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THE LOT - La Jolla, San Diego, CA

THE LOT - La Jolla

4.1
4.1
597 Reviews
$30 and under
American
THE LOT is San Diego's premier luxury cinema and dining destination. A high energy social hub for craft coffee, artisan pastries, elevated cuisine, premium spirits and sophisticated wines.

We offer lunch and dinner in our restaurant, patios, or in-theater and host multiple events for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.

THE LOT was established in 2015 and was inspired by and created for this neighborhood and honors the sea, art, culture, food, music, weather, and the people that make La Jolla so singular and inspiring. Customizing and creating the ultimate entertainment and lifestyle experience is our obsession and we are excited to share this curated experience with you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Private dining

Private dining

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 8:00 am–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 8:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 777-0069

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    If you are looking to throw a truly memorable event, have it at THE LOT. Prepare to be impressed as our space transforms to fit the needs of any event such as birthday parties, corporate gatherings, wedding receptions and bar mitzvahs. Our chefs can create a unique menu according to every client.

  • Private party contact

    Rafael Duran: (877) 561-7871

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Cross street

    Kline Street

  • Parking details

    Valet available. Validated parking, free for up to 4 hours - off Fay Avenue.

  • Public transit

    Fay and Pearl MTS bus stop

  • Entertainment

    If you are looking for a mix of relaxation, leisure, craft cocktails, locally sourced coffees, sustainable and elevated cuisine and the latest blockbuster movies and independent films, we’ve got what you are looking for at THE LOT — La Jolla’s destination for an epic entertainment and lifestyle experience like no other.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Tequila Tasting with Califino

    $45.00 per person

    Jan 26, 2023 only
    Enjoy a night of Tequila tasting with Califino! We’ll have appetizers and a diverse variety of Tequilas cocktails. Live music by: FERSHOW. $45 Includes Tequila Tasting and appetizers. Tequila cocktails not included.
  • Christmas Eve Dinner at THE LOT

    $70.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    Come join us on Christmas Eve for a delicious holiday dinner. Bring your loved ones to THE LOT La Jolla to enjoy our three-course menu. December 24th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Reservation required.
  • Morocco vs Spain / FIFA World Cup

    Dec 6, 2022 only
    Watch the World Cup at any of our giant video walls for the ultimate Soccer experience! ⚽️ We'll be serving breakfast paired with our special WORLD CUP drink menu, which includes mimosas, bloody marys, micheladas, and espresso martinis!

What 597 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. TT

    TeeTee

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Movie and Thanksgiving dinner. This is probably our new family tradition despite food being just alright, and smallish portions… for a holiday. The kitchen and servers could use a dusting off, for the holidays. Manager was very solicitous and helpful, when the food was slow to come out which shouldn’t have been an issue considering we ordered off the prix fixe menu of standard turkey (minus cranberry sauce) fixins’ & fare. But still worth not having to cook or do dishes and clean up. Everyone left satisfied and entertained. Won’t keep us from doing it again!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Thanksgiving dinner & movie. Terrific.
  3. JT

    JenniferT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Thanksgiving dinner was disappointing. Quite pricey for lukewarm turkey and dry stuffing. The soup was great. The pumpkin pie was good too. My dad’s salad was given to him 20 min before we got our soup. Fortunately the server and the manager were friendly. I won’t go back for any special occasion dining.
  4. h

    howardd

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The place was empty at noon Saturday a beautiful warm day yet the other mid to top level restaurants in La Jolla are doing good business. Says it all. Great potential but it continues to disappoint
  5. TK

    ThomasK

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best breakfast ever! Everyone and everybody was fabulous!
  6. MH

    MannyH

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was very slow. Wait
  7. SM

    SandraM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    I have been going there for more than 8 years and it was amazing. I went a couple of months ago and the service was not good but I decided to give it another try. Service was poor. We were the only table and he wasn’t around. We are still waiting for napkins and a spoon. The food was not at the same quality level than before. I know the menu and the food they brought out wasn’t good. Fried calamari was swimming in oil, the flat bread was missing the burrata and the salmon was undercook. We order coffee and the decaf was poor quality instant coffee. We told the waiter and he said that he didn’t make the coffee. At this point we knew it was over. Its a shame because I really love the place but im not coming back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please call me. 8583345418
  9. JM

