable. Each dish was superbly paired with a wine from the vast assortment of offerings from the wine list. The Nine-Ten is an excellent choice for a world class meal with a not so uptight atmosphere in a beautiful and relaxing setting.
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    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious restaurant for lunch
    ruthiwVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I have only come here for dinner but each visit has had delicious offerings. The hamburger is a great size for lunch but not large. Salads are also great lunch size. Service is always impeccable.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Not what I expected!!
    Foodtodie4
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    At first the night started out great and then after we ordered it all went down hill. We ordered appetizers and it took 45 mins to get them brought out. I ordered the Jerk Pork Belly and my wife ordered the Yellowtail so I have no idea why it took 45 min to deliver. Then our entrees were brought out after about another 45 min. When the entrees were brought out I had the sea bass which was really good. My wife had the steak and asked for it to be prepared medium rare. The steak was brought out and the color looked great until she took a bite and found out it was ice cold. Took the steak put back on the grill to heat it up, this burnt the steak and then asked to cut into to make sure it wasn't just charred on the outside it was burnt.
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  • Nice place for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Lunch meeting with one other person, good service. Valet parking very convenient.
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    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate