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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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Overview
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“cannelloni” (37 reviews)
“caesar salad” (27 reviews)
“steak” (26 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
££££
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Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
7766 Fay Ave, Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
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Reviewed 7 October 2015

I am a weekly guest at the Empress Hotel where Manhattan of La Jolla is located. I have eaten at the restaurant several times and the food and service is fantastic. The restaurant, if I understand correctly, is independent of the hotel yet provides room...More

Thank cherg262
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2015

Dear Cherg, thank you so much for the kind 5 star rating and for taking the time to leave us your feedback. I will make sure to bring this to Nancy's attention - as she is one of Manhattan's owners - so she can make...More

Reviewed 30 September 2015

Good food, the bar is a hangout for locals over 40 - piano & singer were nice entertainment. The bartender and patrons were friendly.

1  Thank BusyGirl38
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2015

Thank you very much for visiting us from Florida! We are excited to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to seeing you again for more the next time you are in La Jolla. We hope it is very soon!

Reviewed 28 September 2015

Manhattan offered delicious Italian and American entrees and appetizers. We had a trio of canneloni, scampi and lobster ravioli for an appetizer and it was delicious! For entrees, stay more towards veal, chicken or pasta. Everything was really good, just thought that the bone in...More

2  Thank Michael O
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2015

Thank you very much for visiting us and for giving us a 5 start rating. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you again the next time you are in La Jolla!

Reviewed 26 September 2015

This is a nice restaurant in a hotel with a cool ambiance, table side caesar salad preparation (for 2+) and live piano music. The food was only pretty good with a bit of a heavy hand on the vodka sauce for the lobster ravioli and...More

Thank johnthyne
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2015

Dear John, thank you very much for the kind review. We are very happy to hear that you very much enjoyed our salads, desserts, and ambiance but sad to hear that you didn't care for our homemade lobster ravioli and cannelloni. The next time you...More

Reviewed 16 September 2015

By all means eat at Manhattan! Outstanding atmosphere, impeccable service and gourmet Italian food. We always dine here several times each visit to La Jolla.

Thank 350jaynew
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2015

Thank you very much for the love and support. We are thrilled o hear that you enjoy dining with us and that you have visited us many times. We hope to see you again very soon!

Reviewed 13 September 2015

My 97 year-old uncle drives down from Los Angeles to take my wife and me (in our early 60's) to dinner. He's a major foodie -- remembering nearly every meal he's had in 60+ years of world travel. We tried to impress him for years...More

Thank canalcruiser
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2015

Dear canalcruiser, we feel so honored to hear this. Thank you very much for taking the time to write us this kind review. It really seems like you and your uncle understand what Manhattan of La Jolla is really about: classic dishes, New York style...More

Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

Excellent restaurant. Authentic Italian good. Varied menu. Wine selection is good. Lobster Ravioli was an excellent choice. Waiters were attentive and provided outstanding service. This is a restaurant you will want to try.

Thank educatorokc
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2015

Thank you very much for visiting us from Oklahoma City! We are really glad to hear that you enjoyed our classic Italian food, wine selection and attentive service. We hope to see you again for more the next time you are in La Jolla!

Reviewed 9 September 2015

My husband and I decided to hear Clyde play the piano on Tuesday evening and still have a small snack with drinks at a table near-by. We were pleasantly surprised at the Bar Food: salad with scrumptious grilled salmon ($17) and eggplant Rollatini ($11). Our...More

1  Thank Cheri W
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2015

Thank you very much for the feedback Cheri. I will inform our chef about your comment on the salad. We are glad to hear you had a good experience while dining with us and look forward to seeing you again very soon!

Reviewed 26 August 2015

Atmosphere makes this feel like a special dinner out. Service attentive, food excellent. What we most appreciated was the fact that the jazz pianist provided very nice background, adding to the feeling of special, BUT while we could enjoy the music we could still talk...More

Thank theprofs
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2015

We are very happy that you found us! Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to review us. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed Manhattan's atmosphere and live music and hope to see you again for more very soon.

Reviewed 24 August 2015

Excellent food and service. Very nice 60's NYC atmosphere. Very good wine list. I had the Italian sausage w/peppers while my spouse had Halibut w/lemon and capers. You won't go wrong eating here.More

1  Thank Lawrence B
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2015

Thank you very much for visiting us from North Carolina and for taking the time to review us. We are very happy to hear that you and your spouse enjoyed our food, wine list and NYC atmosphere and hope to see you again the next...More

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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$24 - US$50
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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