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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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4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (104)
Scenic View (99)
Great for Outdoor Dining (89)
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Good for a Date (73)
Romantic (53)
Special Occasion (51)
Casual (50)
Great for Lunch (49)
Worth the Drive (42)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Good for Birthdays (40)
People Watching (37)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Hot Spot (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Bar Seating (31)
Fun (31)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Sunday Lunch (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Happy Hour (23)
Local Ingredients (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Business Meals (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Healthy (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Cozy (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Seasonal (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Authentic (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Spicy (2)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined a day ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had company from England and Bali. In my research to find a restaurant in La Jolla with an ocean view that served excellent food, we selected George's Ocean Terrace. This being our first visit we looked forward to it being a special event. There were 5 adults and 3 children. The Child menu was good. I ordered Spaghetti with clams....lots of clams but the sauce was flat and cold. My husband ordered your burger.........he said it was ok but nothing special. Our adult guests ordered from the salad menu and said there's were very good. The wine was excellent. The service was very good. I would have second thoughts about returning.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We love this place! We always bring our visitors here. Prices are very reasonable and the service is always great. I really like the cemita sandwich, and the ceviche is delicious too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 15, 2017

George's has amazing ocean views! Would reccomend any of these dishes: octopus appetizer (grilled to perfection!), skirt steak, alaskan halibut and for the dessert the toffee caramel cake with homemade coconut gelato - OMG!! You will not be disappointed at George's! The waitstaff is super friendly as well! Next time we are in town we will definitely be going back.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great visit to George’s - service was excellent, food was tasty and the sunset views were amazing.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Amazing place, nice staff, delicious food. Wonderful view of La Jolla

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Took our friends from NJ here for the food and view. Service was great and good was tasty! We got a table close to the water; the view and day were wonderful.

Tags: Waterfront, Healthy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The place to go when in La Jolla! I was there for dinner at the beginning of a wedding weekend. From start to finish, the place was great. I had requested a table by the water when I made my reservation and they called me to tell me that they couldn’t guarantee it and that all the tables had a nice view of the ocean. When I arrived, they were happy to tell me that they had a great table for me right by the water! The service was friendly and timely. My friends and I shared the ceviche, octopus , mussels and soup- all which were very good. For dinner the skirt steak was excellent. The halibut was very good, but a little plain. We didn’t have dessert.
A wonderful dining experience.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent dinner, deserts could be a little better but good overall. Wonderful view of Pacific on Terrace.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 10, 2017

As usual, the Ocean Terrace has the most amazing view! Our go-to place for every day dining and especially for out of town guests.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Friends engagement

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Thank you for making our 1 year anniversary such a special night!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Everything was great except the Ceviche had hardly any fish in it. When we told the server after we finished it, he said that we weren't the only diners who had complained about this

Didn't take it off the bill or even offer a desert (not that we would have taken it, were full)

Still left a great tip for the service & the great table they gave us

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Never, ever disappoints. NEVER. If you go to La Jolla during the day and you don’t at least have a drink at George’s then you have missed a good portion of the beauty La Jolla offers, not to mention the food which is awesome.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

While the location is unrivaled and the food different and fresh, the service leaves very much to be desired. Our server seemingly forgot about us, didn’t refill drinks, check on us, or even get out bill for us. Disappointing service always ruins an experience.

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