The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel

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Welcome to beach dining – La Jolla style. Walk straight from the sand into The Shores Restaurant, where you’ll enjoy fantastic ocean views, our open-air patio, a casual ambiance with warm hospitality, and a family-friendly menu meant to please any kind of taste. A big part of the California lifestyle is beach-style dining. The Shores Restaurant is a perfect example with dishes designed by award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Percy Oani. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an a la carte Weekend Brunch, the delicious fare is complimented by unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean just outside the floor-to-ceiling windows, which run the length of the dining room and adjacent lounge.
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TH
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

They must have been understaffed or something. The bread rolls were so overcooked they were hard, even the flatbread appetizer. The potatoes were cold and the rice for the ahi bowl was dry. I think stuff got left under a heat lamp forever it was really bad. Several of our party hardly touched our food, except for the nachos and the turkey club which were great. I have eaten here before and it was good so I was really surprised.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Waiters didn’t want to clean our table up when my daughter accidentally spilled her milk shake.
We’ve got an extra dish we didn’t order.
Waiters didn’t pay much attention to us. Very slow and lousy service.
My reservation was marked for a special event (Birthday), however it was never came up and we were not even offered a desert.
Never again

SJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with a nice view of the locals enjoying water sports.

d
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The patio view was the show stopper. Now the food was great for the most part. We had the ribeye which was cook perfectly but my wife had the burger and it was only ok. The meat was flavorless but still passable. Now I think the waitress was just having an off night but it was horrendous. Drink orders were wrong, she kept forgetting things. We got a starter and there was no plates or utensil. No refills on drinks. There was more but you get the point. But the view made it didn’t matter.

DH
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This continues to be our GO-TO restaurant with out-of-town friends & family. The ambiance is low key, quiet and elegant. We had the butterfish, pho with sashimi tuna, and short ribs. All were delectable. Our chef friend loved the shortribs. I was impressed by the lightly breaded & sauteed butterfish, with asparagus & sunkissed squash. The pho was especially good, and very colorful. You can't beat the ocean view.

The only suggestion is you bring back the mud pie with coffee ice cream. Neapolitan just doesn't cut it!

BS
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was perfect, and the views were stunning. The quality of the food (salmon) was not the best of quality and could have been cooked a bit longer to get the perfect taste.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. A few vegan options, a sizable kid's menu. Friendly staff, great view of the beach

h
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Shores was disappointingly old, challenging to get to internally and food quite distasteful. As a topper, we heard the hostess tell another staff member that we were "impatient" after waiting on a table that needed to be bussed for more than ten minutes (the restaurant was practically empty). Our waiter was fantastic though! Still give the overall restaurant and experience an F.

JB
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was without a doubt one of the most enjoyable meals I have had out in a long time. My husband and I ordered many different things from the menu and each was unique and perfectly prepared. I would like to commend the chefs for their outstanding use of natural ingredients, fresh fruit and spices and herbs. We will be back for sure. We don't live in the area but have already recommended this restaurant to many people we came in contact with in the La Jolla area. Thank you for an outstanding experience. Also, our server was friendly, personable and a pure joy.

TH
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and mimosas at the beach with delicious brunch items, loved the chilquiles!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciosa comida. Excelente lugar y vista maravillosa hacia el mar.

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DR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to The Shores after my son's graduation from Marine boot camp and cannot say enough about the service, food and ambiance. The manager, a former Marine, went above and beyond for our lunch. A wonderful experience for my new Marine and our family!

TM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were surprised to find such a nice, accessible restaurant right on the shoreline at sunset in La Jolla. We made a reservation for two, same day, with no trouble and went on Tuesday afternoon for their craft brew and hamburger special. We were seated immediately, the food was great, the service impeccable and we sat at a window table overlooking the ocean. We will be back soon to try some of the other offerings. Great place!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing view amazing food wow!

NK
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was the best experience for my husband and I. The food was ok. A bit of noise from other people but overall good to go back.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Goid food. Informal and comfortable setting.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant week experience. May have been the best meal yet in San Diego! We will be back.

F
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great San Diego Restaurant Week location.

