Manhattan of La Jolla
Manhattan of La Jolla

Manhattan of La Jolla

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://manhattanoflajolla.com/
  • Phone: 8584590700
  • 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: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • 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 8584590700
  • 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.
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Manhattan of La Jolla reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since April 2 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)romantic (33)neighborhood gem (28)vibrant bar scene (15)good for groups (13)fit for foodies (12)notable wine list (12)late-night find (8)hot spot (7)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • date night
    longoverduedatenight
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had an amazing time. The food was excellent and the service was excellent. Everything was above and beyond in service and quality of food. The atmosphere was very romantic yet laid back. The piano was a great touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding-- As Usual
    Pleased
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Hosted dinner for special friends and we all had a wonderful experience. Both the service and the food were outstanding, as usual. The owners and the staff always make you feel so welcome. Ran into several friends during the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Specials are Special
    crmacvVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Just a very fine restaurant for almost any occasion. The Specials are always a delight, and the drinks and wine are always well poured. Near the tourist portion of La Jolla, but this is no tourist restaurant. It is my first choice in La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • White table cloths and very loud
    dougVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A venerable older restaurant with good service and very loud. Not a place to have an intimate dinner.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Resturant quite noisy. Food was acceptable. Not sure I would return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great quality food
    1expensivetaste
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Love this. The place ain't cheap but it's well worth it. Had one of the best fillet mignon ever. Live music and great wine selection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Italian
    dineratlarge
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Outstanding old school restaurant with the best veal dishes. Marsala, Saltimbocca, Picatta and veal chops are all on the menu. Attentive elegant service.Good wine list. Homemade meatballs. Great pasta sauces. Live music. Tiramisu and creme brulee are some of the top dessert CHOICES.Well worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food was excellent. I had the veal chop. The atmosphere was lacking, possibly because it appeared to be a slow night. The service was good. I was in La Jolla with a good friend and we each brought our 30 year old sons on a golf trip. The other restaurants we went to had younger more vibrant crowds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old world Italian dining
    Opentable23VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Generous servings of classic style Italian food, in addition to fresh fish, salads and tempting desserts. Not a particularly young crowd, but the place has a loyal following. Live music in the bar certain nights. Very professional service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School Restaurant
    FanoftheLadyBird
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This place was a pretty, romantic spot with lots of dark wood, waiters in tuxedos, and an "old school" menu. The music is supposed to be good, but on our visit, there was none - just Wheel of Fortune on the bar TV, which I could see from my seat at a booth in the other dining room. Probably a good choice, since we were probably the youngest patrons there - and we are in our fifties. My husband had the veal chop and he said it was excellent. I had the filet, which was good, but it was so smothered in garlic that it was overwhelming. I LOVE garlic, and it was too much even for me. We had a nice evening, but I don't think I'd go back. This restaurant either needs to "liven up" the vibe a little or just go all out with the Rat Pack theme.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I came here for dinner with my brother. I really enjoyed my pasta and his steak was okay. The service was a bit slow and forgetful. My brother didn't originally get the potatoes that were supposed to come with his steak and had to ask for them. He also ordered bleu cheese melted on top, the server seemed reluctant to fulfill this request but said he would do it. When his steak came out there was no bleu cheese. Overall, this place is okay, I think they need more servers. It was also really dark in the restaurant which I don't really like.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jim
    Pleased
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary on Saturday at our favorite restaurant, the Manhattan. Food and service were outstanding. The owner and staff always make you feel welcome and at home. Have been coming to the Manhattan for 25 years. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poppie
    PoppieVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Still best table side Caesar Salad around. Been coming here for 40 years and never disappointed. Their lamb chops and veal chops are worth traveling long distances to enjoy. While not on the beach in LaJolla, the speakeasy feel of the restaurant and steak house ambiance is perfect. We loved it and our Dallas friends we brought also loved it and want to include it on all their future trips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The way it should be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    It's so nice to be able to eat good food and have a conversation with the person you are with, I love table side service and the atmosphere. Relaxing, enjoyable and fun.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, service, and fun.
    LiveToEat
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Pasta is good, dinner salad was great, main course of Chilean Sea Bass (special of the night) was perfect. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We meal.
    Kalihi
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I would recommend the manhattan of la Jolla for its wonderful food and service. .We liked what they have done to update the restaurant. The wine menu is very good. It was great to have dinner at a restaurant were you could talk because the noise level was very low. We enjoyed our evening at this restaurant and look forward to returning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    RussandJenn
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was my second visit to Manhattan and they did not disappoint. The first time I sat in the front area out by the bar, loved the atmosphere and thought that was the best place to be. The second time I sat in the back and realized that no matter where you sit, this place is great. The food was incredible, and I have to recommend trying any one of the pasta dishes, they are the most reasonably priced and you can't find better pasta.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUR FAVORITE
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We brought Italian friends here from AZ with us and they loved it. Everything on the menu is great but most notable is the Cesar Salad prepared table side and the home made Cannelloni. This is the best Cannelloni IN THE WORLD. Service is excellent, prices are excellent and the wine list is very nice. If you want an excellent Italian dinner in La Jolla this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful as Usual
    Pleased
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Outstanding food and service. You always feel like a welcome guest. Wonderful personal touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian meal!
    vmskibunny
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Love this place! From the waiters in black suits to the ceasar salad to the shrimp fra diavolo to the tiramisu. All delish!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NOISY, expensive!
    Rqtguru
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Extremely expensive for ala cart. Don't go if you want to carry on conversation. Almost a bar atmosphere for fine dining! Extremely disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing place
    arturoVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I love the Manhattan of la Jolla, live music and excellent food!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic spot with a piano bar
    Ivana
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My boyfriend took me to Manattan's for a date night. He knows how much I enjoy those 'old school' piano bars with a New Yorkesh athmosphere and old school boots. This place was totally like that!! Great food and great staff as well. Hightly recommended :).
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Italian
    Kimorama
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steaks, veal chops,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Great steaks, veal chops, and table side service...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wonderful dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    A wonderful dining experience. Waiter, "Polo" helped make it a evening to remember.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Manhattan is one of La Jolla's
    CHAS
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always feel special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 2 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 209 reviews are from the Manhattan of La Jolla reviews archive.
  • FANTASTIC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The waitstaff, excellent, food fabulous , hope to come here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five star experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Delicious italian food with an authentic and romantic atmosphere. Would go back for sure
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall the food ,the ambiance,
    alpha
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Review
    Paula
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing place
    arturoVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This place is really amazing, food, music, service is outstanding, lots of glamour and nice people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best romantic steak house
    Timbo
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Table side Ceasar salad ,awesome steaks, good drinks, fun live piano bar!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Dinning Experience.
    fitnessdesires
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Bookrobin
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic old school dining
    TrumpetTom2
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great As Usual
    Pleased
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had not been here in years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, slow service
    MarleneVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic