An orgy of butter awaits diners at Born and Raised. And I'm not just talking about the food. The setting, too, has a delightful richness to it, whether you're in the main dining room, with its Art Deco vaulted ceiling and plush tan leather booths, or you're in on the indoor/outdoor rooftop bar with its gleaming wood, golden lighting, and glittering views of the city's skyscrapers. The place looks like a set for a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio with his hair slicked back. The food and drink are, of course, the stars here, and they continue the drama, with many of the dishes—steak Diane, caesar salad and others—created table-side with a lot of athletic tossing, sizzling, and lighting of fire. As for the steak, here it is (so sorry!) like "buttah"—aged to perfection and cooked to your specifications. A bevy of free sauces awaits, as do pricey sides (the Joël Robuchon mashed potatoes, which are equal parts spud and butter, are outrageous). You'll want a cocktail with your meal—the place has that kind of vibe—and you'll be able to choose from a list of classics, all made with unusual top-shelf liquors. The wine list, too, is superb, and includes obscure but terrific California bottles.
San Diego› Restaurant
Born and Raised
1909 India St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Little Italy Hours Daily 4pm—midnight Phone 619/202-4577 Prices Steaks $40–80 (some are shareable); other proteins $32–45. Sides $10 Cuisine Type Steakhouse Web site Born and Raised
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