Ocean Terrace - George's at the Cove

4.6
3678 reviews
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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join us for special prix-fixe menus featuring an outstanding variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts with the season's freshest ingredients. A complimentary glass of bubbles and chocolate truffles are included with your meal!
Dinner: 3 courses, $68 per person
(Available February 14)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Tables close together. Heaters make it nice no matter the temp.

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Because the Ocean Terrace was closed due to the rain, Level 2 was more crowded and noisy. Service was quite slow and inattentive.

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DP
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The ocean view is amazing. The only reason I won't return are due to the seagulls that jump on peoples table to grab food. Then they get stuck in the area and it takes awhile for them to fly off...only to return again :(

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience for the birthday we were celebrating! Highly recommend!

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r
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Their new check /payment policy only gives you option to tip 20, 25%...or none, and they tack on a surcharge of another 3%. the whole time we were paying the waiter watched seeing what we were tipping (talk about pressure). As a result, our dinner was VERY EXPENSIVE involving an involuntary 30% tip. We probably won't be returning any time soon.

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Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The views, the food and the service were fantastic!

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Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We made a reservation and indicated that we were celebrating our anniversary and the staff recognized this. Service was very attentive with very positive energy without being intrusive. The food, especially the pear and endive salad, was delicious.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The blackened fish tacos was but the strawberry lemonade tasted watered down.

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BG
Dallas
92 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites! We love the restaurant and the views!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

We arrived too early for the outdoor seating on level
3 which was the original reservation, as we arrived before our 4:30 timeslot. So, the host recommended we start at the bar for happy hour while waiting, which we did. We then were moved to a table for dinner.
The drinks were- amazing. The service, was impeccable.
The view and ambiance were also great!
The food however, not so much. My friend ordered the ceviche, and soon after leaving began to feel ill. She had digestive issues all throughout the rest of the evening, and has no food allergies, so we can only conclude something was done in error with either the storing or the prepping of the ceviche.
Other than that, it was a very good experience.

I also got an email from open table afterwards saying we had not shown ? For the reservation which was perturbing. When we moved to the table the host had said he would take care of transferring the reservation, so it was frustrating to get an email afterwards stating the opposite information was given to open table.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food great views and brilliant value

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

My birthday every year my mom and I go!

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VF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

An expensive restaurant but to be expected in a tony area of La Jolla facing the Pacific Ocean. A nice assortment of different plates. The mussels app was a large portion, tender and the light tomato broth was delicious. The salmon was tender and was also a good portion served with a rich flavorful mushroom risotto.
Our server was attentive without being overbearing. A nice evening to end our vacation in La Jolla.

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JO
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner with fresh seafood great salads .
The view was spectacular. Even on a cool night it was great. They had heaters n blankets
Service was 5 star.
My only comment was open table rated it as under$30. Its 30-40 for entree.
We definitely go back.

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MS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great meal.and the service was adequate, but not at the usual stellar level. The burger was tasty but more well done than medium. My server did ask me if there were any other questions I had about the menu or any other dietary requirements.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Yum!!!! Def try the soup!

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KD
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was highly recommended and it did not disappoint! Cocktails, food and service were outstanding! Appreciate them having a kids menu as well. Of course you can't beat the fantastic view either.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice with a beautiful view!

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EA
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful spot, but you're paying for it. Food was good, but no one is there for the food. Location is beautiful, as were all of the servers and many guests.

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent server Big Joe.

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DM
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

George’s is a must if in the San Diego area!! Great food, impeccable service and amazing views!

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JD
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great and amazing. Beautiful view of the ocean by La Jolla.

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Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Vacaciones

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JA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a bite, drinks, and watching the sun set.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the a wonderful server! Very nice woman with brown hair, we didn’t catch her name. So efficient and so nice.

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Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Exceptional waiter

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ST
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch overlooking the ocean. Superb fish tacos and even better margarita!! Highly highly recommend!

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch, so healthy and delicious! Love to return!

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PF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for cocktails and had a fantastic time! If you are visiting La Jolla it is a definite place to have lunch, dinner or just drinks!!!

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San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Shrimp tacos very dry.

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KH
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Appetizers were tastier than our main course ( and each of us had a different dish)! Location and view is outstanding but our family will not return to this restaurant for dinner.

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P
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

one of the premium coastal view locations in La Jolla. I like the upstairs, as it's all outdoors, great views and bit more casual (and better value) than downstairs. Headlamps make it fine to sit outside with a light jacket or sweater even with temparates in the low 60s at night.

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GK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great lunch spot in La Jolla with stunning view overlooking the cove.

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing view on the ocean terrace; great lunch deals too. fish sandwich and burger was so good

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S
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great view and Service is always fantastic.

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DB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great everything! Keep up the good work. Sorry we missed the sunset. Best albacore I’ve ever had. Great drinks!

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VH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The service here is top notch. Had a chill bartender who recommended and made my favorite margarita of all time. Waitress Natalie is so unbelievably kind, surprising us with champagne and a nice souvenir for our 11th anniversary trip. The manager made it to come over to really make us feel welcome as well. Food portions were large. The burger was so juicy but the fish was not my favorite. The fish in the ceviche had a ginger taste? The fish in the tacos were more of a cooked salmon texture.. I prefer a smooth white fish in tacos, so that’s really just based on preference. None the less, you can’t beat the amazing view on the ocean terrace and exceptional service! I’ll definitely be back next time to try their popular sticky toffee pudding cake!

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Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

12/12/18
Fabulous Family Lunch with a Gorgeous View!

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KS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dirty martini and salmon dish I've had in a long time. And, the creme brulee with snickerdoodle cookie was outstanding!!

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PG
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

This was my second night in a row eating on the rooftop restaurant because I loved it so much last night. Food is amazing (I ordered the shortribs each time and my boyfriend ordered an the noodle dish with the Hawaiin fish - both were delicious) and the view stunning especially if you can get there before sunset. The first night, our waiter was outstanding but the second night Heather was really a pretty terrible waitress. She didn't check on us, we had to ask twice for my boyfriend's beer and it took asking 3x for my receipt. She didn't explain anything about the dishes like my waiter from last night. she looked like she was totally bored with her job and probably should have gone home. Other than Heather, this is a wonderful restaurant that I would highly recommend.

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