Cusp Dining & Drinks
Cusp Dining & Drinks
  • Address:
    7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, 11th Floor
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    Neighborhood:
    La Jolla / Golden Triangle
  • Cuisine:
    Mediterranean
    Price: $30 and under

Cusp Dining & Drinks

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cusprestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8585513620x
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Donald Lockhart
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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
  • Catering: 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!
  • Special Events: 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!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Torrey Pines
  • Public Transit: North Torrey Pines Road and La Jolla Shores

    UTC 150
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Cusp Dining & Drinks reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since March 30 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (60)special occasion (44)romantic (43)fit for foodies (24)great for brunch (14)neighborhood gem (14)notable wine list (10)hot spot (9)good for groups (7)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • All around amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    From the adorable, little swanky hotel the restaurant is located in to the amazing view upon entering the restaurant and then on to the excellent food, Cusp has it all! Perfect date spot as all of the two person tables are lined along the window facing the gorgeous ocean view. I will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Every and any occasion will be special if you can be at Cusp for the sunset.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lured by 1000 points
    OceansideFoodie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I was first attracted to Cusp because I could get 1000 Open Table points by going there for an early meal. It was smart on their part, because I've been back and shared the word with many friends that this is one great restaurant! They've got it all: great food with a wide enough variety to interest many palates, fantastic drinks—whether wine or cocktails, delicious desserts, attentive but not cloying staff, and a fantastic view of the Pacific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a wonderfully romantic and delicious dinner. We had a fabulous view, and the food was to die for. The staff was very attentive (almost too much) and the ambiance was nice as the restaurant wasn't overly busy until we were leaving. They went out of their way to make us feel special by leaving us a card for our anniversary. Overall a very special experience and I have already recommended them to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect evening
    HiddenGem
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A true hidden gem of La Jolla. This resturaunt has by far one of the most scenic views in all if San Diego. The food and drinks were amazing and the service was spot on. Would reccomend to anyone who is looking for a nice eatery or that romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great view, but noisy
    sdfoodlover
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    the food was good and the view was definitely great. however, the noise level was a little high, so it was hard to have a private conversation. i like the casual atmosphere anyway.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view
    Meeeeeeeat
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great view, great food, pricey but for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food does not match View
    Good2eatout
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The views are fantastic if you score a window table (party of 2). The food ranges from ok to very good which is a shame because the lack of consistency prevents giving this a better score. In general, Kimpton notes have outstanding dining experiences ... we found this one lacking.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Visiting from Orange County
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Took the 3pm Amtrak (our version of Napa Wine Train) from OC in time 4 early dinner/read review in SD mag/went 4 view/will go back 4 food!! View was great---food was even better!! 9pm train back to OC/ Wam Bam thank u Ma'am!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disorganized.
    kiiimberly
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My friend bought the Travelzoo deal for brunch for 4. We made a reservation for Sunday at 12pm on OpenTable. We arrived to Cusp to see a couple waiting at the hostess stand. I'm not sure how long they were waiting there but no one acknowledged the growing line at the front of the restaurant for at least 15 minutes. The manager walked by a few times but never went up to the line to assist anyone. Finally, after 20 minutes, the manager said "We'll be with you soon." By then, the line had grown to 5 different parties. No apologies and no direction on what we were supposed to do to get seated. People started taking matters into their own hands and just seating themselves in the dining room. We were seated 30 minutes after our res time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cusp review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The only negative was the cost. It was not $29; it was about $41 plus tip. And parking was another $3. Otherwise, I'd say that it was a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly exceptional
    MEast
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The kitchen at Cusp doesn't need to be as good as it is-- The restaurant has a fantastic view of La Jolla Cove... The service is excellent... The decor unique without trying too hard-- but it *is* that good. Everything that was delivered to the table-- from the fresh ceviche to the mindblowing tomatoes & burrata (unlike any tomatoes and burrata I've seen) to easily the best pappardelle bolognese I've ever had-- was exceptional. And the bar isn't fooling around either. I enjoyed four different craft cocktails throughout the course of the evening (and sampled some of my cohorts') and each was better than the last. I was expecting decent food and drinks and a great view. What I got was one of the finest meals I've had recently. Don't delay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful view!
