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Manhattan of La Jolla

7766 Fay Ave., Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
858-459-0700
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Ranked #13 of 1,262 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $24 - $50
Hours:
Sun - Mon 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Silverado Street
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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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We loved our dinner at the Manhattan. The waiter was excellent. He allowed us to special order a previously removed item, the baked clams oreganato, delicious and without any hassle we were taken care of. Our entrees were well made and the portions were great. The cannelloni was perfect! Desert was a freshly homemade cheesecake that was light, decadent and... More

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

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your Manhattan experience in La Jolla. Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review. If you would like to try some of our NY style cheesecake back in Washington DC check out our Facebook page. We will be posting the secrets to the cheesecake recipe this week :)... More

Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Honestly, we decided to check this place out as the name hooked us. And glad we did! It is located in the Empress Hotel, a fine looking establishment in its own right. A lot of people were dressed extremely nice and my wife was hesitant as we both had on nice pairs of jeans. Anyway, we were sat within a... More

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

Thank you very much for your kind words. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. I am also a big fan of our Lobster Manhattan and Bananas Royale - your wife surely has a fine taste for food :) We look forward to seeing you again soon! More

Orem, Utah
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Great little restaurant in downtown LaJolla. It is part of the Empress Hotel. Very classy and the food was really good. We had the Halibut with the New York Cheesecake for dessert. It was excellent. The portions were good. The waiters were very nice and attentive. The jazz pianist was excellent. Overall the food was wonderful and the ambiance was... More

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

Dear Alan, Thank you very much for your kind review. We are very happy to hear that you loved our halibut, cheesecake, live music and ambiance. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon! More

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This restaurant was so good that we had to eat there both nights. Recommend the baked clams and the lobster ravioli. Out of this world. Also had the veal piccata really good. Great service by waiter Dirk.

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

Thank you for your kind review Scott. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More

San Diego, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

It's hard to find a dining experience that doesn't feel like a big corporate get you in and out dinner. Not only is the food outstanding but the service and atmosphere and service outstanding. Great for Anniversary or that Special event dinner. Be sure to order the terrific Ceaser Salad made right at your table. Also do not miss the... More

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

Thank you Alex for your kind words. The cannelloni is also one of my personal favorite dishes! We look forward seeing you again in the near future. More

Michigan
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The room was too dark for my liking. Perhaps the dark decor added to the drab interior. The food was decent. the cheesecake was excellent.

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

We are glad to hear you enjoyed our cheesecake! We really value your opinion and are always looking for opportunities to exceed our guest's expectations. Please let us know what you ordered, and what could have been done differently to improve the flavors of your dish and your dining experience with us. We truly hope to exceed your expectations next... More

Tuxford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We all love Italian food and this was simply one of the best we have had hence the 5 stars. Easy parking and great service make it a relaxing experience vs the intense atmosphere of some of the other restaurants in La Jolla. Only faux pas was our host saying we did not need a drinks menu as they had... More

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

We are really glad to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us! Thank you very much for your feedback on the drinks - next time we will let our guests know that we don't offer blended cocktails ;) We look forward to seeing you again soon! More

Centreville, Virginia
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I am a big fan of Italian food so my local friends recommended Manhattan during a recent visit. Being a Red Sox fan, I was a bit suspicious at the name, but that only lasted until I entered. The mostly brick walls are very tastefully decorated with some intriguing artwork. Lighting is perfect for intimate dining and acoustics are very... More

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your experience with us. :) We are happy that you liked our NYC ambiance, live music, personal service and family recipes. You may want to try our happy hour specials from Sunday through Fridays 4 - 6 pm for a better deal. We look forward... More

Dallas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My husband & I had a delicious meal at the Manhattan! The food & service were outstanding! Save room for dessert..the apple rings...oh my...yum. Very happy with our experience! Defiantly a great place for a romantic meal!

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

Dear Amy, thank you very much for your kind review. I have to agree that our ambiance is quite romantic :) and that "The Manhattan" dessert is one of the best desserts on the menu, but my favorite is still our homemade cannoli. You should try it next time! We look forward to seeing you again soon! More

Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My husband and I were in the mood for Italian food and a bartender told us about Manhattan and we were delighted. We feel like we found a special secret place in La Jolla. This is not your typical beach type restaurant with a view. As other reviewers have mentioned, it felt like an old New York Italian restaurant-dark and... More

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

Thank you very much for your kind review. We are very happy you found us and appreciated our New York, old school atmosphere. We hope you stop by the next time you visit San Diego! More

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