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.

Flemings La Jolla

When: Sunday May 12th; starts at 10am
Where: 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego 92122
Cost: a la carte
Flemings will open early this year at 10am, so you can celebrate Mom all day! Treat Mom to a special 3-course Mother’s Day Brunch at Flemings La Jolla. They’ll be serving up a one-of-a-kind three-course brunch and all-day dinner menu designed to delight, with options curated especially for her – from Signature Eggs Benedict and Filet & Lobster to a Steak and Spring Vegetable Quiche. Even the little ones will be delighted by a special three-course children’s brunch menu. Reservations required; reserve online or give them a call at (858) 535-0078.

NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar

When: Sunday, May 12th; 10am-2:30pm
Where: 910 Prospect St
Cost: 3 courses for $45/person
Tell Mom you love her with the gift of food!  She deserves nothing more than to be treated to a special, 3-course, prix-fixe Sunday Brunch featuring a choice of starters, entrees, and desserts.  $16 bottomless mimosas and other drink specials will also be available. This is a lovely spot within the Grande Colonial Hotel, and has a cozy and historic feel. Top your meal 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 12th; 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 a la carte menu features items in their signature contemporary French/seafood style: Ginger Sesame Cured Steelhead Salmon Crudo, Thai Style Butter Basted Lobster Tail, and of course, their Signature Maine Lobster Bisque. Top it off with one of their incredible desserts: the Spindrift Cobblestone Pie, Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake, and an organic 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 12th; 10am-2pm for brunch
Address: 1250 Prospect St
Cost: 3-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 serve brunch, and this holiday, they have a very special 3-course menu planned. Head to California Modern, their signature fine dining experience, and savor dishes like Bay Scallop and Corn Fritters with Béarnaise, Lobster Quiche with peas and green garlic, Grilled Salmon with mushroom risotto, and Chilaquiles with soft egg and queso fresco. 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 12th; 9:30am-2:30pm
Address: 8110 Camino Del Oro
Cost: $68 per adult, $39 children 10 to 6 years, $6 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 Seasonal Berry Cheese Blintzes, Herb Seared Local Sea Bass, Brown Sugar Pineapple 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 Chocolate Raspberry Bars. Call (858) 456-0600 or make a reservation here.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

When: Sunday May 12th, 10am-4pm
Address: 1270 Prospect Street
Cost: $49 for adults (three-course menu)
This year Eddie V’s is pulling out all the stops for Mother’s Day! The 2019 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, Pan-Seared Steak & Eggs, King Crab Omelette with Three-Citrus Hollandaise, 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 12th; 10am-2pm
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, Executive Chef Alex Emery and his talented team have created a whimsical menu featuring Valencia Orange French Toast, Spinach & Heirloom Tomato Quiche + Leek & Black Truffle Quiche, Assorted Tea Sandwiches, a Carving Station, Slow Roasted Herbed Cornish Game Hens, and a decadent dessert station, to name a few. Regular dinner service starts at 5:30pm. Online reservations are required.

Estancia La Jolla

When: Sunday May 12th; starts at 10am
Address: 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road
Cost: $75 per adult; $25 for children
Celebrate mom surrounded by Estancia’s beautiful botanical gardens at their Roses & Rosé brunch! Mom will receive a complimentary glass of rosé to toast her special day plus an expansive buffet prepared by Executive Chef Vincent Savignano. Dishes this year include Linguica-Potato Hash with poached eggs and parsley crema, Chicken & Waffles with sage-infused maple syrup, a complete Egg Station, a Carving Station, Paella Station, and Risotto station, plus plenty more. Reservations are required.

Cusp Dining & Drinks

When: Sunday May 12th; starts at 9:00 am
Address: 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive
From the food to the views, Cusp’s Mother’s Day Brunch is sure to impress Mom. Chef Ingrid Funes will be serving her regular brunch menu with a few decadent specials. Start the meal one of Chef Funes’ specials, like Crab Benedict with herb focaccia, roasted tomatoes and hollandaise, Brioche Fresh Toast with lime curd and blueberry compote, and Fresh Cinnamon Rolls. Classic dishes includes Greek Salad, Barbacoa Hash, and Housemade Pancakes with assorted toppings. In addition to brunch, guests are encouraged to take mom out to dinner, where Chef has a special surprise for dinner guests! Mother’s will enjoy a welcome glass of bubbly during dinner only. Reservations strongly suggested.

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!

San Diego Restaurant Week: La Jolla Edition

San Diego Restaurant Week happens twice a year (January and then again in September or October) and is one of the most exciting culinary events of the season. Participating San Diego County and La Jolla restaurants offer designated fixed-cost menus throughout the week, each being two or three courses – an appetizer (sometimes two), a main dish, and a dessert. Most restaurants participate in either lunch or dinner, though some are doing both this year, and some choose to do a prix-fixe menu instead. Here are some of our picks for San Diego Restaurant Week in La Jolla!

For Lunch

Puesto

Where: 1026 Wall Street, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $15 per person
Cuisine/What to Get: Mexican, seafood. Puesto is a chic, casual spot that’s known for their epic tacos and incredible margaritas! Taco options include Chicken al pastor, zucchini and cactus, Maine lobster, and plenty more. There is a great selection of shared plates, bowls, and appetizers, as well as a few traditional Mexican desserts.

Spice & Rice Thai Kitchen

Where: 7734 Girard Ave #C, La Jolla 92037.
Cost: $10 per person for two courses
Cuisine/What to Get: Thai, Asian, fusion. From traditional noodle dishes like Pad Thai to main courses like yellow curry, cashew nut chicken, and Thai stir fry, there is plenty to choose from on this extensive menu! As one of the only Thai restaurants in La Jolla, this is a great spot to grab a casual lunch during the week – and it won’t break the bank.

Brockton Villa

Where: 1235 Coast Blvd, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $15 per person for two courses; two courses with wine pairing $20
Cuisine/What to Get: American, California, contemporary. Housed in a beautiful historic cottage right on the coast (with great ocean views), Brockton Villa is a great place for a more casual lunch. Main dishes include Beer Braised Corned Beef Sandwich, a Grilled Atlantic Salmon BLT, and a Cove Club. For dessert, we suggest their ‘world famous’ Coast Toast, which is a rich French Toast topped with vanilla ice cream.

