George's California Modern
George's California Modern

George's California Modern

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.georgesatthecove.com/
  • Phone: 8584544244x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Georges California Modern (Dinner): Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Trey Foshee
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ivanhoe
  • Parking: Valet
A word from George's California Modern
Occupying the lower level of iconic George’s at the Cove in the heart of La Jolla overlooking the Pacific coastline, George’s California Modern is an upscale contemporary restaurant featuring the thoughtful and inventive cuisine of acclaimed Executive Chef/Partner Trey Foshee. Working with mostly locally sourced products, Foshee artfully combines ingredients to create modern dishes that tell a story, with pure, intensified flavors and interesting flavor combinations. Combined with stunning ocean views, a modern design aesthetic, extensive wine list, seasonal craft cocktails and a relaxed yet refined service approach, the California Modern experience has been described as “evoking San Diego and capturing its culinary essence.”

George’s California Modern serves dinner nightly, including an a la carte menu or new six-course tasting menu with smaller tastes of items Foshee and his team are especially proud of and that may be fleeting in their availability
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George's California Modern reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (113)scenic view (106)fit for foodies (102)romantic (102)notable wine list (57)neighborhood gem (35)hot spot (21)good for groups (16)great for outdoor dining (15)vibrant bar scene (15)great for lunch (8)late-night find (5)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Anniversary dinner
    Taosurf
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    From start to finish George's didn't disappoint!! Great food and service!! Will definitely be back soon!!fernando the GM made sure everything was great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific evening
    MidSouthTraveler
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Eight of us, all from out of town, met at George's for an early dinner. The staff was superb, the setting beautiful, and we would have enjoyed being together almost anywhere but chose Georges based on a local friends recommendation. We started with a bottle of Billecart-Salmon and all chose the 4 course with the wine pairing. The waiter/chef choose mine rewarding me with ceviche, grilled sardines, lamb and essence of banana pudding. Each was well presented, with depth of flavors that respected the main ingredient but surprised in a good way. Wines were of good quality and intelligently matched with the course. Early on we were sharing bites and talking food ideas. A thoroughly enjoyable evening with no negatives.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • terrific restaurant in La Jolla
    larryVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    some genuinely interesting house cocktails which tasted as well as they sounded; interesting menu with some intriguing preparations balanced among meat, seafood/fish dishes beautifully executed with outstanding favors, and one really fine not overly sweet dessert. Service was really outstanding with both a terrific waiter and the attention of the general manager.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our favorite
    Marko
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We have been dining at George's for over twenty five years under different chefs and various incarnations, yet it is consistently our favorite dining experience in La Jolla. Our latest experience did not disappoint, everything was on point. I was also impressed by a phone call thanking us for joining them. I have never had a follow up call from a restaurant thanking us for our business. treat yourself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dmfoodie
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Excellent food and service. Very pleasant evening. Definitely our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently outstanding
    AndreVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Delicious and creative food. Beautifully presented. Excellent wine list. Great view. Definitely a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of smiles
    IntheknowVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    One of the very best restaurants in San Diego. We had such a great dining experience, just outstanding. The food is not only so delectable, but so beautiful to look at as well. The service, by Shane, was impeccable. And, the ambiance is just delightful. We just love it all. Whether you live here or are visiting from out of town and want a unique fine dining experience, you really want to try this restaurant. This will be an "evening to remember".
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We came here for my boyfriends birthday while visiting la jolla for a wedding. Food was fabulous and service was excellent. My boyfriend is a chef so I try to find places which impress and inspire him...he especially loved the squab.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for a special occasion
    berrywilson
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We visited for my husband's birthday, an excellent restaurant for a special occasion. The food was lovely and a particularly good vegetarian selection. The service was friendly and attentive without being over-bearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return visit after many many yrs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We have not been back to George's since the change in the restaurant in '07 and boy have we been missing out. Everything was perfect from the service to the food and ambiance. The staff was very friendly, even the GM came to check on us after our meal. Pat our waiter was so nice, he was a joy to talk with. Pat gave us recommendations that we followed when we ordered and we were so glad we listened, fabulous meal!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot/Great drinks & Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    mixologist bartender downstairs was on fire! we lucked into a restaurant week menu and had a bunch of great entrees. Grilled squid, vegetarian paella, and ceviche were the highlights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable dining
    jess
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Everything was great.....view, service, staff, cocktails & of course the food. Each bite of the three course meal was perfect. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow, what service!
