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NINE-TEN

4.6
1641 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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, 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 outdoor terrace offering glimpses of the ocean. A separate bar offers limited menu and happy hour specials daily. Open daily for breakfast and lunch and dinner nightly. A la carte brunch menu offered every Sunday.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Sat 6:30 am–10:30 am
Brunch
Sun 7:30 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Bar
Daily 3:30 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–6:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(858) 964-5400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Knibb
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Private party facilities
NINE-TEN is located adjacent to the Four Diamond Grande Colonial, which offers a unique selection of private dining rooms for your lunch, dinner or special event. Over 2,300 square feet of indoor space is available in three private rooms and an ocean-view terrace.
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Private party contact
Sabrina Patterson: (858) 729-5382
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Girard
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Parking details
$10.00 valet parking charge with restaurant validation.
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Special events & promotions
6-Course Mercy of the Chef Prix Fixe Dinner: $99 per person/$149 with wine pairings. Nightly.

3-Course Prix Fixe Lunch: $32 per person. Menu changes monthly. Available 11:30 am-2:30 pm Mon-Sat.

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

1/2-Priced Wine: Wed. All Day Main Dining Room and Bar

Sunday Brunch: Every Sunday. 7:30 am-2:30 pm
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat Mom to a Mother's Day she'll never forget with our special a la carte Brunch menu prepared by Chef Jason Knibb. Also featured is our acclaimed Pastry Bar, and bottomless mimosas for just $16 per person. Mother's Day Brunch will be offered on Sunday, May 13th from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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What 1641 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

My spouse and I were staying at the Grande Colonial Hotel where the restaurant is located. We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and decided to have our special dinner at Nine-Ten. Without question, one of the best meals we have ever had at a restaurant. Incredible service, ambiance, food, wine, cocktails...nice people, great experience. Will go back for sure.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

You can always be sure that the salmon is perfect! Service is always fantastic They have no problem splitting dishes on separate plates if you want. Great restaurant. They have valet parking if it is hard to find a spot.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Excellent experience!!! Desserts were small for sharing otherwise everything was excellent

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had a great experience. We tried the Mercy of Chef -Tasty menu. Everything was very delicious. Wine pairing was excellent. 5 star service. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had a wonderful meal. We sat at the bar for a cocktail, and enjoyed the bourbon fizz drink. They had many unique cocktail choices. The price of most cocktails was $12+. The bar was busy, and could be larger and more comfortable. We had dinner on the terrace. We had a nice view of the ocean. Heat lamps worked very well, and we were comfortable. The food was excellent. New York strip was tender and sauces flavorful. Halibut was delicious, perfectly cooked. The bread was warm. Service was very good. We will return.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This was a nice quiet place for dinner. Had we known it was a hotel restaurant, we might not have come, however. Also, Open Table said there were only "2 reservations left" for our time spot, and that we should "hurry." The restaurant was almost empty, and I did not appreciate being deceived on this point. Nevertheless, the food was very good and the service was even better.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great! As always !!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

we especially liked Bruno our waiter--he was friendly, attentive and efficient.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

I had such an amazing date here. The food was phenomenal, the presentaionas well as the taste. The waiter (Erik) was observant and available but never bugged. He offered wonderful options and pairings and was knowledgeable about the food and beverages he was serving. Everyone was pleasant and the ambiance was perfect. Not too loud but just enough noise that you knew could have a conversation without everyone overhearing. The ocean front was just the icing on the cake. I will definitely be recommending to others and returning myself.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Though Nine-Ten doesn't boast an ocean view, it is worth the drive to La Jolla. Every item was expertly prepared with fresh ingredients for a delightful dining experience. The halibut was clean, salmon flaky, and sushi bowl tasty. Would definitely make the trip again!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This was our second visit to NINE-TEN and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. It is our favorite restaurant in the La Jolla / North County area.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Our brunch was a disappointment and I am hopeful that this was just an unfortunate lapse in their normally excellent food and service. This had always been a "special " place for us and we had previously invited friends to accompany us for Sunday brunch and / or special chef-hosted events.

