Fine Dining in North County

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Known for its pristine beaches, natural preserves and miles of open spaces, San Diego’s North County is filled with unique and picturesque scenery.  Another hidden gem in the North County is the budding restaurant scene. From the beaches to the inland mountains, North County is bringing some of the best fine dining options to the city. These North County novelty restaurants will not disappoint and are serving up mouthwatering dishes in that laid-back San Diego vibe we all know and love.

Nestled in the elite neighborhood of Rancho Santa Fe you will find Ponsaty’s. A state of the art industrial kitchen, an elegant main dining room, casual front and back patios, and a secret dining room make Ponsaty’s one of the most popular restaurants of the North County. An esteemed team of French chefs including French Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty and Executive Chef Alain Delahaye. Ponsaty’s highlights classical French and Spanish cuisine focused on the Basque region of both countries. Ponsaty’s also offers brunch, lunch and a bar menu for the days you want to sit out on the patio and enjoy a leisurely day.

Mediterranean fare with an Asian twist comes to life at Crudo at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Start your dining experience off with Crudo’s famous Salmon Tartar infused with capers, harissa, lemon and herbs. Treat yourself to the house specialty, Mediterranean Crudo Tasting which is made up of lobster ravioli, grilled chicken and crab cakes. The mastermind behind Crudo is Chef Pascal Lorange, a distinguished chef that has cooked in Michelin-star kitchens. Authentic and delightful dishes with simple presentations wow crowds at Crudo.

Dolce in The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch offers diners a true farm-to-table experience with Californian and Italian cuisine. A full bar with a world class wine list, al fresco dining, homemade pasta, happy hour specials and savory appetizers. Indulge in Braised ‘Volcano’ Lamb Shank made with white polenta, fresh bean salad, anchovy vinaigrette and citrus almond gremolata. Pair this dish with a glass of red wine and enjoy an evening of fine dining.

This chic bistro welcomes food lovers and aficionados of French inspired cuisine to venture into the workings of this modern yet relaxed eatery. Nestled in Escondido, Bellamy’s creates a farm to table experience and serves the most revitalizing flavors of the season, always priding itself in quality food and service. Alongside its pleasant environment, thoughtfully crafted dishes are fashioned to make this experience one to remember. From happy hours to Wine Wednesday, this north county restaurant provides patrons a twist on French cuisine in the heart of San Diego.

North County is up there in the food scene and these novelty restaurants are bringing the heat to the kitchen. Bring your friends, raise a glass and enjoy another sun-soaked day in SoCal filled with fantastic weather and great food.