La Jolla Recommendations
My boyfriend and I are going to visit La Jolla from the Bay Area next month. We will be there a short amount of time. Looking for restaurant recommendations for places with a view, good food and not outrageously expensive. Open to various types of cuisine, mostly seeking relaxing, vacation worthy experience with solid food and good service. I realize that most places in La Jolla are fairly expensive.
Nine-Ten and Manhattan are worth a stop by.
And of course La Valencia, is essential for the La Jolla experience.
I really like Whisknladle. They are doing great farm to table smallish plates. They also now have a selection of $3 tapas. We recently tried the homemade salami, shrimp, patatas bravas and lamb meatballs with couscous. It was a great selection and that and a salad made quite a meal. I really enjoy sitting in the bar area.
Coffee Cup Cafe for breakfast, brunch and casual lunch
Roppongi's for their happy hour (all apps/tapas 50% off from 4-6 pm every day. 3-4 of them make a meal)
2nd George's, esp for the formal dining downstairs.
Nine-Ten is also very good.
The Cottage is decent for breakfast.
Piatti's for lunch or dinner.
skip Brockton Villa--food is meh, even though there's a view.
Tapenade has excellent food and service, but they are located slightly inland from the water a few blocks.
George's CA Modern is great, lunch at the rooftop Ocean Terrace is also nice when the weather's good. Food is a notch below the dining room, but it's more casual and has the most amazing view. I also like to sit on the deck at AR Valentien - just up the coast a bit near Torrey Pines, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner (though it gets chilly at night.) For a quick bite, the Cheese Shop, down by the Shores - has good deli sandwiches, Burger Lounge isn't bad and El Pescador has good takeout fish sandwiches. A drink at the Valencia is always nice, but the food is nothing special. Also avoid Jose's & the Spot (aka the Splotch.) I would also say no Trattoria Acqua or Crab Catcher - though they do have a nice view.
Brockton Villa is lovely for breakfast/brunch - but don't go there for any other meal - and only order the Coast Toast or something really simple. It's hit or miss for anything else.
I've had good meals at Nine Ten, Tapenade and Roppongi but Roppongi's Asian fusion concept seems a little dated to me, and it seemed to have slid a bit the last time we ate there. I've had service issues at Nine Ten on almost every visit, and our last meal at Tapenade was not very good at all. If it's a short trip, you'd be better off at George's California Modern, IMHO. I also like Sante, for Italian - a little off the beaten path, but very good. Enjoy the trip!
Yes - I had a friend that went on one of their final evenings. Some of the food was pretty good; some was meh. Typical. :)
I still think that the wrong one of the two neighbors closed, but I'll keep quiet. The last time I criticized the Crab Catcher somebody created three different accounts to flame me.
Lunch at Cafe 910 is pretty reasonable, and they have interesting and creative fare. Their beer list is very impressive.
Everyone has given you great places..
I would like to add the Crab Catcher for happy hour.
Grab a grouper/sea bass sandwich at El Pescador and eat at the park in LJ Cove.
Back patio of La V for breakfast/brunch with sweeping views is one of my fave's.
You can dine at Jose's for Mex with a peek of the ocean.
Lobster burrito and fish tacos at Don Bravo's in Bird Rock is awesome and watch the sets come in.
The Shores restaurant in the Shores is decent and oceanfront..happy hour at Clay's atop of Hotel LJ too.
The Cottage is nice for breakfast or lunch, with a comfortable patio. Also, El Pescador is great for a fresh grilled fish sammy.