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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (15)
Special Occasion (12)
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Great for Lunch (9)
Romantic (9)
Waterfront (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Cozy (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Business Meals (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

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 27, 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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·Dined on October 24, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Decent food. Waiter gave us wrong info but we got free desert instead. Great atmosphere.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Lovely. Fantastic food and service

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Can't beat the view of La Jolla shore. Perfectly cooked and very tender flank steak. Charcuterie plate great as a starter for two. Relaxed. Quiet.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was overall decent, some good items, others that weren't so impressive. The view is incredible. Service was weak - A few items not brought, brought late, etc.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We reserved this restaurant for our anniversary. It was lovely. Even though it was a little windy & chilly, they provided blankets to make us more comfortable. The food was very gourmet and elegant. I would recommend it for a romantic evening.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Loved The Med, from the Hostess, to our waiter Eduardo! Excellent service and attention to everything we order was perfect! Thank YOU La V and The Med!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

It didn't appear as if the greeter read my special instructions. I had told her that it was my friends birthday and I hoped she would save us a spot outside. However, she did mention that people just weren't leaving their spots.

The food was pretty good though, decent ambiance from the inside. The window was open so we had some fresh air which was nice.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Disappointment. That's the word. We made reservations a month in advance for my husband's birthday. That afternoon, they confirmed the exact location of the table (next to open window looking out to patio where our favorite band was playing). A large party came in and we were forgotten. No more table next to window so we can hear the band. But, never fear, the patio has open seating. They put 4 of us at a table that seats -- what for it -- 3 people! But then said the table next to us was leaving - just move there when they go. So we did. Then the manager comes by and tries to bump us back to the 3-top table so he can squeeze 6 into our newer, bigger table. We refused. Our waitress, Kate, was very nice (she saved the evening). Unfortunately, I think she had the whole patio to herself and was overworked, so we didn't even order dinner until 90 minutes after arriving. We don't intend to return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Know what you are there for. Great view, very mediocre food for the price, inattentive service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We went to the LaValencia hotel to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The hotel is wonderful but we were very disappointed in the food at the Med. My husband's fish was good but my steak was tough and the prawns were over cooked. It was very expensive for the quality and portion size. ☹️

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

I took my staff here for a celebration lunch and it was lovely. We sat out on the balcony patio and the view was spectacular. We waited a long time for a server to approach our table but once he did the service was great - leisurely but attentive. The food - from appetizers to dessert - was amazing. All of us were impressed with every dish that came out. It tasted sublime and it was plated beautifully.

I will definitely come here again. What a gem!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Cozy, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We've been comin here for years. The atmosphere is really nice; in La Valencia hotel, with large glass windows that look out to the ocean in the distance. But unfortunately the view and interior are the only thing this place has going for it. The food is very pricey, yet the quality is low. I ordered a salmon salad. Although I asked the waiter (2x) to make sure not to overcook it, it showed up overlooked and totally dry. It was also super small (4 bites worth!). They redid it and it was still overcooked. Also the Caesar dressing was definitely bottled and not made fresh, which is ridiculous at these prices. The service was non-existent (there were 8 of us so a 20% gratuity was automatically added - guess they new they were getting their money so they could go ahead and ignore us. Waters not refilled and no one was crazy about their food - and felt the portions were super small. Also, When I made the reservation I mentioned we had 2 birthdays we were celebrating. They never acknowledged this. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

I have only onle claim; i was with my husband and my babay on sunday 3 septrmber 2017 and i asked the person responsible for reservation taht their are some persons whi left a table on the corner and i prefered to sit there; he responsed that it is reseved and it was not.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Restaurant was SO nosiy with screaming and terrible live music outside. Very expensive for what you are served. Boiled cauliflower was $28-00 😳 Octopus good but redpepper nage SO overpowering, took away from the dishes flavors all together!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Love this hotel and restaurant. I'm so glad I was able to experience it!! The scallops were some of the best I've ever had.

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My cousin and her husband was visiting San Diego for the first time and La Valencia Hotel was the perfect, perfect place to introduce the beautiful La Jolla Scenic view at :).
They were extremely accommodating for my super anxious dog as well.
We visited them for Sunday brunch and it really was lovely. We took the in door table, but I'm sure we would have enjoyed the patio just as much (especially with the view).
We enjoyed every dish as well as drinks (variations of coffee). I definitely recommend this place :).

