Comfort Inn Gaslamp Convention Center
660 G Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 238-4100
Fax: (619) 238-5310
Bars & Cafes
Buca di Beppo San Diego is one of the many franchisees of Planet Hollywood International Inc. Buca is known for their Italian food and peppy environment. The restaurant gives you a homey feeling the moment you step in and draws you in with all the photo frames adorning the walls. The motto 'sharing is caring' is apt for their food portions as it can be shared by everyone at the table. A great place to be with family and friends to gather around and have a wonderful feast of delicious food, good wine and great company.
If you're really in the mood to try something different—not Chinese or Italian, something exotic—then head to Chopahn for authentic Afghan cuisine. You can enjoy mouthwatering kebabs and well-marinated meat dishes in the warm interiors of this restaurant. A picture of the striking green-eyed Afghan girl, made famous by the National Geographic magazine rests on one of the walls, while traditional vases and wooden decor add to the ambiance. The best part of dining here is the wines—they perfectly compliment every dish you order. Chopahn makes a great venue for a special date!
This lounge bar and nightclub keeps it trendy and chic. If you want a nice and well-lit evening locale to have some cocktails with friends, Side Bar is the place for you. At night, dance to beats by local DJs in a luxurious atmosphere. Ambient lighting and art make Side Bar a stylish addition to San Diego's nightlife landscape.
Step inside this faithful replica of a Louisiana roadhouse, start off with a Hurricane Rum Punch, and then order up a Crawfish Etoufee or a Blackened Cajun Chicken dinner. Featuring Cajun cuisine, this venue has spice not only in its entrees, but also in the atmosphere. Dine at the bar, brick dining room or outside patio. As an added bonus, enjoy live jazz and blues music on Thursday-Saturday evenings.
If you love Italian food, you will be in heaven when you come to Osteria Panevino. The rich aromas wafting from the brick oven are sure to make you forget all about your diet plans. A wide variety of risottos, pastas, steaks and seafood delicacies populate the menu. It's nearly impossible to make a bad selection, but the pollo toscano and lasagna bolognese deserve special mention. The vibe is romantic, so take a date. Not hungry? Grab a seat in the attached wine bar and enjoy some of the finest wines Italy has to offer.
Bang Bang is a Mauricio Couturier and Johnny Shockey collaboration of an upscale Asian eatery in the Gaslamp Quarter. The unassuming facade gives no indication of the wondrous interiors at all. Enter through a subway tunneled stairway that gives a glimpse of a Tokyo station. The earthy dining room with its canopy of Japanese lanterns and candle lighting gives it an ethereal glow. They also have one of the largest disco balls on the West Coast for DJ nights and live acts. The eclectic menu featuring Japanese and Chinese street food is not only delightful to the palate but to the eyes as well. The cozy sushi bar offers specialty creations that are as delicious. Their fully equipped bar has an impressive sake list and cocktail specials. Visit Bang Bang for a memorable dining experience.
When is an upscale and casual Spanish-style restaurant a trendy spot to see and be seen? Only on Friday nights, of course, when the tapas of Ole Madrid turn techno! From 9p-2a each Friday, the younger "en vogue" folks take over this classic restaurant and turn it into a hot nightclub. A disc jockey spins the throbbing beat of techno music as the crowd (packed wall to wall) gets into the groove. Definitely a young crowd. No cover charge is required.
For a dose of live music while having your local American grub, head to Whiskey Girl. The club resembles Hard Rock Cafe with its set of nightly bands performing with enough vigor to make you sit back, tap your feet and clap for every song asking for more. The odd nights also have DJs spinning some fine tunes from their collection. There are ample televisions to keep you entertained with ongoing sports matches if the music isn't of your liking. The American cuisine dominated menu features an array of burgers, sandwiches, salads, classic pub appetizers, pizza and more. Their Sunday brunch is also noteworthy!
Greystone, The Steakhouse is devoted to luxury and sophisticated pleasure. You will find aged steaks, tender chops, and a sprinkling of lighter seafood and pasta dishes. Swordfish and salmon make almost daily appearances on the menu, and an Italian influence touches some of the sauces and spices, while other dishes are pure New American cuisine. The service is respectful and attentive, and a well-chosen wine list provides perfect pairings for all of the dishes.
This bar is housed in the oldest building in the Gaslamp Quarter. Come and mingle with beautiful people and groove to either live music or a DJ with tunes from the 1970s through the 1990s. Hardwood floors, soaring ceilings and a 40-foot long mahogany bar give a touch of elegance and class. There are three levels, all offering a large number of beers and delicious cocktails.
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop is a bright, tiled ice cream parlor that scoops out delights like 'The Earthquake'—an eight-scoop wonder designed to be shared by a lot of people, adorned with bananas, eight different toppings, whipped cream, nuts and cherries. Less vigorous appetites will probably be satisfied with a simple ice cream sundae or a cone. Alongside the parlor there is a small chocolate shop offering all of the favorite Ghirardelli varieties. Sidewalk tables make this a great rest stop on a warm day.
For a complete Italian culinary experience, walk into Mare & Monti's. Start your evening with fine wine from an exotic province of Italy. For main course, try tortino di granchio, tri colore salad or tagliolini verdi. There is also a wide range of scrumptious desserts as well as a cappuccino bar.