California Modern - George's at the Cove

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Welcome to California Modern, where our passion is telling the San Diego story through food. We approach every day as a special occasion – one that begins with a bounty of locally grown and harvested products and ends with inventive preparations that surprise and delight our guests. Located on the lower level of George’s at the Cove, our ocean view dining room is contemporary yet comfortable, where conversation comes easy and our friendly, knowledgeable staff serve as guides to the many exciting choices available. Come have dinner with us and celebrate San Diego.
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DG
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service !

KB
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is unparalleled. Scallops: seared and seasoned to perfection, paired with fresh, crunchy corn- It was a meal that I didn’t want to end. Understated, attentive, elegant service. Worth every penny, though expensive.

K
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

George's California Modern never fails to deliver outstanding food, sourced locally and prepared with care. Our party of four experienced typically great service, attentive but not fawning. We ate lightly - salads, entrees and sorbets, but were full and satisfied at the end. My pork chop was excellent - cooked perfectly and presented with a tasty swoosh of vegetables and spices. The others had fish, which they loved. We will come back, and it will always be a special occasion!

JF
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

CA fusion at its finest! Some pairings that seem unusual but, in fact, work together quite well. The humble Minestrone soup was elevated to haute cuisine by both ingredients and broth. The warm, chocolate tart paired with the Taylor Port was a highlight! A superb meal all in all and I hope to be back soon.

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

19th wedding anniversary!! It was a great evening!!

California Modern - George's at the Cove
Responded on November 5, 2019

Hello! Thank you so much for celebrating with us! We love creating memories that will last a lifetime! Take care for now and see you again in the future! Best wishes, Joe Vitanza AGM Ocean Terrace George's at the Cove

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BE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Windows were dirty. Everything else was great. Food and service was great.

CB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and setting. Definitely recommend.

RK
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was very good! My husband ordered the pork chop which was out of this world!!! I had the Halibut which was very good.

I booked this restaurant because I was told it was a WOW for a special occasion... In making our reservation I noted it was our Anniversary, NEVER was it mentioned by the hostess or our server Happy Anniversary...oh well

h
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want a George's at the Cove refined environment and exceptional food & service, this is the one. Loved it.

D
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Some dishes were VERY salty and other had no flavor at all. Portions are way too small. Service was VERY slow. Absolutely not 5 star.
I would summarize it as "overpriced".

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location! The restaurant was beautiful, food superb, and the service was the best. It was pricey but worth every penny!

c
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is beautiful. We got to see the sun setting over the ocean as we are. The staff are professional and helpful. We unfortunately sat next to a table of over privileged individuals who were upset that the manager did not recognize one of them from being at a shower that was held there in the past. All they did was complain how important they were and how they deserved better acknowledgement by staff and that the manager should be let go. Luckily another manager was there to help calm them down and also courteously reseat us at another table after we couldn’t deal with the whining from those guests and self affirmations of their importance. The meal ended as amazingly as it started. We’ll definitely go back for another special night and hope that those specific privileged diners won’t ever return as they continue to make America great again.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambiance, and service were all first class. It made our anniversary dinner very special.

R
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

30th Anniversary Dinner. Nice Pri Fixe menu with wine pairings. Dessert came out a little late but all very fine. Highly recommended!

L
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a disappointing experience the time before; the Manager said he'd 'take care of this this time". This bill was SO hefty, that Manager was not there who promised us the hookup, but he said he'd lit the Assistant manager know?

So confused here...Still tipped very well, & the food was delicious this time, but VERY costly (ie, more than Pamplemousse, more than Mister A's).

Can the main manager please call me? Thanks.

BB
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good experience and menu.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic as was the service... we attended for our 30th wedding anniversary and everyone made us feel special and even gave us a bottle of olive oil as a gift. The menu offerings were first class as was the wine pairing... my only small call out is that the decor is somewhat dated... and because it was dark we were not able to enjoy the view... overall outstanding!

B
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was a bit disappointed. The tortellini in the Minestrone Soup were way undercooked. The Yellowtail fish was excellent as well as warm chocolate tart.
The service was very good but the view disappointing as you look over a rooftop.
And it was rather expensive considering all above.

BF
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed restaurant week. Great service!

OT
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Too expensive and the menu did not have not much variety. The food was good but had too much pepper. Modern style restaurant with beautiful view

RG
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

It took a long time before our orders were taken and the food took a very long time to receive. It was good food, but not worth the astronomical bill we received.

RD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

A limited number of tables have a view. They are all 2 seat tables. I requested a scenic view weeks in advance for me and my wife making special note it was a 60 th birthday celebration. Instead we were seated in a back cubbyhole with only a view of other tables and a serving station. The view could be overlooked by us if not for the highly overpriced and disappointing meal. Ex: $6 extra for bread. We ate at 4 other high rated restaurants this week and each provided excellent dining experiences with delicious food . While each was fairly expensive they were less than George’s dining room

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food. Very knowledgeable waiter of wines and courses. Very nice place but not stuffy. We loved it!!

JK
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and the staff was incredible. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and they made it a very special night.

OT
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

George's is absolutely our favorite restaurant in the San Diego area! The food is so creative and delicious, and the service is excellent. Our waiter, Patrick, offered perfect suggestions for food and wine selections. I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant to anyone looking for a special meal.

N
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wife’s birthday. I had the tasting menu. Main dishes were the lamb & scallop, which were very good. The in between tasting dishes were ok. Dessert was chocolate/ custard with passion fruit which was excellent. My wife had as an appetizer prawns that were a special for that day & they were excellent. Her main dish was halibut & was perfect. We were seated by the windows, so had a perfect sunset view. Noise level was low which made for a very nice dinner with normal conversation (didn’t have to shout to be heard!). Service was prompt & superb. This was our second visit as the first, which was 2 years ago when we visited California, was also excellent.

