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The Main Dining Room at Paradisaea - Paradisaea, La Jolla, CA

Paradisaea

4.5
4.5
335 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
A celebration of food, cocktails, art, and warm hospitality. Housed in the historic Piano Building, in the heart of the vibrant community of Bird Rock, Paradisaea is a destination restaurant and bar, that San Diegans frequent for crave-able, accessible fare, executed at the highest level.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 255-8011
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighborhood
    La Jolla
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 335 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Californian

335 Reviews
  1. LizF

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food was delicious - but you barely get anything portion-wise for the steep price. And this comes from someone who rarely has the ability to finish her dish when out to eat. The portions were exceptionally small, but I will say the food tasted amazing. Service was great, ambiance was great, friendly staff, but we ordered 4+ dishes plus desert and still left hungry. A bit of a disappointment for how much we spent. $45 for 3 *tiny* scallops. We also ordered cocktails and within 4 sips the drink was done. I'm okay with paying a higher price tag for a meal but I must say, they can do a little better with how much they portion out for drinks and dinner.

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  2. KatieH

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Pretty good food and good wine selection, but service is spotty. Some servers are excellent and some are pretty useless. We ordered a second bottle of wine and the server apparently ended her shift right then, and we were almost done with our meal before we had a chance to flag someone down to get that bottle. By then the food was getting cold and we needed wine less than when we ordered it. And speaking of wine, the reds are over-chilled. Spending over $100 for a bottle that arrives right out of the fridge is a disappointing detail that tells me this place is still struggling to meet its goal of being a fine dining establishment.

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  3. TamaraR

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. I was excited to see what the new chef has put into place, but it seems he is trying to adapt to the current menu before he expands it. I love most of the food and I also can't wait for more selection. Hip, beautiful, great service, quality food and cocktails.

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  4. TaylorD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Took over an hour after ordering to get cheese burger. Took away plates of apps before finishing without asking. Love the vibe and everything. I’ve been there before and it was exceptional. This time I think something was off. All in all decent experience

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  5. MichaelS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first time, for my wife's birthday and we both had a great time. They had a nice note wishing a happy bday, and candle in our dessert. We were on the patio, which was nice and plenty of heaters. We had the focaccia, Jalapeno ceasar, steak and fries and kurobata pork and lamb ragu...all was delicious, as were our cocktails. Definitely recommend and we will be back.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A) the number one thing this place stands out was the service. Friendly staff, always with a smile, ii enjoy a place where you can feel a good vibe with in the staff. B) Food.- its a small menu, very well balanced, “baja” is well represented with the oysters, aguachile, and the fresh fish that day. The most popular item on the tables was the salad, the spicy version a of Caesars salad. We order one, to us the salad was laking flavor, bland, is was like the ingredients never mixed, and we’re talking about a salad. Also, the bread they use as a crouton, is a sourdough and this particular one, had a really funky taste. Rest of us had the burger and the hanger steak, these came with french fries, the most out outrageously good french fries!! Specially, the ones on my steak because of the sauce combined with the fries . The crunchiness of the rosemary and the thin cut slices of garlic make these fries one of my favorite ones. . C) well kept property, excellent lighting and music. We had an angle overlooking the open kitchen, it was a experience.

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  7. ccooke

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    And STILL… the best restaurant and chef in San Diego! If anyone asks me where to go eat, i recommend Paradisaea. It’s simply a cut above the rest.

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  8. cpsd

    San Diego

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Paradisaea just keeps getting better! This is definitely the place for great cocktails and interesting food that looks beautiful and tastes even better. Fun vibe. Highly recommend.

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  9. Cjmar

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Such a great vibe, the atmosphere and energy was fun. Service was top notch. We ordered the steak au poivre and cheese burger and we were both missing a bit of flavor in each although the coconut shrimp and bread appetizers were on point!

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  10. KathyD

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Four of us had a nice dinner; two had two appetizers while the other two had entrees and an appetizer. Plenty of food! The jalapeno caesar salad was my favorite...tons of grated parmesan, plus jalapenos and jalapenos in the dressing gave it a great kick. I could have licked the plate clean! Our server was excellent, knew the menu well, checked on us periodically but was not hovering or rushing us. Music was way to loud, and she got it turned down so we could actually talk. Prices were a little high, and very limited selection of wines by the glass (although good for by the bottle). Overall, a very pleasant evening.

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  11. carlosj

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing! The chef prepared a rib eye steak for 2. It was perfectly cooked medium rare. It came with a tasty corn succotash and we ordered the fingerling potatoes that were divine. Will definitely recommend and return.

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  12. EnjoyToday

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food we've had in La Jolla. The cheeseburger was an incredible surprise. The best cheeseburger I've ever had. My vegetarian wife got the rice pilaf and was very happy with it. I loved it myself. The Cesar salad, omg! Amazing service.

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  13. HollyC

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We are local and we really really want to love this place, but this a the second time we’ve been and it’s just “meh” for the price. Let me start by saying the server we had (Tanya/Tonya?) was AMAZING. The ambience and decor is very nice. But for the price, the food is just OK. I really wish they would simplify it a bit and just do simple very well. We had the pear salad (good), jalepeno caesar (good), halibut tempura (meh), cavatelli (meh), smashed potatoes (good). The problem is that it shouldn’t be good, it should be amazing for the price. We will keep trying it. Next time I’ll just get the cheeseburger. I really hope they keep getting better.

