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George's California Modern

1726 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Californian, Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Georges California Modern (Dinner): Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
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Phone number
(858) 454-4244
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Trey Foshee
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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.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Street parking is offered but not always available. Take advantage of convenient curbside valet service or the many affordable lots nearby.
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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.
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 1726 People Are Saying
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vipOneoriginalfoodie (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Flavors were underwhelming and there was a lack of creativity

vipYosh (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 7 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Awesome great amazing

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Good cocktails and food. Management slightly disorganized.

ArthurS (San Diego)
3.0  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...

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  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.

Raw1 (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Great food and presentation.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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!

vipLLBL (San Diego)
5.0  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.

vipGirlfromNYC (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

vipvhillmd (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great experience!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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

vipSuncoast (San Diego)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  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.