NINE-TEN Restaurant Completes Renovation

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The acclaimed NINE-TEN Restaurant, located at the landmark Grande Colonial hotel, has completed a $300,000 renovation.  The project, designed by San Diego-based Robinson Brown Design, includes a revitalized dining room and bar, and an updated sidewalk patio dining area and ocean-view terrace.

“We went to great lengths to create a modern vibe while keeping the restaurant’s existing upscale mood,” said Terrence Underwood, general manager.  “The contemporary design infuses a classic ambiance and a refined, contemporary sophistication, complementing NINE-TEN’s reputation as a culinary destination.”

As part of the extensive project, the entire main dining room was completely refurbished.  New elements include a refreshing color scheme with infusions of emerald green and light wood, while keeping with the restaurant’s existing stone tiled floor.  The wood cladding throughout the room was resurfaced, changing the dark mahogany tones to a much lighter, aged-oak scheme. New paint and wall coverings also lighten up the dining room with a more modern vibe. In addition, all dining room chairs and tables were replaced. Energy efficient LED lighting graces the room along with four custom-designed chandeliers replete with a high-tech dimmer control system for intimacy. Furthermore, three more intimate, crescent-shaped booths were added. The main focal point, however, is the vibrant and locally inspired ocean and fauna wall panorama created by local, renowned artist, Dana Montlack, alluding to the restaurant’s iconic location at La Jolla Cove.

The bar, like the dining room, is upscale in the NINE-TEN tradition. New tables and bar stools add to the elegance of the expansive area. And, much like the dining room, new lighting has been incorporated along with eye-pleasing local art. The previous dark mahogany cladding has been replaced with a lighter oak scheme as in the dining room. At the bar itself, new stone surfaces are notable, as well as new paint and wall coverings.

The sidewalk patio, facing lively Prospect Street, and the Grande Terrace, with views of the Pacific Ocean, were not overlooked.  Those seeking an al fresco dining option will enjoy new tables, chairs, and umbrellas.

“We have always placed a high value on offering our guests the best, most exclusive experience possible,” added Underwood.  “This is a natural evolution of our already outstanding restaurant.”

Led by award-winning chef Jason Knibb, the ZAGAT-rated NINE-TEN Restaurant offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along Prospect Street.  Their Evolving California Cuisine features the best of the harvest from local artisan farmers where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s seasonal menus. Special prix fixe menus are available nightly and feature matching wines from an extensive Wine Spectator-awarded cellar.  Dine indoors or alfresco on NINE-TEN’s sidewalk patio or back terrace with views of the ocean.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (858) 964-5400 or online at  For additional information, visit their website at

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