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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
  • Email: info@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 WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We try to get to Georges at least once each trip to the San Diego area. Always impressed--never disappointed. The food is consistently excellent as well as the waitstaff. The setting is worth the trip."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "My husband and I love going to the Ocean Terrace. The view is spectacular! This was our first time dining for lunch. We started with the chips & salsa which were amazing. The chips had a great seasoning on them and the perfect crunch! My husband had the Ruben and I had the blackened fish sandwich. Both were delectable. We recommend The Terrace to anyone we know who will be traveling to the La Jolla area! "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Friend recommended and we had a great dinner at George,s."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We went to George's for the view of La Jolla cove. But, the food was really interesting and good. My kid loved the calamari and all the appetizers and entrees were great. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Meet expectations! Love the scenic view. We made a reservation and specifically asked to be seated by the glass wall to enjoy the ocean view. We didn't have to wait long to be seated or the food to come out. Food tasted really good, but portions a bit small for the price. I will definitely come back the next time I'm around La Jolla."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "No need to review in detail this restaurant given the average high score. Just want to mention that you'll get high quality food. The place is always very busy (and noisy) so make your reservations."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Had reservations for 1:15pm on a Friday afternoon in April & still didn't get seated until 1:30pm and we didn't even get front row seating although our table still had wonderful views. This only goes to show how popular this spot is! The views were amazing, the food was excellent, I really enjoyed the whole experience including the wonderful service. If your in La Jolla make sure George's Ocean Terrace is on your list but be prepared to wait for the best tables!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our service was excellent for a business lunch on a Friday afternoon."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Definitely a top tier restaurant. All elements present: good food, ambiance, scenery and service. Wait for mains were slightly longer ... finished my glass of gruner veltliner before fish tacos came."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We had a party of 9 and were able to get a table on the railing with an amaaaazing view of the cove! The food was very good and reasonably priced. Great drink selection as well. Excellent service. I will bring friends and family here whenever they visit us in San Diego! We booked the reservation the night before on opentable. The place was packed, so would recommend making a reservation so you can dine with what seemed to be the rich & famous..."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Amazing view but limited menu. Food was good but not great. Excellent drink menu."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "the reason you come here is for the view. I wouldn't say I would not come back, but it would really only be for a drink at the bar and the view. when you arrive, there is a bit of a foul fishy odor. don't know if it is the restaurant or the location above the cove, but when we sat at the edge of the terrace, it did not smell bad, so my feeling was it was the restaurant. the food was nothing special. the bus boys/girls were much more attentive and available than our waiter. he got some of our order wrong and was difficult to track down. all in all, if it weren't for the view, I don't know if this place would survive. I was a little disappointed."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Good cocktails, great service, food ok. We would still go back, the view is incredible."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The view of La Jolla cove was beautiful. When it got colder they offered blankets which helped to keep us warm, however it was still chilly. The food was mediocre. I came with 5 people. The tombo was good. The pork was bland and overlooked, the clams and spaghetti were ok but a small serving and the skirt steak was too salty."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We spent our last evening of vacation in La Jolla having a spectacular meal at George's. Reserved a table on the upper terrace on the railing - beautiful sunset - completely clear and warm weather. When the sun went down and it became chilly, nice clean blankets were brought around to chilly guests. Lovely touch. The food - fantastic! Everything was prepared perfectly - and a great wine list - even by the glass. You don't always see a Turley Juvenile by the glass - just terrific. Great experience and if you're in La Jolla, you should definitely take in Georges!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We have been married for over 40 years and five years ago, we found George's as a place to go for our anniversary dinner. What a gem! Even though we live in Arizona, we drive over for our anniversary dinner. Well worth the time and effort to celebrate our "foreverness" at such a special place."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Everything is wonderful. Great Signature Coctails. Very tasty food."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I've been here 5 times and there's something about it that keeps me coming back! It must be the view, the service, and the food! I love bringing visitors here. :) This was my 2nd time bringing my mother here for her birthday - its her favorite place in La Jolla!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We made a reservation at George's after great recommendations from friends for a Bon Voyage dinner. The restaurant did not disappoint! The staff was friendly, the food was good, and the location was great. The price was very reasonable for the amount of food ordered and I would definitely return again should I ever need a go to place to eat in La Jolla. The only drawback was that it was quite breezy and it did get chilly but George's even supplied blankets for everyone that needed them."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great romantic spot. I recommend it for lunch, sunset or at night. Our server (Brian) was great. Food was good. The view is fabulous. Recommend wholeheartedly."