Olive and Basil

Where: 8008 Girard Ave No 220, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $15 per person for two courses
Cuisine/What to Get: Greek, Mediterranean, Persian, seafood. Enjoy incredible Mediterranean food just steps away from La Jolla Cove! Olive and Basil is a great lunch deal for SDRW. The Hummus Platter is the way to go for the appetizer; main dishes include items like a chicken skewer plate, Gyro plate, and their signature Olive and Basil Pasta. You can add baklava or Persian ice cream to your meal for an extra $6.

Galaxy Taco

Where: 2259 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $20 for two courses
Cuisine/What to Get: Galaxy Taco is a chic casual spot for tacos down at La Jolla Shores, and a great lunch spot for during the week. Shareable appetizers include made-to-order guacamole, Mexican chicken and rice soup, and a Mexican Caesar Salad. For the main dish, diners can choose any two tacos from their selection of nine – including Baja fried fish, Barbacoa short rib, Quesa Carnitas, and grilled avocado; to name a few! It’s a kid-friendly spot (complete with a kids menu), so this is a great place for families.

For Dinner

Catania

Where: 7863 Girard Avenue #301, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $50 per person for three courses; entire menu is available
Cuisine/What to Get: Italian, contemporary. Catania is known for its authentic, handcrafted Italian dishes. We recommend starting with the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio or the Braised Beef Meatballs, both of which are hit appetizers. Main entrées on the Restaurant Week Menu include a variety of pizzas, pastas, and a few select fish (including Whole Branzino and Grilled Swordfish) and chicken dishes.

Mustangs & Burros

Where: 9700 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla 92037 (at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa)
Cost: $30 per person for three courses
Cuisine/What to Get: Delight in a delicious three-course dinner on Mustangs & Burros’ hacienda patio this SDRW. This casual La Jolla restaurant serves up Baja-inspired cuisine for lunch and dinner; creative dishes are both locally inspired and locally sourced by the in-house culinary team, who also take a personalized approach to an innovative spirits program. Special new Baja-inspired entrée options for Restaurant Week include grilled Mahi Mahi, Bavette steak with lobster-corn risotto, and pan-seared duck with cherry balsamic.

The Grill at Torrey Pines

Where: 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $40 per person for three courses
Cuisine: American, California contemporary. Complete with a beautiful backdrop, the Grill at Torrey Pines sits atop the cliffs next to Torrey Pines State Reserve and the golf course, inside the Lodge at Torrey Pines. The spot is known for its fresh take on California cuisine and dedication to farm-to-table fare. For appetizers, we recommend the Ahi Tuna Carpaccio or the Green Goddess Salad. Entrée items include Wood-grilled Tri-Tip and a yummy Hot Smoked Salmon.

NINE-TEN Restaurant

Where: 910 Prospect Street, La Jolla (inside the Grande Colonial Hotel)
Cost: $50 per person for three courses; $75 per person with wine pairings
Cuisine/What to Get: American, California. NINE-TEN is an award-winning restaurant in the heart of the Village, known for its fresh, farm-to-table California contemporary cuisine. Appetizers include items like Short Rib Ravioli and Grilled Octopus, entrée dishes include Prime Beef Short Rib, Steelhead Salmon, and Anson Mills Far Verde + Roasted Vegetables.

Duke’s La Jolla

Where: 1216 Prospect Street, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $40 per person for three courses, your choice of entrée from a prix-fixe menu
Cuisine/What to Get: Hawaiian, Seafood, Contemporary. Duke’s has a wide ranging menu with plenty of options, including seafood, steaks, and more. We suggest starting with the classic Maui Onion Soup, followed by either the BBQ Baby Back Ribs or the Sautéed Macnut & Herb Crusted, which is a parmesan and panko-dusted fresh fish topped with tomato lemon caper butter, jasmine rice, and bok choy macadamia nut slaw.

The Marine Room

Where: 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla 92037
Cost: $50 per person for three courses
Cuisine/What to Get: French, Seafood. The Marine Room is a world-class restaurant that sits right on the water and treats diners to incredible views of the crashing waves as they eat. You can’t go wrong with any dish on the menu here! Our favorite appetizer is the Lobster Bisque, while some of the delicious dinner menu available specially for Restaurant Week include Red Walnut Zaatar Coated Maine Diver Scallops and Sea Salt Crispy Skin Branzino. Signature entrées (regular menu items) are available for $15 more per person.

George’s at the Cove: Ocean Terrace

Where: 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla 92037
Cost: $30 per person for three courses
Cuisine/What to Get:American, contemporary, California. George’s at the Cove is famous for its sweeping ocean views and incredible patio dining. You just can’t beat the atmosphere for a night out with great food! Appetizer menu items for Restaurant Week include an assortment of small seafood plates (grilled octopus, fresh fish tacos, and Ahi tostadas), and this year’s dinner options on the Restaurant Week menu include Spaghetti with Clams, Sesame Crusted Tombo, Grilled Faroe Island Salmon, and Pork Tacos; to name a few!

For more information on all of the La Jolla restaurants participating in SDRW, including those in downtown San Diego and the rest of San Diego county, visit sandiegorestaurantweek.com!

 

 

Where to Go for Happy Hour in La Jolla

Where will you find the happiest Happy Hour La Jolla? There are definitely plenty of contenders around here! Several La Jolla restaurants have crafted unique menus that keep folks coming back. After a little recon, here are some of our top picks in the neighborhood.

We Olive & Wine Bar

This is the prime spot for wine lovers – with a view! Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 3:30pm-6:30pm and features $3 off wines by the glass and $2 off draft beers. The wine bar is tucked away in back of the shop, and features a terrific patio with ocean views. You can try wines by the taste, glass, or bottle. If you’d rather try several different wines, we recommend the wine flight to give your taste buds some variety. They’ll bring out olive oil and balsamic pairings to try at the same time, too. If you prefer beer, don’t worry, they offer several craft varieties.

We Olive also offers perfectly paired appetizers, such as their Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie Plate and We Olive Duo Dip.

Herringbone La Jolla 

Herringbone is widely known for their take on Happy Hour in La Jolla, fondly referred to as “Oyster Hour.” It runs daily from 4pm-6pm (all evening on Mondays), and features $1 oysters, $8 cocktails, and $6 glasses of wine. The cozy spot, which opened in 2014, features a laid-back bar and lounge area with couches and comfortable seating. There is live music playing on Fridays and Saturdays, and is known for their yummy handcrafted cocktails and sangria.

