San Diego Restaurant Week is back (January 18-24) so take a break from your New Year’s resolution and start planning your foodie outing. To help you navigate through the participating La Jolla restaurants, we’ve rounded up our top La Jolla picks for San Diego Restaurant Week, broken down into two categories: lunch and “splurge” dinners. Bon appétit!
Puesto La Jolla
Address: 1026 Wall St. La Jolla, CA 92037
Prices: Lunch – $15 per person. Three tacos, one side (guac or Charro beans), and a mini frozen horchata.
What to get: Mix & match three tacos, some of our favorites are the traditional braised carnitas, chicken al pastor, and Guadalajara style braised lamb barbacoa (+$1). The meal comes with a mini frozen horchata and your choice of housemade guacamole or charro beans. What are Charro beans? It’s pretty close to a chili. It’s refried black beans, pork chorizo, bacon, chile guajillo, topped with melted cheese and avocado.
Address: 1235 Coast Bl La Jolla, CA 92037
Prices: Lunch – $15 per person. Choose from six entrées, and either a starter or dessert.
What to get: For the main entrée we recommend the Grilled Atlantic Salmon BLT. This seafood BLT is topped with applewood smoked bacon, dill aioli, lettuce, and tomato on sourdough. Save room for dessert because you must try the “World Famous” Coast Toast a la Mode served with a scoop of Tahitian vanilla bean gelato. Hungry yet?
George’s Ocean Terrace
Address: 1250 Prospect St. La Jolla, CA 92037
Prices: Lunch – $20 per person for a two-course meal.
What to get: Menu is TBD, but we do recommend to come here for the cool rooftop ocean views. Note: Beverages, tax and gratuity not included. Vegetarian and vegan options are available upon request.
Herringbone La Jolla
Address: 7837 Herschel Avenue La Jolla, CA 92037
Prices: Lunch – $20 for a three-course meal.
What to get: We’re going to dive right into the main entrée and recommend the Lobster Roll. We had this last year and absolutely love it! It’s Maine lobster with lemon mayo topped with tomato and cucumber on a brioche roll. If this doesn’t make your mouth water I don’t know what will!
Chedi Thai Bistro
Address: 737 Pearl Street La Jolla, CA 92037
Prices: Lunch – $10 three-course meal.
What to get: The menu is TBD but what we do know is that it’s quite similar to their lunch special which is two small starters (Choose from Dumplings, salads, soups, spring rolls) and an entrée. You can’t go wrong with Pad Thai with shrimp or if you’re feeling adventurous try the Panang Curry.
Address: 910 Prospect Street La Jolla, CA 92037
Prices: Dinner – $50 per person / $70 per person with wine pairings. 3-course meal.
What to get: Nine-Ten’s menu will satisfy those with a more refined palette, having said that the following selections will be for the adventurous foodie: First course – Squid Ink Spaghetti served with bay scallops, uni, in an uni emulsion. Main course – Hay Smoked Duck roasted with Asian pears, duck egg sabayon, Anson mills farro, and duck jus.
George’s California Modern
Address: 1250 Prospect St. San Diego, CA 92037
Prices: Dinner – $50 per person 3-course meal (wine pairing available for an additional $25 per person)
What to get: We’re going to go with a seafood theme for George’s because they have a nice selection of seafood to choose from. First course – Grilled Octopus cooked with chorizo, smoked potato, and topped with salsa verde. Main course – You can’t go wrong with either the local yellowtail or seabass. You can also opt-in for the Maine Lobster for $16 bucks extra.
The Marine Room
Address: 2000 Spindrift Drive La Jolla, CA 92037
Prices: Dinner – $50 per person for a 3-course meal.
What to get: You really can’t go wrong with anything on this menu. It’s small but loaded with excellent food like Wild Baja Prawn and Blue Crab as an appetizer and entrées like Hazelnut Wattleseed Crusted Diver Scallops, and Mullberry Kalbi Glazed Pompano. Have we mentioned the beautiful Pacific Ocean views? Go ahead and splurge, date night is calling!
Bijou French Bistro
Address: 1205 Prospect Street La Jolla, CA 92037
Prices: Dinner – $50 per person, 3-course meal.
What to get: In the mood for French? We will decode some of the dishes on Bijou’s menu: on the appetizer section – salade de poisson fume: smoked fish salad served tossed with a Sauce ravigote which is a classic, lightly acidic french sauce such as vinaigrette. Entrées: Cocotte de legumes is a Mediterranean vegetable casserole. Duck Confit: Duck leg cured in salt then cooked in its own fat. Salmon rôti: roasted salmon. Poularde Farcie: stuffed chicken.
Herringbone La Jolla
Address: 7837 Herschel Ave La Jolla, CA 92037
Prices: Dinner – $50 per person / $70 wine pairing. 3-course meal.
What to get: First course – Arancini, stuffed rice balls coated in breadcrumbs and fried. Main entrée we say go for the seafood because it’s what they do best, Seared Albacore Tuna with charred scallions, sunchokes, somesco, and arugula.