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Manhattan of La Jolla

4.6
1128 Reviews
$31 to $50
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
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1128 people are saying
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vipMonicaT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best meal and evening we have had in ages!

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vipCaroline
London
39 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Manhattan’s . It has such a fun atmosphere and the food is delicious. Everyone has fun at Manhattan of La Jolla!

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vippeterm
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Service was impeccable. Nice wine list. Had a great italian Barolo

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BruceA
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

My wife had the scallops and loved it! I ordered the filet minion and bearnaise sauce. The meat was cooked correctly but it was very salty! The sauce was completely bland! No tarragon no tartness just tasted like thick butter.
I asked the waitress she stated they have a new chef and are working through the problems. She stated she has had a lot of complaints.
She took the gravy boat back fir a second try and it was the same! I didn’t even eat half. The wine was great!

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DavidZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

My girlfriend and I have dined at the Manhattan of La Jolla many times. The food and service is wonderful. To sum it up a great Restaurant.
However, the last time we were there, we were disappointed. We waited nearly two hours for our meal. The food was great as always and the waitstaff was apologetic, but the kitchen clearly could not handle the volume.
I am hoping this was a fluke. We will give it another try. I sincerely hope the manager corrects the problem, because we enjoy dinning there.

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vipBobandjeannie
Las Vegas
112 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I have had in years. Service was excellent. Atmosphere was fun and lively. Reminded me of "old school" cocktail lounges and restaurants. Super place. Will be back.

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vipHillRunners
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great ambiance!!

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Calliope
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner here. The food: the carpaccio was sliced and peppered perfectly, the bread was crusty and soft, the Manhattan trio had pleasant variety and quality, the veal parmesan had a breading that maintained its bite while dressed in a tomato sauce that was herby and savory and good, the cheesecake was light and creamy. The service: communication from the front was great and they accommodated our preferred seating; waitstaff were attentive and though one drink was initially forgotten they were so present that it was easy to request again. Overall it was a very pleasant experience!

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Mark
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Manhattans restaurant in La Jolla is one of my top 3 restaurants to go to for a special occasion.
I have been going for 30 years now .
I think Covid has them coming back slowly to a level that they used to always have .

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DouglassJ
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversary dinner. We have been coming to Manhattan's for 40 years! Thank you to Dawn and Andres for making our evening special. We even sat in the very same booth when we first dated 40 years ago!

Loved it!

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DennisW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Manhattan of La Jolla is a quiet, classy, distinguished and elegant venue reminiscent of the finest New York restaurants. Every aspect of the food and service was excellent. Look forward to returning.
Sincerely,
Dennis G. Wills
D.G.Wills Books
La Jolla Cultural Society

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LauraM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere - consistently excellent.

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vipRachelB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in LaJolla!!!

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raymondG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good as always

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TraceyP
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was okay. We had quite the view of the piano player and the older gentleman with his “ escorts’l

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vipJill
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I lived in La Jolla, I ate here every Friday night for almost 5 years ( when I was home) I haven’t been back since 2006 and was so pleased to see the food, ambiance and staff are all still top notch! Delicious meal, great service. My wait person happened to be the son of the man who waited on me back then so I felt right at home. You will love the experience if you enjoy the “good old days” of fine dining, live music and friendly staff.

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vipViCat
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good but not exceptional and our server was slow and lazy. The male waiters were hustling around the restaurant getting food out and making sure customers had everything. Our female server seemed to just walk up and down her section making small talk while everyone around her was working their backsides off. We asked a couple of questions about a few menu items and she had to check because she didn't know and she isn't a new employee. You can tell they are short staffed as are a lot of restaurants these days so you have to be patient and understanding about this as a consumer. We would go back and give it another try as the food was good but our server really put a damper on the experience.

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JAMESH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Piano is way too loud. Conversation is impossible.

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vipEdsiesgems
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Consistent go to local upscale Italian. Good cocktails and reasonable wines. Sat in more quiet dining room with larger dining area having active piano bar on Thursday night. Never disappointed with our experience.

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PeteP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great "old world" Italian atmosphere. Reminds me of two great restaurants in San Francisco and New York.

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vipDebbie
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Rude bus boy. Well done steak and my husband didn’t eat.

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vipak18
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

With respect that this is a long time, obviously successful institution in La Jolla, we were very disappointed.

First and foremost, their website is beautiful. Someone is looking out for them and making them appear to be an upscale, bright, modern steakhouse with beautiful food and thoughtful plating. What they don’t show are any pictures of the actual restaurant.

That’s probably because it’s on the first floor and feels like the basement of a hotel. Sure, I get they pride themselves on being a NYC style steak house. But the dark, windowless, and waiter in an ill fitting tux is not even a thing for actual foodies in NYC. Our service was sad. Our waiter thought he was funny and charismatic, but he wasn’t. He clearly did not give a bit about us, especially when he heard we were from out of town. .. I’ll give some pardon because in pandemic times, I understand being short staffed. That said, I’m not convinced our waiter would have been more attentive in the best of times. He was never apologetic, helpful or anything that would describe a high quality waiter in a restaurant that certainly thinks they are high class. The food was ok, it took forever to get to our table and looked nothing like the pictures on the web site. I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a perfect steak in a steak house. It was fine, the sides were sad. The whole experience was disappointing, and the space and vibe were down right antiquated. I chose this restaurant based on their storied reputation and the well done website. It was our least favorite meal in La Jolla.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! Always such a magical place. Familiar faces. Fabulous food. Music. Great cozy ambiance right out of NYC

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vipGntloryntl
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manny is the best! Great personality! Great service from everyone!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Great service

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GeorgeK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere - very busy so the kitchen was a bit backed up and dinner delayed but overall a wonderful evening. A favorite of ours in La Jolla.

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vipBrianc
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday and Manhatten was recommended as a special place. Our first time there, but it won’t be our last. Everything was wonderful and honestly, even better than expected. Great dinner and service. Ambiance added pleasure and authenticity to the experience. Really nice! Our to go to place now.

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vetdoc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Eggplant parm was good except too much garlic. Service was terribly slow.

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Larry
West Palm Beach
57 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We had an overall nice dinner here. Staff very accommodating. Drinks nice. Food very good if uninspired. Menu, I felt was somewhat limited. Nice cozy place for a quiet dinner. If in the neighborhood I recommend stopping by.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thank you for your review, and all of your comments. We really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon.

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vetdoc
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place if you enjoy piano bars and dance music. Food and service were 5 Star. Eggplant parm=excellent.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We had high hopes - esp since two of us had been before and had a great time - but it was all so disappointing. Server forgot our first drinks. She apologized and comped them so we thought okay, no problem, let’s start again. But then she kind of ignored us after that. The worst part is that our entrees were served AN HOUR after our salads. An hour! My ravioli was cold and crusty and the lobster inside was dry and awful tasting. The veal francesa was also a let down. We shared the remaining two entrees, asked for our bill and left. By then it was too late at night and we were too disappointed to even think about the free dessert our server offered. While we appreciated the two comped drinks, and not being charged for ravioli, we would have preferred the food and service to be better.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on July 13, 2021

Hello, we understand that we missed the mark here. Excuses aside, we are doing our best to adjust to the new normal after the pandemic. We hope you understand and give us another chance.

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OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was on a date and Manhattans exceeded expectations as they always seem to do. Perfect in every way and the third time I have come back in two weeks. I usually eat at the bar but this time we were in a booth. Another spectacular meal and perfect attentive service. Thank you

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thank you for your review, we are so glad you enjoyed your date night with us! We appreciate your loyalty and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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KingsFan
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this restaurant. It exceeded all expectations and we look forward to making this restaurant a top choice when we are on vacation. It’s rare that a busboy is so attentive and anticipates all needs. He was so hard working and clearly took pride in his work and we appreciate has he added to our enjoyment of the restaurant.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear this and are glad you enjoyed your time with us! Please come again soon!

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JoPow
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the jazz trio and honoring request fir a bill in the snifter! Manny was great server.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thank you for your review!

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Cat11
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a very relaxing and comfortable ambiance

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JosephH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service without the La Jolla booziness'. Great Italian Food... Steaks that compete neck to neck with Morton's or Del Frisco. All around one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego.

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thank you for your review!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere and food was perfect and Dawn, our waitress, was amazing!

Manhattan of La Jolla
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thank you for your review!

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Daniel
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a great restaurant with fantastic food. A hidden gem in La Jolla. I strongly recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Our elderly friend requested that we take him to this restaurant. We had been there in the distant past and recalled the food as mediocre, but hoped that it might have improved, but sadly it hasn’t. The bread basket brought to our table of 4 was basically a large roll enough for 1 or 2 persons. We ordered extra bread for which we were charged. My husband ordered a Caesar salad, which was basically romaine lettuce with dressing, 2 crotons, and 2 thin slices of tomato. I ordered the salmon, which was grilled and nicely prepared: clearly the best part of the meal. It came with overcooked carrots and spinach. Both vegetables were drenched in grease. The carrots were sugared, and the spinach was cooked with excess garlic. The service was fine, and the quiet noise level was excellent.

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ThomasN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant and bar. Our local "Cheers" hangout.

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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 1128 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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