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Where to Eat in La Jolla

One of San Diego’s most varied dining scenes has something for everyone

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With one of San Diego’s most varied dining scenes, La Jolla’s restaurants offer everything from shrimp Po Boy sandwiches to street tacos to the finest dining in town. Here are some of the best places to eat west of “the 5” in La Jolla and Bird Rock.

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1. Galaxy Taco

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2259 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 228-5655
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Galaxy Taco has an expansive Mexican menu that hinges on quality ingredients. What many might not know is that the restaurant makes its masa from heirloom blue corn from Oaxacan farms that is then nixtamalized in-house—laborious sourcing that is unique to Galaxy Taco.

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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 jewel destinations for a special night out, The Marine Room specializes in upscale seafood and is famed for its glass-walled dining room that juts out into the water so much that waves crash on it during high tide.

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3. Cusp Dining & Drinks

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7955 La Jolla Shores Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-3620
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Cusp’s Ingrid Funes, who has been at the helm for a few years now, presents a globally-inspired finer dining menu that draws from the bounty of San Diego’s farms and waters.

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4. George's at the Cove

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1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-4244
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One of the clear mainstays of La Jolla dining is the juggernaut that is George’s—at once an upscale craft cocktail bar, fine dining destination restaurant and casual outdoor spot with sprawling views.

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5. Sicilia Bella

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7918 Ivanhoe Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 263-4614
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Sicilia Bella doubles as a market and down-home Italian cooking restaurant—guests love both their take-out and fresh pasta dine-in options.

6. NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar

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910 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 964-5400
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Another mainstay of La Jolla’s dining scene is Nine-Ten, which in addition to boasting some of the best fine dining in San Diego also has one of the best wine lists.

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7. Whisknladle Bistro & Bar

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1044 Wall St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-7575
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With a varied menu hitting all different types of cuisines from around the globe, Whisknladle specializes in approachable, quality cooking with a menu that offers someone for everyone. Guests particularly love the fried chicken sandwich.

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8. 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 is a bit smaller than some of the others but packs the same punch in offering quality Mexican food with inventive, modern twists. Lesser-known is that they have recently ramped up their dessert options.

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9. Catania

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7863 Girard Ave #301
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-5105
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Catania serves a variety of Italian dishes from crudos to pizzas in a beautiful indoor-outdoor rooftop perch with ocean views.

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10. Parakeet Cafe

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927 Silverado St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 412-5627
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Healthy is the word at Parakeet Cafe, where smoothies, health-oriented breakfast foods and other delights can be had in a very Instagram-friendly environment.

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11. Isola Pizza Bar

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7734 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 412-5566
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Neapolitan-style pizza is the main draw at Isola’s multiple locations, but regulars know their rotating pasta specials are also well worth a try. The restaurant also imports wine made in Italy by the owner’s family.

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12. The Cottage La Jolla

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7702 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-8409
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If you know, then you know. Breakfast and brunch is the name of the game at this extremely popular and cozy restaurant in downtown La Jolla.

13. Himitsu

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1030 Torrey Pines Rd G
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 263-4463
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Omakase is the specialty of Himitsu’s chef, who is a longtime protege of his counterparts at Sushi Ota. A more casual a la carte menu is available for those who sit on the outdoor patio.

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14. Trilogy Sanctuary

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7650 Girard Ave #400
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 633-3893
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Vegan and vegetarian food are served in a beautiful rooftop environment at Trilogy Sanctuary. Come for a yoga class and make sure to stay for the food afterwards.

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15. Sugar and Scribe Bakery

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7660 Fay Avenue I
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 274-1733
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Breakfast, lunch and takeout baked goods make up the menu at Sugar and Scribe, which is extremely popular during breakfast and lunch hours. It’s worth a visit even just to peruse the various baked goods made fresh every day.

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16. El Pescador Fish Market

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634 Pearl St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 456-2526
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As the name implies, El Pescador doubles as a fish market and sit-down restaurant. Everything from grilled fish to poke to grilled clams is not only on the menu but also made to perfection.

17. The Taco Stand

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621 Pearl St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-6666
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TJ-style street taco spot The Taco Stand’s original location continues to be a smash hit in La Jolla. First-timers should go for the adobada wrapped in a fresh corn tortilla.

18. The Promiscuous Fork

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6984 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-3663
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Sandwiches, burgers and Southern food are what’s on the menu at this decadent lunch restaurant. Pro-tip: call ahead to place an order as it can get crowded come lunch time.

19. Wayfarer Bread & Pastry

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5525 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-1924
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The best of the best of San Diego’s baking scene is in Bird Rock, where Crystal White owns and operates Wayfarer. Far beyond baked goods, which are excellent, Wayfarer also hosts a breakfast and lunch menu alongside a weekly pizza night.

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1. Galaxy Taco

2259 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037
galaxy taco Courtesy photo

Galaxy Taco has an expansive Mexican menu that hinges on quality ingredients. What many might not know is that the restaurant makes its masa from heirloom blue corn from Oaxacan farms that is then nixtamalized in-house—laborious sourcing that is unique to Galaxy Taco.

