About The Med at La Valencia Hotel
La Valencia’s signature “Great Room” restaurant reminiscent of a villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea - this tile frescoed dining room with a grand fireplace is flanked by French doors to a sunny garden patio and canopied trellis arbor and by expansive windows framing the coastline and surf of the Pacific Ocean and Scripps Park. With its 7th floor terrace, adjacent to La V’s signature La Sala Lounge, The MED features al fresco ocean dining overlooking La V’s colorful gardens, sparkling pool and scenic coastline.
New American cuisine takes prized inspiration from the melting pot of American culture and diversity. Executive Chef Alex Emery uses inspiring preparations and techniques to prepare the fresh and abundant bounty found in California’s farms rich with sustainable and organic providers. The seasonal fare is a captivating collection of familiar and unfamiliar dishes with unexpected ingredients served against the backdrop of the California coastline.
San Diego, CA 92037
American, Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday | 6:30am - 11:00am
Sunday | 6:30am - 10:30am
Saturday & Sunday | 10:30am - 2:30pm
Monday - Saturday | 11:00am - 2:30pm
5:30pm - 9:00pm | Nightly
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Entertainment in La Sala Lounge: Wednesday - Sunday 6pm - 10pm
2 hour street parking is available throughout the La Jolla Village.
Valet is located on Prospect Street in front of the Hotel.
Silverado St & Herschel Ave
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Med at La Valencia Hotel Ratings and Reviews
Surprisingly, the WORST experience I and my work colleagues have ever had at a business dinner, especially at an expensive restaurant like this. We waited 1 1/2 hours after we were seated before ANY food was served (we had to ask where the food was at that point), and then the food, across the board, was either overcooked (scallops rubbery), average or worse tastewise, and/or ridiculously small portions for the price. Had to ask for a discount for entire table twice. So disappointing, as we were all really looking forward to this dinner. Beware of this restaurant - way overpriced, and worse than overrated.
It didn't appear as if the greeter read my special instructions. I had told her that it was my friends birthday and I hoped she would save us a spot outside. However, she did mention that people just weren't leaving their spots.
The food was pretty good though, decent ambiance from the inside. The window was open so we had some fresh air which was nice.
Disappointment. That's the word. We made reservations a month in advance for my husband's birthday. That afternoon, they confirmed the exact location of the table (next to open window looking out to patio where our favorite band was playing). A large party came in and we were forgotten. No more table next to window so we can hear the band. But, never fear, the patio has open seating. They put 4 of us at a table that seats -- what for it -- 3 people! But then said the table next to us was leaving - just move there when they go. So we did. Then the manager comes by and tries to bump us back to the 3-top table so he can squeeze 6 into our newer, bigger table. We refused. Our waitress, Kate, was very nice (she saved the evening). Unfortunately, I think she had the whole patio to herself and was overworked, so we didn't even order dinner until 90 minutes after arriving. We don't intend to return.
We went to the LaValencia hotel to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The hotel is wonderful but we were very disappointed in the food at the Med. My husband's fish was good but my steak was tough and the prawns were over cooked. It was very expensive for the quality and portion size. ☹️
I took my staff here for a celebration lunch and it was lovely. We sat out on the balcony patio and the view was spectacular. We waited a long time for a server to approach our table but once he did the service was great - leisurely but attentive. The food - from appetizers to dessert - was amazing. All of us were impressed with every dish that came out. It tasted sublime and it was plated beautifully.
I will definitely come here again. What a gem!
We've been comin here for years. The atmosphere is really nice; in La Valencia hotel, with large glass windows that look out to the ocean in the distance. But unfortunately the view and interior are the only thing this place has going for it. The food is very pricey, yet the quality is low. I ordered a salmon salad. Although I asked the waiter (2x) to make sure not to overcook it, it showed up overlooked and totally dry. It was also super small (4 bites worth!). They redid it and it was still overcooked. Also the Caesar dressing was definitely bottled and not made fresh, which is ridiculous at these prices. The service was non-existent (there were 8 of us so a 20% gratuity was automatically added - guess they new they were getting their money so they could go ahead and ignore us. Waters not refilled and no one was crazy about their food - and felt the portions were super small. Also, When I made the reservation I mentioned we had 2 birthdays we were celebrating. They never acknowledged this. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.
