Best Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch in La Jolla

Treat your mother to an incredible meal for Mother’s Day brunch in La Jolla by taking her out to these fancy spots! Delicious food paired with spectacular ocean views will definitely make it a day to remember. From unlimited buffets to specialty prix-fixe and à la carte menus, there’s definitely something for everyone on the list. Shower the mom in your life with love on Sunday, May 13th! Please note that a reservation is required for most of the restaurants on this list, unless otherwise noted.

NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar

When: Sunday May 13th, 7:30am – 2:30pm
Where: 910 Prospect St
Cost: å la carte
Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget with our special å la carte brunch menu prepared by renowned Chef Jason Knibb. Also featured will be their acclaimed Pastry Bar, as well as bottomless mimosas for just $16 per person. This is a lovely spot within the Grande Colonial Hotel, and has a cozy and historic feel. The menu this year will feature items such as Brioche French Toast, gnocchi bolognese, chilaquiles, Salmon Benedict, Grilled Spanish Octopus, a Burrata board, and more. Top it off with a selection of specialty coffee drinks and pastries. Call (858) 964-5400 or make a reservation online.

The Marine Room

When: Sunday May 13th, 11am – 7pm
Address: 2000 Spindrift Drive
Cost: å la carte
The Marine Room boasts one of the best (if not the best) views in La Jolla. Situated right on the water, every seat in the house has incredible ocean vistas; the sound of waves crashing against the windows can be heard anywhere you sit! This year’s å la carte menu features items in their signature contemporary French/seafood style: Rooibos Tea Spiced Wild Prawns, Bacon Brioche Crusted Alaskan Halibut, Peri Peri Butter Basted Lobster Tail, and of course, their Signature Maine Lobster Bisque. Top it off with one of their incredible desserts: the Island Plantation Pie, Blackmaker Root Beer Crème Brûlée, or Lavender Lemon Cake. For reservations please call (855) 203-8511 or make an online reservation.

George’s At The Cove (California Modern)

When: Sunday May 13th, 10am-2pm for brunch
Address: 1250 Prospect St
Cost: three-course menu
Voted La Jolla’s best restaurant, George’s at the Cove is the perfect place to treat your mom to a special brunch. Mother’s Day is one of only two occasions throughout the year that they actually serve brunch, and this they are featuring a special 3-course menu. Enjoy dishes like Lobster Quiche with peas and green garlic; Eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon and Meyer lemon hollandaise; Baja Shrimp Omelette with rajas and jack cheese; and desserts featuring Toasted Oat Ice Cream with caramelized white chocolate cremeux, coffee-milk foam and caramel.

Because it’s so popular, make sure to get a reservation ASAP. Call (858) 455-1616 or book a reservation online.

The Shores Restaurant

When: Sunday May 13th, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Address: 8110 Camino Del Oro
Cost: $64 per adult, $38 children 10 to 6 years, $5 per year children 5 and under (buffet style)
This ocean-view feast in the heart of La Jolla Shores shopping and dining district is a brunch to be remembered! Featured buffet items this year are Nutella Banana French Toast, Vanilla Bean Ricotta Blintz, Maple Mustard Glazed Bone-In Ham, and Buchmann’s Ranch Cage Free Egg Station. There is a special Children’s Station for the little ones, which will feature kid-friendly dishes and sides. Finish off with a scrumptious dessert, like their Butterscotch Banana Cream Pie or S’mores Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce. Call (858) 456-0600 or make a reservation here.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

When: Sunday May 13th, 10am-2pm
Address: 1270 Prospect Street
Cost: $49 adults (three-course menu)
This year Eddie V’s is pulling out all the stops for Mother’s Day! The 2018 brunch menu includes a three-course meal where you have a few different options for each course (however, with each meal you receive a basket of warm cinnamon rolls topped with a citrus glaze!). Dishes this year include Norwegian Smoked Salmon, Deviled Egg Trio, Lobster Quiche Florentine, Alaskan King Crab Omelet with three-citrus Hollandaise sauce, and plenty more. Brunch cocktails are $9, and there will also be a children’s menu available. Call (858) 459-5500 or make reservations online.

