AS SEEN ON THE VENUE REPORT: This Former Ford Dealership Is Now One of San Diego's Hottest New Restaurants
Fort Oak has a very cool and inviting atmosphere. It was once a 1940’s Ford dealership transformed into a gorgeous new restaurant in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego.
The restaurant is divided into four separate unique spaces: the bar, the outdoor patio, the dining room, and an open-flame kitchen. As soon as you walk in, you are first greeted by a handsome looking U-shaped bar serving delicious crafted cocktails. Outside, there is a patio perfect for summer gatherings and weekend brunch. Next to it, you’ll find a mid-century-styled dining room that can seat up to 62 people with a retractable glass wall perfect for private parties. Lastly, you’ll see another separate space where you’ll find the kitchen situated right behind a reservations-only chef’s counter where you can enjoy a unique culinary experience.
Everything we tried was a standout. We ordered the Scallop Aguachile (cucumber, onion, cilantro, and coriander oil), the Opah Pastrami Toast (gribiche, mustard seed, pickled shallots, herb salad, egg yolk caviar), and the Hearth Grilled Branzino (peperonata, salsa verde, fried herbs, grilled lemon). Even though the menu consists of mostly seafood, they also have a couple of items perfect for meat-eaters like the Duroc Pork Chop and the 45 Day Dry Aged Ribeye. I heard their charcuterie is made in house as well as their smoked meats!
There are apsects of the building that pay tribute to its past: the building is a recreation of the original building but the paint colors in the Ford and Gilmore logo on the building’s facade are the original colors that have been maintained and restored. If you ever want a new and amazing dinner spot recommendation in San Diego, you must visit Fort Oak. They’re not open for lunch but they’re open for a weekend brunch. They also have a killer happy hour that consists of bar bites and cocktails that starts at 3pm every day!