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Manhattan of La Jolla

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7766 Fay Ave., Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037 (Silverado Street)
858-459-0700
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Manhattan of La Jolla transports you to the best of New York via the cozy...
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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  • 122
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Special birthday celebration

We have been regular customers at Manhattan for several years and have always had an excellent dinner. The food, service and atmosphere are the best. You feel like you've stepped into an elegant dining experience where you feel very special. It is quiet so a conversation is not a problem. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
Julie S
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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English first
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Had super high expectations for this dinner and was disappointed. This was our last night in San Diego and I wanted a special dinner out with my family (husband and two daughters 16 & 12). Made reservations and upon arrival was shown to a booth in the corner of the room located next to very loud patrons. Even my kids... More 

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San Diego, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We have been regular customers at Manhattan for several years and have always had an excellent dinner. The food, service and atmosphere are the best. You feel like you've stepped into an elegant dining experience where you feel very special. It is quiet so a conversation is not a problem. The music is pleasant and makes you want to dance.... More 

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

Dear Julie, thank you very much for the continuous support and for taking the time to review us. We are very happy to hear that you have been a regular customer of ours for a long time and look forward to celebrating with you and your family many more birthdays and special events. We look forward to seeing you again... More 

Stuart, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Nice atmosphere and great food. Monday and Tuesday specials at at the bar are fantastic. Very welcoming environment and the staff is very friendly.

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

Dear Susie, thank you very much for the kind words. We are happy to hear you enjoy our cannelloni and our Monday and Tuesday specials. We actually have happy hour at the bar from Sundays to Fridays, 4 - 6 pm. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! More 

San Diego
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is a class joint. The waiters wear Tuxedos and they are real experienced waiters - not the "Hi, my name is Chris and .......", 20-something type. The layout is conducive to a quiet meal - where can you find a quiet restaurant anymore. The food is classic chop house - all prime meats cooked excellently to order in a... More 

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

Dear Bill, thank you very much for your kind review. We are happy to hear that you are very passionate about our food and really understand our restaurant's NYC style atmosphere. We are also excited to hear that you love our tableside Caesar salad. We hope to see you again soon for some more live music, Gin Martinis and delicious... More 

Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Just an average meal for what some may consider a more expensive sitting. Great location to walk from a sunset at La Jolla beach for your dinner reservation, but food was just average.

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

Thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry to hear that you thought our food was average. This is not a typical comment we get as we pride ourselves in making traditional Italian food with the freshest ingredients available. We truly hope you give us another chance to exceed your expectations. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Woodland Hills
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We celebrated my wife's birthday. I had veal parmigiana and my wife had a rather expensive veal chop--both excellent. And they brought out a large teramicu for her birthday--gratis. The waiter was particularly attentive and service was excellent.

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

Dear Mel, thank you very much for choosing Manhattan of La Jolla for your wife's birthday! We are thrilled to hear that you truly enjoyed your dinner with us and look forward to seeing you again, for some more tiramisu, the next time you are in La Jolla! More 

San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

With remarkable service and a remarkable atmosphere, Manhattan does not disappoint. Live entertainment compliments the dining experience, and the servers work well to cover all the bases. From the freshly made tableside Caesar salad, to the perfectly cooked stake, to the tiramisu and coffee, as well as to the wonderful cocktails and wine selection, there is something to adore with... More 

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

Dear Mark, we truly appreciate your kind words. Thank you very much for taking the time to review us and for bringing your wife to dine with us twice! We are excited to hear that you truly enjoyed our NYC atmosphere, live music and traditional Italian food and look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in... More 

San Diego, California
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We first went to Manhattan’s La Jolla in 1988 after we’d just moved back to La Jolla from Hawaii where I’d been working in high end dining for several years (first as a waiter then as a manager) so my standards were high and my palate was educated. We absolutely loved this place. Everything about it was en pointe. We’ve... More 

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

Dear Kip, we are very sorry to hear that we didn't meet your expectations the last time you visited us. We hope you can give us another opportunity to provide you with the 5 star service and high quality food that Manhattan of La Jolla is known for the next time you are in. We hope to see you again... More 

Encinitas, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Our visit to Manhattan in La Jolla Village was great. We eat out in the village once or twice a week. Manhattan has the best steaks in the village. Service was the best. Actually felt a little like gooing out to eat at a traditional steak restaurant in New York City.

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

Dear David, thank you very much for your kind review. We are thrilled to hear that you consider our steaks to be the best steaks in La Jolla and that you truly enjoy our NYC atmosphere! We look forward to seeing you again for more filet mignons, traditional cocktails, and live music very soon! More 

San Diego, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

great service and food, then sat at bar to enjoy the piano player. Staff from begining to end were very pleasant

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

Dear Alexis, thank you so much for choosing Manhattan of La Jolla for your special day :) We are happy to hear you enjoyed live music and traditional italian food and look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in La Jolla! More 

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Additional Information about Manhattan of La Jolla

Address: 7766 Fay Ave., Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone Number: 858-459-0700
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 24 - 50
Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7766 Fay Ave., Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
    (Silverado Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: 858-459-0700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Bar scene

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?