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About The Med at La Valencia Hotel

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.

1132 Prospect Street
San Diego, CA 92037
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Dining Style:
Elegant Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Seafood

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

Cross Street:
Herschel

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 551-3761

Website:
http://www.lavalencia.com/

Entertainment:
Entertainment in La Sala Lounge: Wednesday - Sunday 6pm - 10pm

Parking Details:
2 hour street parking is available throughout the La Jolla Village.
Valet is located on Prospect Street in front of the Hotel.

Public Transit:
Silverado St & Herschel Ave

Executive Chef:
Alex Emery

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

The Med at La Valencia Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.6

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

78% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (20)
Great for Lunch (15)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Waterfront (10)
Romantic (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Casual (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Cozy (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Live Music (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Authentic (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Wonderful service and great meal!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Although the server was hustling, we had to wait long periods for the server to return. I'm guessing there were way too many tables for the server to handle. It will be a long time before we go back.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 26, 2017

The food and ambiance was great! The only thing lacking was the service. When we first sat down, a server greeted us immediately. And then 10-15 minutes went by before someone came by to take our order,

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Terrible service. Drinks took 25 minutes to arrive. A party of six. Two were served before the rest. What I got was cold.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 23, 2017

slow service- wine we ordered was not available- edgy menu

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Live music was bad. Bad songs and way to loud.

Service was excellent

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 20, 2017

La Valencia has always been and still is a most desirable spot. The staff there was very accommodating and our lunch was a generous portion and very tasty. We will definitely be back .... a plus was the weather, it was was sunny and gorgeous!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Very pretty view, good food. Service was just a little slow

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 18, 2017

My wife and I decided to come here for brunch on a Saturday and we had a wonderful time of it. The service was attentive and excellent and the food was amazing (she had the quiche du jour and I had the salmon hash). I will definitely return and recommend it to friends and family!

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The six course meal was great and surprisingly filling, however, the serving between each course was way too long. Each course was more delicious than the previous with the dessert being just amazing. Our waitress was good, gracious and accommodating.

I'd recommend this restaurant for the food, view and ambience, but it is pricey. Be prepared.

Tags: Waterfront, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Everything about the experience was negative from the food to the service. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. It's really too bad, because it used to be very good under the previous ownership.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Food was average. Setting is nice. And service was average. Definitely not inviting for a nicer establishment like this.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Had a great Valentine's Breakfast here. Even though it was a bit chilly that morning, we opted to sit outside but they had heaters to keep us comfortable. Great decision what a spectacular view. Prices was very reasonable compared to other La Jolla breakfast spots. We ordered the Eggs Sausalito & La Jolla Omelete, tasty tasty tasty!! The new chef sure is scrambling things up nicely. I look forward to a nice lunch or dinner our next visit.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Beautiful setting, nice view of ocean. Food is good not great, seems a little bit pricey taking everything into concideration

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Sadly the service was awful. There were so few people in the restaurant and the server was slow, had no personality and messed up our orders. We sat so long without anyone even bringing water and the drink order took way too long. The hotel is not worth the view.

Tags: Quick Bite, Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Excellent brunch, attentive service, great Bloody Mary's.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Wonderful dining experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Loved the Egg Sausalito... delicious! Beautiful view of the cove. Great service. Overall good experience!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 14, 2017

I have never had better food in my entire life and I have dined at many restaurants around the world. Every dish is carefully planned and executed bringing the ingredients together like a symphony. Yes it's pricey, but well worth every bite. My wife and I could not have been more pleased with the tastes, the ambiance, and the service. Eat slowly and enjoy the experience as we did.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Scenic View, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2016

I made these NYE reservations on December 1 (the first day able to make the NYE reservations.). We have eaten there on NYE for 4-5 years in a row. We were a party of six. We were seated, for the first time, in the "outdoor" eating area. It was cold and uncomfortable. Every time the door opened we got another blast of cold air. I asked to have the heater turned on. The waiter said the heater was broken. I suggested they use another one that was a) not by the door and b) working. They did move one but by and large we were pretty cold and uncomfortable all evening. I would expect more when paying $371 for each couple.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Outstanding Service!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Food was mediocre. They were out of ice tea & the sandwich I would've liked. My guest & I were celebrating our birthdays & the waiter brought us complimentary desserts which was nice.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2016

We changed our reservation time (same day); had ordered flowers to be delivered as part of the on line reservation. The flowers never made it, and I've been chasing them down since....

