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.
San Diego, CA 92037
American, Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday | 6:30am - 11:00am
Sunday | 6:30am - 10:30am
Saturday & Sunday | 10:30am - 2:30pm
Monday - Saturday | 11:00am - 2:30pm
5:30pm - 9:00pm | Nightly
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Entertainment in La Sala Lounge: Wednesday - Sunday 6pm - 10pm
2 hour street parking is available throughout the La Jolla Village.
Valet is located on Prospect Street in front of the Hotel.
Silverado St & Herschel Ave
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ☹️
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!
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.
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.
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