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
58 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (40)romantic (33)neighborhood gem (26)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
  • Food was delicious. Unfortunately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Food was delicious. Unfortunately our experience was diminished by some of the other patrons who were VERY LOU.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great entertainment
    Maryann
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Besides my date the entertainment was wonderful. Although, it was somewhat loud in the restaurant, it gave a true New Yorker feel and the food was phenomenal. I had the pollo piccata and my date had the filet mignon and it was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    Pleased
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Our visit to Manhattan of la Jolla was a wonderful dining experience for us and for our friends-- as usual. Outstanding food and service. The best restaurant in La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Experience
    ssunny
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    We both had Italian dinners and were thoroughly pleased and loved the sauces on the dinners. The service was excellent, the wine was great and loved the quiet and the atmosphere of this restaurant. It was the first time for both of us and hopefully will be able to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    We love the restaurant,we try to dine there everytime we come to San Diego,the best lobster raviolis ever!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Jolla's Best
    Pleased
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Outstanding food and service. The owners and staff give real meaning to the word "service." This restaurant has many regular customers. This is our favorite restaurant in La Jolla and has been for the last 24 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Time for a new restaurant
    Ourstar
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    Time for a new restaurant and a new chef. Tired menu, staff and food was not good. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food and great service!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    great food and great service!!! lobster rav. was good as well as their bone in ribeye! love the live music!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding for 25 Years
    Pleased
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    My wife and I had our first meal at the Manhattan when we arrived in SD 25 years ago and we have been coming back ever since. Two days ago, we celebrated our 44th Wedding Anniversary there. The food is outstanding and the staff, service and ambiance are always personal, elegant, and gracious-- everyone makes you feel welcome and special. I recommend the Manhattan without reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service, excellent food
    Stampwife
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    My husband and I had a lovely dinner at Manhattan. We had not been there for years and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. The restaurant was busy but we were well attended. Portions are adequate but not huge. Many Italian restaurants overcook pasta (che peccata!) but everything here was especially well prepared. There was a piano player - good but overall a little loud. We'll go back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not attentive server....
    BTK71
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Our first reaction to the ambience was great. Perfect setting! However, after waiting over 5 minutes for anyone to greet us at our table, we were quite concerned. When our waiter finally arrived, he bluntly said "what do you want to drink?". Hmm. Not even close to friendly or professional. This continued until we ordered higher priced menu items. I must admit, the food is wonderful. We started with a hot bacon and spinach salad prepared tableside. "You're making me work here", our waiter said as he made it. "Then find a new profession" I thought! Our steak was wonderful,dessert and cognac were good, but still lacking in service. We even tipped over 30% and didn't get a simple "thanks come again". Not coming back. Stick with The Godfather!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Complete classy restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Manhattan's is very classy, old school, With impeccable service
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic evening - AGAIN.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Fantastic evening - AGAIN. Thank you Nancy, Ara, Manny & the whole crew. Our guests were delighted too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    GiaRay
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    My husband and I were staying at The Empress Hotel and thought we'd eat at Manhattan since it was in our hotel and the reviews seemed good. First of all, the restaurant was very noisy. Once the piano bar opened, it got noisier (not very romantic!) The Caprese Salad was bleh, the shrimp scampi was good and my cappuccino was good as well. Now here's what I was disappointed in. The restaurant new my husband and I were celebrating our anniversary, however, they didn't offer us a glass of champagne or a dessert. I've been to chain restaurants that will at least offer you a piece of cake for a special occasion. Not impressed with the customer service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian Food inside a hotel
    newport5VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Manhattan of La Jolla is a very good restaurant. I had the eggplant rollitini and it was just wonderful. We also had their house specialty which is the veal chop and it was great. The service was impeccable. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They keep the dining room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    They keep the dining room way too dark for me. The food was excellent and the service was great but it doesn't need to be quite so dark.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Timeless
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/6/2013
    The Manhattan restaurant at the Empress offers the best in service, food and ambience. The restaurant is a timeless classic that measures up as one of the best anywhere. Their house specialty cannelloni surpasses any description that can be imagined and their table side Caesar salad is iconic. Their waiters make you feel like your part of the family. If you're looking for classic homemade Italian fare with a friendly, service-oriented staff, this place can't be beat. It is a place frozen in time that won't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependably outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Dependably outstanding food and service. The owners are always there and it shows.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    One of my favorite restaurants in La Jolla. The food is always amazingly delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good location, fish
    christoVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    Really good location, fish was awesome. Good service, good quality of food. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely 'old-fashioned' hotel
    SnowbirdVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Lovely 'old-fashioned' hotel restaurant with all the ambience that that entails. The food has gotten very good once again and we enjoy going there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection!
