Cusp Dining & Drinks
Cusp Dining & Drinks

Cusp Dining & Drinks

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cusprestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (858) 551-3620
  • 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
102 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (87)romantic (56)special occasion (53)fit for foodies (42)neighborhood gem (32)great for brunch (30)great for lunch (16)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (15)good for groups (13)notable wine list (9)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Wonderful overall experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food and drinks were wonderful, and even though we couldn't enjoy the view because of the time of night, the ambiance was still great. We will definitely be back for a sunset!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Surprise
    GIGI
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The view from this hidden gem is simply breathtaking. The décor is modern and tastefully furnished. Great bar overlooking the ocean. The dining room has booths, tables and half tables for 2 all facing the 180 degree view. An interesting brief brunch menu greeted us with items that made it hard to decide. We finally settled on the Pork Belly Panini and the Smoked Salmon Benedict which were perfectly done. The wait staff ever present but not overbearing making it seem as if you were in a world all your own with that incredible view. All is all a place to visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    Susie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Hostess was disagreeable but the location is scenic.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing view and wonderful staff.
    RickyD
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Make a reservation just prior to sunset and enjoy the delicious food with the view.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic view
    beachtravel
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    One of the best sunset views of La Jolla. Excellent food, well priced and great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late Brunch - Not so great service.
    SunshineVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We tried to get in at 11am but it was booked until 1pm so we went then. It was so loud at that time we couldn't hear each other talk. They first sat us at a weird little table very close to the window (the view is beautiful) and we asked to move to a table which they finally did. I think at that time our waitress was over waiting tables because it took her so long to acknowledge us and after we finally were served, we had to ask another waiter for help a few times. My water was never filled up. The parking should be complimentary when you are dining there but it's not.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed the dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Although we missed the sunset, we found the atmosphere fit for both drinks and dinner. The menu had recently changed for fall and we were willing to try new out the new foods. We were not disappointed. The food was delicious, Try the different vegetable selections our favorite desert was the apple fritters Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Location
    BA12
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food selection is not large but there us a good mix of small and large plates. The salads, entrees and deserts we ordered were all excellent. The mixed drinks were very well prepared and the wine selection perfectly appropriate. Can't beat the ocean view!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skandar
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Very good food and amazing view of the ocean! Bottomless mimosas stayed filled and the food came quickly. A very satisfying dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • La Jolla Gem
    SoupieLoopie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great view, great service! Food was yummy! Perfect place for a special occasion! Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Floor Dining
    davidsolange
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Felt great to arrive just as the sun was setting. Our meals were very good and left us wanting more. To top it off we enjoyed the Fried Apple desert - We are convinced that this unique desert was the best thing on the menu. We will be sure to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cusp New Fall Menu is GREAT!
    bsherida
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Chef Donald has put together a fantastic new fall menu. A group of 4 & 2 of us ordered the Wednesday Night Lobster special. As always, it was perfectly cooked, fresh lobster, not frozen. Potatoes are wonderfully crisped on the top and buttery throughout. 2 had the Beef cheeks which were so tender, you did not use a knife at all! juicy and delicious and braised for hours. A MUST try! The most unique dish we tried was the new entree vegan plate of cauliflower, cous cous, apricot jam, cucumbers, chimichurri yogurt sauce... I just can't stop thinking about it! The cauliflower had a "chicken" like taste and feel. I am not a Vegan, but I will certainly have this dish again! We ordered as a plate to share and we are glad we tried it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had the most amazing evening, and have scheduled another trip to San Diego largely because of this dining experience. Everyone was as attentive as they could be (and a party of 20 showed up without reservations, so they were thrown for a surprise, but handled it nicely).
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cusp is Great
    JbeamwineVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Cusp is a very nice restaurant 11 stories up, overlooking the ocean. Great service, professional and an overall great dining experience. Waitstaff was attentive, but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst meal I've had in SD in 5 yrs!
