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Manhattan of La Jolla

4.6
660 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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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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.

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
What 660 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The food here is really good, authentic and traditional. At first the service had us a little bit worried because we didn’t get menus or any attention from a server until about 15 minutes after we were sat but once we did everything was great. Definitely would recommend for a night out (as long as you don’t mind pretty loud live music, we didn’t) on a weekend night.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had a great time there! Manny took great care of us. It turned out we were all from the same neighborhood too! Loved the food. Recommend getting the Ceaser salad for 4! They make it at the table. It’s fun to watch and it’s delicious!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent cocktails, especially the Whaler. Full of nostalgic charm with attentive service. Menu is Italian classics plus some modern standards and always well prepared. There are many reasons that Manhattan is a well-loved favorite.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

We have enjoyed Manhattan’s many times...LOVE the food and atmosphere!
However, our server on this visit was not attentive. Example, as he approached our table the first words out of his mouth were “you know what you want?” We hadn’t even been given any kind of menu or drink list yet. Another gentleman brought over two menus as our server went to get my husbands drink. The nightly specials were never brought up to us, and we had to ask for a second drink. After the meal was delivered there was not even a check back to see how we were doing.
This was all very surprising to us as we’ve not had that experience at Manhattan’s previously.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Wonderful evening with outstanding food, service and entertainment. Thank you for making my milestone birthday so special!

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Volare. Uh oh.

Place tries to be old school Italian, complete with cheezy entertainment. This isn't the red and white checkered table of Billy Joel songs, it's white linen and overly friendly maitre d. If that's your thing, great. If you are any sort of aspiring foodie, Run. Away.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I think the review folks are going to catch on that this is probably my 6th review in the last 6 months. There is no other place like Manhattan. The atmosphere should be listed first, just because it is very unique these days. I have a single dish that I order every time, but this time the special sounded so good that I strayed from my staple. Now I will really pay attention to the special list.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Consistently excellent; one of my favorite restaurants.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Loved it....felt like I stepped back in time.cozy,lovely...

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

My wife decided she wanted us to go to a restaurant that we had not been to before. This was an New York/Jersey setting right out of a Soprano's movie. It was dark and romantic with a 50's Frank Sinatra theme. There was a small lounge with a live singer and piano player. It's located downtown La Jolla on the first floor of a boutique hotel. There were hotel guests and locals of all ages drinking and singing along. The italian food was very good and the service was impeccable. I'm sure that we will go again.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everything was very nice. As always.
Unfortunately my fish, halibut ,was over cooked.
The worse it can happen to fish.
I didn't complain, because we were entertaining, and we picked the place.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

First time at this restaurant...checked it out in Yelp and since it had 4+ stars and the reviews were positive decided to take my wife there for dinner. Ambiance gives you the feel of New York (I’m from Texas so what do I know about New York) but we liked it! Prompt service by receptionist with great placement at a location that was romantic (booth with a salt water aquarium close by). Manny our waiter was top notch and gave us suggestions and he didn’t steer us wrong..I had linguini frutti di mare and my wife the chicken piccata and both were excellent, dessert of cheesecake and a superb Manhattan met our expectations. Service from Manny and the wonderful guy who was bussing tables, filling drinks, serving was top notch. Will go back!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

As always the experience was great. The food, service and ambience always make us gone back.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Good food, Great place for a romantic dinner, only thing missing was the live jazz which would have made it just perfect.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

What a wonderful evening in this perfect old-school blend of Italian and chophouse menus. From the dim light and warm lighting to the piano bar and the gallery of beautiful strangers, this was a wholly enjoyable experience. The veal and halibut was well prepared, the wines were excellent, and the service was attentive without hovering. We look forward to returning!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We've been there dozens of times, and the Italian food is always outstanding. Reminiscent of an Italian New York steak house. Pasta dishes excellent as well.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was incredibly overpriced for the quality. The veal we ordered was hot on the outside and cold in the middle, with a partially mented slab of cheese on top, which lead us to believe that it was microwaved. My salmon was overlooked and dry. We paid an exponential amount of money for food that was below subpar. We will not eat here again and will not recommend this place to anyone.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The have great seating and outstanding service. The steaks are the best in town!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had a great dinner. Food was delicious. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant with terrific Italian food served by competent waiters. I had a veal chop, and it was tasty, to say the least. The Caesar's salad was excellent. There is plenty of parking on the street. I liked the decor of the restaurant. The waiters wear tuxedos. My wife had a veal dish also which was delicious. There is a large wine list.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food is amazing. Wish the service would be better to make it an even better overall experience.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Perfect for intimate suppers and evenings! Favorites include caesar salad, cannelloni and veal milanese!

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

I have been eating here for over 20 years because the food is outstanding. The service is just average at best but the food makes up for it.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I loved everything about this place! Went on a Wednesday to hear a live Sinatra singer, the volume was

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Enjoyable . Good food, service and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Manhattan of La Jolla is a hidden gem! From the warm feel that you get when you first walk in to the top notch customer service. The food is outstanding! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

This restaurant is a great example of an old school New York steakhouse in California. That means the fish entrees are just as good as the steaks and pasta. You can’t go wrong here whatever you chose, but some of my favorites are the eggplant componata to start with and the steak Florentine to follow up.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

It was our first dining experience at the Manhattan.

My wife had been searching for a restaurant that served Cherries Jubilee. We were thrilled to finally locate a place that not only knew about this delicious desert but had all the ingredients.

The special of the evening was a hit but the highlight of the night was the Cherries Jubilee that was prepared right at our table.

Our waiter Jose was knowledgeable and friendly.

It’s refreshing to finally have a place that has ambiance but still serves class.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Todo muy rico y muy bien atendidos

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great ambiance and service. We were given a free dessert and congratulated on our anniversary. It was a great old-school experience.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

great food, great staff, very enjoyable. would recommend to anyone.

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2.0Dined 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...

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Wonderful as always

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Fabulous food and the service paid attention to the details

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

A favorite of ours. Old world charm and excellent food

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