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Manhattan of La Jolla

7766 Fay Ave, Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
+1 858-459-0700
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cannelloni” (37 reviews)
“caesar salad” (26 reviews)
“steak” (26 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:00All hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
7766 Fay Ave, Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had two dinners with friends and the food was great. It is a little pricey so don't get sticker shock.

Thank auctioneer2244
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I had lobster bisque soup, shrimp scampi, salad, berries on white chocolate ice cream with chambord liquor. Delicious. They had a Chilean Pinot Grigio that was marvelous.

Thank rajmct01
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

A throwback to a glamorous era of dinning. The feel is definitely classic with personalized attention. Food is exceptional,drinks are perfectly crafted. Highly recommended for a special night out.

Thank Adam M
Reviewed 9 October 2017

This Italian restaurant is located in The Empress Hotel. Servers wear jackets and ties but the dress code is casual. Our server was Ara who came to La Jolla via Montreal. He was most gracious without being overbearing. Our appetizers included beef carpaccio and melon...More

Thank liketotravel010
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We stayed at Empress Hotel and decided to give the restaurant a try. It's a white table steakhouse with a classy atmosphere. Our waiter Manny was great. He was very friendly, funny, and on top of it! We had the calamari and shrimp cocktail appetizers...More

Thank califdreamin88
Reviewed 10 September 2017

This was our second visit to the Manhatten since we moved to La Jolla four months ago. The restaurant is a throwback to Sinatra in his hey day. With pictures of sultry and attractive people hanging on the walls, dim, but inviting lighting, a snazzy...More

Thank Marlene M
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We took my mother to dinner at Manhattan. She live in La Jolla and it is one of her favorites. What a treat! Old world service, great food, exquisite wine. We had the Caesar salad prepared at the table--wonderful. Mom had the veal chop Fiorention,...More

Thank dejindc
Reviewed 27 July 2017

I visit San Diego periodically and always try to fit in a meal at Manhattan of La Jolla. Last month we celebrated my wife's birthday at Manhattan with my son, daughter-in-law and 6 month old granddaughter. The meal was superb all around. Everyone walked out...More

Thank Mike D
Reviewed 19 July 2017

This is an Old School Restaurant. The servers, busboys and food runners were all 'mature' but gave great service. I ordered the shrimp scampi and it was delicious. There was a beautiful fish tank with assorted various coloured fish. Relaxing to sit back and look...More

Thank carolsusangraham
Reviewed 18 July 2017

We have been here before and decided to come back. The experience was consistent with our last visit. Amazing. The service is extraordinary and the food is delicious. We arrived early for our reservation, but they sat us right away. The atmosphere is very relaxing...More

Thank MrsK45963
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mria o
2 August 2015|
Response from Saracia | Reviewed this property |
Sit in the bar. Great light menu. Caesar Salad is perfect. It is a place for after work people so it gets crowded at the bar early but you can sit at one of he little tables. Their menu changes so check their website.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$24 - US$50
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7766 Fay Ave, Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
    (Silverado Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-459-0700
Manhattan of La Jolla transports you to the best of New York via the cozy, upscale village of La Jolla. Located in the Empress Hotel on Fay Avenue, it is an elegant, casual and classy place where you would expect to see Old Blue Eyes or Danny Ocean romancing a beautiful woman while she sips her Cosmo over dinner. With quality Italian charm, Manhattan offers classic cocktails that get you into that New York swing--and the entrees are as good as it gets. Liberal olive oil, garlic, lemon and pepper complement the Zagat Award winning veal chop, steaks and seafood. Signature scampi, classic cannelloni, pasta al dente, and other succulent dishes, plus professional service and decor make this a terrific spot for a romantic dinner or mixing business and pleasure. Manhattan in La Jolla gets you the best of both worlds. Manhattan is an award winning La Jolla favorite, celebrating its 25th year.
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