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Manhattan of La Jolla

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7766 Fay Ave, Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309 (Silverado Street)
+1 858-459-0700
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Mon 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been here many times with family and have always enjoyed it. The service is excellent, the food is outstanding. I was with an aunt who was celebrating her 92nd birthday. They brought a delicious piece of cake at the end of the meal and gave her the lovely red rose from the table to take home. All of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food and service was spot on. . Delicious bread and salads . Veal Parmesan was done to perfection and the sauce and pasta were fabulous .

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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful food. Their cannelloni is the best I've ever had, including those in Italy. Just wonderful. Manhattan is also the best hidden deal for lunch in the village. Cannelloni, comes with soup or salad and delicious bread on a white table cloth with a rose, for the same price you'd pay for a burger, fries and a drink at other... More 

Thank JennyAnyStripes
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

I got two meals during my stay at the Empress, and they were nothing to write home about. The staff, however, was great - friendly and helpful.

Thank cldwntr
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Manhattan is tucked away at the Empress hotel in the heart of La Jolla. The food is authentic Italian, served by an Italian speaking staff. The shrimp scampi, clams, pasta and all the dishes are first rate. That atmosphere is upscale bar, with live piano music.Not on the ocean but worth going to for a great meal, good music and... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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176 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

La Jolla is full of wonderful places for a Happy Hour, this was not one of them. We arrived st 4.45 and found the bar monopolized by locals and no barman. We waited a while before he returned. My husband had to go to the bar to order our drinks a white wine and a Cosmo. We were given no... More 

Thank MicheleColette
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437 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Manhattan wants to be a high-end restaurant, but they've missed the mark. Our Maitre D'/waiter was snarky, condescending, and ultimately rude - definitely in the wrong line of work. The menu has a lot of options, but our dinners weren't all that special. They do have live music some nights, It's convenient, in the Empress Hotel, but there are a... More 

Thank Gus B
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear you feel this way Gus and hope you give us another opportunity to serve you again - and exceed your expectations - sometime soon! More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We always make a reservation here when we are in town. We LOVE the ambiance, atmosphere, them and decor, and the warm and coziness of the restaurant. Usually there is someone in the main room playing the piano, next to the bar. The back room has a fish tank and circular booths. We prefer that room, as it is somewhat... More 

Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your continuous support and for taking the time to write us this kind review. We hope to see you again for more very soon! More 

Tehachapi, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We ordered room service from the Manhattan restaurant on two occasions and found the portions plentuiful and authentic Italin, check out my name...mom's from Italy.

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Boise, Idaho
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

4 different sets of bus. friends said this was great--especially since we were staying at the hotel--The Empress in La Jolla. Not; despite the attempted decor update to Post-Modern the service was lacking and the awesomely inspiring food delivery was late and, uninspired. Skip it and do better for yourselves.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 24 - US$ 50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?