On this last occasion, however, neither the food or the service was up to par. I am not sure if we will return.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

First let me say that I'm the leader of a foodie group. We have been to 30+ restaurants in the last 10 months in the caliber of such restaurant as Addison at the Grand Del Mar, Born and Raised, Coasterra, etc. We like Nine Ten so much that we came here twice. Their food is usually excellent and their Pork Belly Appetizer and the Crab Spaghettini are simply amazing.

Two nights ago, I came here for dinner with a friend and decided to try the tasting menu since I heard so much about it. Surprisingly, it was a miss. The two fish dishes along with the steak were good. But two of them are on the regular menu. I think chef's menu should be special. Otherwise, Why don't I just order off the menu? They also had one dish that was trying to cook carrots three different ways. $149 for a 6 course tasting menu and you're serving carrots as one dish? Seriously? the falafa method was delicious but the other two were just roasting carrots. Not sure what that was about. Their Cherry and chocolate dessert was just chunks of chocolate and cooked cherries. Absolutely horrible and felt like hardly any effort was put into it. We also had the wine parings to go with the meal and 3 out of the 6 wines were not great. especially their desert wines. After spending over $300 on dinner. We wish we would have ordered off menu. Thank goodness I didn't bring my foodie group for the tasting menu. I would not be able to live it down. We'll be back because their food is good. But tasting menu? No thanks!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We got the mercy of the chef dinner with one wine pairing for the three of us. The wine pairings were extremely poor and very low quality wine. The food was good. Almost completely full on a Thursday night and very loud

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

You can never go wrong ordering the fish at 910 They cook it to perfection and the veggies are always perfectly prepared and yummy My only complaint, is they used to have a wonderful tea available for after dinner. I don't do coffee and all they had was some breakfast type tea in a bag. They used to do a very special tea with flowers floating in the pot and a very wonderful presentation. But all in all, atmosphere, service and food is wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

super nice staff , they made my bf's birthday special

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

i had just returned from an extended vacation and my husband and i came to Nine-Ten for a dinner date. We started with a couple of glasses of Rose Champagne that was excellent. For appetizers we had the lobster salad and the soup of the day, Carrot with Turmeric, both were excellent. for our entrees I had the special of scallops with white asparagus and my husband had the duck, both prepared perfectly and paired with our wines. Our server was excellent and knowledgeable with great recommendations. We will be back again soon!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great service. Jesse was our server and did a great job. I loved my meal and would definitely come back again.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Celebrated my sisters birthday with a 6 course tasting from the chef and wine pairings! The food was remarkable! The service and the wine were excellent and we had a wonderful night!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Lovely service

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Was very good

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

They were running behind on our reservation and we had a show to catch. Normally, a 15 minute delay would not have been an issue but in this case, it squeezed our dinner. However, the food was delicious. We ended up just doing tapas because we didn't have time for entrees. Smallish portions but the food was very good.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Everything I tried at NINE-TEN were very good but not spectacular. I wanted to like it more than I did. Some of the flavors were too subtle. The portions were also a little small. Considering the high prices, I think they need to be more creative or daring.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Excellent experience...writing a reveiw to campaign on behalf of the rabbit dish. Needs to be a full time feature on the menu.
One of the best plates I have ever eaten.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We were staying at the Grande Colonial for my wife's birthday and decided to try Nine-Ten for her Birthday dinner based on the reviews and convenience.
After looking at the menu we decided to try the "Mercy of Chef" 6-course tasting menu.
Course 1: Oysters on the Half shell with Myer's Lemon, Spicy Uni and cilantro
Course 2: (Salad) Hers: Pear and Belgium Endive, Mine: Tuna Poke
Course 3: (Fish) Hers: Steelhead Salmon with roasted fennel, charred cucumber, crispy baby potatoes, blistered cherry tomatoes, fennel soubise, Castelvetrano olive relish; Mine: Baja Striped Bass, pearl onions, king trumpet mushrooms, manila clams, bread tuile, clam herb sage
Course 4: Short Rib Ravioli, hazelnut cream, butternut squash, pomegranate seeds, hazelnut brown butter crumb, fried sage;
Course 5:(Meat) Roasted Rabbit (a Rabbit loin and a Rabbit leg stuffed with a Fois gras of the rabbit) with sauteed fiddle-heads and veggies
Course 6: (Cheese) Hers: Cypress Grove Midnight Moon goat’s milk, date & squash compote Mine: Capricho de Cabragoat’s milk, tandoori spiced cashews
Dessert: Hers: Chocolate, Cherry & Pistachio - soft chocolate ganache, dehydrated chocolate mousse, pistachio cream, sweet cherry ice cream; Mine: Strawberry & Guava - guava mousse, strawberry & Macarpone ice cream, guava gel, vanilla sponge cake, coconut cream

