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    Goldfish Point Cafe: Small, but great views!

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 30, 2014

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    We stopped in here first and there were not too many empty seats. The gentleman who was taking orders was nice enough to tell me that they had very large call-in-order, so we would have to wait 20 minutes for our food, so we went next door. Still a very inviting place with some awesome views of the coastline.

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    Jeff's Burgers: At La Jolla Shores

    by lmkluque Written Jun 3, 2013

    This is a "beach-bum-burger-joint. The perfect place to stop after spending time at the beach. It's popular with the regulars at La Jolla Shores as well as with tourists. It's a small place which isn't really a problem, because many of us take our order out to the beach or the grassy park next to the beach and enjoy eating in the sun.

    Favorite Dish: Jeff's offers more than burgers, but s burger with all the fillings I choose, French fries and a milk shake is what I like to get.

    Here you can order, Mexican, Greek, Vegetarian or seafood items, if any of these appeal to you.

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    A.R. Valentien: Delicious dining with a view

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 6, 2013

    A.R. Valentien is the high-end restaurant inside The Lodge at Torrey Pines. It was a misty/rainy day, yet the views were still wonderful and mysterious.

    The food is excellent. It is gourmet without being too fussy. I had the "local lunch" for $27. 3 courses, each unique and well presented.

    Favorite Dish: For me the fish entree was the best. A baquetta, which is a specific kind of grouper was presented over a very subtle and flavorful ratatouille. It was a sophisticated juxtaposition of sweet and tangy.

    The dessert was a specialty: Caramel Apple, Cinnamon Funnel Cake, Candied Pecans and Cinnamon Ice Cream.

    The baquetta and ratatouille The Inn at Torrey Pines A delicious pizetta to start Caramel Apple, Cinnamon Funnel Cake etc. . .
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    Marine Room Restaurant: Under da Sea, Under da Sea....

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    The Marine Room is a bit out of the way. In fact there is an interesting mini-village down in this part of La Jolla that most people--even San Diegans--aren't aware of. It is worth exploring.

    Well, back to the Marine Room, which was built in 1916 and was originally known as The Spindrift Inn, a four-bedroom inn and restaurant. In 1941 it was remodled and re-named the Marine Room.

    What makes this restaurant unique is that it sits at ocean level.

    Ask for a table overlooking the ocean and watch the waves crash against the window next to your seat!! (This happens only during high tide--especially in the winter months, so time your visit for the experience.) The windows are triple glass and really safe, but for the first few minutes it is a bit unnerving.

    Sorry, I've lost my photos of the Marine Room at high tide, but will add them once I've gotten more. These photos were taken at various times during low tide.

    In case you're wondering. Yes. The windows have broken.

    Terrific storm waves have broken the windows, twice in the restaurant's history. The first time was in 1942 and the last time in 1982. Both times it happened at night while the restaurant was closed. At this rate the windows should be safe until 2022. Of course, you can always plan a meal at low-tide to be on the safe side.

    Update:

    They are no longer open for lunch. Still this is really a special place to have an excellent meal.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is, Anything on the menu!

    It won't do to suggest a menu item as the very creative Chefs creats new dishes all the time!

    I'll warn you if the menu choice is totally beyond your knowledge, don't worry, the flavors are more than impressive. the prices are higher than average, so bring extra cash, it's worth it IMO.

    The service has always impressive, friendly and very helpful. I'm sure you will be pleased.

    South View From Table Lunch at Low-Tide View From The Lobby North View From Table
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    Karl Strauss Brewing Company!: A Local Brewing Company

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    In August of 1996, the company opened the third Karl Strauss Brewery Restaurant in San Diego, at La Jolla.

    With beers named, Horton’s Hootch, Balboa’s Vintage Barleywine, Jef & Jer’s (Popular DJs on San Diego radio) Hootch, Black’s Beach Extra Dark, Padre Porter, Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen and Red Trolley Ale it is easy to believe that this is a San Diego company.

    Karl Strauss came from Germany, worked his way up in breweries all his life and after he retired he opened this brewery with his cousin. Karl has since died but they are keeping his tradtions and now have a total of six Breweries in San Diego county.

    This La Jolla location has a nice outside dining area and the employees have a friendly. casual attitude that I like very much.

    Favorite Dish: I am not really a fan of beer, but around here Karl Strauss beer is well thought of. I only came for the food.

    Happy Hours are 4:00pm-6:30pm Monday through Friday. Beers, Wells, Wines and Flights are only $4.00 and Appetizers are about $5.00. Which makes this a great time to test the quality.

