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Manhattan of La Jolla

4.6
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992 Reviews
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 992 people are saying
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vipmiamisteve
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First post-Covid visit to Manhattan, so this is a post-Covid review. Manhattan has been one of my top 5, go-to restaurants for romantic, classy New York style Italian. All necessary precautions in place and the food was outstanding as usual. The only thing that was a little off was the mood of the waiters. None seemed particularly happy. One benefit of Covid though, at least to me, was the absence of the piano bar guy. Just him and the keys. When he was first brought on he gave the place a nice ambiance, but over time, he started to play with full band backing tracks at way too loud a volume - so much so that we couldn't even have a conversation at our table or communicate with our waiter. So if they bring him back I hope they consider reining that in.

In this post-Covid world, some high end restaurants seem to have adapted better than others. Manhattan has done a fine job in that respect!

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viprogert
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manhattan always outstanding. Service is great; food always good; love this restaurant.

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PatrickL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic outside patio for Covid Dinning. Service was impeccable and the food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was terrible. We come here a lot and something was wrong in the kitchen

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vipMimiL
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again our party of four were very satisfied with the whole experience. Danny really did a great job as well as all the assistants.
We keep going back!
Thanks Manhattan Of La Jolla

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on September 13, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your evening with us and we will be sure to pass along the kind words to Danny! We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining!

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vipBillK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best steak I've had in a very, very long time. Great service, great everything. Highly recommended.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 29, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon.

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Irina
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The best calamari I had for a long time. Not overly breaded, with fresh herbs, cooked just right. The rest of the food was solid, but not spectacular. Friendly and attentive service. Was a very pleasant sitting outside. It was our weekend visit to La Jolla, would be back if visit again.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 29, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it and hope you're back to visit soon!

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vipJanet
San Diego
75 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manhandle has always been a La Jolla favorite. Now they are serving on the second floor patio and it is wonderful to be able to visit them again and delight in their wonderful Italian food. They have a four page menu, plus wine list, plus separate dessert menu. tons of excellent selections. Worth any drive . You should check out this special place for special occasions.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 29, 2020

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

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MitchellM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

food was great! cannelloni is delicious! outdoor seating was available on the upper deck which was nice since it had been hot the past few days! also make a great Manhattan!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 18, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon.

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vipJoJo15
Phoenix
46 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We know its challenging in the current environment but food felt like banquet food and service was not good.

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BetinaT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although they didn't have a patio before Covid19, Manhattan has adapted and created a lovely area upstairs (and they also have sidewalk sitting) and the staff has rallied to the cause.

We had a wonderful dinner last Saturday. The food was great, the service, as always, was attentive and we had a lovely time.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 18, 2020

Thank you for your review, we appreciate it and hope to see you again soon.

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Prisma
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience and the food was great.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 18, 2020

Thank you for your review! We appreciate it and hope to see you again soon.

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vipBond007
Los Angeles
129 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A fairly elegant restaurant with great food. It’s the first restaurant I have dined at with white table cloths since COVID, as most restaurants have removed all extras and have minimized things, which takes away from the ambience of the restaurant. So, this restaurant still had ambience! However, as probably expected, service was a little inattentive, as it looked like the restaurant was understaffed. Another low-light was that the restaurant is in a fairly mediocre hotel, which did not make too much sense (restaurant is much nicer than the hotel it is in). Besides that, I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 18, 2020

Thank you for your review, we appreciate it along with your comments!

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vipTiffanyK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time and during COVID. The owner was exceptionally attentive to ensuring my parent’s 50th Anniversary dinner was amazing. Service was outstanding, overly attentive. Food was delicious. Their patio to dine during COVID was spacious for social distancing and beautiful. Looking forward to returning!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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AlexW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The server gave outstanding recommendations.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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MsTravel
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Such a disappointing night. I read the reviews and selected this restaurant thinking it was going to be very nice and elegant. This was our anniversary dinner and I wanted it to be special. I don't mind paying for a nice meal if the atmosphere, food and service is exceptional. I can tell you it was NOT!
Last year we ate at Eddie V's right up the street and oh how I wished we would have gone back there. That was excellent. I wanted to try another restaurant and what a mistake.
To start the restaurant is located in a hotel. A hotel that reminds me of a Holiday Inn style. The dining room is closed off from COVID so you have the option of out on the street or upstairs in a courtyard. We dined upstairs.
It was about 15 minutes before the waiter came to greet us. The busboy brought water and silverware. There were 3 open tables when we arrived. In the entire restaurant they had 2 waiters working all the tables, 1 busboy, and 1 runner bringing the food. After ordering our salads and entrees we received our salads about 15 minutes later. They were fine. Then it was an hour and 5 minutes before we got our entrees. The other tables that came in after us received their food before us. We ordered the Lobster raviolis and shrimp scampi. It came with 6 small raviolis and the shrimp was 5 shrimp and and a side plate of green beans that were way over cooked and some carrots. The shrimp was $36.00. I imagined this beautiful presentation and it was terrible. We didnt get pasta with the shrimp scampi which was disappointing too. We just wanted our check and to get out of there. The waiter was busy getting a steak removed from someone else check and that man was not happy. It was a long dinner for a disappointing meal. I would never recommend this place. With the kitchen downstairs it is not a good set up. Also the fire alarm kept going off and it was business as usual. Guess this must happen a lot as I just read it in another review. Caution please stay clear of this place.

