George's Ocean Terrace
George's Ocean Terrace

George's Ocean Terrace

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.georgesatthecove.com/
  • Phone: 8584544244
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:00am-4:00pm, Dinner Nightly: 4:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Trey Foshee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Kristine Sauer 8584544244

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ivanhoe
  • Parking: Valet
A word from George's Ocean Terrace
Occupying the upper level of iconic George’s at the Cove in the heart of La Jolla overlooking the Pacific coastline, George's Ocean Terrace features a casual bistro menu developed by Executive Chef/Partner Trey Foshee and his team. Consistently named the region's best outdoor dining by the likes of San Diego Magazine, San Diego Home & Garden and Ranch & Coast, and Zagat's most popular restaurant, the Ocean Terrace experience is quintessential Southern California. George's Ocean Terrace serves lunch and dinner daily.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
George's Ocean Terrace reviews from OpenTable diners
319 reviews since March 30 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (281)scenic view (278)special occasion (162)great for lunch (156)romantic (140)fit for foodies (126)hot spot (102)neighborhood gem (91)great for brunch (90)vibrant bar scene (67)good for groups (52)kid-friendly (31)notable wine list (28)late-night find (23)Show More
  • fun but noisy
    vegasvice
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    we went for dinner and to take in a sunset. Fried calamari and bacon wrapped dates were just ordinary. Main dishes of mahi mahi and skirt stake were good. it was disappointing that at sunset people were allowed to go to the end of the deck and block the view of diners who were sitting at their table. Management should consider prohibiting people from blocking the view of the diners. Probably won't be back since valet parking is almost mandatory for $10 but there is no validation of the ticket if you dine there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great views of ocean on a sunny day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food was ok...but when u find a hair in the food it makes the experience somewhat negative, especially because the customer service personnel did not really step up to make it better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Met a former colleague and her family for lunch. They were visiting from out of town. The waitress was exceptional and gave us great service as well as plenty of time to accommodate our group. The views were spectacular and overall it was a great experience. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Perfect Summer Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We recently dined at Ocean Terrace on a Monday evening and it was delicious. This is a busy restaurant, and I was glad that I had made a reservation. The bar was extremely busy as well. We had a wonderful view of the ocean and the sunset. While the service was great, the star of the night was definitely the dinner. The Halibut special on Monday would be worth the drive from almost anywhere. Two others in our party had the Mahi, and it was great as well. We all would recommend this restaurant and wish that were one closer to home. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot!
    DKC1
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great food and beautiful views at George's Ocean terrace!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Slow service bordering on the inattentive almost ruined a good meal. Our waitress virtually dissapeared after we placed our orders.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    alanfromnc
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Been there many times and always enjoy the food service and views...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summertime Lunch
    Flicka
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great place to bring out of town visitors. Beautiful view, good food and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food + View = Exceptional
    texmanokiegirl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a table for 4 on the terrace facing the ocean on a lovely Saturday in La Jolla. Food & drink were great and the overall dining experience was very positive. The waiter was top-notch and they had our table ready at the designated time of our reservation. Highly recommend the terrace for a delightful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, amazing scenery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The menu had great variety, the yellowtail was so fresh and flavorful! And the view.........fantastic!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Introducing Friends to La Jolla
    LaurenV
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    George's Ocean Terrace is our favorite way to introduce out of town friends to La Jolla - great food, waitstaff with personality, and an incredible view! Their beer list is good too, lots of local brews which our friends loved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jalin
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Always a pleasure to dine at George's. If you come at sunset, it is a spectacular view, along with very good food and service. We always come when we are in La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WOW
    Munchkin
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    First time at George's restaurant. Everyone from the manager on down was terrific. This is definately a place to go during the nice days in La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Intl Team Lunch - great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I brought a team of 12 to this restaurant. We had two attendees from other countries join us. It was a great atmosphere being outdoor but still comfortable, not too cold or hot. We saw the sunset and the food was great. All who attended enjoyed their evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice
    TeaJae
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was well prepared, and it had a lovely complexity of flavors. My out-of-town guests especially enjoyed the view. Two of us had tarragon-crusted halibut on a bed of fresh corn. It was very good but not outstanding, as the halibut was a bit dry and no longer warm by the time it was served. The third person in our party had the pork tacos, also cold and a bit dried out when served. Service was friendly but quite slow. We finished two appetizers and waited for 50 minutes with the empty platters before dinner arrived. Still, in spite of the imperfections, we all felt it was a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you, Brian
    Vannie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    For your wine recommendation and for making this visit a great experience for our French guest.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valerie
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Setting is stunning, but food is just mediocre. We had the prix fixe menu and tried many different things that were all just okay.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    robert
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    A wonderful restaurant with excellent food, great service, and outstanding views.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great location, with great food. My wife and I were visiting La Jolla and made reservations with Georges on the Cove. It was such a great place. We had a drink at the bar while waiting for our table, and the bartenders were great. We got a table by the rail to watch the sunset, and as beautiful as it was, the food was even nicer. We both had seafood dishes and they were prepared to perfection. Our waiter Charles was very attentive and friendly. Would definately recommend and will visit again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food with great staff!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    George's Ocean Terrace was a great place to take my wife for our wedding anniversary. The food was great and the staff was even better. The views from the terrace are one of the best in Cali.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    Jennifer
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    In every way! The food, the service, the drinks and the scene were all incredible!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best View & Great Food!
    TracyN
