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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

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George's Ocean Terrace Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (105)
Scenic View (102)
Great for Outdoor Dining (95)
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Good for a Date (74)
Romantic (54)
Special Occasion (53)
Great for Lunch (51)
Casual (49)
Worth the Drive (44)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Good for Birthdays (41)
People Watching (39)
Hot Spot (36)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Bar Seating (32)
Fun (32)
Sunday Lunch (26)
Vibrant Bar Scene (26)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Happy Hour (23)
Local Ingredients (20)
Great for Brunch (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Business Meals (15)
Healthy (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Seasonal (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Cozy (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Authentic (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
Tapas (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Spicy (2)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 3, 2017

This is my umpteenth time at George's. It's my favorite San Diego/La Jolla restaurant. It never disappoints!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Excellent food and service, we heard this places was a must and we definitely enjoyed and was right on. Server was very attentive and great menu recommendations. Food was excellent, the soup is one of the best i ever had, also had their skirt steak which was also awesome and my wife had the tompo which was superb. The roofbar is great for views but you might need a jacket on a chilly night, overall 5 stars

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Have been many times and food good. Services is ok... Not bad, just felt a little rushed.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Celebrated wifes birthday and was a great experience. Our table was in a perfect spot to view La Jolla Coves. Food was great! Mojito was excellent! Will certainly go there again.

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Exceptional view of the beach in La Jolla! Fabulous food & great service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Good fish, lots of appetizers. Good size terrasse with heaters.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

As always, wonderful view, good service, great food . i'd like to end every meal with George's Steamer. 2/5 guests had the special and really enjoyed it.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Casual, Authentic, Romantic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The halibut, as always, was spectacular. The octopus was tender and the flank steak was prepared perfectly.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Superb view complimented by great food and outstanding service. Neighborhood gem.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Fun, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

The food was fantastic!! And the view wow!! I had a wonderful time there and will definitely go back soon!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Maybe a bad day. Caesar salad very limp and "tired" with stale croutons. But the grilled salmon added to it was excellent. Probably the worst Caesar I ever had. NO CRUNCH at all in the lettuce. The Caesar Salad at Water's Catering on Girard is a good role model George's could learn from: ALWAYS very cold, very crisp, very fresh tasting and the croutons are spot on.
Two friends ordered iced tea and got "tea" almost the color of water--so weak they couldn't taste the tea. Told the waitress. She seemed perplexed and defensive about it. Very disappointing. She brought more tea but it was also so watered down my friends couldn't taste the "tea" in it.
We have dined here for 30 years but Wednesday was overall total disappointment in food. Service was good. But we kind of hoped for a yummy meal, including "tea."

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Service and view were awesome. Food, not so much. Forty dollar filet was pretty bad. I don't mind paying $40. It just was really disappointing. I'd go back for a drink but not the food.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Was here with girlfriends, & we loved their fresh seafood selections as well as the lighter fare and their burgers. The view was great even though we had the most back corner table. Our server was kind, but even though it wasn't busy (2:15 midweek), he wasn't very attentive. We would have had another round of drinks before completing our meals, had he come back to ask. Instead, our food was gone and we were done and ready to go before he came back. At that point it was "check please". But we'd go back for sure!

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Everything was just more or less Perfect.. okay so more than perfect (after I have to type 50 characters - in fact my initial evaluation was just Perfect)

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I have never ha this bad of service in all my years in eating at restaurants. My husband and I are very laid back people and understand that people have bad days are in the situations they are in. We always tip well and very polite to people trying to make a living. This is how our experience started out... we sat down and it was at least 10 minutes when another waiter asks us if our waiter has been over and we said No. so he politely took our drinkorder and even brought our drinks to us. So we waited at least another 10 mintues for our waiter to come over and he literally said "what do you guys want to eat?" He never introduced himself or asked how our night was(which isn't a huge deal but everything kept adding up). So then another waiter brought us our food and maybe 5 minutes eating out food our waiter brought us our check and just dropped it off at our table. So then on his way back from another table he was serving attempted to pick up the check book and my husband said hey man I didn't put my card in because we are still eating. Then he dropped the check book and walked away. He never asked if we liked the food(which we didn't). And then finally my husband had to wave him down to take the check book after we
Got
Done eating. Honestly have never had this experience and this place came highly recommend. But I would never go back

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great cocktails, ambience, sunset, location, food! Simply love this place!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Very disappointed! Food and service overall was not good. Felt it is very over priced for what you get. Example - hummus appetizer they only give you 4 tiny pieces of pita? They charge you extra for more pita. How do you eat hummus if you don't have pita? Yellowfin Tuna special was over cooked and chewy. Ordered buttered pasta for kids at $12/ plate n they put cheese after I said JUST BUTTER! Caesar salad was poor and Lettuce wilted.
Beautiful view, but it smells so bad with seals and birds is another turn off while you try to eat. We are locals and will not be returning!

