Manhattan of La Jolla

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$31 to $50
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Italian
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 25th year.
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LJ
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance.

DD
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

I really hate to rate this restaurant so low but compared to what we have had there in previous years it wasn’t good!!
The tableside made Caesar salad was great but main course were not HOT and some tasteless! My husbands veal was chewy and my cannelloni was tasteless and meat was chunky?? On my combo plate the lobster ravioli had no taste!! Really sad because we have always enjoyed this restaurant!!

MR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to eat. We will be back again for dinner there. Service, food and ambiance all wonderful. Our waiter Mandy was great.

OT
San Diego
108 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice ambience to have cocktails and appetizers too - the singers were great but a bit too loud since the restaurant lends itself to something a bit more quiet. Really expensive cocktails - my martini was $17.00 - food is expensive too, but overall good. We all had steaks - some were cooked just right and some too well-done - next time may be I'll try their pastas ...

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food, wonderful service, and outstanding entertainment!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing service. Amazing atmosphere. We come here every year when we are in San Diego for our annual convention, and we have recommended it to friends that travel here as well.

LS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and had the pleasure of dinning a Manhattan of La Jolla on a recent stay in La Jolla for our 42nd Anniversary. We stayed at the Impress Hotel, and I saw that this restaurant on their website made a reservation and were we ever glad we did.
What a dining experience!! We enjoyed the entire evening from the bottle of wine, appetizer, soup, entrée, and New York Cheese cake!! We highly recommend and will absolutely come back.

a
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fantastic hidden gem in La Jolla. Delicious Italian fare and the cocktails are a heavy pour!

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service , amazing food !

C
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Summary: Too expensive for poor meat dishes. Very good wines and service. Ribeye and veal chop dishes were $52.00 each and both were fatty and tough.

ST
Wilmington
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything a restaurant should be. Excellent food with over the top service. You can enjoy a lovely dinner here without being rushed. A nice wine list too.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hi there! Thank you for your post, we really appreciate it! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience.

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J
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love having dinner there.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hi there! Thank you for your post, we really appreciate it! We hope to see you again soon!

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r
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

dinner was very good lot of history to consider while there

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hello! Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again soon!

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L
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Italian food!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!!! The food is delicious, the staff is wonderful, and the service is second to none!!! It is our very favorite place!!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hi there! Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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O
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I must share this as we have been to Manhattan many times and it has always been excellent. Sunday though there were some issues with the food that was very surprising. The Caesar salad I had was flat, the lettuce was nowhere near fresh. Second, I had the Filet Delmonico and the temp was correct but the meat was very grainy and the flavor was off. I would swear that it was only choice and not Prime which is very disappointing. Lastly, the creme brulee came out with almost no brulee on the top. It was very cold and although the flavor was good the texture was wrong. Other people in the group did not experience any issues. I guess I was the lucky one that night!

CS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in La Jolla!
All of their dishes are amazing... must save room for dessert.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thank you for your post, we really appreciate it! We hope to see you again soon!

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GC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

This is the 3rd time I ate at Manhattan. I probably will not go again. The booth for 4 was small and cramped, even though the place was empty when we got there. The waiter was aloof and not engaging. I was there for my birthday and no one enquired why we were there. The dining room attendants were great, thankfully. My bone-in rib eye steak was $52. There was no bone. The steak was okay, but could have gotten the same steak at Outback or Black Angus. There was nothing special about it, except the price. The whole experience was "blah", and for $300 plus tip, you'd expect more. Highly overpriced, and somewhat pretentious. Good by Manhattan.

AB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Experience was great. Food was great. I did put in the reservation that it was a birthday celebration and it was not acknowledged, but otherwise it was great. We love Manhattan.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hi there! Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it. We hope to see you again soon!

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E
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hi there! Thank you for your post, we really appreciate it. We hope to see you again soon!

