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Cottage

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American, Californian, Contemporary
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7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
858-454-8409
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7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Thu 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 382
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    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, but with a super bonus

Will in la Jolla for an anniversary , we had breakfast at the Cottage. We were watching all this terrific food coming to all the guests, but not ours. After 30 minutes, we checked with our waiter. Out comes the manager Dave, and our order was lost. He asked us to stay and we would have our meal in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
tandstemecula
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Temecula, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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English first
Temecula, California
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Will in la Jolla for an anniversary , we had breakfast at the Cottage. We were watching all this terrific food coming to all the guests, but not ours. After 30 minutes, we checked with our waiter. Out comes the manager Dave, and our order was lost. He asked us to stay and we would have our meal in less... More 

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San Diego
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

There is generally a line to get into the Cottage on weekends for a very good reason. The food is delicious and the ambiance is delightful. As you're waiting to be seated, coffee and pastry are provided. The restaurant is well run and the service is first rate. A beautiful day in La Jolla in a charming restaurant - what... More 

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La Jolla, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Rented the place for my wife's 70th birthday. very cozy, perfect venue for special occasions. Jason helped with the planning and menus. everyone thought the food was very good, and with music it was a grand experience bob skelton

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Renatadb, Manager at Cottage, responded to this review

Dear Robert, thank you very much for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear that your wife's 70th birthday celebration was a very special one, and that everyone enjoyed the food. We look forward to seeing you again for breakfast, lunch, dinner or more special occasions very soon! More 

Hartford, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Meatloaf with Cabernet Sauce was excellent. Vegetables were cooked just right. Atmosphere is quaint cottage - bright and Airey.

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Renatadb, Manager at Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting us from Connecticut! I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner with us, and look forward to seeing you again sometime soon! More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I expected so much more after waiting 2 hours...sorry, not worth the wait. In addition to my underwhelming breakfast experience I was rather hoping for an outside table since it was a beautiful day however, we got stuck with a table next to the restrooms...not where you want to be when you're in a restaurant full of people having their... More 

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Renatadb, Manager at Cottage, responded to this review

Dear Michelle, thank you very much for your feedback (and for waiting for 2 hours to dine with us!). I understand that your expectations must have been very high since you waited for so long to seat down and enjoy your meal at The Cottage, and I am sorry to hear that the experience didn't live up to your expectations.... More 

La Jolla, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Cottage in a nice little restaurant located by the Cove in La Jolla. It is an old cottage turned into a restaurant.

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Renatadb, Manager at Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind words Gregg. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

San Diego, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

You cannot go wrong ordering ANYTHING at this restaurant! We have been going there for over 20 years. It's excellent. For breakfast, try the Monterey scramble, scones, granola (take some home!) or stuffed french toast. For lunch, our favorites are the club sandwich, tuna melt, or stuffed avocado (chicken salad is the best). Dinners are served only in the summer... More 

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Renatadb, Manager at Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the continuous support!! We are so lucky to have customers like you :) Thank you for taking the time to review us. We hope to see you again soon! More 

La Jolla, California
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I'm a local and eat at the Cottage occasionally when friends ask. The food is good but not great. The food reminds me of diners in the midwest but at twice the price.There's always seems a line to get a table....I don't get it. Lots of better choices within a short walking distance.

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Renatadb, Manager at Cottage, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear this. We hope you give us another chance to exceed your expectations. Hope to see you again soon!! More 

San Diego, California
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The french toast was AMAZING. I even asked for the recipe and they gave it to me. Such a cute venue and nice staff.

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Renatadb, Manager at Cottage, responded to this review

Glad to hear this Keisha. We hope you were able to enjoy some of our french toast at home and that you are back to enjoy some more with us sometime soon!! More 

Miami, Florida
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I love La Jolla. This restaurant is a nice small cottage, and it has a homelike feel to it. It is always very crowded, so this time we went for a late lunch and were able to avoid the long waits. The food is great, very fresh ingredients, and great service. Overall great value. Will return definitely.

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Renatadb, Manager at Cottage, responded to this review

Dear Debora, thank you very much for taking the time to review us. Thank you for trying us for lunch this time. We hope you stop by to try our dinner this summer too :) I am sure you will be very pleasantly surprised with our candle light atmosphere and more elaborate dishes. (Dinner season goes from Memorial Day thru... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: 858-454-8409

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?