The Med at La Valencia Hotel

4.3
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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.

UPCOMING EVENTS
- COASTAL SOCIAL SERIES WITH MOUNT GAY RUM | March 20
- SPRING TEA SERIES | April 4, 11 , 18, 25 & May 2, 9 from 2-4pm
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TM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Good food, but no ambiance, bright lights, poor service with wait staff scurrying around. My partner requested a fork after entree was already on the table, waitress threw it down at my spot. High prices for the atmosphere.

KR
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Beautiful and Romantic . My wife love it and that's all that mattered.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Went for the Holiday tea which was scheduled between the slow time of 2-5 pm. Wait staff was non-existent and likely focused on sidework. $90 for a glass of champagne, a few finger sandwiches, some average desserts, and had to ask to have tea refreshed when it went cold in the pot. Do not recommend.

BC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, the view from our table was glorious. Somethings they could do better is work on the menu. I recall the first time I ever had paella was at La Valencia and it was sooo good. That is a food experience that changed my life; that was decades ago so, not their fault but was hoping to have paella there again. Also, some in my party were a bit disappointed at the menu selection available.

D
Minneapolis
43 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent, would recommend . BUT . . .you DEMAND !!! 50 characters? What's with THAT? It's a deterrent to our participation . . . xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

HNY. Rejected kids from NYE party and then miraculously changed their policy when they screwed up the dinner service.

No NYE celebration feel in the Med room itself. Could of been any other night.

Food was poor really. Undercooked elements of the initial dishes.

Refused to provide bread when asked. But then again miraculously found some towards course 3 - guilt complex. Other tables also asked.

To top it off they missed a whole course of the set menu and brought the main course instead.

In all a joke of NYE restaurant option.
It requires new management with a definite change of attitude and move away from pretentious view of itself and a good look at what’s out there.


A mistake on my part to even consider it. Will reconsider Easter brunch now and probably try something fresh and new.

K
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Was there many years ago. Missed the old booths at the whaling bar. Still old classic Clark Gable getaway hotel and restaurant. Really good service vivacious and the smoked whiskey presentation awesome. Food delicious and presentation eye catching. Thought it would be a cloth table but on December 30 we had the best experience.

OT
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable food and innovative menu. We were a party of five ordering apps and entrees, desserts and after dinner drinks. Everything was beyond expectation.

JG
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Very good food, nice ambiance and decent service considering it was Christmas Eve. When I made the reservation, I was told kids 12 & under are free and that older kids get 50% discount. When I got the bill, our 12 yo and 13 yo were charged at full price. I decided not to object since it was Christmas Eve. Buyer beware.

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Very disappointed, the quality of the food was very poor for the price. Have been there for breakfast many times and the food was fantastic. Took my father for his birthday and he also was very disappointed. Also how cheap can you be that you have to charge $5 for bread when the average price of a plate is $40. $400 for six people for dinner and $5 for bread it's just tacky. Only good thing was the waiter was very very nice don't know his name but tall gentleman

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice small table with great service and a wonderful viee

d
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Very limited menu; had hard time deciding what to get for a Sunday lunch. Food we ordered not great.

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful hotel, the “pink lady,” extremely nice staff. The general manager personally came to our table to make sure we were ok. The new menu was excellent! Thanks for a great experience

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
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!

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

My family loves this place because of the beautiful view and fantastic location but lately the food is absolutely gone downhill I recommend it without a doubt for a cocktail not to eat

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
2 reviews
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.