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
57 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)romantic (32)neighborhood gem (25)vibrant bar scene (16)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (14)notable wine list (14)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful evening
    RussandJenn
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful but loud
    Gglari
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Value
    LaJollaBob
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I I like the live music !!!
    VickeleVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    I I like the live music !!! , location , service !!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    Grace
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time there - great experience
    patrickcroVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time BUT
    Juliemc
    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...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    JTaylorVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were joined by our invited
    Btag
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-dinner drinks at the cozy
    9896VIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service from Mike at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Great service from Mike at the bar, food was tasty, Roman and Tommie made for great ambience and evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    arturoVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The best music and best food, i had a wonderful time last saturday, the new york black pepper flambe steak is incredible!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy Dining Great Ambience
    purplerose
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to Believe
    contextdudeVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    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:)
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Manhattan
    Jboey
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Engagement Dinner was Delightful
    carrieVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    This is one of our few class act dining establishments where their quality in taste, accommodation, and excellence in all ways shines the brightest!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Piano bar was great fun
    JohnMonika
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We dined for the first time
    Namaste43
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food, romantic
    Yiorgos
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Great Italian food, romantic ambience....you can tell a lot of regulars frequent here. Great wait staff, personable and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE old favorite
    carrieVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    ...if you can't stand the 'kid scene at the trendy restaurants' go where the grownup's who know go.....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My husband and dined at Manhatten
    Dedevic44
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    My husband and dined at Manhatten on a tuesday night at 6 p.m. It was very quiet. We always.dine here when in La Jolla. The food is wonderful. Hot plates. Everything prepared to perfection. Recommend chicked or veal,picatta. Service outstanding. One of the few restauranrs left where you can actually have a conversation without screaming across the table and where tvs ate not blaring. Five stars all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious and friendly
    MasticationAppreciation
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    The food was delicious. The service was personal. The ambience was elegant but not stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of the old world
    BeachDiners
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Manhattan is a cool little place. The service is very good and they genuinely try to give you a good experience. The decor is meticulously planned to give you that Sinatra feel (including the music). The only thing missing is the lounge singer. East coast quality Italian food at a reasonable price for the quality. One of the better Italian restaurants I've been to in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening. Best in La Jolla
    UncleBuck1947VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    We were created by Nancy the hostess that understands how to read her clients preferences! Great and very comfortable booth. Jose was our waiter and did a great job with many extra's ...................Wine list very wide selection in all prices........Food was outstanding, even when compared to our NE Italian spots. The feel of the decor was perfect for a NY - BOS seasoned italian restaurant.........Piano bar with nice crowd was a real treat for after dinner drink! When in La Jolla area this is a "must" location for a fine dining evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for nice dinner
    Molly
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Went there with a group for late dinner. Was really great service, food was delish and the music was entertaining :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out dated, but tasty
    Pleased
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service slow FOOD not enough flavor
    SandiegoVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We had a 5pm reservations. Our friends were seated when we arrived so I didn't want to make a stink but they set us right where you looked directly at the waiter/ kitchen entrance! I kid you not it took about 20 minutes to get a menu. At one point I got up and saw at least 5 waiters on the other side of the place just chatting. We finally told our waiter we had to leave no later than 7:15 for a play. He took our order right away. The food prices are high, not that we minded paying them if the food was above standards. $39 for several of the entrées. I had the lobster/crab dish over pasta which was nice but lacked seasoning and was no more special then if I had gone to an Italian place for $24. Salads just okay, lacked flavor. Won't return
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    This is our second time eating at Manhattan's and it is now one of our San Diego favorites. Food, service and ambiance were all terrific. Salmon was prepared magnificently. Chicken piccata scrumptious!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very satisfied 1st time customer
    DeborahS
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We had a party of four for 7:30 pm dinner. We were attended to by 2-3 waiters all evening, no detail missed. Fresh buffalo mozzarella bruchetta was fantastic! So was wine list, steaks and authentic Italian dishes. The restaurant was filled to the brim but service was impeccable; and we were never rushed...white linen table clothes, candle light and great food. It could not have been a better experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was a bit slow, especially
    JaneS
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Service was a bit slow, especially in taking our orders, but beyond that everything else was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.