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NINE-TEN Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nine-ten.com
  • Phone: (858) 964-5400
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:00am

    Breakfast: Sunday: 6:30am - 2:30pm

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Lunch: Sunday: 11:00pm - 2:30pm

    Bar Menu: Daily: 3:30pm - 10:00pm

    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 6:30pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

    Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Knibb
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: 3-Course Dinner-$55 per person/$75 with wine pairings. Nightly.

    Happy Hour-1/2 Priced Bar Menu; Drink Specials. 3:30-6:30pm Mon-Fri.

    1/2-Priced Wine. Wed. 6-10pm. Dining Room Only.

    3-Course Lunch-$24 per person. 11:30am-2:30pm daily.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Girard
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $5.00 valet parking charge with restaurant validation.
A word from NINE-TEN
An ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes NINE-TEN a must visit for culinary aficionados. This intimate restaurant, led by chef Jason Knibb and pastry chef Rachel King, offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along La Jolla’s Prospect Street. Enjoy the best of the harvest from local artisan farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s Evolving California Cuisine. The bounty of the sea is also featured with local fish selections and items arriving daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. Special prix fixe menus are available and feature matching wines from the extensive wine cellar. Enjoy dining indoors or on the sidewalk patio or ocean-view terrace. A separate bar offers limited menu and happy hour specials daily. Open daily for breakfast and lunch and dinner nightly. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "Lunch meeting with one other person, good service. Valet parking very convenient."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I cannot give this place enough praise! The service was amazing, the food great and price reasonable."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We ordered 3 course menu & added an appetizer of the egg yolk ravioli. The duck confit on there was very moist & pasta cooked perfectly. We both ordered Jamaican pork belly, it had good flavor but I hoped the pork belly was more tender. I couldnt cut it with my knife that well. For entree we got the ny steak which was cooked perfectly & it had so many components that really went well together not to mention stunning plate. The sea bass also cooked perfectly and very inventive pairings. The dessert, corn waffle had great corn flavor but the waffle was too soft for my liking. The other dessert was the fig and raspberries. The chiffon cake was more dense and spongy then a classical chiffon cake but the flavors were both sweet and tart."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Nine-Ten never lets us down. We typically go for breakfast before enjoying a stroll at the cove. They have a nice variety of menu items so everyone can get something they like. We particularly enjoy the short rib hash and the omelets. There is outdoor seating both sidewalk level at the front and on a private patio in the back. The weekend morning staff is particularly friendly to our (rather messy) baby."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Please bring back your potato chips (so love that over the bread basket). My children were sad you don't make them. Soups are always wonderful. Really enjoyed my fancy salmon."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. If there was a bit more variety and more selection in the menu, it would be a 5 star experience. We are always treated well here. The experience is superior to any other hotel restaurant in the area--as if it is a stand-alone operation. Suffice it to say that we will return as often as our pocketbook will allow. It would be nice if there were designations of gluten free and vegan options for those who are so inclined."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had an incredible evening. Every plate was designed with creativity and flare and tasted as amazing as it looked. Our server Amy could not hv been any better:)"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The service was great. Our waiter gave excellent suggestions and answered many of our questions. We took out of town friends and they were amazed. The food was great all around. We love the entire dinning experience. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Essentially a good restaurant for La Jolla. Two recent visits for lunch and dinner did not make me want to return for awhile. Service not organized, salads very nice, entrees uneven. Sea bass entree was terrible."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I had the salmon with a glass of wine. Both were amazing. The service was great and we had a beautiful view on the patio."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "High quality food and service - you pay for it but it's worth it. Was staying at the hotel and decided to have breakfast there with my family. Had traditional eggs bene, fresh berries - all excellent. Waiter brought me a fig muffin from their pastry bar-very good also. The rest of my family also enjoyed their breakfast. Will definitely be back to try lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "It is far and away our favorite restaurant anywhere!