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The Cottage La Jolla

$$ - $$$American, Cafe,
7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
+1 858-454-8409
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (153 reviews)
“french toast” (127 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (91 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
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Reviewed 5 days ago

When we arrived in San Diego we wanted a locally-owned place to have breakfast. The Cottage is what we found in our research before we left. We are so glad we found it. the food was delicious. Lots of flavor, cooked perfectly and you could...More

Thank MHanover10
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was absolutely what the reviewers have said. It is charming, has a great menu and the service is tops. I had the La Jolla Eggs Benedict with fruit. My husband had mashed potato omelette. Too much breakfast, but sooo good.

Thank jantexHouston
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very popular spot where we have enjoyed wonderful breakfasts and lunch. Have not tried dinner. Creative menu along with some of the all time favorites. Egg dishes were excellent, fruit bowl is is the best as well as the griddle items. Lunches enjoyed were the...More

Thank Liturgy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Long lines on the weekends for breakfast! Great lunches. Open for dinner during the summer. We locals love it. I shouldn’t share it in this site..... 😜

Thank Marjorie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to La Jolla 4 times over the past 4 years and always make sure to eat brunch at The Cottage. It is frequently busy, but well worth the wait. Friendly staff, nice ambience, and delicious sweet or savory brunch food make The Cottage...More

Thank avi_packer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place never disappoints. Food is delicious... my favorite is the French stuff toast. You gotta try it!

Thank Isabel D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely go to The Cottage for breakfast or brunch! The staff are very friendly, great service, and wonderful food! It is absolutely adorable too! Make sure to sit outside.

Thank catherine_stl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for brunch and was blown away by their French toast choices. I also tried the Mexican mocha which was very good too

Thank Cberry18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thank goodness Jason is back!! We have not been a fan of the prior management/ownership after Jason left. He's back now and the food and service has never been better! Even with a line, put your name on the list and go walk around the...More

Thank gordon D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Waited 1 1/2 hours for lunch but it was worth it. Had the cobb salad and club sandwich. Both delicious. Great service.

Thank bj142014
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February 17, 2018|
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Response from vinmarine1 | Reviewed this property |
The cooks will customize a plate if salt is an issue. They are really good at working with customers on any culinary/health issues.
November 29, 2017|
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Response from Ellen A | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, can't answer that question. Just call the restaurant and ask what hours they'll maintain on Christmas day. GOOD luck.
April 7, 2017|
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Response from DeAnna S | Reviewed this property |
7:40-3:00. Use the app NoWait to put your name of the waiting list. This will prevent you from waiting so long to be seated.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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: +1 858-454-8409
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Over 24 years ago, we stumbled onto a sleepy little restaurant called the Cottage La Jolla. The restaurant was a local hangout and had a reputation for delicious food and friendly, personal service. Since 1992, our business has exploded, and in late 2009 we finished a complete renovation of the restaurant. Improvements include a handicap lift & restrooms, expanded kitchen & a fresh, new look. What hasn't changed is our passion for serving tasty, classic American & Southern California influenced food. We are also proud of the many servers, bussers and cooks that have been with us for years & years. We are often asked how we are able to operate two restaurants on different coasts, and our response is, "It's all about the people." Please take a moment to say hello to our Manager, Michael Harrison, on your next visit. Welcome to the Cottage!
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