Great Maple La Jolla - UTC

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$30 and under
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American
We are Great Maple, a Modern American Eatery. We pride ourselves on our “made-from-scratch” recipes, where seasonal ingredients, unique presentation and cooking with intent transform long-loved classics into newly-loved favorites.

We view the great maple tree as our emblematic commitment to quality, responsible products, creativity and the culinary will to make things great! Come enjoy our heartfelt enthusiasm and laid-back dining experience, where good times create good will.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Thought this would be a similar experience to dining at the hillcrest location, but it's completely different. No personality, the dishes are different. It's noisy and cold and the food wasn't that good. I'll only be going to the Hillcrest spot.

FD
Tahoe
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serving brunch 7 days a week. Always busy but never wait more than 10-12 minutes for your table. Friendly staff, clean restaurant and the food is from heaven - it’s that good!! Huge portions so don’t be afraid to split, you will not go hungry. There’s something for everyone. Coffee is fresh and strong.

JB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Loved the choices for breakfast or brunch. When the construction is all done this place will be rocking.

MV
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service.

AL
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kylie was a great server! We had never been to the restaurant before and she gave us great suggestions and add ons to our meal.

EW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have recently relocated back to SD, and we've already been to Great Maple four times! The food is crazy good and fresh, the staff is nice and it's in a great location. This past weekend, a couple brought their lovely dog in and they were seated next to us. Our autistic teen is terrified of dogs, and the staff worked quickly to resolve the issue without upsetting either party, which we greatly appreciated.
FYI, getting the Breakfast Smash with chorizo instead of pork sausage is a life changing experience. Thank me later.

EI
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Ordered brunch veggie scramble; asparagus was tough; dish looked unappetizing; too much fingerling potatoes

OT
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good but not special. I think I would have been more satisfied with a turkey burger and a salad. I didn't think the meal was worth more than $30. I can get a great great meal for $30 at Urban Plates where the food seems very healthy.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food on a Sunday afternoon, very quiet and laid back, also pretty relaxing. Loved the ribs!

J
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was slow despite not being busy at 3pm. However, they realized that I was not happy with service, and the manager was very nice and professional, and offered her apologies. She did make it up to us with incentives for us to return.

OT
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Great food. Great service. Grilled chicken salad is a must. Healthy and filling.

H
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the plating was beautiful. Wait Staff was very attentive. Fun place for any meal!

JK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We like Great Maple and decided to try the UTC location. It’s a nice restaurant but the food we had wasn’t as good as we’ve had at the other location.

HC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice place. Noise ambient.

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V
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Usually Great Maple (UTC and Hillcrest locations) are great. However our recent experience (yesterday) at the UTC Great Maple was very disappointing. The service was incredibly slow and unattentive (they took at least 15 minutes, probably more, to greet us at our table and to give us drinks). They also never cleared our plates after the initial apps. Not sure what was going on there. They were nice enough, but we felt like we could've gotten up and left and no one would have noticed or cared. The water guy was great, though.

OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

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S
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From ambiance, to food and service. It better than what I had expected. Our server was attentive, offered to move us when the sun was in our face. Informed us about the emergency light that went off which was due to a test. We went to try out their restaurant week menu. The mister ordered the Truffled deviled eggs and the Salted Caramel Pork Ribs, my friend and I ordered the Maple Glazed Salmon, I did the Mini Modern Caesar and she did the Cup of Today's Soup. Everything was super delish.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great for brunch! Great service as well. Recommend calling ahead or making a reservation. The restaurant is very popular.

SO
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service! We were seated outside and it will be a lot nicer once the construction on the street is done, but it didn't bother us too much.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t come across a diner in SD that can boast a menu or ambiance like that!!... highly recommend!

KG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the fish tacos and my friend loved the grilled chicken bowl!! Lovely time!

E
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, food was great. Service was exceptional, server always checked on us at right times, was informative and attentive. Food was great, some folks from our group didn’t chose wisely, but quality of food was still above par. Thank you great maple.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A great location for Brunch. The portobello fries were great. A little noisy, but could still hold a conversation. If your looking for a brunch spot in UTC area, give a try.

KS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was so nice. The food was delicious and plentiful. One guest in our part should have been informed that the donuts would take awhile and be ordered sooner than later...(for take out). We had to wait a bit. Just a suggestion.

OT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service with great foods and beverages. Way too noisy, but honored our request for a quiet(er) table.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food: Four of us decided to share the French Toast Strips, Beignets, Lobster Popover Benedict, Chicken Avocado Toast. Two of us had the Peach Bellini while the other two had Pickle Bloody Marys.

We definitely over ordered, but absolutely don't regret it! I'd definitely reorder any one of the dishes again.

Service: Great! She was friendly, attentive & knowledgeable about the various menu items.

Atmosphere: open & airy. Not too loud, but definitely not quiet. Music was appropriate & fun.

Would definitely recommend this place & will definitely return!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love that place. Great menu, lovely service.

K
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Beignets always a treat. They were nice about the birthday girl.
Service was a little off. I ordered a chopped chicken salad and came with no chicken...HUH?
We had a very nice time.

KC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ordered French toast stack and fried chicken with donuts, huge portions, enough to share a meal.

C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

service was not great, food was good for the most part, but plates came out with some things missing

BM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great, food was phenomenal, and interior design is lovely. The room was a bit loud due to a party of loud women around the corner. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant had very few guests (guessing it was due to the construction on Gennesee). All in all, it was a great evening! Thanks Great Maple!

OT
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect brunch place in Lajolla. Great variety.

RN
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not sure I would recommend this place Waitress was nice but in a hurry. I have food allergies which she knew about and I asked for a simple substitution on my breakfast like just some onions as I can't have black pepper or other spices on my avocado toast. It wasn't that crowded in our section and I got my side of eggs before the rest of my food which made it seem like they could of brought it out together. I asked if they could give me some onions again and she said they forgot and so it came out bland. I mentioned again I would of liked some onions at least. My fruit was not very good & seemed old. The cantelope melon was dry and hard, the berries were not very tasty either. We went on a Sunday if that means anything. Won't go there again. Food too expensive for what little we got.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good. Beer selection could be better.

t
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! food came out fresh service was awesome!

MR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I enjoy Great Maple in Hillcrest much more. I ordered biscuits and gravy and there was very little gravy as well as dry biscuits. Also didn’t allow for pancakes as a side which was strange to me

MB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE LOVED IT!!! I am an avid chicken and waffles fan and order it everywhere we go. Here, I got to try their take on it-chicken and maple bacon donuts. The donuts were out of this world and the chicken was extra crunchy with the right amount of kick. My husband had something healthy and boring :) but it looked pretty good I SUPPOSE. Go for it. Get the donuts. They were fantastic.

KW
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service!

N
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server is what made the experience 10 stars

F
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter recommended large portions when we were specific about the amount of food that we could consume.

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