Cafe la Rue - La Valencia Hotel

3.7
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77 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary European

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Café La Rue is temporarily closed following state and local guidelines.

Café La Rue translates to "the street," and in La Jolla all streets lead to La Valencia Hotel and her chic, casual bistro designed as a European brasserie perfect for people watching. The eatery's natural light and airy art deco-inspired ambiance is accented with original mural paintings that mirror the café's own sidewalk seating along Prospect Street. As La Jolla's best interactive venue, a chef driven rotating seasonal menu ranges from shared plates to elegant entrees built with sustainable ingredients from local providers. Evening specials are served al fresco under the twinkling lights of the village-front courtyard, where delectable flavors mingle with irresistible live music and balmy ocean breezes.

Bring your four-legged friend to enjoy our dog menu available on our dog-friendly patio.
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3.7based on recent ratings
3.6
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4.2
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3.9
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3.5
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StuartB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

A group of 10 of us reserved a table at Cafe La Rue last New Years Eve and we had an excellent time. A group of 8 of us reserved a table again this year for New Years Eve. The staff and service were good. All of the meals were poorly prepared. Several of us ordered a steak salad. The steak was tough and flavorless. An order of flat bread was cold as was the chicken breast in another meal.
Our group was in La Jolla for five days of vacation and Cafe La Rue was the worst food we had by far. Extremely disappointed. We will not go to Cafe La Rue again.

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Jack
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This old LaJollan not the least upset with the redo of the old tired Whaling Bar. Love Cafe LaRue and wish more people would accept it.

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CherylR
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We arrived at 5:30 and there were no other people in the restaurant. Since it was happy hour that was not a good sign. While wine and beer was $10 and good quality we ordered off main menu for dinner. The menu consists of mostly sandwiches and similar light fare. When it arrived we were shocked at how small the portions were. For a turkey burger that was priced over $20 it was tiny. I ordered a $17 Caesar salad and it barely covered 1/2 the salad plate.
All in all, service was friendly and La Valencia is always beautiful but don’t go for the food. Apparently more people knew this than me because even by time we left, place was still mostly empty.

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vipcarrie
San Diego
93 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always nice - we bring our friends.... too bad it’s almost empty....

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation for 8pm on a Monday and got there and the restaurant was closed!

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Lynda
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Staff is very kind.

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JK123
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service- beautiful atmosphere - we loved it!!

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vipKary993
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We normally go here but this night was particularly slow and food not good nor service.

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Chane1957
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Jarrod was our server and he was great. Very friendly and informative. We needed to move our table and it was not a problem . The fish n chips and black bean burger were perfectly cooked. Fun dining experience.

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ChristineY
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Server Jarred was wonderful very patient and attentive. Made the evening a real treat for the 4 of us.

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vipKenW
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the atmosphere dining outside with our dog, Millie.
Jared is our regular server and he is very personable

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vipworldtraveler
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Went there for the oysters and champagne Wednesday and had oysters that are nonexistent. A dozen of their oysters don’t even add up to one real oyster. What a waste of money!

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vipIndiaM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Cafe la Rue at Hotel la Valencia is a lovely place and a wonderful stop to show off beautiful La Jolla to guests. Service is excellent but the food is hit & miss. This time I had the cheese and meat plate. Very expensive for the tiny amount of food on the enormous plate that took up our entire table. I also ordered the ceviche which was basically inedible. I have had wonderful food there but this visit was a disappointment.

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StuartB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved a table for 10 people on New Years Eve. Upon our arrival we were greeted by our server Cassidy who was a fantastic server and an excellent representative for the restaurant, our table was spacious and extremely comfortable in a lovely location we all had a fabulous time.

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RALPHM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

had turkey dinner cold. sliver of pie for ten dollars. coffee cold not good at all

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DavidM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Local resident.
Inside seating atmosphere zero.
Sevice and food was fine.
Bring back the Whaling Bar!

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vipcarrie
San Diego
93 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience5

what has happened to the Happy Hour offerings???? They were once VERY GOOD and ABUNDANT

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vipsegolen
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Waitress was so nice and helpful!

