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Sat, 2/17
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The Med at La Valencia Hotel

437 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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American, Contemporary American, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(858) 551-3761
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Alex Emery
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Cross street
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Parking details
2 hour street parking is available throughout the La Jolla Village.
Valet is located on Prospect Street in front of the Hotel.
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Public transit
Silverado St & Herschel Ave
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Entertainment in La Sala Lounge: Wednesday - Sunday 6pm - 10pm
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
What 437 People Are Saying
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Restaurant was beautiful & not very crowded. Waitress was exceptional & the food excellent

MBubs (San Diego)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Overall meal was good. The view from the patio was excellent and the service was very good. Great place for a nice lunch

ToddL (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The location and food were excellent. Service was slow by any measure. Initial greeting by server took an extended time. That said, drinks arrived timely after we ordered. We ordered a mixed green salad to share as the first course and that took more than 20 minutes to arrive. It was clear that other tables were being given celebrate status treatment as we watched them receive attention from our server. When the entres arrived, the food was outstanding and the recommended wines were excellent.

February evenings are still chilly in La Jolla and at one point the outdoor heater near our table was taken away and given to another table. All the heaters were in a row down the center aisle and this heater was pulled out of the main aisle and placed within a few feet of the table just seated. Nobody asked or even acknowledged the need for a move.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Superb, always. Serving staff was exceptional. Food was wonderful. “Customer first” was obvious. Guest was, as all of our guests are when we come in, most impressed.
We’ll be back soon.

JoloR (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

The Med at La Valencia hotel is a gem! The outdoor terrace has amazing views of the La Jolla shoreline. They have an extensive wine list. Our waitress was amazing! She made us feel as though we were her only table. We both ordered the lobster roll. Mine came with a generous side salad, and the other came with tasty french fries. Everything was just perfect!

Debbie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Delicious food, served expertly by very professional staff, in a gorgeous setting with a fabulous view of the Pacific. Couldn't have been better!

vipAnneW (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

This review is only critical of the food itself.
Service and ambience and cleanliness were all excellent.
We were given a beautiful table right on the corner of the balcony, closest to the water.

My partner chose a lobster roll , which was excellent,
and a salad of mixed greens, which was not.
My salmon hash was poorly put together- the salmon and potatoes very over cooked, and eggs were slightly over cooked. I was surprised. Salmon hash is not that hard to prepare.
It also turned out the hot water for tea was lukewarm.

There are a lot of beautiful places to dine with a view in La Jolla. I would have to think twice about returning, if I’m planning to eat....

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We really enjoyed the patio of the Med while enjoying a nice brunch

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

I love the ocean view and the fresh air. The food was mediocre.

The hotel needs better maintenace. There is mold growing on the exterior white ceiling, and the common areas were not very clean.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Business was slow on a Saturday night. It must be off-season. There were just a few occupied tables.

There was only one waitress who was busy and appeared to be doing everything, but she was very professional and nice. We sat by a window, and there was a large pink rag left there from window cleaning. Nobody noticed until we asked to have it removed. (See photo.)

Drinks were good. Bread was unremarkble. Our main courses were delicious, but I wish my dish was a little hotter. It was just luke warm, but very tasty.

The ocean view was excellent, and it was an overall nice experience.

RW11 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Met friends for Sunday brunch to celebrate a friend's birthday at this beautiful spot in la Jolla. Service was excellent, the food was delicious and there was a fun selection of different types of mimosas. We enjoyed everything and hope to return soon!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

I live locally and this is one of my favorite places to dine. The food is excellent and the ocean view is spectacular.

LJMD (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

This is my favorite “special brunch” place. The views, staff and food are outstanding. Just perfect place.
One reminder is to bring your sunglasses.

OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
3.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

This was our first time dining at The Med. We based our selection on the reviews I read before we visited from out of town. Our reservation was for 7:15 pm. The food was good but we won't be returning. The appetizers we chose were delicious, mushrooms and a mediterranean hummus platter. We didn't eat one of our main dishes because it was very fishy. I cook scallops all the time and these were not good. Our server didn't charge us for the dish which was nice. The prices were fine and the service was pretty good but overall I wouldn't go again. I think this might be better as a lunch experience especially because you could then see the view because at night in the winter its too dark to see it.

OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was wonderful, the staff was very gracious and it was a pleasant experience.
I recommend the hotel/restaurants and I plan to go back