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NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar

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Mon, 2/18
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Hamachi Sashimi
marinated baby shiitake mushrooms, scallion vinaigrette
Grilled Octopus
haricot verts & Spanish chorizo relish, whipped hummus, sherry vinaigrette, za’atar spiced potato
Lamb Tartare
black garlic, orange chili oil, pickled onion, cured egg yolk, masa cracker
Thai Lobster Salad
melon, mint, sweet habanero, peanut, lime, scallions, cilantro, coconut, chili lime aioli
Jamaican Jerk Pork Belly
baby carrots, swiss chard, plantains, black-eyed peas, spicy jellies & sweet potato purée
Roasted Winter Squash
honey glaze, grilled cauliflower, pecan crème, apple pecan relish
Roasted Warren Pear Salad
ginger & star anise roasted pear, pomegranate seeds, hazelnuts, chèvre goat cheese, endive & baby lettuce, pomegranate molasses
Cacio e Pepe
porcini mushroom spaghettini, cured egg yolk, parmesan, cracked black pepper, shaved mushroom
Kuri Squash Agnolotti
Japanese curry, Swiss chard, pickled shallot, pepitas, crispy black trumpet mushrooms
Baby Beet & Persimmon Salad
shaved carrots, pistachio purée, cocoa crumb, local citrus, mustard frill, fennel gel, citrus vinaigrette
Prime 10oz. New York Steak
spring onions, pan roasted maitake mushrooms, confit crispy baby potatoes with salsa verde, Chino farms nettle puree, J1 steak sauce
Roasted Colorado Lamb Loin
roasted eggplant, tomato jam, torpedo onions, puffed farro, vadouvan squash puree, lamb jus
Smoked Maple Leaf Duck Breast
romano beans, corn, shallots, Santa Rosa plum, hushpuppies, basil, corn puree, duck jus
Maine Sea Scallops
matsutaki mushrooms, sunchoke chips, mustard frill, shaved mushrooms, sunchoke purée, mushroom dashi
Prime Beef Short Rib
green beans, roasted eggplant, pickled piquillo peppers, crispy fingerling potatoes with black garlic & ginger vinaigrette
Anson Mills Farro Verde & Roasted Vegetables
Brussels sprouts, roasted broccolini, baby carrots, turnips, pickled onions, pepitas, carrot purée
Baja Striped Bass
cauliflower mushrooms, pickled young ginger, tatsoi, Asian style dukkah, yu choy, Japanese curry sauce
cow’s milk | semi-firm | France mustard & tarragon pickled carrots
Humboldt Fog
goat’s milk | soft & bloomy | USA citrus, honey & strawberries
Boschetto Al Tartufo (truffled)
cow & sheep’s milk | creamy | Italy La Quercia Prosciutto ~Italy~
cow’s milk | semi-soft blue | Spain fig & PX sherry jam
Taste Of Four Cheeses
served with accompaniments
Half Baked Chocolate Cake
caramel sauce, choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
NINE-TEN Truffles
Seasonal Sorbet
served with fresh fruit
Coconut & Mango Parfait
citrus granita, shiso sorbet
chocolate & banana cream, graham cracker, marshmallow, peanut butter ice cream
Poached Pear & Pistachio Semifreddo
shortbread cookies, orange cream, sour cream ice cream, red wine reduction
Apple & Quince Crumble
rosemary and almond crumb, honey cream, spiced panna cotta, rum ice cream
Olives & Nuts
marinated olives & spiced nuts
Grilled Spanish Octopus
caramelized golden raisin puree, chorizo, pistachios, shaved fennel salad with feta vinaigrette
Salmon Rillette Toast
fresh and smoked salmon, preserved lemon, fresh herbs, capers, tossed greens, lemon vinaigrette
Charcuterie Plate
Spanish chorizo, creminelli finocchiona, La Quercia prosciutto, seasonal terrine, house-made condiments, grilled artisan bread
Burrata Board
port wine glazed strawberries, arugula pesto, pistachios, watercress, grilled sourdough
Soup Du Jour
with daily garnish
Organic Greens
mixed organic field greens, champagne vinaigrette
Quinoa Bowl
quinoa, bulgar, roasted baby carrots, romano beans, wild arugula, pickled carrots, smoked hazelnuts, lemon vinaigrette
Hearts of Romaine
hearts of romaine, shaved parmigiano-reggiano, white anchovy vinaigrette
Heirloom Tomato Salad
curry whipped ricotta, green olives, cucumber, spicy Marcona almonds, baby lettuces, basil vinaigrette
Cobb Salad
romaine lettuce, house smoked chicken breast, Point Reyes blue cheese, crispy bacon, cherry tomatoes, avocado, shaved egg, champagne vinaigrette
Enhance Any Salad
Add pan-seared salmon $9 grilled chicken breast $8
Smoked Salmon BLT
bacon, bibb lettuce, tomato, whipped cream cheese, pickled red onions
Prime 6oz. NY Steak
maitake mushrooms, cipollini onions, squash, shishito peppers, tomato jam, 12yr Pedro Ximenez sherry vinaigrette
Gnocchi Bolognese
house-made gnocchi, San Marzano tomatoes and beef sauce, shaved summer squash, cherry tomatoes, parsley gremolata, lemon breadcrumbs, parmesan froth and micro basil
Loch Duart Salmon
pee wee potatoes, braised fennel, romano beans, corn, lobster broth, cherry tomato relish
Fried Chicken Tacos
buttermilk battered chicken breast, avocado puree, cabbage & carrot slaw, radishes, micro cilantro, fire roasted tomatillo salsa
Reuben Sandwich
house made pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, 910 Russian dressing, New York corn rye bread
Short Rib Panini
port wine braised beef, aged cheddar, onion marmalade
half pound angus beef, house made pickles, butter lettuce, tomato, mustard seed aioli add cheddar, swiss or bleu cheese 2 add sauteed mushrooms 2 add bacon 3 add avocado 3.5
Gorgonzola Dolce
cow’s milk, strawberry-jalapeno relish, Italy
sheep’s milk, maple glazed walnuts, Netherlands
Truffle Tremor
goat’s milk, celery-cucumber preserve, USA
cow & sheep’s milk, tarragon grape salad, Spain
Taste of Four Cheeses
served with accompaniments
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
crème fraiche ice cream, toasted coconut, sweet cherries
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
raspberry gel, fresh berries
Half Baked Chocolate Cake
caramel sauce, choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
NINE-TEN Truffles
Seasonal Sorbet
served with fresh fruit
Milk & Cookie
orange 50/50 milkshake, housemade chocolate chip cookie
At NINE-TEN, guests will enjoy the unique seasonal style of "Evolving California Cuisine" with menus dictated by the local harvest. The menu is created daily to take advantage of fresh products discovered during daily excursions to local artisan providers including Crow's Pass and Chino Farms. The bounty of the sea is also featured with local fish selections and items arriving daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. The restaurant interior is casually elegant with sidewalk tables on Prospect Street where people-watching becomes a pastime. Al fresco dining is offered on an outdoor terrace. Inside, the warm ambiance is enhanced with rich mahogany wood accents throughout the
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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All reviews brunch half baked chocolate cake lamb loin white truffle lobster salad short ribs tasting menu eggs benedict octopus fries bread the grande colonial hotel chef jason our waiter happy hour excellent food and service fine dining
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our dinner. I had a great salad with pomegranate and the rack of lamb. The lamb was cooked perfectly and tasted great. My husband had the duck breast and liked it a lot. Wine was half price on Wednesday, so we enjoyed...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank BondQueen
Reviewed 6 days ago

