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Manhattan of La Jolla

7766 Fay Ave., Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Ranked #18 of 1,270 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $24 - $50
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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87% Recommend
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English first
Tuxford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Centreville, Virginia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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Dallas suburbs
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Nancy our concierge at La Valencia told us about this place and the feel of Frank Sinatra and that era made the evening. I love the food and the waiter was great (from the east coast but been in La Jolla for a while). You have to have the Caesar salad made at the table and the ravioli's were great.... More

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La Jolla, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Rhonda and I had an early dinner on July 4, 2014. Our regular waiter Ara Scalini was off but another did well, including excellent assistants. We had repeats of items we have had over the years. The cheesecake seemed to be a bit different than from a year ago and had an excellent texture and flavor. All portions continue to... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Best.restaurant.and happy hour in La Jolla. Bar menu half price til.6 pm and recommend salmon salad steak sandwich manicotti scampi and their bread.delicious. atmosphere makes you feel like your back in NY. Bartenders.very friendly and accomodating

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Carlsbad, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This place offers typical, but well prepared and well served, Northern Italian standards. Don't look for inventive here! The effort to create an anachronism works and doesn't feel contrived, phony or gimmicky. What has been created is the feeling of something familiar, homey and the pleasantness of eating comfort food. But this does not mean to imply a lack of... More

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new zealand
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71 reviews 71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Normally do not eat in hotel restaurants. So glad we did. While Manhattan is in the Empress hotel it is privately owned and managed. Service was impeccable. Best veal steak I have had in 10 years. Wife's halibut was to die for. Caesar salad made from scratch at your table. Don't miss the cheese cake. We travel 4 months a... More

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Long Beach, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

First of all this is a fun place They have a lively piano bar and the whole restaurant is lively. Wait staff very professional Food was excellent I have had chicken Marsala in many restaurants and this was as good as any.Great sauce and covered in mushrooms. We had a large party so I got a chance to sample the... More

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