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The Med at La Valencia Hotel

4.5
1024 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner, The Med is the premier dining destination of La Valencia Hotel with a sophisticated dining room and iconic ocean view terrace with views of the La Jolla Cove and Pacific Ocean. Reservations highly encouraged. Ocean View Terrace seating IS NOT GUARANTEED and will be given to GUESTS PRESENT for their reservation based on what is AVAILABLE AT THE TIME.

Bring your four-legged friend to enjoy our dog menu available on our dog-friendly patio.

Experiences

  • Holiday Tea

    $70.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Celebrate the holiday season with La Valencia's award-winning tea service! Enjoy a variety of DAMMANN Frères teas paired with scones, quiche, delectable tea sandwiches, assorted mini pastries, and more

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1024 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Glad I arrived early, had a table by the Christmas 🎄 Tree 😍

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BethH
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Beautiful setting. It was foggy and cold so we wanted to sit inside. The inside seating was not available because of a special event so we sat in the bar. The table was pretty small but the view was great. We had to get up and ask for someone to take our order. They also did not bring our bill and again we had to go to the bar and ask for our bill. The staff were pleasant when you could find them.

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vipSFDINER
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our experience at lunch yesterday.
My husband and our friend said that it was the best burger they have eaten.
The crab in the seafood cocktail was dry and difficult to eat, but I didn't care.

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KatsumiK
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

the view is an outstanding and nice location outside to walk around.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great service and view

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vipcarrie
San Diego
105 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We are locals and have been going to La Valencia for more years than most people are old. They place a lot of emphasis on excellence - this evening was an exception. Having reservations for a while - one would expect to be seated in the main dining room -no we were seated outside on the balcony. One if the first courses- a seafood plate - was no longer available at 6:30?!?! Who us planning here? The turkey was tough… nothing remotely like home style. Should have stayed home.
Sorry but that’s the story!

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vipPeterA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great views. You’re going here for the setting. Food was good as well.

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KaylynH
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had just arrived, that day, and I invited my California family to eat dinner with me. It was perfect in every way; beautiful evening, Christmas lights along the rail, warm heater and very pleasant, great service! Lovely evening!!

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vipbigtiger
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was touring San Diego and reversed this place for lunch. The view there is amazing. Food was delicious. Their service was friendly too. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipDANELLE
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely experience at LaValencia. Classic ambience and wonderful service. You just don't get that great service as often anymore. Great brunch and cocktails after in the garden.

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DavidC
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had the best table with panoramic ocean views. The food was delicious. The service was OK but could have been more attentive. I will be back again!

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KurtL
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation and requested to sit outside and had a short wait of under 10 minutes. The receptionist was very pleasant and our server was very nice too. The view was great of course. My wife had the chorizo Benedict which was one of the house specials for brunch and loved it. I had the blueberry pancakes and they were very good too.
Overall we were very happy with the food, service,and ambiance.

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MikeC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing sunset views, great service. Only drawback is the very small and simple menu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Our waiter was awesome!
Served us a glass of complimentary Champaign, was attentive polite and went out of his way to make sure we enjoyed the experience. Ended with gratis desert as well. Great experience amd the musics performer was wonderfully talented! We will be back!

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DevonW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Was excellent I would return I wanted to play with a view but there was no view

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DidntEnjoy
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good service but did not enjoy food too much. Salmon smelled fishy. Butter cake was good.
Wish I'd gone to another restaurant for our dinner.

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vipPilatesaddict
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great ambience and very good service. The mahi-mahi sandwich had too little fish, too much sauce and to large a slice of pineapple to be in the right ratio for the amount of fish.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Very limited and ok-ish breakfast menu. We had steak with eggs and chorizo Benedict, neither was fantastic. Just ok. The view was great. Service was good.

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vipKcsreview
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience5

How does a well meaning $19 turkey sandwich with bacon, avocado and cheese and accompanied by fries turn into a $35 extravaganza? Here's how. First, I guess we should ask how a highly regarded Girard Gourmet does it fo $9.75 on your choice of bread (no choice at LaV). The fries were included at LaV, so there's that difference. Truffle fries are an up charge. But the view from the patio overlooking the ocean is outstanding. If you split the sandwich that's another $5 and they will add a 5% on top surcharge to "help cover increasing labor costs and in support of recent increases in minimum wage..." Don't recall that at a host of other La Jolla restaurants. Service was s-l-o-o-w. A request for mustard took 15 minutes. So the well meaning turkey sandwich was now about $30.50 plus 15% tip for the underpaid waiter that requires LaV to add a 5% spiff, and that is how your well meaning $19 turkey sandwich becomes $35. Overall, you can't argue with the view, but service is slow. Inside dining has not resumed. The day we were there the patio had a few tables, but that's all. We will not be gobbling up a $35 turkey sandwich again soon.

