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The Med at La Valencia Hotel

4.3
459 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Brunch
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THE MED is the premiere dining destination of La Valencia Hotel with its commitment to innovative cuisine and uncompromising service. This inspired Great Room designed restaurant offers masterful seasonal seafood dishes that personify its rich Spanish influences re-imagined as California coastal cuisine. Headliner dishes like spicy Baja Shrimp Chilaquiles, La V Lobster Roll, and show-stopping Surf & Turf tell a story of the freshest ingredients sourced locally and thoughtfully, captivating both the eye and the palate. Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner in both the comfortable and sophisticated dining room and on the iconic ocean view terrace, guests are enchanted by riveting views of the
La Jolla Cove and the sparkling Pacific Ocean.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
BREAKFAST:
Monday - Saturday | 6:30am - 11:00am
Sunday | 6:30am - 10:30am

BRUNCH
Saturday & Sunday | 10:30am - 2:30pm

LUNCH
Monday - Saturday | 11:00am - 2:30pm

DINNER
5:30pm - 9:00pm | Nightly
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Phone number
(855) 818-6887
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Herschel
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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
Entertainment in La Sala Lounge: Friday & Saturday
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Special events & promotions
Wine Dinner Series
February - November we offer special Wine Dinners with select wineries. We offer a special 5-course tasting menu with pairings from the winery.

Holidays
THE MED hosts special holiday dinners for everything from Easter to New Year's Eve
Additional
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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mother's Day with the 'Pink Lady' and make your reservation for our Mother's Day Brunch Buffet! Enjoy a menu full of your La V favorites and special items our culinary team has created in honor of every mom. Brunch includes bottomless sparkling wine and mimosas!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 459 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
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4.7
ambience
3.8
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

A lovely oasis of beauty and calm, with excellent service.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Had a great Sunday brunch outside overlooking the water! Service was great, Classic Bloody Mary was the best I've had in a long time, and food was very good. The cast iron cinnamon roll is not to be missed! I had the Lobster roll - amazing. There were 5 of us and 4 of the 5 entrees were excellent -- But the shrimp chilaquiles were just OK: the shrimp was not super fresh, eggs were undercooked, and sauce was not all as flavorful as it should be. All in all will def be back though!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Breath Taking views. Exquisite food, service could have been a little better.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Fantastic food with and even better view!

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The hostess table was hard to locate. The hostess was extremely slow in seating us after we found her. The heaters on the patio were out of propane. The food was not yummy at all and overpriced. We had a very poor experience.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Went there for brunch- definitely a solid choice for a terrific view and indulgent brunch fare.

Pros:
*Ask to sit outside to enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific from the terrace
*Nice selection of Mimosas and Bloody Marys (the latter almost a meal in itself- had La V = shrimp, bacon, and Himalayan salt)
*Med Spreads starter is large and has one of the best tzatzikis we've ever had
*Biscuits + Gravy is hearty and filling
*Lobster Monsieur came with market salad and tasty smoked fennel soup
*Service is prompt and cheerful

Cons:
*Parking is very challenging. Use one of the nearby lots or valet through the hotel
*Lobster Monsieur used cheaper, drier claw meat, and there was a hair in my spinach
*Brunch Board was average
*Men's restroom had no paper towels or toilet paper

Despite these cons, the pros won out. A nice way to spend a relaxing brunch in La Jolla with a killer view.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our food was cold, service forgot our drinks, no refills after we got them, bread was tough and old.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great location and classic interior design with great views.
Get drinks don't eat there!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Visiting our 91 year old Mom - dined here for lunch - this is a first class dining experience!
Edgar our waiter was so professional and kind! Next time we are in town/ we will be back !

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went for Easter Brunch. I was expecting phenomenal food, but it was just OK. I think it's hard to prepare for that many people. But it was fun, and the Easter Bunny made it's rounds.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

La Valencia is one of my absolute favourite places to dine. The food is amazing along with the service and view. I’ve never had a bad experience or meal in over 20 years of dining with them.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I reserved a table for 6 in advance and requested a table with view and specifically told the hostess that my uncle is 80s something years old and this will be his first time out of the house for years. Two Hostesses told me they will try their best. When we got there , there were a lot of empty tables but they sat us the farthest to the buffet with no view. My uncle who 80s had to walk 2 stairs every time he needed to get his food. It was disappointing

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

They were doing construction. The noise was terrible. I would have appreciated being told up front. When we complained they moved us outside then they basically ignored us. Ruined a birthday brunch. Will never visit this place again.

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The current menu is just abysmal, very odd items, our party of three struggled to find anything to order. Would have left if we weren't there as guests. We did each order an entree but just pushed it around the plate, left hungry. Not every diner wants trendy food choices, there should be at least one item in each category that is simple and doesn't have ingredients one has never heard of. The only salad was kale...yuck! I have eaten there several times before without a problem.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Elegant atmosphere and wonderful food. Our server, Rebecca picked the perfect wines to go with dinner. The scallops were fantastic, the sea bass superb and the octopus tender and flavorful. The dark chocolate mousse with milk chocolate cremeux , chocolate sponge, white chocolate coconut ganache, almond pavlova and cherry gelato was seriously the best dessert I’ve ever eaten.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The La Valencia is historically a wonderful place to stay or dine.
There is not a better view or location.

We were at the restaurant for a small shower and the service was impeccable and the food was just perfect for our brunch.

I would highly recommend it for couple, quiet celebrations, and an very nice place to dine.
Its a lovely restaurant but not stuffy.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent. Our fave “go-to” for Sunday brunch.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The restaurant has some beautiful views of the pacific and an old world charm. Unfortunately, the food does not justify the cost of the experience. We ordered the brunch board to start - $18 for two pieces of cheese, a small choc croissant, a small butter croissant, and a few pieces of fruit? Hmm - the pastries were pedestrian and puny.

I had the blue crab and goat cheese omelet. Not bad - a decent amount of blue crab, but it was generally lacking in flavor. My wife had the chilaquiles without the shrimp. Again - no flavor. We had asked for jalapeños but didn’t get them. The fresh toast was good, and the açaí bowl was fine.

I would have expected more for $120 (incl tip) for 4 people with only two coffees as beverages.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Amazing everything especially the service! The wait for food was incredible !

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great view and good food. Had a really nice time there. Beautiful place to have brunch.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Beautiful location, very relaxing, with a delicious menu! Easy kids menu as well.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on February 10, 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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....

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

I have been here so many times before and been nothing but ultimately impressed. Today the salmon was very fishy and not fresh tasting. I must say when we pointed out to the staff however they took 2 entrees off of our bill and brought us a special treat. They really tried hard to make it right. If you go for brunch and want the what is usually delicious salmon belly hash, please ask if the salmon is very fresh!

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Mixed review. Quiche was lackluster and the fruit on the plate was not ripe or flavorful. Server forgot my order of an english muffin.

When we were seated the table was dirty - a few areas were sticky. I asked the busboy to wipe the sticky areas and he wiped one area. I had to ask again to wipe the other areas.

I ordered a Bloody Mary which came with tired looking lemon and lime wedges that had spots on them.

Sorry to give such a critical review but that was my experience. Thank you for the opportunity to give you feedback.

Beverly Novak

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent food and service in a gorgeous setting. Couldn’t have had a better evening meal with friends.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to the Hotel for an enjoyable New Years Eve dinner at $150 per person.The service was very slow and very inattentive. The servor appologized several times for not being able to get to us as she was over-booked and they were grossly understaffed.
Very disappointing for the Med!
We could have had a better experience with just as good food with much better service at the Marine Room or another upscale venue for the same or less money.

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