With a flexible environment suited to a wide range of needs, George's at the Cove is the ideal location for your next private event, whether it's a business function, bat/bar mitzvah, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, birthday party or anniversary celebration.View Private Dining Details
This Easter California Modern will be offering a 3-course brunch menu along with our incredible ocean views. The Ocean View room seating is $50 per person and our modern Street Side dining is $40 person. Regular dinner menus will be offered for the dinner service.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
I returned to dine at George's after a 6 year hiatus. Boy, I should have learned my lesson then. While the ambience and view are breathtaking and the food very high quality, the service was not. The staff were extremely slow and the frequency in which they checked on our table was poor. Our wine glasses were empty when our food arrived, despite having put in an order for a second bottle before the meal. Overall, a frustrating experience. I was extremely embarrassed to have brought my friends from out of town to this establishment.
We were disappointed not to be seated in main dining room, but food did not disappoint. Meal was excellent and front dining room was quiet.
Very attentive service. A pretty good deal for a fancy dinner with the 4 course $75 menu
Very disappointed in added charges to our bill. $4 for olives in a Martini. 3% surcharge to the entire bill for "cost increases."
Wonderful food. Loved every part of the tasting menu. Charming server. Only detected slightly because we needed help with wine choice but there really wasn’t advice available. Would advise restaurant to pay more attention to the restrooms at the end of the evening but a truly minor point for a wonderful evening
Highly recommend the ceviche appetizer. Great food. Great service. Great views during the day.
I have eaten here often years ago but after a couple of bad times since their expansion, i did not have good experiences. We decided to try this again at Modern after a very poor experience a few months earlier.(hoping for the best) Unfortunately it was an embarrassment. They brought me the wrong entree and when I questioned it, they tried to convince me it was a fish that it wasn't! I have never had such a "bait and switch" thing happen to me anywhere! Like I would be convinced I was eating opah when they brought me yellow tail! Since my date had her entree, they left the yellowtail to taste while they cooked the opah. When they brought the opah, they actually removed the yellowtail plate so that my date couldn't even taste it anyway! worse, the opah was totally raw and uncooked. And the side veggies were overcooked. I cannot believe the this stunt! So while my date completely finished I still waited on the third try! since they removed the yellowtail. When it finally came, it was the worst piece of fish I ever had, so tough like a pure fat piece, impossible to cut even with a knife. I couldn't eat it and the waiter couldn't cut it either, so they removed it. After one wrong entree (having tried to fake it to me) and two tries at opah, the waiter was so embarrassed. i felt bad for him because he was good. I asked for the chef to come out and explain things or even try to taste what he cooked, but he refused the request. The manager came over with face covered with handkerchief over his mouth because he was fighting a bad cold. I felt sorry for him too and again asked for chef to come out since he was sick, but the chef refused again. Why George would put up with this chef is beyond me. To add insult to injury, they only comped my entree. Any respectful place would have everything to make up for this disaster! of course I shouldn't have to pay for what i didn't get! So they didn't comp anything, just made my date wait for three tries.
We did the Chef's Tasting Menu with the beverage pairings. Very inventive and entertaining. And our waiter took the time to explain both the dishes and the wines, and the local origins of each. For instance, a trio of locally caught prawns came with a Spanish wine called an Albariño, which was grown in central California. A small piece of ribeye steak came with a red Tannat produced in Mendocino. Our only regret was not arriving early enough to see the sunset from our table. But we had a chance to watch the sun go down on the drive up the coast, and while looking for parking in La Jolla (which is not easy in that part of town).
The selections were very fresh fish, vegetables, fruits & meat. The ambiance was very good, even though tables are close together; volume was not a problem. The 4 course tasting menu is a lot of food, but worth the options. When in La Jolla, this is one place you must try!
we ordered the 8 course fixed price. the service was slow and food was delivered without dishes for everyone.
an unfortunate experience.
Flavors were underwhelming and there was a lack of creativity
Nice atmosphere, sound level good allow conversation in part due to an attentive adjustment of the music level during the dinner when busy, food good but not exceptional, seared foie gras slightly overcooked, mushroom lasagna ok, nothing brilliant, lacking finesse and taste, fish course slightly overcooked, meat on the tough side in the beef tartare, dessert good, overall like of finesse. Service attentive but keeping a nice distance, and not obsequious. We had a good dinner but not an excellent dinner.
Awesome great amazing
Good cocktails and food. Management slightly disorganized.
I was hesitant to post a review(it was going to be a negative one). I then was asked by OpenTable and thought that others' reviews help me, so I shall.
The ambiance was nice - that's about it though:(.
I go out very often and have been to many outstanding, high priced restaurants. Despite that the price was ($175 pp/$220 with wine pairing for Chief's tasting menu), the food or the service was not even close!
One of our starting dishes was mushroom lasagna. I asked if we could eliminate ricotta as I wasn't a fan, the waitress' answer was: "I'm sorry, it comes premade". REALLY?!? At a "luxe" restaurant it "comes pre-made"?!?
When it was served, it was very COLD! It was hard, and when cut, it crumbled. When the waitress was back (we had to ask every time for her as she seemed to be overwhelmed), I, giving a benefit of a doubt that maybe it was some sort of chief's "creative" dish, she said that it was supposed to be hot. So I offered for her to try and see that it wasn't even warm. She just apologized! I mean really?!? At a high-class restaurant you don't take it back and substitute with something else, or at least serve another - hot one as it was supposed to be (one expects it in any restaurant)?!?!
Second appetizer was Octopus. It was completely burned - hard and charcoaled (see picture).
The cauliflower appetizer was just 3-4 small pieces of raw cauliflower with some greens on top - no sauce, nothing special.
Entrees were just A ok: regular grilled Sea Bass and not so successfully seared Yellowfish. At the end of the day the star was the dessert: raspberry and quince sorbet - very refreshing. But hey, there is only so much you could do to a sorbet.
Lastly: on the table next to us there was bread. I thought maybe she just forgot, so I asked for some. When we got the bill, I see a charge described as 2X$2, total extra $4. I ask, and she says: that's for bread, per person! Seriously?!? Aren't you supposed to let customer know?? Set aside that it's just pity stuff...
Excellent Service, great ambiance, 3 course menu worth it, wonderful desserts to top it off.
Terrible service, worst table in the restaurant and the food was not good. Waiters were rude. I wouldn't recommend this place or open table reservations app to anyone.
Great food and presentation.
Since we arrived in San Diego from France my husband wanted to come here so I surprised him this Saturday.
The food was amazing, he told me no need to come back to Paris, I finally found a great restaurant here!
The service was really great, they ask us each time if we wanted to change the wine because with the wine pairing we had 2 French wines with was really thoughtful.
Thank you for this night!
One of the top three restaurants in San Diego. Respectful and knowledgeable servers, nice variety of menu items, tasty integration of Chino Farms produce, charming and recently updated atmosphere. Quality of the food preparation and taste/flavours ot the food offerings are outstanding.
We went for a birthday dinner. The food and service were both excellent.
Fabulous, creative, and delicious! Perfect for special occasion.
Usually we have a top class meal at George's but this time it was a bit under par. Maybe because it was restaurant week? Staff and location as great as always but the food was a let down.
Came here for a chef’s tasting with my wife for her 30th birthday. She did the pairing and I elected to stick to cocktails. Overall the food was superb. Some dishes were very good, others were spectacular. My only hang-up was the portion size on a couple of dishes. Of course the ingredients were stellar so I understand that carry’s a burden but after 8 courses feeling the slightest bit hungry was a little bit of a downer. Overall, great experience, but maybe finding a way to finagle a few extra bites on some courses could make all the difference.
Food quite tasty. Service was good.
Size of food portions so small that we both left the restaurant still hungry. For this expensive eatery,this was unacceptable to us and likely never to return there.
Best restaurant experience in San Diego by far.
The service was friendly, but it took too long to get our entree. the food was flvorful but not worth the price we paid.
Another fabulous meal at George's. Perfect service, awesome food. Our favorite restaurant in the San Diego area.
The relaxed atmosphere and the excellent food and service made for a wonderful evening to catch up with people we had not seen in 30 years. Our waiter never rushed us into ordering and this helped to make for a perfect evening. There was not one item that we ate that was not perfect! I would go back anytime I am in La Jolla.
Service was horrible. I’ve been here multiple times entertaining clients and have alway had service in the past. We waited over 5 mins for water and I continually had to ask the waiter to fill up my water glass! Just horrible service.
Great inventive cuisine, magnificent flavors and ingredients. Our server was interesting to talk to and very hospitable.
Service was good and the food was good. However, my wife ordered a medium rare steak and it came out almost medium well. They brought a new steak in about 10 minutes but it spoiled the meal for both of us. I only picked at my food while i waited to eat with her by the time it came my food was barely warm by then. They handled it well in all regards, except I would have expected some offer of dessert at the very least or some other comp on that bill or a future visit from a place where the plates are ~$40+. That was surprising.
This is a spectacular place, a very pleasant surprise for any serious foodies out there. We did the full tasting menu and got terrific service from Sean, who was informative and professional. The feeling is a real intimacy with southern California food (like the unusual spiny Lobster). One of best restaurant experiences short of French Laundry and Eleven Madison Park.
We arrived about 10min.before our reservation and were told we’d have to wait. My husband declined to wait, and we were seated, but. there was no reason to have kept us waiting that we could see.
This was the only restaurant that offered us bread, but for an extra charge.
The food was ok.
We ate at George's for the first time in 9 years (it was the site of our rehearsal dinner). Menu was very different but quality was spot on as we remembered. Very professional service and beautiful restaurant.
La comida excelente
Good food, good service, good wine list, the foie gras was heavenly, I had the Braised beef cheeks and she the sea bass. First class preparation, the cheeks were good but the sea bass was delightful. Nice job guys. I'll be back.
Food and service were wonderful!
Mistake at the front made us wait 40 minutes, the server compensated us with 2 extra starters . The wine paring was rely poor , 3 small glasses with 2 sips ...... 38$ was way to expensive !!!