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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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food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.7

value

3.8

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Quiet

79% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (25)
Special Occasion (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
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Great for Lunch (15)
Waterfront (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Romantic (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Healthy (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Casual (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Cozy (4)
Fun (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Live Music (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Authentic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Organic (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined 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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 (Tampa)·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!

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·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....

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Authentic, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Live Music, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Sacramento)·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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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 (New Mexico)·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.

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 (Palm Springs)·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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined 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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 (San Diego)·Dined 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

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a wonderful time bringing in the new year at The Med. The menu was exquisite! The wine pairing on par and friendly service! It was a festive and fun night for all who attended New Years Eve 2017-18. Not a shabby party at all! Cheers!

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Chef Dana is absolutely fantastic! He creates interesting dishes that are not only beautiful to the eye, but phenomenal to the palette. I recommend this place for date night or for a group. Will definitely be back!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Live Music, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Made reservation for brunch, called to confirm that brunch was still being served even though we were 15 minutes late for our table, yet they only offered the very basic mid day menu when we arrived.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was just ok , and very overpriced . 3 small pieces of chicken with about 4 tiny halves of asparagus for 34 .00 was disappointing. The service in the evening dinner was very good. The service for breakfast was adequate . Missed the way it was years ago. Coffee in mug to sit down with in the morning was fine in the bar , but I missed the the past, when you could be served in a nice cup and saucer. Still had a nice time staying there for one night.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Restaurant in nice hotel, service was excellent, food very good, but pricier than the $$ listing, much more like a $$$.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was cold, no heaters where we sat, huried experience, not good timing for wine pairing

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The Med was perfect for Christmas Eve Lunch/Brunch. Of course a beautiful La Jolla Day! The staff couldn't have been nicer accommodating our preference to move outside. And food was great. A gem in San Diego!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was cold and service VERY SLOW.
View and building were gorgeous- they need a new chef

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

So let down with my second visit. Really enjoyed the first time, so eager to return. Disappointed with ambiance (stuck in almost empty side room by the kitchen when there weee plenty other open tables), food selection and taste, and mediocre service.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The restaurant accommodated our request for outdoor seating and when it became chilly offered us blankets and the option to move inside. We stayed outside and had the most magnificent view of the ocean. The hostess and waiters were excellent as was the food. I will definitely return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We had a lovely table overlooking the pool area and the ocean.luis was our waiter and the service was excellent. I had the lamb and my husband had the seafood paella - both were excellent. A special meal and well worth the extra dollar.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Our server, Rachel, went out of her way to help us celebrate a fabulous birthday breakfast. Superb food and breathtaking view. A must-stop for us when we’re in La Jolla

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We enjoyed our first Thanksgiving dinner in Southern California. This restaurant had a terrific buffet that featured an excellent mix of traditional Thanksgiving food as well as other items that were fantastic.

Additionally the service was top notch and live music really made the evening.

I would highly recommend The Med for any special occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving dinner. The price was higher than posted on Open Table, and the food was just so-so. Disappointed. Maybe their regular menu is better.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I love the Med. They have really fine food and wonderful waiters. You can't go wrong.

Tags: Waterfront, Afternoon Tea, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Beautiful outdoor dining option with great food and friendly service.
We enjoyed a lovely Sunday brunch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delicious food and gracious service would have been enough- but the spectacular setting and to die for views made it truly special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This place is fantastic. We stayed at the hotel and ate breakfast here every morning. A+ on every aspect. And the view of the Pacific is world class.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Absolutely love the ambience. Mad a reservation and took about 20 minutes to be seated. Service slow. $28 for basically seasoned cauliflower for the vegetarian entree was underwhelming and overpriced.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Surprisingly, the WORST experience I and my work colleagues have ever had at a business dinner, especially at an expensive restaurant like this. We waited 1 1/2 hours after we were seated before ANY food was served (we had to ask where the food was at that point), and then the food, across the board, was either overcooked (scallops rubbery), average or worse tastewise, and/or ridiculously small portions for the price. Had to ask for a discount for entire table twice. So disappointing, as we were all really looking forward to this dinner. Beware of this restaurant - way overpriced, and worse than overrated.

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