    G444
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We arrived at noon, per our reservation. After waiting for ten minutes, a gentleman with a baseball cap arrived. He took us past the unattended bar to a table with a lovely view. I thought that being seated by the kitchen staff was odd, but at that point, I would've followed anyone. Then, this same gentleman, not dressed like any of the other servers, announced that he'd be taking care of us. Long story short: They were out of some of their limited entree choices; we definitely saw the bottom of our "bottomless" mimosas for most of the meal; and I'm pretty sure the huevos rancheros were made with canned meat. Would've mentioned this to a manager, but the guy who kind of looked like one was apparently filling in as bartender.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A view to pay for
    harttohart
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The view is outstanding, complete with beautiful sunsets. The food was good, but probably not anything I would remember a few months from now. Service was excellent. It is pricey. We paid more than we usually do for our celebration dinner of 4. I am not sure what we ordered that was different, but I was surprised at how big the bill was.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always a sure thing!
    bsherida
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Got a group of friends to meet at Cusp for their Wednesday night Lobster dinner. It was FANTASTIC! The view is always amazing and the food matches the view! We shared the fresh ceviche which was fantastic and a yummy flatbread. There were 6 of us and we each tried the lobster and there were no complaints. A nice size lobster with great corn on the cob and delicious potatoes. Lobster dinner for $20!! We will return! Thank you once again, chef Donald! Service is also always attentive and not overbearing at all. Thank you Jess!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CutieFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    For the most part it was a joyful brunch for me and my family. Awesome view! We came to this venue from a Travelzoo promotion. It was a great deal but our server wasn't familiar with how it works. She had to look at our voucher several times and insisted it was good for 2 when it was good for 4. We didn't even use up the whole value of the voucher and she said we had a balance of half of our bill. It was a little frustrating. Other than that we had a great time and she was a decent server.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • coyote66
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Very good food and presentation. The service could have been a little bit faster, but the wait staff was very cordial.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We were treated great, the food was great and the service was excellent. Will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We love coming to Cusp and have been for the last year since we moved to San Diego. Our son loves to come to, its one of the only restaurants that we know of that he can order a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner. (His favorite!) ...and the make the jelly in house so it always changes and is always superb!!! The have alot of creative uniqueness to their menu, even more enticing to come back to try it all!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top floor and food
    Eduardo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    From its great view of La Jolla's scenic ocean setting to its excellent food and service, this restaurant is a great place to dine. It is typical of the quality that Kimpton focuses on for its hotel restaurants. Only dined there twice, so far, and both times were excellent experiences.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dinner
    mbsd
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A friend and I dined here for restaurant week and enjoyed the fabulous view and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very positive experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Toasting to the view of a beautiful sunset over the Pacific isn't a bad way to start our dining experience at Cusp. The 11th floor location is wonderful. Restaurant week can sometimes be dicey, but the four of us were all very happy with our meals as well as the service. Our waiter recommended a bottle of Cabernet on special and it didn't disappoint. We'll definitely return to Cusp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oceanic view and amazing food!
    TimmyVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This was my first time eating here. I saw the rave reviews for this place, so I just had to try it. I had the 3 course prix fixe, with the steamed mussels, the Bolognese Parpadelle, and passion fruit cake for dessert. Everything I ate was perfectly seasoned, and wonderfully made. The service was outstanding, and my waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable about their menu. Top that off with a great view of the Pacific Ocean just before sunset, it was an amazing meal! I would definitely come back the next time I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A fun place to have brunch. Service was outstanding!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a view!
    AndreaC
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good food, great views and impeccable service. This place is beautiful. What a revamp from the old hotel!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing View!
