THE LOT - La Jolla

3.7
536 Reviews
$30 and under
Continental

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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 536 people are saying
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vipbuenabrenda
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great background music, nice waiter good portions of tasty food . Great before or after a movie

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joshuai
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Parking was validated as well! Loved the ambiance and the natural lighting

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vipLori
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

There was 1 server that had to cover the entire restaurant.
Service was awful because of it.

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Bookrobin
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was outstanding. Our server bent over backwards to make sure we were happy. Flatbread pizza was very good. Salad was made for one in our party with the lettuce of choice. We were all happy.

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vipLuncher
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Waited 35 minutes for coffee, there was no silverware on the table and the orders were off

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JamesH
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Clearly short staffed due to Halloween and hiring problems I suppose, so no one there to greet us or seat us or take or orders for a while. But our server was great once he had time to help us and he got us what we wanted in plenty of time to see the movie we came to see.

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TarriB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We used to love coming to the Lot because we could get a nice dinner and then head in to see a movie. However, our restaurant experience was not as good as it has been in the past. There was some kind of business function that took over half the restaurant. It was loud and very distracting. Our server was nice, but vey slow. It seemed all the servers were working the party, leaving one guy for the dining room. I was also disappointed in the menu. If you didn’t want an appetizer, salad, or flatbread, you only had 9 dinner choices (2 of those were burgers). Considering the cost to eat here, it would have been nice to have more choices for a proper meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service was terrible. Unexcusable really because there were only two other tables. The food is good, but we didn't get to eat it at our table because we had to go to our movie. If you have a movie to watch after dinner, give yourself at least two hours at the restaurant.

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VeraG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was blah and expensive. The service horrible. Too bad, so convenient after a movie!

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KarenG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I went on 10/9/21 , to watch a movie and I was literally in the bar for 20 min waiting for someone to take my drink service. I was really disappointed on this since the father of my kids company did this place. UBG Inc

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had the worst service we have ever experienced. Our server Roberto F. was training someone named Simon and the trainee was way better than our server. He did not introduce himself just came up to our table and said why do you want to drink, then are you guys ready, then we had to ask for utensils. When he asked, “Do you want your check?” He brought it back couldn’t find a pen, and pulled out a bag of dog treats from his apron. It felt like we were in a complete joke. The pen didn’t even work that he gave us. He didn’t know anything about the menu, they actually changed their menu so much they no longer have any of the delicious dinner options like they used to only cheap food like chicken tenders and flatbread but it was all pretty pricy. They no longer have ice cream for dessert only key lime pie and cheesecake.
2/3 of the way through the movie it shut off and we had to wait over 20 minutes for them to figure it out and fix it they never even offered compensation or drinks while we were waiting. It was overall the worst experience we have ever had. Unfortunately, we will not be back! They have completely dropped the ball at The Lot.

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vipJerryO
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Limited And expensive menu. Restaurant was uninviting!

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LarryH
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was marginal and overpriced. Jass quartet was great and the general ambiance was very nice. There were very few people in the restaurant.

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WilliamW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Wanted more real food options, especially meat.

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vipJult
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and reasonable prices . Service was very good ! Highly recommend

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vipMarie
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Josh was very attentive and friendly !

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AnaC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

2 coffee orders came wrong. Avocado toast was not toasted and a disappointment. The other orders were fantastic- chilaquiles and pancakes were perfect. Server was attentive and manager was present and helping us and other diners- closed windows because it was a little to cool.

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EricaR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

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vipCaliforniaEater
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Worst service I have had at a restaurant in a long time! We waitied 40 minutes for our check after we gave the server our credit card. The table of 8 next to us were so frustrated, they got up and left! Food was mediocre. Will not return. The Point Loma site is just as bad!

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vipJudyS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The menu is very limited and lacks creativity. Basically glorified bar food.

The ambiance has a lot of potential with high ceilings and a great patio area and conversational seating areas. However the food and service don’t measure up.

Our service was extremely slow. It took well over 10 minutes to get our credit card back after given to the server to process payment as one example. This was our second time here. First time we were underwhelmed with the quality of the food but thought we’d give it a second try. There are so many great dining choices in La Jolla. This is not one of them.

