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

Paradisaea

4.5
4.5
314 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 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • 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

Experiences

  • Paradisaea is 1: Fiesta w/ Chef Javier Plascencia

    $115.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Sep 28, 2023 only
    To celebrate our first year in Bird Rock, we're thrilled to announce that world renowned Chef Javier Plascencia will be joining us at Paradisaea to cook alongside our very own, Chef Mark Welker. We will be offering a 5-course meal that will celebrate the bounty of Baja and Southern Californian cuisine. $115 / person for 5 courses, with beverage pairing provided at an additional cost.
    Paradisaea is 1: Fiesta w/ Chef Javier Plascencia Photo

What 314 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

    Hot spot

  • San Diego

    Californian

314 Reviews
  1. NicholasL

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  2. CSUFrank

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. jlfranco

    Mexico City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excelente comida y servicio , volveremos muy pronnto

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  12. TamaraR

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. PeterA

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 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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  20. Money

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is by far the BEST FOOD & service in SD no other restaurants can compare at this time. Non!!!! 🫶🏻

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  21. MarcusB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Food had small portions and wasn’t worth the price. Great aesthetics though

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  22. ChristineB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overall a great addition to Birdrock! Loved the vibe and decor. The food is solid but I’d say a bit overpriced for the quality. The asparagus was overly salted and also sauce that paired with the hanger steak was a bit salty.

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  23. karenk

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was good but : 1. menu is limited 2. prices are outrageous 3. 5% service fee is inappropriate In the future, I would only go for a drink and one appetizer. I would recommend with some caveats/warnings.

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  24. Foodie23

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall2food3service5ambience5
    Food and drinks over priced, small portions, fun ambiance, and food was just ok. Nothing amazing - i'm a foodie!

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  25. racheld

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere, yummy food. Great service. Perfect for special occasions.

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  26. rositsat

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    I was shocked at the beginning that our waiter was kind a rude. We almost wanted to find the manager and just request another waiter ,but I’ve been a waitress so we decided to give him a chance for a few more minutes and he kind of got better. Not great,but better. Or maybe the cocktails numbed my feelings 😂 But I am in a customer service oriented business and if this was somebody working for me, I would want to know. So hopefully the managers read that review and talk to him. When somebody is your customer and hasn’t given you any reason to be snappy, but you are , maybe you should change your job. 

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  27. Reginalampert

    New York Area

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Despite our reservation, our table wasn’t ready. Then they tried to stuff us in a small side room. We asked to be in the main room, and then they tried to give us two high top seats in the bar. We finally were seated at a real table in the main room— the same table I might add, where we were seated on our last visit. We noted that there were several tables also available in the same area- so why the poor treatment— sort of a “ bums rush”? Food was slow to come, and not as good as on our last visit. We had been big boosters of this place, now, sorry to say, not so much—not worth the VERY HIGH prices.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food impeccable. Sat in patio and it was too noisy with traffic.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Not that fabulous ..interesting dishes to an extent — way over priced even if you are used to high priced food.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic as always! Great food and great service.

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  31. Susan

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    This was the second time I dined at the restaurant and the food was not as good as the first time and I will probably not dine at this restaurant again.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    Overpriced for casual scene with food that has no seasoning.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. TerryP

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can't get enough of Paradesea. WE love everything about it!

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  34. Jonathan

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Been enjoying this place since it opened - nice to be able to reserve a table (barely) these days(!) .. service and presentation and flavor contrasts are impeccable. Bravo!

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  35. StephanieH

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and service. Nice variety of cocktails. Food is expensive for the quality and quantity.

    2 people found this helpful

  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved it! Great food , great place! The decor is really nice !

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  37. MarcieC

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our first time at Paradisaea. Think it’s a one and done. It wasn’t bad but food wasn’t spectacular either and expensive enough that we don’t need to go back. But I’ll admit I’m a picky eater. The design and ambiance and outdoor seating were great. Restaurant was busy so other people must think the food is great.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. CydneyE

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Portions are WAY TOO SMALL. There were 4 adults. We ordered 2 rounds of drinks. The Sancerre was the best Sancerre I’ve ever had. The cocktails were all really really unforgettable. We ordered the flaming rainbow off the drink specials. But the rest of the cocktails were off the regular menu and were worth every Penny. We ordered the jalapeño Caesar salad - delicious. Highly recommend. This is only enough food for 1-2 people. Not enough for the four of us. We ordered the lobster spaghetti - I was enticed by the “new lobster bisque” sauce but there was not enough butter flavor and too much citrus. The lobster was great. The pasta was just a pinch too Al Dente. But I don’t recommend this pasta unless they make some changes to it. We ordered the miso bread and fava bean hummus. Good but not enough to share. Too small of a portion. We ordered the cavatelli which is new on the menu. That sauce was delicious and incredible. Again, very small. We ordered the halibut tempura. The green aioli sauce was fantastic. The halibut was also great and I would recommend this. It was very light, so again, it was not enough to share for 4 ppl. We ordered the dry aged cheese burger and the aux-poivre sauce on the side. That sauce was WHOA good. I sound like I’m sauce-obsessed but I’m actually not. I will give credit where credit is due and the sauces were very good. The duck fat fries were very good but served in a small cup. Not enough for 4 people to share. We also ordered the lamb loin. I was SHOCKED when I tell you——this lamb loin was so expensive and it arrived —— 2 small medallions of lamb with a couple bites of eggplant. Very good lamb but they forgot this is supposed be someone’s dinner. Last, we got the dessert. That honey sundae was UNREAL. So delicious. We ordered a boozy bourbon & liqueur milkshake which was SO GOOD! Espresso martini was okay. I’ve had better at Old Venice in Pt Loma. We Spent $670. And we walked out HUNGRY. Portions were way off.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. James

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Too noisy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  40. EllenP

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lucas our server was excellent and added to the whole experience.

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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 314 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 22 times today
Experiences are available.
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
  • 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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