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Culinary Jewels: 10 Must-try Restaurants in La Jolla

Shannon Biszantz

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Feb 8 8 minutes read

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With a name that means "The Jewel", La Jolla is truly a treasure in its own right. This small seaside community offers a trove of gastronomic delights, from high-end restaurants to low key casual dining and everything in between, you will never be at a loss of choice whichever you prefer.

With so many options to choose from, we understand that it can get pretty overwhelming. But no worries! We have helped you a bit by trimming it down to the top 10 best places to dine in La Jolla. Read on to see which one fits your bill!

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1. George's at the Cove

Address: 1250 Prospect St, La Jolla CA 92037

Phone number: +1 858-454-4244


Rating: 4.5 stars (2,593 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Completely embodying the San Diego lifestyle, George's at the Cove combines exceptional California cuisine and service with spectacular views from every level of their multi-tiered restaurant. Diners may choose from California Modern, their contemporary restaurant and indoor bar, Ocean Terrace, the perfect rooftop dining spot, or Level 2, a casual dining spot which also features craft cocktails in its bar. Specializing in seafood, the menu makes the use of fresh local ingredients and unique combinations of flavors to create a truly unforgettable dining experience. 

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2. The Taco Stand

Address621 Pearl St, La Jolla CA 92037

Phone Number: +1-858-551-6666


Rating: 4.5 stars (638 reviews via TripAdvisor)

A family-owned taquería inspired by the taco stands of Tijuana, The Taco Stand features family recipes of Mexican staples. Handmade corn tortillas filled with top grade meats and guacamole and salsas made from scratch daily using only the freshest ingredients make this an authentic Mexican dining experience without breaking the bank. Besides tacos and burritos, the restaurant also has a great selection of Mexican flavored popsicles, refreshments, imported beer and freshly prepared Rosarito-style churros.

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3. Beaumont's Eatery

Address: 5662 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla CA 92037

Phone Number: +1-858-459-0474


Ratings: 4.5 stars (90 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Located in Bird Rock, their burger was once voted the best La Jolla in a local poll. This contemporary restaurant with its bright, colorful interior is a local favorite as an upscale gathering place where friends can share plates and enjoy craft cocktails with live music.  Diners enjoy their seasonal menu, which features selections like Korean street taco and wild boar flatbreads. With their menu ranging from simple noodles to mini New York steaks, there is something in it for family and friends alike.

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4. The Cottage La Jolla 

Address: 7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla CA 92037

Phone Number: +1 858-454-8409


Ratings: 4.5 stars (1,156 reviews via TripAdvisor)

With its light, airy interior and outside patio, The Cottage provides an idyllic setting for their specialty: breakfast. A local favorite with its family-friendly atmosphere, grab some of their complimentary coffee and enjoy oatmeal pancakes, grilled vegetable omelet, Baja chicken hash, and eggs benedict. Bring your experience home by purchasing some baked goods, which are for sale inside. Start your day right in this highly awarded restaurant.

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5. El Pescador Fish Market

Address:  634 Pearl St, La Jolla CA 92073

Phone Number: +1-858-456-2506


Ratings: 4.5 stars (629 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Part fish-market, part seafood restaurant, freshness is this place's signature. A local favorite for over 30 years, place an order to go, pick up some fish from the market, or dine in their restaurant. Savor their legendary clam chowder, pick a fish and have it cooked to your preference, or enjoy their sea bass sandwich. With their friendly service and and beach-casual ambience, have a relaxed meal and enjoy La Jolla seafood at its finest!

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6. Nine-Ten

Address: 910 Prospect St, La Jolla CA 92037

Phone Number: +1-858-964-4500


Ratings: 4.5 stars (526 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Located inside the historic Grande Colonial Hotel, Nine-Ten is all about the California style. With fresh ingredients sourced from small local farms, the seasonal menu boasts of unique flavor combinations that make a refined kind of sense. A perfect example is their Jamaican Jerk Pork Belly, a recipe from Executive Chef Jason Knibb's mother, which, paired with baby carrots, swiss chard, plantains, and black-eyed peas with sweet potato puree, gives this Jamaican specialty a California twist.

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7. The Marine Room

Address: 2000 Spindrift Dr, San Diego CA 92037

Phone Number: +1 858-459-7222


Ratings: 4.5 stars (583 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Get up and close and personal with the Pacific in this highly celebrated restaurant. Set right at the beach and so close to the water that waves crash on the windows at high tide, The Marine Room serves exciting globally-influenced cuisine. Their signature lobster bisque is only the start of their enthralling menu. Kalbi shiso buttered tofu, sea salt crispy skin branzino, and Ume plum wine braised Kurobuta pork cheek are only some examples of what you can enjoy.

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8. A.R. Valentien

Address: 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla CA 92037

Phone Number: +1 858-777-6635


Ratings: 4.5 stars (513 reviews via TripAdvisor)

For classic French cuisine with a modern edge A.R. Valentien is the place for you. Their farm-to-table sensibility allows you to savor remarkable dishes like their chicken liver pate, duck confit, and salted caramel bavaroise. With meals served in an indoor-outdoor dining room overlooking the 18th hole of Torrey Pines Golf Course, dining here is a hole in one.

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9. Duke's La Jolla

Address: 1216 Prospect St, La Jolla CA 92037

Phone Number: +1 858-454-5888


Ratings: 4.5 Stars (393 reviews via TripAdvisor)

One of La Jolla's most family-friendly restaurants, Duke's boasts spectacular ocean views from a prime La Jolla location on Prospect street. Owned and operated by San Diego and Mauie-based TS Restaurants, their food draws on both Hawaiian and Californian influences and use fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients. Sit down to their signature dishes like poke tacos, Duke's burger surf and turf option, and Lilikoi ceviche. For dessert, make sure to satisfy your sweet tooth with their famous Hula Pie, a masterpiece of macadamia nut ice cream, a chocolate cookie crust, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

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10. Piatti

Address: 2182 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla CA 92037

Phone Number: +1 858-454-1589


Ratings: 4.5 stars (657 reviews via TripAdvisor)

With their terra-cotta tiled floors, bottles of chianti, and a Roman fountain, this cozy cafe is a Tuscan-inspired dream and provides the perfect setting for their Italian menu. Wood-fired oven pizzas, Saffron Pappardelle and handmade Ricotta-Spinach Basil Ravioli are just some of the savory delights they have in store. With vegetarian and kid-friendly options, this place is perfect for anyone, anytime.

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