    Nikita1569VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Love the location on top of the Hotel La Jolla, offering panoramic views of the ocean. All tables look like they offer a view. Food was good. We started off with oysters, but our waiter could not tell us what kinds they were. We had fish for our main courses, which was good. They have a lobster special for $20! The cauliflower side was delicious, as were the apple fritters. Cocktails were good, too. However, I was shocked at how they serve sift drinks. A friend ordered a coke and it was brought in a glass stuffed to the brim with ice so barely any soda was in it. When my friend asked for a coke with no ice he was then brought a very tiny glass of coke. So bizarre that a nice place like this would be so stingy with a soft drink.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing view and Food
    Luvfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As soon as I walked in the hostess greeted us so sweetly and too us to our table overlooking all of La Jolla just in time for sunset. Garret waited on us and was so nice, best waiter I've had in a long time! His recommendations were great and the food was amazing. I had the fontina stuffed chicken and my friend had the lamb burgers, both were moist and tasty. Can't wait to bring my boyfriend to enjoy the romantic view and cute little tables!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Special 3 Course Dinner
    JuneVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We decided to try the chef's Italian 3 course dinner special with the mixed drink pairings as we love experimental cooking. And it was mostly delicious. The open faced ravioli appetizer was actually exceptional. The chicken entrée was very good though slightly overcooked - fortunately the sides and sauce gave it enough wetness so it was quite tasty. The dessert was the only thing that was a little off. It was a delicious ice cream with doughnut holes and a lemoncello sauce. The doughnut holes were heavy and possibly overcooked and we felt something lighter along the lines of a pound cake would have worked better. The mixed drink pairings were great. On top of the great meal - the view/sunset was amazing. I would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • La jolla with a view
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The best dining we had on our recent visit to California.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    LPsnajper
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Overall a great experience, I requested a window table on opentable and got it right at sunset. The view is spectacular and I mentioned it was my GF birthday recently and they brought out a desert with a candle which was delicious (on the house!). Also had a steak that was a little tough and mentioned that to the waiter and he brought us 2 complimentary drinks (from the chef). Excellent service, good food, amazing drinks (cocktails), and awesome view!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Bag saved by dessert box
    WhitemiceVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were entertained by the view here and provided a glass of champagne for our special occasion. However, upon arrival, we were seated next to a server station which was mirrored, reflecting the setting sun, blinding us. Why is there a mirror and why put celebrants next to a server station? We were there early enough to get the best table in the house and the place was not crowded. Unacceptable. There was a dispute observed by all, between the server who moved us and the host when we were moved. Unacceptable. The food, on the other hand, was very good from course to course (though the tasting menu is not a deal). The wine list has acceptable choices and we were pleased with our choices. The chocolate box dessert is the one to order.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful La Jolla
    mad4pd
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Thank to all at Cusp for a wonderful romantic dinner complete with gorgeous view and terrific service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SENSATIONAL SUNSETS & FOOD
    RLVegas
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Nice to know Mother Nature's sensational sunsets over the ocean in La Jolla can be matched with strong service and brilliant unique taste treat dishes for a thoroughly enjoyable night out experience. Chef deserves big kudos for his kitchen offerings hat dazzle. Tough to cope with rival spectacular sunsets and views from the top 11th floor but somehow he does it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stacyann
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Beautiful, chic, with a warm inviting atmosphere. The view is beautiful and the entire feeling you get when dining here is calm and peaceful. It definitely is fine dining and the service is great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoyed our meal immensely!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a wonderful meal. We watched the sunset -- no green flash :-(. We will return soon!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    Cadburybuny
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Used a travelzoo voucher here since I never heard of Cusp, but I'm glad I tried it. Will definitely return. Food and service was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    Mommashu
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My husband and I were visiting San Diego from New Jersey and wanted to do something exciting for dinner. We found an ad for the Wednesday $20 lobster night and were really excited about the view that was advertised. It didn't disappoint. The only thing that went "wrong" was that I requested a table at the window, which turned out to be in the direct path of the sunset....We had to pull the shade down...LOL....The food was very good, and the prices were very reasonable. One outstanding part of the whole dining experience was the service.....It was phenomenal! I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a special evening out....very trendy, but casual and affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fitgirlfoodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great place to take visitors for brunch! food and view was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.