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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

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.6

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

79% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (21)
Great for Lunch (15)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Romantic (10)
Waterfront (10)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
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)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 3, 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 January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 31, 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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 (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 29, 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 27, 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 25, 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 7, 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 5, 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 24, 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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·Dined on November 24, 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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 (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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 (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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 (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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