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Wander Eats: Birthday Dinner at Mister A’s


“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” ~ William Barclay

Mister A’s

After Sarah and I got glammed up and snapped a few hundred pics, we hopped in an Uber to take us to Mister A’s, which as we found out as our trip went on, ALL the locals recommended. Established in 1965 and located on the twelfth floor of a financial building, it offers not just some of the most decadent food in San Diego, but also some of the best views.

While it is a well known haunt for locals looking to celebrate a special occasion, I had actually heard about it not from Google or Yelp but the lovely Mack. She had also celebrated her birthday there and had written about it on her blog Mack Marie. At the time, I had embarrassingly drooled all over my keyboard at the stunning and hunger inducing pictures she shared. I knew if I ever went to San Diego, I NEEDED to go here. In fact I owe a huge thank you to Mack, because she inspired much of my trip! Thanks beauty!


Our reservation was at 7:30 but we arrived early and decided to go to the bar for a birthday drink. It was at the back of the restaurant near the entrance to the wrap around outside patio. It was a classy bar with an extensive cocktail list of the usual boozy libations as well as more creative hand crafted drinks.

I chose a mixed cocktail and unfortunately I fail in food blogging, because I do not remember the name of the drink! It had just the right mix of citrus and tequila, and was not overly sweet. It was topped with egg white which added to the creaminess. I have come to love that touch on cocktails. It had orange bitters and was topped with an orange peel, but was not overly orangey.

Patio Seating

The maitre’D came and got us when it was time for our reservation and we decided to sit outside on the patio.

Oh my lanta the views!

We had planned our reservation well, and as we took our seats outside the sun was beginning to set. We had gorgeous views of the harbor and downtown San Diego.

As the sun set behind mountains, it got chillier and they turned on the heated lamps that instantly warmed us up. The ambience alone was perfect.

The Food

Oh my taste buds. The food did not disappoint. One of the things I was most impressed with, was the fact that they are allergy and dietary friendly and the menu has many gluten free and vegan options available.

Again failing in Food blogging-dom, we began our meal with a delicious palette cleanser of shrimp in a butter sauce. It had a fancy french name, but alas I can not remember. It was light refreshing and incredibly tasty. I could have eaten ten of them!

As an appetizer Sarah and I ordered the Beef Tartare to share and they served it with GF bread.

Side note: The gluten free bread in San Diego is out of this world! I am not sure if it is a local company or more widely distributed, but wherever I went it was SO yummy, that I had a hard time believing it was Gluten free!

The Beef Tartare had shallots, radishes and other spices mixed in. It was topped with an egg yolk that Sarah had me do the honors of breaking and mixing with the beef. It was one of the best things I have ever had. And I could have just eaten that for my main. it was SO yummy.

For Dinner I had the Veal Osso Buco. It was served with zucchini squash, carrots, and an english pea salsa verde. While it was heavier, then what I usually go for, it was delicious and the flavors complimented each other well. The veal was super tender, and the Zucchini squash was out of this world good.


Guys you can take the pastry chef out of the girl, but you can not take the sweet tooth out of her. While it seems like a life time ago (it was) I was baking cakes and piping frosting, I still appreciate a delicious dessert. And Mister A’s did not disappoint.

I ordered the Summer Pavlova which was served with fresh berries, a strawberry curd, and vanilla bavarian. I am still having dreams about it! It was light and refreshing after the heaviness of my main course.

Making it a true birthday celebration, they surprised me with a slice of chocolate cake, and “Happy Birthday” scrawled in chocolate, complete with a candle in a wine glass to blow out. It was such a sweet gesture and truly added that extra touch.

Mister A-mazing

Mister’s A’s truly lived up to all the hype and more. The staff was extremely attentive and really went the extra mile with small gestures. It really completed the night. As fine dining goes, Mister A’s has it down to a science from superb service, to drool worthy food fit for even the most picky of palettes.

As a foodie, it was the perfect place to celebrate my birthday. If you are looking for an impeccable fine dining foodie experience, I highly recommend Mister A’s. It did not disappoint and it is perfect for a glamorous birthday out, an anniversary or just to enjoy great food.

We had only been in San Diego for 24 hours and already Sarah and I had not one but THREE delicious meals. San Diego was killing it in the food department. And we went back to our apartment extremely fat and happy!

Are you a foodie? Have you dined at any fine dining restaurants? 

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