As one of the most upscale seaside communities in Southern California, it’s no surprise that La Jolla is home to a range of fine dining and hidden culinary gems. From ocean view dining to happy hour and cozy Italian hideaways, the village’s variety of restaurants suit the taste buds of food lovers from all over.
For Ocean View Dining, Duke’s La Jolla outpost offers Polynesian-inspired seafood dishes with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. For private events such as a rehearsal dinner or intimate wedding reception, Duke’s Barefoot Bar on the second level has an open-air deck and the same stunning views as the main restaurant. Just down the road on Prospect Street is a La Jolla staple, George’s at the Cove. With three levels and three separate restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual fare, George’s features both stunning views and cuisine for the most discerning foodies. No list of ocean view dining would be complete without the historic Marine Room, where waves come right up to the window and have even been known to crack through.
For Happy Hour, Eddie V’s in the downtown village of La Jolla has unbeatable food and drink specials. We recommend the lamb lollypops! Just around the corner, Herringbone has an “Oyster Hour” where fresh shucked oysters are an hour each.
From cozy to trendy, La Jolla’s Italian Food scene puts even the most skeptical New Yorker at ease. At the coastal Italian Catania, sip on an Aperol spritz while noshing on hand-crafted wood-fired pizzas while enjoying the ocean view from the patio. At the shores’ Piatti, diners are welcomed by classic fare and handpicked wines. Looking for a classic scene? Manhattan of La Jolla takes you back to the heyday of Frank Sinatra with brick walls, live piano music, perfectly shaken martinis, and good old fashioned home cooking.
For a pre- or post-dinner glass of wine, head over to We Olive & Wine Bar. The wine store’s back patio is open for guests looking for a glass or bottle of wine to enjoy, as well as beer and olive oil tastings. Over in the Bird Rock area, LJ Crafted Wines is an urban winery haven serving small-batch wines straight from the barrel.
For visitors looking to explore beyond downtown La Jolla, head over to the newly re-designed University Town Center, home to shopping, dining, an ice rink and movie theatre. Start your night off at The Winery before heading to dinner at the award-winning Javier’s. Cap off your night at the speakeasy Raised by Wolves.
To book your stay in La Jolla, email Reservations@MonarchLuxuryVillas.com or call (858) 356-2284. Like La Jolla’s restaurants, our luxury vacation rentals suit a variety of taste buds.