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Manhattan of La Jolla
Manhattan of La Jolla

Manhattan of La Jolla Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://manhattanoflajolla.com/
  • Email: info@manhattanoflajolla.com
  • Phone: (858) 459-0700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Happy Hour: Sunday - Friday: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: P.J. Macaluso
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details. You can book the whole restaurant or one side.
  • Private Party Contact: Bill Wolf or Nancy O'Donnell (858) 459-0700
  • Entertainment: We offer live music Wednesdays from 7 pm to 10 pm
    Thursdays from 7 pm to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 pm to 11 pm.
    Wednesday nights its 'OPERA MEETS SINATRA' with Roman Palacios and featuring Tommy Gannon on piano. A must see!
    Thursday thru Saturday nights its Tad Sisler, a world-class entertainer with outstanding vocals plus excellent musicianship on piano and keyboards. He offers outstanding vocals plus excellent musicianship on piano and keyboards with an authentic sound.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Silverado Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We offer curb side valet parking or you may self park on street. Valet is offered by The Empress Hotel.
A word from Manhattan of La Jolla
Manhattan of La Jolla transports you to the best of New York via the cozy, upscale village of La Jolla. Located in the Empress Hotel on Fay Avenue, it is an elegant, casual and classy place where you would expect to see Old Blue Eyes or Danny Ocean romancing a beautiful woman while she sips her Cosmo over dinner. With quality Italian charm, Manhattan offers classic cocktails that get you into that New York swing--and the entrees are as good as it gets. Liberal olive oil, garlic, lemon and pepper complement the Zagat Award winning veal chop, steaks and seafood. Signature scampi, classic cannelloni, pasta al dente, and other succulent dishes, plus professional service and decor make this a terrific spot for a romantic dinner or mixing business and pleasure. Manhattan in La Jolla gets you the best of both worlds. Manhattan is an award winning La Jolla favorite, celebrating its 25th year. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Dined here with my husband and another couple and enjoyed our meal very much. The food is very good in moderate portions, my husband's steak came precooked from the kitchen, then the waiter flambéd it at the table to finish - nice touch! My girlfriend and I both opted for the day's special fish dish - which was meaty, but perfectly cooked and very tasty. Wine list was nice and the ambiance was perfect in the back room, away from the live music so we could enjoy conversation with our friends. We were happy to see the restaurant was crowded - always a good sign when you are new to a restaurant and not sure of its Yelp reviews! Overall, a very nice dinner experience, but nothing extraordinary."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great steaks, veal chops, and table side service..."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience. Waiter, "Polo" helped make it a evening to remember."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Manhattan is one of La Jolla's immutable objects. Blessed to have one of the best wait-staffs in town, service is a consistent plus. There is no better Caesar Salad in Southern California, and the classic Italian dishes are assured to please. The wine list is not what brings people back time and again, and this is not the place for nouvelle cuisine. That said, the food and the mood of the place will never disappoint if a predictable, stable menu and familiar faces are sources of your dining pleasure."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is the second year in a row we've gone to Manhattan's for our anniversary. This year was just as special as the first. Great service, great food! The staff was extremely attentive to our special day by making sure "our song" played at the exact moment requested. The attention to detail followed to the end of the evening by the valet. The restaurant cued the valet when our bill was paid, so the car was waiting for us. We wished we lived in the area so we could frequent more often."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Overall the food ,the ambiance, the service were excellent. They provide customer delight. It was our anniversary and celebrating advanced birthday celeb also. We were all surprised by the food attendant bringing a very unforgettable delicious rasberry flavored cake with a cute candle while he was singing happy birthday. An excellent customer's delight service. No one told the food attendant (a fine gentleman) we are celebrating an occasion. He said he just saw us giving gifts and thought it's a birthday celeb. Hecame out with a lit candle cake while singing happy. Manhattan of la jolla deserves high commendation :)"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Delicious italian food with an authentic and romantic atmosphere. Would go back for sure"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The waitstaff, excellent, food fabulous , hope to come here again!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The fish in the fish tank were very impressive and added a natural charm to the place. The seating was very comfortable. The staff was attentive and food quite good. The quiet acoustics enabled us to converse easily. Thank you."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This place is really amazing, food, music, service is outstanding, lots of glamour and nice people."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I was hosting my business coach, from out of town and I knew Manhattan would be the BEST choice for the dinning experience. The service was perfect, the food was amazing and the entire environment was everything I expected it to be and more. Thank you again. We will be back"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Table side Ceasar salad ,awesome steaks, good drinks, fun live piano bar!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Since the mid-80's, the. Manhattan has served New York style Italian. The restaurant was updated In the last couple of years, but retains all that brought the locals as repeats. Cesar salad table-side and cannelloni among other excellent choices. Our group always has a great time. Love the fish tank, too! Thanks Bill, Nancy, and Ara."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Great food in a very classic, nostalgic restaurant. Almost expected Sinatra and the "Pack" to come in and head for the bar. Reminiscent of the 40's and 50's. Wonderful chicken and shrimp dishes. Live entertainment during the week. Located in a small boutique hotel."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Celebrated my wife's birthday at our favorite restaurant in La Jolla, The Manhattan. The food, service, and ambiance were outstanding-- and they have been that way during the 25 years that we have been coming here. The Manhattan is a special place."