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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (28)
Good for a Date (26)
Romantic (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Live Music (19)
Authentic (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Cozy (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Business Meals (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Groups (9)
People Watching (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fun (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Casual (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Spicy (2)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were visiting La Jolla from out of town and this place was recommended to us. The food was excellent, as was the service! Our bartended "Beige" was very accommodating. Also had a live music with people having cocktails around the piano. Very cute place!

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent as always. Busy with a little more noise than usual but excellent food and great service

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A great old school restaurant. Frank Sinatra style. The food is always delicious.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The feel of Manhattan is different than other LaJolla restaurants. The food was excellent and the live entertainment was fun.

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Very good food and excellent service. The wine list needs to be improved- very limited for a restaurant of this caliber. A very enjoyable experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Manhattan of La Jolla was fabulous as always.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Manhattan is always excellent. This time Ramona made the Cesar salad...it was excellent. Omar’s is always really great, too. Lobster raviolis yummy also. Ate the whole plate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food and service.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Beige Fix is one of the best bartenders in San Diego! The Manfashion cocktail is outstanding! Brian & Nancy O'Donnell have created a authentic, neighborhood gem with delicious cuisine & live entertainment. Don't forget to order the Caesar salad!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was good. Service was bad. Staff hovered closely but only removed empty plates & immediately picked up the check once payment was made. Water glasses remained empty & never an offer to refill after dinner coffee during dessert. Felt rushed.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Caesar salad prepared at your table is so fresh. It is a must if you like Caesar salads. Entrees were delicious. The tiramisu was creamy and so flavorful. We make it a point to come here when we are in the area as we are from Phoenix.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

For me it just doesn’t get any better than Saturday night at Manhattan.

Best restaurant in town in my opinion. No one treats us better , The food is the best in San Diego and the entertainment is unlike anywhere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Live Music, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food, ambience and extremely professional wait staff and hosts. Super reliable place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic, Romantic, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always great service and excellent food. Vibe by the piano is also nice.

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful service, excellent food, best we’ve had since being in Italy. We will be back!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food, Good service, very attentive great ambiance!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Ara was our waiter and did a fantastic job. Everything about the place is old school quality Italian

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Amazing service , food and atmosphere !

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Bar Seating, Live Music, Spicy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Wonderful food, great service. One of my favorite restaurants in the country. I would suggest reservations for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food is some of the best I have ever eaten at any restaurant. I crave some of the dishes and have to go back to eat them every so often. Love, Love, Love the food at this restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We will be back, great place. Food was fabulous and price was good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.
Abudanza!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching, Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The best thing about Manhattan is the bar, ambience and service. Having a Caesar salad prepared tableside was nice. The food is fine but not exceptional. Overall we enjoyed it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful meal at Manhattan's.....excellent food. Service was not rushed allowing us to enjoy the evening.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Everything was perfect, amvionce, hors d'oeuvres the meal was just about to arrive and in comes a couple with their dog! I am an animal lover but there has to be a line somewhere! This is a upscale restraunt not a poptail scene!

All in all though super!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

East Coast meets West Coast - Old school, tux-laden waiters.
Attentive service - good solid food and wine. Piano player while you eat.
Fun dining - would return - very unique La Jolla dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Cozy, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Live Music
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Manhattan of La Jolla provides elegant cuisine, service and ambiance from a bygone era that must be experienced to be appreciated--and is from setting foot in the door!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Manhattan of La Jolla is one of my favorite restaurants!👍🏻
The food is always delicious (with generous portions), the service is always outstanding, and the entertainment (especially Roman Palacios) is always marvelous!!
Thank you, Nancy and Bill!!😊

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Healthy, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined on August 29, 2017

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Hadn't been to Manhattan for 25 years and used to love the place. Had an impromptu reunion, of sorts, and so glad I did! Food was great! Service and Piano player were excellent! Really glad we went.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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