Where to Take a Coffee Break in La Jolla

In order to be a prosperous coffee shop, one requires robust coffee, quality pastries and indulgences, and a fantastic atmosphere. If you happen to be on the lookout for a place to relax and delight in a cup of Joe with a page turning novel, catch up with an old chum, or get some studying done if you’re a student, it is imperative to be aware of which coffee shops are the best to try in the La Jolla area.

Not a coffee connoisseur? You don’t have to be Frasier and Niles to know good coffee. We’ll help you out by listing some of our favorite coffee shops.

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For an impressive place to catch up with pals and relish in a quick coffee and a snack, Brick & Bell is a preferred locale amongst La Jolla residents and visitors alike. Brick & Bell’s thoughtful staff bakes mouth-watering scones, cookies, pastries, and everything else you can imagine! In addition, it features homemade soups and sandwiches that you can snag for a hurried bite to go, and it also makes a bad to the bone chocolate mocha. Brick & Bell is located at 928 Silverado St. in La Jolla.

Pannikin Coffee & Tea is not only great for an early breakfast, it is also a fantastic place to grab a large coffee and get your study on. For the students in the greater La Jolla are, the subdued and comfy ambiance provides the perfect haven to chillax while providing you with sufficient space on the back tables for you to lay out all those textbooks you need. Why not post up in a corner with yours books and order a nice Chai tea, or give it a go with Indo Noir, a popular Indonesian espresso? Pannikin Coffee & Tea is easy to find at 7467 Girard Ave. in La Jolla.

Since 1991, The Living Room Café has been providing students and the community with a new understanding of coffee. The exclusive setting was created for serious students, business folk on the go, and local residents with a desire to try wonderful tasting food, a laid back atmosphere, and varieties of flavored coffee. The Living Room Café also has great options if you’re looking for a robust coffee snack. Both a place for studying and catching up with friends, the Living Room is constantly packed with an assortment of people. You can enjoy foods from chocolate nutella croissants to delicious sandwiches such as the California and Baba Ghanooj with toasted pita. In addition, top off your snack with a cool frappe or freeze in the summer heat. The Living Room Café is centrally located at 1010 Prospect Street, Suite 200.

For those who want to embark on a trip to Bird Rock, be sure to stop in at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. It won 2012’s Roaster of the Year award for its’ remarkable coffee. Known as the quintessential hipster hangout and spot for those who really care about the quality of the coffee they’re drinking, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters take pride in its superior roasts. Hey, isn’t that what you want from your favorite coffee house? If you’re a coffee aficionado, then by all means Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is your go to hang out. The delightful coffee shop is located at 5627 La Jolla Blvd in Bird Rock.

Although you would not imagine this cozy restaurant to be considered one of the top coffee shops in the La Jolla area, Girard Gourmet has incredible pastries thus making it one of the better establishments to grab your morning pastry and a hot cup of coffee. For over 25 years, Girard Gourmet has been creating healthy and tasty menu items with fresh and seasonal ingredients for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you’re looking for a comfy ambiance and the ability to sit outdoors, Girard’s is definitely an enjoyable place to go and take your time sipping your morning coffee outside. Girard Gourmet is easily accessed at 7837 Girard Avenue ever scenic La Jolla.

Which coffee shop is your favorite to hang out at? Have we missed any? Let us know in the comment section below.

Creating Romance in La Jolla

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Candlelight. Wine. Gazing at the stars. A moonlight walk on the beach. These are certainly characteristic images of romance for all the right reasons. Whether you have a special occasion to rejoice in or merely want to spend some remarkable time together, La Jolla’s ever scenic and sandy shores are always available to arrange the unspoiled backdrop for the picture-perfect date.

Why not have a Romantic Picnic?

Got romance? Begin a fantastic day off working in those exceptional details sure to prompt a sincere smile. Packing a picnic lunch is a great case in point. Lay down a blanket and embellish it with your date’s favorite appetizers and beverages to show you truly know what they like. A picnic on the grassy areas at La Jolla Cove or La Jolla Shores is highly recommended, where you and your date can munch out while overlooking the expansive Pacific Ocean. On the other hand, if you’re seeking to make a beach trip out of your date, give it a shot at Blacks Beach or Boomer Beach.

Go on An Adventure!

Nothing speaks true romance like an exciting activity! Perhaps your date has always wanted to try hang gliding or jet skiing? Why not grab your special someone and prepare for a great escapade? Conversely, how about a romantic day of horse back riding? If the ocean is more in tune with your flair and senses, you can always snorkel and scuba, or even venture out for a full day of sailing.  La Jolla definitely has everything for the perfect date that will long be remembered.

