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The Med at La Valencia Hotel
The Med at La Valencia Hotel

The Med at La Valencia Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lavalencia.com
  • Phone: (858) 551-3761
  • Hours of Operation: BREAKFAST: Monday - Saturday 6:30 am -11:00 am
    Sunday 6:30 am - 10:00 am;

    BRUNCH: Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    LUNCH: Monday - Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Barron
  • Dress Code: Resort Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Entertainment in La Sala Lounge: Wednesday - Saturday 6pm - 9pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Herschel
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 2 hour street parking is available throughout the La Jolla Village.
    Valet is located on Prospect street in front of the Hotel.
A word from The Med at La Valencia Hotel
La Valencia’s signature “Great Room” restaurant reminiscent of a villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea - this tile frescoed dining room with a grand fireplace is flanked by French doors to a sunny garden patio and canopied trellis arbor and by expansive windows framing the coastline and surf of the Pacific Ocean and Scripps Park. With its 7th floor terrace, adjacent to La V’s signature La Sala Lounge, The MED features al fresco ocean dining overlooking La V’s colorful gardens, sparkling pool and scenic coastline.

New American cuisine takes prized inspiration from the melting pot of American culture and diversity. Executive Chef Daniel Barron uses inspiring preparations and techniques to prepare the fresh and abundant bounty found in California’s farms rich with sustainable and organic providers. The seasonal fare is a captivating collection of familiar and unfamiliar dishes with unexpected ingredients served against the backdrop of the California coastline.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went for Saturday late lunch. enjoyed a great view, great service and good food."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We dine at a lot of fabulous restaurants, I had the worst Cobb I've ever had, my husband's food was nothing to talk about, and the server was hard to track down. This place is fabulous for breakfast though and it has great views. My rec is go there during the day for breakfast or an appetizer only and enjoy the view."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our MED dinner experience was spoiled by loud, bluesy music coming from the adjacent lounge which just wasn't appropriate for romantic dining (OK for the lounge…). The food was also a disappointment - tough calamari starter, dry over-cooked filet mignon and frozen (not fresh) lobster salad. Would not recommend the MED for dinner based on our experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Beautiful ambience and vista but poor service. Hard to find personnel to help you; they were all working but few in number. Long wait between courses. The food was so-so...some of the presentations were a little off. The calamari looked like something out of a horror movie instead of nice, bite-sized pieces. The Maine Lobster Linguine was literally a mess. The hotel is beautiful and I'd like to think we just went there on a bad night but we won't eat there again anytime soon."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I would have rated this dinning experience 5 star. To me 5 star is perfect. La Valencia comes close but there was a problem. My wife ordered lobster bisque soup. She took only a couple of spoonful's of this soup and did not like it. Her biggest complaint was that it was warm instead of being hot. The soup's taste really bothered her. I know we should have asked to have another bowl delivered but we didn't. All of the other's in our party of 4 really enjoyed their food. Overall we really enjoyed our stay. My wife did book reservations for Friday 6/27/2014 for another party of 4. That does tell you something. By the way this is the third time we have eaten lunch their."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "20 Minutes before greeted at table, another 30 minutes before we received our wine order. Servers just seemed to walk right by us when we were ready to place an order. Terrible service all night. Food was pretty good."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Only problem was waiting a while for our check, great lunch otherwise."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This place totally exceeded our expectations. We were met by a friendly host who gave us the best outside table with an amazing view...first impressions usually bode well. Our waitress was so great and knowledgable and friendly. We finally settled on the Cobb salad for him and fish tacos for me...both incredibly delicious! The view was beautiful, a real Kodak moment! Also we conversed with other wonderful diners around us and recommended the fish tacos to a lady near us which she loved, too. We have great food in Berkeley but cannot come close to the awesome views and ambience that La Valencia had. When we left, the host was again so gracious and friendly...great end to a perfect experience in La Jolla. Thanks so much!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This place is excellent. The view was unbelievably good! I thoroughly enjoyed the view, the atmosphere and the company I was with. The only thing I did not like was my order of french dip. The quality of the bread (in the sandwich and the one given before the meal) was poor. The salad and crab cakes were excellent. I will go again but will just not order a sandwich here."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised by the ambience and food. The seafood bisque was outstanding, as was the sea bass. You felt like you were in Europe and the service was wonderful! We would highly recommend it. We were also surprised by the bill, since we are used to paying about 20% more in San Francisco! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Loved the crab cake benedict. The poached eggs were prepared just right and the cab cake was lots and lots of crab. Also try their think bacon. It is cooked just the way I like it."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I made a reservation for brunch through open table but accidentally put in 10pm and not 10am. When we arrived there was no record of an AM reservation, but we were seated as requested anyway. The service was impeccable and personable. The food was delicious! Cant beat the view. It can be a little chilly in the morning when the outdoors balcony is still in the shade. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The terrace has a great view and the service is exceptional. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Beautiful view and delicious food but the service was lacking professionalism, sporadic, and sullen."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "My husband and I were married here 8 years ago and decided to have our anniversary dinner at the La Valencia restaurant. The staff did know (I told them when I made the reservation) and the service was absolutely amazing! The food was delicious. Could not have asked for a better experience!!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • ""Great for bRunch, not "Great for bunch". Excellent service and such a great variety for brunch. Would recommend the balcony for the view."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "the garden where we usually eat was under construction. So we sat in a area that was not as nice. But everything went smoothly"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We held a small business breakfast and it was so loud we could not hear each other."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Outstanding in all respects as always. The Med at La V is the place to be for occasions to be remembered !"