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Manhattan of La Jolla

629 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Steak, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(858) 459-0700
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Silverado Street
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Parking details
We offer curb side valet parking or you may self park on street. Valet is offered by The Empress Hotel.
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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.

Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 629 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBrig (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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...

JoyceG (Seattle)
3.0  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.

vipLydaG (San Diego)
4.0  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.

vipRadiojules (San Diego)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Wonderful as always

Annie (New York Area)
3.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Fabulous food and the service paid attention to the details

vipSnowbird (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

A favorite of ours. Old world charm and excellent food

vipAnne (San Diego)
4.0  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.

Calvin (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Just average food, good service.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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)

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  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.

vipLolita (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

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

vipCaliforniaLeslie (San Diego)
5.0  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.

howardd (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

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