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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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4.3

service

4.4

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4.6

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4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (39)
Good for a Date (37)
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Special Occasion (32)
Worth the Drive (32)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Fun (26)
Sunday Lunch (25)
Romantic (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Hot Spot (21)
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Bar Seating (18)
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Happy Hour (16)
People Watching (16)
Business Meals (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2012

I TOOK OUT OF TOWNERS . THEY LOVED THE TERRACE THE FOOD AND THE VIEW .

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 11, 2012

Really good food! Gorgeous view. Perfect date place. & their toffee pudding cake was delicious. Smaller than what I had expected but they seem to fit everyone in. It was great. :)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 11, 2012

I visit George's at least once every time I come to San Diego.....even though I may stay in Coranado. The staff is very nice, accommodating and never rush.patrons. The food wonderful. When in San Diego, always eat fish! I also recommend finding locally owned.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 10, 2012

My out of town friends loved it! Couldn't stop raving about it!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 10, 2012

I've always loved coming to George's but this last visit put a bitter taste on my tongue. The noise was incredible, the food flavor was not what it used to be, and our waitress was not interested in serving us. The thing that really annoyed me the most was that I made a reservation ahead of time with a special request to have a table next to the glass wall as we were celebrating a special occasion, I showed up on time, and there were plenty of tables next to the glass wall but none were reserved for me. I was told I would have to wait 30-35 minutes for one of those tables because they were "reserved". Did I not make a reservation? Did I not provide notice ahead lf time? Did I show up late?

Not cool.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (London)·Dined on August 9, 2012

Fantastic location. Great food & service. Could not fault it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 7, 2012

Unbelievable views, fantastic food

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2012

Angela was extremely pleasant, and helpful regarding our table request. The Sticky Toffee Pudding was not as good as I have had in the past...(bananas instead of a poached pear, and it was not as moist as before.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2012

We discoverd La Jolla and this very pleasant/casual diner in a nice ambiance

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 5, 2012

We used to go to George's all the time, but the service got to be spotty so we stopped. Decided to give it a try again and while the service had improved somewhat the quality of the food went down. It's a great place to sit - but it's expensive and the food is just so-so. Go for drinks at the bar and watch the sunset - but save your dinner dollars for someplace else.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 5, 2012

Wanted a sunset view for dinner but had 5:45 reservations so we didn't think we'd be able to see sunset at 7:45ish. But we waited for a table next to the glass overlooking La Jolla Cove and so had to wait. lucky us! It was cloudy, however, but the sun peeked through on the horizon and we still enjoyed partial sunset! Our server, Brian, was very nice and food was good. Crispy calamari-delicious; yellowtail-wonderful; skirt steak-excellent; sticky toffee- cake yummy!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 2012

Beautiful view! Excellent service. Tasty food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 4, 2012

Overpriced and overrated. The view is outstanding and the only reason anyone should go there. They called me on the day of the event and told me that they had my reservation but could not guarantee they could hold it. When I asked why they then took reservations or used Opentable, the conversation degenerated into a Seinfeld episode. The problem with eventually solved with the intervention of management.They didn't tell me until the bill arrived that there was a mandatory 20% tip because we had a party of 6.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 4, 2012

View is gorgeous but service was not great. They were out of drinks we ordered, diet pepsi and a latte (latte machine broken & soda not refilled.) Food was very average.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 3, 2012

Celebrated our 10th anniversary at Georges for lunch. Great staff and the food was amazing. Thanks for an unforgettable experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 3, 2012

Just Awesome! Always the best of everything. It doesn't matter what you order they are going to make it better than you've ever had. Food, service, and great view, what more could you ask for...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 2, 2012

I had a wonderful halibut special but everyone loved everything. The view is amazing. Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 2, 2012

Good food, waiter was great, view was spectacular!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 1, 2012

Food was good but not great. Service and view were however outstanding. Have a sense there may be a bit of reliance on past reputation. I would go again for the view but with lower expectations on the food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on August 1, 2012

One of my all-time favorites! Can't beat the view and the service and food is always excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 31, 2012

The PERFECT La Jolla spot for outdoor dining!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 29, 2012

Views are great. Food is excellent, fresh and tasty.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2012

Compared with the inside restaurant downstairs, this was a disappointment. The food was OK but certainly nothing special. If you are looking for a spectacular view with outside dining, this is a good choice. If you are looking for a true "fine dining" experience, this is not a good choice.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 29, 2012

Great Restaurant! Great Views! We are new to area and will definately be making this our eating spot.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 29, 2012

Always love it here and the service is always fantastic, along with the food!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 28, 2012

Scenery was fantastic and worth the trip. Food was okay, service was a bit lacking...saw the busboys a lot more than server

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 28, 2012

We made reservations for 1:00 for lunch, & I am so glad we did. People without reservations were being told 1 to 2 hour wait, & I can now see why. I can't imagine any other restaurant has a better view of the beach & ocean, simply amazing. The menu had a great selection from which to choose, and they were all reasonably priced. The service was excellent, and they had our table ready for us at exactly 1:00. Next time we are back in San Diego, we will come back for another (what I'm sure will be) great meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 28, 2012

The only thing I would say negative is that Open Table give 0 points for reservations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 28, 2012

Such fantastic views do the cove. Service is exceptional. Food is not remarkable, but pleasant.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 28, 2012

My husband and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary our in San Diego/ La Jolla and this by far was the best spot for lunch! The food was outstanding and the view was amazing! Our server was fabulous even with how busy they were. So glad we made reservations.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 27, 2012

Our meal was excellent. The view fantastic. Everyone from our waiter to the bartender to check in was gracious and caring about our needs, friendly and courteous. This was our first time in La Jolla. With only 3 nights there we were a little nervous about restaurants. George's was suggested by friends and the Hotel Parisi. They were right on. Thanks for a memorial meal and evening.

Lon and Roseddy Montgomery
Orlando, FL

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 26, 2012

We love George's and decided to celebrate a friend's birthday on the ocean terrace. The food was good, but not great. The server brought a small bottle of olive oil to the table and presented it to our friend as a birthday gift. Nice touch, but we were REALLY annoyed when they billed us $12.00 for a tiny bottle of olive oil AND made it appear that they were so gracious and thoughtful!!! We won't go back. There are plenty of places to celebrate a special occasion without being taken advantage of. What a disappointment!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 25, 2012

The food was beautifully prepared and presented. The ingredients were very fresh and each ingredient both stood out and blended with the entire dish. The staff was friending, courteous and attentive.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on July 25, 2012

A gem with a spectacular view of the California coast!

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 24, 2012

This is my second time to George's and it was fantastic again. The food is wonderful and the service exceptional. I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely go again.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 24, 2012

Absolutely incredible experience! Our server Cindy was the absolute best!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 2012

This is one of my favorite restaurants when I am in the San Diego area! It has a relatively small menu... which is ALL excellent! :)

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on July 22, 2012

Had reservations, with a request for a table on the rail. Food was delicious, get the mussels appetizer, super delicious. Service was great and view was awesome! Would definitely recommend.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 22, 2012

I had a great waitress. She gave us everything we wanted and needed. She was quick to get us anything we asked for and replace anything that was not up to what it should have been. I believe her name was Courtney, she had bright green shoes on and an equally bright personality with cheerfulness and just overall manners. I would come back just because of her, and the tasty food. We had a gift certificate and she was able to help us use it and give us descriptions with her knowledge and experience.
Great place for lunch!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 21, 2012

My husband and I were celebrating out 10th year anniversary and had never been to this restaurant before. We thought the service was outstanding and our server (Matthew)took good care of our needs. We were seated facing the ocean so we had a fantastic view! We would definately go here again. The only issue for me was that there was only a choice of 2 vegetarian main entrees. I chose the couscous with veggies which was ok but could have done with a lot more flavor. The bruschetta however was very nice.

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