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About George's California Modern

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.

1250 Prospect Street
San Diego, CA 92037
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Georges California Modern (Dinner): Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.

Cross Street:
Ivanhoe

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 454-4244

Website:
http://www.georgesatthecove.com/california-modern

Catering:
When you’re planning a private party or group event, you want to know it will go off without a hitch. And that’s what we do best. Our venue provides flexible space, with indoor and outdoor settings, ocean views, and award-winning service. But the centerpiece of any George's event is the food. Our menu options showcase the best of San Diego ingredients in creative presentations.

Ready to start planning your event? We'd love to hear from you. Please contact Kristine Fogarty at 858-454-4244 ext.129.

Parking Details:
Street parking is offered but not always available. Take advantage of convenient curbside valet service or the many affordable lots nearby.

Public Transit:
Multiple lines serve La Jolla Village, with the nearest stop located at Torrey Pines Road & Exchange Place. It's a short 5 minute walk to the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Trey Foshee

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Celebrate your someone special at San Diego's "Most Romantic" restaurant (San Diego Union Tribune). All three levels of George's are celebrating Valentine's Day with special prix-fixe menus, award-winning service and our breathtaking ocean view.

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Private Dining

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.

George's California Modern Ratings and Reviews

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80% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (24)
Creative Cuisine (20)
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Good for Birthdays (17)
Waterfront (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Good for a Date (16)
Scenic View (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Tasting Menu (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Seasonal (9)
Business Meals (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Authentic (7)
Cozy (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Organic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Best restaurant experience in San Diego by far.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The service was friendly, but it took too long to get our entree. the food was flvorful but not worth the price we paid.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Another fabulous meal at George's. Perfect service, awesome food. Our favorite restaurant in the San Diego area.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great inventive cuisine, magnificent flavors and ingredients. Our server was interesting to talk to and very hospitable.

Tags: Organic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Late-night Find, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Waterfront, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

La comida excelente

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food and service were wonderful!

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

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 !!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on December 25, 2017

My fish was over cooked. The waiter was to busy to attend to our table. We ordered bread & it didnt come to the end.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Every aspect of our dinner experience was fantastic! The food was creative and delicious. Our waiter was attentive without being annoying. The food prices are actually really good for what you get. Make no mistake, you will probably average $100 per person or more but you are going to get a fantastic dining experience.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We go to fine dining places in Europe quite a bit and have very high standards. The quality of ingredients were high, everything was well prepared and the outlooks of the portions were beautiful. However, the first mentioned considered the food portions were on the big side for us, the both of us (despite us doing sports every day) had difficulties finishing four courses, I really had to stuff the entree in after the starters. The food was Great, but not outstanding, which one expects for the money spent. The wine pairings were unordinary, great wine although very unexpected selections by the wine manager. We were offered the opportunity to change the pairings, but just decided to stick with the interesting selections offered to us. Nevertheless, we were extremely happy with the great service and the ambiance, had lovely time and the most memorable Christmas Eve dinner at the George's California Modern.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This fine dining experience never fails to delight. The menu regularly changes with the availability of fresh ingredients, and presentations continue to be worthy of a photograph in Bon Appetit. Service remains a big plus; our waiter had been with the restaurant for 20 years, and that says all one needs to know about the quality of this establishment. All things considered, this remains the best dining experience in greater San Diego.

Tags: Seasonal, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

George's was a great choice for our 44th anniversary. We chose an early reservation to allow walk around time at the cove. We wanted window seat for view, but there was no view, unless you like looking at the side of a building. It was already dark, and no sea view! Live/learn!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

I reserved a table inside for my anniversary, the entire experience was absolutely incredible. Delicious food and wonderful staff, and the atmosphere was cozy and romantic.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Uninspired flavors, inexperienced service, overall disappointing experience -- especially considering the prices!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Overpriced tourist trap. Great view but the food quality is poor. A lot of experiment with food but the outcome is not good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great view and beautiful interior. Friendly attentive staff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The service and food was amazing but that’s to be expected when dinning at an expensive restaurant, we were quite perturbed with the fact that management showed a lack of respect for patrons by allowing a large party in the main dinning room to ruin the dinning experience for everyone sat around them. Large parties, especially with young misbehaving children should not be sat in the main dinning room especially if they are going to FaceTime and pass the phone around the table for the entire dinning room to hear every word.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