Food-wise, enjoy $1 clams or choose something from the regular menu. Looking for something to share? We recommend the Local Ceviche, which is served up with a yummy combo of aquachile, jalapeño, avocado, red onion, and cilantro atop a bed of blue corn tortilla chips.

 

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Catania

For the ultimate happy hour atmosphere and ambience, we recommend Catania. Happy Hour is 3pm-6pm daily on the rooftop patio overlooking Girard Avenue, which offers wide views of the city, sky and ocean. Soak up the friendly, happily out-of-the-office atmosphere of people meeting friends, happily chatting and clinking glasses.

There’s an extensive list of drinks offered, including the popular Aperol Spritz (a summer drink infused with orange), and the Fortunella (a yummy blend of vodka, kumquat pureé, orange blossom, and prosecco). If you’re hungry, their decadent pizzas like Merguez Sausage and Fungi are only $11 each. Good to share…or tackle your own for dinner.

9 Essential Drinks to Try for Happy Hour in La Jolla!

The Shores Restaurant

If you’re closer to the La Jolla Shores area of town, no need to trek to the downtown La Jolla Village – hit this hidden gem right on the beach! Happy Hour is Sunday-Friday from 3pm-6pm and features an “Eight for $8” menu, where you can mix and match your choice of small bites and appetizers. Select from a variety of wines by the glass, handcrafted cocktails, and well drinks while you hang out on their beachfront patio (we love the Shores Margarita!).

 

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Duke’s La Jolla

Duke’s “Aloha Hour” goes from 3pm-close on Mondays, and 3pm-6pm Tuesday-Friday. Along with an expansive ocean view, their Barefoot Bar (where Happy Hour is located) features a yummy menu. Get $2 off all pupus (appetizers), $4 off Duke’s Favorites, $7 glasses of wine, and $5 draft beers. We love their Hawaiian spin on seafood; give the Korean Sticky Ribs or the Poke Tacos a try! Indoor seating is available if it’s a chilly day.

 

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Puesto La Jolla

Known as one of the best places to get Mexican food in San Diego, if you’re in the mood for tacos and margaritas, this is your spot! Happy Hour at Puesto is Monday-Friday from 3pm-5pm, and features a yummy assortment of Mexican inspired favorites. All tacos are $4 during Happy Hour, and you can get a Puesto Perfect Margarita for $9 (featuring Blue Agave Reposado Tequila and agave). They are known for their tacos: local favorites include Chicken Al Pastor, Maine Lobster, and their vegetarian Zucchini & Cactus tacos! The indoor/outdoor bar and lounge area is a good place for families with kids or a small group, but it does get crowded on weekends and during Happy Hour – plan to arrive early to secure a spot.

If you aren’t feeling tacos, they also offer a variety of bowls, shared plates, and seafood dishes.

Onto Dinner Next?

If your Happy Hour La Jolla is simply leading up to dinner, you may wish to stay for one of these location’s dining menus or head to a new spot. Learn more about top dinner options on our Restaurant Guide!

6 La Jolla Restaurants to Celebrate Dad

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th – this year, treat Dad to a delicious brunch in La Jolla! Whether your dad prefers an ocean view brunch or he’s more of a tacos and beer guy, we’ve rounded up a few different La Jolla restaurants that will make Dad’s day super special. Make a whole outing of it and spend the rest of the afternoon at La Jolla Cove or down at La Jolla Shores for a beach day. Check out must-dos and what to see with our La Jolla Cove guide.

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Caroline’s Seaside Cafe

8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

Looking to treat dad to brunch with an ocean view? Caroline’s Seaside Cafe, located at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography campus, is the perfect spot. Brunch is offered from 8am to 2pm.

What to get: Beef short ribs “hash” & eggs served with peppers, onions, potatoes and toast ($12).

Sadly, Caroline’s does not take reservations and you order at the counter before choosing a seat. Tip: Paid parking is available on the adjacent parking lots during weekends only. UCSD students receive 30% off with student ID.

 

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Puesto La Jolla

1026 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037

If your dad prefers lunch tacos over brunch fare, then Puesto La Jolla is the top choice! Puesto boasts some of the most authentic and delicious Mexican food in town, and is always a great family choice because of the casual atmosphere. They’re open on Saturday from 11am to 10pm, and on Sunday from 11am to 9pm. 

What to get: Try the Chicken Al Pastor tacos – it’s one of their specialties. Splurge on a Frozen Horchata For A Cause: $1 from the sale of every horchata will be donated to a local charity, which changes monthly (ask your server which one is up for June).

This is a popular spot so be sure to make reservations days in advance. Parking is also tricky so give yourself plenty of time.

The Marine Room

2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037

Treat Dad to a special brunch buffet that he will always remember! Enjoy an amazing selection of hearty main courses like their Signature Seafood Crepes, Ancho Coffee Roasted Angus Prime Rib, and Blackberry Wine Braised Kruobuta Pork Cheeks. Father’s Day Brunch will be offered on Sunday, June 16th, from 10am to 2pm.  Á la carte dinner specials will be available starting at 5:30 pm.

Cost: $82 per person, $45 for children 6 to 10 years, children 5 and under free.

Experience the Best of Dining in La Jolla With Our Complete Guide!

Pro-tip: If you’ve yet to experience a High Tide Dinner, be sure to put it on your summer bucket list!

Piatti La Jolla

2182 Avenida De La Playa., La Jolla, CA 92037

Nestled in the La Jolla Shores neighborhood, Piatti’s inviting atmosphere and delicious Italian food is a great option for a Father’s Day lunch!

What to get: Benedetto Con Salmone, Uova Con Salsa Verde, or the Pizza Chorizo! Weekend brunch is served from 10am to 2pm. 

Tip: Both lunch and brunch menus are available during this time.

The Shores Restaurant

8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037

Show Dad how much you love him with an oceanfront brunch buffet. You’ll find a range of yummy options during this special Father’s Day Brunch – everything from Cinnamon Raisin Brioche French Toast to Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef. Enjoy plenty of tasty sides, a complete children’s station, and more. Brunch will be offered on Sunday June 16th from 10am to 2pm, and admission is $64 per adult.

How will you be celebrating Father’s Day? Looking for more food options? Check out our ultimate guide to La Jolla restaurants here.