MJ
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was very good, the service fine but all 3 of us were disappointed. We all agreed that there are a number of restaurants with much better views and ambiance and are not nearly as expensive. We don't mind paying for a nice dinner out and are not cheap diners but George's just did not live up to our expectations of higher end restaurants (Marine Room is just down the road - nicer restaurant and more of a view).

California Modern - George's at the Cove
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you for your thoughts regarding your recent visit to California Modern. I would love to hear more details regarding your experience as this review is rather vague. We strive to provide an exceptional dining experience for all of our guests and it is clear that this was not the case. I would like to know details as we constantly strive to learn and grow. I can be reached at Matt@georgesatthecove. Thank you

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely spectacular and the service was excellent. Our server, Parhom, knew the menu and his wines very well. He was very friendly and added to the experience. The ambience was nice, mostly due to the fact we had a table with an Ocean view. While the food was excellent, the prices were a bit inflated which, unfortunately, is to be expected these days. I rated lower on value simply because I have a hard time justifying paying the price we did for a dinner for two.

California Modern - George's at the Cove
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello, Thank you for the wonderful feedback regarding your visit in the California Modern portion of the restaurant. I'm not sure if you had a chance to try the Niman Ranch Pork chop, but if you haven't it gives you a great excuse to come back and try! Simply stunning. We are also glad you were able to receive the services of Parhom, he is one of our best servers on that level! Be well for now and see you again in the future! Best regards, Joe Vitanza AGM Ocean Terrace George's at the Cove

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MH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great view, wonderful service, dining room is elegant and comfortable. Highly recommend for a romantic night out.

California Modern - George's at the Cove
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello MarkH, Thank you for joining us here at George's at the Cove! Whether you dine on the Ocean Terrace, Level 2, or California Modern, we always have a wonderful experience in store for you! Glad to hear you enjoyed your romantic evening and look forward to seeing you again! Take care! Best regards, Joe Vitanza AGM Ocean Terrace George's at the Cove

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SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to go to a special restaurant for our trip to California. George's did not disappoint!
The ambiance was excellent and our table had a beautiful view of the ocean. The food was fantastic and well worth the cost. Speaking of cost, it was not much more than many not so fine restaurants.

Do yourself a favor and go here. You won't regret it.

California Modern - George's at the Cove
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello StevenM, Thank you for the wonderful review regarding your visit here at George's at the Cove! We are currently celebrating our 35th year in existence and couldn't be more thrilled that you were a part of the experience! Be well for now and we look forward to seeing you again in the future! Best regards, Joe Vitanza AGM Ocean Terrace George's at the Cove

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and inventive food, attentive service in a luxurious setting.

California Modern - George's at the Cove
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello JasonB, Thank you for the feedback! We strive to ensure each guest has a wonderful experience, and from the sound of it, seems like you enjoyed yourself as well! Take care for now and see you soon! Best regards, Joe Vitanza AGM Ocean Terrace George's at the Cove

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GW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Ambiance is great. Service was great. Food was good... but not as good as the rest of the experience. The deconstructed scallop ceviche was, frankly, disappointing. Overall an enjoyable experience but had to point out the one flawed dish.

CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can't go wrong with the food and service. And it just so happens to have a killer view!

c
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Arrived at 830.
Seated in a corner table behind a wall.
Was told if we wanted tasting menu we had to order before 9.
Food taste very mediocre- presentations simplistic apathetic .
Was charged for bread service even tho bill was $700
Server a little weird- too informal - wanted our names.
Inconsistent timing of courses being brought out.
No farewell.
Not an over the top experience one might expect.
Had just gone to Addison's at Fairmont. George's not in same league. Not to compare which is unfair- but I spent more at George's for half the experience.
Sorry

California Modern - George's at the Cove
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you for your comments regarding your recent visit to California Modern. I am sorry to hear of your disappointment as we strive to provide excellent food and service for all. I would love to hear more if you would be willing to share. I can be reached at Matt@georgesatthecove. Thank you again

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F
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place. Everything tasted wonderful. The service was perfect. The decor is beautiful, especially the jelly candles from Seattle that are beautiful and dear to my heart. Seating is all good. It's an adult restaurant. The other levels are too noisy for me.

California Modern - George's at the Cove
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello Francesca! Thank you for the wonderful feedback! Sounds like we accomplished all aspects of a perfect experience for you! Be sure to join us on our other levels as well. The Ocean Terrace's views are breathtaking as well as fun times on Level 2 for Tiki Fridays! Take care for now, see you again in the future! Joe Vitanza AGM Ocean Terrace George's at the Cove

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KC
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Hostess was rude, so we left!

LB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's always a treat to enjoy a meal at George's California Modern. The service was excellent and the meal didn't disappoint. Only disappointment is that I wanted to try the Chef's tasting menu and my husband did not. We were unable to order the tasting menu without both of us placing same order.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

A birthday celebration which did not go well. First, we had to move to another table due to condensation (water dripping from the ceiling). The entrees, ribeye and chicken, were too fatty and too dry, respectively. The dessert was, however, enjoyable.

JR
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How does one describe a perfect dining experience? Incredible food, impeccable and unhurried service, and delightful ambience for starters. Even without the ocean view George’s would rate five stars. Great cocktails too!

CB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Important to know: there are 3 dining experiences here. This review is level 3 - fine dining. It was a special occasion which had been communicated to the restaurant and they acknowledged. My request for a window table was denied unless I wanted to wait 45 minutes. Not only did we not get a window table, but were not even seated in the main dining room. We had no view at all. Menu was not exciting, no specials were relayed by our waiter. The food was very tasty, but expensive, and the menus state an additional 4% will be charged for unexplained expenses and labor? Very disappointing evening.