The Med at La Valencia Hotel

When: Sunday May 13th, 10am – 2:30pm
Address: 1132 Prospect St
Cost: $89 per adult, $39 per child
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the “Pink Lady” and enjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet! This year’s menu will feature many La V favorites, as well as a few specialty items their culinary team has created in honor of every mom. Reservations include bottomless mimosas and sparkling wine. Enjoy a chef-attended crepe station along with items like Churro French Toast, 24-hour Braised Short Rib Benedict, a full Raw Bar, and assorted tea sandwiches for the lighter palate. Desserts feature a “Garnish Your Own Donut” wall and more! Online reservations are required.

Estancia La Jolla

When: Sunday May 13th, 11am-3pm
Address: 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road
Cost: $80 per adult; $35 for children 5-12
Mother’s Day is an all day celebration at Estancia La Jolla! This year’s brunch will feature a decadent chocolate fountain, a donut wall, a selfie booth for commemorative photo taking, and a complimentary sparkling glass of wine. Children will be entertained with special activities such as face-painting, an arts and crafts table to create the perfect card for mom, and lawn games for the whole family to enjoy. Guests can also celebrate later in the afternoon, enjoying live music and cocktails on the patio at Mustangs & Burros (3-6pm) or in the evening with a special Sunday dinner (3pm-11pm). Reservations are required.

Where To Have An Incredible Easter Brunch In La Jolla

Delicious food and quality time with loved ones is what Easter is all about – and Easter Brunch La Jolla comes with that, plus incredible ocean views! Celebrate Easter weekend at one of these world-class La Jolla restaurants. Some are offering a buffet this year, while others will be featuring a prix-fixe menu. Please note that a reservation is required for most of the restaurants on this list, unless otherwise noted.

Nine-Ten La Jolla

When: Sunday, April 1st; 7:30am to 2:30pm
Address: 910 Prospect St La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: a la carte pricing
Nine-Ten’s Easter celebration is a world-class event! Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo, III, will prepare a special Easter Sunday a la carte menu featuring everything from Salmon Rillette Toast and Brioche French Toast to a Salmon Benedict and Short Rib Hash. Also featured is their acclaimed Pastry Bar, and bottomless mimosas for just $16 per person. Reservations strongly recommended. Call 858.964.5400 or reserve online here.

The Marine Room

When: Sunday, April 1st; 10:00am to 4:00pm
Address: 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, California 92037
Cost: $78 for adults, $48 for children
Enjoy a fabulous brunch with one of the best views in La Jolla! The Marine Room is perched on the water and offers up incredible French/American cuisine. This year their Easter buffet will feature a seasonal menu that includes Mary’s Farm Chicken Forestiere, Spindrift Seafood Crêpes, Pomelo Kalbi Glazed Black Cod and more. For reservations please call (855) 203-8511 or make a reservation online.

La Jolla Shores Restaurant

When: Sunday, April 1st; 9:30am to 2:30pm
Address: 8110 Camino Del Oro, San Diego, CA 92037
Cost: $64 per adult; $32 for children 6 to 10 years, and $4 per year for children 5 and under
Enjoy Chef Percy’s brunch on the beach and you’ll find something to satisfy every taste with a buffet that features favorites like Cinnamon Brioche French Toast and Thyme Roaster Coastal Sea Bass, along with Buchmann’s Ranch Cage Free Egg and Cheese Ravioli Station, Chef Percy’s Jambalaya, and more. Call (858) 456-0600 or make a reservation online.

The MED Restaurant

When: Sunday, April 1st; 10:00am to 2:30pm
Address: 1132 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: $89 per adult, $39 per child
Enjoy a delicious brunch for Easter at THE MED (at La Valencia Hotel), and dine on a buffet of incredible items including a chef-attended omelette station and their signature Baja Chilaquiles. The kids will enjoy a special appearance from the Easter bunny and an exciting Easter egg hunt outside in the garden. Easter egg hunt times are 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm. Make reservations online or give them a call at (855) 818-6887.

