Awards & Accolades

Recognized with an “extraordinary to perfection” rating by ZAGAT, NINE-TEN is a true La Jolla dining gem. Since opening our doors, we’ve been garnering rave reviews and accolades from respected restaurant publications around the country.

You’ll find some of our favorites below: 

Awards: 2014

Jason Knibb:  2014 San Diego Chef of the Year

Congratulations to our Chef Jason Knibb for being named San Diego's 2014 "Chef of the Year" by the California Restaurant Association.  The award was presented by San Diego’s Mayor, Kevin Faulconer.  Considered San Diego’s most prestigious restaurant honors, the 2014 "Gold Medallion Awards" gala attracted over 1,200 industry guests, including our city’s most celebrated restaurateurs, chefs, purveyors, San Diego's Mayor, city dignitaries, media and foodies.

2014 "Chef Jason Knibb:  Best Chef in San Diego" Critic's Choice Award - San Diego Magazine

2014 Gold Medallion Award:

Best Hotel Restaurant/Fine Dining – California Restaurant Association, SD Chapter

2014 Zagat Survey® Recognition:

NINE-TEN Food: Score of 26 (extraordinary to perfection)

NINE-TEN Décor: Score of 22 (very good to excellent)

NINE-TEN Service: Score of 24 (very good to excellent)

2014 Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" - for having one of the most outstanding wine lists in the world (recipient since 2002)

2014 “Diners’ Choice Award” – Open Table

AWARDS 2013

2013 Zagat Survey® Recognition:

NINE-TEN Food:  Score of 26 (extraordinary to perfection)

NINE-TEN Décor:  Score of 22 (very good to excellent)

NINE-TEN Service:  Score of 24 (very good to excellent)

Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" - for having one of the most outstanding wine lists in the world (recipient since 2002)

2013 Best Chefs America Inductee (Jason Knibb) – Chefs are nominated annually by fellow chefs, other culinary professionals, and food enthusiasts

2013 Gold Medallion Award:

Best Hotel Restaurant/Fine Dining – California Restaurant Association, SD Chapter

2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award

Awards 2012

2012 Zagat Survey® Recognition:

NINE-TEN Food:  Score of 27 (extraordinary to perfection)

NINE-TEN Décor:  Score of 22 (very good to excellent)

NINE-TEN Service:  Score of 24 (very good to excellent)

2012 Gayot Best Restaurants:

Top 10 San Diego Food Rating

Top 10 San Diego American Restaurants

Top 10 Molecular Restaurants in the United States

2012 “Top 10 Restaurants in San Diego” - Zagat

2012 Gold Medallion Award:

Best Hotel Restaurant/Fine Dining – California Restaurant Association, SD Chapter

2012 “Best Restaurants in San Diego/Best Hotel Restaurant” Reader’s & Critic’s Choice Awards – San Diego Magazine

2012 “Silver Fork Award” – San Diego Home/Garden & Lifestyles Magazine

2012 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award

Awards 2011

2011 Gold Medallion Award:

Best Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant – San Diego Restaurant Association

2011 “Silver Fork Award:

Best Overall Restaurant in San Diego” – San Diego Home/Garden & Lifestyles Magazine

2011 “Best Restaurants in San Diego” Critic’s Choice Awards – San Diego Magazine

Best Burger

2011 “Reader’s Choice Awards” - La Jolla Village News

Best Chef/Jason Knibb
Best Wine List
Best Night Eats

2011 “Best Top 10 Overall Restaurants” Diners’ Choice Award – Open Table

2011 “Best Restaurant's” Editor’s Pick/Best Restaurant – Ranch & Coast Magazine

2011 “Best Hotel Restaurant” – City Beat

2011 San Diego Chef Hall of Fame Nominee – Former NINE-TEN Pastry Chef Jack Fisher

2011 “Best Top 5 Fit For Foodies Restaurants” Diners’ Choice Award – Open Table

Awards 2010

2010 Rising Star Chef Winner/Jason Knibb – StarChefs (one of only 2 chefs in San Diego to be recognized for this coveted honor)

2010 “Silver Fork Award” – San Diego Home/Garden & Lifestyles Magazine

2010 “San Diego’s Best Chocolatier/Former NINE-TEN Pastry Chef Jack Fisher” – San Diego Magazine

2010 "Fodor's Choice Award" - Fodor's Travel

2010 "Diners' Choice Award" - OpenTable

2010 “Reader’s Choice Awards” - La Jolla Village News

Best Overall Restaurant
Best Restaurant Service
Best American
Best Dinner
Best Happy Hour
Best Restaurant Wine List
Best Happy Hour
Best Burger

2010 “Best Restaurant's” Reader’s Choice Awards – Ranch & Coast Magazine

Best Wine List

Awards 2009

2009 San Diego Chef Hall of Fame Inductee – Jason Knibb one of the first three chefs to be inducted into local Chef Hall of Fame (sponsored by San Diego Home/Garden & Lifestyles Magazine and KUSI Television)

2009 "San Diego's Best Pastry Chef: Jack Fisher (former NINE-TEN Pastry Chef)" – Riviera San Diego Magazine

2009 Zagat Survey® Recognition:

NINE-TEN Food:  Score of 26 (extraordinary to perfection)
NINE-TEN Décor:  Score of 22 (very good to excellent)
NINE-TEN Service:  Score of 24 (very good to excellent)