    Bellagirl105
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    This restaurant was one of the best I have ever been worldwide. Carpaccio was outstanding and the sea bass was so fresh and cooked to perfection! Next time I am in San Diego, I know where my reservations will be!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • While our maitre d was exceptionall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    While our maitre d was exceptionally hospitable, when he found out my husband's steak was over cooked, he did not offer to have another one sent out to him. I also did not mention the fact that my shrimp was over cooked as well. It was our 5th anniversary so we were very disappointed in our food. The piano bar is very cool, however, having people sit at the piano really ruins it for the other patrons who would like to be able to visually see the pianist and interact with him. It is also very difficult to carry on a conversation with the noise level. Great venue but you are over seating for the square footage you have available in the bar area. Thanks!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such a great representation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Such a great representation of the diversity within La Jolla. I can't wait till my coworkers are back in town to take them for dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Had the best experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Had the best experience! The Owners and Staff made us feel special and made sure we were well taken care of. Food, wine, service, and lounge talent was superb!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We've been many times over
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    We've been many times over several years, and consider it one of the best restaurants in San Diego. They don't advertise (they don't have to!), and it is always filled on the weekends when we're there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had such a great time with
    djscinemaVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    We had such a great time with Fantastic food! We would definitely go there again! Everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good food, polite and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Always good food, polite and attentive waitstaff-the place is run by grownups!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place! Favorite
    NinaJohnVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Love this place! Favorite Italian restaurant in La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Must!
    Yummy
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    What a great surprise! We found it through Yelp and it looked like a fun, interesting place with great food. The food and wine was amazing! We will visit this gem every time we visit La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For a very long time, one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    For a very long time, one of the best restaurants in San Diego. Outstanding "New York style" Italian steak house, with emphasis on beef, veal and pasta. Great service and marvelous, consistently first rate food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oustanding food and outstanding,
    Pleased
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Oustanding food and outstanding, professional service, as fine as we have ever experienced. Have been coming to the Manhattan since 1989. You always feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good menu offering a large
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    Good menu offering a large variety of dishes. I stick to a simple fish and salad meal while my husband is a meat and potatoes man. We are always very pleased with our choices.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Manhattan needs to improve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Food was very good. Avoid Friday nights - too loud, music bumped up making it hard to talk at table. Waiter was not attentive at all. He pushed the Caesar salad at the table then had the bus boy make it. Very disappointing. Saw him later with the bill. The decor is first rate. I think when they get busy, service goes out the window. When we told the waiter we didn't want coffee and desert, he practically slapped the bill on the table and left. What in the world is that all about? We probably won't go back. The bill for 4 was $325 with a basic Malbec wine and no desert or coffee.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had not been to Manhattan
    StephVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    We had not been to Manhattan Restaurant in 20 years or more. We celebrated a special occasion last week and it was as wonderful as 20 years ago. We were in the main restaurant but the bar looked like a great,place to sit back, have drinks and enjoy the music.The food was out of this world!We love the old charm feel of the restaurant and will definitely be back!A restaurant not to miss!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent food, service, ambience.
    SoCalFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Excellent food, service, ambience. Anxious to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great classic high end restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Great classic high end restaurant type atmosphere but food was just OK insofar as classic Italian taste. Marinara was not as robust as other Italian restaurants (and like that in Italy) and prices are reminiscent of a much higher quality.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waiters all were depressed,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Waiters all were depressed, they all seemed like they were prisoners. The food was terrible, it all tasted like frozen food and microwaved. The waiter never came back to check on us. We will never go back again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A La Jolla Gem
    Pleased
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Superb food and outstanding, professional service. You are always made to feel welcome and special. One of the few places left on this planet where your Caesar salad is made from scratch at your table. My wife and I had our first meal at the Manhattan in 1989-- and have been customers ever since.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was excellent. Found
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Food was excellent. Found the place to be a little dark, but overall the decor fit the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate