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The Med at La Valencia Hotel

4.5
748 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
We're open daily for outdoor dining. Indoor dining is available at a limited capacity with a limited menu.
We appreciate the continued support of our loving community and are thrilled to welcome you daily to enjoy your favorites at The Med for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus join us for weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday.

Reservations are encouraged but not required.

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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 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

  • Springtime Tea at La V

    $69.00 per person

    Apr 8 - May 7, 2021

    Welcome spring with La Valencia Hotel’s award-winning tea service on Patio Sol from April 8th through May 7th! Join us for our first ever brunch tea beginning at 11:00am and enjoy a variety of DAMMANN Frères teas paired with scones, quiche, delectable tea sandwiches, assorted mini pastries and a complimentary glass of bubbly to start. Credit cards required to secure reservation. Our team will be reaching out to you to ensure your booking is confirmed.
  • Mother's Day

    $99.99 per person

    May 9, 2021 only

    Celebrate mom at the iconic La Valencia Hotel in the heart of La Jolla. Enjoy a specialty three-course menu prepared by Chef Timothy including your choice of herb ricotta gnocchi, verlasso salmon or lamb chops, plus delectable desserts and more. Looking for the perfect gift? Shop our Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop and treat mom to a curated gift basket including our new Pink Lady lavender candle, sweet treats and more. Menu available from 10:00am-7:00pm. Reservations and credit card required reservation. Our special events sell out quickly, so be sure to reserve your seat today for mom’s special celebration. Tables are socially distanced and face masks are required on property. $99++ per adult | $45 per child for kid’s three-course menu

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 748 people are saying
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GailP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, chilly because of the ocean breeze, so dress warm.

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vipMagoo
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This experience could have been so much more. There was a wedding going on in the hotel at the same time so maybe they were stretched thin but service was slow and the limited menu left us wanting.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We asked for indoors because it was quite windy. Dining room was completely lacking in ambiance: scuffed floor, old furniture, wobbly table, no music.

Drinks slow to arrive. Waiter inexperienced. One dinner arrived then we waited 25 minutes for the other three. Had to ask the waiter what was going on several times. He never once took initiative or seemed to care about us. Table next to us was seated 20mins after us and served 20mins before us.

We will NEVER return.

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Dickie
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was lovely and the staff friendly, helpful and just great. I had not been in this room before. It is beautiful with a Spanish tiled fireplace which was warm and beautiful. The Valencia is one of my favorite places to go and never disappoints. Thank you all for giving us, once again a wonderful experience.
Katherine

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food nice people and what a view!

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vipcandy2
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views of Pacific. Hummus trio fantastic. Ahi poke and veggie tacos terrific.

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Scoony
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite lunch spot out on the balcony. I love their Cobb Salad with fresh Salmon and the sherry vinigarette dressing. Service is superb.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hummus trio was delicious! Caesar salad was perfect, so was the Turkey club. Try the Pink Lady, it was delightful! The view is spectacular as well.

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vipSusanM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

La Valencia did not have my Open Table reservation even though I had the confirmation. Since I could not readily retrieve my confirmation, due to wifi issues, I was told to wait for a table.
Meanwhile, my party had been seated 15 minutes and they got in under my reservation.
La Valencia hands great food and ambiance but their staff needs training.

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vipKirky
San Diego
114 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a lovely lunch out on the “balcony”, but did find it a bit chilly in the shade, even with the heaters on. The poke bowl was one of the best we’ve ever had while the lobster salad roll was just average. Our server was good and the service team worked well together in meeting the guests needs.

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GayR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We loved the ambiance but we were disappointed with a limited dinner menu. Same menu we had seen at the pool and for room service.

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TimL
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was very generic for an Easter dinner. Lacked flavor and the service was slow. We expected more for the price and that it was a holiday dinner. Would not recommend to friends.

JC
vipJamesC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service with Edgar on the patio!! Made pie COVID-19 Easter feel normal!

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HeatherC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing time at La Valencia. The food was amazing and the views were gorgeous.

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LindaM
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was Easter brunch so was a limited menu would like to try the regular menu

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Easter Brunch...toted as #1 in San Diego; however, the prefixed menu left us wanting. The sauces were gelatinous as they we left out sitting, the oysters were frozen to the shell and the presentation was haphazard. The service and ambience were reflective of the Easter experience we had hoped for; however, at a price tag of almost $700 for 4 people, we unfortunately won’t be returning.