    JulieM

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    After we got the attention of the wait staff, we had a lovely evening on the patio with a large group. The food and ambiance were very good.
  10. CA

    CARLOSV

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Muy rico! Solo que íbamos por el buffet y ya no lo tienen por el COVID! Ojalá lo vuelvan a poner! 👍🏻
  11. SM

    SilvanaM

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great salads and great Burger and good, quick service.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Made a reservation my daughter is getting married July 31 The service was disappointing-server left on break and no communication about it and drink took forever … all of the same expected so much more from this restaurant the food was amazing I honestly don’t know if I would go back Just a disappointment server never offered dessert (Ps) there was some kind of fashion show going on so super loud —
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Jazz Night and fashion show! Had a great time. Food was delicious and service was great!
  14. CC

    CCinSF

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    This place was at 10% capacity, there was more staff than customers. But they couldn’t manage to get us food in 2 hours and 15 minutes we had to dine before our show. We got up and ordered most of it drinks from the bar and took them to our table. This place is poorly run and we would NEVER go back. Do not recommend eating here if you have plans.
  15. SS

    SusanSkywoman

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Like this Lot better than Liberty Station, easier parking & dining seems more casual. We had the salmon, delicious! Plates are not share-sized, so order your own. Loved our attentive server!
  16. J

    Jenjo

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night, loved the Jazz! Service and food was outstanding!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  18. h

    howardd

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    salads ok nothing special. Asked for bread, got 2 slices of bread from a package of cheap bread from the market-got this after we had finished eating, with no jam or butter.
  19. RS

    RobertS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    We made reservations for dinner, but the menu looked like a lunch menu. Very few choices, and it wasn't nearly "fine dining." We left without ordering anything.
  20. a

    alohasd

    San Diego

    95 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Extremely slow service in a nearly empty restaurant. Order was wrong, although our server remedied it. Appears the kitchen and wait staff do not communicate very well.
  21. A

    Allison

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    The server gave us a huge Fuji water we didn’t ask for when we said still water. Very obvisiuly uncomfortable tried upselling us… was very slow with service. Had to ask for things multiple times in a row.
  22. FG

    FoodieGaga

    San Diego

    166 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    166 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    We ate there only because we were going to a movie and it was a tick above normal movie popcorn. We wouldn't go there just for the food. Since nobody was in the place, service was quick.
  23. LS

    Love2dineSD

    San Diego

    71 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Understaffed - Took 15 minutes to get drinks as bartender was backed up … It took 30 minutes to get our food and had to seek out manager to make that happen Menu was not ideal in my humble opinion The overall experience was stressful - We didn’t even have time to finish our wine - at 15.00/ glass - Disappointed
  24. SM

    SandraM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food4service2ambience5
    I’m familiar with the menu and the flatbread was missing the burrata and the salad was way to small. The service pretty basic, rather poor. We had the food on the table and not silverware.
  25. IJ

    IJhhh

    Guadalajara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food3service1ambience4
    Horrible service. Waited 1 hour just for water. Waiter told us she wouldnt take our order.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I ordered the Cobb salad and added chicken with amounts to $22. It was the blah
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Horrible service. Over 90 min to get the food. The staff was fully dedicated to the movie theatre and not the restaurant. They all the food came out at different times and we could not enjoy together. Ended up taking most to go as the children were so tired. It was a mess. And $200 with tip. What a waste.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The website said they’d have an omelette bar. They didn’t. They had disgusting eggs Benedict. The food was horrible. Dried out fish. Over cooked steaks that were similar to bricks. Prosecco bottles were 50$/each. No Mother’s Day treats what so ever. Burnt chocolate chip cookies. Can’t complain anymore but was embarrassed to bring my family of 6 here with a tab costing 600$s that I picked up because I was so ashamed.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    We never got tickets for our drinks. The server didn’t take care of the table and their was an inlet station which was advertised for Mothers Day.
  30. SM

