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“Went for the view, pretty disappointed.”

George's at the Cove
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Ranked #21 of 1,242 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 31 - US$ 40
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Ivanhoe
Description: George's at the Cove is a renowned three-level dining destination located in the heart of La Jolla overlooking the Pacific Ocean and northern coastline. We offer three distinct restaurant and bar concepts – one fine dining and two casual – with stunning ocean views and award-winning cuisine. Known for its splendid rooftop setting, the popular George’s Ocean Terrace – complete with a newly expanded and elevated bar – offers casual al fresco fare for lunch and dinner that is perfectly complemented by sweeping ocean views. Recently reinvented from floor to ceiling, the all-new George’s Level2 – located on the second level – is elevating the craft of cocktails with housemade ingredients and handcut ice. Featuring all the classics and innovative modern creations, like the signature Sea3, Level2 offers a variety of cocktails well-suited to any taste. On the lower level, George's California Modern is a contemporary fine dining restaurant and bar featuring seasonally-driven California cuisine. Guests are invited to explore “San Diego on a plate” through a la carte or tasting menus inspired by the lifestyle, ingredients and sense of place that is San Diego. Whether celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to enjoy the San Diego lifestyle to its fullest, George’s at the Cove is an essential part of any visit to the region.
Reviewed 26 November 2017

I called ahead for a reservation at the Restaurant, was told to be there by 4:30 if we wanted to sit by the water. Turns out we were booked into the rooftop bar and the restaurant doesn't open until 6pm. Settled for a water view at the bar. Pretty confusing for an out of towner. The view is dominated by the roof of other buildings. Go see a sunset, then go there if something on the menu appeals to you. Food was fine. Could be we expected better based on reviews of the main restaurant, or it could just be overrated.

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

The best thing about George's is the view. So for lunch,it's great to sit on the roof and eat. However, the menu is just average. Nothing to write home about, although the food is good-tasting. No seafood at this ocean restaurant. Weird. The menu is really nothing special, and is nowhere near good enough to carry the place when the sun goes down and you can't see the ocean! Service is great, though.

One other weird thing - if it's your birthday, they give you a little bottle of olive oil instead of desert. I realize they don't have to give you anything, but olive oil seems odd to me...

Overall, a so-so place. This place used to be better before they got rid of the seafood on the menu!!!

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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

Perfect place to stop and eat. Offers a good choice of food, fast friendly staff, and a perfect view over the cove... recommended!!!

Thank Michael C
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

My wife and I stopped in for a late lunch, this was our first visit. We ordered the baby kale salad, the fish tacos and the pork tacos. Along with the salad, we got a side order of fresh ciabatta bread with butter, which was delicious. Both taco dishes came with tortilla chips with a small side of salsa. This restaurant has 3 levels of seating, ground floor, second floor and roof-top seating. We were seated on the second floor. All in all, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting La Jolla.

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Thank David D
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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

We had a dinner after the sunset but still could enjoy the sea/Ocean. Food was delicious and service was very fast and good. High recommendation for couples or any people who want to join great ocean view and excellent service. Book a table earlier, especially if you want have a table on Ocean terrace.

Thank sikkej2016
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