    One important point I'll make is that they offer "Free Validated Parking!"

    This alone is worth the price of a meal! Parking in this area of La Jolla is dear and if you park in garage of Hotel Parisi, all you have to do is give your parking ticket to the foodserver. It allows two free hours of parking with your purchase.

    Corner of Wall and Herschel Patio dining at Karl Strauss
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    Fresh!: A New Look For Tamarindo

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    Sami Ladeki of "Sammy's Woodfired Pizza" restaurants has five high-end restaurants such as Roppongi, Prime 10 and Tamarindo. It seems that Tamarindo wasn't doing as well as the others so Sami gutted the place, redesigned it, redecorated it and renamed the new version, "Fresh."

    An unusual name to be sure, but it's catchy and it seems to be successful. It's located a block from Prospect and Girard, on Wall Street, next door to Karl Strauss Brewing Company where we were planning to have lunch.

    Instead we decided to give Fresh a try. The employees were friendly and accommodating and we sat at a table in the patio near the street. The subtle decor had a calming effect, allowing us to feel relaxed and grateful to have such a wonderful day to enjoy.

    They have a full service bar and in the evenings they offer entertainment.

    Favorite Dish: First off we ordered Bloody Marys and though the price was a bit high, the glass was large and the spicy flavor just right.

    The menu offered creative, chef-designed dishes but I chose the Fish & Chips, one of the few "breaded" fish dishes I like. The other order was a "Hanger Steak Salad." It looked delicious and tasted very good. I have to admit that the flavor of the fish was noticeably better than I've had at other places.

    It was interesting to note that the couple at the table next to us, who seemed to be well known by the employees and who kept talking about a movie they were involved in, happen to order the same two dishes we had. Great Minds...?

    A Fresh Bloody Mary! Yummm! Patio dining Dining room The Bar The Meal
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    Goldfish Point Cafe!: A Million Dollar View On A Budget!

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    Across the street from The Cave Store, between the Crab Catcher and Brockton Villa you'll find the Goldfish Point Cafe. That is the place to stop for a coffee in the morning or a quick lunch during your stay. I'd say this is the best-for-the-money place, in all of La Jolla.

    I've heard Goldfish Point Cafe likened to a "European coffeehouse" and for these reasons I'd agree; a miniscule patio--every inch counts--smoking allowed, employees, efficient but not overly friendly, and absolutely no pressure to hurry-up and leave.

    Otherwise, it's pure Californian, especially the views! The prices are great, two people can have a decent cup of coffee and a delicious muffin for under $10.00. Esspresso or Cafe Moca will cost a bit more, but not much.

    Goldfish Point is a knoll along the section of coast-line in La Jolla, between "The Shores" and "The Cove." It's in the crook of the bend and the views are fantastic. I've been told that at this location ocean goldfish can be seen. I've never seen them, but you might. I did, however, see pelicans perched on a rock--not Bird Rock, and they were interesting to watch.

    Oh, another thing to know about Goldfish Point Cafe, they welcome your dog too. At the door is a bowl of water and doggie snacks in a--what else--goldfish bowl! So, if you're taking fido out for a walk on the trail behind The Cave Store and need to perk-up with a cuppa, this is the place to stop at.

    Favorite Dish: Coffee, Blueberry muffins and the view!

    Or, if you'd rather, Free WiFi.

    Though I must say that free wifi would be the last thing I'd be interested in with the views they have to offer!

    Breakfast on the patio Goldfish Point Cafe View from the patio More view from patio Snacks and water for your dog too!
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    Ristorante Piatti!: Doesn't Feel Like A Chain!

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    There are Piatti restaurants in twelve cities located in four states, but Ristoranti Piatti in La Jolla does not seem like a chain at all. In fact they actually consider themselves as a "collection." That's a pretty interesting idea.

    In La Jolla, their windows opening out onto the street is the attention getter for this simple looking Italian restaurant. Through the windows cloth covered tables could be seen and a few minutes later when it opened, people sat at the tables to order lunch.

    Favorite Dish: It's unusual, but there was little difference in choice or price between the Lunch and Dinner menu. Lunch offered Panini-sandwiches and at dinner there were Contorni- -side dishes.

    Frito Misto was $8.95 and a grilled chicken breast sandwich with salad $9.95. There were about ten pasta items and the "Secondi" (seafood, veal /beef and chicken) offered, ranged in price from $14.25 to $24.95. By the time you read this the prices will surely have gone up, so check out their website if you want to know ahead of time.