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  14. Ceciliaf

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    Expensive and not that tasty. Very small portions. Had the hamburger and it was poorly served. Nothing on it!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    2nd time going there and loved it. The drinks and food are fantastic!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Though pricy, the food was excellent. But we’ll sit outside when we go again because it was too noisy to talk inside.

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  17. Flounder

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved Paradisea so much! To the point that we actually could not stop talking about our meals afterwards. Definitely the right move to get the jalapeno caesar salad - extremely unique and so so tasty. We also got the squash cavatappi which was amazing. For mains, the burger and pork chop were delicious. The cocktails and dessert were (just) good, but the apps and main courses really were the stars. Our waiter was great as well, very friendly and knowledgeable. It IS expensive so get ready to pay quite a lot, but we would definitely return.

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  18. BarbaraT

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    We were seated outdoors and it was a chilly evening. I inquired about a heater, but there was none available. I had a sweater but not heavy enough. Being cold really distracts from an overall good experience.

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  19. Goldiss

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun night! Special menu, would do it again. Please get a few more natural wines on the menu tho ;)

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  20. MP888

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Food, Amazing Decor and Ambiance- A must for any Foodie !!! LOVE

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  21. Melissa

    San Diego

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    3rd visit...a little less impressive than previous experiences. Server seemed very hesitant and made several errors...although she was apologetic, it was still a distraction. Missed the mushroom pasta dish theybused to have and the asparagus was WAY too smoky (she removed it from the bill tho!)...I will give it another try but am hoping for repeat of the 1st two visits rather than this one :)

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  22. NicholasL

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly one of the best dining experiences I have had in years. The food was magnificent and interesting. The wait staff was on point and all around great and the entire experience was amazing. The best meal I have had out in a long long time. I may fly back to San Diego just to go here

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  23. CSUFrank

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We decided to order a handful of appetizers to share, rather than selecting two entrees. We did just that and they were each very tasty. We topped off the meal with a salted caramel soft serve sundae. Enjoy!

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  24. Foodie

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Decor and location great. Space great, not tight and dingy. Service was great, she was super nice and attentive but knowledgeable. Food was very very good. Chicken was super moist. Burger was great. Heirloom salad was very nice especially the crispy rice. Desserts above average but not amazing. Overall we were very happy, very nice dinner. A bit pricey but will definitely go again and recommend.

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  25. jte3456

    San Diego

    62 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Nice place, comfortable and attractive. Food was average, very small portions for very large prices. Service was slow and inattentive. All of the food including Appetizers and Entrees came out at once, after a very long unattended wait.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. LaurenM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for special occasions, recommend getting the Whaler as a dessert cocktail

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. I’ll definitely be back!

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  28. MichaelB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We thought the food was tasty, but very overpriced for the portion sizes. Our meal for three people, with one cocktail each came to $300! Be prepared for a 5% service fee for the employees that isn't mentioned until you read the dessert menu!

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  29. HollyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional! Very imaginative and artistic execution of amazing flavors! Our waiter was very polite, patient and knowledgeable. Eating at this restaurant is a very special treat ! Highly recommend!!!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall2food3service5ambience3
    Extremely overpriced for the food and portion you get.

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  31. Thomas

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The staff was very friendly, and everything tasted ok, but nothing about this place is worth the money you will spend. We left disappointed after spending more than $300 for 2 people. Would not recommend.

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  32. jlfranco

    Mexico City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excelente comida y servicio , volveremos muy pronnto

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  33. TamaraR

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OMG we had the Norther halibut tempura appetizer that was to die for. The tempura was light and did not over power the flavor of the halibut. Both sauces were amazing!! Then we split the Rib Eye that as tender and delicious. Cooked to perfection. The whole experience, service and cocktails was a win!

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  34. marciw

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful time! The service, food, and over all experience was a delight!

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  35. javierk

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente excepto la acustica. Nivel de ruido muy alto.

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  36. Trace

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience at Paradiseae. The food quality is excellent and the service is spot-on. We go to Paradisea at least once a week.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was expensive but nothing special. Service was weird. The main server was cold and came across as hostile. None is the servers and bus staff every smiled. It was almost like it was against the rules. Felt pretentious. There was an unexplained 5% surcharge on the bill. We're unlikely to return.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend and i came here for my birthday 8/5 and had an amazing time the food and service was unforgettable!

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  39. JamesG

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    The service and the food were good but given what we were charged there was little value. My red snapper cost $51 and an ordinary bottle of wine cost $55. My wife had two appetizes and we had desert. Our dinner for two cost $270 including a 5% surcharge (for what I do not know) and tip. No thank you. We will not be back at this overpriced place ever again. There are other places where the service and food are at least equally as good for half the price.

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  40. PeterA

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Place still needs time to come together. Food is overpriced for what it is. In comparison with other similar venues - e.g. Callie or Animae - they are far behind. Definitely won’t be going back anytime soon. + Bar are is really nicely decorated and I can see it being attractive.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Paradisaea is rated 4.5 stars by 335 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for Paradisaea

5680 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037-7523

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    La Jolla
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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