Thinking of a cute little southern California seaside town to get away, then La Jolla is the right place to do so. Pronounced luh-ho-yuh, this town looks like something you would stare at on an Instagram photo or a wallpaper. With the beach, mountains for hiking and trails to hiking, the only thing remaining is some fantastic food, here are some of the best La Jolla restaurants to sort that out.
The Taco Stand
621 Pearl Street, La Jolla, California 92037
With more than 3000 reviews on Google with a 4.6 average, you can tell this is one of the places you must eat when in San Diego. The restaurant is inspired by the taco stands in Tijuana and adventures you experience along the Baja Peninsula. The Taco Stand is a small restaurant located on the south side of La Jolla and what it lacks in size or grandeur it makes up for with a menu and taste palette that will be etched in your memory for years to come.
Let the name not fool you because you will get a lot more than tacos from this restaurant. There are burritos are on the menu as well. You can sample the best pollo asada and carne asada tacos you have ever had thanks to their family recipes. Their menu consists of a rich list of Cali-Mexican foods that deliver the best of both worlds. They operate on both a sit-in and takeaway basis, so you can bring your friends for brunch and enjoy great food in the cozy restaurant before hitting the sea or order in for a lazy day.
Taste the churros as well, you are going to love them.
Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar
910 Prospect St. La Jolla, CA 92037
Looking for a finer dining experience? Then 9 out of ten chances are you are going to love the Nine-Ten restaurant. To start off, their wine list is one of their best features, and if on a budget, you can visit on Wednesdays when they have half price on selected bottles.
Run by Jason Knibb who has worked in the restaurant industry in many countries, the restaurant will deliver the best upscale dining three and four-course meals in La Jolla. The owner has Jamaican roots and the menu will give you a taste of it. They serve up some mouthwatering Jamaican jerk pork, port braised short ribs, and much more. The kitchen makes good use of molecular gastronomy and if you have no idea what that is, Nine-Ten will give you a taste of it. The best fine dining, by far!
1270 Prospect St La Jolla, CA 92037
As a seaside town, you might be expecting to try out some seafood and there is no better place than Eddie V’s. The restaurant offers fine dining with a casual vibe. Their patio offers a terrific view of the pacific ocean and it’s not the only thing that will make you smile.
Their wide menu offers everything from fresh seafood to the regular burger and fries and most of the food costs less than $20.
Enjoy calamari, oysters, Maine lobster bisque or lobster tacos, the classic crab cake, and an endless list of drinks including some very good wine.
The restaurant also features live jazz every night. The prices hike a little during the night but nothing too high for the dining scene. This quaint place will deliver on everything from food to ambiance. You are going to love it.
Duke’s La Jolla
1216 Prospect St La Jolla, CA 92037
Nested above the cove at La Jolla, this restaurant will give you a sunset ocean view that will make you swoon. They offer an array of dishes that range from tacos to kimchi and seabass. Quite the range for a restaurant that size.
Honoring Duke Kahanamoku, the Aloha Ambassador, and Olympiad who introduced surfing in the states, the restaurant brings the taste of Hawaii to San Diego. Their entrees include shoyu, Maui onions, fresh tuna tacos and pair them with a lilikoi daiquiri.
Their kalbi ribs in kimchi stew are also a fan favorite thanks to the love for some cross-border cuisine.
To wrap it up, it is not a Duke’s experience if you have not had the Hula pie with some macadamia ice cream resting on a crust of Oreos.
The Shores Restaurant
8110 Camino Del Oro La Jolla, CA 92037
Since 1970 when the hotel first opened its doors, visitors from all over the world have enjoyed beachfront fun, accommodation, and food at The Shores. As one of the best La Jolla restaurants, culinary prowess comes to life at the edge of the sea. The hotel offers three dining choices for guests. You can dine at the restaurant, at the Marine in the outdoor seating, or have a personal barbecue at the beach. With Chef Bernard Guillas and Percy Oani, you can be assured of a world-class taste of food and drink. The restaurant’s three Michelin stars are proof of quality for any culinary experience you will have there.
If visiting here, you should try the Ahi Tuna Wontons and the Baja Fish Tacos. Happy hour visitors can enjoy light bites like truffle wedge fries or double-fried buffalo wings. With unbeatable ocean views, and a wide choice of food items to select from, you might be surprised at how affordable the experience will cost.
Following the health directives in place around the world to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, some of the restaurants have minimal seating or are only operating on delivery basis. It would be wise to call the restaurants first to make reservations or check on the status of their operations.
George’s at the Cove
1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454- 4244
When it comes to food, George’s has it all from fresh seafood dishes to chicken and steak, as well as pasta. When it comes to the views, George’s has it all and then some! Sit up on the rooftop and enjoy some insane views of the pacific while having lunch or dinner. If you look close enough, you can probably see the fishermen getting your lobster for lunch! Just kidding, but on a real note, that is how fresh their food is. George’s will absolutely have something for everyone.
Puesto La Jolla
1026 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
Puesto is a classic Mexican spot you have to check out if you’re in the La Jolla area. The atmosphere is unbeatable and the food is top notch. They’ve got everything you can ask for from different guacamole variations, several taco options, bowls, taquitos and of course Taco Tuesday deals! Put this one on the top of your list next time you’re craving some delicious tacos.
Wheat and Water
5737 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037
Take your pick from their awesome selection of white or red pies like the chicken pesto or meatball pie, starters like the goat cheese fritters, or even try the bacon onion jam burger! Wheat and Water is a super cool joint to hang out, get a beer, and split some real good food with friends. They even have specialty breakfast pizzas which are a must try.
Editors Note: This article was originally published on April 2, 2021 and last updated on November 11, 2021. Please refer to restaurant websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.