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The Med at La Valencia Hotel

4.5
852 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 highly encouraged, especially on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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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.

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 852 people are saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipWoohoo21
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed in a villa with an ocean view, absolutely beautiful room, view and great amenities, comfortable, highly recommend! Bring earplugs, the seagulls squawk at night and there is some street noise. We went to the bar 1 night and ate dinner at the restaurant 1 night. Wonderful service, food and drink. The service is stellar throughout the property.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views. Whew Benedict with chorizo was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience2

We had reserved an outdoor table for my wife’s birthday. They advised us this was not guaranteed. They placed us in an over flow room at a table for two with our party of three. We had to asked to be moved to a larger table. The occasion was for my wife’s birthday and no acknowledgment of the occasion was ever mentioned. The restaurants seem to be markedly understaffed but our server was very good. We have been there before but very disappointed in this experience for a special occasion.

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vipSuzy
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view and good food

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The menu is super limited and not worth the price nor worth ordering unless you know exactly what you want. Look at menu prior to booking reservation.

Thanks t was so loud that we had to leave just after ordering drinks.

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Suzyki
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute and elegant vibe. Everything is beautiful including the views, decor, ambience, and food is delish! So cute!!!! Will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Casey was fantastic, and had great recommendations. The food and wine was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I decided to check this place out today for lunch and it definitely did not disappoint. The view way incredible, the wine selection had something for everyone, and our server Mandy was friendly, knowledgeable, and she made our experience amazing. The Crab BLTA is delicious and the fries that come with it were perfectly crispy. I will be back!

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Pepe
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

La comida muy rica, el mesero muy atento y muy bonita vista al mar.

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LAinLA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The Valencia is beautiful and they have a great view of the ocean. The crab BLT was to die for.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The service and staff were excellent, some of the food (poke nachos & desserts) were exceptional while most of it was average (boring Turkey sandwich, over cooked salmon, unimaginative offerings), while the lobster sandwich was sub par. The ambiance was lovely, great views, great appointments. Some of the public spaces were untidy. The 5% surcharge for fair wages is absurd when the total was close to $70 per head before drinks and tip.

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TomH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome. The server my daughter and I had was very attentive and kind.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience5

The first Waiter we had could care less.... we were there for over an hour waiting for the food which is fine, we understand that places are short staffed. He only passed by once to check and we only got one round of drinks. I had to literary go grab another waiter and ask for a second round.

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vipFoodTaster
San Diego
304 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Food on The Outside Patio.

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RandyT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our waiter was fantastic, very traditional in describing items on the menu he thought we might like. The restaurant is very expensive and is not quite in synch with the ambience, which has, as expected, kind of a beach vibe. The self-parking, at $30 for two hours, is absurd.

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vipBigR
New England
33 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat out on the patio overlooking the ocean. Perfect weather, perfect service. Hamburgers, salad, cocktails and coffee. I had my 97-y.o. mother with me. They made everything easy for her, including valet parking even tho it wasn’t being offered due to COVID.
We have been going the La V since 1963 - and rarely been disappointed.

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vippeaches
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We came for breakfast and had a great meal with a few disappointing exceptions. I ordered The egg white frittata and it was absolutely delicious. We all shared a cinnamon roll from Sugar and Scribe that was frankly a bit disappointing. It was not soft and moist like you would expect, it tasted like it had been sitting around for a while. My mom loved her Belgian waffle and my sister was very happy with the smoked salmon plate.
My mom loved her coffee and commented on how good it was, but I ordered a decaf and had the opposite experience.
Our server was very good and very kind, but towards the end of the meal they seemed to forget about us and it took quite a long time to get the check. I had to ask at least three times. We were not in any major rush so we didn’t hassle anyone but sadly it took at least 20 minutes to get them to clear our plates and then another at least 10 minutes for the check to finally arrive. All that said, on the hall it was a very nice experience and we would definitely go back. The spot is so beautiful and looking out over the pool on the ocean can’t be beat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They were very accommodating and gave us the best table for our engagement celebration! Beautiful view and great food

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vipCarefreeAnna
Phoenix
233 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We had lunch on the deck, and found it enjoyable, but our server was not the best. One of us got the cobb salad, which was served with no dressing, and desperately needed some. We finally flagged down another of the wait staff who was able to correct the oversight, but our server was no where to be seen and made no effort to check on us to make sure our food came out as we ordered. He did finally check on us later and we ordered a glass of wine to share, but once again had to flag down someone else to get our refill. I will say that the tuna “natchos “ were fabulous, but at least one of the lunchtime servers at lunch on Wed needs a refresher course in”serving.”

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and wonderful food

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PaulaS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful location overlooking the ocean . Excellent. Service

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JanetR
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My daughter and I had a lovely lunch and loved the ambiance. However, upon first entering the hostess station we were met with a very rude and unprofessional and unwelcoming hostess. We came in very happy and told her we had a reservation and she was very abrupt and quick to be rid of us still not sure why. She offered us a table that was backed up against a persons back. I understand the area is tight but the way it was presented was “ sorry that’s it.” We could go inside but a decision had to be made. Thank goodness the server that was beside her was so kind and helpful and made us feel so welcome.
A hostess is the first person you meet and she should be happy and kind and welcoming and yours was none of these. Wrong job for that girl, totally

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Beautiful views and setting. Food looked average. Expected more of a presentation to match the scenery. Overall fine.

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vipPaul
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food quality was excellent. Ambiance inside was fantastic with an ocean view and a fireplace. Hostess was terrible - snooty and unaccomodating despite us having reservations.

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AprilC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my Husband's 60th Birthday , so I wanted to do something special. We were not disappointed. Great food, had a great view of the ocean! My Husband was very pleased.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just for fun

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ambiance and service were on point. We will definitely come back.

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vipDanaC
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lunch spot in La Jolla!

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BetsyR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Had the lobster sandwich and have to say, it was very disappointing. It was all shredded claw meat with none of the tail which is much more delicious. At $24 one would expect it to be better quality.

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Mp46
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience1

We went to the Med for our anniversary with reviews saying it was romantic with great views. Nope. Little
tiny balcony with a lot of noise and absolutely no dress code. Paper menus, no cushions on the chairs. Not even a flower on the outdoor tables. If I was coming in from the beach, I might dine there for lunch. Go to Eddie V’s or Anywhere else for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside with ocean view. Terrific ambience. Ahi Poke salad excellent. Will go there again.

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IzzyC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can never go wrong with coming to The Med at La Valencia. I come here twice a month just because and the service is always 10/10!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner on Mother’s Day. The food was amazing and so was the view. The service was spectacular. The drinks were unbelievable. We will definitely come back!

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StevenN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Went there for Mother's day. Very expensive and the food was not good at all. Very disappointed. The lambs was overcooked and barely warm, the side dishes were cold, they messed up the kids orders. Will never go back.

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vipMarielena
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, fabulous food and service. Excellent wine list and great cocktails!

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BonnieK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

The ambience was superb! It is enough just to be there!

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negd
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Really bad service
They did so many mistakes about our orders

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Waited a half hour for a table that we had reservations for. Staff was slow and awkward. Spent almost 500 dollars in taxes, gratuity, and fees!!!

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DJDJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We came here for Mother’s Day. Had a reservation. We were seated outside in direct sun. I requested to move inside, but they could not accommodate. I requested an umbrella, which they brought out but it did not cover the whole table. My wife’s soup was bland and I had a fruit plate for the first course. The staff was great, but our salmon entrees took forever to come out. Our kids were done eating their $50 hamburgers and fries and we were still waiting for the entrees. The dessert was the best thing there.
I could tell my wife was disappointed after she saw the bill. I feel like I let her down for Mother’s day. Maybe my hopes were high, but I guess I expected more for $100 a person with 20% gratuity already included. I learned my lesson and I hope it helps in making your decision. Have a good one.

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vipsdfoodie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Extremely over priced for the quality of food and service. Will not be going back

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 852 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.