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Wait until the construction on the terrace is done if you want to sit outside with a view. Went for lunch expecting to sit outside with a view of La Jolla Cove, but ended up in the dining room. Food was good, view was good, but not exactly what we had hoped for in terms of ambiance."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "One can always count on the La Valencia for a reliable, quality meal and dining experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had a very nice experience at la Valencia. The Sunday brunch was excellent. The staff was nice, too. We arrived 30 min earlier but had no difficulty."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We had breakfast after Valentine's Day. Had terrace seating with its fabulous view of shoreline. Chicken-apple-sausage (maybe locally made?) was excellent, lightly herbed and not overly spiced. Staff was attentive but not intrusive, and handled an unforunately belligerent customer with grace. We'll go back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were staying at La Valencia and wanted a romantic dinner. La Mer was an excellent choice."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We had drinks and appetizers in the lounge at La Valencia. I recommend you stay there and not go to the restaurant. The food and the service are quite good but we had a very strange experience with the host. First, he tried to seat us in an empty restaurant! We asked where all the people were and he said everyone had left (apparently at the same time!) but that others were expected. Liar! We finally got him to move us to the outdoor patio but we also had to ask again to switch tables because he put us as far from a heater as possible. So in spite of him setting the mood so poorly, we managed to have a nice evening. However, I would just stay at the lounge where this guy is not! So odd!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Went here for breakfast. Typical breakfast fare. The view from the balcony is very nice."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The Med is SO much better than you would expect a hotel restaurant to be. Great service, our waiter Steven was exceptional. Good food, traditional brunch dishes were tweaked to provide interest and were well prepared."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Having brunch at the La Valencia is surely a most delightful way to begin the New Year! Each dish was more than delicious - When we thought it couldn't get any better - the Lobster bisque was served and oh brother - hang a star on that one as they say!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Old friends reuniting over a late breakfast - the perfect spot. A great view, fabulous food and our servers let us talk and talk and always appeared at just the right time to take our order or provide more coffee."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Sadly, the service we received was horrendous. Our original waiter disappeared, our order was incorrect and the remaining staff ignored our table. Will never eat here again."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "I have eaten at La Valencia numerous times. The food, including dessert was marginal. I will not be returning and it was my favorite San Diego restaurant. Overpriced considering the quality of the food."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "For our holiday dinner at The Med we arrived early to enjoy a cocktail in the lobby bar, complete with a real-life lounge singer. Very talented and seeking requests. Sound was perfect and we could hear ourselves talk. Moved to The Med for dinner and were seated in front of the fireplace. It pays to book early via Open Table for extra special touches. Warm and cozy and at a round table perfect for conversation. Starter was beet salad. Sooo good I could have eaten two. The filet mignon was melt in your mouth perfect. Scallops were a small portion, but very good. Chocolate chip bread pudding was plenty for 3 light eaters to share. Service was attentive, yet not pushy. They let us linger. We'll be back for summer dining al fresco in The Med."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The food was fantastic but the portions were out of control. They could, and should, be scaled down greatly. We opted for the a la carte option (1 entree and 1 side) and it was more than enough for 2 people (ie: too much). Had we opted for the brunch (1 starter, 1 entree, a pastry, and dessert), we would have been overwhelmed and the quality of the food would have gotten lost in the enormity of the portions. The view is fantastic when dining on the outdoor patio."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "I stayed La Valancia on 12/07 for a night and had a dinner with my wife for our anniversary. However, the restaurant is too noisy for the party for over 30 people and my table was just next to the kitchen. I disappointed this situation very much. If you have dinner party. you should tell me when I made reservation. I believed the La Vaencia is first class 5 Star hotel in Sandiego area but I will not come back again."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The food, the view, the service - A+. I have been dining here for many, many years, and it is always a memorable meal."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Overall a good experience. They were a little short on waitresses and so a little slow on service. The online site did not really explain that the Oceanview Room was an outside patio experience. We were able to switch to an indoor restaurant called The Med Room. A little too cool for outside right now. That needs to be better noted in the write-up. Food was good."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "The scallops and salmon were excellent, but two steaks were definitely over cooked. The olive oil cake was over baked and dry, the drinks exceptionally expensive, and the service slow and inefficient. For years, The La Valencia has been one of our favorites, but we won't be going back any time soon."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "My thanks to Jeff and staff for allowing us a special reunion of cousins from San Diego and Australia! We could not have felt more indulged and, as the last to leave, we so appreciate the ability to have had the time to linger, laugh and enjoy such special ambiance. Jeff' went out of his way to accommodate a memorable evening for my family, our friendly and capable waitress was superb. The menu was varied and the food outstanding - salmon was delicious, filet mignon cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "We selected the Mediterranean because we had out of town guests and wanted to have a quiet place for conversation. We could not have had a better environment - nice round table for 5 next to a lovely fireplace. The dining room was surprisingly empty on a Thursday evening, especially with such a nice menu and excellent service. The bar was packed and lively. Two of our guests were vegetarians and there were several good choices. The lobster bisque was fabulous, also the scallops. All dishes were beautifully presented and the wine lise was excellent and well priced. We had a great time and would definitely come back."
    Dined on 9/26/2013
  • "Service was outstanding and sitting outside overlooking the ocean view was relaxing and private. The appetizer of crab cake was so small I really couldn't ever share a bite! The beef entree was delicious but more than enough for 2. I was looking forward to the Oreo cheesecake but it was no bigger than a cake pop. My friend did better with delicious and ample Brussels sprouts appetizer, great salmon, and creme brulle. Wine was same price for 1drink as for equal in a bottle. I would go back and order off the regular menu next time but it was a nice experience!"
    Dined on 9/20/2013