We go to Nine Ten often and usually enjoy the back patio as it's always quiet and relaxing. Being outside is a great way to entertain visitors as well. The food is always perfectly prepared with a very professional staff doing the serving. Try it!More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank edward w
GrandeColonial, General Manager at NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Edward: I couldn't be more pleased to read your review. Sitting on the back terrace, with its peek ocean views, is one of my personal favorites when entertaining at NINE-TEN. I will share your wonderful comments about the food with Chef Jason Knibb. On...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nine-Ten offers exceptional cuisine artfully prepared and executed. Dinner is an event with a wide variety of choices prepared with care and style. This restaurant is a Wine Spectator recommended venue.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Suddrethks
GrandeColonial, General Manager at NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Suddrethks: Thanks so much for taking the time to provide feedback about your recent dining experience at NINE-TEN. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed Chef Jason's cuisine. His culinary style is to keep things simple, fresh and clean, while still being...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this restaurant is part of an older high end hotel in La Jolla village. The chef seems to make every dish a very eye appealing treat. The menu is a fixed price ($50 per person) 3 course meal. For starters we have a fried pear...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank GordCummings
GrandeColonial, General Manager at NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear GordCumming: We couldn't be more pleased to read your comments. Thank you for taking the time to share them here on TripAdvisor. We renovated the restaurant late 2017, going to great lengths to create a modern vibe while keeping the restaurant’s existing upscale mood....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In the center of La Jolla, Nine-Ten is a wonderful restaurant that has it all. Lovely ambiance, wonderful set nice, and great food. Try the smoked duck breast, it's heavenly.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Ronesq
GrandeColonial, General Manager at NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Ronesq: On behalf of our entire team here at NINE-TEN, thank you for taking the time to rate your visit and provide such positive feedback. We are delighted you had such a memorable visit. I will be sure to pass along your comments to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We recently had dinner here with friends, having not dined here for a couple of years. The restaurant is located within the Colonial Inn, a historic La Jolla establishment. The ambiance is lovely, calm and sedate but not stuffy, and service was pretty good though...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank LisaB157
GrandeColonial, General Manager at NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear LisaB157: On behalf of Chef Jason Knibb and our entire team here at NINE-TEN, thank you very much for the wonderful feedback you provided about your recent dinner. We are so happy you found your way back since your last visit a couple of...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the Grand Colonial, and noted several folks recommending the very limited (and not much of a bargain) happy hour associated with Nine-Ten, the hotel restaurant. For our money we much preferred all the restaurant had to offer. The food was fantastic, and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jjroadster
GrandeColonial, General Manager at NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear jjroadster: Thank you for sharing feedback about your recent visit. We are delighted that you chose to dine at NINE-TEN while staying at the Grande Colonial. While I am sorry that you were not pleased with the Happy Hour, I am happy to hear...More

Reviewed January 12, 2019 via mobile

The best dinner experience we’ve ever had. Had the mercy of the chef experience and were more than impressed. Mark, our server, paired our dinner and wines spectacularly. Honestly couldn’t have asked for better. Mark and the entire team were extremely attentive and made our...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Dana S
GrandeColonial, General Manager at NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Dana: We are so thrilled to read your review about your recent dinner experience. Our "Mercy of the Chef" tasting menu is the ideal way to truly experience all the best of what Chef Jason Knibb puts out of the NINE-TEN kitchen. It's a...More

Reviewed January 1, 2019

The absolute highlight of the visit was the Desserts, Half Baked Chocolate Cake and Hazelnut Cremeux. The Nine-Ten Omelet was good but nothing special. The Shrimp and Grits was unusual and tasty. The ambience was very elegant, and blended well with the Grand Colonial Hotel...More

Date of visit: December 2018
GrandeColonial, General Manager at NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2019

Thank you, SOCGAC, for taking the time to share feedback about your recent visit to NINE-TEN. While I am so happy to hear how much you enjoyed the food, particularly Chef Jose Alonzo's wonderful desserts, I am very sorry that the service was less than...More

Reviewed December 30, 2018

We have been to two meals in the past week at Nine-Ten. One was a dinnner and the other a Sunday brunch. The food satisfied us each time. At brunch we ordered French Toast and Hoecake. The hoecake was worth the time to write this...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank myrevue
GrandeColonial, General Manager at NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2019

Dear Myrevue: Thank you very much for the wonderful feedback you provided about your two recent dining experiences at NINE-TEN. Chef Jason Knibb is one of the finest in the region, known for his ability to pair unique items that compliment one anther beautifully and...More

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July 19, 2015|
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Greetings, GigisTravels2014. Thanks for your interest in NINE-TEN Restaurant at the Grande Colonial. Our attire during dinner is very business casual. Sports coats are certainly not necessary, especially during the warmer... More
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More importantly, how do you feel about turning 70 this year? I am two months younger and it seems way to early to be 70.
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