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vipDaveM
San Diego
66 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great. Best French Dip I've had in a long time. Good wine-by-the-glass selection.

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JerryA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience3

With only one waiter to handle a full room she did a great job.

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Ambrosia
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience1

I went with two friends for Thursday Night Prime Rib at 6:00 o'clock and we could not hear ourselves talk. Earplugs should be at every table. The music was waaaayy too loud for dining. The room apparently has absolutely no sound absorbing materials so the Cafe was loud enough to cause me to want a decibel meter. We could not carry on much of a conversation and had to often repeat what had been said. One waiter actually stood near our table and shouted several times diagonally across the bar to get the attention of another waiter who was maybe eight to ten feet away. The food was okay but who cares when the dining experience was so horrible? If I were at the bar and slamming shots, the evening might have been enjoyable. Sadly, I was trying to have a nice dinner in a place that has such a nice history in La Jolla. La V can no longer bask in its former glory; it seems those days are GONE. No reason to go back to this dud of a place.

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AnaB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Service was good, both hostess and server were on point.
Food was a bit pretentious, very little portions and pretty much tasteless.
Desserts on the other hand were delicious but nothing that you cannot find somewhere else for half the price.
Price was excesive.
The ambiance was quiet and the view over la Joya Cove was gorgeous.
If not for the view there is probably nothing that would bring me back to this restaurant.

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CharlesInCharge
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Pretty mediocre food. Pizza was kinda lame, as was the salad. Server didn’t really understand what vegetarianism was. Beautiful building though! Solid oysters.

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viphistoricdine
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service, nice location. I will visit there again!

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Jf2018
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food and ambiance!
Would definitely recommend and come back!

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CatherineT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Mediocre food - veggie dip was block of cream cheese with arugula and pasta dish was nothing like proposed on the menu. The place would need a little updating and upgrading

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AlanC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We wanted a good meal for a reasonable price and found this place had a Thur. special Prime Rib dinner for $19.95. The food was very good along with drinks and service. They also had live entertainment in the lounge which was good. We returned the following evening for live entertainment on the courtyard patio which was just fantastic. Drinks are a little pricey but,after all , this is La Jolla !

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and fun atmosphere

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vipxteaguy
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable with good service and food

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DawnaW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Great location but food was mediocre. Crab cake sandwich had to be returned because it was burnt! French Dip sandwich was ok but nothing special. Ceviche was good but not a standard ceviche with a tomato base.

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TishL
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went for Prime rib/martini special on a Thursday night. Cool vibe, great food, terrific service.

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vipBuntz
Philadelphia
784 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had nice, very casual meal in hotel bar setting. 6 oysters for $9 were a bargain appetizer. Fish and chips and 1/2 chicken were quite good entrees. Enjoyed the lounge pianist.

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Carl
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The dining was great once we got seated, but the reservation experience was not so good. They had never heard of us. In fact, they don't take reservations. I'm not sure what this place is doing on Open Table. You should either get this sorted out with the restaurant or remove them from Open Table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed even though we had reservation Via Open table ...... the hours are wrong on his AP
And trying to find a place to eat while on Vacation is Not Fun

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable meal on Black Friday. A good escape from shopping just to people watch and have a wonderful lunch. Beet salad was great!

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DianeJ
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere at Cafe le Rue.
Limited menu but we liked all the choices. Our server was great
and the food was delicious.

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DORIS
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service was very poor. Our food did not come out for over 1/2 hour. Our salad came first, then the entree and then the appetizer. The waiter never asked us if we wanted more wine. There only maybe 2 other tables with costumers. So it wasn’t because they were busy. Very disappointed.

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GinaA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My friend’s Mother was here visiting from out of town. I only see her every 2 years, so I wanted her to experience the La Valencia.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and delicious. Service was great.

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LindaS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience5

They claimed they did not have a reservation for me even after I showed them my email confirmation. There were plenty of empty tables but that's not the point. Service was slow - waitrress disappeared for long periods of time. Disappointed in food. Too bad as the ambiance is very nice.

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Cafe la Rue - La Valencia Hotel is rated 3.7 stars by 77 OpenTable diners.

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