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HectorV
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around! Thanks!

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AnnaC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view while enjoying a delicious breakfast.

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Adrienne
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding! Can't wait to go back again soon!

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JulieB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friend and I had a wonderful time. Food was great ... blt with turkey and avocado. Wait staff even moved heaters and gave us pink throws in patio to ward off chill of ocean breeze. Very friendly and accommodating. Beautiful setting with old world charm.

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vipbbbb
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Hot entrees were cold when served. Basically it’s the former restaurant with a few tables in it now, more of a lounge.

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RexS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!

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vipBilly2013
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

3rd dinner there since returning to SD last year. Place dead, but Food good, service off, not offered their yummy bread & we had to ask another nearby server as yummy bland soup arrived, it came minutes later…luckily we left 1/3 soup so we could dip into it. Instructions for wife’s “surprise” Bday dessert destroyed by Server too…correct, a secret & surprise. Don’t blab about it to her before…correct. Lovely airy patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We arrived early to watch the sunset from the bar area. I waited close to 15 minutes for someone to come clear the table and no one ever did so my husband went to the bar and asked if this was self service this evening. The bar tender sent someone to our table and we were able to order drinks and an appetizer. My husband attempted to break the ice with our server and he did not respond to our attempts at casual conversation but he was more than willing to engage with the the young women at the table next to us.. it was nearly impossible to get a second round of drinks and it was a slow evening at the bar and the restaurant. After drinks, we were seated for dinner. We were there to celebrate my son’s birthday which I indicated on the reservation. No one acknowledged his birthday …. Not even a simple happy birthday. I wasn’t looking for free food or a song or dance just an acknowledgment.

On a brighter note, the food was delicious…. And the views were spectacular which is why we continue to go there…..

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vipmelanie
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious brunch at The Med in the La Valencia Hotel

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Linski
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love La Valencia and come here whenever we are in town. The ambiance of this place is gorgeous. The food was delicious, as always, and the service is consistently excellent. Looking forward to our next visit.

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LeoH
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All in all a great meal. The server was very nice and all staff accommodating. View was incredible. Would definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

It’s not even close to the expectation nor is it warranted based upon the price. Extremely disappointed and the food was awful, especially for the amount we paid.

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Speedldr
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely afternoon, I would definitely recommend and hope to return for Brunch soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, amazing food, beautiful view

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vipGeorgeV
New Orleans
33 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We noted on our reservation it was our anniversary, no acknowledgment. Service was friendly but a bit slow. We requested bread service, the waiter ordered it to come with our meal, never received. The cocktails were delicious. Grilled salmon overcooked and very salty. BUT, the view is to die for, so we will return every chance we get.

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DocFlamingo
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place two grandmothers to celebrate their mutual 78th birthdays. Our kind of food, music, service, and view. The flatbread appetizer was marvelous as were our salad. And we were offered a delightful free dessert to celebrate.

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vipJimB
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great! place to enjoy a meal, especially out on the terrace during daylight hours, with the spectacular view. Breakfast dishes we had were quite good, and service was very good too. Highly recommended.

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ChristopherP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Server and service was very nice, not necessarily exceptional, expected more from what I consider a "high end" hotel/restaurant. Food arrived at the table cold-ish, salmon was WAY undercooked . . . did I order sashimi?

Overall I would have been VERY disappointed but had a wonderful time because of the view-the view made it a wonderful evening!

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vipWilliamM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from food to service terrific.
However it was a very windy and chilly evening and we had to ask for extra heaters to be turned on to be comfortable dining outside which was accommodated as soon as we finally asked.

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Gzxxj
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! Love the food here. The seafood is fresh and the main courses are excellent!

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MarkS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing view. Good ambiance.

FAQs

The Med at La Valencia Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (855) 275-7574.

The Med at La Valencia Hotel is rated 4.5 stars by 1024 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.