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The Med at La Valencia Hotel

4.5
822 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 822 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.6
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mp46
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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BetsyR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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IzzyC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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StevenN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BonnieK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service4ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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negd
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Really bad service
They did so many mistakes about our orders

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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

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christopher
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Mother’s Day!

After wiping the leftover crumbs from the previous diner (!) from my chair, I sat and appreciated the view.

Service was fine, but not stellar - one of our party had to wait after the first course was served for a utensil?

The food was good and the drinks well prepared. The fireplace provides a nice ambiance.

Pricing was not clear to me, as there was a lower price listed for children. However, our 11 and 13 year olds did not qualify and were billed as adults. As the check came, that is. Although I had clearly stated on my reservation that we would be two adults, two kids. No explanation until the check arrived, and I asked about this at the table.

Overall, a fine view, and a good meal.

Of course, there are many other restaurants in LJ and SD that provide a view with clean tables and necessary utensils, as well as kid’s pricing.

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vipIvan
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Never felt more plainly taken advantage of. 30% in gratuities plus tax! It's my last visit there.

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ElizabethH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Because it was a prefixe brunch and automatic gratuity, it felt like our specific server didn't come to our table often. I had to ask several other servers for coffee refills, salt and pepper, additional silverware. It was really a disappointing experience for a $300 brunch for 2 people.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day dinner.

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CVM1
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wish they redid the interior to fit the original aesthetic of the hotel. Looks like a cheap re design for such an iconic hotel.

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vipJeffG
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Mediocre food in a beautiful setting.

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JimH
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pre Mother’s Day brunch. Amazing location. Great service. The weekend brunch menu seemed a bit limited but we enjoyed our time and meal, for sure

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SamSmith
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

There is a nice view and hotel has historic charm.

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vipelizabethmcdonough
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Val never disappoints!

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Edie
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The remodel of the Sala is dreary: dark colors —brown!sofa and dark blue chairs belong in Grandmother’s attic. I had to use my friend’s knife until finally one arrived. It took 3 hours! For our lunch to be finished. The service was incredibly slow. The food was mediocre at best.

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vipDori
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary dinner was wonderful. It was our first outing since the pandemic, and we were a bit hesitant, but we were impressed by the safety precautions taken. The view, food, service were all excellent.

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SuzanneM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The musician was WAY too loud! The food was lukewarm.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

We celebrated a birthday No recognizing of the event
Even though it was noticed in the reservation

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JennLem
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and there was live music!

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JamarisW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome time listening to the live music ( Jemille Vialet) during brunch.

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KevinD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining experience, with a great atmosphere and vibe. Amazing view

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MmmmK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Refreshing cocktails with a beautiful view. Great service and were accommodating for us to move seats for a better view and more shade.

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vipMissB
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had lunch outside on the balcony on a beautiful sunny day. The view overlooking the Cove Park my friend had the caesar salad, both with salmon. All in all, a perfect day in paradise!

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vipMaryR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and fantastic ambiance. It was a beautiful evening on the terrace.

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MichelleR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful time! The presentation was excellect, room was perfect, service was great. The only complaint was the price... a little too high in price, plus there was an automatic 20% tip and a service charge.

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JessicaG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view. Loved the Spring Tea and every bit of what they served as part of it. Would love to go again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We had the exact same Lobster sandwich at George’s yesterday and yours was not as fresh. We had told our friends how wonderful the food has been ( for the 10 or more years) and we’re disappointed. I hope it will be better next time. The Churchills

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vipKathyM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended. The views - inside and out - were a gorgeous feast for the eyes. The food was excellent - we brunched on lobster salad, crab cake, frittata with truffle fries on the side. We enthusiastically recommend giving them all a try. The cocktails were delicious, as well. Our thanks to the team taking on so many extra tasks, with care and attention required by current Covid-impacted circumstances, and doing it all with a smile! We're very much looking forward to coming back to The Med very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot in La Jolla. Gorgeous view, great food, great ambiance, and outstanding service. Looking forward to going back to this spot.

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RubenA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a drink or to watch the sunset!!!!!!

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vipcocofoodie29
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Service was very slow. Was just food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was in town for the day. Lovely service and nice presentation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They food, service and ambiance were great!!

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 822 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.