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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%
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“cannelloni” (33 reviews)
“caesar salad” (25 reviews)
“steak” (26 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
7766 Fay Ave, Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
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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
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Ate dinner our first night in La Jolla. Has the wonderful italian garlic smell, dark woody ambience with interestibg art work. Menu was great along with a good wine list. I had the salmon and it was very good. Definitely recommend.

Thank spidersuz
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

Made a reservation in the main dining room based on a locals recommendation. The piano musician was great, not too loud and all songs you could sing along. The table side Caesar is one of the bests we ever had! Our server was very knowledgeable...More

Thank Halley S
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary and had dinner in our hotel restaurant. Could not have asked for better food or service.

Thank kendall9492017
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Had to stay in our room and could not go out for dinner. Trying to figure out what to do and decided on room service from Manhattan. Lobster Ravioli was yummy, especially the sauce. My only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was the...More

Thank ChinoKim
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Valet parking at the door. Up scale dinning at it's best. Ambiance, service, food quality, wine selection, live music, everything you want for a special night out. The daily dinner specials covered a variety of tastes. The four-course meal was nothing short of spectacular. The...More

Thank Emory B
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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, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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