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O
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very comfortable restaurant with lots of business. The penne with artichokes was quite good but the sea bass needed to be sent back.
Still not good. Service was attentive.

b
San Diego
68 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Always loved coming here in the past, but this time around, for my birthday, it was a big disappointment. Still love and appreciate the "old style" waiters and service. Started with Caesar salad for 4 made tableside and that was delicious. But it went downhill from there. The main entrees arrived and the 2 Cannelloni dishes were not hot. Luke warm at best. The center was cold. So, we had to wait to get the attention of the very busy staff to have them taken back and properly warmed. That took another 20 minutes and the 2 women were done with our entrees, having shared them with our hungry and waiting husbands. When to plates came back, it looked as if they had been thrown in a microwave to be heated. NOT good. On top of that, the recipe has changed and they are not made the same way. When the bill came, I was charged for my birthday dessert. Another disappointment. What's going on here? Won't be back and we will miss Tad's music!

AA
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service amazing. Other customers way too loud.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hi there! Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again soon!

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EJ
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school at its best! we love coming to Manhattan as the service, food and circuses are always at their finest. Best Veal chop and steaks in North County. Manga, managa!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hello! Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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k
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I love this place, it is warm, friendly and has good food and music. Unfortunately we were not thinking when we made a reservation for a Saturday in December. So many group celebrations going on that it gets very noisy. In spite of all the groups our waiter was right on the spot and made sure we had great service as he was also taking care of the big tables in the room. The music is fun with everyone chiming in on "Sweet Caroline". Fun, friendly, good food and service. Just don't go on a weekend in December if you are looking for quiet intimate dining.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hi there! Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it. We hope to see you again soon!

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ER
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here. A very nice restaurant for a special occasion, or for a fine dining experience. Service was great. Enjoyed having the Caesar Salad prepared table side.
I will definitely dine here again.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hi there! Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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c
Oklahoma City
29 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hi there! Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience!

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EM
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very reliable, nice restaurant. I love their combo of cannelloni, lobster ravioli and shrimp scampi. Waiters are attentive and good. It is quiet enough to talk, even with the music, which was also good.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on December 5, 2019

Hi there! Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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C
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit every time we are in San Diego.
Consistently outstanding in every way.
Manny and Manny's (father) have been amazing.
Great ambiance, great food, great staff.
You will not be disappointed!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on December 3, 2019

Hi there, thank you so much for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience!

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JB
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an amazing time we love the food the music the drinks and the service!

M
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Unfortunately this visit was a bit of a disappointment. We were there to celebrate my mother's 80th Birthday and the waiter was "a little out of it"? He (Manny? name on the check) slurred, was not focused, bumped into another waiter spilling plates of food all over the dining room - and then he yelled at the other waiter. He was relieved for a few minutes, but unfortunately he returned. He was out of it. Every prior visit, whether in the dining room or the bar area - always enjoy the ambiance, the food, the service, the food (is delicious). Next visit - I will not have this waiter.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place. Super fun for a date. Enjoyed ambiance and live music. Food was delicious.

EC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service impeccable. The staff is helpful with my Disabilty. Tad rocks!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on November 14, 2019

Hello! Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it. We are so glad you had a great experience!

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L
Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We come to LaJolla a few times a year. Always eat at Manhattan. Saturday night was just a bit off. The waiter was so busy, we couldn’t get wine or water refills. The food runner tried to serve our food before our salad, the food order was mixed up. Took so long to get anything. Service was just not what we are used to. Just a bit disappointed.

H
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous dinner at Manhattan. Love going to the piano bar afterwards.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on November 14, 2019

Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We were seated too close to the music. It was difficult to hear people talking at our table.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on November 14, 2019

Hello! Thank you for your review. We appreciate all your comments and concerns, and we hope to see you again soon.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have. Nice meal and listen to live music

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on November 14, 2019

Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience.

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EC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best enterntainment ever with Roman Palacio. He is a treasure and the reason we come. Food is excellent too

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on November 14, 2019

Hello! Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. Hope to see you again soon.

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J
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner. Tony made the best tableside Caesar salad.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on November 14, 2019

Hello! Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it. We are so glad that you had a great experience and enjoyed the Caesar salad! Hope to see you again soon.

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