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Manhattan of La Jolla

4.6
1067 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 1067 people are saying
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vipLisaG
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Manhattan. Lobster Ravioli is too die for and gets ordered as both an appetizer and dinner. Great Appetizers

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JanE
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Manhattan is very unique restaurant. It's very cozy. The staff is friendly, upbeat,
and very attentive. The staff takes their job very seriously. They know their duties and
take them very seriously.

The menu is wonderful. The food is prepared excellently with great care. I ordered a lobster tail and crab with pasta. I am from the Northeast and took vacations to Maine.
The lobster was sweet, succulent, and prepared perfectly. No rubbery texture.It was a delight to eat it. The cheesecake was light and creamy. Again, cooked to perfections.
I really enjoyed the experience.

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Roberto
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

If you are interested in stepping back in time and having a wait staff that served Sinatra and Sammy, Jr - this is the place. A relocated East Coaster I was excited to visit a real knock-off of a NYC restaurant. Instead, I visited (for a special occasion) a restaurant that made me want to check for a gun behind thee WC tank. It wasn't there, but thee staff and clientele still didn't allow me to shake the feeling I was dining on a movie set.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful first time experience! We will definitely be back.

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WilliamM
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, as usual! From Gretchen in the bar to Manny, our server, it does not get better. Thanks for an incredible evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Super awesome and staff was energetic and friendly! Food was really good. A must try!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very old school. We were a little bit hesitant because it was located inside a hotel, but the service is great, the food was terrific, really a fun evening!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Manny, is as friendly as can be. Halibut with capers and lemon butter wine sauce was spot on, as was the NY cheesecake. Will go again for date night.

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Ellen
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The salmon was disappointing. Food was average and overpriced.

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vipWilliamM
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply a fabulous evening! Our dinners were, as usual, outstanding. The veal chop was superb! The best part, Stefano, our server! He is fantastic and made the evening another wonderful experience at Manhattans of La Jolla!! Thank you for making our birthday celebration, for my brother-in-law, a memorable affair!!

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GaryC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The food was excellent and the service great. However, my wife and I were hoarse from having to yell to be heard over the obnoxiously loud one-man-band that sang & played his version of bar songs. and he never took a break from 7 pm until 10 pm when we finally finished our anniversary meal. I had requested a romantic table and were sat in the bar!

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Geom
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great except the mask crap ! But calif is nuts ! A Georgian

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vipSandyD
Jackson Hole
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our very favorite restaurants when dining in La Jolla!

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vipCaliforniaLeslie
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is so nice to return to Manhattan and dine inside. The service was great. The food was wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manhattan of La Jolla is a destination dining experience in San Diego County and a great place to enjoy a steak dinner in a cozy booth. Their Caesar salad is amazing as well as most of the entire menu. They offer live music on certain evenings. Another plus, the owners take good care of their loyal patrons.

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Codycoop1
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good. Always good and very professional.

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ElizabethF
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best treats we’ve enjoyed in a very long time!!!
This is the way fine dining used to be with a updated flair.
There is not one thing we would have changed about our dining experience!
Starting with the cocktail at the bar area with Gretchen-who made some incredible looking cocktails!! The ones we had were perfection. Then to our booth that was perfect-and then to our waiter who was impeccable!!
The food was devine in every way. The people around us were fun and friendly as well. Great groups of good souls.
We will always go back when in town-and HIGHLY recommend this spot as a must go! We are probably one of the pickiest family I know-and we were all in agreement-THE BEST!!!

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AlbaraJ
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very awesome and romantic place for a dinner with the wifey

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vipmariam
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff, the best Cioppino - super fresh and ingredients and sauce were all good. Vegetarian ravioli were excellent- my family loved it! Overall, we were very impressed with this place and will be returning.

