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About George's Ocean Terrace

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.

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

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:00am-4:00pm, Dinner Sunday-Thursday: 4:30pm-10:00pm, Dinner Friday-Saturday: 4:30pm-11:00pm

Cross Street:
Ivanhoe

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(858) 454-4244

Website:
http://www.georgesatthecove.com/ocean-terrace

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

Private Party Facilities:
Planning an event? We'd love to hear from you. Please call Kristine Fogarty at 858-454-4244 ext. 129 .

Private Party Contact:
Kristine Fogarty: (858) 454-4244 ext. 129

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wine

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George's Ocean Terrace Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (70)
Great for Outdoor Dining (67)
Scenic View (64)
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Good for a Date (52)
Casual (40)
Special Occasion (35)
Worth the Drive (34)
Great for Lunch (30)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Romantic (29)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Sunday Lunch (26)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Bar Seating (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Fun (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Hot Spot (21)
People Watching (20)
Happy Hour (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Business Meals (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Healthy (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Seasonal (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Cozy (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Authentic (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tapas (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent as always. Consistently great atmosphere, great service, and great food!

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

My favorite restaurant ever!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

We decided to have dinner at George’s Ocean Terrace based on the recommendation of our colleague who dined here before and we were not disappointed. From the service, ambiance, and amazing food, this establishment will certainly be on our short list of restaurants to come to when we travel to the San Diego area.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was great and staff were very friendly. We sat outside and although chilly we stayed warm with the heat lamp and blankets that they offered.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Just a beautiful night with an incredible view and excellent service and food!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Atmosphere and service were both wonderful, food was ok. Left with a stomach ache, not sure what the hype is about!

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 (México)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Un fin de año aburrido

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years celebration

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

What a view. Overlooking the cove, hearing the ocean and the seal lions and the surrounding view. Toss in a nice menu and great service with reasonable prices and you have a great place for just the two of you or a party if you wish.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was my mom's 90th birthday and everyone was really nice and attentive to her. She had a great time.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve holiday

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was exceptional. The service was not that great with infrequent checking in on our table. Also the 3% surcharge for their employers salaries is ridiculous!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Been to George’s in the past - thisvidit didn’t live up to our past experiences

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was ok. Just not very good, and not good enough to want to go back

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The best place on the La Jolla cove came back after 13 years felt the same ....

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

For the past several years we have made a point of having lunch at George's Terrace when in town visiting family. It is always a great experience - great food and service and an ocean view that can't be beat. It was a little chilly and we were even offered blankets.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Not worth it at night
Too cold. Heaters don’t give adequate coverage
Food was average but cost is premium
No view at night.
Service wasn’t attentive.
They might be great on a summer night w a view. Winter - don’t bother

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Not what we expected. Good drinks and food was acceptable but not what we would have hoped to see from a Trey Foshee restaurant.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

This is billed as a great place to watch the sun set. It is NOT! The sun sets behind a building. It does have a view of the beach and the seals but it is not good for viewing a sunset as it is marketed!!! Ran out of 2 different menu items at 3:30 pm. Menu is seafood heavy and not for meat lovers.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Fantastic view of the La Jolla cove. Great cocktails and good food. Felt server was mediocre - not very attentive nor friendly. Good service from busboys.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

As always, the ocean terrace tables are amazing to enjoy La Jolla scenery. Good service and nice food & drinks represent their quality. Will go back again next time we’re in town.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Just the best place to look at the cove, enjoy the great La Jolla weather and eat consistently great food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a great time at George, good food, the service outstanding and the view lovely, congratulations

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 23, 2017

As usual this is my favorite place to celebrate my birthday or anniversary. Never disappoints
Thank you
Sonya

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Used to go to George's years ago, and was excited to return on a recent trip to San Diego. My family and i had a reservation, and were seated at table under a loud speaker right next to hostess stand. It was not the best table. So, we moved downstairs and got a nice table against the glass partition with a great view on the 2nd floor. Service and food were excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

I sent it last week already , the service was excellent, the waiter at top of the cove was very attentive, and the young lady downstairs her attention to us was excellent.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Been there many times, it used to be a great place, but it has certainly declined in all aspects. It has a great view so sad to see this place go downhill. It still gets crowded around the sun sets. If you don't mind paying $100 to watch the sun set then its a great place for you.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

FANTASTIC, some of the best food I have ever had! Hostess was polite and friendly, servers were very observant and knew when to approach and when to let us alone, chefs were AMAZING- try the famous soup! And the bread! And the roast chicken! Everything was delicious and you can't beat that sunset view of the ocean and palm trees. Heaven!

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Did not get to the Terrace because of high winds. Was at Level 2 and not close to the same restaurant. Average restaurant in all ways. Sorry to have missed the Terrace experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 6, 2017

You need to revamp the menu, pork tacos were not good...

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our overall experience was very poor. We had booked as we were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and it had been recommended by a colleague. The restaurant was very quiet when we arrived but we had to sit and wait to be seated for 10 minutes Finally we were shown to a table and given menus from which we ordered a bottle of wine. We sat for the next 20minutes with no service, no water and no wine. We decided to leave and walked across the street to a cosy, friendly Italian restaurant, la dolce vita, that we would thoroughly recommend.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Super accommodating we changed our party size at the last minute and 2 of us were 45 minutes early and hey seated us without waiting for the rest of the party to arrive. Excellent as always. George’s is always on my list of places to eat when I visit San Diego.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We really enjoyed our food but service was terrible. We had a hard time flagging down our server. I was disappointed in the experience especially since I had talked up the place to our out-of-town guests.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Went to George’s for my brothers 30th birthday! Was amazing as always when coming here, our server was great and they gave us a great table! Even gave my brother a bottle of locally made olive oil as a gift!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Had a great dinner with a co worker and my spouse. Great views and friendly staff.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were here celebrating my birthday and it was a big disappointment. We had reservations at 3:15 to see the sunset and the staff was changing from lunch to dinner. They were cleaning up and made us feel like we were in the way/they were being inconvenienced by us being there. I was asked multiple times if we were celebrating anything but nothing was done to celebrate it. Overall, I'm not impressed and wouldn't recommend it.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Lovely birthday dinner. Enjoyed by adults and teens/child--hard to do! Our server was fantastic.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was great except the hostess was really rude

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

So... Ive been here quite a bit over the years... lunch settinng on a nice day was awesome.. they ran 30 minutes behind on res time.. ordered lunch fish special.. usually love the food.. underwhelmed. not much flavor profile at all.... sticky toffee desert. cake was dry!! not a great visit this time.. Hopefully, not the new way it will be!!

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

George's always gets a crowd on a beautiful day, and Black Friday was no exception. We had a reservation, but it pays to specify that you want a table by the glass wall (best view) and if you want a table in the shade, specify that in your reservation too.
Our waitress did a great job, I ordered the hummus appetizer and asked for no peppers and extra olives, and man did I get extra olives. The grilled salmon added to either a salad or in this case an appetizer was fabulous. The burger good, nothing extra special. Apparently they no longer carry Bread et Cie bread, what a pity.

The view is the reason to be here, that and the bar, beer selections. Make your reservations and specify shade & a table on the glass, then bring sunscreen and enjoy!

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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