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Ambiance is fantastic. Patio table overlooking the ocean. Appetizers were very good (tomato soup and yellowfin gazpacho). Entrees were awful! Brick chicken was very fatty and presented in a smothering cream sauce. Salmon was burnt to a crisp on the outside and raw on the inside. Several pieces of crispy skin were touted as an enhancement. Who wants to eat fish skin anyway? Vegetables were grossly over-cooked. The food only portion of the meal was $125 for two. I don't mind paying that for outstanding food. Once we got past the appetizers the rest of the meal was an overpriced disaster.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

We had a fantastic experience for my birthday! The service was great, staff very friendly, food was awesome and the view was beautiful. We will definitely come back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

I love the Sunday Brunch at this place. The food is great and very reasonably priced and the view on the patio is just beautiful. I eat here at least once a month and have never been disappointed with the food or service.
Everyone from the Hostess to the Busboys to the Waiters are very friendly and professional.
Highly recommended!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The service was great, as always. The food was fantastic. Usually come to hear Roman sing but came on a Friday this time to celebrate a birthday and the music in the courtyard out front was very good.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

The view from the balcony at Sunset was amazing, food was ok (we had Salmon and Paella), service was off the mark and poor. Overall experience was disappointing, whereas we expected better, based on the Med's reputation and reviews. Too pricey for the lack of service and the quality of the food. Step up, Med!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Shared that we were celebrating our anniversary in La Jolla and were treated to a wonderful evening. The food was excellent and with the sunset view the evening would be hard to beat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Requested a special table we usually like to sit at when we were in town a few days prior. Then I reconfirmed the request when I was called the am of to confirm the reservation. (I mentionned that we would wait for the table)When we arrived ON TIME...we were told that they just seated someone in that table....I was a bit upset...apparently it looked like a friend of one of the staff!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Not sure which was better... the view or the food. Both were amazing. The Med gives George's a run for its money when it comes to the ocean view. Service was excellent. Sat indoors but looked to have a lively patio. We could hear the live music from where we were seated. The food is pricey but overall worth it if you're celebrating something special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I have been going there for years actually the food this time was better than anytime before
But the drink bloodymary was terrible send it back 2 times it was bad
I think the bar have a new person does not know what he or she is doing
But the sever was great the food excellent ruined my morning with bad drink

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I've been coming to the Mediterranean Roomfor 20 years with friends and family. I love the place but the thing I miss is white tablecloths. Bare wood tables in a hotel dining room makes me think of Holiday Inns or Ramadas, not an upscale hotel dining room. I urge the management to go to the trouble of using white tablecloths again. On the plus side, my lobster salad was wonderful-- especially the dressing-- and the dessert menu had the nicest offering-- the deconstructed Pavlova with fruit, lemon curd and the most amazing raspberry/mint sorbet. Service as always was kind and attentive.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2017

From the time we arrived, to the time we left. The whole experience was flawless! It simply couldn’t have been any better. Even the valet person was delightful too---Hugs to all of them, and thanks for a truly memorable experience. .

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Brunch was great- we had the lobster and carne asada benedicts, which were amazing. Service was great. Very happy with my experience

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The view from the hotel is beautiful. The food was only so-so and service wasn't terrible. Overall disappointing. It used to be much better.

Tags: People Watching, Waterfront
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Beautiful experience!food was spectacular,with the best view!!!Had a wonderful time!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Open table showed this restaurant as 2 dollar signs, but in fact it should of been 4 dollar signs. The food was marginal at best. We return one meal that was covered in squid ink which caused ur to request more napkins

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I hate to give a poor review but unfortunately the service was botched for us. We waited a hour and 30 min for our food to arrive. We spend 3 hours there, not by choice but on waiting..and waiting. View was great and live music was good. Dessert was ok. Food was ok. Will not come back unfortunately.

Tags: Scenic View, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Met a colleague for dinner. Loved the summer trio option! This was great. Staff was very attentive...a little too much for me, but really enjoyed the evening.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Very good water front view and food to match. We were fortunate to have excellent service provided by out waiter, Mr. Priestly.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Food was great and the portions are huge. Luckily it wasn't too busy so we had a great part of the restaurant to ourselves. I booked my reservation through open table for the first time but unfortunately it says I wasn't seated at the correct time.. hm maybe there's a glitch but I wasn't too impressed with the accuracy of the time on the app.

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