Herringbone La Jolla

When: Sunday, April 1st 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Address: 7837 Herschel Ave La Jolla, California
Cost: $40 per person for a 3-course prix-fixe brunch; $12 for children.
Herringbone La Jolla is treating guests to a prix fixe three-course Easter Sunday feast! Brunch offerings include Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Raspberry French Toast, a Farmer’s Market Scramble, and more. Children’s menu is available. Call (858) 459-0221 or make a reservation here.

The LOT La Jolla

When: Sunday, April 1st; 10:00am to 12:00 pm
Address: 7611 Fay Ave La Jolla, California
Cost: $50 per person; $25 for children.
Join The LOT La Jolla for their annual Easter Brunch celebration, where guests will get to enjoy an amazing buffet and a wide selection from their daily menu. Bring the kids too; Mr. Bunny will make an appearance, and there will crafts and activities for the children right before a traditional egg hunt. It’s a good idea to make reservations online ahead of time.

High Tide Dinner at The Marine Room: Oceanfront Dining at its Best

Since it opened its doors in 1941, The Marine Room has been the benchmark for quality oceanfront dining in La Jolla. It brought first-class French-inspired cuisine to San Diego for the first time; and with it, an inclusion of all things nautical: even its seahorse emblem, which has remained the same for more than 75 years, has become synonymous with quality and elegance.

We were invited to experience what a High Tide Dinner at this special place is all about! Here’s an inside look at the magic behind one of La Jolla’s most beloved icons.

76 Years in the Making

Spindrift Inn was built in 1916 and for years served as the only lodging along La Jolla Shores. In 1935, the Inn, along with the La Jolla Beach & Yacht Club (now La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club), were purchased by Frederick W. Kellogg. It was actually his son, William Scripps Kellogg, who opened the restaurant we know today in 1941.

The opening day menu featured Fresh Lobster à la Newburg in a shell for $1.35; Rainbow Mountain Trout Sauté Amandine for $1.25, and martinis for just 35 cents!

Remarkably, it wasn’t until the El Niño storms of 1982 that the relentless tide forced its way through the windows and flooded the restaurant, resulting in a nine-month remodeling and restoration project. This included installation of even tougher windows; ever since, the glass has held and the windows have remained beautifully intact.

Not Your Typical Oceanfront View

Being situated on multiple levels, the views begin right when you step foot into the restaurant and make for a stunningly dramatic entrance. A short, winding staircase leads one to the main dining areas, where there are tables and elevated booths arranged with white linens and elegant tableware. Wall-to-wall windows give patrons a sweeping 180-degree panorama of the ocean, and waves can be heard crashing against the windows from nearly every table.

This really isn’t your typical ‘oceanfront dining;’ you are quite literally on the water, which, needless to say, makes those crashing waves all the more dramatic.

It’s interesting to note that this is the only restaurant of its kind in the area, and that is mostly due to present-day building restrictions. Because it was built in 1941, before local authorities were closely watching coastal development, the Marine Room’s construction was uninterrupted – and the result is breathtaking.

Mouthwatering Cuisine

Our dinner that evening was ordered from their specialty a la carte menu, created especially for the High Tide Dinners. We began with the signature lobster bisque, a wonderfully sweet rendition of the classic, and the crab cakes; paired cleverly with acorn noodles, the cakes were warm, moist, and perfectly flavored.

For the entrees, we ordered the Lobster tail, which was melt-in-your-mouth delicate; and the Ahi Tuna (recommended by our server), which did not disappoint with a side of sticky black rice, avocado, mango, and an unusually evocative white port hibiscus infusion.

Dessert was a lovely finish to the meal: the Spindrift Cobblestone Pie, which has been on their menu for years and remained a consistent favorite. The pie comes with espresso and vanilla ice cream, toasted hazelnuts, and a perfectly flavored Maker’s Mark bourbon sauce for just the right amount of kick. It wasn’t too sweet or too heavy, which is perfect on the palate after an incredibly flavorful three-course meal. We definitely did the right thing going with seafood for our main dishes – everything was cooked to perfection.