Dining with an Ocean View

Didn’t mama tell you that sometimes the way to a heart is through the stomach? Why not share an appreciation for both food and each another at one of La Jolla’s heavenly, fine dining locations? If you’re taking this route, ensure that you book reservations ahead of time. Not only do reservations assure a table of your choice if you book in advance, but it demonstrates to your special loved one that you went out of your way and took the extra time and thoughtfulness to plan the repast ahead of time. This is sure to make your date feel considerably more extraordinary. Unfamiliar with fine dining in La Jolla? No worries! Some of the more romantic restaurants in La Jolla consist of The Shores, which is positioned right on the sand, Brockton Villa, which extends a panoramic observation of the Pacific, and the Marine Room, a restaurant which is acknowledged as an influential part of the community and also the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2013. Fine food prepared by exceptional chefs and decadent wines of the highest quality served by friendly and accommodating staff are the rule at these incomparable restaurants.

Get a Room

Getting all snuggly and comfy? If anybody advises you and your date to get a room, take them up on it and go for the gusto! It truly goes without saying (but why not say it anyway) that La Jolla has some of the finest hotels in the entire state. Be sure to check out La Jolla’s hotels HERE


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It’s the Happiest Hour of All!

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It’s 5 O’Clock somewhere! Here are some of our favorite places to grab a cold one in La Jolla.

La Jolla Brewing Company

Some days you just wanna go, where everybody knows your name … wait, never mind the TV show refrain. If you’re considering a quality local spot that sports a fantastic ambiance, along with tasty grub and refreshing drinks to chill at the end of the work day, look no further than the La Jolla Brewing Company. You’re sure to revel in a relaxed and yet exhilarating atmosphere that permeates the restaurant. First of all, the La Jolla Brewing Company does not play around when it comes to making the highest quality craft beers. A simple stride through the welcoming doors will reveal their in-house beer selection features five signature styles: Pale Ale, IPA, Pub Ale, Dry Stout, and Brown Ale. Aye, and they also include a rotating (roll that r!) 24 tap selection of local San Diego County craft beers. In short, the La Jolla Brewing Company provides nothing short of outstanding customer service. The entire staff is knowledgeable, affable, and welcoming thus creating a stimulating and incomparable hospitality during every visit. La Jolla Brewing Company seeks to gain a prominent prestige in the midst of many of the elite breweries throughout the San Diego County area and are gaining on that bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow like nobody’s business. Be sure to head over to this pleasant neighborhood bar located on Fay Ave, between Kline and Pearl St, and right next to Rubio’s. Ya can’t miss the place, laddies and lassies!

Public House

Who’s hunrgy? The burgers and specialty ales at The Public House La Jolla your home away from home! You’d be remiss not to breeze through the friendly doors into a welcoming atmosphere to delight in their rotating taps of Belgian and German beers, local San Diego beers, as well as many difficult to locate craft beers and microbrews from all around the world. Besides a fantastic selection of bottled beers, many of which are specialty and limited release beers, locals and visitors alike are sure to find something simply amazing at The Public House La Jolla.

The Public House Bar & Grill is located in the very heart of historic La Jolla Village on Kline Street, between Fay & Eads Street.

The Rooftop La Jolla

This splendid, recently remodeled ocean view lounge provides a spirited and enjoyable atmosphere with more than a wee bit of tranquility and class that everyone can certainly enjoy. It is conveniently located on Prospect Street in the very heart of downtown La Jolla. Rooftop is acknowledged for its consummate fine dining, extraordinary live entertainment, and you have to experience to believe it, truly outstanding service. The Rooftop La Jolla is just what the doctor ordered for one and all!

And don’t forget to stop by Karl Strauss in La Jolla, or their main brewery in Pacific Beach, San Diego. St.

And as always, don’t push your luck – drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

Celebrate Father’s Day in La Jolla

How about that special dad in your life? This Father’s Day, why not treat him to a special occasion? Let’s eat, stay, and play! Where? Where better of a location than the La Jolla Shores Hotel, right on the ever beautiful Pacific Ocean!

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For more than four decades, the exclusive La Jolla Shores Hotel has been welcoming and embracing guests from around the globe for short getaways and enjoyable extended vacations. Conveniently situated on the stunning California coast with the beach as its welcoming mat, the hotel is also near the astounding and ever popular village of La Jolla and mere miles north of downtown San Diego.

Visitors have the option to choose from 128 rooms, including many with kitchenettes and sweeping as well as all-encompassing views of the scenic Pacific coastline.

