Downtown San Diego Restaurant: Rice

Located on the ground floor of San Diego’s luxurious W Hotel sits Rice, the W’s signature contemporary restaurant. With a unique and sexy environment, Rice offers globally contemporary cuisine, with dishes from all around the world brought together in a delicious fusion of gourmet eats.

One of San Diego’s newest, most innovative restaurants, the ambiance is polished and sleek, with soft, minimalist accents set off by plush, private booths divided by billowing gauze curtains. Rich, warm hues of browns and reds nicely complement the candlelit banquette-style seating arrangement.

Eclectic and urban, Rice offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
On Wednesdays, swing by Rice for an enchanting evening of jazz that perfectly balances the sumptuous Pacific cuisine the menu boasts. Already the recipient of numerous glowing San Diego restaurant reviews; Rice gracefully complements the W Hotel, the perfect new addition to the W family.

Menu highlights include a variety of options layered with fresh, brilliant flavors. Try the tempura fried calamari, the Caesar salad adorned with spanish white anchovies or the Cuban sandwich garnished with black Moroccan olive oil. Other typical entrée accompaniments range from baby artichokes to fingerling potatoes.

Noteworthy appetizers included on the menu are delicacies such as Seared Sea Scallops, Twice Baked Cheddar Souffle, Wild Mushroom Potato Risotto, Ahi Tuna with pear compote, Beef Carpaccio, and Potato Gnocchi. After one of these incredible starters, choose from the Organic Baby Greens, Honey Glazed Hamachi, Lemon Marinated Crab Salad, or the Bartlett Pear Salad.

Rice’s scrumptious specialty dishes include: the Kobe Short Ribs cooked in a demi glaze and served with hickory smoked mashed potatoes, shallots, baby carrots, and oyster mushrooms; the pan seared encrusted California Sea Bass served with leeks, bok choy, and a coconut lemongrass marinade, and the Flourless Chocolate Cake with a peanut butter center accented with fresh whipped cream, a chocolate cigar, and a fresh spring of mint.

Enjoy any of these entrees with a glass of wine from Rice’s diverse and intoxicating wine list, offering vintages from Italy, Austria, France, Chile, New Zealand, and of course, the California coastline. If a celebration is in order, select from a spectacular list of bubbles and sparkling wine, including various Brut Roses.

Rice also offers a medley of decadent desserts, not limited to Dulce de Leche Cheesecake, Midnight Seduction Chocolate Cake, Kahlua Bread Pudding, a seasonal sorbet, and artisan homemade ice cream.

With a menu so diverse and savory, Rice easily takes its place on San Diego Restaurant’s list of amazing, highly recommended places to visit to experience an unforgettable meal.

The W Hotel is also home to Magnet, the ideal backdrop for tantalizing cocktails, mellow, modern beats, and an intimate, luxurious bar environment. Enjoy a full service bar as well as an array of delectable appetizers, such as the Baja Style Seafood Cocktail or the Grilled Beef Skewers.

Magnet’s specialty libations include the Blueberry Mojito and the Albino Cosmopolitan"each guaranteed to pair perfectly with the overall indulgent, lush ambiance floating throughout the air.

Rice is happy to take your reservation at (619) 398-3082 and bridge the gap from the ordinary to a delectable, sinful dining experience.

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About The Author, Sarah Martin
Sarah Martin is a freelance marketing writer based out of San Diego, CA. She specializes in areas such as travel, leisure, and home improvement. She regularly writes reviews for new, local, upscale San Diego restaurants, some of which can be found at