2009 “Silver Fork Award” – San Diego Home/Garden & Lifestyles Magazine

2009 “Best Restaurants in San Diego” Editor's Choice Awards – San Diego Magazine

Best American Restaurant

2009 “Diners' Choice Award” – OpenTable

2009 "Fodor's Choice Award" - Fodor's Travel

Awards 2008

2008 “Best of the Best” Reader’s Choice Awards – Ranch & Coast Magazine

Best Restaurant/American
Best Bartender/Michael Yen

2008 Gold Medallion Award Nominee:

Best California/American Restaurant Fine Dining – San Diego Restaurant Association

2008 “Platinum Award” – 944 Magazine

Best Hotel Dining

2008 “Silver Fork Award” – San Diego Home/Garden & Lifestyles Magazine

2008 “Best Restaurants in San Diego” Reader's Choice Awards – San Diego Magazine

Best Hotel Restaurant

Awards 2005-2007

2007 “Best Restaurants in San Diego” Reader’s Choice Awards – San Diego Magazine

Best of the Best Restaurant (Moderate Category)
Best Hotel Restaurant

2006 Gold Medallion Award: Best Hotel Fine Dining Restaurant – San Diego Restaurant Association

2006 Best Hotel Restaurant - Ranch & Coast Magazine

2005 Best Restaurant Remake – San Diego Reader

2005 Best Hotel Restaurant - 944 Magazine

2005 Best Restaurant Remake – San Diego Reader

2005 Best Hotel Restaurant - 944 Magazine

2005 “Best of La Jolla” Reader’s Choice Awards – La Jolla Light Newspaper

Best Overall Restaurant
Best Chef, Jason Knibb
Best Wine List
Best Lunch
Best Bartender
Best Waiter

NINE-TEN Accolades:

“Talented young chef” Jason Knibb crafts “edgy”, “inspiring” Cal-Eclectic dishes at this “delightful surprise” offering “splurge”-worthy à la carte and tasting menu dinners, as well as “bargain” bites at happy hour; “expert” wine service and “appropriately attentive” treatment from the staff, plus a “contemporary” dining space with a “superb” terrace complete the offerings. – 2013 ZAGAT Ratings

Jason Knibb is the kind of guy who can breathe culinary superiority into any kitchen. – Gay & Lesbian Times

The Restaurant (NINE-TEN) is a veritable model for other proprietors...as it blends formality, aptitude and friendliness with every swap of your silverware - Gay & Lesbian Times

“Jason Knibb neither courts nor shies away from the local celeb status that’s been conferred upon him by fellow chefs, critics and acolytes”. – Riviera Magazine

Executive Chef Jason Knibb 2011 featured chef on the Food Network's Iron Chef America vs. Bobby Flay (air date: 11/27/11)

What’s consistently remarkable about Nine-Ten is the singular talent of chef Jason Knibb. Here’s a man who understands food, clientele, presentation and the art of surprise. – Stephen Silverman, San Diego Home/Garden & Lifestyles Magazine

Executive Chef Jason Knibb is a gastronomist who eloquently redefines California cuisine with passion, flavor and presentation. – Maria Desiderata Montana, Ranch & Coast Magazine

Nine-Ten didn’t just serve one of the better dinners I had in San Diego; it’s on my list of the top five meals I’ve ever had. – Peter Simek, Travel Writer, Dallas Magazine

Nine-Ten was doing farm-to-fork cuisine long before it became fashionable. - Naomi Wise, Restaurant Critic,San Diego Reader

If you're looking for the meaning of California cuisine, you'll find it here - Gourmet Magazine

Flavors that make your palate dance – ZAGAT Guide

Every entree is a triumph of wit, skill and enthusiasm. Chef Jason Knibb's constant invention keeps Nine-Ten breathtaking. – Stephen Silverman, Restaurant Critic, San Diego Home/Garden & Lifestyles Magazine

Taste interesting, ingredient-conscious dishes from Jason Knibb – Sunset Magazine

NINE-TEN is La Jolla's Quintessential Restaurant - San Diego Union-Tribune

It’s one of the most exciting restaurants in San Diego. Every dish here is worth trying – San Diego Home/Garden & Lifestyles

We’re always on the lookout for chefs with soul, and Jason Knibb blew us away. He’s going to be a chef everyone hears about, so keep your eyes peeled and ears open. – Editor Antoinette Bruno,ww.StarChefs.com

One of Americas Best Restaurants - Gourmet Magazine

It's what he's (Jason) doing at NINE-TEN that has him soaring high on our radar - Riviera Magazine

At a time when market fresh is the expectation in California cuisine, Knibb is among the more adventurous chefs that not only use fresh ingredients from small farms but also turn them into big flavors – Décor & Style

The menu offers tasting portions of all the main courses and makes experimenting a pleasure – Travel & Leisure

NINE-TEN has once again become one of La Jolla's Best Kept Secrets - Ranch & Coast Magazine

Plate after plate, I thought I’d been whisked off to San Francisco, New York or foodie heaven – San Diego Reader

One of the Year’s Most Exciting Discoveries – Los Angeles Times

Superbly crafted and executed menus - Frommers, San Diego

The star is his (Jason Knibb’s) Jamaican jerk pork belly with baby carrots, Swiss chard, plantains, black eyed peas and spicy jellies. Fat hasn’t been put to such good use since Chris Farley did his Chippendales dance on Saturday Night Live. – Troy M. Johnson, Restaurant Critic, Riviera San Diego magazine

Run, don’t walk to NINE-TEN – La Jolla Village News

NINE-TEN Restaurant is a must for foodies - Zagat Guide

When you're looking for a classy fine dining experience, without the old-guard attitude, this hotel eatery stands alone on La Jolla's culinary scene – Frommers

This was the site of the most exciting, exquisite dinner I ate in 2005 – San Diego Reader

Featured chef at The James Beard House in 1999, 2002 and 2003.

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