San Diego Celebrates the Grand Opening of Bistro 39

Modern, new restaurant nestled in Carmel Valley; 3939 Ocean Bluff Ave.

SAN DIEGO, CA – Bistro Thirty Nine, San Diego’s newest fine dining experience, opens its doors to the public during several grand opening celebrations in March. Bistro Thirty Nine is located in the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn, San Diego/ Del Mar.

“We are excited to debut the new and improved restaurant at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/ Del Mar,” said Bob Rauch, General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn. “We are the only Hilton Garden Inn in the U.S. to have a world class Executive Chef. His experience and touch bring a fresh and modern flare to delicious classics.”


Executive Chef Larry Difolco, originally from New York and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, blends fresh California ingredients with sophisticated East Coast flavor in the creative and contemporary cuisine of Bistro Thirty Nine.

“We’re going to provide a menu of classic bistro favorites with a California twist,” said Difolco. “Our fresh dishes, fine wines, and contemporary ambiance will transform this restaurant from the former ‘hotel restaurant’ to a ‘restaurant inside a hotel.’”

The friendly staff at Bistro Thirty Nine serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. They also offer daily happy hour specials to give patrons a plethora of choices any time of the day, seven days a week.

A sneak-peek menu sampling revealed some of the early favorites. Start the night out right with the flavorful and fresh lettuce wraps – featuring your choice of orange beef, fine spice chicken or peppered shrimp with crisp vegetables wrapped in fresh bib lettuce. Or, warm up your taste buds with the Grilled Figs and Grilled Caesar. The Grilled Figs feature four large sweet figs stuffed with rosemary goat cheese and drizzled with honey. The Grilled Caesar combines whole romaine heart brushed with garlic oil and singed on our grill with Caesar dressing, ciabata croutons and aged parmesan cheese. This savory starter is also available with shrimp, sea scallops, chicken breast, or sliced skirt steak.

For the main course, Bistro Thirty Nine offers everything from a California Grilled Pizza to the New York Strip Steak to Moroccan Chicken to Wrapped Grouper. Red meat eaters will delight in the hearty steak. “The Kansas City” is a 12 oz. bone in New York strip, grilled to taste, and perfected with herb butter. Those in favor of a lighter fare will savor the Moroccan Chicken, which is an aromatic chicken stewed on the bone, served over a bed of chickpeas and apricots. Equally enchanting is the Wrapped Grouper, a white fish wrapped in banana leaves, and seasoned with ginger, cilantro, chili peppers and coconut.

A favorite for the grand finale is the Classic Fruit Cobbler. This warm, flavorful dish is made daily with the ripest fruits, and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The intimate Bistro Thirty Nine Bar serves specialty cocktails and appetizers and is a favorite spot for locals to meet. Join the P.O.E.T.S Club each Friday for a fun-filled Happy Hour… hint, it has nothing to do with traditional poetry. Big screen TVs and an outdoor patio provide a place to satisfy everyone from the sports enthusiast to the sunshine seekers.

Quick Facts:
What: Bistro Thirty Nine Grand Opening
P.O.E.T.S club party – March 6th
Winemakers Dinner – March 14th
Where: 3939 Ocean Bluff Ave., San Diego, CA 92130
Who: All are invited. Call (858) 720-9500 for reservations.

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  1. hi bob, please put me on your email list for wine and food events. i met you at the veuve cliquot tasting at barron’s a few years ago and at the CCA thank you party for foundation donors. looking forward to trying out your new restaurant. doug decker dds

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