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George's Ocean Terrace
George's Ocean Terrace

George's Ocean Terrace Details

  • 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 (858) 454-4244

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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food always good, great burgers. Fish very good. Use a bit too much black pepper (had in vegetables!!)"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    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!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Amazing view, fantastic food....would highly recommend the fish tacos, great service. A must for lunch for the view."
    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"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I went to George's Ocean Terrace for my birthday lunch. The food was wonderful and the view of La Jolla Cove was breathtaking!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Excellent for special occasion. Stunning views at sunset. Service was great. Accommodated requests for seating. All dishes but one entree were great."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was just OK, which means disappointing in light of the high expectations. Crowded and noisy, mediocre preparation of cliche bistro fare, distracted service, primitive washroom arrangements and disability access. Not worth braving the La Jolla mob on a Saturday"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was our 44th anniversary. Great service. Excellent ocean view. Fun atmosphere for all types. Not a quiet romantic style."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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"
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had lunch here after a graduation. The food was very delicious, the service outstanding and the view was to die for."
    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"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I had the perfect college graduation celebration dinner here. Thanks for the memory!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Best view. Food is always good and quality consistent. Service great. Always booked and packed."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Fish Tacos are superb! Desserts are to die for. Make time to walk around the area it can be a entire afternoon event."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014