The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel

4.3
1630 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 1630 people are saying
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Meri
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and amazing views of the beach, would certainly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We went for my 23rd birthday. Love the ambiance and food. Server seemed to be new or just forgetful. But other than that, I enjoyed myself and loved it here.

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wyonewf
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The setting on the beach is beautiful. Try to get a table next to the ocean - it's even more beautiful. The staff is excellent. They are attentive without being overwhelming. Food is very good. The lovely location and open patio make this a perfect spot during Covid.

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Anon1
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, beautiful view and excellent service.

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MichaelS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was well presented and excellently prepared. The patio was a bit windy and chilly but there were no complimentary blankets when asked for.

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vipGigi
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Incredible beach, surf, and sunset vistas! The food was ok. My burger was still pink inside despite my "well-done wishes", but the truffle fries were good. My daughter's turkey cobb was great! The bill included a service fee and quite high for two people, one cocktail dinner. Over $70.00. The service was not good nor what you would expect from this beautiful vista. I was told I would have a very long wait to get mustard as my waitress would have to go very far away to fetch the condiment. I told her that was fine and whenever she had the chance. Then she turned around & asked the bus guy to grab it. He returned in less than three minutes with my mustard. There were other requests that I learned she would not be responsible for so I got for myself- no problem. The heaters were very welcome and made this an enjoyable expereince!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Beautiful

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We love this place. Been going for 15+ years. Must have been an off night. Food was just OK. Salmon was over cooked.

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MartinM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great place, great service. Quality of food is comeserate with the price

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience4

View is terrific however the food was below what I would have expected

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RayN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food5service3ambience5

Been dining here for over 15 years. Normally I would say I would definitely go there again. However - they were having a pretty off day on their service when we went there this weekend. One of the dishes we ordered was the steak and lobster. My wife could only eat about a third of it, and wanted to get it boxed up for later (she really loves the claws and was looking forward to shredding them up in a salad later). A busser took the plate and tossed it in the trash instead (we found out 15 or so minutes later after we paid the bill.)

Long story short - they threw most of what was the most expensive thing on the menu in the trash instead of boxing it to go, and, instead of refunding part of the difference, or boxing up a comparable to-go box for us, someone said they would get the manager. Well - after an additional half hour (keep in mind we had paid the bill already, so we are at 45 minutes of this after we paid) who proceeded to tell us some strange story about them not being able to give us the lobster and they had to put a small flimsy piece of salmon in there instead. And then proceeded to get insolent and argumentative (mind you - we paid the bill *checks watch* ALMOST AN HOUR AGO!) It was just some kind of weird twilight zone bush-league stupidity that you would get at a Denny's at 2am and the manager just puffed a fatty in the parking lot before coming in to work, kind of thing. Not something you would expect at a restaurant of this caliber or standing. Very disappointing that this was handled so horribly by their manager. That's why I prefaced this review with "Normally I would say I would definitely go there again - However..."

Anyway, it really is a good place, this may have been an off day, and hopefully not their new normal. Probably will go there again, sometime. Some advice though - if you get there and it looks like the are having an off day in service - RUN!

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JYLeucadia
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, safety, and service in a physically-distanced outdoor patio environment with direct access from the beach at La Jolla Shoes.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Service was slow to nonexistent. Food was good, hot and freshly made. The waitstaff just killed our experience.

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Zaid
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I want to say that the food was good, but the service and attention to the customer from the staff was great. Particularly the manager on duty. Unfortunately, I did not catch her name. She handled a bad situation almost perfectly. She made sure her dining room was pleasant and the guests were able to enjoy their meal. She treated my wife and me with respect. I saw her treat a child like he was her own grandchild. She encouraged him to finish his meal. And he did it. The mother was very thankful.
I had the Surf and Turf. My wife had the butterfish. The food was what you expect.

We will be back knowing we will get this type of service.

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vipLaneM
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Incredibly awful. Extremely disappointing lunch. Will not be back. Such a sad use of a beautiful space. Food was awful. Service was ... meh. Disappointing.

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FrankL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 40th anniversary! Food and service was great. Nice ocean view table. Couldn’t ask for more. Well be back

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vipDianaH
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a Pleasure
Lunch on the patio, two friends reuniting. Sunny Autumn day, beautiful beach front view.
She had the salmon and I the turkey cobb salad. Dessert was to die for "Triple Layer Chocolate Mousse Cake." All were delectable. The Shores is my go-to restaurant for guests and to impress.

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LindaV
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Due to Covid had to sit on Patio but the food was really good for a casual lunch!

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Russ
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, staff was wonderful. It's truly a superb place to dine on the beach, but doesn't break the bank.

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behnoodm
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff and service!

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Cecelia
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love The Shores. The food, service and the view is always excellent. We went for the lobster boil and really enjoyed it. Great place to go for lunch too. It was cool outside so they brought over a heater so it was a perfect meal.

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Lolo
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Normally a fan of this place...the lobster was way overcooked and chewy, the crab chowder was tasteless, and we waited forever for our meal to be served. I've been coming here since the 80s and I am surprised their food quality and quantity is slipping dramatically. $15 for a bowl of soup that was literally a lumpy, tasteless mess. Very disappointed in The Shores and will not be going back for a long, long time.

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bobS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was slow, but quite a lovely luncheon. Prices much higher than before Covid.

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ReneeC
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster boil lunch was fantastic!
Great presentation
The salad was awesome !
And the sangria was tasty

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Susan
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoying the beach and ocean, from a table outside, delicious lunch meals and attentive, pleasant staff made this birthday celebration perfect. The special ice cream pie, was the icing on the cake!

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KennethA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great secluded area...very personalized...Good food but more selections would be even better.

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GralaW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is inside a hotel on the beach. There was plenty of dining outside but we sat inside so were all alone--but a fabulous view of the water! Food was outstanding as was the service. We started with splitting a perfect Caesar Salad, more than enough for two. I had the Butterfish (yummy) and Onion Rings, I mean what can I say? My husband had the paparadelli with shrimps and scallops which he said was wonderful too. THEN we really went to town and had dulce leche cream brulee. Our water, Jesse, was training Bella and we could not have had better service, we were treated like visiting royalty. There is parking in the lot under the hotel and they validate parking, but, get this, we found a legal spot on the street in LA JOLLA! We knew it was going to be a great lunch and we were right.

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Tawnie
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had an excellent dinner at The Shores. Our food was great, dessert was unique, and the atmosphere was good as well. My family has been coming here for years. Love this place!

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MarnieS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great beachfront restaurant! Great food and great view! Nice place to watch the sunset.

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KarenC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect place to celebrate our son’s milestone birthday.

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AliciaG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with my mom. Really appreciate everything.

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SuzanneK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic setting and food. It was a little chilly so we were able to request a heater to be brought by our table.

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MargaretG
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Want the perfect place to take your partner to celebrate a special occasion - well, this is the place!! We loved the Margarita Flight and the Angus Steak and Butterfish main courses and topped it off with the Creme Brulee and Passion Fruit Cheese Cake! WOW - it was the perfect sunset within our view and the service was outstanding!!! Hope to come back again and will highly recommend this restaurant for a delightful experience!!

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vipKingcrabguy
Orange County
55 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

food is very average and expensive -- but it is on the beach, Needs renovation desperately - -very run down facility. Food is no big deal-- won't be going back anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view loved it !

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Kimberlyb
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Birthday brunch
This is great for families. If you are lucky enough to get a seat outdoor next to the window, then it would be wonderful. Otherwise you might get stuck further away or inside. Inside has not been revamped and is super outdated. Tables look old and dirty. The restaurant needs a serious facelift. The view is nice if you enjoy looking at a very crowded beach.

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AsfahaT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I reserved a table outdoors and the first table offered was indoors, dark near the service area. I refused the table and indicated to the hostess my reservation was for an outdoors table. After the hostess indicated that is the only table they have I started walking away and then she took me to an outdoor table where there were 3 or 4 empty tables. I don't think I will use your Services again nor visit that restaurant again.

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SophiaN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed food and atmosphere. Waitress was new or distracted but pleasant.

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RitaL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was very good but the steak sauce made the potatoes and salad soggy. The salad and potatoes should be in a separate dish.

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DanielleS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Incredible view! Started with the tuna wontons - highly recommend!! Followed by the tuna bowl; we were not disappointed! The berry mojito was fabulous!

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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 4.3 stars by 1630 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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