San Diego’s restaurant scene is about to get a lot more interesting with new high-end and neighborhood restaurants countywide offering a mix of Middle Eastern, Italian, French, Mexican and vegan menus.
Huntress, Gaslamp Quarter
Delayed by nearly a year, RMD Group’s steakhouse Huntress will open in February in the former Grand Pacific Hotel Building in the Gaslamp Quarter. Executive chef James Montejano helms this “sophisticated steakhouse and whiskey society” venue, which will serve a variety of dry-aged steaks. It will also serve one of California’s largest selections of Japanese whiskey, with more than 100 rare bottles in stock. It will open at the same time and in the same building as sister restaurant Lumi by Akira Back. Huntress takes up floors 1 and 2 and Lumi is on floor 3 and the rooftop. 376 Fifth Ave., San Diego. huntresssteak.com
Lumi by Akira Back, Gaslamp Quarter
The latest in a global collection of 16 eponymous restaurants from South Korean-born Michelin-starred chef Akira Back, Lumi will serve innovative Japanese fare with Nikkei and Korean influences. Lumi opens in February in tandem with Huntress steakhouse, which are both located in the former Grand Pacific Hotel building. Back’s menu will feature nigiri, sushi and other Japanese fare paired with top-tier sake and beers from Japan. It will be the first San Diego restaurant to have a Toki highball machine, which makes sparkling whiskey cocktails. 366 Fifth Ave., San Diego. lumirooftop.com