The Desmond Restaurant + Cocktail Bar

San Diego’s dining scene’s hidden gem — The Desmond — is tucked away on the mezzanine level of the Kimpton Alma Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown. The Desmond has changed my perspective of fine dining in San Diego. While this SoCal city is well known mainly for it’s casual eats — The Desmond transports you to an elegant fine dining experience in a posh setting. They have incredible monthly prix fixe menu deals that every San Diegan needs to experience.

Each menu item is perfectly crafted with a well thought flavor profile. We were invited in try their new Summer menu and already planned our next night out here before leaving our table. Chef Jason Neroni has perfected this menu/dining experience from the cocktails to the dessert. No detail was left out and that makes all the difference. The Desmond’s elevated dining experience will be a difficult one to top.

Tasted + Approved Drinks ::

Acquiescence — Amaro, Vodka, Yuzu

Fresca Sonora — Blanco, Aloe, Pineapple, Fresno Chili

Take It Sloe — Sloe, Citrus, Egg White

Fault Line — Espolon Reposado, Apple, Ginger, Lemon, Honey

Tasted + Approved Dishes ::

Seasonal Tomato Kolonji Dip + House Flatbread**

Dungeness Crab, Coconut Curry, Floral Congee, Nigella Rice Cracker, Thai Basil, Lime Dust

Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms, Diavolo Sauce, Basil Oil

Bucatini, Nduja Vodka Sauce, Lobster, Pickled Chilies, Herb Toasted Breadcrumbs, Basil

Rigatoni Cacio e Pepe, Miso Butter, Pecorino, Black Pepper

Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Water, Spruce Oil

Cannot wait to visit The Desmond again and continue eating my way through their menu. Which dish are you most excited to try?




1 Comment

  1. July 9, 2023 / 2:01 pm

    The food looks superb! Let’s have dinner there in August!!

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