Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Blue Coral Seafood & Spirits

8990 University Center Ln. (La Jolla Village Dr.) Send to Phone
This Aventine Center restaurant serves seafood and steakhouse fare amid a fun ambience.

Dinner nightly

* Click here for rating key

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Blue Coral Seafood & Spirits Restaurant Review

: The brainchild of Paul Fleming and Bill Allen (founders of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar), the restaurant was created to bring consistently high-quality ingredients to people passionate about seafood. The San Diego branch is ideally located in the busy Aventine Center of UTC. The ambience is fun; despite the serious focus of the menu, the décor is lighthearted and comfortable. The yellowtail crudo is a visual treat: paper-thin, sushi-grade tuna drizzled with blood orange vinaigrette and a smattering of minced Serrano chilies. The buttermilk-battered calamari is also a good choice---especially when dipped in lemon-caper aïoli. We agree with the kitchen that the Tristan Island lobster tails are sweet and tender; who needs melted butter when you are eating what some regard as the finest lobsters on Earth? We also recommend the pan-seared sea scallops with a Meyer lemon glaze and the arctic char with citrus-curry sauce. Landlubbers fear not, the menu includes meaty choices such as a New York strip steak, filet mignon and Kurobuta pork shank. Side dishes are large enough to share; we like the Yukon mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, but suggest skipping the overpowering beet salad and blue cheese coleslaw.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.