Ocean Terrace - George's at the Cove

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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.
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KH
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The location was amazing. The view were great although in February the sun sets behind the location. The wait stuff was okay. Wine was okay but not great. The food disappointing for the money. Would not go back.

LA
San Diego
68 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and awesome location! It was my Mom's birthday and the waiter indicated he was going to bring dessert, but he never did. Unfortunate because that would have been a nice "cherry on top" addition.
Still a great experience.

JV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very nice table they put us at for my birthday. I left my bottle of olive oil they gave me, returned to get it and the hostage and they were gone, no more there. Oh well!

RB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and even better views!

F
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

It was ok, but not worth what we spent. We arrived early for our reservation - and were required to psit by the entrance for about 15 minutes while there were empty tables all around. Food was tasty (not exceptional as expected) but service was appallingly slow...had to chase down our server a number of times - and finally had to grab another server to pay our bill.

NF
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t beat the view and the service is amazing. The food and drinks are fab. You won’t regret eating here.

K
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on dinner on the terrace on a beautiful evening in La Jolla. The view of the ocean was nice. The food was delicious.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, great food, and wonderful staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I went there for a special occasion and we loved it. We had the Lobster sandwich and it was incredible. The view was spectacular, I would definitely recommend this place.

h
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Experience was great but sadly the waiter seemed annoyed or maybe just didn’t like us. Might of been having an off day but just expected a little bit of warmth or friendliness.

KD
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is outstanding. The view, the food, the service. Impeccable. I love that they have blankets in addition to heat lamps, to keep you nice and toasty. If you have fussy eaters in your group, note that you can get the lunch burger at dinner (and my son reports that the plain pasta with parm is perfect).

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful, scenic restaurant with high quality food options. Would definitely recommend.

J
Berlin
43 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to view the sunset from the Terrace. Food was amazing and inventive, service was fast, friendly and efficient. The open air of the terrace is so refreshing. The fish tacos were fantastic, the soup of the day was black bean, chicken, and broccoli...probably the BEST soup I’ve ever eaten. The child’s menu is wonderful. Highly recommended!

J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Waiter oversold us on way too much food! He kept prompting us to order more. Normally you don’t order an appetizer for every single person in a party.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance and food were great! Had high expectations for Valentine's Day dinner and they met them. Great on house ceviche.

JW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed here, food was great as usual, atmosphere and vibe was great, value was great, our sever was great. Perfect Valentines evening.

A
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We came here for dinner on Valentine’s Day and were underwhelmed, however, our waiter was wonderful.

This place just isn’t worth the hype - even with the great view. Take your money elsewhere!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE BEST!!! Must try the soup!

AV
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic service, delicious food wonderfully presented and picturesque views

JT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, outstanding views. Very nice way to celebrate my birthday.

BR
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The service was surprisingly slow when we came to this restaurant. It took a long time to get drinks and food ordered and served. Was honestly shocked after reading such good reviews about this restaurant. Was not very impressed.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The service was sooooo lousy. It took 45 mins for two drinks to come out and it wasn’t even that busy. It was outrageously expensive for how long it took to her two drinks with a waiter. Beautiful setting but I’d think twice about coming back for the price and the service

KC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Underseasoned food, over priced. Service was bad, noticed other people getting better service. Table was sticky and the salt and pepper shakers have not been clean in a long time. It's not hard for the servers to wipe them down. View was the only good thing but other restaurants have that view.

CC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot to enjoy a good drink and delicious lunch. Great service and AWESOME view!

P
Tulsa
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Great views. Okay service. Okay food.

AK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food. Waiter was very sweet and accommodating. The wait for things was long but they were packed. Will definitely go back.

l
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to bring out of town visitors on a sunny day!

J
Miami
44 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was celebrating my anniversary. The staff was great and made excellent recommendations. The halibut was phenomenal and the Serrano margaritas was the best margarita I’ve had in a while!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Service was decent, but dinner was overpriced and didn't deliver the experience I had come to expect at this resto...seems George's has gone downhill over the last few years.

r
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch was good.

JO
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Outstanding ocean view. Wonderful and helpful service.

T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We are from Chicago. We come to CA every year for 6 weeks. Our first stop on our way from airport to AVIARA is George’s and usually every week while we are in CA. We come for the fish tacos special soup hamburgers an d yummy dessert. We were so disappointed in the fish tacos this time. We have been coming for 15 years. This is the first time we have been disappointed. If this is your new recipe we will not come back. We will give you one more try

G
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely breakfast. I had expected there to be brunch items on the menu but it was definitely lunch. The food was very good and we had a table with a view of the Cove. It was Superbowl Sunday so it was pretty quiet. My guests from France loved it.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely view with great food!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Had a guest come in from out of town who wanted to see La Jolla so we came here for lunch. The day way beautiful and the views delivered. We had 11:30 reservations but arrived early because I wasn’t familiar with the area or drive time. Walked in at 10:50 and could not be seated until 11. We ended up

M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful skyline, good atmosphere and special dishes and drinks. That’s paradise.
Well done guys. See you soon

SK
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place. Perfect place for my wifes 60th BD. Great service!

D
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE loved the food, and the view certainly can't be beat. It was expensive... cocktails were $15 each for lunch, appetizer was $15 and the entree (fish Tacos) was $15 or $20 for lunch, for not that much fish. All in all it was delicious but expensive. The only downside was that there weren't that many seafood options at lunch (dont know about dinner), and when you are in san diego, I can get burgers back home... i wanted sea food.

PS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server recommend Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake with toffee sauce, brown butter oats and vanilla ice cream for dessert. My husband and I shared it and it was just delicious! All of the folks who offered service were attentive and knowledgeable, starting with the person who shook our hand as he greeted us and later provided information about a fish dish to complement my wine choice and including our own server. Beautiful sunset from the outdoor eating area.

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views. Attentive service. Automated checkout. Wonderful way to dine in La Jolla.