Inside Look at Nautilus Tavern: La Jolla’s New Neighborhood Bar & Grill

Tucked away on La Jolla Blvd., just past the La Jolla Community Center, Nautilus Tavern is unassuming yet welcoming. A spacious patio and large floor-to-ceiling doors that open up to reveal a cozy dining room create a comfortable vibe that stands out in its own way among the sea of ever-changing La Jolla restaurants.

While many eateries in the Village trend toward upscale/ fine dining, Nautilus Tavern picks up where places like ultra-casual La Jolla Brewing Company (RIP) left off: the cozy bar and grill next door. Combine that friendly atmosphere with some seriously flavorful comfort food, and you’ve got yourself La Jolla’s newest dining gem. We got the chance to visit the Tavern and sample some of their dishes while chatting with Executive Chef Shelly Velez to get the inside scoop on what makes this place tick.

Location, location, location!

The Tavern fits in well with La Jolla’s seaside vibes; just a block from the beach and up the road from Windansea Beach, its nautical theme is infused with a touch of modernity and exudes a ‘costal chic’ vibe.

The 2,500 square-foot space, though large, doesn’t feel overwhelming. The back patio is a great area for families with kids, and the front patio offers the best of both worlds.

[Veggie Sandwich]

Upscale Comfort Food – With a Twist

Executive Chef Shelly Velez is the woman behind the menu at Nautilus Tavern in La Jolla. Having known the owners since they opened up Pillbox Tavern in Solana Beach, she has expertly curated both restaurants’ menus and added her own flair to each – and that flair comes in the form of all things flavorful. From Southern-inspired comfort food to spicy, smoky maple-infused barbecue, Shelly has been crafting her art and love of cuisine for nearly 20 years.

Shelly was born in Panama, where she cultivated a deep love for flavorful, traditional dishes; she learned to cook gravy from scratch and developed a passion for making sauces. Today, she has her own line of barbecue sauces that you can purchase by the bottle at Pillbox Tavern: California Style, Habañero BBQ, and Maple Bourbon Bacon, a local favorite that can be spotted on the menu at Nautilus Tavern in the form of Maple Bacon Bourbon Wings.

Shelly makes all of the dressings and other sauces from scratch each day; oftentimes, she’ll team up with the head Mixologist, who makes his own syrups to add to the cocktails. Once, she turned a berry syrup that he didn’t use as a dressing for the Power Spinach Salad – a pretty excellent way to collaborate, we must say!

[Cubano Sandwich]

Shelly crafted the Tavern’s menu to combine traditional comfort food with a bit of a Southern twist; hints of her Panamanian heritage are sprinkled throughout the menu, as well, from the Grilled Mexican Caesar Salad to the side of Sweet Plantains.

Handcrafted Cocktails

No good restaurant is complete without a cocktail and beer menu! The Tavern’s hand-picked collection of cocktails emphasize fresh ingredients and house-made syrups. From the “It’s Noon Somewhere” (which is a combo of vodka, ruby red grapefruit juice, lime juice, and elderflower liqueur infused with house-made habañero syrup and a touch of rhubarb bitters vodka) to their take on a classic Margarita (casa noble reposado tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and tepa agave), you can’t go wrong with any of their selections. The Tavern has 30 beers on tap at any given time, and the selection includes several local breweries sprinkled with a few more exotic options (Boochcraft, anyone?).

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House-Made Appetizers & Shareables

The Tavern offers up a wide range of dishes, from shareable appetizers to large plates and several options for hot wings; there’s even a “Grown-up Grilled Cheese” in the mix!

Our favorite appetizers included a well-rounded Hummus Plate that boasts three different flavors of hummus and a generous assortment of pita bread; and spicy chicken lettuce cups, which are just spicy enough to bring out all of the flavors in the meat and poke sauce.

Next up was the Grilled Mexican Caesar Salad, which is seriously not your typical Caesar salad: it packs a one-two punch with grilled-to-perfection Romaine wedges and a light, slightly spicy Avocado Caesar dressing (made from scratch in-house, of course). The wedges are topped with a generous portion of pepitas, shaved parmesan, diced tomatoes, blackened chicken breast, and fried shallots to create a yummy Ceasar with a Mexican twist.

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Traditional Plates Packed with Flavor

The hot wings were some of our favorite items on the menu. Bursting with flavor, there are seven different types and styles of wings you can choose from. We sampled the Maple Bacon Bourbon, smothered in that delicious Shelly-style BBQ sauce; the Marea Ancho Chile, which are rubbed with a dry ancho Chile powder infused with local coffee (not overly spicy); and the more traditional Buffalo Wings, which are packed with a punch of spice and flavored with the famous Frank’s Hot Sauce.

If you’re into grilled cheese, you’ll definitely want to sample the Grown Up Grilled Cheese. Serrano cream cheese, Gouda, Havarti, cheddar, swiss, sliced bacon, and tomato are packed between two thick slices of Parmesan-crusted Amish bread for a serious (and epic) twist on the good ol’ classic. If you want a little something extra, Shelly recommends adding chicken to round it out. The Muenster Veggie sandwich was a close runner-up (the black bean veggie patty was to die for), complete with a big portobello mushroom and basil hummus spread to finish it off. 

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For a more traditional dinner, go with the Nautilus Plate. Chunks of house-smoked Kahlua pork are served with sweet plantains, macaroni salad, and coco (coconut) rice. The pork is the sweet, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth kind of good – after being marinated in sea salt for a full day, the pork gets slow-roasted for a solid four hours before it served to guests.

A New Spot for the Locals

What we liked most about the Tavern is its homey, neighborhood feel; the kind of place you can meet up with friends or family after work for a happy hour or watch the game, have a pint and dig into a no-frills comfort food that’s cooked exactly the way it should be.

Nautilus Tavern La Jolla is located at 6830 La Jolla Blvd. in La Jolla. They’re open for brunch, lunch, and dinner; Monday-Friday from 11am-12am, and Saturday/Sunday from 10am-12am.

Why Snooze La Jolla Is Your New Favorite Boozy Brunch Spot

An alcoholic Orange Julius (complete with vodka-infused whipped cream). Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes. If your mouth is already watering, just wait until you see the rest of the menu at Snooze La Jolla.

