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Sep 11, 2006 04:08 PM

Restaurant at La Jolla Cove?

My brother's getting married at the cove in January. Any recommendations for places to eat the night of the wedding? It's a small party (18 of us), ranging in age from 23 to 77, so trendy bars probably wouldn't be appreciated by the grandparents.

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  1. Marine Room. It's close and has a beautiful view, and the menu has broad age appeal. It's also quiet and elegant.

      1. re: pbhomey

        I've been to Azul a few times and absolutely love the service, ambiance, and view overlooking La Jolla was a romantic evening. However, the surrounding restaurants are also very Top O' the Cove still around? They also had excellent service.

        1. re: Foodie 1

          Top o' the Cove closed just this last year.

      2. Do you want it to be within walking distance of the cove? If so you should know that the Marine Room is down on the Shores side of La Jolla. Not far away, but you would have to get in a car. It's also quite expensive - entrees in the $30+ range.

        Azul has a lovely view, but it's owned by the Brigantine - a local chain of mediocre overpriced restaurants (imo.) You might want to look into Trattoria Acqua or the Brockton Villa. I have eaten at Trattoria Acqua a few times and it's always ok but not knock your socks off fabulous or anything. I have never had dinner at the Brockton Villa, but it is cute and charming (an old house)and they might do a special menu or something for you. They have a lovely fireplace in their dining room paved with abalone shells.

        If you are also looking at places to stay, you might want to try the Valencia or the Colonial - both have decent restaurants and could put together a catered menu for you. 910 at the Colonial is especially good. You might also look into Jack's La Jolla - on Girard in the main part of town. They have a more casual restaurant and a fine dining side in the same building, and a rooftop bar. The food is excellent, but there's not much view from the restaurants and the atmosphere is a little "hectic." Another good place I always forget about is Sante, up in the village. We had dinner there on xmas eve a couple of years ago and it was fantastic.

        Good luck, it sounds like fun! (The Cove was my first choice of a place for a wedding - but then my husband and I eloped!)

        1. I would skip Brockton Villa--the food is average and very hit or miss. Plus, they are known for breakfast, not dinner and the breakfast food is hit or miss.

          Jack's has 3 levels w/ menus to match. We only ate at the bar and were impressed by the food, although it was a very noisy and lively bar. The formal dining room "might" have a different atmosphere.

          Nine-Ten is good, George's on the Cove (downstairs dining only) is very good (quieter, elegant atmosphere. plus they have private dining rooms for larger parties).

          Marine Room would suit the grandparents just fine.

          Roppongi's has a private room as well. Although it verges on trendy, the private room is on the opposite side of the restaraunt from the bar and theoretically less prone to noise.

          Fresh might be another option, although I haven't been since they sold it and changed the menu.

          If you want to go all out for excellent French and elegant setting, Tapenade is excellent (and expensive).

          Piatti's in La Jolla Shores (means driving and parking again) has good, moderately priced Italian trattoria food.

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          1. re: daantaat

            I would definitely second Nine-Ten, as well as Piatti's. And speaking of Piatti's, just across the street is Barbarella's, which is also very good.

          2. The Sky Room at the La Valencia is a great old school spot, which would be especially good for your older guests. Traditional formal service in a room that seats about 30 diners.

            It's located on the top floor of the hotel. The food is credible, and the ambiance is wonderful.