Level2 - George's at the Cove

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Welcome to Level2, where cocktails are our craft. From housemade ingredients to handcut ice, we’re elevating the craft of cocktails in La Jolla. Featuring all the classics and innovative modern creations, like the signature Sea3, Level2 offers a variety of cocktails well-suited to any taste. Completely reinvented from floor to ceiling, with expanded seating and a fresh new perspective on George’s famous ocean view, Level2 – located on the second level – also offers a casual lunch and dinner menu. Walk-ins are always welcome, or you can now reserve seating.
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TG
New England
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner here and it was outstanding. I ordered the pork chop dinner and it was delicious. Very tasty and tender. I asked for some adjustments (i.e. mashed potatoes instead of quinoa) and it was made with no problems. Our server was very attentive. The only drawback was that we had seats overlooking the ocean but it was too dark to see the ocean. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed dinner there.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration with friends-great service. Wonderful waitress

JT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food and atomsphere were nice, but service was not great. Brought our entrees before we had a chance to order our wine.

FE
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a reservation for 3:15 but managed to get into town early and dropped by around 1:15. They were able to get us in right away. Beautiful view and good food and service. (The Mai Tai was awesome). A little pricey for lunch, but would still go back.

s
San Diego
130 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend visiting from Europe so we wanted to take him somewhere special. Great food and service!

Level2 - George's at the Cove
Responded on November 5, 2019

Hello Smeredith, Thank you for choosing George's at the Cove as your destination spot! We are so glad that we were able to provide an experience for your visiting friend as well as yourselves to enjoy! Thank you again for your loyalty! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best regards, Joe Vitanza AGM Ocean Terrace George's at the Cove

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V
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding lunch overlooking La Jolla Cove. Service was impeccable. Ambience incredible. Try any of the flower or spice themed cocktails, my wife and I each had two. They were delicious! If you like bourbon, the Elder was particularly good. You cannot be disappointed if you choose to have lunch at George's Level II!!

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Responded on November 5, 2019

Hello Veenray, Thank you for enjoying Level 2! It has that casual but yet chic feel to it that is unique in its own way here at George's at the Cove! The indoor/outdoor ambiance really does encompass a little of everything we have to offer here at the restaurant. You are spot on with the creative cocktails on Level 2 being so delicious as they are made by some of the most professional bartenders San Diego has! Thanks again, Joe Vitanza AGM Ocean Terrace George's at the Cove

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G
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our meals and the views.

J
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Had lunch at the Terrace Level (instead of Level 2 where we had reservation); good food ... fantastic view; recommended !

s
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time at George’s. Four of us enjoyed four different entrees. Everyone enjoyed them.

E
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome views, great service and good food. Highly recommend this visit be on your short list.

ES
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came to La Jolla for a few nights and our friend referred us to come check Georges out. We were seated immediately. The server was very nice and was able to answer my questions about the drinks. My husband says that his old fashioned was the best one he has ever had, and my husband has had many from a lot of different restaurants and bars. So we enjoyed a couple drinks and some calamari during their happy hour. Their calamari was the best we have ever had! Fresh, the breading was light and flavorful. We were on level two and seated by the window. The view was beautiful. You could see the cove. The birds, the seals playing. It was amazing. The way they have the seats staggered is awesome though because you do not need a window seat to be able to look out at the water. Every seat can get the amazing view. We will definitely be back!

a
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The setting is lovely and I suppose that’s what you pay for. I did not care for the super short skirts on both the dismissive hostess and our very pregnant waitress. Rather inappropriate. The food was OK, not great.

DH
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice meal. Good service. Table view was okay.

q
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was prompt and courteous. I have another reservation for the 18th of October for lunch.

CF
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Generally will eat here at least 1x per year while traveling in but this time was disappointing. Skirt steak was rare and stringy so had to send it back to cook it at least medium rare. Hostess/server staff were not friendly throughout plus construction underway was the death of the meal. I realize things happen from time to time but overall a bad experience.

Level2 - George's at the Cove
Responded on October 15, 2019

CardsFans, I'm sorry about the experience you had with us this past weekend. As you are aware this is not our standards for both food and service. I hope this did not sour your views of our establishment. Next time you are in town please reach out. I would love to correct this experience for you. Thank you and look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers, Sam Peters General Manager/ Georges Level2 Sam@georgesatthecove.co

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

What a waste! The noise level was beyond tolerable! There was a Bachelorette gathering of at least 20 women in the main room that made so much noise that I could hardly hear my wife talking to me less than two feet away across the table. Management must have decided that the money made on a group of young, noisy women was worth upsetting the rest of the customers! Will not go back the experience was so bad.

J
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beyond Burger is good but it's nothing like the impossible Burger!

RM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambiance. The view was amazing. A big thank you to our waitress for ensuring a great experienced for my Mom and me. Thank you!

PM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful and friendly service and an absolutely gorgeous view!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here for a conference and set up reservations for 2. We ended up bringing 2 colleagues and they were so kind to accommodate with a larger table. The view, service and good were amazing and fast. I also got a nice candle and bottle of Olive Oil for my birthday!

Level2 - George's at the Cove
Responded on September 21, 2019

Hello, I am thrilled to hear we were able to accommodate your party on your birthday celebration. We are looking forward to having you back soon! Cheers, Jake S. Level 2 AGM

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E
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There were three dining and all of us thought the food was quite tasty. The view of La Jolla cove is extraordinary. Though we made a reservation for Level 2, we were not happy with the seating options (backless stools) so we ate in the top level area. The ambiance was not as nice as Level 2, but comfortable and great view.

