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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.
San Diego, CA 92037
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
We offer curb side valet parking or you may self park on street. Valet is offered by The Empress Hotel.
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
The Manhattan is always good except for Saturday night. Cesar salad made by back waiter was so harsh garlic that my husband and his friend sent it back. My friend and I ate it since we both like garlic but I tasted it all night. Shrimp scampi excellent. Even the Manhattan can have an off night.
This is a great restaurant. Old school restaurant with new york feel. We went on wednesday when they had a live opera singer that night singing frank sinatra and phantom of the opera. The food was on point amd service was great. Make sure to ask for Jose to be your server.
Manhattan has been a staple of LJ for decades and while it is bigger than before, it is still small in feel. In the Hotel Empress but does not look for feel like Hotel food. Food was good but no exceptional. Caesar salad had wilted lettuce and yellow spots. Lots of garlic in dressing. Veal Piccata and Milanese were average but desserts were better. Nice atmosphere in the back room but front room is big and noisier. Would not recommend that room.
The food reminded me of Hoboken, not so much Manhattan. And, that’s a good thing. I had the shrimp scampi appetizer, so good next time I will have it for an entree. As for the entree, Steak Sinatra, nothing but delicious! The live music was outstanding. The operatic rendition of “Amore” and some Sicilian classics would make Mandy Potemkin jealous. If you like good food, good music, good service in a traditional setting go to Manhattan.
This was our first visit to Manhattan of La Jolla, and we hope to return for many more. It was our anniversary and where most restaurants make do with a wish, these guys really made us feel special. From the hostess to waiter, to the busboys the service was outstanding. This is old school service, these folks have worked in food service for 10 to 50 years, they know how it's done. If you are in a hurry, drive through McDonalds, real service is a presentation.
The food itself is amazing! The zucchini appetizer was excellent, and I was drooling watching a waiter prepare a Caesar salad table side, at the next table( but it's for two). My husband and I had veal, and it was the best I've had in SD. The cheesecake was homemade and to die for! Throw in the Sinatra style singer on a Wednesday and you've got more fun than you can handle retro style.
My husband and I are foodies and live off Adams avenue. We just noted to each other that this is our new favorite date night restaurant! Kudos guys!
We were staying around the corner from this hidden gem of a restaurant, and wish we had more time on our visit to return. From the owners greeting us and seating us, to the head waiter, who treated us like well-regarded friends, Manhattan of La Jolla was exceptional in service. Our meals, particularly the table-side prep of the Caesar Salad to the perfectly portioned bolognese, were the gateonomic highlight of our 6 day visit to SD!
I was expecting to treat my friends to a lovely evening,
Their food was tasteless
he had a the fettuccine alfredo with chicken blah--the pasta was gluey
she had the ceasar at the table it was dripping with dressing-
i had grilled salmon salad --very mediocre
They were forced to add salt AND pepper to taste
This was a first time visit and we weren't disappointed. It had an old world speakeasy feel to it, with a piano bar and low lighting. If you're seated in the piano bar area it can be a little loud, but there is another dining area. The Italian fare was excellent, both the Veal Saltimbocca and the Prawns Diablo were excellent, and the Lobster Bisque was the best ever. I think Manhattan is a great value and a fun place to dine.
Like out of a 40's movie on Turner Movie Classics. Somebody transported this jewel of an old school Italian joint from NYC way back in the day to current day La Jolla. I don't even drink but I felt compelled to order a real cocktail from our tuxedod waiter. Caesar salad tossed fresh table-side, fresh red sauce like my childhood Italian friends' grandmothers would simmer all Sunday, fresh bread with real crust and authentic pastas and mains. I was close to blended knee.
Lively bar scene with dashing gents in matching jacket and pocket squares singing along to the local pianist seranading their timelessly coifed brides of 40 years.
Old school service also never goes out of style. Waitstaff and owner were eager to engage in conversation. They truly love this place and their place in it.
If you're looking for a glimpse into the future of dining by going back in time I'd love for you to share the experience I enjoyed.
Fabulous place. We love old school steakhouses with live music and it doesn't get any better than Manhattan La Jolla. The hostess is professional, attentive, and helpful; the service is five star, and you can't beat the live music performed by Tad. Places like this are rare. This is our favorite spot in San Diego. Highly recommend for a date night, night out with friends/family, business meals, and much more.
We have been going to The Manhatten in LaJolla for more then 30 years. The food is terrific and a great selection, the service is impeccable, Caesar Salads table-side is a good touch and the waiters extra helpful and fun. We always take our out of town guests there every time we have them.
I have dined there for msny years as a resident of La Jolla.It ismy overall favorite restaurant in La Jolla. The entire staff is attentive and well-groomed. It is comparable to a Chicago, New York or Boston steakhouse with an ItalIan menu as well. Their steaks are every bit as good as Morton's, Flemmings, or Donovan's. Caesar salad is prepared at tableside and their desserts are tempting.
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