Wall of Waves

During dinner (reservations are held from 5pm to 10pm), it’s common to see kayakers, scuba divers, and even the occasional seal or sea lion trying to snatch up the last of their meal. A floodlight is angled directly onto the water, illuminating sea life several feet outward and enhancing the up-close view of crashing waves.

Between courses, we took nearly every opportunity to photograph the waves crashing against the windows; there is something to be said for having that kind of entertainment to accompany your meal! High tides typically range between 4 and 5 feet above sea level, so the 6-foot to over 7-foot high tides during summer are reason enough to make this a memorable experience.

That evening, the peak tide was reported to be 6.7 feet at 9:52pm. We arrived around 8:00 and were able to see the progression towards the larger and more impressive tide. Once night fell, two seals made an appearance; our waiter noted that over the years, several seals have situated themselves right on their property for days (even weeks) at a time!

The magic of The Marine Room is more than just the waterfront views. It’s the ambiance, the attention to detail, and the tireless hospitality that truly place this restaurant in a class of its own.

Other opulent dining experiences throughout the year include Mother’s Day and Easter Brunch and special Father’s Day dinners. High Tide Breakfasts are held every October through March, and High Tide Dinners are from April through September. The Marine Room is located at 2000 Spindrift Dr. in La Jolla Shores. To make a reservation call (858) 459-7222 or visit their website!

9 Essential Drinks You Need to Try for Happy Hour in La Jolla

When La Jolla gives you beautiful sunsets, delicious restaurants, and a thrilling downtown what more could you ask for? Ah, of course, Happy Hour. La Jolla Happy Hour is the best time to sample drinks from some of the top restaurants in La Jolla.

Even though there are so many different restaurants in La Jolla, we narrowed it down to our top 9 choices which we think are the most deliciously exceptional at the best happy house price. From custom cocktails to classics with a twist, there’s something for everyone on this happy hour roundup.

1. “Organic Moscow Mule” – Beaumont’s Eatery

If you haven’t tried a Moscow Mule, you’re missing out. This delicious drink is one of Beaumont’s Eatery’s most popular drinks. The drink is made of Tru Organic Vodka, Ginger Beer, Angostura Bitters, and a lime.

The Moscow Mule is an enjoyable cold-copper mug experience that’s a lot of fun. They’re served in copper cups to keep the drink as cold as possible, so you can enjoy it for as long as possible.

Beaumont’s Eatery. located in Bird Rock, is one of La Jolla’s best restaurants for live music. Its fun party vibe and casual feel make it one of the top choices for La Jolla locals.

Happy Hour is from 11:30 am – 6:30 pm daily for drinks.

Full price Moscow Mules are $10.75 but for Happy Hour it’s only $6.

2. “Cucumber Basil Smash” – Seasons 52

There’s only one way to describe the Cucumber Basil Smash. Smashing. The drink is made of Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka, White Cranberry Juice, Cucumber, Basil, and Lime.

It’s a local favorite because it’s light, refreshing drink that is light on calories.

Seasons 52 is a great spot for happy hour after a long day of shopping at UTC mall. They have seasonally inspired menus featuring ingredients at their peak of freshness. They use rustic cooking techniques like brick oven roasting and open-fire grilling that bring out natural flavors. All in all, it’s a great atmosphere and high-quality food and of course, excellent drinks.

Happy Hour is M-F 4-6:30 PM.

Cucumber Basil Smash is normally $10.50 but for Happy Hour this Specialty Cocktail is $8.

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3. “Southside” – George’s At The Cove

This is one of their most refreshing cocktails! The Southside includes Plymouth Gin, lemon, mint, and cane sugar. It’s minty, refreshing and citrusy – perfect after a long day in the office or just to quench your thirst among friends.

Happy Hour is hosted in their mid-level bar, George’s Level2. They are also launching a brand-new Late Night happy hour, which will be Thurs-Sat from 9pm-midnight and feature $10 specialty cocktails and discounted small bites.