Better yet, why not give the gift of love to dad and enjoy the very best in contemporary American cuisine in the hotel’s family-friendly Shores Restaurant, all the while soaking up the hotel’s appealing old-world atmosphere?

For in excess of 40 years, the La Jolla Shores Hotel has been the continuous beach haven of choice for families and holidaymakers. Nestled smack dab on the Pacific Ocean in the ever popular La Jolla Shores community, the hotel’s sociable, heartfelt and hospitable staff is just one of the many highlights of an experience guaranteed to be remembered long after your stay. Unlike most hotels, the rooms at La Jolla Shores Hotel are more than just a place to lie one’s head for the evening. Indeed, they are an annex of the immaculate Pacific Ocean right outside your door. From the wide-ranging views, to the vivacious breezeways and balconies, to the tranquil beach vibe, every room is permeated with the well-known laid-back spirit that is California.

So why not celebrate your special father by ordering a great meal at The Shores? The beachfront restaurant extends extensive views of La Jolla Shores and furthermore provides patrons with an opportunity to feast mere steps from the sand.

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Father’s Day Brunch Buffet – Thank the father in your life for all he has done and continues to do with an extraordinary and unforgettable oceanfront repast for the entire family. Named “Best Sunday Brunch” by the La Jolla Village News, The Shores’ Sunday à la carte brunch will be specifically tailored for Father’s Day with an astonishing buffet with menu highlights that include the following:

  • Appetizers: Fishermen’s Catch, American Cheese and Charcuterie Board and Seafood Trio on Ice.
  • Main Courses: Seafood Paella, Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef and St. Louis Style Natural Pork Ribs.
  • Side Dishes: Loaded Mashed Potatoes and Hickory Smoked Bacon, Italian Sausage.
  • Children’s Station: Turkey Meatballs Marinara, Mac and Cheese. What kid doesn’t like macaroni and cheese, especially when prepared by amazing chefs?
  • Desserts: Rocky Road Brownie, Triple Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake and Hazelnut Coffee Opera.

Forget the diet and splurge because you and your wonderful father deserve it!

Conversely, The Marine Room, a San Diego landmark and esteemed coastal treasure for over 75 years offers sweeping, panoramic views of La Jolla Shores, culinary superiority and uncompromising service. You’ll simply be astonished by the incontestable ocean-front experience The Marine Room offers this summer for Father’s Day celebrations and the continuation of our signature High Tide Dinner season.

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Father’s Day – Gather up the troops and give special thanks to dad for all he does with an unforgettable oceanfront meal this Father’s Day. Exceptional dinner dishes will be served all weekend, including Line Caught Local Swordfish and Wild Caught Prawns, American Kobe Beef New York Steak and Country Meadow Rack of Lamb.

And why not consider starting a family tradition and pamper dad and the family in an amazing Father’s Day Brunch with menu highlights that include:

  • From the Bakery: Hazelnut Chocolate Brioche French Toast, Felix’s Farmer’s Market Vegetable Frittata, Baked Stone Fruit Blintz.
  • Starters: Fisherman Smokehouse, Butcher Block Charcuterie and Heirloom Baby Tomato Salad.
  • Entrées: Cracked Pepper Cacao Nib Crusted Angus Ribeye, Berkshire Pork Cheek Casserole, Agave Ancho Chile Smoked Mary’s Farm Turkey Breast and Saffron Vermouth Braised Petrale Sole.
  • Patisserie: Spicy Mayan Chocolate Squares, Marine Room Spindrift Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Anglaise and Raspberry Linzer Tart.

Additional information and the entire menu is available here.

The Father’s Day Brunch buffet is available this Sunday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The price is a mere $58 per person with special pricing for children. For kids 6 to 12 years of age, the price is $29, and $4 for kids ages 5 and under. La Jolla Shores is conveniently located at 8110 Camino Del Oro, in scenic La Jolla.

If you’re looking for a great place to shop for dad, celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with a few of his favorite things from Hi Sweetheart! Hi Sweetheart carries stationery, jewelry, home decor, tabletop, books, kitchen goodies, children’s items, and more and features brands from Los Angeles and Newport Beach. Gift cards and wrapping available too! Wednesday through Saturday 10am-6pm.

Four Great Spots for Easter Brunch

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Whether you’re an Easter morning church-goer, Easter basket opener, or just appreciate good brunch, come 11am, you’re going to want to go get brunch at one of these fabulous places. Hop on down and enjoy! Cheers!