    Windows Opening Out Onto The Street
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    Was Elarios! Now, The Grill at Hotel La Jolla: Jazz, A View, Great Food!

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    Elario's has been around more than twenty-five years and just hearing the name elicits images of the luxurious dinner clubs of the past.

    The menu is full of well known dishes delicious in preparation and presented with style.

    Choose Elario's for a casual dinner and turn it into a special occasion.

    Update:
    The name of this restaurant has changed to The Grill at La Jolla Hotel.

    I haven't eaten here since this change, but have heard that they still have live Jazz and Big Band sounds on Friday and Sunday evenings. So, if that is a draw for you, check it out.

    Favorite Dish: %The Grill offers Happy Hour between four and seven. They have specials on drinks and appetizers, so it would be an idea to test it out during Happy Hour to get an idea of the quality of their food.

    Make Room For Dessert!
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    Yummy Sushi!: Ivy Covered Walls!

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    Saw this place and thought it looked interesting. The ivy covered walls, neat awnings and boarder of flowers attracted me. It is located just next to Yummy Sake, which is next to Osteria Romanitca and shouldn't be hard to spot.

    Haven't eaten there yet but will in the future, it looked so inviting that I've put this tip for your consideration.

    They serve Teryaki it says on the awning, but mainly it's an innovative sushi bar and the flavors are a mixture of Japanese, American and other Asian treats created by the Korean owners.

    Next door is Yummy Sake which is owned by the same people and can be enjoyed equally.

    Favorite Dish: This sidewalk cafe offers a center view of the main section of Avenida de la Playa and if for no other reason than to watch the activity of this part of La Jolla, stop here for a lite lunch or just relax, have a drink and enjoy the view.

    However, I've heard that the flavors here measure up to the best of sushi bars in quality, lower in price and will not be a disappointment.

    Street Side Dining
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    My Place: Ah, A charming French Bistro not to be missed!

    by wabIV Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Enjoy a truly unique French dining experience in this quaint French Bistro. Wonderful atmosphere with just six tables inside a few more outside along the sidewalk. A nice selection of entrees from Rack of Lamb to Boeuf Bourguigon. Great selection of wines and amazing french desserts.

    Favorite Dish: The desserts are works of art both in presentation and flavor that will excite your taste buds as never before. You will be talking about them until your next vacation.

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    Osteria Romantica: Don't miss 1/2 priced wine night

    by jbmarinkovich Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The food was great! But the 1/2 priced wine was better..he..he...he
    Wednsdays Only

    I ate here after my Sunset Kayak Tour trip.

    Favorite Dish: Try it all, they have a very nice menu. I've had the veal, and the sefood pasta dish.

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    Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: Restaurant & Micro-Brewery

    by al_mary Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We found that La Jolla's nightlife comes
    alive at this local hot spot. An indoor dining
    option offers tall tables, low lamps and a
    somewhat noisy atmosphere.

    The outdoor patio features green tables
    under a brown awning, surrounded by
    potted plants.

    Favorite Dish: The full menu includes a variety of salads, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and
    burgers. Consider the Chicken Philly or Mabel's Mouthwatering Meatloaf.
    Try one of the restaurant's handcrafted brews. Great White American Light
    is a light-bodied, golden beer, which is slightly sweet. Long Board Brown
    is a chestnut ale, recommended as an accompaniment to steak and ribs.

    Great Place - Great Food - Great Waitstaff
    Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm Daily - Bar Hours Vary

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    Zenbu: Best Sushi EVER!

    by sheldonoz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    From the rolls to the cooked fish, and the lobster to the soups, this place is the best Sushi place in SD. The service is excellent and attractive, but be warned: they do not take reservations!

    tip: All Day HAPPY HOUR Monday and Tuesdays could save you a bundle!

    Favorite Dish: Any of the house rolls, the eel roll, the baked mussels, salmon cakes, fish dishes, even the steak and chicken entrees are excelent. Any of the happy hour dishes would be more than satisfactory.

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    Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: Great Food...Great Beer

    by BLewJay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Favorite Dish: We decided to try appetizers rather than a full meal, so I had the Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla (a five-cheese quesadilla with chipotle-spiced chicken, walnut pesto, fresh Roma tomatoes and pico de gallo) while LJ had the New England Crab Cakes (two handcrafted crab cakes served with remoulade sauce and fresh mixed greens).
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La Jolla is full of restaurants for all budgets with many cuisines to choose from. Generally speaking, the wait staff in even the best restaurants are welcoming and attentive. As La Jolla is a...

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