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

The Med at La Valencia Hotel

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

    BRUNCH
    Saturday & Sunday | 10:30am - 2:30pm

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

    DINNER
    5:30pm - 10:00pm | Nightly
  • 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 James Montejano 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
The Med at La Valencia Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (31)great for outdoor dining (25)special occasion (19)romantic (16)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (12)fit for foodies (11)neighborhood gem (10)hot spot (6)notable wine list (3)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Always beautiful. Always good
    StephanieVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    Always beautiful. Always good food, well served. Always quite expensive, but worth it for the quintessential old La Jolla experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very bad. Almost
    Mcdewey
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Food was very bad. Almost couldn't eat it. Chairs in dinning room are falling apart.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    one of the great sunday brunch spots, ahh the dessert buffet, and what a view!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely view. Good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    The food and service were good. View was outstanding. The dining room was very quiet, which was pleasant, but it was a little sad that there were so few diners. The bar down the hall was hopping.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We chose La Valencia because
    StephanieVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    We chose La Valencia because it seemed like the perfect place to have breakfast with some out of town family members -- beautiful, serene, elegant and sure to have fine food and great service. Everything was indeed perfect, except for the serene part. The construction (and destruction) of the famous and beloved Whaling Bar was sad to be around, and a huge noisy table of about 15 energetic and boisterous Brazilians (is there any other kind?) was sort of holding the dining room hostage. No one could hear anything, and even the waiters and hostess said they couldn't hear themselves think.... The hotel is under new ownership and they are making changes (even the oatmeal doesn't come with fresh berries anymore).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Saturday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    What a lovely evening we had at The Mediterranean! I love The Valencia! Great server 'Brittanny'.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 35th anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Excellent experience for our 35th anniversary. The staff was attentive to our needs and very welcoming. The food was fantastic and presentation was nice. I would highly recommend the Mediterranean restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Mediterranean was truly
    PWdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    The Mediterranean was truly marvelous. They reserved a view table right next to the window as I requested. We were celebrating a special birthday, so our dessert was decorated with a nice message. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing; his recommendations on food and wine were spot-on! Thank you for making our special occasion a luncheon to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service, Food and Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    We had another great dining experience at The Mediterranean on Sunday night. 5 stars for meeting and exceeding our expectations. We got spoiled by the filet mignon the first time we ate diner here so we had to have it again. The service, the atmosphere and the food were all wonderful. It's a warm, friendly,inviting and very comfortable place to have dinner - we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place
    Rupee
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Nice food, quiet place, very good feel inside and service was awesome. A bit pricey but very good to entertain good friends and family
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was simply delicious.
    2dine4VIP
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    The food was simply delicious. I would most certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was very fresh and portions
    EatapeachVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Food was very fresh and portions were generous but some entrees, e.g., the paella, were surprisingly bland.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We attended The Mediterranean
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    We attended The Mediterranean for the first time with a group of six during Restaurant Week. I thought the food was fabulous (I had the Tuna Tartare appetizer, short ribs entree, and tangerine cheesecake) and the rest of the group had nothing but positive comments about their selections. Great service. It was dark, so we couldn't see the view, but it would have been amazing during daylight. I appreciated that while it was a busy dining room, it was quiet enough for group conversation. We also enjoyed cocktails in the lounge area before dinner, listening to live music which was a nice surprise. The hotel is very elegant with a historical feel. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Even though it was a Sunday, raining and the restaurant was not very crowded, the service was still top notch and friendly. My wife and I both ordered filet mignon and the flavor and tenderness was exceptional. The chairs were very comfortable and the tables were arranged to make it feel a bit more private than other restaurants I've been in. We liked it so much that we returned the next morning for breakfast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional Dining Experience
    PescatarianVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Our meal was wonderful! We enjoyed our dining experience so much that we returned the next night and enjoyed another first rate meal. The food is well prepared with creative flavor combinations that work. Also, the food is presented beautifully. Our server, Ryan, was very knowledgeable about the menu and the food preparation. Ryan provided us with excellent service and we will definitely recommend The Mediterranean Room Restaurant to our friends as well as dine there again the next time we visit La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What happened to the brunch?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    What happened to the brunch? This restaurant used to have the most amazing brunch. The three course price fix brunch that they have now is good but not special. The atmosphere is always delightful at this beautiful hotel. The views are amazing. The service was average.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too bad...could have been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    Too bad...could have been a very nice evening if the check in by Mark would not have been,...which set the stage for the whole evening... I had asked for a nice table with a view and mentioned that it was my birthday...when we got there, we did NOT get a nice table and I had indicated right away that I had asked for a nice table, but not one in the middle of the restaurant, but he did not accomodate, saying all is reserved and when we had left the restaurant was still half empty. Nothing was done for the birthday ...and when having asked the F&B manager he said that they would do a dessert... well not for me... food was good, nothing with "wow factor", restaurant server was friendly. So overall...we will NOT be back.
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  • The Mediterranean is always
    restaurantconnoisseurVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    The Mediterranean is always superb; a great spot for any occasion or none at all! Food, service and ambiance was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice to do but not outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2012
    We enjoyed the Sunday brunch in the Mediterranean restaurant. The group was aged from 16 years to 87 years young. Overall, we felt the service could have been better given that the restaurant was not full. The food was good but not memorable. Great accommodation in that our seniors could not eat enough food to justify the price of the pre-packaged brunch so the manager allowed them to order ala carte as an exception. The bottomless mimosa service was nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maybe the view is nice during
    DrFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Maybe the view is nice during the day, but it's not worth a visit after dark. Food ranged from acceptable to bad, nothing was spectacular. Atmosphere needs an update. Service was friendly, decent wine list. Probably worth a visit with grandma and the kids if you're staying in the hotel, but not a must-visit for foodies (especially those under 60). The best parts: quiet enough to have a nice conversation, and very fast valet service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it ...and especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Loved it ...and especially our server Georgie!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A place of sophistication!
    xtravelagentVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2012
    Try to eat out on the patio. Most people talk in a whisper because of the scenic tranquil beauty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We appreciated the view, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    We appreciated the view, the delicious food, the polite service, but the kitchen must have been shorthanded because a three course meal took 21/2 hours.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 26th Anniversary Dinner a Success
    JohnAtkinson
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    We had a great anniversary dinner. I wish it hadn't been Restaurant Week so that we'd have had more selections, but it was a very nice experience. The valet, the hostess, the waiter, the man who kept our water full -- all great. The Flamenco music outside was romantic, too. Fun night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and attentive
    ERon
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    Excellent food and attentive service. Good menu choices considering it was Restaurant Week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Give your review a title (optional)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/16/2012
    Four of us went on restaurant week, and the pricing was quite confusing since individual prices were quoted, however we were only charged the stated $40 for choosing from the three course menu, but alternate choices were extra & the staff did not know how much extra. I will not return to this restaurant as a 20% "service charge" was added to the bill and you had to examine it closely to find it - I think this was intentional to get us to tip on top of the already included tip. Also, it was stated on the bill as a 15% charge when it was in fact 20%. We were not told a service charge would be added. A dishonest place - avoid!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We dined on the Terrace and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    We dined on the Terrace and had an absolutely wonderful time; the scenery from our table was spectacular, the food was outrageously good and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The ambience, scenery, hotel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2012
    The ambience, scenery, hotel are upscale, very very good. But the food is just OK, nothing great. I had a risotto which was really boring and bland. The flatbread with short ribs was good but it was a daily special. Tandoori chicken was laughable...like many of the places on prospect, the food is just passable while the views and ambience is great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and service were outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Food and service were outstanding. View was extraordinary. Out of town guest raved over it.We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We enjoyed our visit to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2012
    We enjoyed our visit to the Mediterranean restaurant . The view , wonderful service and beautiful room was delightful. The food was good although my chicken dish was overly salted. This is a beautiful restaurant in a superb location.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Dietary Needs - STAY AWAY!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    If you have special dietary needs, this is not the restaurant for you. We had 3 Vegans out of a party of 8. We made this clear to the waiter. Yet, he still served us a dish that had meat in it that looked like tomato. After eating some of the food and then pointing out the problem, the response of management was to make a less than heartfelt apology and tell us that they wouldn't charge us for that item. It also had taken 40 minutes for us to get our appetizers. I'd eaten at this same restaurant recently, and had had a great experience. My guess is that their high end restaurant had just now reopened, that senior wait staff and management were now working for that restaurant and that new unqualified staff were now working at this one.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Valencia-A+++
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    We sat on the Ocean View Terrace and were seated at the corner ocean view table (as requested!) and had impeccable service, as well as dining. The food was amazing and the view was breathtaking. La Valencia comes HIGHLY recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was the Ocean View Terrace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    It was the Ocean View Terrace at The La Valencia. It's a hidden gem. The Mediterranean Room is the finer dining restaurant. There aren't many tables out on the Terrace so you need to make a reservation through the Med. Room. Fabulous sunset ocean views. A great place to take out-of-town guests or a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As with hotel, the restaurant
    Bill
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    As with hotel, the restaurant met all expectations. La Valencia hotel, staff and restaurants are a class act.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service, yet
    EeeeVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    Great food and service, yet reasonably priced, especially for the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't really go wrong with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2012
    Can't really go wrong with this place...and it was a lovely day outside - perfect for the view looking out at the Pacific Ocean. We had a nice lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Father's Day Brunch at La
    FriendlyVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    Father's Day Brunch at La Valencia was simply superb! The service was incredible. The buffet selection was broad, fresh fruits were to die for, and the brunch meats were extremely well seasoned and flavorful. It was an Top Notch day and everyone in our party of 12 commented on how great the service was for such a large party.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you enjoy ocean views and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    If you enjoy ocean views and a wonderful Mediterranean-inspired menu, visit this restaurant. We go regularly and find the service to be consistently outstanding as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We sat on the outside terrace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    We sat on the outside terrace at sundown. Chilly due to everpresent breeze. Heaters were all out of gaz so staff had to change ojt gas bottles. Service was excellent. Accommodated us moving inside for desert and coffee. Had lamb chops and filet mignon,botb excellent. Outdoor terrace is a very long and slender balcony. The closeryou get to the end the better the view, but the stronger the breeze. No wind blocks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely property with old world
    NYFOODIE
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Lovely property with old world charm. Very disappointing. We live locally and have been meaning to try the Mediterranean Room. Ambiance was lovely, had a nice distant view of the Pacific, however we would have like to have seen table clothes and have the lights dim as the sunset. Some of the charm and ambiance was lost not having this. WIne list limited, but nice. Lots of choices on the menu for all pallets. Presentation was nice, but nothing out of the ordinary. Service was very disappointing. Had to ask for service many times and every time we received service it was never from the same person. Clearly the was a miscommunication problem which was also admitted to us by the one of the servers. We left before the main course never came
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic