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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BL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by a friend for my daughter’s birthday dinner while visiting La Jolla. Offered to sit overlooking the ocean view, but decided not to when warned it might be too cold as the space heaters couldn’t be placed nearby. Waiter was very knowledgeable and the food was beautiful and delicious. Ambiance could only have been improved by a view of the ocean, but it was already dark. Overall a very nice night. Would go back for sure.

DA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! First, the view and environment is amazing. If you have the chance to go on a sunny day, do it! The food is amazing as well, I had the rigatoni with salmon which was delicious. We also had a great server- Blake. It was his fourth day on the job, which we all couldn’t believe since he was so good. He was very attentive, considerate, FUNNY... Overall a wonderful experience. Will totally come back again :)

IO
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was excellent. He knew every beer and all the food items and was very helpful in ordering. The food was very good and prices are reasonable. The view of course is spectacular. The only negative is the tables are small and packed too close together.

G
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great. Friendly team who accommodated my seating requirements without hesitating! The food was delicious and view superb. My only complaint is that it is noisy. The music is too loud.

E
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Only recommend during day. You can not see any sights at all, if it’s in the evening. Also, review their ever changing menu to ensure they are currently serving something you’d like.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at George’s ocean terrace. Had a great view of the sunset, very kind and knowledgeable server, and delicious food! Came for a special occasion from out of state, and they made the trip worth it! Thanks!

MN
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice spot and atmosphere. The food and service were amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I enjoyed the ambiance of this restaurant and our service was amazing, but the menu selections could have been better and should be expanded. This is more of a social spot than a restaurant, the type of place you bring some friends or family to if you want an appetizer and a couple of drinks. Our mistake was that we were coming here for a dinner meal. I would definitely go here again, but during the summer months when sunset is later in the evening and you can better enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant. Overall, great experience and will return next summer!

j
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never ever disappoints!!! My go-to place for visitors! Always impresses!👍👍👍

TR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view, great service, and delicious food!! I highly recommend this restaurant

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

Hello TamerR, Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! We strive for every guest to share the same wonderful experience as the one you have described today! Take care for now and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future! Best regards, Joe Vitanza AGM Ocean Terrace George's at the Cove

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LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a great view. We highly recommend this place.

KE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbeatable view. Tasty food. Great spot for out of town guests.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very cool rooftop dining!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Sorry to be disappointed
Brought business visitors to enjoy
Picked a quiet time but....
Service was bad.. no interest- obviously towards the end of her shift
The server recommended a seared ahi tuna sandwich
It was dry fish of some sort

Ocean Terrace - George's at the Cove
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. Obviously, I'm disappointed that we did not live up to even our own standards. Your information is helpful, but I would love a few more details in order to properly address this with my team. I would appreciate if you would be willing to reply so we can continue this exchange. I don't feel that your experience was typical and I hope that you might consider giving us another opportunity. Regards, Mike GM- George's Ocean Terrace

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f
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view!!! Food is good. Happy hour is great and happy hour prices are great!

AL
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Beautiful scenery but the food is subpar. My salmon was overcooked (you could see the white albumin) and my husbands pork chops that was meant to be medium was overcooked too. The sauce for the pork was nothing but sugar. For entrees that are priced over $30 this should not be the case. I didn’t expect amazing food but I did expect more. The ocean views were lovely though.

Ocean Terrace - George's at the Cove
Responded on October 31, 2019

Hello, I'm sorry that you did not enjoy your meals. I will pass along your feedback to the chef. Thank you, and I hope you give us another opportunity in the near future. Feel free to reach out to me directly. Respectfully, Mike GM- George's Ocean Terrace 858-454-4244

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m
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

View is beautiful. The menu was limited and the food is mediocre.

PL
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best views in town without a doubt the service was great and the food is delicious also had a few tasty cocktails. :) recommend

KC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and amazing views, especially for sunset!

MS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took some friends from Australia to George’s on the Cove for lunch. It was perfect in every way! They made us look like genius’s to take them to such an awesome place! Thank you... we will be back!

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great spot, great food and good everything else. Was a little expensive and the service was spotty as he was so busy. Overall though given the quality of food and location, I'd recommend.

TK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

The server was rude when she was giving us a check. she pushed a card reader toward my face and holding it while I was trying to proceed check. Feeling weird to choose tip amount while the server was holding and staring the card reader, so I tried to hold it by myself and she said, "DO NOT TOUCH IT"... what???