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "If the wind is blowing in from the water, the stench of the nearby cove should scare you away. Otherwise, its a great view with good food and wine. Either way it will be a memorable occasion."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Wonderful magical night. Dinner at sunset after a day whale watching. Beautiful night."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Ideal way to view the cove action and beauty and never leaving your table. The day we dined turned chilly and the outdoor heaters plus warm throws offered to each dinner was the perfect touch. Food was very good and not the usual burger patio menu. Our two teenage boys were well-fed and thoroughly enjoyed the views of seals, cliffs and eccentric swimmers and surfers. Highly recommend. Later times offer a more vibrant bar crowd."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Our server was exceptional - well informed on cocktails and food items! Very impressive"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My new bride and I's first date was at George's, we returned to celebrate the event that vaulted our relationship one year later. All was great! The shrimp cocktail was to die for. The service was attentive and extraordinary as usual."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "It's all about the view. The food was average. Portions are small and the price is large. There is a funny smell in the area, so it makes the experience less enjoyable. Our waiter was friendly and did a great job."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "George's is one of the special restaurants of La Jolla. The food is only out-shined by the view! You MUST get the soup! It has been on the menu for over two decades for a reason folks! I will be back again and again!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "great food...great view...a definite must. Have been there many times over the years!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "If you want an amazing roof top view, fabulous food and friendly staff ... this is the place to go. I had the fish tacos which were very tasty, juicy and beautifully plated. It's a very busy place so reserve early. You will be really close to your neighbours so share your secrets at a different location."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The view is unbelievable & the food/service was amazing. Start to finish, the staff new we were there to celebrate a joint birthday which was really nice to feel acknowledged. The beginning felt a bit rushed, I think they like to turn the tables quickly which is understandable, since their view is so stunning. It's a high demand, bustling place! I was glad we ordered each course separately or we would have been finished in 30 minutes. The fresh strawberry basil martinis were awesome & we loved the butternut squash bruchetta, grilled shrimp and the short rib special. Everything was delicious! The dessert list looked great, but we wanted to go to the wine bar down the street so we skipped it. Robert, our server, took great care of us!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Went here while on vacation and it's was a great experience. Calabria and the short ribs while overlooking the ocean was amazing . Definitely recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended to us by a number of people so we went there with high expectations. The cocktails were outstanding, but we found the food to be mediocre, especially given the prices and the hype of the restaurant. Unfortunately, we were unable to get reservations at sunset, so we went just before sunset. The views from the terrace were remarkable and created a beautiful atmosphere for dinner and drinks however we had a similar, if not better, view of the sunset by walking down to the waterfront after dinner."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Recommended by friend- couldn't have been happier! We'll go back every time we're in la jolla. Great view, great food!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "After a long day of meetings, our group had the opportunity to dine on the "terrace". We found not only our company to be a delight but the food, service and ofcourse relaxing ocean view a welcome end to busy day."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner overlooking the ocean listening to the waves and the seals barking. The sunset was marvelous! This is a great spot for brunch, lunch or dinner but be sure to make reservations or expect a lengthy wait."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "This was our 2nd time to dine at George's Ocean Terrace. My wife and I really enjoyed our first visit and this 2nd trip beat our first. The fish tacos here are delicious with tomato and mango salsa. They are listed as entrees but we enjoyed them as appetizers. So far the four different entrees that we've tried on our first two visits were all very good. We've ended our meal both times with the sticky chocolate pudding cake topped with bananas, macadamia nuts and vanilla ice cream. Oh, the view from the terrace is FANTASTIC!!! This will be a regular stop whenever we're in La Jolla."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Wonderful food. Price is fair given location. Portions on the small side."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "As with every visit to San Diego, this is our first stop. The yellowtail fish tacos, and the shrimp tacos are to die for! Fresh and full of flavor, either choice is a great dining experience. The citrus tart with burnt honey ice cream makes for a fabulous finish! Service was spot on, and attentive. The bartender makes you feel like a regular as you wait for your table. Tip: book a reservation or expect a very long wait. Also, wait for a water view table; it is definitely worth the extra time. Just have another refreshment of choice from the awesome bartender. Servers are all friendly, attentive, and professional. Trust their recommendations on entree's and desserts."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Book a table well in advance for sunset time. Table along the railing have uninterrupted views of the ocean & palm trees. Limited menu, but good selections & tasty. Fun place to bring friends and take in the beautiful LaJolla coastline!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Returning to San Diego we wanted to go back to George's. The regular restaurant was booked so we opted for the Terrace. For me it was a mistake. The menu is quite limited but the cost isn't. This was probably the most expensive meal we have had in a long time considering the dishes offered. Of course the restaurant was packed since this is a place to be seen at. As for the wine list, the markup seems to be in the neighborhood of 300% for the bottle we ordered. The one positive is the view.."
    Dined on 3/9/2014