Trust is very good. Inside tends to be noisy, outside is quieter but food is pretty solid.
La Bonne Table in Hillcrest…go for the pork chop. Bleu Boheme in Kensington or Bo Beau Kitchen in La Mesa.
Banker’s Hill Restaurant tends to fly under the radar. I’ve never had a bad meal there, the chicken schnitzel is quite good.
El Jardin in LIberty Station is new and rather uneven, Red O in La Jolla is just, plain, not very good, except for drinks and apps. SD is still pretty much a taco/burrito kinda Mexican food town despite being on the border and all the amazingly creative food in Tijuana. Ceviche House in Old Town does a good job with ceviche and sea food.
The Patio on Goldfinch in Mission Hills is reliable and the food good. The Red Door recently changed hands and is going in a more Italian direction but still keeping the farm-to-table theme. I’ve eaten there with the new chef/owner and crew and thought the food was still very good.
I’m probably not as high on Farmer’s Bottega as Ipse but it’s a popular place the food is usually good. They’ve got a nice patio in back at their Mission Hills location. Their La Mesa location is just cramped and noisy.