8 La Jolla Restaurants with an Ocean View

Not only does La Jolla boast gorgeous ocean views, it is also home to some of the best restaurants in the country. Whether you’re in the mood for crab cakes benedict or a glass of signature sangria, these restaurants with an ocean view will leave you with a brag-worthy dining experience. Where else can you dine on soufflé-like french toast in a historic cottage while overlooking the ocean?


[Photo courtesy of George’s at the Cove]

1. George’s at the Cove
1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

Located in Downtown La Jolla, the Ocean Terrace at George’s is the perfect venue for a relaxed lunch or dinner. The Terrace offers a vibrant ambiance and sweeping views of the Cove and the Pacific coast, and has been listed as one of “San Diego’s Best Californian Restaurants” by Zagat. The spectacular views and the exquisite cuisine from renowned chef Trey Foshee make for a hip Southern California dining experience–we suggest ordering the Grilled Faroe Island Salmon.


[Photo courtesy of Crab Catcher Restaurant & Seaside Grill]

2. Crab Catcher Restaurant & Seaside Grill
1298 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

Overlooking the Cove, Crab Catcher is where tasty cuisine meets incredible views of the ocean. The charming, cozy atmosphere of this spot makes it an ideal place to enjoy cocktails at Happy Hour from 3PM-9PM. Dine at this ocean gem to enjoy fantastic fare, like the Black Mussels Fettuccine, paired with cocktails and a view of the Pacific coastline that stretches as far as Black’s Beach.


[Photo courtesy of The Marine Room]

3. The Marine Room 
2000 Spindrift Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037

Located at the Pacific Ocean’s edge, this La Jolla Shores favorite offers award-winning cuisine and award-worthy views in a cozy, warm setting. Floor to ceiling windows allow guests to enjoy the ebb-and-flow of the waves as they dine on quality California-inspired fare–we suggest the Diver Caught Sea Scallops. High Tide Dinners are a Marine Room specialty; check here for the High Tide Dinner schedule.

SEE ALSO: Where to Find The Best Views in La Jolla


[Photo courtesy of La Jolla Shores Hotel & Restaurant]

4. The Shores Restaurant
8110 Camino Del Oro
La Jolla, CA 92037

Also located at La Jolla Shores, The Shores Restaurant is just steps away from the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Its California-cool atmosphere is accented by a priceless view of waves softly crashing against the sand. When you combine these aspects with the culinary creations of award-winning chefs Bernard Guillas and Percy Oani, even ordinary meals feel like a special occasion. Dine on the Five Spice Sea Bass for a true California-infused experience.


[Photo courtesy of Brockton Villa]

5. Brockton Villa 
1235 Coast Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037

For 20 years, this signature Southern California restaurant has been offering great food with amazing views of La Jolla Cove. Whether you dine here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the food and the views will always be top-notch. From 3PM – 5PM daily, enjoy a Brocktail, like the signature Classic BV Rita, while you take in the view of California’s gorgeous coast in Brockton Villa’s casual-cool atmosphere.


[Photo courtesy of Pinterest]

6. The MED 
1132 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

Located in the charming La Valencia Hotel, this restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and sweeping views of La Jolla Cove. The ocean view terrace is open to guests starting at 7AM daily, and is the perfect scenic spot to enjoy exquisite cuisine, like the crab cake benedict. The exotic atmosphere of The MED makes it a unique spot for your next Sunday brunch, so book a table now.

carolines11[Photo courtesy of Caroline’s Seaside Cafe]

7. Caroline’s Seaside Cafe
8610 Kennel Way (formerly Discovery Way)
La Jolla, CA 92037

This casual coastal restaurant is located at La Jolla Shores, on the UCSD Scripps Institute of Oceanography campus in the Seaside Forum. From 8AM-3PM daily, guests can enjoy healthy Californian cuisine while also enjoying the gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. Start your day off right with Caroline’s Parfait, a cup of coffee, and the sound of the waves. The refreshing ambiance of Caroline’s Seaside Cafe makes it the perfect place to re-fuel after a hike on the Scripps Coastal Meander Trail.


[Photo courtesy of Eddie V’s]

8. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
1270 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037

Situated near La Jolla Cove, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood is the perfect place to enjoy a posh dinner at sunset. Its warm, hip atmosphere is enhanced by the beautiful view of the ocean. When these elements are combined with premium-quality steak and seafood–like the Pacific Ahi Tuna–meal time becomes a true dining experience.

Whether you’re looking for a rooftop terrace or an indoor venue, these restaurants offer the spectacular combination of ocean views with delicious cuisine that will fit any foodie’s criteria!

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Allie Gallegos

Allie Gallegos

Allie Gallegos is a summer intern at La Jolla Blue Book and currently attends Emory University as an undergraduate student studying Creative Writing. Allie was born in New Mexico and moved to California at a young age and has since come to call La Jolla home. She enjoys writing about art, food, and the local happenings of La Jolla and the greater San Diego area.

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