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George's California Modern
George's California Modern

George's California Modern Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.georgesatthecove.com
  • Phone: (858) 454-4244
  • 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: Californian, Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "All was perfect! Food, service, wine and beautiful view, bravo!"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Truly the most amazing dining experience I can recall, in fact I think it is right up there at the top of my favorites. I can't say enough great things about your restaurant. The service, the food, the presentation....excellent bravo fantastic!!! I am a foodie, and I can say without hesitation that this is one of the best, if not the best, restaurant that I have ever been to. Thank you for a very memorable evening."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Wonderful food, delicious cocktails, fantastic service and the dolphins at sunset were a nice touch too!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Celebrated my boyfriend's birthday here - first time to SD and first time to George's. Would HIGHLY recommend this place! The food was truly some of the best we have ever had and everyone there truly made the evening special for us. Our server Shane was so great and just was the icing to the perfect evening! Thank you George's for a lovely evening!!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I took my husband here for his 40th birthday. We did the four course tasting menu. Everything was delicious and plenty of food. Service was great and the view was amazing. Couldn't have asked for more."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I enjoyed the experience as our server was fantastic; however, the food was not that great for the price, which was high. I am a vegetarian and the only 2 vegetarian meal options were $28. I could feed the whole restaurant roasted or charred vegetables for that price. The farro dish was just okay as there was so much oil at the bottom of the bowl, it was not appetizing. I chose the 4 courses with wine pairing as it was a special occasion. The wine was delicious and we were provided a nice sample with each course; however again, it was not worth the extra $34 to have a sample pairing with each course. I'll eat elsewhere next time for much less for better food."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "California Modern epitomizes the very best in elegant gourmet dining. Each course was artistically presented by attentive, knowledgeable servers. The striking contemporary decor, further enhanced by the stunning ocean view added to the sensory delight of each course. The fish taco appetizers were far more exotically delicious than the pedestrian name would indicate. The main courses were inventive, making each bite one to savor. And the desserts….oh my!! Macarons with strawberry sorbet, drenched in lemon custard for me and a mouth watering vanilla pudding for my husband--every calorie was worth it! California Modern was the absolute perfect place to celebrate our 50th anniversary. It was truly a golden gourmet experience!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant, superb food with excellent presentation. Exquisite salads, small plates, and varied entrees. Deserves reputation as one of the best restaurants in La Jolla, and possibly San Diego."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had the 4-course tasting menu with wine pairings and it was all very good. The pairings complemented the food well and every item was plated beautifully. Highly recommend the burrata, the ravioli, the lamb, the warm chocolate tart and the vanilla pudding. The fish tacos, aka sashimi, were good as were the beef tongue and the shortribs, but all were quite rich (just order one of them and not all of them as your choices). We won't go back to celebrate a special occasion as the restaurant was not accommodating to that (they wouldn't reserve a special table for the romantic celebration). But we may try the other two restaurants at some point and see how they fare."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The food, service and atmosphere were exceptional. Great chef!!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Went here with my boyfriend and did not get the window seat we requested a week prior. But still really good food and atmosphere. Reasonably priced and good server."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food is the best we have ever had. Don't miss a chance to eat here"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The presentation and food was outstanding. It was worth the money for the service and view. I would go again but unfortunately I don't live in San Diego."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "A very unique experience for non Californians; we enjoyed a four course meal with wine pairing. The food was fresh and expertly prepared; delicate tastes from non traditional ingredients that resulted in a totally exciting experience. The wines paired with the courses were phenomenal and truly complemented every bite. The waiter was outstanding providing direction, answering questions and explaining each course and more importantly the origin of the wines and why they were chosen for that particular choice. Each course arrived in a timely manner and not from sitting under a heat lamp. A perfect evening."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We wanted to celebrate our daughter's birthday with a special meal, and George's exceeded our expectations with outstanding courses, wonderful blends of fruits and vegetables in every course, and a surprise in every mouthful. We thoroughly appreciated the artistic presentations, delicious taste combinations, and adventurous delights. The staff were wonderful in making us feel at home, comfortable, and well cared for. What a great evening! We are very appreciative for all the effort put into making this such a memorable meal and birthday celebration. We plan to return soon."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great view and ambience but the food was not bad. We were hoping for more. We had to octopus and chocolate clams for one course, beef tongue and snapper for another course, and dry aged ribeye and lobster for entrees. The service was great."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I went for my Anniversary and EVERYTHING!!!! was perfect. The food, the atmosphere, the dinning was top of the class!! THANK YOU"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My nieces and partners gave me a dinner voucher for a special birthday as I was on holiday in San Diego from Glasgow UK. The website to book the table was easy to use and a prompt confirmation was received. Warm friendly and professional greeter, as were all staff through out the visit. Our server was observant - gift voucher stated for my birthday and he met my request for no singing!. We sought two explanations of the menu which were well explained. The quality of the food and presentation of each course was excellent - best dinner during 3 weeks holiday in the USA. The wine was of good quality and value for money. I would certainly recommend Georges at the Cove to any friends and family visiting the La Jolla and San Diego area."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We chose George's fine dining restaurant to celebrate our daughter's 21st birthday. The food was amazingly fresh and beautifully and artfully prepared. The service was casual but appropriate. George even came by our table to congratulate our daughter. I highly recommend this restaurant...a La Jolla legend."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "if you are staying in LaJolla or near San Diego, a stops at George's will not disappoint. had the four course option with wine pairings, excellent"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I have to admit, I don’t get to California Modern as often as I’d like. And as I said to my friend Michael last night as we were at the end, it’s like this is so sublime, so extraordinary, you simply don’t want to ruin it by making it an “everyday” habit. We chuckled. We had the standard tasting menu. The heart and soul of the meal, courses 2 and 3, the corn ravioli and the lamb, were beyond the pale. Full-on, there are no words. You simply have to come to George’s and partake of the MODERN. If you do, and if you’re lucky enough for an encore, a return visit or two, well, I am certain it will occur to you that this “fine dining” experience—the chef, the menu, the meal, the service, the venue, all of it,—is unsurpassed, like no other."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I was worried that the food might not be up to the view. I was wrong. It was innovative and delicious."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We were unable to sit oceanside due to a private party, usually those are held not in the prime location, I would think. Also the prawn appetizer that was the special that night 'ran out' after we ordered it. How does that happen? Service was great otherwise."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I guess that I've thought of myself as a bit of a foodie, but this is the second high end experience in a month where I just didn't fully "get it." I expect top notch ingredients cooked perfectly and served really attractively. The latest trend seems to treat each plate as a canvas and present as many "colors" as possible. Just too much going on on each plate. That said, what I did get was delicious and satisfying. This was not my first trip to George's and the service and ambience were as excellent as I expected them to be. The food was just a bit over my head!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The experience could not have been better;great cocktails, wine, dinner, dessert, service, and surroundings. Truly a place you shouldn't miss-"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our Anniversary and are looking forward to celebrating my birthday in a few weeks. Service, food.....always, always the very best, perfection. If you are looking for an evening to remember, George's is the place to come to. You won't be disappointed. And, once you give them a try, you will return many many times."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "La Jolla is a tough market. This is a nice try but the space is too cramped, the view is limited and the bottom line is the prices are far to high for food that is not off the charts. A nod to the service, it was spectacular. All in all, there's better views and food to be had in the area."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food is divine and the view spectacular. We had the lamb entree, halibut entree, wine and two desserts. The lamb came with two styles of lamb on the plate and both were equally good. The halibut came with a lovely green sauce. The coconut dessert was to die-for but then so was the chocolate one with beets. The chef is creative and blends/pairs flavors well! Everything we ate was perfection."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The views are great if you are lucky enough to get a table by the windows. The 4-course prix fixe was a real steal, considering the quality of food. Very inventive dishes that were expertly prepared. The grilled sardine appetizer and the lamb entree were standout dishes. Desserts were marvelous, especially the french macarons. Staff is courteous and knowledgeable and service was attentive but not overbearing. Cocktails were great and the wine listed well-curated. We enjoyed all the dishes we had and would definitely recommend. Be warned that the place is smallish and can get loud. I wouldn't say it's the best place for a private, romantic dinner."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food was the finest, the view and mural are grand, and the service was outstanding (knowledgeable, friendly attentive but not intrusive). The menu is diverse, modern and strong on tastings but otherwise not long. It is still the best it gets for special occasions in La Jolla."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food, wine and service are incredible. There are lots of gourmet food restaurants but this one is clearly a step ahead of them. It is simply elegant in every way!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The attentive service and the presentation of the food were impeccable. Some dishes were better than others but it's a matter of taste, not the quality of the food. Nice place to celebrate a special occasion and enjoy unique food recipes and presentaton."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, the wait staff (Taylor) was fantastic and would highly recommend and suggest a drink upstairs"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Celebrated mom's birthday here. They seated our party of 4 next to the windows with the grat ocean view. Service was great. Food was great. I especially liked the 1st course "fish tacos" which are not what you'd expect... It was the best. Thanks for a great night out."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
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