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23 restaurants available nearby

A photo of Puesto La Jolla restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(2027)
Price: Moderate
• Mexican • La Jolla
Booked 85 times today
Owned and operated by a Mexican American family whose best memories all include tacos. Puesto is an award-winning Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar providing an innovative approach to authentic Mexican flavors. Puesto has garnered national acclaim for its Mexico City-style crispy melted cheese tacos, served on handmade non-GMO, organic, maíz azul stone-ground tortillas. In addition to tacos, offerings include a selection of fresh catch ceviches, guacamoles, starters and ensaladas, courtesy of Chef/Partner Luisteen Gonzales. The bar program showcases the best of Mexico City through the use of fresh ingredients in our hand crafted cocktails and housemade Micheladas, tequilas, mezcals, Baja craft beers, and Valle de Guadalupe wines you can’t find elsewhere. We’re honored to have been featured by media outlets nationally and internationally, some of which include National Geographic, Huffington Post, Insider, Zagat, Eater, Food and Wine, LA Times and the Michelin Guide.
A photo of Marisi restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(892)
Price: Very Expensive
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 83 times today
Discovering Italy by way of La Jolla, Marisi focuses on Italian hearth cooking with an emphasis on handmade pastas, fine wine and classic cocktails. The menu celebrates the rich diversity of cuisine from across Italy, fashioned in a time-honored tradition of handmade all day, every day. A dream that lives between the Italian and La Jolla coasts, suspended between tides instead of time — a mood more than a plot. A visit that feels a lot like coming home, if home was a warm, charming villa off the Amalfi coast. Marisi is a taste of something you want to remember. We hope you love it.
A photo of Le Coq restaurant
4.2
Awesome(65)
Price: Very Expensive
• Contemporary French • La Jolla
Booked 60 times today
Le Coq is James Beard Best Chef finalist Tara Monsod’s new wave French steakhouse. Inspired by the modern Parisian culinary landscape, chef Tara reinvents classic dishes through her signature approach, blending cross-cultural references and ingredients for a distinctly SoCal expression of French cuisine. Bright touches and hyper-seasonal products ground the menu with San Diego style, while nods to chef Tara’s Southeast Asian background are interwoven throughout. Located in downtown La Jolla in a 1930’s historic building with exposed brick walls, steel trusses, and a barrel-vaulted ceiling. Into this storied shell is inserted a posh 1970’s diner club.
A photo of Queenstown Village restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(190)
Price: Moderate
• New Zealand • La Jolla
Booked 8 times today
La Jolla's new hot spot has arrived!! NZ eats opens its newest Queenstown location in La Jolla village. With a beautiful design and decor the vibe is what everyone is raving about. Serving brunch and dinner every day with a mix of New Zealand fare and American comfort food. Full bar offerings with on trend craft cocktails, local beers on draft. and the first retail wine list for a restaurant in La Jolla. Come in and discover your new favorite restaurant!
A photo of Catania restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(1959)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 58 times today
Inspired by an Italy road-trip Chef Ryan and I (Arturo) took back in 2008, we’re pleased to introduce Catania, the newest member of the Whisknladle Hospitality family. Here, we’ll be featuring simple, seasonal and authentic Italian Coastal Cuisine (None of the Italian version of TexMex you see most other places). Our commitment to authenticity will be evident in our use of wood burning ovens and grills, an all Italian wine list as well as an exclusively craft Italian Beer program. (Yes, Italy has an amazing craft beer movement nobody’s heard about.)
A photo of Isola La Jolla restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(752)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 19 times today
Isola is proud to serve the finest local ingredients from our wood fired oven, dalla vite, from the vine. I hope you enjoy every bite, plucked from my family tree for your table. Buon appetito!