    StaceyM

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for Mother’s Day brunch and it was AMAZING
  31. HM

    HowardM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We have been going to The Lot for special occasions for a while but no more now. The brunch is now $65 per person. They have also reduced the scope of what you get - for example they used to include a mimosa and have an a la cart omelette chef table. Coffee was extra as well. A check for $160 before tip is just too much for a couple of mid-morning brunches!
  32. DH

    DavidH

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jazz Nite!
  33. GC

    GeeCee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    There was an inconsistency in alcoholic beverages (from their menu) when the bartenders switched. So we had to take our drinks back. Otherwise, the band that played was good, The ambience was nice and food was good.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We first dined at the restaurant with our parents we were one of two tables in the whole place and they still messed up on our food order. Brought out three entrées and mine the fourth was brought out 15 minutes later over cooked and I had to send it back.They also forgot to bring out our shishito peppers all together... Then my boyfriend and I stayed to watch the movie Northman and the service once again was horrible inside the movie theaters. We ordered wings and 25 minutes later they came back to ask us if we got everything and we told him we didn’t get our wings he misunderstood us and thought we said cancel the wings. Then another 15 mins later he brought out chicken tenders with Buffalo sauce which isn’t what we ordered and proceeded to try and charge us for the chicken we didn’t even order so we told them to forget it. Also I have been to the movie theaters lots of times throughout my life and the sound in the theater was so loud my ears were ringing afterwards. Overall this place is not worth the money that it costs and I would not recommend this place to anyone visiting La Jolla.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The loved it Bestest place ever
  36. t

    tonys

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Easter brunch was inedible. French toast was so hard we couldn’t cut it with a knife. All breads & pastries were stale. Beef was 60% fat and kid behind buffet table did not know how to carve it . Bacon was either burnt or under cooked in same tray. Sausage was putrid. Service was poor. Other than that all was well.
  37. LJ

    LaJollans

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easter brunch - Timing was perfection! Reserved in advance, table was ready when we arrived. Javier was our server…ON IT with a brilliant smile. Food selection was fantastic. PLUS - had section with kid selections (chix fingers, Mac n chee, 1/2 size hot dogs). Fresh fruit, beautiful green salad and pastries galore. All food was displayed beautifully and spaced for easy flow of patrons. Bar could have used 4 servers at times (2 bartenders + 2 bar backs) this would have increased sales AND made for happier customers. Having said that, the Bloody Mary was worth the wait. Topped meal off with perfect espresso. OH and the Easter bunny made the rounds…activities for the kids. AmAZIng experience @ The Lot.
  38. Z

    Zebras11

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The service
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food was horrible. No cheese yin the Mac and cheese!
  40. DS

    DarynaS

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an outstanding experience! Loved the food and ambiance for Oscar viewing party! Thank you!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

THE LOT - La Jolla offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 777-0069.

THE LOT - La Jolla is rated 4.1 stars by 597 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 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for THE LOT - La Jolla

7611 Fay Ave, San Diego, CA 92037

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kline Street

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 8:00 am–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 8:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet available. Validated parking, free for up to 4 hours - off Fay Avenue.

  • Public transit

    Fay and Pearl MTS bus stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    If you are looking for a mix of relaxation, leisure, craft cocktails, locally sourced coffees, sustainable and elevated cuisine and the latest blockbuster movies and independent films, we’ve got what you are looking for at THE LOT — La Jolla’s destination for an epic entertainment and lifestyle experience like no other.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 777-0069

  • Private party facilities

    If you are looking to throw a truly memorable event, have it at THE LOT. Prepare to be impressed as our space transforms to fit the needs of any event such as birthday parties, corporate gatherings, wedding receptions and bar mitzvahs. Our chefs can create a unique menu according to every client.

  • Private party contact

    Rafael Duran: (877) 561-7871

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