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Cusp Dining & Drinks
7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, 11th Floor
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla / Golden Triangle
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Cusp Dining & Drinks Details
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am; Weekend Brunch: 8:00am- 2:00pm; Bar and Happy Hour 4:00pm Nightly; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm
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Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Combine Cusp’s delicious Mediterranean cuisine, stylish atmosphere, stellar service, and the most beautiful ocean view in San Diego to make your private dining experience unforgettable.
Cusp Dining & Drinks and Hotel La Jolla will make your private dining celebration a success! Choose from our creative, seasonal menus or let Chef Donald customize a menu to suit you and the occasion. Using the finest local and seasonal ingredients let Cusp host your birthday, anniversary, wedding, reception—we are only limited to your whim and imagination!
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Combine Cusp Dining & Drink’s incredible views with the outstanding talent of Executive Chef Donald Lockhart and his culinary team for a private event unlike anything else in San Diego.
Located on the 11th floor of the newly renovated Hotel La Jolla, Cusp’s flexible space can accommodate up to 80 people in full privacy. Perfect for rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, bridal showers, or whatever you can think of, let the friendly staff at Cusp help you bring your event to life!
We offer full A/V capabilities and customized menus that fit your needs.
Whether an intimate dinner for a few, or a feast for many, Cusp will make your event a truly memorable experience—and our incomparable view is on the house!
Validated Valet is available at the Hotel La Jolla for all restaurant guests for $3.
A word from Cusp Dining & Drinks
Dining at Cusp is a treat for your senses. Enjoy coastal Mediterranean fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood like grilled salmon crusted in Moroccan spices or albacore roasted to perfection. Rustic flatbreads from our pizza oven and savory sides compliment our fresh pastas and entrées.
Try our ocean-fresh ceviche or raw bar while sipping a cocktail made with our housemade infused spirits and fresh juices. Savor Chef Donald’s flavorful dishes, chat with friends, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pacific from our 11th floor dining room.
Not just for special occasions (but perfect for that, too), Cusp is your neighborhood spot. Stylish and relaxed, Cusp is the place to chill out with your friends while enjoying craft cocktails and creative cuisine—the stellar view is on the house. Daily Happy Hour from 4-7.
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Restaurant is limited in their
drink selections. They really do need to get with the program. We women especially love to drink our fruit flavored martinis. They really do need to work on adding a better selection of cocktails. Restaurant is limited to drink selections. We women especially love to drink our fruit flavored martinis. My friends and I wouldn't mind going for happy hour as I did once but because of the restaurants limited selection and that was a year ago. I have not returned for happy hour. However, during restaurant week, my husband and I decided to try it out. Still disappointed in the cocktail selections, sorry to say."
Dined on 1/25/2014
This place was great! The views
are great, you see all of La Jolla and their triangular shaped tables make it so you can see your dinner companion yet still take in the view. Make your reservation between 5 and 6pm to take advantage of their sunset special, then relax with a glass of wine and watch the view unfold."
Dined on 2/16/2014
Was not aware of the prefix menu
but it was delicious and worked out well. The free champagne didn't hurt either :)"
Dined on 2/14/2014
Very well done on this one. Great
attentive staff too. :)"
Dined on 2/14/2014
dont miss this hot spot at
sunset...cool trance music. will not allow you to park your own car on the property if you have a dog...expect a long walk."
Dined on 2/12/2014
Every aspect of the experience was
good or very good. There are some oddities to the layout and special qualities. The service was attentive, the food well conceived and the environment a bit "three meals a day" but still comfortable for dinner."
Dined on 2/11/2014
First time eating at Cusp. Food
great and can't wait to see view in the summer."
Dined on 1/3/2014
Cusp was fantastic! The food,
service and atmosphere was superb! Also booking though Open Table was easy and detailed."
Dined on 2/8/2014
didn't realize that restaurant
week had been extended and we'd HAVE to order the fixed price meal. Best selections were $5 above the "fixed price". Drinks at the bar were VERY expensive, and very small glass of beer! But the cosmo was delicious!"
Dined on 1/31/2014
Great food, view and professional
service. I highly recommend"
Dined on 1/24/2014
Cusp is a lovely restaurant that
just misses greatness. It has a view beyond compare, but that's lost at night. The food was all good, but had little flair. Service is excellent."
Dined on 1/23/2014
We selected Cusp to celebrate one
of our birthdays during restaurant week. Actually chose it for its price and location. That said all 4 of us will most definitely return. Service, food and ambiance were DELIGHTFUL! Thanks"
Dined on 1/21/2014
Very nicely done restaurant with
great ambience and good service. The food was good, but not memorable - the view, however is to die for. Quite the romantic hotspot!"
Dined on 1/17/2014
The view is outstanding and if you
can get there at sunset it is a fabulous backdrop. Food was very good and the service is terrific, extremely cordial and pleasant. We took a friend for her birthday and it was a wonderful evening. This is about the 4th or 5th time we've been to Cusp and we've never been disappointed."
Dined on 1/17/2014
We arrived just after sunset, sat
at the windows and watched the colors change over La Jolla cove. It was spectacular. The food and the service held up under the pressure of the view and we enjoyed our entire experience. The apple fritter was stunning!"
Dined on 1/15/2014
I love the new look of the
restaurant and bar. They have a magnificent drink menu to die for! The food and desert was excellent! In addition, service was great too! I would visit again and tell others as well."
Dined on 1/11/2014
...but still nice and we'd go back
but might only do dinner. Went to brunch/lunch;enjoyed ourselves but they could bring it up a notch with just a few changes. Service was very good but the restaurant was basically empty (from noon to 1:30). It's always nice if the server asks if you want anything else (coffee?) before bringing the bill.Had the open face egg melt with the egg on top of toast, arugula and cheese. The only offered side was more toast? Had nice potatoes with it but fruit would have been great with it too. We asked for bread to start and they didn't have any - only at dinner. So we ordered some plain (olive oil) flatbread and it was $12 and very, very crispy. Why not some rolls/small muffins to start?"
Dined on 1/11/2014
The food, service were excellent
and we enjoyed the whole experience."
Dined on 1/10/2014
Went out with some girl friends
and had a great time. They had great food choices and a good drink list. The waiter was very helpful. Beautiful atmosphere. I would go back."
Dined on 1/4/2014
This restaurant has great views
from every table. Brunch was spectacular on a bright sunny day. We came after Christmas so the second or third string in the kitchen and serving may have been on duty. Couldn't get coffee to save my life. After three asks we got exactly that, one coffee. No refills. Came in with reservation but no one at the hostess stand. Had to walk in to find anyone working. Food selection limited but well prepared, nothing special. I'll give it another try not around a holiday."
Dined on 12/29/2013
Frankly, just about perfect - 5
p.m. as the sun was setting, nice Christmas Day menu - limited but good, creative choices. My husband and I both got the smoked salmon/roasted asparagus starter which was delicious. I couldn't finish my salmon because there was so much. His turkey dish was great as was my butternut gnoccohi. We each got the dessert selection and shared (pear/cranberry pie and bread pudding). Service was great even though it was quite busy. Good wine selection and one of the best (if not the best) Manhattan I've ever had."
Dined on 12/25/2013
it was first time to go to this
restaurant. I love this restaurant because small,cozy and nice view. I would like to go there again. Food is also good. We had a great Christmas dinner ."
Dined on 12/25/2013
The only thing I have to complain
about my experience at Cusp was the hostess took forever to greet us and seat us. I had to come find her to let her know we'd arrived. I understood that she was the only one seating at the time, but it still took too long of a time to not even be coerced that she'd be right with us. The bartender, however, was very nice and quite handsome and took care of us in the meantime. Besides that, Tyler, our waiter was very friendly and attentive. The food was amazing. The wine was expensive but good as well. Me and my family were super happy to have chosen Cusp and the La Jolla Hotel for our different Christmas Eve experience. Thanks again!"
Dined on 12/24/2013
the hotel was delightful, the
hotel , bar and resturant staffs were excellent more than accommodaing and very fun and personalbe....the Kimptons do a very good job!!!"
Dined on 12/13/2013
Great food; reasonable priced
fabulous ambience. We would highly recommend the total experience."