A photo of NINE-TEN restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(2848)
Price: Expensive
• Californian • La Jolla
Booked 25 times today
Led by award-winning, nationally-recognized chef Jason Knibb, NINE-TEN offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along lively Prospect Street in the Village of La Jolla. Recognized with MICHELIN distinction, NINE-TEN’s globally-inspired, locally-sourced cuisine features the best of the harvest from local artisans where products are selected daily for the restaurant’s seasonal menus. Dine indoors or al fresco on our sidewalk patio or back terrace with peek views of the Pacific Ocean. Heaters and blankets are available during the colder weather. Private dining rooms are also available for groups of 8 or more. Breakfast is served Wednesday through Friday, 7 am to 11 am. Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday, 7 am to 2 pm. Lunch is served Wednesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 2 pm. And dinner service is available Wednesday through Sunday, 5 pm to 9 pm. We look forward to seeing you soon.
A photo of Manhattan of La Jolla restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1665)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 23 times today
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 36th year.
A photo of Mediterranean Room - La Valencia Hotel restaurant
4.5
Awesome(1633)
Price: Expensive
• American • La Jolla
Booked 39 times today
La Valencia Hotel's premier ocean view dining destination, the Mediterranean Room, is a nod to the property's transportive Mediterranean-inspired look and feel. Formerly The Med, the reimagined space celebrates an all new menu inspired by the California coast and seasonally-driven, locally-sourced ingredients. Dine in the reimagined ocean view dining room, the transformed patio under the palms or the ocean view terrace. Enjoy your favorites daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and enjoy brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Reservations highly encouraged. Ocean View Terrace seating IS NOT GUARANTEED and will be given to GUESTS PRESENT for their reservation based on what is AVAILABLE AT THE TIME. Bring your four-legged friend to enjoy our dog menu available on our dog-friendly patio.
A photo of Piazza 1909 restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(755)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 23 times today
Welcome to Piazza 1909 in the heart of La Jolla! Enjoy chef Stefano's exquisite Italian cuisine and daily specials in a beautiful Mediterranean setting. Great outdoor patios and private event spaces. Gluten free pasta, pizza and Vegan menu available. Best homemade Pasta in La Jolla. Organic, free range meat and fresh Seafood. Dog friendly. DINNER Tue-Sun & BRUNCH Sat & Sun. HAPPY HOURS Tue-Thu 4:30-5:30pm. Team Building cooking Classes. Private Chef Dinners & Catering. What else to say? If you are looking for a memorable Italian dining experience, you got to the perfect spot! Grazie e ci vediamo in Piazza!

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  • BrianDvip
    San Francisco Bay Area •30 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 1 day ago
    Some of the best tacos anywhere. The tortillas alone were completely next level. Great ceviche, great quacamole (they have more than one). Just insane goodness. Al fresco like lots of places in La Jolla. Seated quickly, awesome servers. Can't go wrong. Highly recommend!
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    Puesto La JollaPrice: Moderate• Mexican• La Jolla
    4.6
  • OpenTable Dinervip
    Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities •2 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 2 days ago
    The food was incredible and the dessert was amazing!
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    Manhattan of La JollaPrice: Expensive• Italian• La Jolla
    4.7
  • ShamelessSarahvip
    San Diego •12 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 3 days ago
    Celebrating our anniversary with a splurge. You can tell the staff are dedicated to this venture. Made our evening special. Very attentive. The Boulevardier cocktail was tasty, as was everything we ordered. Tuna tartare and celery salad starters were standouts. The bread and butter exquisite. Carrot starter was good, but not as flavorful as the rest of the meal. Chicken was simple and solid, steak frites like butter, and the gnocchi was a small portion but so light and fluffy, and creamy, would definitely order again. The restaurant was pretty dark, so photos don't do the meal justice.
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    Le CoqPrice: Very Expensive• Contemporary French• La Jolla
    4.2
  • epicureanvip
    San Diego •13 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 3 days ago
    Excellent service, food was very good , great presentation, properly seasoned and vary tasty . I had halibut and kale salad. Flourless chocolate cake was exceptional.
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    CataniaPrice: Expensive• Italian• La Jolla
    4.8
  • OpenTable Dinervip
    Orange County •1 review
    5.0
    Dined 4 days ago
    Best meal we have had in years! Eat here immediately and order everything on the menu! Our waiter Lucas was just amazing! Already planning our next meal here!
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    MarisiPrice: Very Expensive• Italian• La Jolla
    4.6
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