Tucked away in the Shops at La Jolla Village Center on Villa La Jolla Dr., Snooze, An A.M. Eatery is a casual, funky breakfast and brunch restaurant. While it is a chain (other locations in San Diego include Del Mar and Hillcrest) it’s absolutely not your local Denny’s or IHOP.

Snooze usually gets attention for its imaginative and indulgent food, but what makes a visit really worth your time is the seemingly endless list of craft breakfast cocktails. If you want a new kind of happy hour in La Jolla, look no further – here’s why you should enjoy your next brunch with booze at Snooze!

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The fun, young atmosphere

Brunch is a full-on outing; you want an environment that gives you a great experience in addition to great food. A modern update on the 1950s-style diner, the atmosphere at Snooze La Jolla is both friendly and laid back. Every Snooze is required to have a full bar, so there’s no judgement for enjoying some good old-fashioned day drinking – that’s what a lot of people are there for!

With its proximity to UCSD and reasonably priced high-quality food, Snooze is perfect for students and young professionals; most other brunch spots require a trek to Downtown La Jolla or UTC Mall.

The cocktails

At Snooze, you can forget about basic. While you can still get your favorite traditional drink, the menu is full of innovative libations, from savory to sweet. Besides the year-round menu, they also have a rotating list of new concoctions for every season.

Here are a few that we love:

The Palomimosa. Feeling classy? This drink combines the sweet sparkle of a mimosa with the tangy goodness of a grapefruit Paloma. It’s refreshing, light, and perfect for sipping on during a Sunday with pals.

The Bangkok Bloody Mary. Attention, fans of the savory. It’s difficult to pick only one out of the 5 knockout bloody recipes on Snooze’s menu, but this is consistently the most popular. The fish sauce, sriracha, and basil give this drink an Asian-fusion flavor and will satisfy your salt craving. If you’re looking for something with more kick, you’ll want to go with the Spicy Bloody Mary.

The Orange Snoozius. An adult version of the infamous DQ classic, the Orange Snoozius will take you back a few years. With vodka-infused whipped cream to top off its sweet and citrus-y blend, this is for the big kid in you. It’s even topped with a giant maraschino cherry.

The Dirty Drunken Chai. Hey, we get it, mornings are for coffee! But that doesn’t mean you can’t shake things up. The Dirty Drunken Chai is a spiced blend of everything delicious, with an added shot of espresso and some rum for a little something extra.

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The epic shareable plates

Even if you’re only coming for the drinks, every brunch cocktail needs some quality munchies. There’s no need to drink on an empty stomach when you can enjoy the huge variety of breakfast, brunch, and lunch options on Snooze’s menu!

If you’re looking at the menu and already getting FOMO about all the dishes you won’t get to try because you have to pick just one, don’t fret. Snooze lets you combine some of their most popular choices as half orders. So if you’re having a difficult time giving up your traditional Eggs Benedict for the chili verde style, you don’t have to.

Can’t decide which of the nine different types of pancakes and french toast you want? Go for the “pancake flight” that lets you try three different styles. We recommend the Nana’s Hot Cocoa or Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes.

This family-style approach to the menu also makes it ideal for groups. Everyone can try several dishes and there’ll still be plenty of food to go around.

A Few Tips for When You Go

  • While the other locations in San Diego are packed from the moment they open, it’s much easier at this Snooze eatery to grab a table. We were seated as soon as we walked in on a Thursday, and within minutes on a Saturday.
  • Take advantage of the patio outside if it’s sunny. There are heaters to keep you warm while you soak in the homey outdoor vibe.
  • Waiting on the rest of your group? Challenge your friends to a round of giant Jenga or corn hole to pass the time.
  • Fun fact: if you’re really set on having a certain dish, but are dying to try one of the pancakes, you can sub in one of them instead of having toast or hash browns as a side.

Snooze La Jolla is located at 8861 Villa La Jolla Dr #509, La Jolla 92037, and is open from 6:30am-2:30pm daily.

The Inside Scoop on Himitsu, La Jolla’s Newest Sushi Spot

Himitsu, one of the highly anticipated new La Jolla restaurant has officially opened its doors. The name, which means ‘secret’ in Japanese, is well suited to its tucked-away corner on Torrey Pines Road. Executive Chef Mitsu Aihara has curated a unique menu of traditional sushi and nigiri along with Japanese-style tapas, multiple sakes, an excellent wine list, and essential Japanese beers.

Aihara has been a fixture behind the bar of well known Sushi Ota in Pacific Beach for the past 16 years until he received the blessing of his mentor to forge ahead with his own venture – Himitsu. The new spot (which was initially called Mitsu), is the latest project under the direction of Julian Hakim and Aram Baloyan, the duo behind the popular La Jolla Mexican restaurant, The Taco Stand.

Himitsu well on its way to becoming La Jolla’s premiere new authentic dining spot. We got the chance to try it out for ourselves – and it did not disappoint! Here’s the rundown on the new eatery.

Aihara’s take on Japanese cuisine is similar to the experience at Sushi Ota but includes other fresh seafood dishes and small plates (including omakase) that will rotate weekly or even nightly, depending on fish availability and the Chef’s preference.

The Dining Experience

Our dinner for the evening consisted of an appetizer, sushi rolls, and scallops. We started off with the Spicy Edamame, which is flavored with a hint of garlic salt, chili pepper threads, and shichimi pepper. It was spicy, but not too spicy – and delicious.

Next up were the Seared Scallops (pictured above). Five Maine Scallops were served with a creamy, smooth corn puree,  mixed with a brown butter-soy cream with Mentaiko. This was definitely one of my favorite dishes of the evening; the sauce was melt-in-your-mouth incredible and complimented the mild flavor of the Scallops quite well.

We also indulged in the Himitsu Roll (pictured above), with spicy salmon and crab, scallop, jalapeno, cilantro aioli, and a hint of lemon zest. These were surprisingly fresh and light-tasting; I could see this being a go-to dish during the summer. All of the seafood was incredibly fresh, as well. The Soft Shell Crab Roll (pictured above) was filled to the brim with deep-fried soft shell crab, lettuce, asparagus, and drizzled with salsa – which gave it a different taste, and overall had a somewhat smoky feel. What stood out to us was how different each roll tasted. You could really tell which was which, and at a sushi restaurant, this really points to the skill of its chefs.

