Isaac’s Restaurant Recommendation: El Vitral

If you’re looking for a nice restaurant for a post-finals happy hour celebration, and if you want to try something new and exotic that will not disappoint, check out El Vitral.  With a name meaning “stained glass window,” you can assume that the restaurant will have a nice view, and it does not disappoint.  On the South side, the entire door rolls up, and the opening provides a great view of Petco Park.  El Vitral is a great spot to eat or have a margarita before a Padres game or to kick off an epic celebratory night on the town.

 The food at El Vitral is Mexican nouveau, so the chefs add a new spin on classic dishes, like their enchiladas de pato (duck enchiladas with apricot, chile, and Cotija sauce) and their ravioles en nogada, a modern interpretation of the traditional chile en nogada, covered in a walnut sauce with dried fruit and pomegranate reduction.  The food is expertly prepared and very tasty.  Any of the three different guacamoles are a good starter, and I especially recommend the Guacamole El Vitral, made with avocado, jicama, mango, bell peppers, and soy sauce.  If you want to try all three, you can get a guacamole sampler, but it is not on the menu.  For dinner, I recommend the duck enchiladas, as well as the pipian verde (braised pork with pumpkin seed sauce).  For dessert, be sure to check out the homemade churros!

With over 250 different tequilas, you’re sure to find one that you like.  You can get any type of margarita—from a classic margarita made with lime juice to a Jamaican margarita made with hibiscus.  If you feel really good about your performance on finals and your post-law-school job prospects, you can try the $300 El Chilango Margarita.  For those of you who got an unpaid summer internship, El Vitral offers happy hour every day from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10:00 p.m. to midnight.

El Vitral is located at 815 J Street.  Check out their website and specials at  The restaurant’s website currently offers a 50% off coupon.  Enjoy the food, and have a great summer.

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