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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

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Good for a Date (27)
Romantic (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Live Music (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Authentic (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Business Meals (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Cozy (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Fun (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Late-night Find (7)
People Watching (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Comfort Food (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Casual (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Spicy (2)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Waterfront (1)
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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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 (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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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Service was excellent- would give more stars than 5 if I could, and I wish I could remember our server's name to give credit where it's due! The food was amazing and so fresh! We had two different appetizers, two different entrees and each had dessert (We were visiting from out of state and celebrating a birthday so we "went big"). Every single dish was amazing and it was definitely the best food we had while in town for 6 days. Thanks Manhattan!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Pleasantly surprised and amazed by the atmosphere, food and service. This is a hidden gem in LaJolla, a classic steakhouse with an Italian flair. I would prefer this place over the bigger name steakhouses.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Thanks to the owners, this restaurant has been around for over 30 years! No nonsense Italian. The Lobster Manhattan speaks for itself. And the wine list is extensive and full proof! Go for the food and service, stay for the live music!

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Hot Spot, Cozy, Fun, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Lovely place, with great service and nicely prepared food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 8, 2017

It is a bit darker than expected bit a definite sinatra feel

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 6, 2017

High expectations, poor performance. We have eaten at Manhattan a few times before and the good experiences. This time was different. My wife and I split orders of Veal Picatta and Fettuccine Alfredo, and both dishes were subpar. The veal was dry and flavorless, and the Fettuccine Alfredo sauce was all butter and very little cream (and flavor). We asked for additional sauce to see if that would help and we got was a tepid, milky, watery concoction that anyone would be ashamed to call Alfredo Sauce. The normally consistent food was awful and we were very disappointed. We will probably go back to the restaurant again but it will be awhile.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

I've been coming here since I was 2 years old for every birthday dinner. It has remained my favorite Italian restaurant in the world! The gnocchi is the best I've ever had. I've tried gnocchi all around the world, but theirs is just so good. They really know how to make amazing Italian food. And Nancy is always so sweet!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Live Music, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 31, 2017

It was a very good Italian restaurant with great service ! The food was really authentic.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Outstanding, food , service, atmosphere some of the in la jolla cove, can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 24, 2017

We were seated before our waiter was available, as soon as we arrived. Other than a 15 minute wait for menus service was fantastic, and the food was out of this world. The restaurant has a perfect authentic old-style Italian ambiance-dark, cozy and very inviting. Our kids love good food, and fine dining. The bread was perfect-warm, with a sharp crust but very soft in the inside and delicious. Our meals -shrimp scampi, spaghetti bologna, the manhattan trio, and fettuccini alfredo were spot on. For dessert the tiramisu was perfect. We also loved the cheesecake and lava cake.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The food is consistently good. Prosciutto wrapped melon and eggplant rolotini was just right for dinner on the early side. See you all again.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Always great seeing Dirk who took great care of us. Nancy is one of the best at making sure your table is perfect even if you book on line. Great wine and cannelloni is the best anywhere! Amazing entertainment, Tad is a rare talent and can play anything perfectly!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Great restaurant, great food and great service. We loved the very authentic Italian food and wine. Could not have been better...!!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We showed up early to our reservations, when the time came they allowed us to chose where we wanted to be seated. Prompt service and excellent food. Complimentary Birthday Cheesecake (which was yummy!). All around great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Found this restaurant thru Instagram with their post of one of many booths with brick walls and Marylin Monroe art. Had a double date birthday dinner on a weekday. The lighting is low and romantic. Piano was being played live. The food was delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Thank you for a pleasant evening experience to the servers and staff at Manhattan of La Jolla

Tags: Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Live Music, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Wonderful food but getting loud at times. Waiters either could not hear us or did not pay attention.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Manhattan in La Jolla has been my “go to” place since the 1980s. We took our friends on Wednesday to enjoy singer Roman Palacios and pianist Tommy Ganon. It was a wonderful evening. My veal chop was magnificent.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 17, 2017

If you're looking for fine Italian cuisine in up-scale New York style atmosphere, this is the place!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 14, 2017

First time diners and was our anniversary. We were treated with great service and the food was amazing . Wednesday night music and singer was fantastic.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Upscale steak/seafood. That said, i wish there was a dress code. Seating directly in front of me was a couple with a teenager who were appropriately dressed for Petco Park. They were loud and could be heard throughou the bacj dining room which really spoiled our dinner. Our server, a nice hispanic gentleman who has been there for 25 years, but didn't get his name was wonderful. My only complaint, aside from that couple in front of us, was that i had difficulty enjoying ny ceasar salad. I don't especially like the dark green leaves in my ceasar. I normally cut off these are use only the hearts of romaine. I found that interesting for an upscale restaurant. For such a highly rated restaurant i expect close to perfection.
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Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 7, 2017

We were a party of 10 and had a reservation. Our table was waiting for us which was very nice. Music was very nice too, Wednesday night. The rest was just HORRIBLE. It took 45 for someone to acknowledge us, and say we'll be right with you, not exaggerating either. It took 1 1/2 hrs to bring our drinks. We had to ask for a drink menu, then a food menu. Poor waiter he was frazzled. He mentioned that they were short one waiter, but c'mon. A fancy restaurant, when you are down one employee your are still able to function. How about the hostess brings menus instead of just standing there. Manager and hostess were just talking for about 20 minutes (we were right next to them so we could hear their personal conversation) while the poor waiter was literally running to get out drinks and menus. Now the food....ridiculously bad. Olive garden has better food. Gnocchi was bad, pasta with filet mignon was nasty, steak was ok. Nothing was wow. Desserts were ok, nothing worth the $1,000 bill we paid.

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

The live music was a perfect touch to the even more perfect Veal Chop Florentina, one of the best i have had. The bartender makes a very good Manhattan, obviously.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Wow! Amazing experience. Probably one of the best dining experiences we have "ever" had. Waiter was amazing, food was absolutely perfect. Seriously an awesome time there. Don't think about this - just do it! No disappointments.......5 stars all the way around.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 24, 2017

The waiter had way too many tables to attend to. I have displeasure in the bus person asking my guests to had there plates to him. Why is ordering wine by the glass feel bad here?
If you were to check out the seat cushions you would see and feel many are in sad shape. At $50 plus per person I would not expect to wait over 15/20 mins to pay my bill while the band is on their break.
The food was tasty, the location wonderful, the greeting was good.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

I found the food and ambiance to be very good. The staff was very kind but the service was very very...very slow. It was an hour and a half before we got our entrees. I understand this is not a speedy place and did not expect it to be so. However, it was close 45 minutes before the waiter took our food order. He also asked what we wanted to drink but did not produce a wine menu until I had to ask for it. I still really liked the food and wine. The wait staff was very kind. It was just a much longer evening than expected.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Manhattan has consistently good food and service. It's a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Our favorite La Jolla spot for dining. The food is exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

First time ever that the service was fair. The food was phenomenal as always. We were excited to take our entire group from ages 4-84 there for Mother's Day dinner. It's the best hidden gem around!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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