    spore3833
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The view is amazing! Service was okay, but they were very quick to correct a mistake to one of our orders. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice view, bad food
    SDGrrlVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    A pleasant enough experience with nice views of the Pacific. Hot room with west facing windows, shades helped with temperature. Need more air In the room. For appetizers, the ceviche was delightful. The toasted quinoa with hamachi was actually the best dish we had all night. Service was good however, this place cannot cook fish. Sea Bass was horribly overdone. We sent back and replacement dish was slightly better but still horribly over cooked. The halibut was so overlooked it resembled chicken however the seasonings made it almost acceptable. For desert, we split the crust less cheesecake with blueberries three ways. Also very acceptable. The downsides outweighed the upsides though, so we will not be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    GinoVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner!!! The service was great and I especially loved the burrata app was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great View, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The server forgot something we ordered and it made our night! I think it's ridiculous to expect a restaurant staff to be perfect, friendly and nice on the other hand should absolutely be expected. The staff at Cusp were amazing, they greeted us like we were regulars, put up with our thousand questions, handled the no dairy or I die request and entertained us throughout the night. Management was pitching in and running the floor (why doesn't that happen everywhere?) and I loved the kitchen open and in the center of the place. Thank you Cusp, you made my mother birthday a special night!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lajolla treasure
    Conn
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My wife and I always make it a point to dine here, when we are in town. Needless to say it isn't as often as we'd like, since we are from Connecticut. Food, service, atmosphere is great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • archdineVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The view and overall ambiance are great, the service friendly and professional but the food has worsened in spite of the hype. I think the kitchen is badly in need of a new direction. I will not eat there until there is a change.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner with the Parents
    Cami
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My parents were visiting from the East Coast and I wanted to take them to a place in San Diego to knock their socks off. This place fit the bill perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reviews were right
    ChV949
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I have to agree with many of the reviews I read prior to visiting Cusp for the first time this weekend. Amazing view, food, and service. I will definitely go back when visiting La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Menu and Great View
    ljbat
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Cusp. The menu is good and varied, and the ocean view over La Jolla Shores is great. Try to be their at sunset.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The view is incredible, the staff was very nice and attentive, and the food was delicious! We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    ArtLover
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We went to Cusp for our anniversary and had a fantastic time. When we arrived the staff had an anniversary card for us and quickly ushered us to a window table with an excellent view. The service and the food was outstanding and we had a wonderful time. We would highly recommend Cusp to anyone celebrating a special occasion or looking for a nice romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for celebrations
    CelebrateVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had a combined celebration of a graduation and promotion. I couldn't have picked a better spot. View is outstanding, food was excellent and it wasn't a noisy bar scene where you couldn't hear the person next to you. Service was outstanding. Thanks for a great night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & incredible view
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Our whole experience was great from arrival to departure. If you're a party of two, you can be seated by the window. But if you're a larger party, don't fret…the views from everywhere in the restaurant and bar are very good. The server was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. If you just want a drink (cocktails or wine) and some nibbles, you'll have plenty of choices seated at either the bar or a table. The food was very good (one of us had the flat iron steak and the other had the braised short rib after sharing the shaved pear and cara cara salad…we finished with the strawberry rhubarb pie with vanilla basil ice cream). To finish the evening, we watched a beautiful sunset over the ocean. We'll definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It
    gsfan
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    First off our waiter was the best waiter we have had in a long time. Wish I could remember his name so I could give him the recognition he deserves. We had the first booth seat at 7:00 on May 10th, if that helps identify him. Anyways, everything was superb. My only comment would be that for those gentlemen who have a bigger appetite, they will go home hungry as the portions are small. I do feel that the prices were a little high for the portion size but so delicious. This is why the food only received 4 stars. Despite those feelings we will probably go back for another special occasion in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    CUSP is a great place for dinner and drinks with the most amazing view in La Jolla. Wonderful service too. Check out the bar downstairs as well!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable!
