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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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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
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Good for Birthdays (21)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Romantic (18)
Live Music (18)
Authentic (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Business Meals (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Cozy (12)
Fun (11)
Notable Wine List (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
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Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

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)

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2018

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Elegant gem in La Jolla. Great service. Good food. A good place to celebrate an event or just have a nice dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We tried this place for our anniversary. It was great the food was awesome.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Understaffed? Took a long time to get menus and get served. Might give it another try in the future...but far too many restaurants in LJ to try at this time to try first.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We just love the old school feel of this italian inspired restaurant. The best table side Caesar salad and Ribeye steak!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Live Music, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We have dined at the Manhatten for the past eight years and are pleased with the service, food, and overall experience. I would recommend the restaurant for a dinner or special occasion if you like Italian food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Delicious food and fine service. Acknowledged my friends anniversary with a surprise dessert.
Felt very special.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I have been eating at this restaurant for over 25 years and just love the food!!!! Hard to get better food anywhere else like the food at Manhattan.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Love the food, atmosphere, and service. This is old-school style of eating, especially in the piano room. Very fun and the food is always outstanding. The service is on-point and love the live piano music which starts around 7:00pm. Great people watching on weekends!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We love dining at the Manhattan. The energy is the front dining room/bar/dance floor area is very high so we requested a quiet table - we're older and want to be able to visit with our friends without shouting. They did a terrific job of honoring my request. And everything we ordered we loved.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wedding anniversary

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

A wonderful traditional New York City style restaurant with Italian influences in downtown La Jolla. This restaurant offers a very good, traditional, old-fashioned, great service, white tablecloth dining experience. They have excellent cocktails, table-side Caesar salad and excellent food. The cannelloni, and lobster ravioli are stand-out offerings on the pasta menu, and there are great options for fish, veal, steaks, etc. I went there again for the cannelloni, which I love. Service is excellent - dark suit for the head waiter and black and white for the others.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

we recently moved to la jolla and this was our first time dinning here. this place is a hidden gem. the food was top notch, they had live music and best of all was our sever Ara. His food recommendations were excellent, the service was great and best of all was his charming personality. By the time we left, people were dancing and the mood was very festive with a 40+ year old crowd. we wished we had known so we could have stayed longer. this really has the feeling of being one of our new regular spots.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very nice meal and service was great. Beef carpaccio was outstanding .

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Manhattan is always consistently good. TheyHave classic dishes that are well prepared with generous portions and are uniquely delicious. Their Caesar salad is the only one in San Diego or Los Angeles that is a truly authentic Caesar salad with robust taste, garlic, anchovies, and Parmesan cheese and prepared of the table

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The pre-dinner martinis were excellent. The veal saltimbocca was served hot and was delicious. The veal piccata was served luke-warm. It tasted ok, but probably would have tasted much better if it had been served when it was plated.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Diablo is amazing, everything else good.
Waiter forgot Birthday
Music is magical ~

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love the Food!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I've been going to Manhattan for almost 40 years and never -- never -- been disappointed. Try the Veal Francesca!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Amazingballs!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

A very special place that make you think about how use to be. Good food. Waiters in suits. Low ceiling, leather booths. Nice art.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is one wonderful restaurant. It has been around for many, many years and the quality of food is as good as ever. They have some of the best bartenders that make you feel right at home. Also have a piano bar that was being enjoyed by many before and after their meal. The food is excellent and the staff very attentive. We were celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary and were treated so well. I would recommend this as a quiet, intimate moment or for a family gathering; they have room to make both happen and everything in between. We will be back the next time we are back in San Diego.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Best cuisine, service, ambiance and music anywhere!

Our favorite spot!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Disabled Access, Waterfront, Live Music, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

They have good food and excellent service.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was a special occasion and we were treated anything but special. The bartender was extremely rude. The hostess knew from the reservation and acknowledged it was a special occasion, and not one thing was done to make us feel special. I had requested a special booth, and they asked us if we would like a table instead... etc. It was the only restaurant that did nothing for our anniversary out of the 5 restaurants we dined at this weekend. There are far too many other superb restaurants within walking distance that I would recommend before this one. All in all, extremely disappointed.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Manhattan does wonderful, traditional italian/NY italian cuisine just beautifully. Their cannelloni is and has been forever the best I've ever had, and that includes those in Italy. They are to die for. Service is outstanding in a cozy, elegant environment, servings are generous and flavorful, and the wine list is excellent. While I love coming here for dinner, it is also one of the best deals for lunch in town. A cannelloni lunch, coming with soup or salad, and bread will not set you back anymore than one of the fancy burger places in town and you get white linen, flowers, candles, and sweet attentive service. The only thing that cuts down on my enjoyment is that I frequently find the live music (piano bar) too loud in the evenings. Otherwise this has been a favorite of mine for nigh on to 30 years. We've done birthdays, wakes, graduations, launches and weekday lunches here for what feels like forever.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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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vip
 (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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