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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

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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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4.4

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4.5

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3.8

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74% would recommend it to a friend

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Waterfront (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Scenic View (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Business Meals (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Seasonal (6)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Healthy (3)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Flavors were underwhelming and there was a lack of creativity

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

Awesome great amazing

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Good cocktails and food. Management slightly disorganized.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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...

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent Service, great ambiance, 3 course menu worth it, wonderful desserts to top it off.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Great food and presentation.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We went for a birthday dinner. The food and service were both excellent.

Tags: Waterfront, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great experience!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Fabulous, creative, and delicious! Perfect for special occasion.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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.

Tags: Vegan, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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 on January 20, 2018

Best restaurant experience in San Diego by far.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 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.

Tags: Healthy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on January 12, 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 10, 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 6, 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 5, 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 3, 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 2, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

La comida excelente

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 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 27, 2017

Food and service were wonderful!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 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 24, 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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 23, 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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 23, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 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 21, 2017

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

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (London)·Dined on December 21, 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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 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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