San Diego gourmands are devoted to chef Chris Walsh. After his most recent tenure at the glitzy downtown supper club Confidential, fans are relieved to find him in the friendly confines of his own neighborhood restaurant. Stylishly modern with a hint of industrial lounge (Walsh is responsible for the design, as well), Bite features a tapas-style roster of small plates that encourages grazing and sharing. The menu is seasonally driven and influenced by Northern Italian and French bistro fare; the wine list has nearly 30 interesting, reasonably priced wines by the glass. If you're feeling inspired, Bite allows you to invent your own cocktail; you can select mixers from a lineup of specialty sodas (pomegranate, pear, and so on), fresh juices, and house-infused sakes. Champagne fans can indulge in a bubbly happy hour from 5-7pm on weekdays.
1417 University Ave. (at Richmond St.), Hillcrest. tel. 619/299-2483. www.bitesd.com. No reservations, but call ahead to be placed on a priority-seating list. Small plates $6-$14. AE, DISC, MC, V. Mon, Wed-Thurs 5-10:30pm; Fri-Sat 5-11pm; Sun 5-10pm; closed Tues. Bus: 1, 10, or 11.
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User Reviews for Bite
Great lunch and want to go back for dinner
We enjoyed assorted small plates for lunch. The menu had great variety and everyone was able to find several "favorites". Bite features a wonderful wine list and cocktail...
- posted on 02.10.10
- by getoutofks
- Highly Recommended 2010
Message from Bite
Chef Chris Walsh has a long history in Hillcrest and San Diego and hopes his newest creation will tantalize the taste buds in a whole new way. Bite's menu is influenced largely by Northern Italian and French Bistro fare, designed to be paired with a large selection of Italian, French and California Wines. One of the most exciting beverage enticements will be the daily champagne happy hour, offering several selections of bubbles by the glass, at very affordable prices. Bite features sidewalk patio dining, a contemporary lounge and a community/singles table that can accommodate up to 12 guests in addition to a dining room that incorporates tables close to the action as well as romantic hideaways. Bite is located on University Avenue in San Diego.
- Tapas Style
- Wine Bar
- Patio Dining