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Amaya La Jolla
Amaya La Jolla
  • Address:
    1205 Prospect St.
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    Neighborhood:
    La Jolla / Golden Triangle
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Amaya La Jolla Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.amayalajolla.com
  • Phone: (858) 750-3695
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily, 11:30 am – 3 pm


    Dinner: Daily, 5:30 pm – 10 pm


    Bar & Lounge: Sun – Thurs, 11:30 am – 11 pm; Fri – Sat, 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Camron Woods
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Pair an expertly crafted cocktail with live music.


    Thurs. - Sat., 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ivanhoe Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available in front of the restaurant on Prospect Street for $8 per vehicle.
A word from Amaya La Jolla
Savor American classics with a contemporary twist paired with an extensive wine menu, local handcrafted beers, creative cocktails and live entertainment in a relaxed yet refined setting.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a wonderful dinner. The food and the service were both excellent."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We planned an anniversary dinner celebration at Amaya. This was our first time at this restaurant, but not our last. The food, service and atmosphere were all incredible. At the end of our meal, the server came to our table with a complimentary dessert with the words "Happy Anniversary" written around the plate. Not a big deal for the restaurant, but it sure made out evening special and memorable. Thank you Amaya."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The staff was very kind, considering the restaurant was going to be changing. soon. Food was delicious but the service was less than previous visits. We are anxious to try the new French Bistro when it opens"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The menu at Amaya was very creative. I love any salad that has beets, and there's was superb, with a very light dressing. My date and I shared an Ahi trio appetizer we found delightful, and could have re ordered again & again. We enjoyed a nice bottle of California sparkling wine that paired well with sea bass and a wonderful pork chop that was to die for. Our server was very knowledgeable & attentive & it all added up to a memorably romantic evening. Jeff jolgen"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The meal and service was comparable to the prices charged. The real surprise was during dinner we heard live music playing in the back of the restaurant in the bar area that they call Club M. Rather than enjoy after dinner drinks in the odd lay out of the dining area, we decided to check out the live music. What was going to be an ordinary evening turned into an incredible social evening with lots of dancing. Skip the restaurant but go to the bar Club M."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner with multiple courses and outstanding service. Our waiter Michael was on point and a great conversationalist. The GM was very friendly and also a pleasure to talk to. On another note the food was outstanding. Might have ordered too much but everything looked so good. Definitely go if you haven't been and I know I'll be back soon."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "we had 8 sophisticated palates in our group and each enjoyed a fabulous meal. The service was impeccable, the array of choices pleasing to all. Was alittle slow the night we were there so we got really special attention. I would recommend this excellent choice without reservation-great food, great atmosphere, great service and divine drinks. Will be back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our server was outstanding, very engaging, we will be back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We were the only guests in this large restaurant the entire Sunday evening!!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "With beautiful atmosphere, Amaya is a wonderful place to have delicious food and the ability to have conversations that could be heard and enjoyed. Service was terrific and the food was extremely well prepared. We will be returning to this beautiful gem."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Amaya La Jolla and it was a terrific experience. The dining area is beautiful blending marble and wood with gorgeous draperies and paintings. The table spacing is excellent allowing easy, quiet conversation. Of course, none of this would mean much if the food did not match the surroundings. No worries on that account. The roasted butternut squash soup with bits of smoked duck was divine. Our entrees were garlic prawns and a perfectly prepared pork chop, which we paired with a bottle of Gigondas. We finished with luscious coconut panna cotta. Service was outstanding. There is a bar in the back with live music - blues on this particular night - that was quite enjoyable, and probably worth a visit on its own."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The salad had a wonderful dressing and the salmon was beautifully cooked."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Great place for dinner and music. Excellent food--terrific pork chop and lamb the night I was there. Quiet enough to talk and a music venue/ bar-restaurant in the back. Worth the money"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have been to Amaya at La Jolla many times before. This was a very pleasant event as well. The food was very tasty and nicely presented. The server was very knowledgeable and pleasant to talk to. Will revisit again for sure."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I went here for a business dinner recently. The staff were incredibly polite and attentive. Personal without being too intimate, it was a perfect balance. We felt incredibly welcome there. The chef has done a great job with the menu - some really good foundation dishes with viable flair. He's not trying to force strange things together, but has thoroughly considered trying new things that pair naturally, which compliment or bring out new tastes or flavors you wouldn't normally notice, yet without being "pompous" (as some chefs try to be). I'll admit I'm kind of a picky eater, yet I was really very pleased! Also, the pastry chef did a special "cheesecake sampler" which was to die for! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I ordered the shrimp on a bed of collard greens with grits and was not disappointed. In fact, my friend remarked that the grits were better than the ones she had in Atlanta. I also had the fried okra, another favorite of mine, and loved every bite. The service was also on a par with renowned southern hospitality, reminiscent of the kind of service you might receive in a 5-star hotel or on a gentrified southern plantation. Of course, you know you're really in La Jolla experiencing the very best of Southern California hospitality."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Excellent food, wine and service in a quiet, comfortable setting. Amaya La Jolla has become our new favorite special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Duck breast was amazing, oysters were very good, bisque was excellent and prawns were done perfectly. Gnocchi was kind of bland but everything else was great including the cocktails and wine."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Not having heard much about this restaurant, but passing it when in the neighborhood, we decided to try it for valentine's day. The food was superb, the service excellent, and it is a very elegant place to celebrate a special occasion like V'Day. We noticed live music coming from the bar next door while dining, and went to check it out. A great scene and great music. We learned afterwards that Club M is named for Doug Manchester, the owner/developer, and the owner of the sister restaurant, Addison's at the Grand Del Mar. This one feels relatively undiscovered yet. We wish it success!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant with very attentive staff presentation & food was excellent. Very large venue. There were very few people in restaurant. The bar area was very busy. Would definitely visit again."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "A high level of ambiance is expected for La Jolla but the quality of the food exceeds expectations. Coupled with excellent service, this spot is a classic dining experience."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We went to Amaya for my mom's 86th birthday. At 5:30 PM on a Wednesday we were the only ones in there so of course it was a very quiet atmosphere, which I like, but I can't judge how it would be if it was full. It's lovely, our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive and they made my mom a special birthday dessert. All 5 of us had different entrees and we all liked what we ordered. The Pinot Noir that was recommended by our waiter was very nice."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Absolutely a wonder evening! I've been wanting to try Amaya for a while now. Very happy we finally went. I was extremely happy with the food and service. My wife and look forward to going back after Resturant Week."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Went with 4 friends to Amaya during "restaurant week" expecting to be "blown away." There were several outstanding items: appetizers were very tasty, especially the Butternut Squash soup, all the desserts were outstanding--the apple-cranberry cobbler was "to die for." Adult beverages were "generous pours" and wine was good. (Bordeaux and Riesling) Two of the entrees were below par: my filet had a lot of fat and two diners' pork chops were "tough." i clicked yes to "recommend this restaurant to friend? ' as my experience may have been an exception rather than the rule."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The Amaya always impresses...excellent food and service in a lovely setting."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Excellent wait staff! Good food (not necessarily cutting edge), but it did not warrant the high price. Decor is over the top - a riot of colors and designs."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Having dined at Amaya at the Grand Del Mar before I was prepared for the same level of service and food! We came for restaurant week (not even knowing) but thoroughly enjoyed all our dishes (the Tenderloin was cooked to perfection). The dessert was a little lackluster because I wasn't a real fan of Apple Crumbles (My girlfriend ordered it and wanted mine instead). The service was impeccable and very friendly/helpful (I had them help me surprise my gf for her birthday). Loved the entire experience (they even comped her a glass of champagne!). Will definitely be back and bring more friends!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Apparently the two choices are rare or well-done (burnt). Ordered a medium steak (Filet Mignon) and had it delivered rare (I think it was still moving), sent it back and got it returned just as rare as it was the first time. Sent it back a second time and got it back, predictably, well-done - burnt to a cinder. The manager wrote off the meal which was nice of him but it wasn't what I would call a pleasant dining experience. I can't recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "If you find food prepared better than Amaya, please let me know. Food is consistently cooked to perfection. Staff makes you feel like you're special. Great experience everytime!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The restaurant has a varied menu selection that should satisfy most. The staff is attentive and seems very knowledgeable. Overall, we enjoyed the meal a great deal and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The very elegantly appointed Amaya restaurant is definitely worth the trip. The atmosphere is wonderful and the service is top-notch. We found the salads, soup and dessert outstanding."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "We dined here for my birthday on a Saturday night. It was quite empty. The food was excellent and the service was just right. It is very expensive, about $125 per person for food, drinks and tip. This might be the reason for being empty. Hopefully, it will catch on as a restaurant for special occasions. The décor was similar to some very popular Vegas restaurants. The club in the rear. Has live music and dancing. It appeared the crowd was 35 and up. If its a special occasion, I would fully recommend it."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Unfortunately, when we dined here at lunchtime, my wife and I were almost the only diners in the restaurant, that said, the food and the service were both excellent and attentive. However, I do think that this restaurant has a lovely dining room that would come into it's own and offer greater ambience for an evening meal."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We have ate at the finest restaurants in Napa and Amaya La Jolla is at that level. Beautiful restaurant (no view). Original art on the walls and the furnishing are top notch. It follows the the food, wine, and service were exceptional. Do not miss the Lobster pie. Outstanding service on Christmas evening."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "They spared no expense. The place is awesome from Soup to nuts!!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The wait staff was attentive, charming and knowledgeable. The menu was a nice unique blend of flavors, beautifully presented, and absolutely delicious. I loved the "Duo" scallop and shortrib."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Recently had a wonderful lunch with three friends to celebrate the holidays. Two came from Tijuana, one from Escondido and I drove from Encinitas. It was a A great place for the four of us to meet. The ambiance was lovely and the noise level low. We all really enjoyed of meals and topped them off by sharing two desserts. They were Decadent and delicious and the two desserts were plenty for the four of us. Our service was prompt, polite and professional. We lingered over our coffee and were never made to feel like they wanted us to leave."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Went with friends for dinner. Excellent mixed drinks and wines. Interesting choices of about a dozen appetizers and salads . Great spicy scrimp, large portion of sweetbreads and an entire quail all delicious. Main courses were generous. Pork chop was tender and outstanding. Lamb loin, filet and short rib combo were also delicious. Fish was ok but not as good as meat dishes. Moderately expensive but in an understated way. Quiet and suitable for real conversation. A plus is live music in the rear area separate from the dining room although still audible in the DR"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Not yet discovered by the tourists, so it worked out great for a business lunch. Service was prompt and attentive, but not intrusive. Validated parking (in a place notorious for difficulty in finding a space) was a big plus."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Pretty interior though perhaps vastly overdone but unique in San Diego. Hints of Charleston, S.C., Washington, D.C., and Boston make for an interesting experience. I thought it took too long to be greeted in an otherwise quiet restaurant and the service proceeded to be the same, not bad just not great. Wine and water glasses were almost dry before anyone appeared to refill them. It is good that we never really needed anything because we simply never saw anyone pass by. Bread service with room temp butter was simply amazing and the wine list is fantastic and very reasonable! Food was good to very good but not great. Cold pecan pie for dessert was the final straw at my attempt to give this place a better review; final grade, B minus."
    Dined on 12/7/2013