Ocean Terrace - George's at the Cove
Responded on October 25, 2019

Hello, our guidelines for the staff to use these devices is to do so while maintaining a respective distance and position to avoid guests feeling like they are being watched. I'm sorry this was your experience. Can you kindly let me know who the server was, so I can properly address this with her? I look forward to hearing your respinse; thank you! Respectfully Mike GM- George's Ocean Terrace 858-454-4244 ext 124

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FG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, excellent service & food. Perfect place to spend the afternoon.

KR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

George’s at the Cove was a wonderful dinner choice. Our party sat at a table close to the water and the sunset happened to be spectacular that evening. Our waitress, Sarah, provided great service and the food was delicious. George’s guacamole is awesome!!! I highly recommend it.

f
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we had a wonderful experience at George’s. Our waiter was superb and even the manager came over to congratulate us for our anniversary. The champagne and dessert were a lovely touch, and those little things are what keep us coming back to George’s. One suggestion would be for the hostess. She is the first face customers see and she was not attentive at all when we got there. As someone who had a reservation for 4:30 and had a special occasion we felt that she could’ve handled our arrival differently. We got there earlier than 430 and she didn’t even ask if we had a reservation and told us she would be sitting everyone at 430. When we approached her at the time indicated , there were other walk-ins that had arrived and they were seated first and given the “best” seats. I think as someone who took the time to make a reservation we probably should’ve been given priority and one of the “ better” seats. Other than that, everything was wonderful.

G
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great food and a lively atmosphere.

PM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views and good service

LR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was out of this world; the environment was memorable. We had a lovely anniversary dinner and fantastic service!

CK
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I was disappointed this time. We have been dining at George’s at the Cove for over 40 years and the Terrace since it opened.
The price to add on salmon or steak to a salad went up to $11! It was $7 a few months ago. I ordered the fish sandwich and the sauce was not good. My husband ordered his usual hamburger and was pleased as usual.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous view!! Excellent food & cocktails. George’s is a must anytime in the area. Love it!!

JB
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is beautiful. Service great. Had a drink in the bar 1st then up to the terrace. Dinner was amazing !!

LP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The VIEW makes this restaurant. Service is excellent but I’d hope so at their prices. Food is good, even what we had to return, came back with the correct adjustments and the staff was extremely helpful. The view is so breath taking, you tend to overlook the small details that aren’t up to par.

KT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Fabulous view. Very limited menu. Service was good. Just bummed at food choice. $12 kids meal pasta consisted of 14 rigatoni noodles. Halibut was best; but at $41 it should have more to it. The online menu was different that what was online and in menu display cabinet in front. I’d go here late afternoon with a group of friends for a great view, drinks and appetizers. Sorry George, very disappointing dinner for my family of four.

Ocean Terrace - George's at the Cove
Responded on October 8, 2019

Hello and thank you for letting us know how we are doing. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the view and service; I'm sorry the food and value did not meet expectations. I will pass along this feedback to our chef. Also, thank you for bringing it to our attention about the menus not matching up. Were you looking at our website or a 3rd party? I hope you do give us another opportunity, I am confident that we will not disappoint. Mike GM- George's Ocean Terrace 858-454-4244 ext 124

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j
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the view was beautiful and the food was delicious!

HW
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food was fabulous, the service was less than mediocre. It took 45 minutes to get our first drink, with this in mind, we ordered our second drink early and it took 30 minutes. Part of our party (me!) forgot we had ordered after dinner drinks - it took so long and ordered an Uber and had to leave before the drinks came. Food orders came out as you would expect at a well run restaurant. The slow drinks means the restaurant left a lot of money on the table, we would have had at least one more round as we were celebrating two birthdays. Go for the great food and view, but don’t go thirsty!

Ocean Terrace - George's at the Cove
Responded on October 8, 2019

I'm sorry that you experienced a long wait for your drink service; I can assure you that this was an anomaly. Nevertheless, I am very appreciative that you brought it to our attention so we can look into this issue. I would love the opportunity to have you visit us again soon and I can assure you that drink service will be more expeditious. I look forward to hearing from you so I can help coordinate your reservation. Respectfully, Mike GM- George's Ocean Terrace 858-454-4244 ext 124

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service

VH
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best part is the sunset! They also, for those who need them, hand out blankets for the chilly ocean air making this the best place for a romantic evening!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was amazing. We sat facing the water during sunset, while sipping top-notch drinks and eating incredible food. The raspberry bread pudding was extraordinary.

CS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good service, bar, appetizers, and entrees. Our salmon was cooked as ordered and served with a delicious combination of peas, mushrooms, earthy grains that paired well with the coastal chardonnay wine. A great view of a spectacular sunset topped it all off for a fine dining experience. A bit pricey but well worth it.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing waiter and hostess!