The Space

The space itself is composed of a large outdoor patio and an indoor intimate sushi bar. The outdoor patio is inviting, warm, and well-lit, which makes it perfect for a date night or dinner out with friends. Its location is central to downtown La Jolla, but the patio is set back and removed enough that you don’t take notice.

A few things that really stood out to us at Himitsu were the comfortable (casual but still with an air of fine dining) atmosphere, the unique textures and flavors of each roll, and the customized presentation of every dish. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind sushi restaurant, and a new La Jolla restaurant that should definitely go on your must-try list for sushi in San Diego.

The restaurant opened only recently (early October), so their menu is always changing. We may see a Happy Hour menu and lunch service in the near future.

Himitsu is open Monday-Friday from 5pm-10pm, and Saturdays from 5pm-10:30pm. They are located at 1030 Torrey Pines Road, Suite G, right in La Jolla and just a half hour north of downtown San Diego. Visit himitsusd.com for reservations or give them a call at (858) 263-4463.

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Cooper’s Market & Café: La Jolla Shores’ Newest Addition

Cooper’s Market and Café sits prominently on the corner of Avenida de la Playa and La Jolla Shores Drive, complete with a cozy outdoor patio and an inviting, open indoor space. Having opened just a few months ago in the La Jolla Shoresneighborhood, owner Lisa Kennedy is ready to take on the market and dining industry – one exquisitely-baked croissant at a time.

We got the chance to sit down with Lisa and chat about her aspirations for the cafe, why she loves what she does, and her four-legged inspiration: a stout French Bulldog named Cooper.

 

A Neighborhood Market

The idea of a neighborhood-friendly hangout “where everyone knows your name” was instantly an attractive one to Lisa. Having spent quite a bit of time in La Jolla over the years, she realized it was lacking in one area: a place where locals could go for an easy and quick lunch, or just to simply pick up some high quality pre-made food and get back to their busy day; a neighborhood market that provides fresh, locally sourced produce but also a relaxing and quiet place to just literally hang out. She realized this is an especially great perk for all the nearby kayakers (Everyday California is right next door) and makes for an easy stop after a long day on the water. And thus, the concept for Cooper’s was born.

Food Straight From the Source

Whatever is made in the back kitchen and prepared for in-house diners is also available for pickup — there is no separate to-go menu. Everything is sourced “from the people who should be making it:” the croissants are shipped in from France; the bagels come directly from New York, broiled, and weigh in at a perfect four ounces – not six; the cheese hails from Wisconsin; and the ice cream and dairy are by Blue Bunny, straight out of Iowa. The chicken salad recipe is her mother’s, which she happily passed down to the cafe, and all of the juices they sell are fresh, cold-pressed, and organic (Sol-ti Juice). The café also offers a large selection of local roasts by James Coffee Company – Lisa’s brother founded James back in 2013, and shares her views on sourcing authentically; they work only with passionate farmers, and know exactly where all of their coffee beans come from.

In this way, Lisa notes, “everything in the kitchen has a story.” She sources from companies that are not only experts at what they do, but are also all family-owned and have been around long enough to cultivate an authentic passion for the craft. In Lisa’s eyes, passion equals consistency; and to compromise either would be a compromise in quality.

Everyday Elevated Cuisine

Lisa moved to Southern California from the Midwest when she was twelve, and in between has called a variety of places home. New Zealand, for her, stuck out in particular; she recalls living near a small bakery and sandwich shop, where a family could pick up their bread for the day and continue on. Tiny markets, all with their own specialty – produce, bread, dairy – lined every street corner, and when she moved here, Lisa craved that same small-town feel.

It’s that same atmosphere she wishes to cultivate at Cooper’s: “everyday elevated cuisine” for families, tourists, and locals alike. And for Lisa, it’s that connection with each customer that gets her excited about going in to work every day. She’s working on (and already seems to) know the name of every single person that walks through her doors, and is making it a future goal to host local mixers, get togethers, and most importantly, dog meetups, which she has already (aptly) dubbed “Cooper’s Hour.”

A Vibrant Community

Lisa hopes to make Cooper’s a regular locals hangout at the Shores, which has always been a unique community that sets itself apart from La Jolla proper. That easygoing ‘surf’ vibe is one of the things that attracted Lisa to the area in the first place. She’s been walking her dog down to the Shores every day for the past two years; and that’s when she really began to get to know the community and the people who live there.

Over the next several months, Lisa plans on continuing to add to the market and café. She hopes to expand the kitchen and outdoor dining/lounge area, and eventually build a bike station complete with tire pumps and coffee to-go for all the local bicyclists. The cafe is still in transition, and little things are being added every single day; even her regular customers love seeing the changes, and Lisa is excited to continue building what she hopes will become the neighborhood hub of La Jolla Shores.

Stop by Cooper’s Market & Café at 8080 La Jolla Shores Dr. – and keep an eye out for their adorable mascot, Cooper himself! They are open 6:30am-8:30pm Monday through Friday, and 7am-8:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to check their Facebook for continued updates!

5 New La Jolla Restaurants Opening in 2017

La Jolla’s restaurant scene is constantly evolving and stepping up their restaurant game with these new additions. From restaurants that are about to open to others being redesigned, we’ve researched the newest places in La Jolla for you.

From Israeli-based burger chain to authentic Japanese cuisine and even sushi burritos, here are five La Jolla restaurants opening in 2017.

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Himitsu (Opens October 2017)

1030 Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

Replacing long-time Mexican Restaurant Porkyland, Mitsuba is a traditional Sushi Bar set to open in July 2017. This is the first Japanese restaurant for owners of the infamous Taco Stand, Julian Hakim and Aram Baloyan. With a wide selection of authentic dishes, the menu will be focusing on traditional nigiri sushi along with Japanese beer and small appetizers.

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Cooper’s Market &; Café (Formerly Shore Thing Café)

8080 La Jolla Shores Dr

Conveniently located in the La Jolla Shores neighborhood, Cooper’s, formerly Shore Thing Cafe, is under new management and reinventing itself to provide much-needed food and drink options to the Shore. With plenty of healthy grab-and-go food options along with free Wi-Fi, it’s a great spot to stop by for breakfast or lunch. Named after owner’s Lisa Kennedy’s dog, Coopers makes the perfect place to go after kayaking with it’s convenient location and dog-friendly patio.

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Burgerim (Opening soon!)