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Manhattan knows how to make you feel welcome. The service is up to the same level as the food, which is great. This is the type of place that after 3 hours you wonder where the time went. The service is great, but they don't hound you nor hover at your table. The piano bar on weekends is wonderful, great music and atmosphere. I will certainly go back again."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Had not been here in years but now will certainly come here moulre often. Excellent unobtrusive service,good cocktails, great veal both chops and Marsala. Old east coast ambience in the dining room with dark wood etc. bar on Aaturday had music and dancingand was crowded with folks having a good time. Noisy in the bar area but quiet enough to talk in the dining room."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We go to Manhattan often, though usually not onSaturday night. The place was packed and, even though the service was gracious aand with our favorite waiter Dirk, it took a long time to get our entrees. The food was tops, and Dirk recommended a different veal dish that was terrific, based on our usual favorites."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The veal chop is as good as advertised, but it was hard to have a conversation when large group at table behind us was so loud. We've been part of a large group before, so didn't complain. Try the cannelloni, too; great!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I I like the live music !!! , location , service !!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "The Lobster Ravioli was delicious. For two people, a glass of wine, salad, entrée and dessert was just $106. Very comfortable booths and relaxing ambience. Romantic spot. You will need a reservation for Saturday night."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Service at this restaurant has been consistently poor...however I keep going back for the food despite the service. Once seated no menus were given to our party. We waited about 30 minutes before someone came to take our drink orders...we had attempted to get someone to get our server so that we could get our drinks. Finally we get our drinks and then still no menus...my friend finally went to get menus from the hostess desk for the whole table. Waiting for our food order to be taken was another long wait as well....I contemplated calling the restaurant with my cell phone to put in our orders. The funny thing is that the restaurant was dead...at best there were 4 tables in the entire restaurant so I know they weren't busy."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "We had no idea what to expect other than the good reviews on OpenTable. But we had great food, great services, and great wine. We highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Food is great but we are unsure if we would rush back because of the upselling and getting overcharged on desserts..."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We were vacationing in La Jolla for the 1st time and found Manhattan's on Open Table...this could be best restaurant we have found on Open Table without someone recommending it to us first. The entire staff was A+++ the entire evening and the food was as good as any place we've eaten this year! We just wish we had found this place earlier during our vacation so that we could haven eaten there again!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We were joined by our invited guests. Everyone loved their meal. Two of us had the Filet Florentine, one the clam sauce and one eggplant and two enjoyed the Caesar salad. The clam sauce person said they wished they had ordered seconds it was so goood!!! We also shared deserts - cheesecake for one choice & the lava cake ala mode for the second. Delicious choices. We occupied the booth for well over two hours as we had not seen our guests in years and never did we feel rushed to leave. Bill and our waiter were outstanding."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Pre-dinner drinks at the cozy bar area were great! Bartender well versed on traditional mixology. Dinner consisted on filet for my wife and bone-in veal chop for myself. Both cooked to proper temperature, but served with a residual gas flavor. Perhaps poorly maintained grill / flame? I have no knowledge of the proper working characteristics of restaurant equipment, but I do know the lingering taste of gas ruined our Manhattan of La Jolla dining experience."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Great service from Mike at the bar, food was tasty, Roman and Tommie made for great ambience and evening."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "This is truly a hidden gem. The food was fantastic and the ambience was elegant yet cozy. After dinner enjoyed great entertainment in the piano bar with live music across several genres, from Sinatra to the Black Eyed Peas, with a tribute to some of Motown's greats."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The best music and best food, i had a wonderful time last saturday, the new york black pepper flambe steak is incredible!!!!!!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The restraurant was very nice! Parking was very simple. We walked in and were seated immediately. Our server was very attentive. He knew it was a birthday celebration and kept it very simple as we requested. The food was amazing. The filet was cooked perfectly and the chicken Parmesan was incredible. The music was live and there was a big variety played. A very excellent place to have a great dinner and music!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "This is one of our few class act dining establishments where their quality in taste, accommodation, and excellence in all ways shines the brightest!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "My lady friend and I have been to Manhattan multiple times. We usually have dinner close to the piano bar. I had the lobster bisque this last time. I have had lobster bisque at many restaurants. What i like is actual lobster chunks in the bisque. Theres has it, Yum. There was only one waitress in the entire bar area. She was swamped and needed help. It was a busy night."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We dined for the first time for our 18th wedding anniversary. The decor definitely needs a major facelift, although we enjoyed the dark romantic feel. The servers looked hmmmm...tired and uninspired??They didn't seem to understand english all that well, and it took us too long to get bread, we had to ask twice. The first loaf was piping hot, but hard as a rock, iike eating big croutons. We asked for another loaf and it was perfect. Once the food began to arrive we were in heaven! The amazing food definitely diminishes the less than stellar service and ambiance, and we would return again and endure the stale decor and service just for the food:) If this place had a facelift and some more inspired servers it would be perfection!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Great Italian food, romantic ambience....you can tell a lot of regulars frequent here. Great wait staff, personable and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "When it comes to the cuisine, this restaurant knows how to please. However, the layout, decor, and lighting are stuck in old Chicago gangster film. We thought it would benefit from a modern design upgrade."
    Dined on 9/7/2013