Dined on 12/13/2013
My out-of-town guest and I went
for a quick bite at 8:00 pm. The place was empty, which I have to attribute to the date, because the food was good (particularly the lamb burger and the almond cake) and it looks like it's set up to host a vibrant bar scene. Wednesdays they offer half-off any bottle of wine when you order from the menu, so we enjoyed a decent bottle of red for only $18. I'd go back, especially if I am guaranteed to have the whole place to myself."
Dined on 11/27/2013
We had a great meal at Cusp. I put
in a request for a nice view for our anniversary and they were happy to oblige. They even gave us champagne for toasting . The service was great and food very tasty. Thank!"
Dined on 11/19/2013
Atop the Kimpton Hotel La Jolla,
Cusp is a great place for a wonderful dining experience with unbeatable views of La Jolla, from La Jolla Cove on up towards Torrey Pines. The food was great and the service was spot on. Will definitely be back."
Dined on 11/16/2013
I wouldn't bother going here
except for the view. The two highlights were the friendliness of the hostess and the accommodation of a special request for my dinner. The food was meh (my fish was off-puttingly smelly and salad way over-dressed on sorry looking greens) and our waiter was never around even though there were less than 4 tables filled. I'm sorry to say it's just another bad restaurant with a great view that keeps them in business in quality food starved San Diego."
Dined on 11/12/2013
We stayed at the Hotel La Jolla, a
Kimpton Hotel which was fabulous. Cusp is located on the 11th floor and Have an incredible view of the ocean and La Jolla. A bit pricey but the food and service were good. Mediterranean Cuisine."
Dined on 11/2/2013
Unfortunately this was not a great
experience. Our service couldn't have been better but our food had no flavor. One person ordered the crab ravioli and it was really fishy tasting. We were disappointed because the reviews were really good. Sadly we will not be returning."
Dined on 10/29/2013
Cusp is by far a wonderful dining
experience! Great service especially, exceptional dishes, fresh and thoughtfully prepared with top o the line ingredients, chef specials, extensive craft cocktail menu with build your own drinks, and reasonably priced! My favorite dining place! Views! Beautiful ambiance! And even though it has top of the line faire, it is a relaxing environment where diners can feel at home! Thank you!"
Dined on 10/27/2013
The view from the restaurant is
just the beginning! The premium cocktails and delectable appetizers set the stage for a wonderful meal (the flavor of the braised short ribs was contrasted nicely against the ricotta gnocchi). Just make sure you save room for dessert!"
Dined on 10/22/2013
Really great service , the waiter
was so caring that rarely see that these days. Food was the top quality"
Dined on 9/27/2013
Started with a rude valet
person. The waitress had poor service skills unable to repeat a wine order with the exact same wine previously ordered tried to pass off another wine... Bill brought very prematurely - fast food service with "fine dining". Food was ordinary. Not sure would recommend or bother going back."
Dined on 9/22/2013
Amazing view, great food, superb
service. I'll return for sure."
Dined on 9/21/2013
I have brought numerous
out-of-towners to dine at Cusp and it never disappoints! From colleagues to clients, friends to family everyone is immediately amazed by the spectacular view (the best in in LJ in my opinion)! The craft cocktails are unlike any in SD and the food is always inventive and delicious. The staff is friendly, excited about their food and very knowledgeable on all their dishes. So if you have a question.. ASK! They help guide you to a culinary heaven."
Dined on 9/20/2013
The food was excellent and the bar
is really exceptional. I had several interesting cocktails over the course of three days that we stayed at the hotel. Be bold and order a drink that sounds good and that you've never had before."
Dined on 9/14/2013
Food either over or under
prepared. Examples are kale salad which is has too much dressing and stuff in it, way mtoo heavy in calories for an appetizer. Fish bland! Sole extremely tasteless the other night,"
Dined on 9/10/2013
Would have preferred a wider
variety of lunch choices on the brunch menu and the service became lax when the brunch time wound down."
Dined on 9/8/2013
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Located on the 11th floor of the newly renovated Hotel La Jolla, Cusp’s flexible space can accommodate up to 80 people in
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