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La Jolla Graduation Lunch

SDArch May 28, 2007 08:46 AM

I am graduating in June and am looking for a restaraunt to take my family afterwards, about 8-9 people. The ceremony is at the Salk Institute so suggestions closer to downtown LA Jolla than UTC would be appreciated.
I'm looking for a variety of suggestions and hoping to find a few nice restaraunts as well as a few fun suggestions that are less extravagant. I don't want to put my family out too much so the lower the prices the better.
Please help!

  1. Beach Chick May 28, 2007 06:46 PM

    Everyone has given great places to eat and keep in mind things in LJ with graduation book quickly..
    Crab Catcher is another option and Nine-Ten at the Grande Colonial Hotel and Top of the Cove..
    Love the idea of Alfonso's and add Jose Courtroom to the list..
    Cafe Japengo next to the Hyatt is really good too.
    Congrat's to you!

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    1. re: Beach Chick
      SDArch May 29, 2007 06:40 PM

      Thank you to everyone, there were so many great suggestions; it was really hard to choose. More places I'll have to try in the future. I ended up choosing the Trattoria Acqua and was able to get a reservation :)
      I appreciate all the help!

      1. re: SDArch
        Alice Q May 29, 2007 11:17 PM

        Hope you enjoy it and congratulations ! I hope you'll report back and let us know how it was. I haven't eaten there in a while, but I"ve always had good meals there in the past.

    2. Alice Q May 28, 2007 11:09 AM

      I'd suggest La Valencia on the patio, Brockton Villa, The Shores Restaurant at LJ Shores, Piatti (ask for the outdoor patio) or George's Ocean Terrace.

      La Valencia has a gorgeous Mediterranean patio - the food is typical hotel fare. Fine but nothing special. Prices are medium.

      Brockton Villa has a charming location in a little house just over LJ Cove, but the lunch food isn't quite as good as the others. Brunch is very good though - especially their souffled french toast.

      George's Ocean Terrace is on a spectacular outdoor patio overlooking the ocean The food is ok and not terribly overpriced. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, etc.

      Piatti has a really nice large outdoor patio under a huge tree, and it's close to the beach, a little more convenient than downtown LJ. We had a very nice brunch there recently.

      The Shores Restaurant also has a great location right on the beach, and is a bit more affordable than the Marine Room, though run by the same chef.


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      1. re: Alice Q
        karenc May 28, 2007 04:43 PM

        I would also think of Codys and Clays for the asiest parking and great view.as well the food is tasty..Estancia also has a restaurant which is very close to you..if it happened to be good weather you could do outside at the Lodge at Torrey pines..the grill..youre also very close to Del Mar giving you Il Fornaio,Pacifica and Epazote all great choices.. as well as Sibicaa...ask for the roof..

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        domino1 May 28, 2007 10:08 AM

        Just as an FYI the hotel Estancia which is just across the street from UCSD has a great little bar area for drinks and gatherings. Roppongi for lunch might be an idea since there are a lot of selections to choose from for a crowd. Piatti in La Jolla Shores is also nice (but I haven't been there is a long time). I would get reservations now since I am sure all restaurants will be crowded!!!

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        1. re: domino1
          1_healthnut May 28, 2007 10:16 AM

          piatti is a great choice for the shores area. lovely atmosphere if you can reserve a table out on the patio, and the food is solid.

          you might also consider "the cottage" if they'll take a reservation [otherwise forget it, the wait for a table is always impossible]. it's definitely on the less extravagant end of the spectrum and it's casual, but very quaint, affordable, and the food is delicious!

          1. re: 1_healthnut
            daantaat May 28, 2007 11:01 AM

            The Cottage doesn't take reservations. We tried for a large group and ended up sending someone there early to wait for a table.

            Piatti's is a great choice--moderate prices for good food.

            I haven't been for a while, but Trattoria Aqua is open for brunch/lunch (at least on the weekends). Decent food, pretty setting.

        2. Josh May 28, 2007 09:38 AM

          Alfonso's on Prospect (which will likely be a popular choice that day) matches your criteria. Cafe 910 does a good lunch, too. You didn't really specify what extravagant means to you in terms of cost. Most La Jolla lunch prices are in a similar range.

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