Our Top Picks for Lunch in La Jolla

Lunch in La JollaLunch in La Jolla is a must when planning out your San Diego vacation. Perhaps you’re looking to find a calm and serene patio where you can feel the ocean breeze as you enjoy a fresh Panini or maybe you want something quick and cheap to take with you to a local park or beach. Whatever you’re looking for, we have three of the top lunch locations that will not disappoint.


If you want something easy, yummy and packed up for you then try Deli-licious on Prospect Street. This tiny hidden gem serves up hot bagel breakfast sandwiches, filling burritos and some of the best fresh sandwiches in town. This deli is perfect for picking up a hot or cold sandwich to take with you to La Jolla Cove, located just down the street. They also have a few small tables available for guests if you want to people watch along one of the most popular streets in La Jolla.


Girard Gourmet is a local’s lunch haven with a larger menu than one would suspect based on their small unassuming store front. This long-time La Jolla restaurant has turned into the spot to go for a reliably delicious lunch entrée and sweet treat. You can order anything from a soup, salad or sandwich to enjoy on their outdoor patio or grab some lasagna, beef burgundy or roasted duck to go.

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La Valencia, one of the top La Jolla hotels, recently opened its doors to the newest lunch location on Prospect St. Café la Rue is the hotel’s new bistro and bar, emitting the charm of a small Parisian café while serving up some of the finest European fare. Their eclectic menu consists of fried Alaskan cod, Paella risotto, duck confit fettuccini and much, much more. If you’re looking to save some money, stop by for their weekday happy hour from 4-6 pm and 10 pm-close for $6 appetizers, $3 beer and $5 well cocktails.

What do all of these locations have in common? Great food and reasonable prices. If you’re looking for more information on what to see and where to stay while you’re vacationing in La Jolla, CA be sure to visit our free online directory that has all of the information you need to plan an affordable, fun and beautiful La Jolla vacation.

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