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Where to Eat in the Coastal Town of La Jolla

From street tacos to fine dining, this seaside neighborhood offers something for everyone

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With one of San Diego’s most varied dining scenes, La Jolla’s restaurants offer everything from street tacos to the finest dining in town. Here are some of the best places to eat west of the 5.

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1. Barbarella Restaurant & Bar

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2171 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-7373
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This stylish La Jolla Shores stalwart has a menu has an eclectic menu, ranging from pizza and tuna salad sandwiches to huevos rancheros and lemon pancakes.

2. The Marine Room

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2000 Spindrift Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 459-7222
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One of La Jolla’s crown jewels, the waterfront Marine Room is now being helmed by executive chef Mike Minor after the retirement of local legend Bernard Guillas. Minor, who is also heading up kitchen operations at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and the Shores Restaurant, has refreshed the Marine Room’s menu with dishes that reflect his passion for regional Mexican cuisine.

Small ice cream cones filled with various seafood.
Tartare cone trio.
The Marine Room

3. George's at the Cove

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1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-4244
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A La Jolla institution, known for fabulous food and equally impressive views, is currently operating its Level2 bar and rooftop Ocean Terrace.

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4. NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar

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910 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 964-5400
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This longstanding local favorite offers fine dining from executive chef Jason Knibb. Don’t miss his signature Jamaican jerk pork belly and his take on the Italian classic caccio e pepe.

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5. Puesto La Jolla

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1026 Wall St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-1260
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The La Jolla outpost of Puesto was the first of what is now quite an empire. Though tacos are its calling card, the restaurant is also known for its excellent cocktails and housemade beer.

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6. Catania

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7863 Girard Ave #301
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-5105
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From a rooftop perch above Girard Avenue, this Whisknladle Hospitality restaurant serves an accomplished array of Italian dishes, from crudos to pizzas to wood roasted seafood, in a beautiful indoor-outdoor setting.

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7. Herringbone La Jolla

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7837 Herschel Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 459-0221
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Herringbone’s menu features everything from a vegan bolognese to a buffalo octopus starter, and the La Jolla location has a spacious outdoor patio that’s perfect for a date night.

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8. The Cottage La Jolla

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7702 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-8409
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With frequent lines on the weekend, this longtime staple is known for its bustling breakfast and brunch business.

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9. Himitsu

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1030 Torrey Pines Rd G
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 263-4463
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This intimate sushi bar and patio is the domain of chef Mitsu Aihara, a Sushi Ota alum who offers an omakase experience as well as sushi rolls and la carte dishes.

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10. Candor by Giuseppe

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1030 Torrey Pines Rd Ste B
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 246-7818
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One of San Diego’s most respected caterers runs this friendly neighborhood restaurant. Though the menu leans Italian, there’s also a great burger.

A spacious dining room with colorful art on the walls. Haley Hill Photography

11. Karina's Cantina

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1055 Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 999-0744
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Specialists in mariscos, the Karina Group’s La Jolla outpost offers its popular tacos, ceviche, seafood cocktails and more along with festive margaritas.

12. Harry's Coffee Shop

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7545 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-7381
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As a family-owned restaurant operating since 1960, Harry’s Coffee Shop boasts the title of La Jolla’s oldest diner. Head in for everything from potato pancakes and eggs Benedict to lunch favorites like a BLT or a chicken salad sandwich.

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13. Semola

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7556 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 412-3432
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This intimate restaurant is a creation of the Ambrogio15 team, serving contemporary Italian cuisine from chef Daniela Martinez and their Michelin-starred consulting chef that includes a progressive chef’s tasting menu.

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14. El Pescador Fish Market

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634 Pearl St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 456-2526
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This community mainstay doubles as a fish market and a sit-down restaurant. Starting with the freshest of seafood, its grilled fish, sandwiches, and salads are always a hit.

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15. The Taco Stand

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621 Pearl St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-6666
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Serving Tijuana-style street tacos, this original location of the prolific chain continues to be a success in La Jolla with a frequent line out the door.

1. Barbarella Restaurant & Bar

2171 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037

This stylish La Jolla Shores stalwart has a menu has an eclectic menu, ranging from pizza and tuna salad sandwiches to huevos rancheros and lemon pancakes.