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viplocalh
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

great to see manhatten open again. food and service excellent. all that is missing
is the music.
ill be back often.
hugh

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TedL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of best places in SD for a wonderful experience in dining

Ted

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vipBeach49r
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Had 6:30 reservation and were seated right away. We have been here several times in the past and were always pleased with the service and food, this time however, no. We started by ordering a bottle of wine and steamed clams. It took 20 minutes for the bottle to be served and the server advised the bottle was warm and poured a little in each glass and placed the bottle in a chiller. I thought why did he bring the bottle to the table in the first place- who drinks warm pinot grigio. We then waited another 15 minutes for the appetizer of steamed mussels (35 minutes after we ordered). The server only brought one plate with one serving fork- my wife and I were seated. We then had to wait another few minutes for the second fork and plate. The mussels were absolutely terrible, overcooked and drench in a lukewarm tasteless broth. We were so disappointed and frankly insulted, we decided to not order dinner, payed the bill and dined nearby. Total failure.

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KathyC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Manhattan is a wonderful place to go for a special celebration. The food is delicious and the service isn't hurried.

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vipmiamisteve
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have reviewed this fine restaurant before. This is one of our "go to" spots for a romantic Italian dinner - anniversary, birthday, date night, etc. This was a date night and we were excited to be back in the restaurant since we are now red tier. There was an issue about indoor capacity but it was immediately solved and we had a nice table. The atmosphere was pleasant, the food was top notch as always, and the service was excellent. Some restaurants have not navigated nearly as well when reopening indoors. If you liked Manhattan before, you will like it as much now, but in a different way. Gone is the energy of a full house (for now anyway) but in its place the atmosphere was more intimate and very pleasing. Thanks for having us!

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vipDakini
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner, Great service and charming atmosphere.

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vipWilliamM
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience once again! Manny, our server was fantastic! Professional and friendly, he made the evening great! And, of course, the food was superb! Best Veal Chop that I have ever had! Thank you for a great evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!

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Obakeonna
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

So happy to be back at Manhattan. Things are still improving as wait staff is coming back to work and there were some confusing moments but everyone was in a great mood and had plenty of patience. The food was not "Perfect" but still better than most. The Zucchini was way overcooked but the carpaccio was perfect. Entree's were all very good with the exception of the Cioppino which seemed very grainy and was lacking seafood. All in all though a great time at a great place

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LawrenceH
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food! Cant wait to go back

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vipEdmund
Las Vegas
67 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to this fabulous restaurant many times and it never fails to impress. The food is delicious and plentiful, the service is attentive but not overbearing. I love the veal chop (any of the veal dishes are great) and the pasta is fabulous as well.

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vipAudeB
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

We had the worse experience ever. We went there last night for my husband birthday. We were expecting a nice and fancy Italian restaurant. It was everything but not good. We order a câprese salad and calamar friti for appetizer the calamar was cold and the mozzarella cheese on the salad looks like plastic mozzarella that you find in a supermarket.
Then we had our diner plate after 1:30 waiting. It was so bad. The chicken parmigiana was floating in water, the cioppino was made with no fresh fish, the side pasta was cooked in the clams water and taste like the dishwasher water.
This is not a cheap restaurant and serving food like that is very unacceptable. We will never get back there for sure and we will make sure that none of our friend will go.

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ThaisH
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great location, excellent service. Hopefully I will come back soon!

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ColletteS
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must try restaurant anytime you are in La Jolla.
Everything is great, from the steak to the pasta. It is our family favorite.

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vipDavidR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Always a wonderful night at Manhattan

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gretchen is the best!

WM
vipWilliamM
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time for my wife and I, as well as, my family. Service was fantastic and the food was superb!

DD
vipDrDave
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very noisy in the upstairs dining, I suppose because of the concrete floor. It was so nice to be out somewhere for a change, that we were able to cope.

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vipbeachlover
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is hard to find a quiet, outdoor patio with no cars whizzing past. This is a perfect spot.

ML
vipMimiL
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, our experience at Manhattan was great all around!

FAQs

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 1067 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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