The Marine Room

(2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037)

For well over 75 years, The Marine Room has been a seaside staple in La Jolla. Long celebrated for its superb views and surf pounding outside the restaurant’s windows, the culinary embodiment of luxury draws people from La Jolla and well beyond. This Easter Sunday, The Marine Room will serve its holiday brunch buffet beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The awesome and ever creative menu includes breakfast fare such as leek goat cheese frittata and first course options such as sweet potato orzo salad. For main courses, delectable foods include Signature Spindrift Seafood Crepes and many, many other items. A delightful and ever tempting dessert station rounds out the impressive buffet. The Easter holiday meal is priced at $72 for adults and $36 for kids. Due to the immense popularity, reservations are required and may be made quickly online here.

Nine-Ten Restaurant

NINE-TEN will be hosting a delicious Easter Sunday Brunch.  Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo, III, will prepare a very special Easter Sunday a la carte menu featuring everything from Strawberry Salad, Salmon Rillette Toast, and House-Smoked Salmon Benedict to Short Rib Hash, Shrimp & Grits, and Chilaquiles….and bottomless Mimosas for just $16 per person. If pastries and coffee are more your breakfast speed, the acclaimed Sunday Brunch Pastry Bar will be even better than ever.  Reservations strongly recommended and can be made by calling 858.964.5400.

The Shores Restaurant

Easter brunch on the water- does it get any better than that? You’ll find something for everyone with Carlsbad Strawberry and Spinach Salad and Herb De Provence Leg of Lamb. There’s also a complete children’s station for the kiddos, and plenty of tasty sides and a selection of seasonal desserts.

George’s at the Cove

(1250 Prospect St.)

A long time feature in the quaint seaside community of La Jolla, George’s at the Cove only serves brunch twice a year, and Easter Sunday is one of those special occasions. Easter brunch will commence at the charming restaurant’s California Modern area beginning at 10 a.m., as well as George’s Ocean Terrace and Level 2 beginning at 11 a.m. The menu proudly features individually priced selections such as warm French Toast at $18, a scrumptious Baja shrimp omelette for $22, and various vegetarian and vegan options, all served against the backdrop of the magnificent Pacific oceanfront view. Patrons who enjoy fine brunches are encouraged to make reservations online here.

Grab a Drink in La Jolla this St. Patrick’s Day

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Hey, San Diego, St. Paddy’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to get your green on! Here are some of the best places to grab a pint of ale, swill some brewski’s, or be like Columbus and take a chance on discovering some fantastic grub in the local area.

La Jolla Brewing Company

Some days you just wanna go, where everybody knows your name … wait, never mind the TV show refrain. If you’re considering a quality local spot that sports a fantastic ambiance, along with tasty grub and refreshing drinks to chill at the end of the work day, look no further than the La Jolla Brewing Company. You’re in luck this March because it’s the epitome of quality when it comes to having the best beer, wine, and food menus around. You’re sure to revel in the celebration with a relaxed and yet exhilarating atmosphere that permeates the restaurant. First of all, the La Jolla Brewing Company does not play around when it comes to making the highest quality craft beers. A simple stride through the welcoming doors will reveal their in-house beer selection features five signature styles: Pale Ale, IPA, Pub Ale, Dry Stout, and Brown Ale. Aye, and they also include a rotating (roll that r!) 24 tap selection of local San Diego County craft beers. In short, the La Jolla Brewing Company provides nothing short of outstanding customer service. The entire staff is knowledgeable, affable, and welcoming thus creating a stimulating and incomparable hospitality during every visit. La Jolla Brewing Company seeks to gain a prominent prestige in the midst of many of the elite breweries throughout the San Diego County area and are gaining on that bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow like nobody’s business. Be sure to head over to this pleasant neighborhood bar located on Fay Ave, between Kline and Pearl St, and right next to Rubio’s. Ya can’t miss the place, laddies and lassies!

Public House

Green burgers? Yeah, maybe not. Nevertheless, the burgers and specialty ales at The Public House La Jolla your home away from home (even if you’re from the Emerald Isle)! You’d be remiss not to breeze through the friendly doors into a welcoming atmosphere to delight in their rotating taps of Belgian and German beers, local San Diego beers, as well as many difficult to locate craft beers and microbrews from all around the world. Besides a fantastic selection of bottled beers, many of which are specialty and limited release beers, locals and visitors alike are sure to find something simply amazing at The Public House La Jolla.

For the tender hearted of ye lads and lasses, the meats are humanely raised: beef, bison, goose, alligator, venison, lamb, duck, rabbit, wild boar and ostrich, just to name a few.