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LynS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Gorgeous ocean views inside and out. We decided to stay inside because we had senior diners with us and it was before the marine layer had burned off. Great choice, as we still had the lovely view and the warmer option along with clear blue skies! The service was wonderful! The food was good, and the service even better. The desserts were absolutely perfection...and the kindness of the servers was very much appreciated .

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vipLindaH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite brunch spot in La Jolla. The ambiance cant be beat with the ocean views. The service is always great and the food delicious. Everything you want!

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vipJohnS
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience3

We arrived and our room had been oversold. We were offered a "better" room but would have to move. So double inconvenience.
In addition there was very little hot water - shower took literally 4 minutes to heat up and then only lasted 2 minutes. Also the sliding door to the bathroom would stick and you could not exit without assistance from someone outside it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very happy with meal! Good food and service!

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DebbieB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, fabulous service, fabulous view!!
Wonderful evening!

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LynnM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the best view in this historic and iconic La Jolla hotel.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We were supposed to be seated outside and were placed indoors. Also the menu was identical to pool side menu with three added items

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AlmiraV
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Limited space in the veranda, lunch menu was okay. Lobster Benedict was not lobster, more like crawfish, cinnamon rolls were overcooked and dry. However, service was excited.

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ixzzzz
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the view was fantastic, they have indoor and outdoor options: both with great ocean view. We had brunch there. Servers were very helpful and nice. Food was good

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Christiano
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great drinks, pricey.

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vipKiki
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Got a burger and fries - nothing special. My friend got the poke bowl and it was outstanding. The desserts were wonderful. Go here for the view! It was windy but a beautiful day and the side patio was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Didn’t respect my reservation

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KristiK
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We scheduled a reservation for spring tea, but when we got there, they informed us that tea didn’t start until April. Very disappointed. Food was ok. Service left something to be desired.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls day out

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The menu is not updated in the website, server was not that accommodating. Food was average, please is still beautiful

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ShelleyG
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal at a wonderful hotel in a beautiful city!

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Divadiner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We ate here in 2008 and enjoyed it so much that we returned in 2021. What a change in this time frame. The “dinner” menu consisted of burgers and other sandwiches. I would not recommend the food here any longer.

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MalcolmT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service waitress rude and entitled will never go back.

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vipClem
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at The Med at La Valencia is always a treat, spectacular in every way. From the moment you enter the courtyard and then the beautiful lobby, the ambiance, staff and view are superb. The cuisine is delectable, delicious, fresh, creative, and varied. We highly recommend the crab cake sandwich, the Ahi tuna and Lychee salad, their classic hamburger as well as the scrumptious lemon cake for dessert. Over the years, we have never had a meal at The Med that we didn't love. They even have a menu for dogs. We ordered the "Steak and Eggs" for our pup and she devoured it in a flash! Best of all, the service was attentive, professional, friendly and absolutely excellent. Our waitress, Rachel, went above and beyond, even helping us as we were leaving when our puppy, who has been to the restaurant before, suddenly got fearful about walking on the polished floors and leaving the hotel. Rachel brought her treats and even carried our big puppy outside. We can't thank her and the wonderful staff at the hotel enough!!! We highly, highly recommend The Med and La Valencia hotel!!!

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TracyS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Eric, was great. He was attentive as well as charming to four “old” ladies and we enjoyed the whole experience

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vipGailE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful dinner with out of town guests at The Med. Dining outdoors with a gorgeous ocean view in a historically beautiful hotel made the experience special. The menu is limited due to COVID, everything we ate was incredibly delicious. Fantastic service, a wonderful evening!

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CKid
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Cinnamon roll is a must have!!

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vipJuliana
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location as always for my husband and I. Loved that we got to order a drink from the bar and sit outside facing the cove while we waited for our table. Once seated, we had several heaters around to make our dinner comfy in the evening hours, great live musicians, wonderful service with wonderful foods. Amazing evening all the way around!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary, and it was lovely! We were worried about being cold with outdoor dining, but they had plenty of heaters. Though the menu is limited due to Covid, the food was delicious.
The bartender also did a great job of making a mocktail version of one of the cocktails for me since I am pregnant. We definitely would return again.

FAQs

The Med at La Valencia Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (855) 818-6887.

The Med at La Valencia Hotel is rated 4.5 stars by 748 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.