The Med at La Valencia Hotel

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$31 to $50
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American
Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner in the sophisticated dining room and on the iconic ocean view terrace, guests are enchanted by views of the La Jolla Cove and Pacific Ocean. The Med is the premier dining destination of La Valencia Hotel with its commitment to innovative cuisine and uncompromising service. This inspired restaurant offers masterful seasonal seafood dishes that personify its rich Spanish influences re-imagined as California coastal cuisine. Headliner dishes like the Baja Shrimp Chilaquiles and Chef's locally-celebrated Turkey Burger tell a story of the freshest ingredients sourced locally and thoughtfully, captivating both the eye and the palate.

Celebrate all season long with festive culinary experiences! Details at shorturl.at/CHNTY. Now accepting reservations through OpenTable:
HOLIDAY TEA - Dec. 14 & 21
STORYTIME BRUNCH WITH SANTA - Dec. 22
CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER - Dec. 24
CHRISTMAS DAY BUFFET - Dec. 25
NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER - Dec. 31
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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice table next to a panoramic window with a view of the ocean. Staff was friendly and nice and the lunch was outstanding. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

S
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Dinner was great with friends and family. The buffet included lots of different dishes that were excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience!

TK
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Disappointed with the new menu. We left before dining and chose a restaurant down the street. My wife was looking forward to the pate' that the previous chef had offered. We thought the menu choices were odd (fish with pastrami or was it some other kind of pork?)

R
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing views from the outdoor dining venue. Creative chef with inspiring brunch menu. Accommodated my gluten free diet fine.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner on the patio, excellent service and great ambience (soft guitar music played inside). Each dish was beautifully plated, fresh and delicious - I never wanted the meal to end. The ahi taquitos cannot be missed!

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Great food but one hour to receive food and 10 min wait for hostess to acknowledge us and we had a reservation. Asked to move tables and said ok then walked a party to it. Overall for $60 for 2 ppl too high priced and poor service but food and ambiance is excellent.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely brunch! Great outdoor seating! Beautiful ocean view!

AR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great place great view, food was excellent definetly will be back.

N
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Rude and unfriendly host, I felt guilty that I came there with my friend.
We did not felt welcoming at all.

DF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as usual. Can’t beat the view. Appetizer with calamari, shrimp, and scallops delicious. Avocado crab toast and crab cake great. Dessert to die for.

TF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view and terrific service. We went for Sunday brunch, lobster Benedict was delicious, lobster roll received thumbs up as well. Love this hotel, intimate and elegant escape from the everyday.

J
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Menu is a glorified lunch menu
Fried seafood was fast food quality
Waitress paid us little attention
Con siege said she arranged my wife and I a surprise bottle of champagne for our anniversary which did not arrive
No happy anniversary greeting despite advance notice
Views fantastic
What a difference a year makes
The only blot on a fantastic hotel
Won’t celebrate at Med next year. Other way better food options in the village
Bummer

LF
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite on every level. We enjoyed a perfect brunch: the tastes, the view and the service we all A+.

TB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Great ambiance, mediocre menu and food, service friendly but scarce

LA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful view from patio. We ordered the salmon which was deliciously crispy on the surface with a sauce on top. It was served with a mashed potato mousse as well as asparagus. I highly recommend the Whaler spirited Dessert beverage(Creme de cacao, kahula, brandy vanilla ice cream). Service was great initially but a bit after we placed our order, it was difficult to locate our server.
We will be returning if ever in the area again.

T
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most pleasant lunch with friends...we will be back.

HH
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food/Serivce (Mark was great!)/ location are all excellent

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved every minute of our sunset view, terrace dinner with excellent service from our waiter and delicious food!

We recommend that the live music be lower, while it was lovely to hear, seemed overbearing for such a small space. We were outside and it was difficult to talk over.

AR
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

L V used to offer superb dining in a beautiful room, patio, upstairs. Now the terrace venue has small tables, the adjacent room has small tables close together, etc. The main room was near empty and dark when we moved there to escape the chill. The menu is small for an upscale dining room and the food selection is matched at any bistro. Pricing is for an upscale restaurant which this is not. Service was friendly and competent. Not suitable for a "special occasion" dine out.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was cold

BL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was very good. It was my birthday and we had a reservation outside and the hostess sat us at the perfect table. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was warm and welcoming and the food was lovely.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Service was fantastic. Appreciated the surprise dessert.

MV
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Ambiance was beautiful & service was excellent. However the food was disappointing.

SL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Food was horrible. It arrived cold and not tasty at all. For a place of this caliber they should try little better.

DD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food (menu seems to be updated and was very good). Service was delightful and, as always, the ambience is excellent.

CH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great lunch at La Med. The food was delicious with a very creative approach by the chef and kitchen staff, the waitress was delightful and made great recommendations, and the ocean view from the balcony dining was wonderful!! The only downside was trying to find a place to park in La Jolla.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

KK
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience5

Ok, we like the interior, the view, the music. The food was really not good, sorry to say. Very basic menu. Service was a bit "dry" could be more friendly and a smile would be appreciated.

AT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Very disappointed, crab omelet was terribly overcooked, eggs dry without volume. Caviar was a tiny garnish on a half teaspoon of creme Fraiche. The very small side salad was plated with entree thus was wilted and warm. Unwanted potatoes took up most of the plate. Cobb salad served on lettuce spears, difficult to cut and thus messy. Not at all up to the standard of the La Valencia. The room was quite noisy, not energetic. An elderly couple had their cell phone on a loud speaker and listened to a caller for fifteen minutes. No personnel responded to the problem.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I often book The Med Terrace at La Valencia for business lunches. Excellent food and great ambiance.

DG
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not our first time at The Med and... it was excellent as always! Crab omelet and lobster benedict were very good, highly recommend!

M
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything - ambiance, food, location - everything.

B
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an exceptional setting, and the current management seems to be doing it's best to match it with fine service and food.

DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You pay for what you get. We had a fabulous lunch. The food was excellent. So was the service, which seems to be missing in so many places nowadays. The menu had so many interesting choices. They have a children's menu that will hit the bill for even the most discriminating (picky) eaters. Finally, my strong suggestion is use the valet for your car if its a weekend day. It's only $10.

DL
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my 21st birthday with my family, it was delicious and the view was amazing!

LL
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the old hotel and The Med dining room at La Valencia Hotel is perfect. Great ambiance and view of the ocean!!! We will go back. Food outstanding.

MH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food and an amazing view! We had dinner at sunset and got to sit outside with an ocean view. Food is a little pricey but it’s well worth it.

L
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly delicious, fabulous service, beautiful ambiance and view, not that pricey, we'll be back!