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ZachA
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

I Arrived at the lot fresh with excitement after I got a new iPhone I figured there it would be hard to top this so I went to the lot with high expectations soon after everything took a turn for the worse there was no one there to seat us they simply said take whatever you would like so we did sell expecting their service to follow close behind however we waited 20 minutes for anyone to even notice us and take our drink orders meanwhile at the same time a group that I come in 10 minutes after us was seated and had already taken their order as our meal progressed I suggested we watch a movie having 30 minutes to eat would be fine I assumed but to my surprise with much aghast the food took 30 minutes to just make it to the table so it arrived right as our movie was starting and added complications that made me want to leave house we figured it was fine because we could eat in the theater however upon inspection of our food we noticed that the chicken sandwich was Aamir nugget paying $14 more than a kids meal a kids meal gets three tenders I was served a lousy half and it was wrong as Gordon Ramsay would say I cannot serve this but you guys did we immediately sent it back and simply told them to bring it to our theater however just to fix the chicken on the sandwich took an extra 30 minutes being distracted from the movie I tried to inspect my service again but there was no light so who knows if the quality had even improved and because the food took so long to get to our table in the first place we missed the first part of the movie so thanks a lot for that Trulia same weight as a visitor to La Jolla I expected so much more and to make up for the lousy service request free movies for life

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vipMargotP
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

great place for a family brunch for 8! Quiet, attractive and spacious.

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Codycoop1
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very average. Looking forward to an expanded menu and fuller staffing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Father’s Day. Movie and lunch. Food was burgers and fish and chips. Not like before Covid when they offered scallops and more upscale menu. Hope that they can bounce back and put some real food back on their menu soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Our waiter was great, but we waited at the entrance for a couple minutes while a host and a few servers walked by,no asked to help us. I was able to see where our reservation was and sat ourselves per their seating chart. They were not short staffed by the looks of things. Food was fine, but nothing special.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

As it was Mother’s Day I assume that’s where the issues begin. Our family was enjoying the quality time so we weren’t too attentive to the time for our food to come out. What was disturbing is the quality of the food. My sons fish & chips did not appear or taste fresh. My son loves fish so this says a lot as he would not touch it. My dad’s salmon was beyond undercooked. I get it’s a seared style but the salmon was not fresh. For safety reasons should have been cooked a lot longer. My husband and i asked for my burger to be well done. Sadly both our burgers were still pink & a tad bloody. We did not complain about the food as we did see the restaurant was struggling with their other customers.

I will say the service is impeccable. Manager came out to apologize for the length of time it took for our food. Issues were remedied with a percentage off the tab, free mimosas & dessert along with free movie tickets.

Overall because quality is important to me I will not be returning to this location. I believe this place has a lot of potential but with that will need a lot of improvement. I do wish them the best of luck. I’ve been to the Liberty Station Lot and had a much better experience with the quality of food.

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Helene
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, great food and attentive and professional staff!
I would come back to The Lot!

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vipYumYum
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and seevice

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great space. Perfect happy hour open setting. Cocktails are great. Staff is attentive.

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RioTay
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The Service we had was slow to start, but that quickly changed; once we got our food. The tasty food certainly made up for that slow start.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The calamari and charred peppers were wonderful. The meat and rice in the Korean Bowl did not taste fresh. It tasted as if they had been cooked in advance. The portion was small as a dinner entree. The Crackling Chicken sandwich was covered in mayo, though that was not mentioned on the menu. Would prefer not to be surprised with extra ingredients that are not listed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The serviced was excellent, the bar staff customized some Whistlepig old fashioners that were perfect! I didnt know that your venue showed films on the outdoor projector. My date and I absolutely loved watching Singing in the rain while sipping some wine.

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vipGaryL
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience4

the restaurant is dirty. they clean the tables but not the floors. when we complained we changed tables. still dirty. the restaurant was mostly empty. we want to support this business. but this is sheer laziness and neglect. the ought to be super scrubbing. but no.

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vipClau6iaB
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the lot. The only thing that I didn’t like is when I told our captain that the my capuchino was cold, he just warm it up in the microwave instead of make another one 😖
Not cool.
On the other hand, They need more servers. Two for the whole Lot was way too much!

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vipKathyleenB
Cambridge
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Casual easy ambiance for simple gay together

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vipmarebear
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Mexican fiesta

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vipHenryT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, nice place and easy parking.

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GregM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Our reservations were absolutely MEANINGLESS!
A black man & oriental woman were occupying 2 of the best tables when we entered and I inquired of them whether 1 table was available.
Salt & pepper lied to us & management did NOTHING about it.
We MIGHT go back for a date night movie but never return to the restaurant/bar.
Overall, I can't recommend it.

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KUAG
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and location was great. Highly recommend

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Larson47
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A stylish and inviting atmosphere with a beautiful outdoor area. Good food, great service. Loved it and will be back.

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 3.7 stars by 536 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.