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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.

George's Ocean Terrace serves lunch and dinner daily.

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

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

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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Full regular menus.
California Modern 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm // Level2 11:00 am - midnight // Ocean Terrace 11:00 am - 3:15 pm

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

California Modern 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm (3-course menu @ $68/person)
Level2 11:00 am - midnight (Lunch and dinner menu, kitchen closes at 10pm for new orders)
Ocean Terrace 11:00 am - 3:15 pm (Lunch menu)

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

California Modern 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner menu
Level2 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Lunch and dinner menu
Ocean Terrace 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Lunch and dinner menu

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George's Ocean Terrace Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (93)
Scenic View (80)
Great for Outdoor Dining (76)
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Good for a Date (64)
Great for Lunch (45)
Casual (44)
Special Occasion (43)
Worth the Drive (40)
Romantic (38)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Hot Spot (31)
Bar Seating (30)
People Watching (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Fun (27)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Happy Hour (24)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Local Ingredients (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Great for Brunch (16)
Business Meals (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Healthy (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Seasonal (9)
Cozy (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Authentic (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tapas (3)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Wonderful evening . Great atmosphere with excellent service. Food was fine.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

You’re definitely paying for the view. Granted, the view is very nice, but they certainly charge you for it, as the food is nothing special. I had the grilled octopus, pork tacos and pumpkin mousse. The octopus was overcooked and frankly not very good. The tacos were tasty but it’s not hard to find good tacos in San Diego/La Jolla, and I had better on my trip. The pumpkin dessert was delicious and really the only course that stood out. The service was ok, but seemed to be mostly college kids on break. Overall, not a bad experience at all, but not as wonderful as everyone would have you believe. And not a great value for what you get.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Sarah was so sweet! The food was delicious all and all I couldn't ask for a better restaurant

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Limited menu and what was on there was either creative or good.

Chicken way over done and even hard to chew.

I put them a step above Chili's and several steps below their neighbors

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great meal of Spaghetti and clams, Yum Yum. Andrew was a great server!! one of our favorite places to go when in La Jolla!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The view is the best selling point for this restaurant. Otherwise if it was anywhere else no one would go as much and they would have to give better and bigger food portions.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food with amazing ocean view!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

An incredible experience every time we dine at George’s . The food is delicious, the view is breathtaking and the staff are excellent . Perfect place to bring out of towners or just to remind yourself why we live in San Diego.
The Chicken Broccoli black bean soup is a must!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Loved the food. Host was some what rude. We requested the ocean side table and got seated at the farthest located table.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food is fantastic and the best view in San Diego!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Goodbye was excellent but cold . Service was lackluster and bill was $92.00 expected more

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service and food were disappointing. Embarrassing for us with our guests.

Tags: Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great views and location. Great place to have lunch with girls.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tapas, People Watching, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Have visited George's many times over the years when visiting San Diego area. This visit was a little disappointing and seemed to have declined from a service perspective from previous visits. We had told the restaurant in reservation that it was a meal during our honeymoon.....and we reminded them of it when we arrived with best friends who were also on a delayed honeymoon (they got married earlier in year in England). There was no acknowledgement of the special occasion at all.

Two of us ordered the "famous" soup -- which has been a favorite over the years. On this visit the soup was served barely warm -- and was sent back......and it was extremely thick, almost stew-like. Not as we remembered it. We don't remember the waiter apologizing for the soup being cold -- he may have, but someone else brought back the new bowls of hotter soup. Entrees were all good. Dessert -- a new item, Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake, was decent, but quite dry -- and lacked the moistness and sauce of a traditional sticky toffee dessert.

I would probably go back to Georges and give them another shot -- the ambiance and views are hard to beat....... Hoping that some of the misses on this visit were anomalies during their remodeling projects.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We have been coming to George’s for years the renovation is awesome on the terrace we live in Florida- visit annually- last year closed for the renovation

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were happy to return after stumbling upon this 23 years ago!!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 26, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. The hostess got us the best table per my request. Fantastic service. The halibut special was one of the best fish dishes I’ve had. Great cocktails too. Thanks.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Beautiful view of La Jolla Cove. Food is just O.K. I have definitely had better fish tacos. Go for a drink & the view.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Gorgeous views, great food, great service. Took the baby and didn’t feel out of place with her. Great for any occasion!

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 22, 2017

You cannot beat the scenic views and ambience. It is wonderful to sit at the bar and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Tables along the wall on the ocean are in high demand. It took quite some time for our food to arrive. The filet mignon and the special short ribs were fantastic. We were comped on desserts due to the long wait for food, I believe.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Happy Hour, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The best service we had came from the young man going around making sure everybody had water. Our server rarely came around and we felt invisible to him. The menu didn’t have great choices and some parts of the meals actually tasted as if they came from a box. Probably won’t come back again.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fabulous food and views! Had a wonderful anniversary lunch !

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The service is always great with fantastic food and the view is unbeatable! Thank you!

John Kennedy

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had a terrific lunch with our out-of-town guests. They loved the food and the view. service was outstanding. One of our favorite places!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Charles was the best server ever. We would come back again just for him.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Perfect day to take a very good friend to lunch! The view is spectacular and 11:30 reservations were ideal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Scenic View, Healthy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Though perhaps an unusual experience, our noontime service was very disappointing. After being seated at the rooftop dining area, it was 20 minutes until anyone made any appearance. Later, the food and drink delivery was also very slow. Surprised, yes.

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