Each course was a different take on menu items or the chef's imagination for that dish. Even items we normally wouldn't eat were wonderfully presented.
Had an amazing night

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Excellent chef. We’ve had lunch twice and breakfast. Great burger, good Kale salad. Fresh, delicious, sophisticated nuanced chef. We wanted to try dinner but was booked. Next time. Try it you will be delighted. Lovely staff and service.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I reviewed several different restaurants in the La Jolla downtown area for a place to have our anniversary dinner and selected this place based on the fact that it was in a historic building and the Zagat rating.

We were not disappointed. After ready Chef Knibbs online reviews I was worried that the food wouldn't be as good as I "expected" however, it was definitely excellent!

I had the steelhead salmon and even the skin was delicious (I always peel it off, but this was crispy and looked very edible). The sauce and accompanying sides were very tasty as well.

Hubby had the short ribs and was very happy with his choice.

Our wait person was attentive and helpful.

I highly recommend this restaurant if you like a creative twist on traditional meals.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Had the Rabbit Special, it was excellent

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

It was fantastic. The “Mercy of the Chef”. Was awesome and our server Mark was excellent and knowledgeable about the wine.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

910 is an excellent small restaurant in beautiful downtown LaJolla. I like the modern artistic decor and the food is consistently very good. The bar seems to be a popular place to sit and eat for singles or couples. I'm not sure if they have a special lower priced bar menu but that would be worth checking out.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Quality and innovation of food never disappoints and service is truly exceptional! A gem of a restaurant

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

The food at Nine Ten is as always superbly prepared and delicious. My wife’s salmon was the best she has ever tasted. The service is impeccable and we can use the Passport dining card to get very good value for the money. We ate there for lunch and the ambience and noise level level was very acceptable. They also have a very nice patio area for times when the weather is nice.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

The food here is consistently spectacular. Really superb.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We would have liked to sit outside in the sunshine but there were 2 people on a 4 top table so our party of 3 couldn't fit. Not to worry, staff were very friendly and wanted to look after us. We sat in the window where it was very sunny and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Food was above and beyond what we expected. What a great place for girls to have brunch before exploring La Jolla. Highly recommend.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My wife's pork chop was over cooked - just not edible. Her vegetables were under cooked.

Good cocktails and wine.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Mercy of the chef with wine pairings was fantastic and great value overall!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Went to Nine Ten with friends. Food was amazing. We all ordered something different and each of us felt it was some of the best food we have had. Highly recommend

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The lobster salad was excellent. I really enjoyed the 10oz NY steak; one of the best I’ve had in SD. My wife wasn’t impressed with the salmon. Service and ambiance were great. We’ll definitely return.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Consistently special with creative menu, supurb food and excellent service. A favorite place.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Fantastic all around -- ambience, service and deliciousness. Not for casual dining - a bit pricey compared to my usual 'date night' places (plates over $30). But you get what you pay for. This is a FINE restaurant -- save it for a special occasion.

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