George’s at the Cove is a renowned three-level dining destination located in the heart of La Jolla overlooking the Pacific Ocean and northern coastline. Cocktails are made with in-house ingredients and hand cut ice. There are recipes and twists on classic drinks along with unique punches, sours, coolers and more.

George’s At The Cove Happy Hour is M-F 3:30 to 6:30 pm. All Happy Hour Cocktails are $8.

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4. “Heart Opener” – The Hake

The Heart Opener is heart wrenchingly good. It’s the Hake’s tastiest drink made up of Avua Cachaca, Luxardo, Pistachio Falernum.

The Hake Restaurant uses a seasonal farm-to-table approach focusing on fresh seafood and an upscale casual bistro atmosphere. It offers a unique global-inspired menu created by Chefs Federico Rigoletti and Roberto Craig of Mexico City’s Puntarena Restaurant fame.

The bar offers Craft and classic cocktails, local beers on tap, a fine collection of single malt whiskeys and a large selection of Mezcal. A carefully selected wine list with over 30 wines by the glass, reflects our passion in the glass as well as on the plate.

Happy Hour is every day 5-7 PM.

Signature Cocktails are $8.

5. Rosé – We Olive Wine & Bar

Don’t whine, just wine. The rosé showcases aromas of crushed raspberries and watermelon. The pale salmon coloring of this classic Provencal style wine is made from 100% Grenache.

Debuting in early 2011, We Olive La Jolla was the first We Olive to expand beyond premium California Olive Oils and feature an ocean-view Wine Bar, showcasing small-production California wines, local craft beer, and a menu of olive oil inspired small plates.

Happy Hour specials are from 3:30 to 6:30 M-F where beers are $2 off and wine is $3 off except on Wednesdays. On Wine Wednesdays, all wine glasses are half off from 3:30 to 6:30 pm.

Their other Happy Hour specials include Sunday Funday where wine bottles are $7 off.

6. Sangria – Herringbone

Sweet and fruity, Herringbone’s Sangria is delicious. The Sangria is made of Red wine, raspberries, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate, and lime.

Located in the coastal community of La Jolla, Herringbone is a restaurant brand conceptualized by Top Chef alum Chef Brian Malarkey. Herringbone features “Fish Meats Field” coastal cuisine with an emphasis on line-caught seafood and high-quality meats.

Happy Hour is 4-6 pm daily & all night Mondays. Bonus Tip: Oyster Hour $ Oysters daily from 4-6pm.

Sangria’s are $6.

7. “Maya Jungle Cruise” – Leña Craft Mexican

If you like exotic alcohol, this is the drink for you. It’s made of Tequila Exotico, Xtabentum, Amaro Nonino, fresh pineapple, fresh lime, banana demerara, and pomegranate molasses.

Lena Craft Mexican is a gastropub, located in the heart of La Jolla, CA. Local’s love the authentic flavors and good vibe that Leña gives.

Happy Hour is M-F 3-6 PM.

All Margarita’s are $6 and beers are $1 off.

8. “My First Time” – Wheat and Water

Everybody’s scared the first time they do anything. Drink creator Ashley Moore says “My First Time” is a fun play on the phrase. It’s a handcrafted drink made with jalapeno-infused Rancho Alegre Tequila, St. Germain, Yellow Chartreuse, lemon, grapefruit bitters, and salt.

Wheat & Water specializes in wood-fired pizza, shared plates, healthy salads and charcuterie. Featuring a variety of beer from local and national breweries, wines ranging from California and Europe and a cocktail list of originals and our favorite classics.

Happy Hour is M-F 8PM to Close.

All cocktails are $7.

Duke’s Mai Tai – Duke’s La Jolla

Anyone who’s been to Duke’s knows that this is one of their best drinks. The Mai Tai is made with Pineapple Passion Orange Guava and La Lahaina Rum.