The Public House Bar & Grill is located in the very heart of historic La Jolla Village on Kline Street, between Fay & Eads Street.

The Rooftop La Jolla

Irish eyes are smilin’ this St. Patrick’s Day at The Rooftop La Jolla. This splendid, recently remodeled ocean view lounge provides a spirited and enjoyable atmosphere with more than a wee bit of tranquility and class that everyone can certainly enjoy. It is conveniently located on Prospect Street in the very heart of downtown La Jolla. Rooftop is acknowledged for its consummate fine dining, extraordinary live entertainment, and you have to experience to believe it, truly outstanding service. So whether you’re out this St. Paddy’s Day to drain a pint or three, or perhaps celebrating something special, having a business meeting, or just want to get out and about for an awesome time, The Rooftop La Jolla is just what the doctor ordered for one and all!

And complete your day of bar crawling by visiting Karl Strauss in La Jolla, or their main brewery in Pacific Beach, San Diego. St.

And as always, don’t push your luck – drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

Cheers!

Community Spotlight feature on LJ Crafted Wines

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The Bird Rock community features a winery tasting room in the cozy seaside of La Jolla. One of the unique features of the thriving business is that patrons are able to sample their 11 wines directly from the barrel. In fact, LJ Crafted Wines is the first winery to develop a process of serving wines straight from the barrel, by the glass, or if preferred, ‘to go’ for those who are dropping by their charmingly designed premises.

Historically, the Jooste family consisting of Lowell, Anne and their four children arrived in La Jolla in 2012. However, the Jooste’s are no strangers to the fine wine industry. In fact, they have 25 years plus experience in the South African wine business, as well as four generations of family involvement. The scenic beauty of La Jolla encouraged them to embark on a new path in sunny California.

Another aspect of the Jooste history is the fact that Lowell visited La Jolla on several occasions owing to an enduring family friendship which began prior to World War I. His grandfather was a close friend of fellow WW1 fighter pilot Tom Jackson’s grandfather. In addition, he was a visiting student in viticulture and winemaking during the mid to late 1980s at UC Davis and subsequently labored at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa. It was during this eventful time that he became good friends with Tom, a long time La Jolla native.

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The business makes premium wine in Napa and Russian River, under the direction of expert guidance, all of which adds to Lowell’s previous studies at UC Davis in the previously mentioned late 1980s. Visitors can expect a remarkable experience when they enter LJ Crafted Wines. The winery already has the third vintage under their belt, so to speak, and are ever intent on continuing their long craftsmanship to La Jolla and to San Diegans who possess an affinity for quality wine.

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The 2014 Napa earthquake completely destroyed half of their wine, but fortunately the family still endeavors to provide the seaside community with some of the finest wines available. Their novel idea to ship barrels of wine from Napa, and offer wine directly from the barrel, uses their patent-pending apparatus and is a fresh approach that wine aficionados will marvel at, and that is no exaggeration. Why is this? Ah, the simple answer is that their eco-friendly way of consuming wine directly from the barrel tastes considerably superior to wines straight from the bottle. Simply have a sample and your palate will attest to this fact.

Since Lowell shares La Jolla’s initials, the family unequivocally reasoned that calling their venture LJ Crafted Wines was a great fit. Lowell managed his family’s vineyards (the historic Klein Constantia www.kleinconstantia.com) for two decades plus and also established another winery, Anwilka, along with Bruno Prats and Hubert de Boüard from Bordeaux, France. This makes Lowell and his experienced staff far from mere amateurs.

Their logo was cleverly well-thought-out to best reflect their time-honored family’s rich past and future intentions. LJ Crafted Wines opted to blend their heritage with a further light-hearted component, hence the amusing circus-like ‘Ring Master’ font. Their pelican is a symbol of their home in Bird Rock. Meanwhile, the wreath of oak and olive branches symbolize heritage and achievement, respectively. Additionally, the horseshoe shape represents luck, while the ribbon ties it all together in perfect harmony.

The Lowell family looks forward to welcoming La Jolla regulars and visitors alike to savor their fine wines, accompanied with luxury bites. LJ Crafted Wines is a Bird Rock treat that should not be passed up. Come and see for yourself!

Learn more about LJ Crafted Wines HERE

Some of The Best Restaurants in La Jolla are Participating in San Diego Restaurant Week!

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The 13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, January 15th through Sunday, January 22nd for an edible extravaganza to ring in the New Year! With over 180 participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County, you’re sure to find the perfect place to satisfy any craving. There’s some fantastic La Jolla Restaurants participating, and we’ve added them to this list so you can map out your eatery destinations.

