One of La Jolla’s newest local restaurants is Amaya. Amaya is located on Prospect Street and is the sister restaurant of Amaya at the Grand Del Mar. The atmosphere is a combination of classical elegance and contemporary simplicity, relaxed yet refined. Executive chef Camron Woods offers a modern American menu with fresh ingredients and a southern twist. Woods, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, enjoys bringing his southern roots into his cooking, with classic dishes such as fried chicken, shrimp and grits, Carolina gumbo, smoked pulled pork, mini meat loaf and barbecued baby back ribs.
Woods was the executive chef at Amaya Grand Del Mar for five years and at the award-winning Four Seasons Atlanta before bringing his expertise to La Jolla. He has appeared on TV news programs such as “Good Morning San Diego” and donated his time to charitable organizations, such as Mama’s Kitchen and the San Diego Council on Literacy.
Amaya La Jolla is open for dinner every evening. Chef Woods’ menu includes several appetizers (crab and lobster bisque, salads, scallops, quail), entrees (fresh seafood, pork chops, duck, veal, beef), and southern specials (a different entree each day, from fried chicken to meatloaf, all served with cheddar-herb biscuits, cornbread and deviled eggs). Amaya also offers more than 300 regional and global wines, several local handcrafted beers and a full menu of classic, signature and seasonal cocktails, including the La Jolla Martini, the Pink Lady Cosmo and the Coastal Sage.
If you’re in the mood for music and appetizers, sit back and relax in Amaya’s lounge and bar area. It features live music and your choice of drinksas well as a large-screen TV for sports fans. Appetizers in the lounge area include tempura spicy tuna roll, smoked chicken quesadilla, half-pound Angus burger, crispy calamari, classic hummus, and a cheesecake sampler.