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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/
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service. You always feel like a welcome guest. Wonderful personal touch."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Love this place! From the waiters in black suits to the ceasar salad to the shrimp fra diavolo to the tiramisu. All delish!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Extremely expensive for ala cart. Don't go if you want to carry on conversation. Almost a bar atmosphere for fine dining! Extremely disappointed."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "From New York and Manhattans is not New York Italian. I really don't know what box to put it in. That said, the restaurant delivers on many fronts, old fashion service and hospitality and reliable to very good food. Old folks, young folks -- a bit of everything. And everyone is always in a good mood with a cocktail and/or wine. If you haven't been or haven't been in a while -- you should go. BTW, loose the creepy fish tank:)"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "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 :)."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I love the Manhattan of la Jolla, live music and excellent food!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "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."
    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