CA
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

There was an overwhelming garbage odor due to open bins quite near the entry that was just foul and could be smelled in the restaurant. How they could stand not to address that is completely confusing to me.

JH
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While many flock to the top deck level, the Level2 is more intimate and better protected from the sun. The food is the same as the other levels and the patio offers the same views of the La Jolla Cove. The service was great and our tacos perfectly prepared. The prices are reasonable and the food and service exceptional.

Level2 - George's at the Cove
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello JohnH, It seems as though you located the hidden gem portion of our restaurant! I always promote Level 2 to our guests when the Ocean Terrace is full. The vibe is relaxed and has some of the best cocktails in the house! Hopefully you had a chance to browse over our Flora of San Diego crafted cocktail books! We offer it for sale as well to enjoy creating them for yourself at home! Joe Vitanza AGM Ocean Terrace George's at the Cove

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and super view

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Birthday celebration. Food & drinks are over priced. View is great but food are not recommended.

UD
Sacramento
107 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Server was attentive but not very helpful. Food was mediocre. Corkage was excessive. Noise was very annoying.

Level2 - George's at the Cove
Responded on September 12, 2019

Good Afternoon Dan, Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry we were unable to assist you in your dining experience last week. We pride ourselves on our service and the knowledge of our product, and I'm so sorry we did not execute properly on your service. If you are back in La Jolla please reach out. I would love to remedy this hospitality experience for you. Thank you and have a wonderful evening. Cheers, Sam Peters General Manager/ Georges Level2

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EO
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I were celebrating my birthday at lunch/brunch time.
George’s 2nd level is the place to go for special occasion. The views are spectacular. The Hand-Made cocktails add a special touch that makes George’s stand out from the other restaurants around the area. Each drink is a fabulous creation.
Then there is the food. Each sandwich/salad is beautifully crafted and will send your tastebuds to a delectable level. We also indulged in the wonderful desserts. Sharing was very hard.
If you are in La Jolla, your visit won’t be complete unless you dine at George’s 2nd level.

Level2 - George's at the Cove
Responded on September 8, 2019

Hello EricO, Thank you very much for the compliments! We strive to truly create a special cocktail experience here on Level 2. I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed your lunch just as much as our hand crafted cocktails. We are looking forward to seeing you back soon! Cheers, Jake S. Level 2 AGM

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JU
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I WANTED TO CHANGE MY RESERVATION AND I COULDN’T AND THE RESTAURANT WAS HALF EMPTY. THE FOOD WAS GOOD, VERY NORMAL FACILITIES, I EXPECTED BETTER.

O
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service... delicious food But... I made this reservation to celebrate my daughters 30th Birthday... noted it in my comments, called to again let the restaurant know... stopped at the restaurant earlier in the day and reminded them.
No acknowledgement of her birthday... completely disappointed

F
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

View is amazing, food is just ok and the decor and cleanliness needs a lot of work.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

They didn’t have any breakfast/brunch options for Sunday at 11am reservation.

BL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Incredible views, one of the best meals we’ve ever had and fantastic service.

A
San Francisco
187 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our lunch was fun - interesting salads and sandwiches. Nice view of the ocean if you get a table by the window. Our table was in the back, but it was still very nice.

CB
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday lunch for a friend

BB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved it as I always do but its too bad the traffic is so bad getting there!Also the smell from the seals or something is not good, Hopefully these things will get taken care of !

J
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great view and a delicious meal. The staff provided great service and was very welcoming.

Level2 - George's at the Cove
Responded on August 17, 2019

Hello Jm6875, Thank you for the kind words. We love hearing that you enjoyed your time here at George's. Cheers, Jake S. Level 2 AGM

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RD
Naples
71 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were looking forward to a dinner here unfortunately it turned out to be not at all what we had expected. Many of the people working here have an attitude (except the bartenders who were nice, and friendly). The “attitude” makes the experience less than it could be. The food was simply ok, nothing great though so I could not recommend based on that. There are many better places to dine and spend your time, and many of those are less expensive! Plus there is a note on the bill that they add 4% to cover employee expenses!!! Insulting and it makes the prices they show on the menu false. If you were honest, you would Raise your prices to cover the cost, reduce your profit, or adjust the number of employees. This is a ridiculous practice. Will not return or recommend.

Level2 - George's at the Cove
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you for your honest review. I'm sorry to hear about the experience you had with our service staff. This is unusual for the culture we create. As for the surcharge I can appreciate your view, but we feel its the most transparent way to show why and where prices have increased without hiding like most neighboring establishments. I hope we will have another opportunity to show you a true Gorge's experience. Please reach out and I will personally set up your next dining experience. Cheers!

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Average food, stunning view.

SM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Made reservations 10 days in advance requested table and at last minute moved me to downstairs table. Never go back.

Level2 - George's at the Cove
Responded on August 13, 2019

Hi Steve, I feel I know what happened. Open Table will automatically send you to one of our other floors if there are not open reservations on the one requested. I feel this happened for your Ocean Terrace request. We will never remove or move a reservation without consulting our guests. I hope we will have another opportunity to show you a true Gorge's experience. Please reach out and I will personally set up your next dining experience. Cheers! Sam Peters GM Georges Level2

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M
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fabulous view over the cove in great weather is unbeatable. Lovely staff.

Level2 - George's at the Cove
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you for the kind words Lynn! cheers!

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