1271 Prospect Street 
Occupying the long-vacant space that once hosted the Bull and Bear Restaurant, Burgerim, which initially opened in Tel Aviv, is La Jolla’s newest burger joint. The opening of the La Jolla location is their introduction to the San Diego restaurant market.

Burgerim is known for their mini burgers which they famously make upside down. Instead of putting their toppings on top of their burger, they flip it so all the toppings absorb the burger’s juices and taste delicious. While some restaurants can boast quality over quantity, Burgerim gets the best of both worlds. Fun fact: the word ‘burgerim’ actually means ‘many burgers’ in Hebrew!

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Snooze (Opening soon)

8861 Villa La Jolla Village Dr. #505 
The popular eatery plans to open a new location in La Jolla’s Shops next door to the Mendocino Farms. With a buzzing location in Del Mar, this is La Jolla’s very first Snooze. Known for their wide variety of breakfast options, including Eggs Benedict and pot pies, there’s always a wait to get into this popular restaurant. It’s a perfect way to kick off the weekend whether you’re looking for a great date spot or casual brunch.

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Nekosan Sushi (Opening Soon!)

1119 Wall Street 
Replacing Shannon & Co’s Children’s Boutique, this sushi restaurant will be bringing the poke trend to La Jolla. Expected menu offerings will be sushi, poke bowls, and sushi burritos, making it one of the few La Jolla restaurants offering these popular items. We are excited for another incredible (and possibly casual?) sushi restaurant to be in La Jolla!

Which new La Jolla restaurant are you excited to taste? Feel free to leave a Facebook comment below with your feedback.

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 Restaurants in La Jolla with Ocean Views

Duke's La Jolla Ocean View

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 Ocean View

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.

The 10 Best Bacon Dish Roundup in La Jolla

Bacon fans take notice! We’ve rounded up our 10 favorite bacon dishes in La Jolla. Whether you’re looking for the best breakfast or a surprising salad, you’ll find something to love.

 

Breakfasts

The Full Irish Breakfast at Sugar and Scribe has two eggs, Irish bacon, black pudding, white pudding, Irish sausage, roasted tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, Heinz beans, roasted potatoes, and levain for a hearty meal that will satisfy any breakfast or bacon lover. $16.00

If you’re in a breakfast mood, try The B.W. Bennyat Harry’s Coffee Shop. It’s a waffle with bacon batter, topped with grilled ham, bacon, poached egg, hollandaise (syrup your choice). Where does the name come from? Bacon Waffle eggs Benedict. $11.25

 

Sides

The “Dave” fries at The Public House La Jolla are fresh and crispy fries topped with blue cheese crumbles, bacon and special Public House sauce. Goes great on their own or with any of The Public House’s famous burgers (which you can also add bacon to) and brews! $9.00

Bacon-wrapped dates at Prepkitchen La Jolla is one of the most popular dishes there! Bacon-wrapped dates are combined with blue cheese and arugula. Look for it under starters on dinner menu for an incredible appetizer. $9.75

Veggies

Give the Bacon brussels sprouts at La Jolla Brewing Company a shot. Known for their local brews named after La Jolla landmarks, La Jolla Brewing Company also serves up a nice set of pan-seared brussels sprouts with bacon, cherry tomato, balsamic glaze and Parmesan cheese. Who says beer tastings can’t be good for you? $11.00

The Spinach Salad at The Cottage is tossed with warm bacon vinaigrette, tomatoes, red onions, crumbled blue cheese, and avocado for an antioxidant-rich and tasty salad. Catch it at lunch or dinner for a salad you won’t forget! $12.00

 

Savory

If you’re in the mood for a savory, smoky treat, try the Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Shrimp Po’ Boy at The Promiscuous Fork. This sandwich hosts 5 Shrimp with Baconnaise, white cheddar and shredded lettuce on an amoroso roll. If you just can’t get enough, there’s also the BBBLT sandwich with triple bacon and Baconnaise for the true bacon fan. $11.50 and $10.00

 

The June Gloom Burger at The Promiscuous Fork has jalapeño, smoked bacon, cream cheese, mayo, lettuce and tomato atop a perfectly grilled patty. Get ready for a savory, smoky, creamy burger. $12.00

The Bacon-wrapped Scallops at Donovan’s Steak House, popular with locals, are accented by a refreshing fennel compote to kick your meal off. $19.00

And lastly, vegans or health-conscious diners, don’t fear: If you’re still on the lookout for bacon, Trilogy Sanctuary Vegan Cafe incorporates an eggplant bacon alternative into their BLTrilogy crepe and Greek Goddess salad. $13.50 and $12.50

Images used from La Jolla Brewing Company (lajollabeer.com), Harry’s Coffee Shop (harryscoffeeshop.com), and The Promiscuous Fork (thepromiscuousfork.com)

7 Must-Have French Toasts in La Jolla

Brockton Villa Coast Toast Brunch La Jolla Restaurants - Image originally from Brockton VIilla at brocktonvilla.com7 Must-Try French Toasts in La Jolla

Both fluffy and chewy, french toast is one of the most popular breakfasts there is. But hang on—just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s boring! In La Jolla’s incredible restaurant community, you’ll find enticing variations that go beyond the standard fare. Here’s the 7 La Jolla restaurants with the best french toast recipes.

 

 

Sugar & Scribe

Sugar & Scribe Bakery and Restaurant offers a charming dining experience. Even better than the decor? Sugar & Scribe’s Brioche French Toast, featuring poached strawberries, balsamic maple reduction, and sabayon. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, giving you sweet and savory options.

Prepkitchen La Jolla

A Whisknlade Hospitality restaurant, Prepkitchen La Jolla focuses on seasonal cuisine made with farm-fresh ingredients. A favorite of locals, their incredible Brioche French Toast is topped with bourbon apples, crème Anglaise, and candied pecans.

Nine-Ten

Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar at the Grande Colonial Hotel is La Jolla fine dining at its best. If you’re looking for a luxurious breakfast, their Brioche French Toast is elaborately topped with mascarpone banana mousse, pecan and oats crumble, macerated strawberries and bananas, and chocolate sauce.

Stuffed French Toast from The Cottage La Jolla restaurant. Image originally from user Oleg. on flickr.comThe Cottage La Jolla

The Cottage has a fantastic brunch reputation that is in no small part due to their famous Stuffed French Toast. Thick slices of brioche lie under strawberry compote and sweet mascarpone cheese.

