San Diego’s Top of the Market has long been beckoning me to its lofty perch overlooking San Diego's Big Bay, boasting what is known among San Diegans as one of the finest seafood destinations our city has to offer. Fine dining is what was expected and received - white linens, polished black tie service, knowledgeable sommeliers, and exquisite cuisine. What was not expected, however, was the total lack of pretentiousness and the completely laid back yet lively vibes exuded from everyone from the hostess to the smiling servers to the chefs to the patrons. Everyone was there to enjoy good food without the fuss and sometimes intimidating nature of ‘fine dining’ establishments, and for that we were immediately appreciative.
Fish Market. We took it all in, sat back, relaxed, and let the wining and dining commence.
The local farmed striped seabass was moist and meaty on the inside and crispy and salty on the outside, served atop al dente chick peas, roasted garlic, sundried tomatoes, cured black olives, and pan sauce made from that delectable Chistorra sausage I raved about earlier ($27). Main courses were complimented by a bold Ramazzetti Sangiovese.
Top of the Market’s approachable elegance and tasteful intuition is an experience not to be missed. If you would like to sample the fare before committing (you WILL commit), the newly introduced Social Hour is a lovely avenue by which to enjoy the offerings during sunset Monday through Friday from 4 – 6 p.m. while specialty cocktails and wines are $6, draft beers are $4.25, oysters are $1.50, and chef specialties including calamari, red crab nachos, and mini burgers are $6.
For more information on Top of the Market, visit the website, and call (619) 232-3474 for reservations.
TOP OF THE MARKET
750 North Harbor Drive, Downtown
Lunch Monday - Sunday 11:00 am 4:00 pm
Dinner Sunday - Thursday 4:00 pm 9:30 pm
Dinner Friday - Saturday 4:00 pm 10:00 pm
Closed Christmas Day