10 Restaurants in La Jolla That You Must Try

Deciding where to eat in La Jolla depends on multiple factors. Do you want to dine al fresco with an ocean view? Would you prefer locally-sourced California cuisine or Italian? Are flip-flops or heels more your speed? Whatever your mood, La Jolla restaurants fit the bill.

George's at the Cove holds the number one spot for best outdoor dining in San Diego. It also tops our list here for completely embodying the San Diego lifestyle. Views of the Pacific Ocean can be admired from any of the restaurant's three worthy dining options: the Ocean Terrace rooftop patio, George's Bar or California Modern. We're talking a locally-sourced, seasonal menu in a contemporary environment suitable for date night or catching up with long lost friends.

On the flip side, El Pescador is often listed as a local secret. Word has gotten out which prompted the seafood market and restaurant combo to move to a larger space. Grab gorgeous seafood to cook at home or stay for their fish sandwiches, ceviche and smoked fish.  

La Jolla does happy hour extremely well, also. While they do a weekday happy hour, Wednesday is the day to dine at NINE-TEN as any bottle of wine in their Wine Spectator award-winning cellar is half off.

La Jolla offers everything in between, too. You won't run out of good dining options.



Located in sleepy Bird Rock, Beaumont's Eatery is loved by locals as an upscale-casual gathering spot for its seasonal menu, craft cocktails and live music. The contemporary interior of the restaurant features rich colors and bright accents....  Read More

Piatti Ristorante & Bar


This cozy Tuscanesque cafe is as popular a hangout for surfers as it is with the more senior members of La Jolla society. Terra-cotta tiled floors, bottles of chianti, and a Roman fountain all contribute to the setting for an authentic Italian...  Read More



Herringbone has become a popular spot in La Jolla for lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night fun. The farm-to-sea concept menu is divided up into sections hot, cold, greens, crusts (pizza), plates and 'ands' (side dishes). Oyster Hour is now...  Read More



Duke's La Jolla is owned and operated by San Diego and Maui-based TS Restaurants and features a menu much like its sister restaurants in Hawaii. This Duke's also boasts spectacular ocean views from a prime La Jolla location on Prospect Street...  Read More



Grab some complimentary coffee and coffee cake and leg out the weekend wait, because the food will be worth it. Recipient of accolades locally and nation-wide, breakfast is what local favorite The Cottage is known for. The light, airy interior...  Read More



El Pescador Fish Market in La Jolla has been a local favorite for over 30 years. Place an order to-go, pick up some fresh fish from the market or dine in. El Pescador is known for it's fish sandwiches, with swordfish and calamari being the most...  Read More

The Marine Room
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Perhaps best known for its setting right on the beach, so close to the water that waves crash on the windows at high tide, The Marine Room serves fine, globally-influenced seasonal cuisine. The signature lobster bisque is always a great order....  Read More



With a farm-to-table approach, Whisknladle succeeds in making simple food taste extraordinary. The menu changes with the season and is void of fuss. Everything is made from scratch, including the tonics and purees for the artisanal cocktails....  Read More



Nine-Ten is all about California style, from the contemporary detailing of the dining room to the creative menu. Every plate is vibrant with fresh produce from small local farms which means that the menu is seasonal, though favorites like...  Read More



Dramatically situated on Prospect Street in La Jolla overlooking the blue Pacific, George's at the Cove combines exceptional California cuisine and service with spectacular views from every level of the multi-tiered restaurant. Dine in the...  Read More


Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie