Candor by Giuseppe

4.8
237 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
With honest flavor and expression, Candor is a fresh take on dining, a neighborhood destination, and go-to gathering place. Always ready to serve up an engaging and savory social environment, community and culture mix seamlessly through an unpretentious and approachable seasonal menu. An American eatery that satisfies locals and travelers alike, guests feel right at home – always delighted by familiar tastes with global twists.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 237 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMeeks
Las Vegas
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

everything was very nice...delicious food, varied menu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Candor always. Best place in La Jolla!

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Nancy
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We are regulars guests at Candors and like to introduce friends to it. I really wish they'd bring back their Orechetti. It is the best pasta dish I've ever eaten. But they haven't offered it for a very long time, so I usually get the hamburger.

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vonniem
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved my dinner, so happy the portion size was enough for the next days lunch, even better the next day!

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vipAnnCraig
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our only problem was that the avacado toast was too hard for my elderly friend to cut. Otherwise, we had a totally delightful time. Ann

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vipElizabeth
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

tasty, interesting menu. professional service. cute outside tables

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our entire experience and will definitely be back!

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vipMeeks
Las Vegas
51 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

first time there, great menu with varied options. looking forward to going back soon. Nice atmosphere.

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vipCoco
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well spaced tables for Covid. Great service and delicious food.

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vipAshley
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous when we dine here. The shrimp al ajillo is fantastic. Thanks Giuseppe!!

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vipTorontiff
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff went out of their way to make us comfortable on a windy sometimes rainy day outside!

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N6957V
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great little neighborhood gem. Good wine list. Good service.

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EmilyE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious healthy food in a outdoor casual relaxed atmosphere

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vipJanet
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure and owner usually there checking to make sure everything is right, The food is perfection, great wine list and now they have mixed drinks, Lots of outdoor seating and heat lamps. Great neighborhood gem,

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Richard
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was Chris and his timing and personality was great.

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vipepicurean
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food- fresh ingredients, perfectly cooked and the bread..... I wish I could resist.

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vipThomasK
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us enjoyed a wonderful evening at Candor in La Jolla. The restaurant has accommodated lots of outdoor seating, comfortably spaced and good for volume control. Our meals were delicious and loaded with fresh ingredients. Candor chefs prepare delicious meals and the restaurant has always hired very nice servers.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way !!!

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vipJanet
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Fantastic menu , great service, food is always delicious! Salads are fresh and creative. I love the salmon burger. Don't forget to try their cookies.. Freshly baked and so scrumptious.

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vipGinab
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE this local gem!! Food is always prepared well, great wine selection and they just got their full liquor license. Must visit place!

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vip3byzndg
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends visiting from LA who we hadn’t seen since the start of the lockdown. It was a perfect 75 degrees and we sat al fresco. Everyone just loved their meal, with comments like “how can a tuna melt be so delicious?”
We will return, again & again. Oh, and kudos to Sophia, she is fantastic!

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vipRichH
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten at Candor many times. It always is a great experience. Giuseppe is an excellent host. As far as ambience, given current conditions, guests are limited to outdoor dinning. This creates some unusual conditions and are not representative of the restaurant during normal times. Still, the restaurant tries to make the experience as pleasant as possible. And in any case, the food is worth any inconvenience. I would nt hesitate to recommend Candor.

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vipmdmjw
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I gave only a 3 / 5 for ambiance, as a table of 8 next to us with children were very noisy, dumped over a wine bucket full of ice, and dropped silverware several times. Perhaps if the tables were spaced further apart or the manager had asked them to be quiet. Would have been lovely to eat indoors as well. Great food and appreciated the owner stopping by to say hello.

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Roger
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is very good and the staff is always friendly.

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vipmsenergy
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Having dined at Candor several times in the past, I was very much looking forward to having dinner there again. The atmosphere is very nice, and quiet, and the service was attentive. However, my friend and I had 3 dishes, and every one of them was disappointing. Each dish was very bland, and definitely not tasty.

I'm very sad, because Giuseppe is a great guy and his food has always been excellent. Hope this was just an off night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Always the freshest food with quality ingredients... service is always on point as well! 👏

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GraceD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Given COVID-19 conditions, the staff did an amazing job and we enjoyed a great private table.

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vipSilvanaM
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience for every day dinning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food!!!! Everything was wonderful

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vipJanet
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to go to this neighborhood gem. Chris is often my server and is very helpful. Food is always perfect;y prepared and delicious. Plenty of outdoor seating. This restaurant is known for excellent food and service.

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vipJandAS
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and menu for a very reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicioso!

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vipDennisM
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy Candor for the European style dining and quality of the food. Giuseppe always runs a first class dining experience.

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vipLori
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, service was great, ambiance was outstanding.

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DarrellH
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good customer service. Love the ambiance. I would recommend to anyone

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vip4mgoblue
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly service. Pizza was AAA awesome with amazing texture and crust. Grouper special had the most savory sauce, it was exquisite. This is incredible, authentic Italian cuisine.

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TracyD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giuseppe’s cooking and his mama’s recipes never disappoint but this fisherman’s stew may be one of his finest ever! A must have! The freshest seafood and an amazing bouillabaisse sauce was truly impeccable. Additionally, the croquette, burrata and tomato bread was delectable. Wow. Always amazing, but tonight really pleased. Thanks, Giuseppe, Salem, Emily and crew!

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vipLori
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service. Outstanding items, wish I could take some home.

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JosephB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Don't miss this restaurant! It'll become a favorite.

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LBRunnerGirl
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Discovered this little neighborhood gem on a day trip to La Jolla. Due to COVID restrictions, all dining was outside in a "patio" area created in front of the restaurant. Well spaced tables and shaded for guests. Our salads were fresh, hearty, and unique. Our beer and wine selections were crisp and refreshing on that hot afternoon. Very warm and welcoming staff. Highly recommend this cozy and delicious experience!

FAQs

Candor by Giuseppe does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Candor by Giuseppe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 246-7818.

Candor by Giuseppe is rated 4.8 stars by 237 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.