2171 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037

2. The Marine Room

2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
Small ice cream cones filled with various seafood.
Tartare cone trio.
The Marine Room

One of La Jolla’s crown jewels, the waterfront Marine Room is now being helmed by executive chef Mike Minor after the retirement of local legend Bernard Guillas. Minor, who is also heading up kitchen operations at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and the Shores Restaurant, has refreshed the Marine Room’s menu with dishes that reflect his passion for regional Mexican cuisine.

2000 Spindrift Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037

3. George's at the Cove

1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
George's California Modern
George’s California Modern
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A La Jolla institution, known for fabulous food and equally impressive views, is currently operating its Level2 bar and rooftop Ocean Terrace.

1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

4. NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar

910 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Courtesy photo

This longstanding local favorite offers fine dining from executive chef Jason Knibb. Don’t miss his signature Jamaican jerk pork belly and his take on the Italian classic caccio e pepe.

910 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

5. Puesto La Jolla

1026 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Courtesy Photo

The La Jolla outpost of Puesto was the first of what is now quite an empire. Though tacos are its calling card, the restaurant is also known for its excellent cocktails and housemade beer.

1026 Wall St
La Jolla, CA 92037

6. Catania

7863 Girard Ave #301, La Jolla, CA 92037
Official Image [Catania]

From a rooftop perch above Girard Avenue, this Whisknladle Hospitality restaurant serves an accomplished array of Italian dishes, from crudos to pizzas to wood roasted seafood, in a beautiful indoor-outdoor setting.

7863 Girard Ave #301
La Jolla, CA 92037

7. Herringbone La Jolla

7837 Herschel Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
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Herringbone’s menu features everything from a vegan bolognese to a buffalo octopus starter, and the La Jolla location has a spacious outdoor patio that’s perfect for a date night.

7837 Herschel Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

8. The Cottage La Jolla

7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Official Image [The Cottage]

With frequent lines on the weekend, this longtime staple is known for its bustling breakfast and brunch business.

7702 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

9. Himitsu

1030 Torrey Pines Rd G, La Jolla, CA 92037
himitsu food Haley Hill

This intimate sushi bar and patio is the domain of chef Mitsu Aihara, a Sushi Ota alum who offers an omakase experience as well as sushi rolls and la carte dishes.

1030 Torrey Pines Rd G
La Jolla, CA 92037

10. Candor by Giuseppe

1030 Torrey Pines Rd Ste B, La Jolla, CA 92037
A spacious dining room with colorful art on the walls. Haley Hill Photography

One of San Diego’s most respected caterers runs this friendly neighborhood restaurant. Though the menu leans Italian, there’s also a great burger.

1030 Torrey Pines Rd Ste B
La Jolla, CA 92037

11. Karina's Cantina

1055 Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Specialists in mariscos, the Karina Group’s La Jolla outpost offers its popular tacos, ceviche, seafood cocktails and more along with festive margaritas.

1055 Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037

12. Harry's Coffee Shop

7545 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Official Image [Harry’s Coffee Shop]

As a family-owned restaurant operating since 1960, Harry’s Coffee Shop boasts the title of La Jolla’s oldest diner. Head in for everything from potato pancakes and eggs Benedict to lunch favorites like a BLT or a chicken salad sandwich.

7545 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

13. Semola

7556 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
A black plate with risotto, roasted pumpkin, and steak. Roman Durta

This intimate restaurant is a creation of the Ambrogio15 team, serving contemporary Italian cuisine from chef Daniela Martinez and their Michelin-starred consulting chef that includes a progressive chef’s tasting menu.

7556 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

14. El Pescador Fish Market

634 Pearl St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Official Image [El Pescador]

This community mainstay doubles as a fish market and a sit-down restaurant. Starting with the freshest of seafood, its grilled fish, sandwiches, and salads are always a hit.

634 Pearl St
La Jolla, CA 92037

15. The Taco Stand

621 Pearl St, La Jolla, CA 92037

Serving Tijuana-style street tacos, this original location of the prolific chain continues to be a success in La Jolla with a frequent line out the door.

621 Pearl St
La Jolla, CA 92037

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