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The Cottage La Jolla

££ - £££American, Cafe,
7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
+1 858-454-8409
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (152 reviews)
“french toast” (127 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (93 reviews)
Open Now
07:30 - 15:00 Hours
American, Cafe, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

The Cottage had a solid selection of gluten free options and salads. The Crab Melt on Gluten Free bread was a great surprise.

Thank Kevin H
Reviewed 5 August 2016

I think this place has the best french toast I have every eaten in my life. I live locally and had never eaten here before. I will be back!

Thank phone2016
Reviewed 5 August 2016

We went for breakfast, there is a wide selection of foods and food and service were excellent. I don't know if they take reservations; we walked right in but a long line formed after we were seated.

Thank GrayRanch
Reviewed 4 August 2016

After reading all of the great reviews of this restaurant I had to make the pilgrimage. I went there for breakfast on a Sunday morning. Luckily, there was was no line. Service was slow. I waited about 10 minutes before the waiter came. I ordered...More

Thank RBinDC2016
Reviewed 31 July 2016

We stopped in for Lunch after going to the art museum in town. We feasted on the following: hamburger, omelette, pancakes, and a salad. Everything was delicious and all the food going by us to others looked really good too. Everything was very fresh and...More

Thank NyCindy
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Pros: The menu has great choices The food was excellent and the server was awesome having everything split for us since we were sharing. The 'loaded' Bloody Mary (shrimp & bacon)was amazingly fantastic. They don't have an alcohol license so they use sake! Shrimp/lumpmeat crab...More

Thank la123brat
Reviewed 30 July 2016

We think this place is over-rated. The food was just satisfactory, nothing special or impressive. Furthermore, the service was average. Food delivery and response to our requests were a bit slow, even when the restaurant was only half-full on a weekday afternoon. On top of...More

Thank DianaPei
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed the meal. Fair price and tasty food. Short walk from our hotel the Valencia. Wine was fairly priced too. Would like to have tried the breakfast.

Thank CycleGuy49
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We came for dinner on a Wednesday eve. We had read about long waits here but were seated immediately. We ordered quacomole and chips and calamari to share and it was all great. The Mahi tacos were lovely too. Great service - although the meal...More

Thank Rachel011
Reviewed 26 July 2016

My wife and I eat here every summer we come to La Jolla and every time it seems to get better than the last time we were there. The out door patio is very nice and a great place to eat your breakfast. I had...More

Thank Stephen N
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17 February 2018|
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Response from vinmarine1 | Reviewed this property |
The cooks will customize a plate if salt is an issue. They are really good at working with customers on any culinary/health issues.
30 November 2017|
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Response from Ellen A | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, can't answer that question. Just call the restaurant and ask what hours they'll maintain on Christmas day. GOOD luck.
7 April 2017|
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Response from DeAnna S | Reviewed this property |
7:40-3:00. Use the app NoWait to put your name of the waiting list. This will prevent you from waiting so long to be seated.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-8409
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Over 24 years ago, we stumbled onto a sleepy little restaurant called the Cottage La Jolla. The restaurant was a local hangout and had a reputation for delicious food and friendly, personal service. Since 1992, our business has exploded, and in late 2009 we finished a complete renovation of the restaurant. Improvements include a handicap lift & restrooms, expanded kitchen & a fresh, new look. What hasn't changed is our passion for serving tasty, classic American & Southern California influenced food. We are also proud of the many servers, bussers and cooks that have been with us for years & years. We are often asked how we are able to operate two restaurants on different coasts, and our response is, "It's all about the people." Please take a moment to say hello to our Manager, Michael Harrison, on your next visit. Welcome to the Cottage!
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