 

 

Elijah’s Restaurant & Delicatessan

Elijah’s Challah French Toast is local favorite. Thick slices of homemade challah dusted with sugar have just the right amount of chew. Don’t forget to take home lunch on your way out, as Elijah’s won “Best Pastrami in San Diego” from the San Diego Jewish Journal.

Brockton Villa

The Coast Toast at Brockton Villa (top image) is eggy and rich, made playful by its signature hint of orange. Savor yours with a gorgeous ocean view from the patio! Feel free to bring a furry friend to brunch, as Brockton Villa’s patio dining is dog-friendly.

Cody’s La Jolla

Cody’s coastal dining offers a seaside view and classic Americana dishes. Cody’s french toast is medley of textures from the candied walnuts, to the strawberries, finally topped with marscapone honey butter.

Any of these La Jolla restaurants won’t disappoint—let us know in the comments which your favorites were!

 

 

Eddie V’s

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Steak offers some of the best fine dining in La Jolla, especially for seafood lovers. Guests from around the world come for the decadent menu of fine cuisine, hand-crafted cocktails, wine and so much more. They visit to savor the elegant, oceanside atmosphere and live music, performed by both local and national artists.

La Plaza Shopping Center Welcomes 3 New Tenants

La Plaza, La Jolla’s new premier shopping center, is already a fantastic place to shop and dine. But wait…looks like the experience is about to get better. La Plaza La Jolla is introducing 3 new tenants:

  • Azzurra Capri
  • Kenneth Barlis
  • Le Petit Bistrot

What is it that each of these has to offer?

 

For Shoes that Really Sparkle: Azzurra Capri

This Mediterranean-inspired sandal brand and boutique, Azzurra Capri, has its flagship store in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. Not that I mind venturing into SD’s marvelous Italian neighborhood (#espresso #pastries), but it’s going to be wonderful to have this unique boutique right here in La Jolla; it’ll be the perfect bridge between the North County client base and the current San Diego store.

Azzurra Capri will be proud to host its namesake signature Italian handmade leather sandals. Created by owner and designer, Diana Carolina, she started designing these sandals when inspired by a trip to the Emalfi Coast of Italy. Now, everything that goes into the shoe, even when custom made in the store, is straight form Italy. These beautiful sandals are sold around the world and are trademarked by dazzling Swarovski crystals – certified, of course.

Wedding Bells Anyone? Kenneth Barlis

Tying the knot soon? Or know someone who is? If so, look no further than Kenneth Barlis, San Diego’s ultimate luxury formal and bridal wear designer, for wedding dress and accessory needs.

Barlis’ work has been shown internationally and been featured in top fashion magazines like Vogue Italia. Look forward to garments and pieces featuring his signature intricate layering, detail and use of natural materials.

Get a feel for his fashion and style from the Kenneth Barlis Instagram.

For Truly Authentic Parisian Cuisine: Le Petit Bistrot

My favorite thing about Paris, without a doubt, is the endless supply of plazas and sidewalks lined with outdoor cafes. I’m excited to say that, thanks to this new La Plaza bistrot, I’ll no longer have to jump on an airplane to experience this French phenomenon.

Guest chef star, Gérard Chauvet, and his sous-chef (and son-in-law), Pierre-Olivier Dedieu, are bringing France to us right here in La Jolla through their cooking. The visionary behind it all, Eric Le Glass, promises that Le Petit Bistrot will be a traditional French Bistro with strong roots in Parisian cuisine. It’ll be the very first one in California, featuring items from already established restaurant menus and brand new dishes.

The breakfast menu will include classic French items like fresh croissants and decadent crepes. For lunch and dinner, we can look forward to dishes like French Onion Soup, Escargots a la Bourguignonne and Duck Confit et Pommes Salardaises.

I’m particularly excited about the design and ambience. Diners will actually be able to view the dishes being prepared via an open kitchen. In my humble opinion, dining is all the more fun when we can see the process behind the meal.

French Breakfast from Le Petit Bistro in La Jolla, CA

French Onion Soup from Le Petit Bistro in La Jolla, CA

Sea Scallops from Le Petit Bistro in La Jolla, CA

Orange Crabmeat from Le Petit Bistro in La Jolla, CA

 

La Plaza: Learn More & Get Connected

Learn more about this luxury destination shopping center at our page: La Plaza: The Most Anticipated Venue of the Year.

To get updates on openings and see some afternoon inspiring pictures, make sure to get connected with La Plaza on their FacebookTwitter (@LaPlazaLaJolla) and Instagram(@LaPlazaLaJolla).

Cinco De Mayo in La Jolla

Cinco de Mayo in La Jolla:

The fifth of May has come to be known as Cinco de Mayo in many places besides its country of origin, Mexico. When the Mexican army beat the French army in a battle on May 5, 1862, it was very unexpected. They celebrated their win victoriously, and this celebration became tradition. Join in by visiting local restaurants and festivals sporting Mexican cuisine, drinks and more!

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For wickedly good margaritas:

Jose’s

From as early as 10 am to late at night, come to Jose’s for magnificent margaritas and killer cuisine. Because this spot has become so well known in the community, the restaurant usually rents out an extra parking lot and has live music to really kick the party up!

For fantastic cuisine:

Alfonso’s of La Jolla

Alfonso’s of La Jolla has all type of Casa Specialties like Steak Ranchero, Pescado Veracruzano, Puerto Nuevo Lobster Tail and Tamales Del Norte…plus all the other classic staples like quesadilla and burritos.

And don’t worry about lack of beverages, there are several margarita options here.

For catering your own party:

Porkyland

Bring the party to you and host your own Cinco de Mayo Bonanza. With all the decorating and party details, we suggest letting Porkyland take care of the catering. This restaurant makes amazing food such as enchiladas and carnitas. Best of all? They can deliver it straight to your house.

For Ages 21 – 39:

All Hallows Catholic Church

The All Hallows Catholic Church is hosting a sweet Mexican dinner along with coronas and margaritas all Hallows style for only $15! (As its for a younger adult demographic, must be between the ages of 21 and 39 to attend).

For a Full Blown Festival:

Old Town

Head to Old Town in nearby San Diego for their annual Cinco de Mayo Festival. With 3 stages of live music, 10 restaurants offering discounted specials and historical demonstration and performances, you’ll get the full Cinco de Mayo experience.