One of my favorite responsibilities as a real estate professional is to “introduce my clients” to our fabulous village. I love showing people all the best places in La Jollla, even some of the real old fashion local’s favorites. Please call me if you have a question about anything in La Jolla – we want to be your “full service” agents (858) 361-5561. La Jolla has many world class restaurants – below are my absolute favorites!
Restaurants in La Jolla
George’s at the Cove (858) 454-4244
Beloved by San Diego natives and visitors alike, George’s at the Cove is a stellar La Jolla restaurant known for bustling and excellent service, inventive California cuisine strong on fresh seafood in an oceanfront setting.
Barbarella (858) 454-7373
An exciting neighborhood spot with outdoor and covered patio seating, and a wonderful menu that is perfect for any age. Love her salmon! Barbara is known for her extravagant holiday decor, particularly Halloween! A must see! Great place for families too!
Beaumont’s (858) 459-0474
Located in the heart of quaint Bird Rock, it boasts of exceptional food and lively weekend entertainment. Try their short ribs…beyond excellent! Owned by the same couple who owns Brockton Villa, another cozy eatery that occupies an historic home set on the cliffs of La Jolla Cove, it has outdoor seating and fabulous ambiance. and is the ideal breakfast or luncheon spot!
Whisk n’ Ladel (858) 551-7575
On Wall Street in the heart of the village, this inviting restaurant serves a healthy, tasty and unique menu on a covered outdoor patio for year-round dining. (Where in SD can you find beef marrow bones?)
Prep Kitchen (858) 875-7737
A small eatery with an outstanding healthy take-out menu with generous portions, and perfect for backyard or beach dinners! Their caramel chocolate salty brownies and their carrot cake are to die for!
Harry’s Coffee Shop (858) 454-7381
Second generation owned and operated, this inviting café is always busy and caters to local families of all ages! Generous portions…when you order 2 eggs you get three! Love their burger and their club sandwich! Great place for breakfast too!
El Ranchero (858) 459-5877
An established Mexican restaurant that is always packed with locals, this casual restaurant has something for kids as well as adults! My all-time go-to meal is their delicious tasty Crisp, not for the calorie counter! They make fabulous margaritas!
Mandarin House (858) 454-2555
An institution in town, their proportions are generous! Be sure and order without MSG and guess what…they even deliver! I love their Pungent Shrimp and their Imperial Duck! O heck…I love it all!
Whaling Bar (858) 551-3761
Located in the historic La Valencia Hotel on Prospect…clubby and old world with cozy booths and linen tablecloths, great people watching, and after your meal…a must is their Whaler, an ice cream smoothie made with various liqueurs!
Sammy’s Woodfire Pizza (858)456-5222
Casual dining inside or out, this institution started in La Jolla boasts of fabulous salads, pizzas beyond belief and their Messy Sunday dessert shared and fought over by everyone in the family!
Sushi on the Rock (858) 459-3208
Has fresh, unique and mouth watering selections of sushi as well as entres for the apprehensive diner. For kids the Macaroni and cheese is fabulous, and be sure and order their delicious Ashley Roll…and you might just need to order another! Located upstairs on Prospect overlooking the Cove and The Village!
Rimel’s (858) 454-6045
Located in a mini plaza with outdoor seating, it is the perfect take-out food that is healthy and so delicious. Their Cobb Salad is by far the best ever! And their whole roasted chickens are always moist and come with delicious dipping sauces.
Come On In! (858) 551-1063
Located in the same center with Rimel’s (and PorkyLand, a delicious Mexican take out ,along with Marketplace Grill that boasts the best hummus in town ), this is a cozy restaurant with great food and equally amazing desserts…their banana cake being one of the best ever!
La Taverna (858) 454-0100
Located in the heart of the village, this intimate Italian eatery serves authentic pastas, delicious salads, fabulous homemade desserts…her chocolate cake and coconut cream cake are unsurpassable! Order to-go or have her cater your next dinner party…you won’t be disappointed!
Nine-Ten (858) 964-5400
In the Grand Colonial Hotel overlooking La Jolla Cove and steps from the beach, Nine-Ten uses fresh and locally grown produce, flash flies in its exotic selection of fish flown from around the world, house smokes its own salmon and churns its own ice cream daily to offer what Nine-Ten to serve what this San Diego restaurant coins “Market Cuisine.”
Roppongi (858) 551-5252
A Feng Shui San Diego restaurant that serves an inventive mix of Asian cuisines, anchored in Thai cuisine but also incorporating French, Japanese and Mediterranean influences.
Tapenade (858) 551-7500
Chef and restaurateur Jean Michel Diot has taken his French cuisine from France to New York and now to La Jolla, where his San Diego restaurant incorporates Californian influences for fine French fusion dining in La Jolla (the outdoor patio is an enchanting place for a romantic dinner).
Family Restaurants in La Jolla
If you’re looking for casual, family restaurants in La Jolla, try one of these great restaurants in the La Jolla Community!
The Spot (858) 459-0800
Located on Prospect
Alfonso’s of La Jolla (858) 454-2232
Mexican Cafe on Prospect
Jeff’s Burgers (858) 454-8038
Located in the Shores
Burger Lounge (858) 456-0196
Located in the Village
And for Breakfast in La Jolla…
Coffee Cup (858) 551-8514
Located in the Village
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