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This restaurant was outstanding. Every bite was perfection!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our waiter was very knowledgable and helpful with the menu and wines. Additionally, our two children were with us, and they loved their dinner! The atmosphere was terrific, and the entire experience was wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Took my fiancé here for her birthday. We had the "Chef's Mercy" dinner with the wine pairings. Everything that came to the table was delicious. I have seen complaints about serving size. Serving size was perfect - Enough to enjoy taste and texture thoroughly, but not enough to lessen enjoyment of the coming courses. By the end of the meal I was sated, my fiancé said she actually overate just a bit. A few quibbles: The courses came just a tad too quickly. We like a little time between courses to talk and relax. Just a personal preference. Also, I would have liked to have tried the pork belly. But then, I could have made a special request. It just gives us a good reason to come back. Overall we were both delighted. A wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Service was excellent. Staff was very friendly. Food was excellent. Enjoyed a great bottle of wine."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We visited San Diego for a trip for our wedding anniversary, and had a recommendation to have dinner at NINE-TEN. We had a wonderful meal! Our server was fabulous... she made recommendations to us for specials, wine, and desserts, and they were all wonderful! She was very personable and attentive throughout our meal. The food was prepared and presented beautifully. Everything we had was delicious. They made this a special night for us - there was a card waiting for us at our table, signed by the restaurant staff, and they brought us dessert on the house. We had a fabulous experience, and will definitely return when we're back in the San Diego area next time!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend out for her birthday here and everything worked out really well. We got the 3 course market meal with wine pairings and every course was delicious and amazingly presented. The wine pairings were delicious and they had a card and champagne for my girlfriend. Romantic and intimate. Was pricey but the quality matched the price."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent evening. Chef Jason was at his best! Our party of four indulged in the Mercy of the Chef prix fixe with wine pairing. It was the first time we braved uni in the same sitting with some of the finest prepared lamb ever. Chef Jason happily split the offerings, two of one dish and two of another among our party so we had ample opportunity to cross-taste to our delight. The portions were perfect! We left feeling comfortably full, but not overstuffed. Attention all Foodies! This place is a must!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Was just visiting and found the restaurant to be really good for breakfast, lunch and dinner OR the Bar, has a great menu as well and excellent cocktails. The bartender Sarah is fantastic , pretty with a great smile and the waitress Erica could not have been more helpful or charming. If you live near by or visit, definitely give it a try."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I have loved every meal I have had at NINE-TEN. They keep the menu simple in the number of options, and yet somehow have a wide variety of dishes. I really like the Three Course Meal option for a special dinner, especially when dining with another person because it's fun to get to try the different dishes they create. Service has always been top-notch as well. Definitely recommended!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The three courses I did have were each fantastic in their own right as well as having a fine presentation. Started with a beet salad that was a good size and full of different beets and some other tasty elements, including some crushed pistachios. The Colorado lamb saw three nice pieces of very tasty meat, with just a hint of the game flavor. The jus was inside of small cups that were actually onions. Dessert was the Half Baked Chocolate Cake, which was a nice combination of cake (more done than not), caramel and vanilla ice cream. A little soupy on top over the warm cake gives it its name. Good service complemented good food. Overall, excellent choice provided you are willing to pay the slightly high prices."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband found this gem mentioned in San Diego magazine and thought we would give it a try. So glad we did! Extraordinary cuisine! Every dish was beautifully and artfully plated, every bite was a savory delight. We had the fortune of sitting next to a table of foodies and chefs who told us of the honors that Chef Jason has received. Our server, Chris, was wonderful, taking time to answer questions and give recommendations on selections. If I had to select one highlight it would be the Half-Baked Chocolate Cake: the most delicious, melt-in-my-mouth dessert that I have ever had! It is no surprise that Chef Jason was selected as San Diego Chef of the Year 2014. We would return to San Diego from our east coast home just to eat there again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary enjoying dinner and a partial ocean view from the patio. Dinner was delicious! We were both very pleased with our entree choices, steak and scallops. We also ordered hamachi sashimi from the list of appetizers. We will return to enjoy another wonderful dinner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Appreciate the creative energy from the chef, but the beet salad and the halibut presentations were just a bit over the top, my palate was challenged and had to work too hard."