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About Manhattan of La Jolla

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.

7766 Fay Ave
San Diego, CA 92037
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Happy Hour: Sunday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm in the lounge. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Silverado Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 459-0700

Website:
http://manhattanoflajolla.com/

Entertainment:
We offer live music Wednesdays from 7 pm to 10 pm
Thursdays from 7 pm to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 pm to 11 pm.
Wednesday nights its 'OPERA MEETS SINATRA' with Roman Palacios and featuring Tommy Gannon on piano. A must see!
Thursday thru Saturday nights its Tad Sisler, a world-class entertainer with outstanding vocals plus excellent musicianship on piano and keyboards. He offers outstanding vocals plus excellent musicianship on piano and keyboards with an authentic sound.

Parking Details:
We offer curb side valet parking or you may self park on street. Valet is offered by The Empress Hotel.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Manhattan of La Jolla Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (28)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for a Date (22)
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Good for Birthdays (19)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Live Music (15)
Authentic (14)
Romantic (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Cozy (11)
Business Meals (9)
Fun (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
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Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

We were seated at a strange table that looked towards all the other diners which was awkward. We were not given menus. A waiter eventually asked if we would like a drink - no offer of menu's and he had to describe the beers on offer. Said beer arrived and still no menus after finishing the beer and 45 minutes later we had to ask for dinner menus. We ordered after being there an hour. The cannelloni was good. The lobster ravioli had no discernable lobster and was overpowered by garlic. The Veal Fiorentina( the signature dish) was overcooked and overrated. The Halibut was excellent. The piano bar added an ambiance and as it was my birthday a tiramisu was offered for dessert which was a nice touch, thank you. The evening, however, had already disappointed by the lack of service and uneven food in an establishment where the reviews and prices seemed to indicate it was amongst the best...

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very male oriented restaurant with all male servers. I, a female, made the reservation using Open Table under a female name, however, upon entering the restaurant, my husband was greeted and shown the table. They even addressed my husband and not myself. The only women in the restaurant was at the entrance desk. I mention ‘all male’ servers, because they make the big tips. Very ‘old school’ old La Jolla crowd. Our friends took us to this restaurant because of the excellent authentic food. I was served a good Manhattan cocktail, however, the bartender used a marichino cherry and not the traditional Italian cherry. Overall, I would never return because I do not see any diversity in the staff. I refuse to dine at any restaurant that doesn’t offer both males and females the same income opportunity.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Traditional, white table cloth ambiance. Service (our waiter whose name was Manny) was excellent!!! He was very accommodating to our small group which was celebrating a friend's special birthday. He went out of his way to make sure everything was perfect for us. The food was quite good and could please a wide variety of diets, from steak lovers to vegans. We enjoyed our time there very much.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 5, 2018

The food was delicious. The service was a bit haphazard. We had to send a drink back twice and our salad came exactly as we had NOT ordered it. So it also went back to the kitchen for a remake. And also took 3 times to get it right.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service from Beige the bartender and the piano player was entertaining

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Wonderful as always

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I was expecting great food especially for the prices- it was just "good". The Ceasar salad was very disappointing- most of the lettuce wilted and faded- not crisp and green like it should be- the dressing ,made at the table, was a real letdown. The wine list was, at best, just fair . The entrees were good and the wait staff accommodating but all in all not the great dining experience I had hoped for.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Fabulous food and the service paid attention to the details

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A favorite of ours. Old world charm and excellent food

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food at this restaurant is amazing. I have been coming here for over 20 years because of how great the food is. The service could be a lot better.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Just average food, good service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Loved the Italian food and wine and piano bar!
I felt like I was stepping back in time with the beautiful art on the brick walls, authentic Italian cuisine and charming piano bar.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

First time here but we will definitely will be coming back!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

AmaZing food! I’m from NY, Italian and a hard critic... simply put it’s the best Italian food I’ve had in the 4 years Living in California. Great atmosphere and live music make it 5 stars. Stay Classy San Diego...Sweet baby Jesus...Help me Tom Cruise... (yes drinks were strong too)

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

As always a great place to have a wonderful dinner. The food and service are the best.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I was very disappointed in the service and the location of the table. we were in the bar area and the servers seemed to be more attentive in the main dining room. We waited so long after our meal for the dessert menu and then for someone to take our order that we left without ordering dessert.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food is always excellent, entertainment in the bar, Thursday- Saturday with Tad Sisler is fun!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Delicious table side Caesar and the gnocchi was yummy too! Top notch service! Another La Jolla Gem 💎

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Elegant gem in La Jolla. Great service. Good food. A good place to celebrate an event or just have a nice dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

continues to be one of my very favorite restaurants. Very good food, comfortable, not too noisey.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We tried this place for our anniversary. It was great the food was awesome.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Understaffed? Took a long time to get menus and get served. Might give it another try in the future...but far too many restaurants in LJ to try at this time to try first.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We just love the old school feel of this italian inspired restaurant. The best table side Caesar salad and Ribeye steak!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Live Music, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We have dined at the Manhatten for the past eight years and are pleased with the service, food, and overall experience. I would recommend the restaurant for a dinner or special occasion if you like Italian food.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Delicious food and fine service. Acknowledged my friends anniversary with a surprise dessert.
Felt very special.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I have been eating at this restaurant for over 25 years and just love the food!!!! Hard to get better food anywhere else like the food at Manhattan.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Love the food, atmosphere, and service. This is old-school style of eating, especially in the piano room. Very fun and the food is always outstanding. The service is on-point and love the live piano music which starts around 7:00pm. Great people watching on weekends!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We love dining at the Manhattan. The energy is the front dining room/bar/dance floor area is very high so we requested a quiet table - we're older and want to be able to visit with our friends without shouting. They did a terrific job of honoring my request. And everything we ordered we loved.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wedding anniversary

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2017

A wonderful traditional New York City style restaurant with Italian influences in downtown La Jolla. This restaurant offers a very good, traditional, old-fashioned, great service, white tablecloth dining experience. They have excellent cocktails, table-side Caesar salad and excellent food. The cannelloni, and lobster ravioli are stand-out offerings on the pasta menu, and there are great options for fish, veal, steaks, etc. I went there again for the cannelloni, which I love. Service is excellent - dark suit for the head waiter and black and white for the others.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 8, 2017

we recently moved to la jolla and this was our first time dinning here. this place is a hidden gem. the food was top notch, they had live music and best of all was our sever Ara. His food recommendations were excellent, the service was great and best of all was his charming personality. By the time we left, people were dancing and the mood was very festive with a 40+ year old crowd. we wished we had known so we could have stayed longer. this really has the feeling of being one of our new regular spots.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Very nice meal and service was great. Beef carpaccio was outstanding .

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Manhattan is always consistently good. TheyHave classic dishes that are well prepared with generous portions and are uniquely delicious. Their Caesar salad is the only one in San Diego or Los Angeles that is a truly authentic Caesar salad with robust taste, garlic, anchovies, and Parmesan cheese and prepared of the table

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vip
 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The pre-dinner martinis were excellent. The veal saltimbocca was served hot and was delicious. The veal piccata was served luke-warm. It tasted ok, but probably would have tasted much better if it had been served when it was plated.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Diablo is amazing, everything else good.
Waiter forgot Birthday
Music is magical ~

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Love the Food!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I've been going to Manhattan for almost 40 years and never -- never -- been disappointed. Try the Veal Francesca!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazingballs!!!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

A very special place that make you think about how use to be. Good food. Waiters in suits. Low ceiling, leather booths. Nice art.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This is one wonderful restaurant. It has been around for many, many years and the quality of food is as good as ever. They have some of the best bartenders that make you feel right at home. Also have a piano bar that was being enjoyed by many before and after their meal. The food is excellent and the staff very attentive. We were celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary and were treated so well. I would recommend this as a quiet, intimate moment or for a family gathering; they have room to make both happen and everything in between. We will be back the next time we are back in San Diego.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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