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The clam chowder was better than what I find in Boston. Both the halibut and salmon were well prepared. My wife liked the ambiance. Our server was great.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 24, 2017

They asked if this was a specail occassion. I told them it was a double Birthday. Waiter did nothing and when I inquired when leaving, he told me it was restarant policy not to do anythig complimentary. I guess their prices are not high enough. Done and gone

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The view can't be beat. While its a little pricey, its worth the trip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual, Waterfront
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Stunning view!!!! Food was delish. Little hot could use a few fans for circulation. Service was great. Highly recommend this beautiful restaurant.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Service across the board will raise tips Love and kindness ! Win win

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

We went in there for my wife's birthday and even though we are 30 minutes early for our reservation we were accommodated and seated at the waterfront. The view of the beach/ocean was awesome. The food was delightful. I ordered the blackened fish sandwich and my wife took the camite (sp?). Both were scrumptious. The host were attentive and helpful and the servers were outstanding. I would recommend this place for any special occasion; i.e., birthday, dates or just for dining experience 100%. I would definitely return again..

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Although this place is oceanside, the angle to the beach is poor. Food is good, service was adequate. It was difficult to see the sunset even though we had terrace seating.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Spectacular view, service and food. Its a great place to gather with family or friends.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food! Get the famous soup.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Table wasn't ready when arrived, requested waterfront table through reservation but wasn't offered, menu selection is rather limited, chef's yellowtail special was extremely overcooked and dry.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

George's never disappoints. We have been dining here for 12 years. They always have old standbys and then some new offerings. Their wine selections are always excellent and I encourage you to ask the waitstaff about what they recommend . Always excellent.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Such an awesome spot! The view is amazing but so is the service and the food!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The view is fantastic. Both food and service were wonderful as well. Our server Robert was very knowledgeable and attentive. Although the restaurant was crowded, at no point in time did we feel rushed and we appreciated that. We had the roasted beet salad and fish tacos as appetizers. Both were delicious. Followed by skirt steak and the yellow tail special and they were very tasty as well. Of course at a place like this, you pay slightly more because of the view but it was not excessive and well worth the money.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

the food wasn't anything special and the service was ok but the view is really awesome. that would be the main reason to go back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

George's never disappoints! We had another spectacular luncheon. From the host to the waitstaff, the service was wonderful.

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Wonderful ambience, great food!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The view of the cove was phenomenal. The service service was polite and quick. Went for lunch and was able to try many options without feeling so full. Amazing food

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The view is to die for. We had lunch there and the food that we ordered was delicious and the servings were generous. Good service too

Tags: Hot Spot, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Perfect all the way around. Great comfortable waitress. Great food great view.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Our table for eight was ready when we arrived. The service was great and the view was lovely. We always go to George's when we are in the area. It's a favorite!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We return to George's whenever we travel to CA because the experience is always delicious, delightful, and the service is the best! The Terrace on the top provides them with undeniably spectacular views , so the ambiance is breathtaking. On special occasions, they offer us 'on the house' treats, which only adds to our warm feelings toward George's. We've told traveling friends to stop by George's, and to a person, they've been totally pleased with their experiences. Thank you, George's staff, chefs, and bartenders for a five star experience every time!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Do not waste your time and money; better views, food, and treatment elsewhere.

Arrived early for our reservation, requested ocean view table, but were told it would be a 30 minute wait, so we accepted second row seating. Received a unpleasantly stern warning that we would not be re-seated if an ocean view table came available -- not a good start for a celebration lunch. And yes, a table came open right in front of us about five minutes after being seated. Very noisy tables all around us, but we tried to overlook that for the fact that we could still see the water and it was a beautiful day... which it was until the waiter dropped a tomato slice in aioli-wasabi sauce on the back of my shirt, which slid down leaving a huge mess and stains. We have the promise that the management will pay the dry cleaning, but an open-ended question if the garment is ruined.

Food: dry, unremarkable hamburger and fries; my partner liked his fish well enough, but not worth the price. The wine was good though. We did not stay for dessert as we already felt unwelcome at George's. They were probably happy to see us leave as my shirt was a billboard for their ineptitude.

And to top it all off: George's had the nerve to report to OpenTable that we were a no-show for our reservation! OpenTable quickly dismissed the issue... I'd say there is a management and staff issue going on at George's.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Spectacular view, outstanding food, great service. I'm not a big fan of chicken sandwiches - most are just bleh, but I gave their Chimrita chicken sandwich a try on the waiter's recommendation. It was one of the best sandwiches I've ever had - great combo of flavors + the absolute perfect golden crispiness of the chicken - yum. Fish tacos simply outstanding. When one of our guests dropped her fork, another appeared before she even straightened back up from retrieving it. Great spot to impress out-of-town visitors or to make yourself feel you're on a lunchtime vacation.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, People Watching, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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