George's Ocean Terrace

4.6
3448 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
Occupying the upper level of iconic George’s at the Cove in the heart of La Jolla overlooking the Pacific coastline, George's Ocean Terrace features a casual bistro menu developed by Executive Chef/Partner Trey Foshee and his team. Consistently named the region's best outdoor dining by the likes of San Diego Magazine, San Diego Home & Garden and Ranch & Coast, and Zagat's most popular restaurant, the Ocean Terrace experience is quintessential Southern California.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:00am-3:30pm, Dinner Sunday-Thursday: 4:30pm-10:00pm, Dinner Friday-Saturday: 4:30pm-11:00pm
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Phone number
(858) 454-4244
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Trey Foshee
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Private party facilities
Planning an event? We'd love to hear from you. Please call Kristine Fogarty at 858-454-4244 ext. 129 .
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Private party contact
Kristine Fogarty: (858) 454-4244 ext. 129
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ivanhoe
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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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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
3,448 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
74%
Very Good
16%
Good
6%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Atlanta
6 reviews
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service.

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j
Palm Springs
1 review
1.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We come into LaJolla often from Indian Wells, and until July 14th always looked forward to eating at the upper terrace. Our server was Sarah A and we were at table 311. My wife ordered a vodka and cranberry juice before dinner. What she received was vodka mixed with some unknown bright red liquid that tasted like a fruit punch or "Kool-Aid". It was not cranberry juice. We asked the waitress, who insisted it was cranberry juice. She finally admitted that it was a flavored drink that is dispensed through a pump by the bartender, and then said to us, "can we move on from this now". The manager (so we were told) visited our table and confirmed her story. We do not like being lied to, if you do not have a simple bottle of cranberry juice, then just tell us. Also, all of your waiters, waitresses and even the manager proudly display their extensive body tatoos. I find that quite inappropriate (health department?).

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YY
1 review
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service selection for all palates and ages. Quantity and quality were fabulous

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c
Cincinnati
1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Abraham, was excellent, as well as the food!!

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GH
1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to San Diego once a year for vacation. This was the highlight in terms of dining in our trip! We should’ve made more reservations for lunch and dinner.

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j
Los Angeles
3 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My all time favorite place in La Jolla.

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SH
1 review
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first trip to San Deigo and our second trip to La Jolla Cove. We had read the reviews on George's Ocean Terrace and were excited to make our reservations. We were not disappointed at all. We started with fish tacos and then the halibut. Both were very good, but the halibut was wonderful. The creme brulee was the end to our excellent meal. Our server Aaron was so helpful with explaining the menu to us and answering every question we had. I have told my friends of our experience and assured them that they should visit also for a grand experience and view. Thank you

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S
1 review
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great view and casual enough to gather a group of friends with a touch of modern dining to make it a nice birthday dinner spot. Can still hear the seals at night and the cocktails were spot on!

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OT
Dallas
6 reviews
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was delightful, the view terrific and the ahi tuna tostadas delicious!

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GF
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great view - great vibe!!

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OT
San Diego
37 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views, great tasting food, excellent wait service

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m
Cincinnati
47 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

George’s was nice but didn’t knock our socks off. It was crowded and tables were smaller. I don’t see what all the hype is about. There wasn’t anything wrong. It just wasn’t worthy of 5 stars.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome view and great food. Staff was very helpful.

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had very good dinner

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San Diego
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I brought our 2 teenagers here for dinner while visiting from Detroit. It was here that I proposed to my wife 25 years ago on the Terrace. George’s was aces all around. Thank you all for a memorable time. Peace-JD

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New England
15 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful sunset, friendly staff, delicious food. Accommodating with our two little ones also.

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Birmingham
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views! Great food!

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Cleveland
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I make my semi-annual pilgrimage to the west coast I ALWAYS make sure to stop in George’s for a great meal, drink and atmosphere. This place never disappoints!

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B
San Diego
13 reviews
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great.Varied menu many food items good for sharing. Beautiful view we ate on terrace.

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PZ
San Diego
11 reviews
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

All three of us enjoyed our meals: a hamburger, fish taco and shrimp taco. The food was excellent as was the service. My only gripe was the hostess. She must have asked me three times for the name on the reservation and then promptly forgot about me. At one point she said the table was being cleared, but 10 minutes after that, I had to inquire if the table had been cleared, then she asked me for my name!

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CR
1 review
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! The view, the service, the food. You have to go near sunset. Breathtaking.

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Western NC
75 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

View was magnificent and food was amazing. Very fun dinner.

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D
Austin
16 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience. Mark, our waiter, made the evening very enjoyable. The food was wonderful.

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We told the hostess it was my inlaws 47th Anniversary, she confirmed that it was indeed on my reservation. She was not friendly as all . Therefore I want surprised when there was no further mention of the special occasion by staff.

Of course the setting was perfect and wait staff was excellent. If hostess would have been more welcoming and possibly the manager came by to acknowledge their 47th Anniversary, it would have been perfect!

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San Diego
1 review
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Sage, was amazing. She made it a wonderful experience for us.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view and great food

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s
1 review
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

great view. great service. great ambiance. key issue food -- new chef new menu. I've been going to Georges for 20% years sad to see food selection, taste and quality now average.

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SD
1 review
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time at George's! Definitely a go-to spot in La Jolla.

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DK
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location, great views and fantastic ambiance. Excellent service, fine food, a bit pricey.

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Phoenix
19 reviews
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent !
Always great service
Thank you to the staff for making our 40th anniversary week perfect
See you in August

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff was fast and friendly, the food was good, and the views were beautiful! We're thinking about going back again before we leave La Jolla (and we're here for only 3 days)...

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c
Tampa
7 reviews
2.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

The food is average and overall this restaurant is over rated. I had a reservation and as I was waiting to be seated, a couple without a reservation were seated before us and at a better table. Very disappointing!

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BH
Minneapolis
1 review
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great view. We were there at 5:15 PM and they were already out of an entree.

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Phoenix
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! We loved the entire experience. They seated us at a great table with beautiful views of the ocean. The service was excellent and the food was phenomenal. Would highly recommend this restaurant!

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SD
San Diego
1 review
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

You can't beat their view! Just perfect way to take in and enjoy La Jolla! Don't miss it!

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J
San Diego
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I forget the name of our server, but he was incredible. He struck the perfect balance between being prompt for service and leaving us be for conversation. He was friendly, attentive, and helpful. Definitely my favorite waiter I've ever had.

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G
San Francisco
6 reviews
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Unrivalled view from their rooftop- definitely on the more casual side [plastic chairs etc], but a great spot for less formal business meetings or general dining out! Definitely request a ocean-view table- whilst the entire restaurant is enclosed in glass safety barriers, it’s especially serene in their tables adjacent to said safety glass.

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BD
New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful. Could not have been better!

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OT
1 review
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I made a reservation for Father's Day. I had forgotten that it was also a weekend that local universities had graduation as well, so it was busy and I understand that impacts service. We were sat on time, but nobody came to our table to offer drinks for at least 10 minutes. Many servers walked by and looked at our table but no one said anything or offered to start us off with drinks. We eventually had to ask for a server. Our appetizer (chips and salsa) seemed to take some time to come out. A hair was found in the chips, which was compensated for on our bill. Main dishes were okay, al pastor tacos, shrimp tacos, and chicken sandwich. Our server was good about refilling our drinks (soda and iced tea) when they were empty. I've been to George's on a non-holiday and the food and service seemed better then.

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Oklahoma City
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Vacation must-do spot in La Jolla. Food and view are superb.

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