The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel

4.2
1805 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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 lunch, dinner, and beachside cocktails, the delicious fare is complimented by unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean just outside the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1805 people are saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Esme
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love what they’ve done with their dining options around the pool (glass wall ocean view) and down on the grass (right by the boardwalk and beach)!!
They were so accommodating to our group of 5. Great service and food (poke bowl!) and jaw-droppingly beautiful patio areas.

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Chris
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved here for 28 years and just went for the first time last night. The ambiance and food was really good! We’ll be back.

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Jamesk
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Let’s start with Parking. Very difficult to find on the street and the underground Arlington lot of the hotel was packed. $10 for 1 1/2 hours if you didn’t validate
Wonderful table by the beach ocean window and service was polite and prompt
Food was good but on the expensive side and with 2 drinks tax staff service charge the total was $150.
This was my second time recently to this place and definitely enjoyed the king salmon special more than the flank steak. The Ahi wonton appetizer was excellent. I am told they have wonderful hamburgers
Advice. Get reservations, allow plenty of time for parking ,check the menu on line , go in time to enjoy the Beach and Sunset

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vipBythesea
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything great except for the cheesy music. I know you guys can find a better soundtrack that is good seaside tunes.

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OnaLiv
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Service is excellent- very hardworking staff. The food is 'ok' but it doesn't really matter with the most beautiful views. Go for sunset drinks & snacks. It's very comfortable for larger tables as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was pretty bad. There were 3 seated tables and 2 servers with ample support staff, however, it took 10 minutes for our server to greet us and another 15 to get our drinks. The bar was pretty slow too, so it felt like there was contempt for the customers by the staff and they were upset they had to work that day. Food was ok and the view was great. I thought this would be a better experience but sadly no.

The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel
Responded on July 27, 2021

We always aim to deliver a great experience, and we are gutted when we don’t meet expectations. Thanks for taking the time to bring this to our attention. We will use the feedback to make us better and to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Thank you.

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Clare
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love what they’ve done with the place!
Wondering why they didn’t do it years ago! They’ve added a lawn in the front of the hotel, on the boardwalk across from the beach. The view couldn’t be better! Now you can watch the sunset while sipping a cocktail right on the beach! This is quite unique for San Diego and I’ve always wondered why they don’t make better use of their real estate. My only critique is that the food could use more flavor and the prices are a bit too steep. The tables were not full on a Friday evening prior to sunset in the summer, which tells me their prices are a bit too high. I know they’re probably trying to make up for lost time with Covid, but If they could bring their prices down a little they will definitely fill their tables nightly!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The food was great.
Service was slow.
The view was great.

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ThomasF
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The Shores is not as nice as it used to be before 2020. It had an upscale menu before.
Now they offer hamburgers and sandwiches for dinner. My wife did not like her drink,
and my 'Old Fashioned' was strong but all sugar in the bottom, and nothing to stir it
myself.

But the Swordfish dinner was good and we both enjoyed it, and the wine was good.
When we arrived it was cold at our table, but they adjusted the airflow and then we were fine.

The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thank you for choosing our restaurant. We are glad to hear you liked the Swordfish dinner, wine, and we are glad we were able to adjust the heaters to your liking. We appreciate the feedback about our dinner selection and have brought your remarks to our management team and bar staff about quality of service. We will use the feedback to make us better and to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Thank you.

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Jpa4mfd
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was very good, making the whole experience worthwhile. Two of us had Swordfish (both excellent), one order of Wild Mushroom/Truffle Ravioli (also excellent), an Iceberg Wedge salad and a Cobb salad. Salads were more than large enough to share for 2 people. The service is a little slow, I think just due to inexperience, but not at all drastically. You can’t beat the location, right on the beach. We sat indoors, but were still close enough to smell the water.

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Disappointed
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Went for our anniversary dinner and had the worst steak of my lifetime, pan seared, no flavor, and tough as nails with no steak knife! Out of Pinot Grigio, my personal favorite. Ate our meal with the busboy clanking dishes in a pan outside the kitchen. Romance=zero

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Only downside was the bar was not stocked with a lot of variety. Service was solid, and that is not a given in today's environment so that was very much appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice view for brunch. The food was very good, and overall ambiance relaxing for a visit with friends.