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Thanks for making our 50th really special! The quiet balcony, beautiful evening and absolutely perfect food made for a great evening."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was our best meal in La Jolla during our week vacation. The service is impeccable. The menu is innovative, fresh, and everything we ordered was delicious. We sat on the terrace and it was just lovely. I would definitely plan to eat here every trip to this perfect village!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food, ambience, service were absolutely amazing. Chris, our server, was the best server I have ever had! We had the 3-course menu with wine. Chris brought the bottles of wine to the table and talked about each as he poured. Due to variability of ordering, he had three bottles for each course. The roasted beet salad, the California lamb, the pistachio-chocolate mousse, the beef tartare, the steak, the cheese plate; all were superb. It's no wonder that the Chef was named San Diego Chef of the Year for 2014."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I would never call this hotel food by any means, but being in a hotel I had my concerns. Those were quickly put away once we sat on the outside terrace and were handed the menus and wine list. The food all sounded amazing! It was hard to choose but once we narrowed it down we were very happy with what we ordered. Our only complaint was our stomach's weren't bigger. Then dessert came and again we just couldn't get enough. Next time we are in La Jolla it will be a destination we head back to for sure."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had the chef's choice and were delighted. When I shared with my Wife it was like getting to taste almost the entire menu. What a great idea. We each had different menu items and shared them to get even more variety."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience for our first time at Nine-ten. The outdoor terrance was quiet and lovely and our meal was excellent. Although we went specifically for brunch, we did view the evening menu and are intrigued enough to come back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This restaurant was a complete surprise, and one of the best dinners I have ever had. I cannot say enough good things about Nine Ten."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant in an historical, refurbished hotel in La Jolla Villiage in the midst of boutique shopping and great views of the Pacific. The service was friendly with some special attention from the restaurant manager. The Hanger Steak and Short Rib Panani were excellent. The wine list was excellent as well. It included a wonderful, relatively rare Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley. The noise was slightly elevated, but we were given a table towards the back where three elderly guys had no difficulty conversing. Consequently, we were at table for more than two hours and were not made to feel rushed in the slightest."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was great. Would be awesome if you offered sides to add...we left a little hungry. But it was SO good. Our waitress was super sweet and very knowledgable about all the food."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "One of my employees received thier Rueben panini completely charred. Food was not spectacular and parking was not free."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Celebrated a birthday with lunch at Nine-Ten. We had requested a table on their patio - They called in advance to advise the patio was undergoing some work and wouldn't be available, but provided a nice window table in the bar area. Our waiter was excellent - He provided a birthday card AND dessert! Excellent food and wine. The whole experience was totally positive and we'll definitely return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The chef's choice tasting menu was very creative and made for a fun adventure. Each guest gets a different dish which allows you to experience a wider selection of dishes. Our server provided perfect service which really enhanced the dining experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "They have delicious and nicely presented food-one of my favorites-very consistent-"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The Jamaican pork belly was delicious. Hamachi sashimi was fresh and good. The lamb was nice but the beans were too crunchy raw. The salmon was very nice."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Overall, a little disappointing.The food was good, I think a little underseasoned.Expected better for the location and the price.The major obstacle was the service.Our waiter was maybe 'formal' no real pleasantries (Hi,how are you?). One of us chose the soup of the day,Split Pea, over the salad. He brought out Fennel soup which turned out to be the s of the d. I felt he should have informed us of the change and asked if we would have liked to change the selection. Also, the service was rather slow considering we were there at lunch and not that many people. I would perhaps make it back to try some dinner entrees. As I said, good not great but possibly worth a second chance.Liked that dogs were accepted outside and they had a bowl of water."
    Dined on 6/3/2014