    sppwmp
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service here was unsurpassed. The waiter knew every detail from everything from each wine to the ingredients of every dish on the menu. Unbelievable, and extremely professional. Meal was unique (vegetable paella), very tasty and steaming hot. The manager came over to each table and asked about our experience, which really was very nice. Oh and being it was our 20th anniversary, they made it very special in a few ways. Only sad we have to go back to NY and don't know when we'll return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant week
    JenB
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was great with the entrees' taste and presentation being a highlight. We had the Short Rib and Lamb. Some of the desserts are a little confusing until you've had the whole dish. I'd go back for a special occasion. The one thing is our reservation was at 8 pm and they seated us in the non-ocean view room, so we didn't get to enjoy the full George's view. Before our reservation, we wandered up to the Ocean Terrace to catch the last moments of the sunset. We definitely plan to go back earlier, on a week night to better experience the Terrace, which really is remarkable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    denisesd
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food, venue, wait staff and experience - over the top and notable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Better Every Time.Is that possible?
    NotacookVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    By far the best restaurant in All of San Diego. Beautiful plush purple sofas, and ocean views while you dine. Service is timely and attentive, but never intrusive. We dined on the lamb and fresh sea bass, started with the fresh caught prawns and lobster raviolis, ending with vanilla pudding and carrot cake. Theses dishes were like no other. The presentations you wanted to take a picture before you took a bite. Portions are just right, enough to savor every morsel on your plate. A dining experience you will never forget. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cperez
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The restaurant was superb. My gosh the ginger consumme for dessert was to die for. The service was outstanding. The servers had an eye for detail. And it's not every day one gets a call back from the restaurant thanking you for coming to their establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome service...yummy food
    bkarliencrew
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were in San Diego during restaurant week. The best place we ate was Georges Modern Cuisine. The restaurant week menu was creative. Appetizer and entrees were spot on. The restaurant was full, but we were treated like we were the only ones in the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to like it but could not
    NPFL
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great view, ambiance, and service but the food is just tolerable. I could buy a better tasting chicken at Vons. Sorry, but I could. And the mushy corn, so-so sorbet, side of cow that passes for their beef dish-none of it was good. It wasn't actively bad, just not good. The restaurant manager was sweet and all, but the best view and service in the world can't make up for the food. I would not go here again. The best part of the meal was the Bread and Cie bread basket.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Visually beautiful and tasty too!
    2Sisters1gettogether
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was very good. The 4 course meal offered a great deal of food, on the border of almost too much. I went for dinner with my sister. We ordered different appetizers, entree & dessert dishes so we could sample more of the chefs cooking. Really of the 4 appetizers there was only one that was so so for me and that was a sardine dish that was just a little to fishy for my taste. But absolutely loved the fish tacos, which was sashimi. My sisters dessert was also just so so. It was the brown butter cake. The fruit accompaniment was very good, but the cake was dense and seemedike a fancy donut. However my dessert was the perfect end to an amazing meal. The whipped coconut with lemongrass & a ginger consume. YUM! Overall very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • georges la jolla
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Other than being overpriced, the food is very good and service is great. Expensive though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just an ocean view restaurant
    Secretdiner
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    With most ocean view restaurants, you're paying for the view. This restaurant was a little pricey but the food was eclectic yet delicious. With this restaurant the view was an added bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent overall!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Food was great, waiters and staff were very friendly, welcoming, attentive, and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First trip, best, second, good.
    BD47
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our second time. The first I could not have said more great things. The food was over the top and everything was five stars. This time was good. But not the best like last time. We had a large party and that could have been some of it, but the food, this time just seemed rushed. The presentation was just not there. The flavors where still good, but our first visit was just over the top and that can be hard to beat. We do live this place and have already set a date to go again. Third times the charm. See you then.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service!
    kimbolady
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great service!! Everyone has a smile and is very helpful. Staff is friendly and really knowledgeable on the menu and options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lobster!
    gcy4
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had lobster and steak, both were very delicious. The scallop ceviche was amazingly good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    mbd3VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Our meal here the other night was one of the best I have ever had. My husband and I shared 4 small plates and one entree, and all were remarkable (although I thought the yellowtail could have used a bit less salt). The fish "tacos" especially stood out. The setting is very romantic (although there were a lot of business dinners going on as well) and the view is just beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful services
    stephenVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    everything about this restaurant was wonderful, but I was particularly taken by the very friendly customer services
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef tasting menu
    SanDiego
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    When I think of George's Modern California, I always know that I can depend on a solid good meal. But this time, it was better than good. The chef had wow us from the very first course to the end. It was even better than one of our favorite spot in Rancho Santa Fe. Though we wish their wine pairing is as good as their food. We would come more often. The chef was very very accommodating knowing that I'm pregnant and I have to avoid a few raw items. I can't wait to come back to try his food again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dining in La Jolla
    Eats2much
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This was our first time at Cal Modern and we had read some mixed reviews on Yelp and mostly good ones on Open Table. Rest assured, this is now our favorite restaurant in the San Diego area and we have gone to them all over the past 30 years. The service was outstanding as our waiter Mark and table server Martin were the best we have had in SD. The views are beautiful but the highlight is the food. We opted for the 4 course dinner at $72 each and it was well worth it. Don't miss the fig appetizer dish - incredible flavors. We both had the lamb dish, also the best lamb in SD - so tender and flavorful. The dessert, a flourless chocolate lava- like cake with Dulce de Leche was incredible. D yourself a favor and have dinner here.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impeccable Service
    DelMartianVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food, ambience and service are all outstanding. If you could eat here, why would you go anywhere else? Appetizers, entrees and dessert are all outstanding and unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do you want perfection?????
    IntheknowVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love, love, love this restaurant. Everything is perfect from the moment you walk through the doors. My husband and I have been enjoying George's monthly for the past ten plus years. This says a lot for the George's team as we are very particular and many other restaurants have come and gone over the years. If you are looking for an outstanding evening then you must come here. The food is tantalizing, tasteful and very beautiful. The team is very knowledgeable and attentive creating impeccable service. Each and every visit is a night to remember. If you have a special occasion, are visiting San Diego, or just want to be pampered, this is the place to be at.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet, but romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant has amazing views that overlook la jolla shores and the food is incredible. My boyfriend and I heard it was comparable to Ruth's Chris, so we put it to the test, and it passed! It is romantic, serves amazing steaks, and has scenic views. Our only thumbs down would be that the restaurant was so quiet that we felt we had to whisper. After 20 minutes we got more comfortable, but that could have been the wine. I still recommend George's for a fantastic celebration!! Great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Everything about our dinner was exceptional from the moment we walked in the door until we departed. The staff were friendly and accommodating. The food was great. The ambiance was friendly but elegant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnifique experience !
    mumuche1968
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    All was perfect! Food, service, wine and beautiful view, bravo!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely wonderful! The very best
    GraceAnneVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had a group of six and everyone left raving about the food, the service and the view. This was outstanding in every way and we could actually hear the conversation. It doesn't get better than this anywhere in the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    WineSQN
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were a group of 5 non native speaker, 4 thereof vegetarian, partially in addition with gluten and lactose intolerance. The waiter was super patient and versed. The food and service was outstanding. Highly recommended spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in La Jolla
    patolouco
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was beyond delicious and the service was excellent. The only issue was the view from the window is somewhat limited due to the buildings straight outside. But it was a minor issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Judgmental staffers
    EricVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Be prepared to be judged by the waitstaff. Unless you are wearing brand name or act like "new-money" aristocrats, don't expect to be treated like a a valued dinning guest.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special evening...
    nancy48
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food, the menu, the wait staff, the wine list - all excellent. The chef gets all of his produce from one local farm. Our delicious yellowtail was served with beautiful baby veggies including lovely tiny artichokes, nasturtium leaves and even a little nasturtium bloom. During dinner, the young, most attractive manager stopped by our table to introduce himself and personally welcome us...a very nice touch. And the next night, when we dined in a more casual part of the restaurant, he remembered us from the night before and warmly welcomed us back as he walked through to check on things. The ambiance is lovely. Tables looking out at the Pacific are hard to snag, but spectacular view if you are lucky enough to get one! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.