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MarilenJ
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience with a wonderful location and superb service.

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LynndaLocke
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Right on the beach, big outdoor patio with umbrellas. Relaxed atmosphere. Somewhat limited menu, but great food and something for everyone. My 95 year old mom will only eat salmon. They only had swordfish on the menu, but substituted salmon for her at no extra charge.

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Yama
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The best thing about our dining experience was the view of the ocean. The child’s macaroni and cheese was horrible. It tasted grainy (too much flour) and no cheese taste. For a child that loves Mac & cheese to say it’s awful and I can’t eat it... is pretty bad.
The service was mediocre.

The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thank you for your review of your recent experience at our restaurant. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve each and every experience. We greatly appreciate your comments about aspects of our food quality. We will bring this to our staff’s attention to make the necessary changes to improve our quality of service and food. Thank you.

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vipLarryC
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The view was first class. Everything else was sub-par. The burger looked and tasted liked a pre-formed frozen patty covered with cheap cheese and a stale bun. The onion rings were clearly from the giant bag of frozen rings from Walmart. The flatbread looked good but was tough. The ahi tuna and wontons had good flavor but was basically a pile of tuna chunks with chips on the side. The presentation did not meet expectations at all.

We will not be going back.

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SueT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Extremely poor service!!

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JackD
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice ambiance. Excellent server. No children’s menu.

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vipKatjaB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Old fashioned, not well maintained hotel restaurant, food is not great but ok, the staff is friendly, the view is the best

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vipERICH
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was ok had the chicken wings and Shore burger. Bread for the burger was not anything special I just ate the bottom half. French fries were good and the pot stickers. The environment was the only issue i could not over look. There were lots of flies and gnats flying around inside the restaurant. We spent most of the dinner waving our hands around trying to get the gnats and flies away. The view of the ocean was ok after you get past the hoards of people on the beach and the Sea Gulls which people feed and leave their trash to sort through. While waiting people which are staying at the hotel walk back and forth from the beach with dirty sandy beach feet to go to the bathroom.

The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thank you for your review of your recent experience at our restaurant. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve each and every experience. I greatly appreciate your comments about aspects of the environment. We will bring this to our staff’s attention to make the necessary changes to improve our quality of service. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Stunning views on the patio and excellent servidd

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vipRichH
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not what we expected. Our table was lovely, overlooking the beach and the sunset. Our server also was very nice. I would call this a casual dining restaurant. We were expecting more of an upscale, fine dining menu. Basically, if you go, expect a few burgers, sandwiches, salads and flatbreads, with limited selections for each. The food itself was fine— certainly not great. The La Jolla Shores Hotel looks like it was at one time an elegant property. As we walked through the hotel to get to the restaurant, the property appeared to be declining. (We were not guests of the hotel. So this opinion is based strictly on impressions from what we could observe.)

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vipJustGREAT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a gem. Right on the beach so great views and ambiance. Service was terrific. Food was delicious and substantial sized portions. We will go back and would highly recommend to others.

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Melanie
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner!

The view was beautiful, food was delicious, and we even got a free mud pie for our anniversary ☺️.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Despite us having a reservation, we arrived and were told we’d be seated soon. We waited 20 minutes before realizing we’d been forgotten. We reminded the host and were sat down. Once seated, we received the wrong menus and asked for the correct ones. They told us we would have water coming shortly only it was not brought over. Forgotten once again. We had to look for someone to come take our order and get some water. After an hour of being at the restaurant we finally received our food and water. It was until the end where they came by saying the dessert was on them for the “rocky” service. We got our dessert for the sake of getting something out of the poor experience, but would not go again. We were actually thinking of doing our wedding rehearsal dinner there but after that experience we will look elsewhere.

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ElaineB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We made two reservations but had to cancel the one for dinner at 5:15 on Saturday July 10 at the last minute because the restaurant would not guarantee and outdoor table, and we have two children that cannot yet be vaccinated. We could find out that we were seated inside at 5:15 when they are hungry and have to find another place at the last minute.
We had breakfast outdoors at 9 am without the children on Sunday. My scrambled eggs had a tomato in it, not requested--I am deathly allergic to tomatoes. This was clearly due to sloppiness in the kitchen. My husband thought the omelette was overdone and had some stomach upset later in the morning.
We love the ambience and hope the dining experience will return to the wonderful meals we have enjoyed on many occasions in the past.
We would recommend with some reservations--

The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. It is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve each and every encounter. We greatly appreciate your comments about our restaurant reservations and food quality and we will bring this to our management team’s attention to make the necessary changes to improve our quality of food and service. Thank you.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful out look, peaceful environment and lovely services. Cocktails were delicious & their mussels are my favorite ❤️

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vipHarvardMama
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great dinner here. Food was good and portions were ample. Good service, fun ambiance and overall a very pleasant dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Drinks were good, food was just okay. Not very flavorful. We got the turkey club and the Baja tacos. Wouldn’t go again.

The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thank you for letting us know about this. Your feedback helps us do better. We will bring this to our staff’s attention to make the necessary changes to improve our quality of food and service. Thank you.

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vipDenM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We were dining with elderly friends and requested on OpenTable an inside table near a window. We called and reconfirmed this. On arrival, an attempt to seat us outside was made. The hostess, was *very* put out when I asked to be seated inside, and reminded her that this request was on the reservation. Her response was "I haven't seen that". Once seated we were largely ignored. I had to ask for menus (our guests didn't have smartphones to be able to read the QR code menu). Wait staff were not to be seen! Ordered dessert - it didn't arrive until I had to get up and go to our waiter and remind him. Wouldn't go there again. I don't know if they were having a bad day, but they simply didn't seem interested in delivering a basic service.

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ToniaM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience5

This was a team building, corporate appreciation luncheon.
Unfortunately our food arrived at different times and those with their hot meals had to wait for the rest to arrive.

We were promised a comp however don’t believe that happened. Carlos definitely tried his best but I think his hands were tied.

Love this spot ... and for everyone else at the table, this was their first tome there.

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DrTori
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I requested oceanfront and was not accommodated despite available open tables.

The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. It is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve each and every encounter. We greatly appreciate your comments about our restaurant reservations and we will bring this to our management team’s attention to make the necessary changes to improve our quality of service. Thank you.

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KayG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

View is fabulous. Poke bowls are delicious. Service? Terrible. We were there for a work lunch and the waitress disappeared for 15 minutes at a time, including after we asked for "just one more minute" to decide what we wanted to order. Took 15 minutes to get my ice tea as well. And the restaurant was empty; initially, we were the only guests. By the time we ordered, two other tables had been seated. There seemed to be plenty of staff, but they were hiding out of sight.

The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thank you for letting us know about this. We are glad to hear you love the view and food, however, we are sorry to hear that your overall experience fell short of your expectation and ours. We aim to deliver a great experience and will do better in the future. We will bring this to our staff’s attention to make the necessary changes to improve our quality of service. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to our restaurant soon. Thank you!

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LisaK
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time celebrating my daughter’s 19th birthday. We ended up moving to an outer table with a spectacular view of the sunset. Susana and the rest of the wait staff were courteous, helpful, kind and made our dining experience terrific. Highly recommend The Shores and will visit next time in La Jolla!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Menu was limited and the decor a bit dated. View was nice at sunset.

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MichaelL
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely beach views augmented by a lacklustre menu but above average food preparation. We had an awesome server who was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Tasty meal but could aim much higher to meet the location and clientele.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in town. Best meal thus far! Everything was delicious.

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vipGreatSpot
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Awesome spot with views. The hotel was pretty nice too.

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vipNordk
Phoenix
111 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Beautiful views and delicious food.

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The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 456-0600.

The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel is rated 4.2 stars by 1805 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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