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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

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Good for a Date (26)
Romantic (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (23)
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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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·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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 (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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