Not to overwhelm you, but not only is George's at the Cove one of La Jolla's most prestigious restaurants, it happens to boasts three distinct venues. The ground-floor California Modern is an oceanfront restaurant serving inspired takes on coastal cuisine—we're talking herb-crusted local yellowtail, grilled octopus, and lobster raviolis. Just above it, you'll find a sleek bar on the second level offering upscale bar bites and limited entrées, plus seasonal cocktails over hand-cut ice. Above it all, on the rooftop deck, Ocean Terrace features one of the best views in La Jolla along with a modern-American menu to boot. Decisions, decisions!
La Jolla sits atop one of San Diego’s most scenic coastlines—a beacon of beauty, cuisine, and culture. Given its proximity to the ocean alone, you know you’ll find stellar seafood here. But dig a bit deeper and you’ll find some of the area’s best tacos, not to mention world-class Italian food and gorgeous spots to dine al fresco. Take a break from the boutique shopping scene and trendy art galleries, come up for air from your snorkeling excursion in the sea caves, and sit down to the best La Jolla restaurants.
Known as "the jewel" of San Diego, La Jolla is an upscale beach city about 13 miles north of downtown San Diego. The La Jolla Cove area is largely considered the main business district, attracting tourists year-round with its staggering sea cliffs and sweeping ocean views. Many of the best restaurants are located within hotels, but are open to the public for dining. Reservations are recommended, especially during weekends in the summertime when the cove swells with visitors.
Plan to park the car: La Jolla Cove is best explored on foot as you browse the area's shops, galleries, hotels, and scenic walkways. When visiting La Jolla Shores (about two miles away) for a beach day, kayak, or snorkel excursion, spend time exploring the main drag along Avenida de la Playa that has another slew of dining options.
In other words: come hungry. Get your fill by following our guide to the best restaurants in La Jolla.
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