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“Lovely Restaurant with amazing food and service!”
Review of THE MED

THE MED
Ranked #39 of 1,249 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 26 - US$ 46
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Herschel
Description: THE MED is the premiere dining destination of La Valencia Hotel with its commitment to innovative cuisine and uncompromising service. This inspired Great Room designed restaurant offers masterful seasonal seafood dishes that personify its rich Spanish influences re-imagined as California coastal cuisine. Headliner dishes like spicy Baja Shrimp Chilequiles, La V Lobster Roll, and show-stopping Surf & Turf tell a story of the freshest ingredients sourced locally and thoughtfully, captivating both the eye and the palate. Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner in both the comfortable and sophisticated dining room and on the iconic ocean view terrace, guests are enchanted by riveting views of the La Jolla Cove and the sparkling Pacific Ocean.
Reviewed 11 June 2018

As soon as we entered the hotel, we were greeted warmly and professionally by Concierge, Nancy Hirsch. She actually escorted us to the restaurant and made sure we got a beautiful table with an amazing view. Our server, Rebekah, was very knowledgeable about the menu and help us pick some wonderful brunch items. The food was delicious and the service, impeccable. We can hardly wait to return and will be asking for Nancy and Rebekah!

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Thank elmarkling
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Melissa K, Melissa King at THE MED, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Dear Recent Guest,
Thank you so much for your 5-star review! I am thrilled that Nancy and Rebekah went over the top and made your dining experience exceptional. We can't wait to welcome you back for another great meal soon!
Kind Regards,
Melissa King, Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

We were guests at the hotel and we generally don’t eat at the hotel we stay but decided to make an exception as the scenery is so lovely. So glad we did. Food was amazing, fine dining and exquisite. I had the yellow tail followed by sea bass. My husband had the wagu tartare followed by “paella”. Wow. All the food was fantastic but the paella - or version of - was amazing. Service, food, wine and views were fantastic. And to top it all off there were 3 amazing singers. Best evening we could have hoped for. 5 stars! A must visit, especially when the swing/classical singers are on Saturday evenings!

Thank Kellyweybridge
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Melissa K, Marketing Manager at THE MED, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Dear Recent Traveler,
Thank you so very much for your kind words about THE MED! I am overjoyed to hear that you had a beyond fantastic dining experience. "Paella" has been a signature dish of the hotel for many years, but Chef Alex Emery's interpretation of it takes the classic dish to another level. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the live music! We proudly have live music six nights a week, with a variety of genres to please just about anyone looking for a fantastic meal and balmy ocean breezes. We can't wait to welcome you back for another great stay and incredible meal!
Kind Regards,
Melissa King, Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Four of us ate here for the Mother's Day Buffet. The table was on the balcony overlooking the ocean. Service was outstanding and we were made to feel really special. The buffet was excellent with raw oysters, crab claws, shrimp, Quiche, short rib benedict, and both savory and sweet crepes There was so much more, all fresh and delicious. We spent 3 hours talking and eating and just had the best time for a special Mother's Day.

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Thank Osidemike
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Melissa K, Marketing Manager at THE MED, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Dear Mother's Day Guest,
First and foremost we thank you for choosing to celebrate Mother's Day at La V and also taking the time to share your comments. The entire La V team is thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time at our annual Mother's Day Brunch Buffet, and that you found the incredible dishes, view and service to be impeccable. We'd love to welcome you back again in the future for another amazing meal at La V!
Cheers,
Melissa King, Markting Manager

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Nothing makes dining as special as ocean views, great food and attentive service. We loved everything about The Med (prices a bit high, though) and would highly recommend it. We ate on the veranda overlooking the pool (with ocean views), inside at the window overlooking the park and ocean and down by the pool. Each equally enchanting.

Thank Cathy2010056
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Melissa K, Marketing Manager at THE MED, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Dear Cathy,
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful dining experience both on our Ocean View Terrace and in the main great-room style dining room. We hope we can welcome you back to taste our new spring menus soon!
Cheers,
Melissa King, Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Went to La Mer restaurant for Saturday birthday brunch. They had very loud construction going on. They should have told us before we committed. After we complained they moved us to outside patio. Then they ignored us. Will not return.

Thank Janet G
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Melissa K, Marketing at THE MED, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Dear Valued Guest,
First and foremost we thank you for your feedback and the opportunity to serve you and your guests. We do apologize for the initial intrusion to your dining experience as renovation plans that day required urgent work directly above our dining room – this was unplanned but necessary to address an unforeseen issue. I was very pleased to learn from our Director of Restaurants Ashley Luna that he and our service team quickly coordinated a table re-location from the dining room to our stunning ocean view terrace so that your lunch celebration plans could move forward uninterrupted. We are perplexed that you felt ignored since the team also ensured prompt service and also graciously arranged to remove half of your total charges from your bill in consideration of the initial move.
We do hope that THE MED has the chance to welcome you back again.
Best regards,
Melissa King, Marketing Manager

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