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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George's Ocean Terrace reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (60)scenic view (56)special occasion (34)romantic (31)hot spot (25)fit for foodies (24)great for lunch (23)vibrant bar scene (18)neighborhood gem (16)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (8)good for groups (8)notable wine list (7)late-night find (5)Show More
  • It was just great! Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/19/2008
    It was just great! Wonderful view of the ocean and outstanding food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The view was great, but my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2008
    The view was great, but my waiter was a bit rude. Other than that they complied with my special request which were a bit strenuous. I liked it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was very hot the day we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    It was very hot the day we were there. The best tables did not have umbrellas to cover them so we chose not to sit there. I have been to George's restaurants many times and this was the worst food we have ever receive. Pork was tough and the banana dessert was awful. Service was disappointing - we waited for long time for our server.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The main reasons I go to George's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    The main reasons I go to George's Ocean Terrace are the view and the portabello sandwich with aioli. I was very sad to learn that they no longer have the sandwich. I fear I will not go as much in the future without that sandwich, as the other vegetarian options aren't nearly as exciting. Please bring it back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My husband planned a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    My husband planned a wonderful evening for our 6th wedding anniversary, which included a sunset dinner at George's Ocean Terrace. I was very pleased with the arrangement of the tables and the night lighting was thoughtfully placed in order to provide a cozy and pleasant environment. Our server was very nice and accommodating. The food was well prepared and full of flavor. The noise level, on the terrace, was a tiny bit elevated and did not provide a total "romantic" feel, but came very close. All in all I would highly recommend this restaurant to family and friends. Thank you for a wonderful evening out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had made reservations for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    We had made reservations for 11:30 - I was told they would not seat us unless the entire party was there...they took walk-ins before our party. Why bother?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We had a wonderful time. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    We had a wonderful time. The service was impeccable and the food was terrific!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Please tell George that the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    Please tell George that the music choices have become bizarre! It was almost distracting. We have been George's customers for 20 years, and find the changes in the atmosphere to avante garde
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VERY DISAPPOINTING! When we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    VERY DISAPPOINTING! When we arrrived at Georges Ocean Terrace,we were told that OUR reservation was for the bar downstairs--NOT the open air terrace that I expected. I showed them my reservation- it said George's Ocean Terrace and said nothing about being in the bar downstairs! But I didn't want to ruin the day for my guest by arguing and we ate downstairs at the bar (with an ocean view-which was nice). but I was disappointed because they could not explain why there was "confusion" about my reservation. I am afraid to use opentable again since they didn't honor my reservation as expected. They mumbled something about having to talk to opentable.com--as if my there was a misunderstanding between the restaurant and opentable. Please explain.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I asked for a view table and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    I asked for a view table and they delivered. They held our reservation even though we were a little late. Excellent dining experience, and I love it each and every time we return. One of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service, did not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Excellent service, did not feel rushed, was able to enjoy the romantic view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful meal with a beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    A wonderful meal with a beautiful view. Our waiter was attentive and provided us with great recommendations about our entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The view was fabulous, I know
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/8/2008
    The view was fabulous, I know we have found the best San Diego has to offer. Your restaurant will be a regular stop on future visits to the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the highlights of our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/5/2008
    One of the highlights of our vacation to San Diego! Thank you for the excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've dined at both the Terrace
    sonnysats
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    I've dined at both the Terrace and the California Modern and while the Terrace is a great outdoor spot, I definitely prefer the food at the California Modern. We went for brunch and my fiancee had the fish tacos. She said they were great, which is surprising because she doesn't typically like fish tacos. My seared ahi tuna over soba noodles was nicely presented and prepared correctly, but the taste was nothing special. We definitely enjoy the open air and view. Service was great; our waiter was attentive, seemed to care about our needs and offered good suggestions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall it was a great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Overall it was a great place to celebrate our anniversary. The only issue we had was that the weather did not cooperate and it was very chilly this time of year. Being that it is outside only, we were not prepared to be that cold at dinner. We booked two months in advance and were not able to get anything other than 8:15 which meant that it was very dark and we did not get a chance to enjoy the overall view. We found that there was really no reason to make a reservation because you typically do that to get the past table, but Georges will not allow you to choose the table by the glass with the best view no matter what. We got there an hour before our reservation to sit by the window and ended sitting down an hour and a half later.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Table was ready at time of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Table was ready at time of our reservation. Service was very good. Music was too loud and "rappish". Mussels were great. Chicken was ok. White fingerling potatoes were undercooked. Berry cobler dessert was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was very attentive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    The service was very attentive. The food was incredable. And the view beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous service. I wish we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Fabulous service. I wish we got the table I requested with open table (against the glass wall) but they were all full. Next time. The fish tacos & ahi tuna were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Your policy to seat the patrons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/29/2008
    Your policy to seat the patrons only when to whole party has arrived is VERY annoying. I was on time for the reservation, but was told I had to wait for my friend. I objected and after some discussion was seated at my table. The restaurant was almost empty, only one other table was occupied. But why have such an annoying "rule"? It really doesn't make any sense. Regards, Eva B. Goode
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always a great view, good
    sporkVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    As always a great view, good service. The mussels are something you have to try here. Reservations are a must but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spent our 11th Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Spent our 11th Anniversary there. Seated right on time, never rushed and the food and view was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I love George's,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    My husband and I love George's, but there were a few problems with our experience recently. The waiters speak very, very fast and are pushing so much before they even say hello. When we leave the kids at home for a nice dinner out, we'd like to be treated with calm, professional attention - not rapid-fire speak! The music is too loud - it should be barely audible background music. Again, if we wanted loud music, we'd go to a dance club! And no, we're not old! The entree 'Vegetable Kabob' was a misnomer - we laughed when the waiter brought it out because there were about 8 tiny, shriveled vegetables on a stick! Add more vegetables or call it something else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I frequent Georges Ocean Terrace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    I frequent Georges Ocean Terrace - the view is amazing, the food is always good, and is reasonably priced. Its a great place to take visitors as well. Our only concern was that we had a last minute addition to our party, who initially could not be accommodated, although there was a 6-top that never recieved guests directly next to us! When our waiter went on break, the waitress to releived him did all she could to find us another table, and accommodate our entire party. I wish I had gotten her name - she really understands "customer service" and should be commended for her efforts. Otherwise, our evening was very nice ~
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor dining at its best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    Outdoor dining at its best. The view is one of the best in the country.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waiter kept forgetting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    Our waiter kept forgetting about us - even when we specifically asked for water or to take a picture for us, we ended up asking other servers around to help us. Whether it was busy or not, the restaurant should allocate the work load so that the service doesn't suffer. Other than that, we had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first visit to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    This was our first visit to George's Ocean Terrace so we didn't have any idea what to expect. We were looking for a nice place to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and were actually thinking it would be a little more "up-scale", but once we saw the view of La Jolla Cove we knew we had picked the right place. In addition to the incredible view, our waiter was very attentive without being pushy and the food was excellent! We will definitely be coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is my second time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    This is my second time at George's and it was just as outstanding as the first. Keep up the great job! Wish you had a restaurant in San Antonio, TX!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A friend highly recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    A friend highly recommended George's Ocean Terrace for our first-time trip to San Diego and I am so glad she did! We were celebrating a birthday and not only did the staff at George's make it a very special evening, the great service and food only added to the magical sunset we witnessed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful birthday lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    Wonderful birthday lunch. I always love to eat at George's. My lunch on this day was not very good but in the past it has been exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The steak was very good, the
    CERK
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    The steak was very good, the Thia fish stew needed more flavor and my halibut "special" was OK. However,I could have made this special at home with a can of Green Giant corn and a few grape tomatoes. Two of the special drinks were made with bar's seltzer system which was not operating properly since there was no "fizz" in them. They tasted as if the central delivery system for dispensing coke, seltzer, sprite etc. was on the "blink". My chardonnay was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was 80 degrees in early
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    It was 80 degrees in early April, crystal clear and we were there for sunset. Table at the west side of the patio. The ocean and the sun were ours. Really, what else could we need? Love the remodel!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our experience was very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Our experience was very good. We expect to return next time we are in La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were very glad we had a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    We were very glad we had a reservation. The restaurant was packed at 6:15. We had a great meal, great drinks and delicious dessert. We went with a few server recommendations (halibut special and cobbler dessert) and they were spot on. The only minor complaint we have was the sun - it was blinding my husband until it set. But we chose the deck for the view and atmosphere. A hat would have been nice - but we were dressed for dinner. We had our 6 year old with us. She enjoyed it too. Thanks for a great evening. Kris, Don and Elli Mulkey
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was a little upset that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    I was a little upset that I couldn't reserve a table on this Open Table site. I also called in to the store 15 minutes before I arrived and asked the receptionist if I could get a certain table and she said that I would be able to get the table I wanted once I arrived. But when I did arrive the table I was looking for was not available and this made me even more furious. I brought guest that came to George's for the first time from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I normally bring guest who are visiting San diego to George's but this was the first time that both this site and the receptionist were absolutely unhelpful. I will never use this site again and next time I'm just going to call ahead of time and demand to get a table i'm looking for.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific view with exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/10/2008
    Terrific view with exceptional service. George's met my every need for a perfect dining experience prior to walking down to La Jolla Cove to propose to my now fiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a picture perfect lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/10/2008
    We had a picture perfect lunch outside. The sandwich (grilled eggplant) was difficult to eat (too big) although tasty. The eggplant could have been grilled longer. The salad that came with the sandwich was too salty and I could not eat it. Couldn't beat the view and we got there at the perfect time. We live a far distance but I will come back sooner than later.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding views. Service
    BklynBen
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    Outstanding views. Service is mixed. Our first waiter forgot about us for 20 minutes! Food is ok. The ahi tuna appetizer is a MUST. We also had a fontina cheese plate, it was very good. I had a crispy chicken dish with orzo. The chicken was VERY dry and the orzo was not al dente, too mushy, but it had cream in it - and everything taste better with cream! Overall, I'd go again, not for the food, but for the priceless views of the coastline. Score: 6 of 10
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saw a fabulous sunset. Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    Saw a fabulous sunset. Date salad was amazing and halibut (that night's special) was delicious and will try to repeat it at home. Nice service. Billed as an amazing view, but there was a staircase right in the way of the view of the cliffs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My meal was very delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    My meal was very delicious. I got the salmon.......but that was it. Left me a little hungary still, and I do not usually say things like that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet