George's Ocean Terrace
George's Ocean Terrace

George's Ocean Terrace

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.georgesatthecove.com/
  • Phone: (858) 454-4244
  • 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 WinnerMost Booked
George's Ocean Terrace reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (54)scenic view (49)special occasion (30)romantic (28)hot spot (22)great for lunch (21)fit for foodies (20)vibrant bar scene (17)neighborhood gem (13)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (7)good for groups (7)notable wine list (6)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Awesome atmosphere
    lovegreatfood
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I love this place and love to take people there who have never been in the San Diego area before. It is a great resturant, food is outstanding and the service is great.
    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.
  • Amazing views!
    McFly
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We hosted a party of 9 for a late lunch at George's Ocean Terrace. Our seating was such that we all had amazing views of the ocean and cove. It was a festive atmosphere yet not too noisy. The lunch menu was interesting and reasonably priced with a good selection of beverages. I ordered the fish tacos, which were the best I have had. Our server was excellent. She was gracious and efficient in handling our large party. It was a perfect venue for our family to celebrate our son's college graduation. Very memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch
    Mikespeaks1
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Drinks were great great! Maple Manhattan and the Bloody Mary was just what my wife and I were looking to have before lunch. Food was hot and tasty, our waitress friendly did a great job. Gave my wife a little bottle of I've oil as a birthday gift. Highly recommend George's for the great food and terrific food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable but...
    Nickiesnumnums
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We had a reservation for 745 for the Terrace as sunset was at 8 o'clock arrived at 7:45 we were told our table was not ready we were not sat down until almost 815 completely missed the sunset couldn't even find a place to stand on the terrace where there was room to see the sunset a hostess on the floor with long black hair was extremely rude to us on several occasions when we were just trying to find a place to stand carrying a stroller and a three-year-old
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Romantic Dinner
    FoodieLuvAffair
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Always such a pleasure too dine here. We go once a year, but try to find room to visit more often. Amazing views, Romantic, Top notch service and food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific view, good food too
    localbeachlover
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Been to George's Terrace many times. Great place to take out-of-town guests, or a fun local lunch. Food is always good. Sometimes it takes awhile to be served though, depending on how busy they are...but hey, just look at the view. But note, there is a $15 minimum to enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    Swags
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I took my girlfriend to a birthday dinner and the Ocean Terrace was perfect. We had a great view, amazing food and were able to get some quality one on one time together. The hostess even gave my gf a bottle of extra virgin olive oil. That was a really nice touch...all of the starters and drinks we had were tasty. Definitely coming back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    RogerG
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This place never dissapoints and the quality of the food is discounted because of the views.The food is great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They switched my reservation!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was good, service "ok". I booked a reservation on-line for George's Ocean Terrace and it was confirmed. Later I received a phone call stating, "ORTIZ" reservation needed to be switched to George's Bar; not as nice as the Terrace. I was very disappointed as this was my son's college graduation celebration. Did they make the switch based soley on my surname? unable to review the Terrace
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for lunch!
    Vusfamily
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We're happy with the service and the table arrangement for our big group of family. Although it was crowded but we were be able to get our table within 15 mins from the appointment time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    Rushed
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    All of our dishes were extremely well prepared, from salads through dessert. The fish dishes were the best and the desserts were fabulous. The service was very good and the view is fabulous! We were seated as soon as all of our party arrived. All service personal worked together to take good care of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely perfect.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I had the perfect college graduation celebration dinner here. Thanks for the memory!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat the view
    Cawilliams
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Came for a quick lunch and beer with some family. Good service, good food, amazing views. Can't be beat
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    rkr727VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food is consistently good and our wait person, Brian, was outstanding. The terrace overlooking the ocean can't be beat on a nice day.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food with a view
    Foodlovin
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had lunch here after a graduation. The food was very delicious, the service outstanding and the view was to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FaraVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Best view. Food is always good and quality consistent. Service great. Always booked and packed.
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Disappointing
    DineOutDivasVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Well, I usually really love going here, but today, the rudeness of the male host and the high cost of the drinks (simple lemonade with vodka) really turned my guests off. They came from Park City , Utah. The ceviche was excellent, but the short rib panini smelled so bad I couldn't eat it. Disgusting! Not up to par today!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Vol2
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Loved the delicious food..all very wonderful! Server was very prompt and courteous. Check in was quick and pleasant. Glad we came . I feel sure anything a person would choose to eat would be yummy too! Will highly recommend to our friends back in Texas. So glad we celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary here. Very memorable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has it All
    NotacookVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Beautiful view, outstanding service, and the food delicious. The pork tacos, so tender, were incredible filled with the pineapple salsa, the flavors amazing. Never a disappointment, consistently great every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    ElsWells
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This is the third year in a row we've gone to George's Ocean Terrace for our anniversary dinner. It didn't disappoint. In spite of being busy, the service and atmosphere are mellow. I had sesame crusted Tombo for dinner, and it was outstanding, with a lovely sauce and interesting vegetable accompaniments. My husband had the Alaskan halibut and thought the presentation and flavor were excellent. Ordinarily, we would also have an appetizer or salad, but we had eaten a large brunch earlier and just couldn't do it. Because we were too full to have dessert, our server brought us a Kir Royale, which was new to us and delicious. She wished us a happy anniversary and also presented us with a bottle of olive oil. It was a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mikgen
    Vacafun
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food in a spectacular setting. Would recommend to someone looking for a special place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for view
    ActiveDiner
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I would recommend this place if you are looking for a great view while dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful view
    FamilyFunDining
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Excellent service, amazing ocean view. Wonderful for a romantic date night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't be better!
