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La Jolla Restaurants - San Diego, California

Restaurants located in the La Jolla and UTC areas of San Diego.

Azul La Jolla - Seafood - Panoramic views of the La Jolla coastline. Elegant but comfortable atmosphere. Chef Orion Balliet creates exceptional California cuisine with a emphasis on seafood and local ingredients. He changes his menu daily to offer you the freshest ingredients available. 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla CA , 92037. Ph: (858) 454-9616. Lunch Tues-Sat: 11:30am-2:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 10am-2:30pm; Dinner Nightly from 5:30pm. L, D.

Bruegger's - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner - Bruegger's Bagels are made the old-fashioned way - kettle boiled and stone-hearth baked served fresh and hot all day long. La Jolla - 905 Pearl, (Corner of Pearl and Fay, next to Starbucks), San Diego, CA 92037. Phone: (858) 456-6463. Several locations in the San Diego area. 

Cafe Japengo - Asian, Sushi - Amazing fusion cuisine combining Japanese and Western flavors. Voted "Best Sushi" in San Diego by San Diego Magazine for seven consecutive years. 8960 University Center Dr., La Jolla CA , 92122. Ph: (858) 540-3355. Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2:30pm; Sushi Bar: Sun-Wed: 5pm-10pm, Thu-Sat ' till 11pm; Dinner: 6pm-10pm, Thu-Sat 'till 10:30pm; Happy Hour Mon-Fri: 5-7pm.

Crab Catcher - Seafood - Set high on a cliff overlooking the most spectacular ocean view in la Jolla. Fresh Seafood is the specialty of the house with California and Pacific Rim flavors. Casual elegant atmosphere. Validated Underground Parking with elevator access. 1298 Prospect St., La Jolla CA, 92037. Entrance to parking on Coast Blvd. across from La Jolla Cave Store. Ph: (858) 454-9587. Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:30am-3pm; Dinner Sun-Thu: 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 'till 10:30pm. L, D.

Donovan's Steakhouse - USDA Prime Beef is the star attraction, appetizers include Australian Coldwater Rock Lobster, Alaskan Red King Crab Legs, Canadian Snow Crab Claws, Mexican White Gulf Shrimp. Complimentary prime filet mignon mini-sandwiches served from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. VIP treatment begins at the front door with complimentary valet parking. 4340 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego CA, 92122. Ph: (858) 450-6666. Happy Hour Mon-Fri: 4pm-6pm; Dinner Mon-Thu: 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm; Closed Sundays.

Elijah's Restaurant, Deli & Catering -
Address: 8861 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, CA  92037. Phone: (858) 455-1461.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar - Classic Steakhouse Flare - Contemporary Casual Fine Dining. Owner Paul Fleming in is also known for his other fine dining restaurant Pf Changs. Grear place to try wine by the glass from over a hundred wines. 8970 University Center Lane, La Jolla CA, 92122. Ph: (858) 535-0078. Dinner 5pm Daily.

Fresh Restaurant & Bar - Seafood, American - Restaurateur Sami Ladeki (of Sammy's Woodfired Pizza, Roppongi, and Prime 10 Steakhouse) opened this innovative restaurant in 2003. Executive chef Matthew Zappoli's menu features innovative presentations of fresh seafood from around the globe. 1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037. Ph: (858) 551-7575. Lunch: Sun-Sat 11:30am-5pm. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. L, D.

George's at the Cove - Executive Chef/Partner Trey Foshee performs culinary magic with outstanding artistry. Wine list with over 500 wines. George's at the Cove has received the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence every year since 1991. 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037. Ph: (858) 454-4244.

Hard Rock Cafe - All of what Southern California is all about. The Hard Rock is your #1 destination for relaxation, kicking back, and feeling like a rock star on vacation. Hard Rock Cafe La Jolla, 909 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037. 858-456-ROCK; 456-7625.

Humphrey's La Jolla Grill - Contemporary Menu with touches of Pacific Rim, Mediterranean, Southwestern and Modern American cuisine. Specializing in Live maine Lobster, Aged Steaks and Seafood. San Diego's Best Sunday Brunch with free flowing Champagne. Live Piano Entertainment nightly with San Diego's hottest Jazz Bands on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Location: 3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla, CA 92037. Ph: (858) 452-4000; Fax: (858) 453-9909. BREAKFAST: Mon-Fri 6:30-11am, Sat-Sun 7am-12pm. LUNCH: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm. DINNER Winter Hours 7 Days a Week: 5:30pm-9pm; DINNER Summer Hours: Sun-Thu 5:30pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10pm.

Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks - Grillin' and Chillin' since 1982. More than 50 Islands Restaurants throughout Southern California, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii and Nevada. La Jolla - Address: 3351 Nobel Drive, La Jolla Village Square, La Jolla, California, 92037. Phone: (858) 455-9945; Fax: (858) 455-0652.

Jack's La Jolla - The three level complex, located in the Village of La Jolla, overlooks a center courtyard featuring a fire pit and fountain. Jack's is truly an unequalled architectural and epicurean adventure. Three Different Restaurants Under the Same Roof - The Dining Room at Jack's, Jack's Ocean Room, Jack's Grille and Four Distinctively Different Bars - Jack's Wine Bar, Jack's Wall Street Bar, Jack's Beach Bar and Jack's Ocean Bar. Jacks La Jolla, 7863 Girard Avenue - La Jolla, CA 92037. Phone: (858) 456-8111 - Fax: (858) 551-4131 | Email: |

Ki Ku Ya - Sushi, Asian, Japanese - Master Sushi Chef Yutaka Nakanote (formely at Shogun in La Jolla) offers a complete sushi bar. Apart from an additional menu of Traditional Japanese and Koean entrees. 3949 Governor Dr., La Jolla CA, 92122. Ph: (858) 558-9555. Mon-Fri: 11:30am-10pm; Sat: 4:00pm-10pm; Sun: 4:00pm-9:30pm.

Leucadia Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant - Cuisine: Californian, Italian, Pizza - This local chain serves tasty pizza, pastas, gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads and outrageous homemade pastries, cookies, cheesecakes and fresh breads. Sauces vary on their specialty chicken and meat dishes. Portions are large and the service is very friendly. 7748 Regents Rd., San Diego, CA 92122. Phone: (858) 597-2222. Other locations: Encinitas - 315 S. Coast Hwy 101; (760) 942-2222; Rancho Santa Fe - 16085 San Dieguito Road, 858-759-2222; Visit the Leucadia Pizzeria website at

The Marine Room - Voted "Best of the Best", “Best Dining with a View”, “Best Service” and "Most Romantic Dining" in San Diego. Elegantly warm and inviting atmosphere. Executive Chef Bernard Guillas. 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037. Ph: (858) 459-7222.

Nine-Ten and Bar - California Cuisine - They have earned a reputation for being one of La Jolla's finest gourmet restaurant and one of La Jolla's prime locations for special events and private dining experiences. Led by award winning Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jack Fisher, this creative team places emphasis on produce from local artisan farmers with menus created daily, inspired around seasonal changes and the local harvest. They also offer al fresco dining on the Grande Terrace. 910 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037. Ph: (858) 964-5405.

P F Chang's China Bistro - The P.F. Chang's experience is a unique combination of Chinese cuisine, attentive service, wine, and tempting desserts all served in a stylish, high-energy bistro. 4540 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92122. Phone: (858) 458-9007.

Royal Thai Cuisine - Asian, Thai - Savor the intoxicating tastes of Thailand in this award winning restaurant. Their cuisine is a blend of Indian, Chinese, and Malaysian influences; as well as many exotic spices. Also specializing in seafood and vegetarian dishes, each delicacy is prepared individually when you place your order. Operated by third generation restaurateurs: the seven Tilakamonkul brothers. This award winning restaurant was honored with serving the Queen and Princess of Thailand and they will serve you and your guests in the same Royal fashion. 737 Pearl St., La Jolla, CA 92037. Ph: (858) 551-8428. Open for lunch Mon-Fri: 11am-3pm; Sat-Sun: 12pm-4pm; Dinner Sun-Thu: 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat: 'till midnight. They just opened a new location on 467 Fifth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Roy's Restaurant - Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine - Creative and fun recipies, using the freshest ingredients, following the tradition of their first Roy's Restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii which opened in 1988. 8670 Genesee Ave., La Jolla, CA 92122. Ph: (858) 455-1616. Dinner nightly from 5pm.

Roppongi Restaurant • Sushi Bar - Roppongi's unique New Asian Cuisine has a classical European influence from Chef Window’s English upbringing. Experiences cooking in Hawaii, the Philippines, and Singapore infuse his dishes with a unique palate of flavors. Roppongi, known for its award-winning Asian-inspired tapas, recently opened its much-anticipated Raw Bar, featuring Marinated Hawaiian Tuna with Watermelon and Fiji Apples, Maine Diver Scallop Ceviche, sushi and sashimi. Roppongi is a winner of America’s Top Restaurants 2004 Zagat Survey and is owned and operated by the Ladeki Restaurant Group. 875 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037. Ph: (858) 551-5252. Open Daily: 11:30am-9:30pm. L, D.

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza - Italian - In 1989 Sami Ladeki brought the first woodfired oven to La Jolla, California and introduced gourmet woodfired pizzas to San Diego County. Since its inception, we have been committed to our concept of excellent, affordable food served in a warm, friendly setting. Our restaurants are designed in a garden style: with saltillo tile, lush flowers and stunning patios for dining al fresco. The main attraction, the woodfire oven, is visible to most of the dining room and used in a manner to create oak roasted fish and fowl dishes besides our gourmet pizzas. At Sammy's, we focus on our roots of the freshest ingredients, unique menu offerings and uncompromising food quality!
Nine additional locations have opened in Del Mar (1992), Downtown San Diego (1994), Carlsbad (1996), Las Vegas (1996), Phoenix (1997), Mission Valley (1998), Scripps Ranch (1999), Temecula (1999), and Las Vegas (2000).

Sante Ristorante - Italian - Owner Tony Buonsante and son John personally welcome you to their Award Winning restaurant, a favorite of the locals for more than fifteen years. Head Chef Emelio Bertoli, from Bergamo, Italy, prepares the finest pastas and sauces. 7811 Herschel Ave. La Jolla CA 92037. Phone: (858) 454-1315. Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri, 12:00-3:00pm Sat; Dinner nightly from 5:00pm. L, D.

The Sky Room at La Valencia Hotel - Contemporary French Cuisine - Rated one of the Top fine dining restaurants in San Diego, The Sky Room at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, bringing back an era of formal service and distinctive French cuisine. With 12 booths and tables guests are able to take in breathtaking 180° views of the Pacific Ocean from any vantage point. 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037. Ph: (858) 454-0771. Dinner served nightly from 6pm to 10pm. D.

Tapenade - French - Award Winning restaurant with a local following known for their traditional Provencal cuisine, Mediterranean, Seafood, Steak and Desserts. Chef and owner Jean-Michele Diot has joined forces with Phillipe Verpiand combining old and new recipies to create a fantastic dining experience. 7612 Fay Ave., La Jolla CA 92037. Located between Pearl and Kline Street. Lunch Daily: 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner Sun-Thu: 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-10pm. L, D.

Top of the Cove - This 100-year-old bungalow is perched high on a bluff in the heart of La Jolla and offers a unique and fine ocean view dining for your business and social affairs. Renowned for its outstanding wine list, Top of The Cove, Wine Spectator's Grand Award Winner 1982 through 2001 is one of only a few restaurants in the world that boasts a wine cellar of more than 1000 selections. Highly acclaimed for it's impeccable service and award winning cuisine which includes includes such delectable items such as Lobster Ravioli served with Shaved Truffles, Hamachi Tartare Tower with Lemon Creme Fraiche and Ocetra Caviar. 1216 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037. - 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla CA, 92037. Ph: (858) 454-7779. Lunch Mon-Sat: 11:30am-3pm; Dinner daily: 5:30-10:30pm; Sunday Lunch: 10:30am-3pm. L, D.

Trattoria Acqua - Italian - One of San Diego's elite fine dining experiences with breathtaking views of the La Jolla Coastline. Award winning Italian-Mediterranean fare prepared by Chef Damaso Lee and his staff. Menu includes fresh, locally caught seafood as well as Italian regional cooking. Award winning wine list. Rated by USA Today as one of the Top-Ten Italian Restaurants in the United States. 1298 Prospect St., La Jolla CA, 92037. Dining Reservations: (858) 454-0709. Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2:30pm; Brunch Sat-Sun: 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner Nightly from 5pm.

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