2259 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037

2. The Marine Room

2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
The Marine Room
The Marine Room
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One of La Jolla’s crown jewel destinations for a special night out, The Marine Room specializes in upscale seafood and is famed for its glass-walled dining room that juts out into the water so much that waves crash on it during high tide.

2000 Spindrift Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037

3. Cusp Dining & Drinks

7955 La Jolla Shores Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cusp Courtesy photo

Cusp’s Ingrid Funes, who has been at the helm for a few years now, presents a globally-inspired finer dining menu that draws from the bounty of San Diego’s farms and waters.

7955 La Jolla Shores Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037

4. George's at the Cove

1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
George's California Modern
George’s California Modern
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One of the clear mainstays of La Jolla dining is the juggernaut that is George’s—at once an upscale craft cocktail bar, fine dining destination restaurant and casual outdoor spot with sprawling views.

1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

5. Sicilia Bella

7918 Ivanhoe Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Sicilia Bella doubles as a market and down-home Italian cooking restaurant—guests love both their take-out and fresh pasta dine-in options.

7918 Ivanhoe Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

6. NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar

910 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
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Another mainstay of La Jolla’s dining scene is Nine-Ten, which in addition to boasting some of the best fine dining in San Diego also has one of the best wine lists.

910 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

7. Whisknladle Bistro & Bar

1044 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
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With a varied menu hitting all different types of cuisines from around the globe, Whisknladle specializes in approachable, quality cooking with a menu that offers someone for everyone. Guests particularly love the fried chicken sandwich.

1044 Wall St
La Jolla, CA 92037

8. Puesto La Jolla

1026 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
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The La Jolla outpost of Puesto is a bit smaller than some of the others but packs the same punch in offering quality Mexican food with inventive, modern twists. Lesser-known is that they have recently ramped up their dessert options.

1026 Wall St
La Jolla, CA 92037

9. Catania

7863 Girard Ave #301, La Jolla, CA 92037
Catania Courtesy photo

Catania serves a variety of Italian dishes from crudos to pizzas in a beautiful indoor-outdoor rooftop perch with ocean views.

7863 Girard Ave #301
La Jolla, CA 92037

10. Parakeet Cafe

927 Silverado St, La Jolla, CA 92037
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Healthy is the word at Parakeet Cafe, where smoothies, health-oriented breakfast foods and other delights can be had in a very Instagram-friendly environment.

927 Silverado St
La Jolla, CA 92037

11. Isola Pizza Bar

7734 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Isola Pizza Bar Courtesy photo

Neapolitan-style pizza is the main draw at Isola’s multiple locations, but regulars know their rotating pasta specials are also well worth a try. The restaurant also imports wine made in Italy by the owner’s family.

7734 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

12. The Cottage La Jolla

7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

If you know, then you know. Breakfast and brunch is the name of the game at this extremely popular and cozy restaurant in downtown La Jolla.

7702 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

13. Himitsu

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

Omakase is the specialty of Himitsu’s chef, who is a longtime protege of his counterparts at Sushi Ota. A more casual a la carte menu is available for those who sit on the outdoor patio.

1030 Torrey Pines Rd G
La Jolla, CA 92037

14. Trilogy Sanctuary

7650 Girard Ave #400, La Jolla, CA 92037
trilogy Courtesy photo

Vegan and vegetarian food are served in a beautiful rooftop environment at Trilogy Sanctuary. Come for a yoga class and make sure to stay for the food afterwards.

7650 Girard Ave #400
La Jolla, CA 92037

15. Sugar and Scribe Bakery

7660 Fay Avenue I, La Jolla, CA 92037
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Breakfast, lunch and takeout baked goods make up the menu at Sugar and Scribe, which is extremely popular during breakfast and lunch hours. It’s worth a visit even just to peruse the various baked goods made fresh every day.

7660 Fay Avenue I
La Jolla, CA 92037

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16. El Pescador Fish Market

634 Pearl St, La Jolla, CA 92037

As the name implies, El Pescador doubles as a fish market and sit-down restaurant. Everything from grilled fish to poke to grilled clams is not only on the menu but also made to perfection.

634 Pearl St
La Jolla, CA 92037

17. The Taco Stand

621 Pearl St, La Jolla, CA 92037

TJ-style street taco spot The Taco Stand’s original location continues to be a smash hit in La Jolla. First-timers should go for the adobada wrapped in a fresh corn tortilla.

621 Pearl St
La Jolla, CA 92037

18. The Promiscuous Fork

6984 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Sandwiches, burgers and Southern food are what’s on the menu at this decadent lunch restaurant. Pro-tip: call ahead to place an order as it can get crowded come lunch time.

6984 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037

19. Wayfarer Bread & Pastry

5525 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037
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The best of the best of San Diego’s baking scene is in Bird Rock, where Crystal White owns and operates Wayfarer. Far beyond baked goods, which are excellent, Wayfarer also hosts a breakfast and lunch menu alongside a weekly pizza night.

5525 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037

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