    Poocherelli
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    There is no restaurant that provides as much perfection as George's. The food is exceptional, the service is always good and the view is breathtaking! My favorite of all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • beautiful sunset opportunity
    R6Girl
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    George's Ocean Terrace was a great place for our party of 7 to relax a little after work and enjoy a beautiful sunset. The wait staff were kind and their service was great. Food was good too and, best of all, was sunset desert. What they don't tell you is that you have to wait for your whole party to arrive, so don't get caught in traffic. Valet parking is a breeze.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Afternoon Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Lunch on the terrace is delightful! Yummy food and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food
    nolagal
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Disappointing. I mean tis is George's at the CVove. We expected better. The ceviche was tasty. The fish tacos were disgusting. I & companions thought the grilled fish bland. The sauce not only overwhelmed the mild fish, it was quite messy. The pork tacos were much better. The pineapple salsa would be better on the fish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous! Great food, staff & view!
    justus
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Fish Tacos are superb! Desserts are to die for. Make time to walk around the area it can be a entire afternoon event.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie48
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    What a great view of the cove. The food is very good . I had the fish sandwich which was excellent. The service was OK but not spectacular. Not child friendly. But the view is to die for.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and breathtaking view!
    ggillis15
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We celebrated a friend's birthday at George's Ocean Terrace...had the most amazing dining experience! Food, service and view was incredible. So much more than we had ever hoped for. Will definitely come back!!
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful views and food is amazing
    luvlajolla
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    One of my favorite spots in SoCal. I love the food here and the views are beautiful too. Always hit this spot when I'm in SoCal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scenic Beauty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I took some people from out of town here and the table was perfect, right at the glass. the day was beautiful and the Cove was stunning! We made reservations on line and it was convenient and accurate. I would definitely do this again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There is nothing better...
    RailBoy
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    There is nothing better than dining with your loved one at a table along the railing and watch the sun set. We came here once before and made sure to return this time. The servers are very willing to take pictures for you, which is extremely important at a place like this. I had the gnocchi with scallops and my wife had the salmon. Both are highly recommended!!! Prices are appropriate and reasonable. Don't expect to leave for under a bill though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A good taste of San Diego.
    Foodfansandiego
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The rooftop terrace at George's at the Cove is our go-to spot for entertaining out of town visitors, birthdays and celebrations of all types. Romantic enough for Valentine's Day and cool and hip enough for the birthdays of our twenty-something nephews. (A large group of us had a late dinner on the terrace on December 31, 1999. Unforgettable - in a very good way!) it's million dollar view, casual ambiance and fabulous service make a great setting for fresh fine food. George's smoked chicken/broccoli soup is unique and delicious. The fish tacos are a family favorite. Seafood specials are always intriguing taste treats. And for the meat lovers, the skirt steak never fails. George's is always a good choice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PBJ326
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    It was fantastic!! as always we have always had a great time! The server, I can't remember his name but he was from Boston! Absolutely fantastic!! I could not have ask for a better birthday lunch!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best outdoor dining in San Diego
    Laurieann1958
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Have been coming here for years. One of my favorite places to eat, meet for a drink in San Diego. Certainly the best outdoor dining. Food, service, view are always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • . Our out of town guests loved it!
    Laura
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Brian ( our waiter) was excellent, very friendly and professional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect SD Celebratory Location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We were there to celebrate my daughter's graduation from University of San Diego. It was the perfect location. The waiter was excellent! The weather was perfect and the view amazing. George's is our "go-to" place for any San Diego celebration!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome views!
    SouthernFoodie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Friends recommended George's and I was excited to go from the pictures online. It's a La Jolla favorite and reservations are a must. It was pretty backed up at lunch so I recommend the first reservation of the day around 11 am to get the best seating. I was not so happy that I had reservations and people without reservations were getting better seats (oceanfront) but it was still a nice atmosphere. Take a light sweater as it gets windy. Hummus platter was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I made a reservation!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I made a reservation for 4 at 1pm on Friday. I happened to get there 45 min early and sat at the bar. They explained they could seat when my party arrived. My party arrived at 1 but they seated 2 parties of walkins before us. Why the hell should I bother making reservations then!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.