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The views at George's are breathtaking. Everyone enjoyed not just the scenery but their food as well. We ordered the hummus and stuffed dates for appetizers. I had the kale salad which was so refreshing. The others in my group had Potato Gnocchi, Spaghetti w/ Clams, and the Quinoa Burger (which i tasted it was so good!) We had a wonderful time and service was wonderful as well. I highly recommend this restaurant especially if you have visitors in from out of town.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't go there with large parties.
    CalGirl
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    They won't guarantee view seating even when'reserved ahead of time or arriving early. God forbid if you add a person to your table they treat you as if you have committed a crime.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding Experience
    kjan1985
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    As visitors from Germany, we were looking for one special evening during our stay in San Diego. Here, we were not disappointed. With the early reservation in advance, we could pass the long line at the counter and were guided to our seats with a great view to the ocean. The waiter were very very friendly and we felt like the only guest even though the place was completly sold out. The Menue does not offer the bigggest choice but the food is extraordinary tasteful, healthy and nice. The portions are big enough to feed an adult. We definatly recommend this place for dinner, and we consider the price for a main dish with 25-30$ as fair.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience...
    DotsHurlVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We hadn't dined at George's in a very long time and decided to go back this time around on our vacation. It did not disappoint. We highly recommend the fish tacos as appetizer and spaghetti and clams as an entree. But honestly, all of the food that passed our table looked and smelled spectacular. We were fortunate enough to be there for sunset which is beyond description. If you are looking for a quiet place to dine, this is not it. But if you love great food, atmosphere and a really cool vibe, this is the place! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view and food
    TexasbelleVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food always good, great burgers. Fish very good. Use a bit too much black pepper (had in vegetables!!)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner view
    karcespeed
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was delicious and the server was the most pleasant, but the best part of the whole night was our table and our view. We had the corner table, best view in the restaurant overlooking La Jolla and the beach. Everybody was coming over to take pictures near our table because of its location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go to spot!!
    iheartfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Always come here for lunch when visiting. Best views. You'll have to wait for a railing seat, but its worth it!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Julie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant to take out of town guests. We celebrated two birthdays during our last visit and they loved it. We saw dolphins in the cove as we dined.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fairy Tale View
    Iris
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Always a favorite, George's has the most amazing view of the Pacific. Food choices for all and don't miss the fish tacos! Service spot on! Come early or make reservations if you want the best view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do not miss this when in la jolla
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    You absolutely must come here when in ka jolla and get a table near the rail. Also the ice tea is fantastic. Everyone gets cirveche
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    KimT
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Amazing view, fantastic food....would highly recommend the fish tacos, great service. A must for lunch for the view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning View
    NydEats
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a corner table right by the railing with a gorgeous view of the ocean. The food was fantastic, as were the drinks. We had a group of 5 ladies and our waiter was great; we always felt attended to but never rushed. Wonderful place for fine casual dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    For such a beautiful inside and outside dining venue, and the fact it is one of the very few rooftops in La Jolla, I felt the menu was limited. I was surprised not more surf and turf options were offered. However, the appetizers were very tasty and the drinks were delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susie Q
    SusieQ
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We'd been to George's outdoor terrace years ago and it was delightful. This time, it was extremely crowded (probably twice as many tables as before) and loud. Not relaxing and lovely like it was before.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view, delicious food!
    butterfly
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    George's Ocean Terrace is a great place to take visitors from out of town if you really want to wow them with a fantastic ocean view. Request a table right on the railing and you will be looking down at La Jolla Cove. I went there for lunch with a friend from Germany and he was knocked out. The food was as delicious as the view. I had the fish tacos and they were superb. My friend had ceviche, which was also fantastic. It's a busy, popular place, so make reservations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun family night with ocean view
    wedinetoo
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We made reservations and asked for a window, ocean view seat for 6 with family in town for a visit. Told to show up early as there might be a wait since they only have two tables to accommodate that size group, but as soon as we showed up, we were immediately shown to our table which was right on the windows looking out at the water, absolutely fabulous, breathtaking views. We ordered cocktails (not impressed) and wine. Appetizer of calamari was all dry breaded stuff and no calamari. Fish tacos were ok but small. Special of the night was halibut on a bed of corn. It was so, so, not much taste to it. The skirt steak was not great either. Mussels were tasty. The Mahi Mahi was awful and stringy, sinewy. The best thing was the dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where's the hospitality?
    JimAgainVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I made a reservation for three at 515. I arrived at 510 while my wife and daughter went to the ladies room. I was brusquely informed by the "hostess" that she was unable to seat us until all were present. When I explained the situation, she tersely informed that the rules are the times, and if she made an exception for us, she'd have been unfair to many other diners. Not sure if her logic, as there was no one else waiting at that time. Spoiled an otherwise pleasant evening. Note to George's: Great location, but people pay premium prices to fine with you. Try a little courtesy - it goes a long way!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and nice view.
    jaytheguru
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The view was good and food was nice at reasonable price. I had a hamburger and fries and both were so good. It was not so hot even at around noon because of the parasols. I will definitely recommend this spot for tourist from Korea.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • George's Rocks!
    SandraS
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    A former SoCal resident and now residing in AZ, I return to the coast at least twice a year. Whenever I'm close to SD, I head to George's for the view, the food and the service. We've celebrated several special occasions here and George's always recognizes our event. Drinks are great, food is terrific, and you simply can't beat the view. Lunch on Sunday featured several glasses of sparkling wine and fish tacos, while listening to the seals barking at the encroaching swimmers in the cove. Can be pricey - but worth every penny in my book.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet