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: 858-551-3761x
  • 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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The Med at La Valencia Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since April 1 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (33)great for outdoor dining (28)special occasion (20)great for brunch (20)romantic (19)great for lunch (16)fit for foodies (11)neighborhood gem (10)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (3)good for groups (3)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Anniversary goldmine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were married at La V in 2003. We occasionally have our anniversary dinner here over the years. Since the remodel, its very nice and hasn't lost its charm. we had the filet and lobster soup. Excellent. Wine was very good and nicely prepared manhattans! The view is stunning and a great place to spend a morning, lunch or evening. The Italian singer in the lounge was so good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The redone La Valencia
    Opentable23VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Dined in the attractively done main dining rm with ocean view. Food & service were excellent. Other diners could be seen eating outdoors on the terrace, but we were the only table seated inside. The restaurant was empty. As the new owners destroyed the Whaling Bar (which had been a very popular and treasured landmark among people who live here for decades) and replaced it with a cheery cafe, there was not a local in sight. It is now a very attractive site for visitors who have no memory of what it was.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went for Saturday late lunch. enjoyed a great view, great service and good food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was mediocre
    iheartfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Quality and Ambience
    bsnarch
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful but so-so food/service.
    CAgirl
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would Have Rated Higher
    jknuts931
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid this place.
    Justinfl10
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Check
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Only problem was waiting a while for our check, great lunch otherwise.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Berkeleyfoodies
    Berkeleyfoodies
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was perfect except ..
    More2Xplore
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Lulu21VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Breakfast
    ScoonyVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Brunch
    Nikka4food
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance
    BetoVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The terrace has a great view and the service is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suboptimal service
    Superb
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Beautiful view and delicious food but the service was lacking professionalism, sporadic, and sullen.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Dana
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    maxbrunch
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    "Great for bRunch, not "Great for bunch". Excellent service and such a great variety for brunch. Would recommend the balcony for the view.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 1 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 155 reviews are from the The Med at La Valencia Hotel reviews archive.
  • lunch
    cowboyVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    the garden where we usually eat was under construction. So we sat in a area that was not as nice. But everything went smoothly
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We held a small business breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We held a small business breakfast and it was so loud we could not hear each other.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A first date with a beautiful Lady
    rocketman
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Outstanding in all respects as always. The Med at La V is the place to be for occasions to be remembered !
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait until the construction
    JanKopVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Reliable Quality Meal
    FriendlyVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    One can always count on the La Valencia for a reliable, quality meal and dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice brunch
    akjp
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great breakfast spot
    frequentflier
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely meal quiet dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We were staying at La Valencia and wanted a romantic dinner. La Mer was an excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Worst Host
    MoiraVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Breakfast
    GregVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Went here for breakfast. Typical breakfast fare. The view from the balcony is very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Med is SO much better
    JtciiiVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Gem in the Jewel
    carrieVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old friends reuniting over
    BackInLaJolla
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sadly, the service we received
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have eaten at La Valencia
    Pben
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas at a La Jolla Landmark
    Cindy
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch
    LizBVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I stayed La Valancia on 12/07
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    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.
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  • Fabulous experience
    Davis
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The food, the view, the service - A+. I have been dining here for many, many years, and it is always a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a good experience.
    Runner50
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing over all
    Rosie
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thank you from the McGrath party(6)
    McGrath
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.