Overlooking the La Jolla Cove, Duke’s serves genuine, friendly hospitality with contemporary interpretations of traditional island plates. As a tribute to Hawaii and Southern California beach lifestyles, Duke’s celebrates family, views and the spirit of aloha. We welcome our guests to become a part of our ’ohana.

Duke’s Aloha Hours happen daily from 3-6 PM.

All cocktails are $8 during Aloha Hours.

 

Best Romantic Restaurants in La Jolla with Ocean Views

Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, impressing friends from out of town, or going on a first date, nothing beats an incredible dinner at a beautiful restaurant! One of the great things about downtown La Jolla is all of the fabulous restaurants, and once you throw an epic view into the mix, you’ve got the recipe for a perfect evening. Here are the best La Jolla restaurants with a view, from semi-casual to fine dining!

A Few Words of Advice…

Whichever of these romantic La Jolla restaurants you choose, make reservations early and be flexible with the time you want to go. You’ll get a better chance of a table with an optimal view if you go on off hours. Similar strategies go for parking, go early in case you can’t find a spot immediately, or make it easy on yourself and valet. As always, look at the menu and call ahead if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies and want to know your options.

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Duke’s La Jolla

Duke’s (pictured at top) is a great restaurant for couples that don’t take things too seriously, or aren’t interested in a traditional romantic “fancy dinner”. Visitors will enjoy fantastic seafood, with great cocktails and classic Hawaiian desserts for the ultimate meal. Enjoy an amazing evening view with twinkling lights above you if you choose to eat on the patio. Don’t stress about ties, as Duke’s has a casual dress code.

Marine Room

The Marine Room (above) is by far one of the best romantic restaurants with an ocean view in La Jolla. Dinner at high tide is best for the most wave action as surf crashes against the windows. While most people enjoy the window view, but it’s fair to warn that this feature can be distracting or overwhelming if you’re sensitive to noise or motion. We recommend starting off with the Lobster bisque, and any seafood dish is the best way to go here in particular the lobster tail. The Marine Room does have a strict formal dress code, but it’s worth it for an exquisite experience with incredible food.

More Dining Options in La Jolla

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Steak

Eddie V’s offers some of the best fine-dining in La Jolla featuing a seafood and steak menu along with a live jazz cocktail bar. What to get: reportedly, the Lobster Tacos are “to die for”. We also think the Bananas foster cake is worth a shot, particularly if you like your desserts served flambe! The back half of Eddie V’s looks off a cliff towards La Jolla Shores and across the ocean. Eddie V’s has a business casual dress code.

George’s at the Cove

George’s at the Cove is well known in La Jolla as a popular place for a romantic dinner! Even better, George’s terrace undoubtedly has a great ocean view thanks to its location high up on cliff. If you’re into Mixology and creative cocktails, this is the place (with a beach view) for you! We recommend Sea3, a margarita with dehydrated mango, lime & chile infused tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, sea cube. George’s offers different dining experiences whether you choose New American, Level 2 (prime for cocktails and bar adventures,) or Ocean Terrace (outdoor dining). There’s not an incredibly harsh dress code, but you’ll still want to dress nicely.

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Crab Catcher

Well known as a great seafood place in La Jolla, Crab Catcher is most famous for their crab legs and perhaps surprisingly, their truffle fries! Truffle fries might not be expected from a fine dining restaurant, but we’ll tell you they’re incredible just before a tender filet mignon. Expect a great view of the waves from your table. Crab Catcher is a classic fine dining atmosphere, so we recommend business casual.

The Shores Restaurant

Celebrate with a clear view to La Jolla Shores beach and its striking sunsets at The Shores Restaurant. There’s certainly good food here, but most diners agree it’s the view that makes the experience. For the real “romantic restaurant” experience, The Shores has an open-air patio if you want to dine with a salty sea breeze in your hair. If you visit during summer be sure to order the lobster three course special, otherwise you can’t go wrong with any of the fresh seafood dishes offered year-round. There’s a pretty casual dress code (though bring a jacket if you dine outside). Just a note: if you have trouble finding it, it’s located inside La Jolla Shores Hotel.