Very nice menu selection, good service and a killer view.

T
Tahoe
20 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice birthday lunch today!

S
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We loved the options for San Diego Restaurant Week. Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. Our view of the Pacific Ocean was spectacular!

RE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town friends who wanted to be by the ocean

c
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for restuarant week so value was great! Service was good. Wait for espresso from bar took a while but server kept checking in with us and took it off our bill which we appreciated. Dynamite shrimp was delicious and flavorful. Appetizers good and other mains ok.
Lovely view

P
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent location for early Restaurant Week dinner. We were very pleased with the options and with the presentation. Spare Ribs were a good choice, as was the more expensive rib steak. I loved the garlic mashed potatoes. We sat outside, which we would recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was very nice and attentive

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

tasteless food, horrible service

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience5

The view was beautiful, but the food was expensive and lousy.
The service was terrible!

W
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Very so-so. Reminds me of old time hotel restaurants with very plain, unimaginative food. I had the lobster special and the lobster wasn’t bad but the side dishes didn’t taste like anything. Our waiter was very good. And the sunset was gorgeous.

RB
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was Tuesday “burger and draft beer” night fir $15. We had the Shore Burger. It was a pretty good burger and fries. The view of the ocean was lovely.

ZL
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

A really good view of point in La Jolla shores but the food is not so good. Overall I would suggest visitors to try out this restaurant because you can watch the sunset in this restaurant.

MY
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The the price the food was "meh"...just okay. Nice view but the food was not very good

MM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Maybe I just ordered the wrong thing. My order for two people came to over $80, so it was a $100 meal with tip (with no alcohol- just water and 1 soda pop). I ordered the Salmon and barley with asparagus and broccoli. The Asparagus was excellent. The Broccoli was undercooked (maybe they meant for it to be raw), the barley was barley and the Salmon was tasteless. There was a lemon cream sauce with it, that tasted like bad cheese and a squirt of lemon -pretty awful. My friend ordered a Steak which was also tasteless.
My server was sweet and very nice, the ambiance was BEAUTIFUL, -why I choice this place. My friend came from Detroit and I wanted her to see San Diego at it's best. She enjoyed the view. The food, not so much. The food was not worth what I paid for it and I regret spending that much even as I write this review. Beautiful restaurant, though.

DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location is, of course, is fantastic. The food was absolutely delicious. But the service was by far the best! I ate alone so I didn’t need much fuss but the staff were so polite and I could tell they were attentive of everyone. Next time I visit I will be back again!!

OT
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Went on a date to this restaurant with my husband, and while the food was great the service really lacked what we expected for the overall cost. Our server was so absent my husband had to hunt him down after we waited over 15 minutes to order our entrees after our appetizer was delivered, which has never happened to us at a restaurant.

CL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

My experience was marred by the discovery that a special, birthday lunch which ran ~10 minutes over the parking limit of 1-1/2 hour cost $10 for parking! I would think at least 2 hours would be a reasonable time for a meal!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Food & atmosphere was awesome! The service was slow. It took almost an hour to split our bill even though we had stared up front that the bills would be separate.

b
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food reasonably priced, cocktails priced high. Food good, view fantastic.

l
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, great food and fabulous waiting staff. We were a family of 6 with 2 children (6 & 8 years old) and 4 adults and we were made very welcome.
The children’s portions are very generous and was delicious!
All 4 adults who have eaten in many great restaurants before agreed the food was cooked to perfection! We will absolutely return when we are back in California.

DL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Quality of food was variable. Short ribs were tender and tasty, scallops perfectly cooked and nicely seasoned. But the au gratin potatoes were bland, oriental salad was heavy on sesame oil, and the strawberry tower desert was kind of a mess. Our waitress was friendly but not as attentive as we would have liked. Overall not up to the price of the meal.

PL
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and beautiful view. Food is pricey, but location...

F
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding as was the service.
What put a damper on the whole experience was the markup on the drinks. A medium grade whisk was $16.75. .
I complained Abe the manager told me that wa The going rate for restaurants in the local.
That was not true as i frequent many restaurants in the immediate area.
I just hate price gouging.
Dr Miroue

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