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With its sultry, seductive interior, it’s no wonder San Diego Magazine named The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge “San Diego’s Sexiest Steakhouse”. This culinary destination renders the ideal atmosphere for an intimate dinner for two. The sleek black decor is offset by the grandeur of chandeliers comprised of delicate crystals descending overhead. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the gentle murmur of intimate conversation is intertwined with the soothing notes of live jazz played by Fred Benedetti, head of San Diego State University’s music program and renowned classical guitarist, transforming the place to the likes of a 1920s prohibition speakeasy.

The elegant, sexy ambience only begins with the decor. The owners of The Wellington recently joined ranks with Snake Oil Cocktail Co. to craft cocktails laced with the refreshing taste of natural edibles and aromatic herbs picked fresh from their own garden. This menu, exclusive to The Wellington, is comprised of every member of the spirit family: bourbon, gin, rum, rye whisky, tequila and vodka. Shake off the stress from a long day with The Howlin Julep: Maker’s Mark with coyote mint reduction, sprigs of native coyote mint and crushed ice. Or sweeten up the night with a glass of Barbados Blackstrap, a concoction consisting of Cuzan Rum with smashed blackberry, thyme reduction and pressed lime. For a more refined palate, perhaps your choice would be Goldfinch in the Garden: American Harvest Organic Vodka, garden lemon verbena leaves, refreshing cucumber wheels and pressed orange.

The evening’s love affair continues with the main course. Pair one of The Wellington’s one-of-a-kind cocktails with a fresh, savory dish. The infused sweet taste of Goldfinch in the Garden pairs nicely with the local fresh catch of the day sourced from Catalina Offshore Products, topped with romesco, lentils and roasted garden vegetables and grilled fennel beurre blanc. The owners of The Wellington pride themselves on their practice of farm-to-table food preparation as their dishes and drinks utilize produce that is harvested daily from their garden and local growers. What a way to enjoy an intimate, guilt-free night, compliments of The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge.

You can find The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge at 729 W Washington St., San Diego, CA 92103.

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