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wcgirl Feb 27, 2007 07:04 PM

We had a suggestion to try out La Valencia in La Jolla for lunch. So...today is Tuesday...we went there for lunch (we-in our late 20's, early 30's) and shared the dining room with people 30 years our senior. The menu was typical modern American type stuff with a slight Spanish flair. My husband had paella which he enjoyed very much. I had the sole with a grapefruit chardonnay sauce with orange jasmine rice. LOVED the rice- I enjoyed the sole but it was VERY salty. I'm a person who appreciates salt, but this was overwhelming. I have to say though...the overall experience was very pleasant there, but it def. wasn't the trendy eatery that I had heard about.

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    clayfu Feb 27, 2007 07:11 PM

    alot of people go there for Brunch as well. Its one of the "classier" brunches in San Diego.

    1. honkman Feb 27, 2007 07:47 PM

      La Valencia is not trendy but I pretty lousy place who delivers crappy food.

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        clayfu Feb 27, 2007 08:45 PM

        wow that's a whole lot of hate!
        i've never been so i can't say anything =P

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          honkman Feb 27, 2007 09:15 PM

          I wrote about that before. We looked for an excellent place for a dinner after our wedding. We are both foodies and so excellent food was very important (and a very good room. There are places with good food or good rooms but it was quite hard to find one with good food and a good room). We visited and talked with many, many restaurants and in the end we decided to test five places and La Valencia was one of them. To make a long story short the food at La Valenica is not even average. I think I am a quite good homecook and I am very confident I can make better food than what we got at La Valencia

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          daantaat Feb 27, 2007 08:50 PM

          food is average, if that and overpriced. You can find much better food for the same cost in La Jolla.

          1. stevuchan Feb 28, 2007 06:54 AM

            Bad hotel food, I'm shocked.

            1. Alice Q Feb 28, 2007 02:10 PM

              I like their brunch, but I think the food in the Mediterranean Room is pretty average - even at breakfast. It is a lovely setting though. I have heard mixed things about the Sky Room and I have wanted to try it, but it's awfully pricey to take such a risk. I am waiting until I hear something good. That being said - I love the hotel, and if I had wanted to throw an expensive wedding (we eloped) I definitely would have considered it!

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