There are dozens of great places that have lunch deals in La Jolla. It’s not hard to find inexpensive, delicious, and convenient lunches. Although the 92037 zip code is known for premier real estate and as one of the most affluent in the nation, many establishments in the village have affordable options with perfect views that rival those of fine dining restaurants in La Jolla. Here at the Bluebook, we like exploring different places that are close and convenient where we can grab a quick and budget friendly lunch! From taco places to sit down eateries, La Jolla has lots of choices to choose from. Here are our top 10 picks for a great lunch for $10 or less.
This local restaurant is a neighborhood favorite! With delicious Thai faire, it’s a place in La Jolla you must try.
What to get: One of the best deals in town is their great prefix lunch menu. For just $9 you can pick two appetizers and one entree. Famous specials include green papaya salad, shrimp lemongrass soup, and massaman curry. Prefix menu is offered Monday-Friday, 11:00am-3:00pm.
Goldfish Point Cafe
Goldfish Point Cafe is one of the best kept secrets of La Jolla. Nestled right above the La Jolla Cove, Goldfish Point Cafe offers some of the most beautiful views in San Diego.
What to get: Enjoy a Lox and Bagel or a Mediterranean Panini stuffed with feta, tomatoes, kalamata olives, onions, pesto, and vinaigrette dressing on a grilled ciabatta bread all under $10.
For 25 years, Girard Gourmet has been a favorite place for people of all ages. Whether it’s a small child staring at the decorative cookies in the window, or an everyday customer enjoying a cup of coffee and breakfast, everyone loves stopping by.
What to get: Any of their sandwiches are a great deal! From smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers to eggplant with pesto, you can’t go wrong.
Puesto is a great choice for any time of the day! Less than two years old, Puesto has created a huge fan group. Customers love coming in to create their own customizable tacos. You can have a different taco every day!
What to get: For under $10 you can create 3 different tacos. Be sure to take advantage of their taco tuesday special. 2 tacos for only $4. In addition, if you’re a student be sure to show your school ID for an additional 10% off your purchase.
The Sandwich Club
One of the best choices in La Jolla is The Sandwich Club. Located in the bottom courtyard of the Merrill Lynch building in the village, it has been a frequent lunch spot for locals and tourists alike. Everything on the menu is under $10 and the selection is huge.
What to get: Enjoy Hot Pastrami and Swiss Cheese sandwich or the Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut, and 1000 Island on Grilled Rye sandwich. All sandwiches include Lettuce, Tomatoes, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Onion, Pickles,Hot Peppers, Bacon, and Avocado. With those combinations, the choices are endless!
Cafe Vahik, formerly known as Windansea Cafe, has been a community staple for years. Very popular for quick lunches to take down to Windansea beach, the menu has many choices under $10.
What to get: Grab a Bruschetta panini filled with basil pesto sauce, tomato, fresh basil, and mozarella cheese paired with an iced cafe au lait. Perfect for any hot summer beach day!
Cliff Hanger Cafe
With a view that only rivals one from a cliff hanger, the Cliff Hanger Cafe is a relaxing and fun place to visit for lunch. Situated above the scenic cliffs, the cafe is located at the Torrey Pines Gliderport.
What to get: Enjoy a half sandwich and cup of soup or a Pesto Chicken sandwich while watching breathtaking views of hang gliders and paragliders over the ocean.
Located street side along Pearl street, Don Carlos has been serving up some of the best burritos and mexican dishes in San Diego for years. Known for its welcoming and laid back environment, Don Carlos is a great and swift choice for lunch any day of the week. Eat outside on the patio, or take your food to go and walk down to Marine street beach to relax by the ocean.
What to get: Try one of their signature burritos, such as the La Jolla Burrito. Packed with pollo asado, french fries, salsa, sour cream, and cheese, it’s a perfect selection for a summer day!
Wahoo’s has been a community favorite since it opened. Everybody from families, couples, and beachgoers can be found at this fun and surf inspired eatery. Watch videos of surfers and skateboarders while taking note of the extensive collection of stickers located everywhere in the restaurant.
What to get: Try one of their 5 combo plates, or order one of their famous bowls. One of my personal favorites, the Maui Bowl, is full of seasoned steam rice, your choice of beans, and teriyaki marinated steak. Be sure to ask for their cilantro sauce on the side! Love fish tacos? Click here for other La Jolla restaurants serving up awesome fish tacos.
In the mood for a divine burger? Take a trip over into La Jolla Shores and be sure to stop by Jeff’s Burgers. Located only 2 blocks from the world famous La Jolla Shores beach, Jeff’s Burgers is a great choice before or after a kayaking trip along the coast.
What to get: For under $10, savor one of Jeff’s famous burgers, french fries, & a large drink. Afterwards, have a scoop of ice cream, a float, or a milkshake for dessert!
This summer be sure to try one of these fun and great lunches for under $10. Let us know where your favorite places for lunch are in La Jolla by commenting below and sharing your lunch excursions.
[Images: Chedi Thai Bistro, TripAdvisor user TravelMel1, Girard Gourmet, Puesto, Foodspotting, Weekendnotes, Seriouseats, SanDiegoFreeFlight, Wahoo’s, & Jeff’s Burgers.]