San Diego Restaurant Week is proud to announce a very delicious partnership for January 2017 as many of the San Diego Restaurant Week restaurants team up with local Girl Scouts to celebrate the arrival of Girl Scouting in San Diego 100 years ago, as well as the 100th anniversary of delectable, scrumptious, delicious Girl Scout Cookies! To celebrate, chefs are getting creative with America’s favorite cookies to dish out special offerings for SDRW diners.

Have a wonderful time at San Diego Restaurant week and bon appétit!

Apollonia Greek Bistro

Fine cuisine fashioned through simplicity and spawned by ingenuity.

For over 3,000 years, Greek gastronomy has been overwhelmingly influenced by world history. Pragmatic foods such as grains, meat and legumes are enhanced by pungent, down-to-earth flavors of garlic, onion, eggplant and artichoke, as well as by the essences of olive oil, lemons and raisins. At Apollonia Greek Bistro, they endeavor to serve quality food to accommodate both vegetarian and omnivorous clientele. The chefs create exceptional dishes that permit all natural flavors to arise and excite the palate and stir the senses. Aside from traditional favorites, they feature a selection of considerably lighter cuisine with reduced fat, all the while maintaining the passion, enthralling aromas and hearty flavors that are definitively Greek.

Timeless favorites such as Dolmathakia and Moussaka may be enjoyed along with other enticing, more adventurous dishes sure to arouse any diner’s inquisitiveness. Greeks are certain that even the most unassuming meals become ambrosia when a person is in an upbeat mood. Apollonia Greek Bistro’s hospitality strives to sustain a diner’s joyful temperament. At San Diego Restaurant Week this year, patrons will be glad to know they have an opportunity to rejoice in the ever alluring and full-bodied cuisine of Greece with a special three-course lunch and dinner menu for $20.

Beaumont’s Eatery

Established in the heart of La Jolla’s venerated Bird Rock seaside community, Beaumont’s is a traditional meet up eatery for locals to assemble together and enjoy extraordinary food, hand-fashioned cocktails, as well as appreciate top-notch entertainment set in a casual, yet fashionable environment. Beaumont’s came to Bird Rock back in 2005, when the locale was fraught with struggling commerce, numerous foreclosures, and a vanishing sense of community spirit. However, since its opening, Beaumont’s has continued to breathe new life into the Bird Rock community by augmenting the development of the locale, advancing local business, and furthermore depicting Bird Rock as an energetic and diverse neighborhood. Megan and David Heine, owners of Brockton Villa Restaurant in La Jolla, each contribute their collective and profound passion for sustaining the local community and mooring the vibrant life of Bird Rock in Beaumont’s, a veritable La Jolla treasure.

Bistro Du Marche

Christened after La Jolla’s well-accepted Open Aire Farmer’s Market, Bistro du Marché allows Chef Diot to work his labor of love in a close relationship with farmers in order to integrate the optimum in local flavors for the restaurant. Led by Chef Christophe Santos, Bistro du Marché incorporates quality ingredients and rigorous French technique into every delectable dish.

Bistro du Marché is founded on the culinary notion of “bistronomie” which developed in Paris, and which has been warmly embraced in the United States. Bistronomie, a veritable play on words on the concepts of “bistro” and “gastronomie”, is a style of French cuisine that places an emphasis on the fusion of haute gastronomic expertise, seasonality, and the traditional “cuisine de terroir” found in bistros all across France. The relative youthfulness of the bistronomie effort has succeeded in bolstering French cuisine, and Bistro du Marché, now an aspect of the wave called “gastro-bistro,” raises the proverbial bar among traditional French bistros.

For restaurant week, they will be featuring a three-course menu at a reasonable $50.

Brockton Villa

Brockton Villa Restaurant is pleasantly entrenched in one of La Jolla’s original beach cottages. Their location along the seaside offers diners an impressive and stunning view of world renowned La Jolla Cove. They serve quality breakfast through dinner food replete with seasonal changes on their enticing menu designed by Chef Mareyja Sisbarro. For San Diego Restaurant Week, they will be featuring lunch and dinner courses for $15 per person and $30 per person, respectively.

Chedi Thai Bistro

The menu at Chedi Thai’s was inspired by customary, quality cuisine from Thailand. From traditional favorites to exclusive creations specifically tailored for vegetarians, each and every dish is meticulously prepared with a healthy balance in mind at Chedi Thai. They only use produce and ingredients from specialty markets in order to serve patrons fresh foods and the highest in standards of excellence in all of their meals. The health-conscious-minded can be assured that all of Chedi Thai’s exceptional fare is prepared in healthy olive and canola oils.