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viplikegoodfood
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Manhattan pulled off making outdoor dining a lovely experience in their Garden Room. One the great things about dining at Manhattan is certainly the ambiance in the dark speak-easy type inside dining room. While we wait for that to be available to us again, we were so happy to enjoy a wonderful meal in their outdoor space. Great food and service as usual!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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vipJanet
San Diego
75 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was wonderful to be at Manhattan restaurant again. We missed the ambiance of the main dining room, but give them A for trying to make a pleasant dining experience on their second floor patio area. The food was delicious. The tables were full and everyone seemed to be enjoying their dining experience,

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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Foxx
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manhattan is always excellent. We thought the terrace was great! We will be back for sure. We are long time customers

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 18, 2020

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon.

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EmoryB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Manhattan La Jolla patio is OK but not as good as the restaurant. The quality of the food and service was excellent and well worth the visit. I do miss the entertainment after dinner. Great price on valet parking if you have dinner.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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vipKevinC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one our favorite restaurants and we were delighted when they opened the garden patio upstairs. Excellent service, food, and ambiance (as usual)! We felt very safe while we enjoyed our meal and drinks. Can't wait to go back soon!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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RickC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful setting! I would go back and invite anyone who would listen!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delish!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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TerryB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised. We were not certain how our dining experience would go given the current circumstances, but everything was truly outstanding. We look forward to dining at Manhattan soon.
Thank you

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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vipCaroline
London
33 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so happy that Manhattan's has this outdoor space so that we can still enjoy their fabulous food! We had a great date night!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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Shelby
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Feels like you're transported back to New York in a old fashion jazz club. All of the staff we interacted with was kind, friendly and helpful.
What we order for our entrees was a little underwhelming. It's a shane because it was the most expensive item on the food menu. Guess we will just have to try a different dish if we go for dinner again.
Otherwise, cool spot for drinks, appetizers and some live music.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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Favored44
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food a little on the pricey side but worth it! I ordered the lobster with pasta and it was fantastic!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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vipgolfdentist
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful experience!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food, service and entertainment! Highly recommended!!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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Lynn
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I enjoyed our meals and the service was excellent.

When I made the reservation, I didn't know that there was a piano bar, so I'll ask for a reserved table near the pianist in the future. However, the original booth that we were offered was at the very back right side of the restaurant...dark and dreary... and probably the worst seats in the entire restaurant. We asked to be moved, which was accommodated. Our server was simply outstanding and our tip reflected that service.
Overall, an excellent experience!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was our Anniversary. My wife had the halibut special and it was perfectly prepared- a thick filet which was moist and flakey with a delicious sauce. My entre was a 3 pasta combination plate which was very tasty, but it came with only 2 pastas! It had to be sent back and when the plate returned, the food was cold-strike two. Don’t expect either of these things to happen in a high end restaurant, so was disappointed. They did provide a free anniversary desert which was nice. The acoustics are very good and we could easily carry on a conversation which is important to us—-so many restaurants are so noisy these days. The service was decent but I found our waiter to be a little abrupt—might have something to do with the staffing level and/or having to wear a mask all shift which I’m sure is very annoying after a while?? All in all we would go back for special occasions because of the ambiance and the quality of the food-not cheap but worth it.

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MikeP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our waiter and the rest of the staff was tremendous.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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vipCosmo
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to when we are in San Diego. So happy to find they were open. They did an incredible job making the restaurant feel "normal." Dividers between the booths were hardly noticeable. Live music, same great menu, great staff, great food and cocktails.
Can't wait to go back. Thank you, Manhattan!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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GREGR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place – comfortable dining room, with all the current CoVid precautions observed. The scallops were a favorite of my wife, I had the crusted Halibut special. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was warm and friendly.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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EricH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great atmosphere, menu and staff old style Italian steak house.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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NicoleB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Our service was fantastic! Unfortunately, I don’t recommend the food for the price. We got lobster ravioli as an appetizer and the pasta was undercooked.
We ordered both of our steak rare and my husband’s came out nearly well-done and mine was more on the medium side.
My husband also ordered the twin filets that were supposed to be topped with crab, but there wasn’t any to be found.
The outside of my steak was so charred it was unpleasant to eat, so I had to cut off all of the ends before eating it.
We aren’t the type of customers to send food back, especially since we had waited so long for our plates to come out, so we just ate it and enjoyed to ambience, music, and each other’s company.
Our server was awesome and very attentive, though!

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vipMimiL
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Very nice place and great service. We keep going back.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon!

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vipMwmw
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon!

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vipOccasionalGourmet
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably excellent Italian restaurant and bar. Have been going there for many years.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on August 7, 2020

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon!

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Manhattan of La Jolla does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Manhattan of La Jolla also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 459-0700.

Manhattan of La Jolla is rated 4.6 stars by 992 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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