They have new menu and did not care for it as have previously.
Hope they change it soon

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great service great food great price. They even followed up the next day to make sure we had a great experience. Would def recommend again

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The staff was friendly. The food was amazing! Plenty of vegeterians options! Can't wait to come back again and try the ocean terrace!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We enjoyed it a lot! This is a great spot. We love it!
Great food and service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving was fabulous! Love this experience. It’s never disappoints!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Tasting menu was delicious and love that they use so much great local produce.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was very disappointing
A prior experience there was good but not this time

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The starters were over priced . Overall was very disappointing dinner for after reading all the great reviews of thecrestaurant. This was our first time there snd I dont think will go there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

From the moment we arrived, the experience was delightful. The staff are all warm, engaging, and wonderfully competent. The menu was a bit challenging because there were many unusual choices, but we all LOVED our four different meals. The food was really spectacular. We also had a great window table (though we couldn’t see anything of the magnificent daytime view). We were entertaining friends from the East coast, and they were truly impressed. Thanks for a fabulous evening.

Tags: Seasonal, Organic, Waterfront, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

A La Jolla institution, maybe past its prime. Overall we were not impressed by this place, The first starter was a crudo fish dish. It was not well balanced. The saltiness overwhelmed the sweet and the sour and the sliced jalapenos made the whole dish seem a bit like a cheap ceviche. Very underwhelming. The second starter was the pork, recommended as a house favorite. The deep fried tube was not at all what I expected. It reminded me of a batter coated souvlaki with some greens thrown on top. Sorry, but this did not work for me at all. The main was beef cheeks which were excellent. This was the only course I thought worthy of this price point. For desert I had one of the cheeses which was mediocre. We chose to get the wine pairing with the meal for $40 per person. We should have ordered a couple $40 bottles as the pairings were not especially inspired and the pours were minuscule. Overall, I can't say I would recommend Georges. It was OK, but not great. For $160 each, you can do much better.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Anniversary

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Fabulous food and excellent service. The wine pairing we had with our Four course dinner was excellent as well. We will come back to George's again the next time we are in La Jolla.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I chose George's California Modern because my husband was celebrating his 70th birthday, and the reviews I'd read led me to believe our dinner would be spectacular. Our dinner was good, but not great, compared to other restaurants in the area. We had to pay extra for bread, which seemed a bit miserly. We started with the poached pear salad, which was tiny but priced at $17. My pear was hard and had to be cut with a knife and fork because it had not been cooked long enough. Our entrees were striped bass, which we both thought was excellent. I ordered dessert (chocolate tarte), which was good, but not fabulous. We were disappointed by the ambiance; I remember the old George's at the Cove. The new version seemed rather tacky with flocked chairs and very little in the way of decoration, and the view was marred by the private residence blocking the coast. Altogether, we were underwhelmed. We won't go there again any time soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

4 course menu. Highlights: The fish tacos are a signature dish and sublime. The yellowtail crudo was wonderful and a great balance of heat and cool. The duck was cooked perfectly, with crispy skin and moist breast meat. Service was attentive without being fussy. The view! Especially before sunset! Things that could have been just a scooch better: There were people in sport coats and dresses and others in shorts. At this price point, is it really rude to have a dress code? The dipping sauces for the dreamy and wonderful doughnuts - only the marshmallow one was memorable--in a good way. The "cherry" one was applesauce, the chocolate one was bitter. Things that MUST improve: The dining room chairs are not comfortable enough for a 2.5 hour meal!

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This is the first time we have dined at George's California Modern. We have usually stayed away as we thought it was very "touristy" but we received a gift card from an out of town friend. To start we had the octopus which was soggy (soft) and not good. For the main course, I ordered the yellowtail and my wife ordered the seabass. Both were very fishy tasting and the sauces were overbearing. We were not able to finish the dishes as they were so bad. The waiter was asked if our dinner was good and we were honest with feedback. He offered to bring new entrees but at this point we were not willing to endure another try. He offered us a desert to make up for our dissatisfaction. We ordered the chocolate cake and it was very average and we did not finish (rare for us not to finish a desert!). I cannot recommend George's at all. There are much better seafood restaurants in La Jolla. Now what to do with the gift card with that has a balance?

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