THE LOT - La Jolla

4.3
519 Reviews
$30 and under
Continental
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 519 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.5
ambience
4.0
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EricaR
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

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vipChristopherT
San Diego
6 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
2 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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 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
10 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
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Casual easy ambiance for simple gay together

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vipmarebear
Las Vegas
18 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.

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JohnS
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, they sanitized after each customer left their table and great service.

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Thomas
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food with an awesome view! I recommend the French Toast!

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BRIDGETTE
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I was very impressed with this place. The ambiance is what got me for sure. The food was AMAZING!!! However I do have to say I was extremely unimpressed with the service. The waitress didn't come back for almost 20 minutes. After we asked for our fire to be turned down because it was so hot.... she never came back. We had to ask a bus boy who helped us and refilled our drinks. He should be getting 10 out of 10. Not impressed with the waitress.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing time, came in with extra guests and had no problem accommodating us. Lovely facility with great service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

No host or hostess. Staff was scrambling to seat us in an empty restaurant. The staff seemed deflated but I will chop it up to the demoralizing effect of COVID. Knowing this I’d go back and would encourage others to give them boost while they are trying to get their confidence back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely amazing!! I love it food was great and cocktails we amazing as well. Perfect birthday dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and the food, and Guillermo took good care of us.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided on this spot for a casual breakfast with my my daughter (9) & husband. Not only were we able to quickly get a reservation on Open Table, the location & spot was great! Surprised it wasn’t so full like others nearby by, which is why we came here in the first place. Even tho they didn’t have a kids menu, she had a nice plate of pancakes w/ a side of fruit & delicious OG. I had an AMAZING veggie frittata w/ an iced matcha. My husband got chilaquiles, in which we were both surprised on how good it was. (We’re Mexican’s BTW). The atmosphere was great & the service was just as good (THANK YOU!). Overall, we’d def come back for more.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating out again since COVID. Felt extremely comfortable as we observed staff cleaning tables and chairs after other patrons finished dining. Server was knowledgeable and recommended delicious selections. Appetizers came out first as the main course followed just as we finished our appetizers. Couldn't say enough good things about our experience!

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SoniaR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Terrible food and terrible service

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PatriciaM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We needed last minutes reservations and The Lot was all we could get. We were very pleased. We got a nice table, our server was great and the food was very good too. We had a pleasant experience!

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vipJack2ndcity
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Poor cleanliness of tables. Not good in a Covid world. We had to have the waitress re-clean the table and chairs. Food was good but served poorly. We got our salad and appetizer and main course all at the same time. We will not go back until Covid restrictions are off.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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IsabellaV
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was so delicious and the drinks were yummy. The only issue was the service, it took about 10-15 minutes for the concierge to seat us even though we had reservations. Once we were seated it took another 10-15 minutes for someone to get us drinks. We ordered food then in case no one came back. We were only able to order drinks once because the waiter did not come back. The food was delicious I got the avocado toast and the mac and cheese. The mac and cheese was the best I have had so delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guerillomo was our server and he was exceptionally kind. Raphael, one of the managers was so accommodating as our group increased in size and he made our experience seamless. Beautiful, warm evening to dine outside.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was awesome. Beautiful establishment. Drinks were yum! Salad was bland and the chicken that went on it (Caesar and Mediterranean).

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WalterW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice restaurant with good prices.

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 4.3 stars by 519 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.