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 26, 2016

We went on Monday after Christmas to try their paella. It was a big disappointment. Dry rice, no saffron, two shrimp, two clams, two mussels, a whole can of english peas. Maybe we just got a different chef after the holiday.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 25, 2016

The only bright spot was the manager Mai accommodating us with a table inside honoring our 5:15 dinner reservation after being told by the hostess that we'd have to eat on the patio under heat lamps.

I won't be returning under any circumstance.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 13, 2016

This was our first time dining at The Med, the food was great and being seated by the beautiful Spanish tiled fireplace in the winter evening imparted a cozy, romantic, and quiet atmosphere. Our starters of Crab & Grilled Avocado and Parker House Rolls were delightful. My dinner entree was the Brown Butter Halibut, which was one of the most palate pleasing dishes I've ever had, with its melange of textures and savory and sweet flavors, while hubby enjoyed his tender and flavorful Filet of Beef entree, which was artfully served on a wood stump platter. The only negative about our dining experience was we felt they were understaffed that evening. Our server was knowledgeable, pleasant, and professional, but we think she was stretched thin between attending to the guests in the dining room, where we were seated, and the needs of the large group of guests having their Christmas party on the outdoor front patio. Consequently, our order of stewed carrots was forgotten, and when we pointed it out, it wasn't added to the bill. It was a nice surprise when our server brought out a deliciously rich flourless chocolate lava cake with berries for my birthday. We also took the time to stroll down to the romantic garden area out back, which overlooked the ocean. The garden was
beautifully lit up with lights for Christmas, and this was where we admired La Valencia's famous Spanish "Pink Lady" tile portrait, then on our way out, we strolled through the prettily decorated lounge area off the hotel's lobby. Despite the minor glitch of our forgotten stewed carrots appetizer, we enjoyed a pleasant dinner and evening, surrounded by an appealing Spanish like ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Cozy, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Just not great today. Under staffed and took forever to place and receive food or service. Disappointed

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Had to send back one of the dishes we ordered as it was under-cooked. Other than that we enjoyed our meal and our waitress was very attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Major disappointment. Food ranged from bad to average and service was acceptable for a Chili's not a restaurant that is charging $85 per person for a Thanksgiving meal. My friends and I have been going out to nice restaurants every Thanksgiving for the last several years and have had great experiences until now. We don't mind paying

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2016

The ambiance of this restaurant was very intimate and inviting. The appetizers were delicious. The desserts were delicious. The dinner was not worth the price. I ordered the chicken brick and it was very chewy, it looked like it was raw, I even complained about it to the manager, and she did not even take the dish off my bill. Not what I expected from a fine looking restaurant like this. I had a dish I had them take back because it was not good. The second dish I refused to pay because it looked like it was raw, and very gummy.

The service was amazing however. The servers were very pleasant and accommodating.

I would go back for the drinks and appetizers, but not for the main courses.

Tags: Waterfront, Live Music, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2016

I ordered the fish tacos and sent them back because the fish was off, and I ordered something else. My husband ate his lunch by himself while I ordered another wine I had not intended to order. I ate by myself and no offer was made to make up for the experience. I was even charged the higher price of the 2 meals.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on November 10, 2016

I was not told there would be a service chargedfor a party of 5. So I added a tip. I di have more wine than I should have but still I should have been informed. Food and wine way over priced.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2016

They charged hot water for $4/cup. I cannot believe that they say it was hot tea. How terrible about this suck restaurant. I will never went to there again, and I will tell all of my friends never be there. Their service are ugly and bad. Even more for that bad service, they mandatory charged for 20% of the tip.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Fuimos al Brunch. Exclusivo y especial.
Atención de primera

Tags: Scenic View, Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Amazing experience from the unique apps to the filet steak cooked to perfection and the salmon that melted in your mouth. Thanks!

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 11, 2016

I enjoyed a wonderful lunch here with my boss--I was celebrating her birthday. The service was outstanding, and the food was tasty, but the portions were kinda small for the price, quite honestly. The view is spectacular.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2016

You will have a good prepared meal with an attentive service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Beautiful setting, good food, and excellent service

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2016

It was our 20th wedding anniversary and La Valencia hotel was our honeymoon destination. So we came back to spend our special anniversary there again. Our waitress Lisa was aware of our anniversary and she made sure we had the most romantic table, with the best view. The food was exceptional and she surprised us with a complimentary delicious desert with a special message on the plate. Now, we are looking forward to spend our 25th anniversary there again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Music, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2016

Gorgeous ocean view from the outdoor terrace on a clear, sunny day. The eggs benedict were very good. $12 mimosas were definitely overpriced. Service was okay, but not great. But a beautiful place in a beautiful location.

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