I have only onle claim; i was with my husband and my babay on sunday 3 septrmber 2017 and i asked the person responsible for reservation taht their are some persons whi left a table on the corner and i prefered to sit there; he responsed that it is reseved and it was not.
My cousin and her husband was visiting San Diego for the first time and La Valencia Hotel was the perfect, perfect place to introduce the beautiful La Jolla Scenic view at :).
They were extremely accommodating for my super anxious dog as well.
We visited them for Sunday brunch and it really was lovely. We took the in door table, but I'm sure we would have enjoyed the patio just as much (especially with the view).
We enjoyed every dish as well as drinks (variations of coffee). I definitely recommend this place :).
Ambiance is fantastic. Patio table overlooking the ocean. Appetizers were very good (tomato soup and yellowfin gazpacho). Entrees were awful! Brick chicken was very fatty and presented in a smothering cream sauce. Salmon was burnt to a crisp on the outside and raw on the inside. Several pieces of crispy skin were touted as an enhancement. Who wants to eat fish skin anyway? Vegetables were grossly over-cooked. The food only portion of the meal was $125 for two. I don't mind paying that for outstanding food. Once we got past the appetizers the rest of the meal was an overpriced disaster.
I love the Sunday Brunch at this place. The food is great and very reasonably priced and the view on the patio is just beautiful. I eat here at least once a month and have never been disappointed with the food or service.
Everyone from the Hostess to the Busboys to the Waiters are very friendly and professional.
The view from the balcony at Sunset was amazing, food was ok (we had Salmon and Paella), service was off the mark and poor. Overall experience was disappointing, whereas we expected better, based on the Med's reputation and reviews. Too pricey for the lack of service and the quality of the food. Step up, Med!
Requested a special table we usually like to sit at when we were in town a few days prior. Then I reconfirmed the request when I was called the am of to confirm the reservation. (I mentionned that we would wait for the table)When we arrived ON TIME...we were told that they just seated someone in that table....I was a bit upset...apparently it looked like a friend of one of the staff!
Not sure which was better... the view or the food. Both were amazing. The Med gives George's a run for its money when it comes to the ocean view. Service was excellent. Sat indoors but looked to have a lively patio. We could hear the live music from where we were seated. The food is pricey but overall worth it if you're celebrating something special.
I have been going there for years actually the food this time was better than anytime before
But the drink bloodymary was terrible send it back 2 times it was bad
I think the bar have a new person does not know what he or she is doing
But the sever was great the food excellent ruined my morning with bad drink
I've been coming to the Mediterranean Roomfor 20 years with friends and family. I love the place but the thing I miss is white tablecloths. Bare wood tables in a hotel dining room makes me think of Holiday Inns or Ramadas, not an upscale hotel dining room. I urge the management to go to the trouble of using white tablecloths again. On the plus side, my lobster salad was wonderful-- especially the dressing-- and the dessert menu had the nicest offering-- the deconstructed Pavlova with fruit, lemon curd and the most amazing raspberry/mint sorbet. Service as always was kind and attentive.
I hate to give a poor review but unfortunately the service was botched for us. We waited a hour and 30 min for our food to arrive. We spend 3 hours there, not by choice but on waiting..and waiting. View was great and live music was good. Dessert was ok. Food was ok. Will not come back unfortunately.
Food was great and the portions are huge. Luckily it wasn't too busy so we had a great part of the restaurant to ourselves. I booked my reservation through open table for the first time but unfortunately it says I wasn't seated at the correct time.. hm maybe there's a glitch but I wasn't too impressed with the accuracy of the time on the app.
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