    luvLaTasca
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    First time at the restaurant and it was a very nice experience. Went with some work colleagues and all were more than satisfied with the food and service. Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ROMANTIC OCEAN VIEW TREASURE
    Kitty
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Setting is perfect for a special occasion to gaze at the gorgeous panoramic view of the sparkling Pacific & shoreline. Food is excellent & drink specializes fun & creative.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view but ok food & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Stunning views of La Jolla Shores Beach and beautiful sunsets out over the Pacific. The menu was creative and interesting, though not executed to 100%. Our appetizers were solid, but the mains just so-so. What really let the evening down was the poor service. Our waiter was very friendly, but was not on top of the table service which kind of deflated the evening as we were out for a night with friends and were happy to keep the drinks coming, but neither the waiter nor his back seemed interested in checking if we wanted more. Overall it was just a bit of a let down, because I have had such good experiences with Kimpton restaurants in the past.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved this place!
    LIndaK
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We took friends here to celebrate their 40th anniversary. I had marked it on our reservation and the hostess greeted our friends with warm congratulations and a beautiful handmade card! We were shown to our table where shortly after we were seated our server brought us each a small glass of champagne. We thought this was a fun way to celebrate an event and it got the evening off to a wonderful start. The restaurant itself has a great feel-it's contemporary without being stark and cold, and upscale without being pretentious. The service was attentive and friendly but not intrusive and the food was interesting and tasty. The view was spectacular! We felt the pricing was very reasonable especially given the view-can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice food, outstanding view
    Elsie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    No major complaints except that our waiter forgot to take our dessert order and brought the bill instead. It's a beautiful spot to dine and the food was tasty and creative.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter brunch
    fanofbrunch
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Delicious food, spectacular view, friendly service, one hiccup with the charge for the grand-kids, but otherwise, outstanding Easter brunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner at Cusp / La Jolla
    westernlight
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    dinner at cusp, in the Hotel LaJolla was exactly what i expected from the signature restaurant at a kimpton hotel. i have been staying at other kimpton hotels on business, once a week or so, and find their restaurants to be a combination of excellent cuisine combined with caring service, and Cusp is no different. one thing i can say of all of them is they all have an excellent way with fish dishes. i haven't gone wrong yet with this choice. while it's doubtful i'll have a business reason to be in La Jolla, they will certainly be high on my list for places to get away the next time the opportunity for that arises.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MrsI
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    What a view! Good food, good portions. Great service!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since March 30 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 189 reviews are from the Cusp Dining & Drinks reviews archive.
  • AMAZING Views AND food
    Bee83301
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The views are spectacular, especially if you can time it for an ocean sunset. The service was outstanding-we weren't overwhelmed with constant "bugging". The food was very good & received each course in perfect timing. We found out that they have a whole lobster special for $20 on Wednesdays (until they run out) which includes a halved lobster, corn on the cob and a potato gratin that was missing a lot of flavor. Other than the tasteless potato side, it was a very good deal. Make sure you arrive early if you want the lobster, because they run out quickly. We had the potato encrusted halibut on creme fraiche mashed potatoes-it sounds simple but the flavors were mouth-watering--& the sea bass. It was similar to a paella-DELISH!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The absolutely spectacular
    crmacvVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The absolutely spectacular views and vistas of the Pacific Ocean were matched with great service and some terrific tastes. Very much on my "Return To" list.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very impressive
    Eater10000VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Frequently, restaurants with a view underperform when it comes to food. CUSP outperforms. The flavor combinations are quite creative and always tasty. On this visit, we particularly liked the rhubarb crisp with basil ice cream; truly excellent. A great high point is the bar, which makes excellent cocktails (even has a few "build your own" alternatives). And, yes, the view of LaJolla and the Shores is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Weds night Lobster special :)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We loved the view, loved the food and the waitstaff was wonderful. We had a large group including a 1 and a 2 1/2 year old. Given we were there early (5pm) and the place is pretty loud, it worked out wonderfully. I wasn't paranoid my kids were going to make noise and disturb other dinners. This was our favorite meal of our whole trip. Worth it for the view alone!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    kristig
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Cusp. The ambience, the view, the food, all were outstanding. Friendly service was icing on the cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.