Donovan’s Steakhouse

Donovan’s exemplifies the ultimate steakhouse dining experience, amazing in its veritable simplicity, flawless in execution. Patrons are able to sit back and relax with family and friends, relish in the rich, established atmosphere, and allow the staff to take care of the rest of their needs. Your time with Donovan’s will prove to be uncomplicated, and your dinner specifically personalized to your exacting taste. Your professional servers are inconspicuous in their presence and yet swiftly at your table when you require anything.

Built on the traditions of the ultimate in great steakhouses, Donovan’s selects their meats from the finest stockyards and hand cut steaks in house. In addition, fresh seafood is flown in on a daily basis. Executive chefs create excellent meals using respected and long-standing recipes and techniques for the ultimate dining experience. Donovan’s award-winning wine list features selections from the finest vineyards. From a relaxed setting to exquisite cuisine and exceptional service, perfection is Donovan’s objective. Donovan’s Steakhouse will be offering a Prix Fixe 3-Course Menu for $50.

Draft Republic

Draft Republic is all about delightful, scrumptious grub and entertaining games! The La Jolla/UTC hot spot will be offering a 2-course lunch menu and 3-course dinner menu featuring Draft favorites. These include the celebrated Draft Republic Burger and mouth-watering Baked Penne Pasta. Patrons are reminded to be sure to leave time for a game or three of Ping-Pong, too!

Duke’s La Jolla

Duke’s La Jolla is named in honor of native Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic swimming and water polo medallist, as well as the father of contemporary surfing. Overlooking spectacular and world renowned La Jolla Cove, Duke’s serves unpretentiously and with pleasant hospitality along with fashionable, present-day interpretations of traditional island plates. As a tribute to the beach lifestyles of Hawaii and Southern California, Duke’s rejoices in celebrating family, magnificent sights, and the true spirit of aloha. Duke’s welcomes all guests to become part of their ’ohana.

Duke’s La Jolla will be participating in Restaurant Week from January 15th though the 22nd, offering two-course lunches for a mere $20.

Galaxy Taco

Comer Awesome means the freshest of ingredients, boldly delectable flavors that please and tease the palate, and the fine craft of true Mexican cuisine. It also means being infatuated with the finer details of preparing delicious food and nailing it each and every time. This is because at Galaxy Taco they firmly believe every bite should be the best bite, and that each and every precious day deserves to be toasted with only the most enchanting and appealing cocktails. So bienvenido! Explore their menus, give a few things a go, but most importantly of all, be prepared to have an exceptionally awesome time. After all, you are what you eat. Comer Awesome.

George’s California Modern

Executive chef, partner, and chief storyteller Trey Foshee, along with his highly skilled team, source locally grown or harvested products whenever possible, using them in seasonally-driven, inventive preparations that are sure to amaze and delight the palate. Conveniently located on the lower level of George’s at the Cove, their ocean view dining room is contemporary and yet equally comfortable. In addition, their outgoing, gregarious, and otherwise knowledgeable staff serve as guides to the numerous and rousing choices available. If you’ve ever wondered what San Diego might taste like, George’s California Modern invites one and all to come have dinner with them.

During San Diego Restaurant Week, patrons can savor dishes including their appealing Snapper Crudo with coconut and cara cara orange, as well as Roasted Jidori Chicken with black trumpet mushroom bread pudding, all the while relishing in their award-winning service and their breath-taking ocean view. Feel free to add wine pairings to each course for a modest additional fee. Dinner is priced at $50 per person.

George’s Ocean Terrace

One of the better aspects about living in San Diego is that people are able to enjoy being outdoors year-round. It’s a wonderful gift for our amazing lifestyle. To make things even better, when you get that desire to eat outdoors, there is certainly no better place than the Ocean Terrace, rightfully commended as the region’s best rooftop dining experience. Why not join them at a table overlooking the expansive Pacific, or even snatch a seat at their recently expanded bar for a seamlessly relaxed Southern California lunch or dinner with a million dollar view.

For San Diego Week, their three course lunch menus are $20 and $30 per person.

Herringbone

Herringbone’s welcomes one and all to their delightfully ambient establishment, where lounge style tunes fill the relaxed air, and where the kitchen serves up exclusive takes on meat and delicious seafood. There’s truly a reason why Herringbone is rapidly assuming its rightful place among Southern California’s coastal towns.

At Herringbone, they take pleasure in pairing fresh seafood and quality meat choices along with seasonal produce to create delectable dishes that place a concerted emphasis on the collective flavors. With exciting twists on classic concepts, their farm fresh cuisine emanates from a kitchen steered by Chef Brian Malarkey.

Nine-Ten

NINE-TEN’s enduring commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes the restaurant a must visit for culinary aficionados. The intimate and ever-friendly restaurant, piloted by award-winning Chef Jason Knibb (a 2011 Iron Chef America Challenger and 2010 Rising Star Chef winner), offers the picture-perfect amalgamation of sophistication and casual stylishness, as well as an idyllic location along Prospect Street. Patrons are able to revel in the best of the local harvest from artisan farmers, where fresh produce is selected on a daily basis for the restaurant’s Evolving California Cuisine, recognized with an “extraordinary to perfection” rating by ZAGAT. Local fish selections from the abundance of the sea arrives daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. Special prix fixe menus are available and feature perfectly matching wines from the all-encompassing, Wine Spectator awarded wine cellar. Patrons are able to avail of indoor dining, al fresco on the sidewalk patio, or delight in ocean-view terrace seating.

During San Diego Restaurant Week, Nine-Ten will be offering 3-courses, $50 per person, or $75 with matching wine pairings with each course.

Puesto La Jolla

Puesto is known for its ability to successfully combine a casual approach along with an original twist on Mexican street food, and furthermore knows the true meaning of fresh. Each and every made-to-order gourmet taco, bowl and salad is always freshly prepared for the finest Mexican food experience.

Puesto La Jolla is offering hungry patrons a variety of their delectably fresh dishes at can’t pass-it-up prices during San Diego Restaurant Week.

The Grill at Torrey Pines

Providing guests with an exclusive scenic view of the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course, The Grill is the quintessential popular dining destination located at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. A preferred place for gathering with friends and family, The Grill extends their invitation to locals and visitors alike to relax beside cozy fire pits, try tasty local craft beers beneath a clever and artfully designed trellis, and appreciate delicious meals from the restaurant’s custom-built wood-burning suite. The latter serves as the foundation for nationally celebrated Executive Chef Jeff Jackson’s slow-cooked, farm fresh menu. Whether coming together for breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Grill’s hospitable atmosphere and considerate team always assure a memorable experience for guests, as well as an enduring dedication to utilizing local ingredients, sound craftsmanship, and the creative spirit that California is known for throughout the world.

The Marine Room

Located in La Jolla at one of the more picturesque locales in the world, San Diegans have adored and honored the tradition of dining at The Marine Room in excess of 70 years. The La Jolla, San Diego landmark is indeed synonymous with fine dining and a sophisticated ambiance. While the Pacific Ocean waves surge against the floor-length windows, diners are pampered with award-winning cuisine by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver in an atmosphere ever to be reminisced. The Marine Room, located in friendly La Jolla Shores, is the definitive preferred dining experience among San Diego visitors and residents, where every meal is indeed an exceptional occasion.

Come celebrate San Diego Restaurant Week at The Marine Room with a tempting three-course menu including main course options of Madeira Braised Berkshire Pork Cheeks, Lemongrass Sansho Spiced Diver Scallops, and Prawn Macadamia Dukkha Crusted Barramundi. For a mere additional $10, choose from Center Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon, Absinthe Butter Basted Maine Lobster Tail, or Togarashi Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna. *Kindly note the Lobster Night menu and Happy Hour menu will not be available during Restaurant Week.

The Melting Pot

Have you been thirsting lately for something completely different and certainly out of the conventional? The Melting Pot has just what you need. Come take your passionate taste buds on a particularly amazing and delicious journey with their signature fondue selections, including gorgonzola cheese, teriyaki-marinated sirloin, spinach and artichoke ravioli, and bananas foster fondue. Conveniently located in the Aventine La Jolla, right across from the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, the San Diego fondue restaurant proffers a distinctive, interactive, and definitive, memorable dining experience for any occasion.

Join them during San Diego Restaurant Week from January 15th to the 22nd for a 3-course dinner for a mere $30. Be sure to make your reservation today!

The Shores Restaurant

People looking for one of the best places to revel in a delightful Sunday brunch, along with a spectacular ocean view, will discover both at the Shores Restaurant. Suitably located right on the beach in the Spanish-style La Jolla Shores Hotel, The Shores Restaurant serves Sunday brunch and breakfast, lunch and dinner on a daily basis. Menus feature Southern California fresh produce as well as specialty items from the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Whether people have a preference for a family meal, or a delightfully romantic dinner for two, they are sure to take delight in the welcoming service along with the surf, or even the California sunset in the background.