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Reviewed December 10, 2021 via mobile

The smoked brisket sandwich is fatty and heavy. Very hard to digest. The vegan hash was 75% potatoes and not too many veggies. Nothing exceptional. For those prices below average

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed July 13, 2021 via mobile

Right near UCSD. Allows parking for free for first 2 hrs. Beautiful restaurant outside a mall and heavily crowded. Service was excellent and the food was huge portions. Their breakfast was definitely one of the most tastiest I’ve had. Come here, it’s superb!!!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 6, 2021

When you walk in you are immediately confronted with two choices. Do I sit in the painfully noisy dining area or do I sit outside ten feet from a major thoroughfare? We opted for outside. After that the food was good enough, although expensive. I...guess you should expect that in La Jolla. I go to a Great Maple about once every two years. That's about right.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 4, 2021

As chicken & waffle lovers visiting San Diego, my family was eager to try this new dish, donut fried chicken sandwiches, once we heard about it from reviews. We got slightly lost trying to find the restaurant once we parked in the parking structure, but...if you follow signs pointing toward Great Maple, you won't make the same mistake as us. We got to the restaurant at around 1 pm. As my daughter would say, she got a nice vibe from Great Maple, which was decorated nicely, making it rather aesthetically pleasing. The restaurant, even with tables socially distanced, was not very full so we were quickly seated and ordered a cobb salad, lemon curd beignets, and the donut fried chicken sandwiches we were dying to try. Our food came relatively quickly and we dug in. The portion size was generous; the cobb salad was no three-bite dish. With probably more toppings than lettuce, it may not have been the most healthy salad ever, but it was tasty, especially because of the delicious bacon, eggs, avocados, and other delicious toppings. Next, we also enjoyed the bacon maple donut fried chicken sandwich. It was definitely something we hadn't tried before, but we were glad we tried it. The sweet and salty combination was scrumptious! Lastly, our dessert was beignets. My family enjoys ice cream-stuffed beignets, so we thought trying lemon curd beignets was worth a try. It did not disappoint. The three of us, who eat more than many people, were quite full by the time we left the restaurant. While Great Maple may not be cheap eats, the food was well worth the reasonable price. You won't regret taking a trip to Great Maple and trying their one-of-a-kind, scrumptious donut fried chicken sandwiches!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 23, 2021

This restaurant never disappoints! Food, drinks, and food are always delicious! This location is so beautiful and ambiance is great! Service was great too! Great for families with young kids!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed October 24, 2020 via mobile

Food was fantastic!!!! We had a reservation for 1p & still waited 20+ minutes for a table, that was outside on the busy street, but that was only drawback. Service was solid & food was amazing. Absolutely recommend chicken & maple donuts. Chicken is so...good, donuts are delicious. Desperate of combined, it’s a winner. Guests in our party also enjoyed the burger & chicken sandwich. The waffle sticks with 3 dipping sauces was a clever, yummy twist. Will absolutely be back.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed March 11, 2020

We tried Great Maple off of a Yelp review. We had a large party (9) so we did have a little bit of a wait. Restaurant is pretty small and tables are in VERY close vicinity to each other, but the food though!! We had...heard of the Maple donuts, but everything we ordered was delicious!! The french toast is a HUGE order as well as the pancakes, you can definitely share! There was a mix of families and trendy business types when we went which can make it a little awkward sometimes with little ones, but we felt very comfortable! Food was delicious, definitely a must try! More expensive then your average breakfast (compared to Dennys/Ihop) but the food is not comparable!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 1, 2020 via mobile

This was by far one of the best breakfast meals I have ever had. We arrived before the rush and had relatively little wait before being seated. We sat outside which was pretty comfortable with the outdoor heaters. Portions were plentiful and prices reasonable. I...had the popover and it was amazing. Parking is tight but this place is worth a few extra steps and a little but if a wait!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 10, 2019 via mobile

Situated in the uber busy UTC mall, the Great Maple is easy to access from the parking garage. The inside of the restaurant is San Diego chic, brass and glass. And that’s about where the goodness ends. The server must not have been having a...great day because she was extremely short and not too friendly. I ordered the Chilaquiles and after a pretty long wait, I finally received my food. It looked delicious and the portion was large. Unfortunately they substituted spicy for flavor. There really wasn’t any flavor, it was just spicy. The people that I had lunch with also had the same opinions about their food. Hopefully other people have better experiences, but I definitely won’t be returning.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed July 21, 2019 via mobile

My first time there. Absolutely the cutest place. Service was so good. Food was great but the portions are large. So keep that in mind. Would go back in a heartbeat

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

Went here for brunch before shopping at UTC and we were not disappointed. Plenty of seating and tables when we arrived at 9:45am but it quickly started getting busy around 10-10:30am. Making a reservation is a good idea! We ordered too much food, did not...expect the order of beignets to be so big! The French Toast logs were massive, and we all left stuffed. We enjoyed sitting outside and even though it was a little chilly they had heaters on and it felt fine. The proximity to UTC makes it a great place to start before you shop! Parking is available in the new structure and is very close to the restaurant. Might be one of our new favorites!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 15, 2019

Nice place. The food was okay but the maple donuts with bacon were so delicious. Drinks were good too and reasonably priced. You can only enter the restaurant on Genesee. It’s just before Nordstrom’s in UtC. When you drive into the parking garage best place...to park is just to your left. I would definitely try this place again.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

How a restaurant chain that features maple syrup and bacon isn't something that originated in Canada, I'll never know, but there you have it. We first came across this place in Newport Beach and once I found out there was now one in La Jolla...at Westfield UTC, I was glad to try it again on a recent visit from Canada. I had indulged in the French Toast Logs before and I was hooked, so I ordered them again. Just as I remembered. I'm not usually one to leave good food on my plate, but this is a lot of french toast. The bacon pieces add just the right flavour and they do not skimp on the syrup. Throw in a few blueberries for good measure. A masterpiece of mega-carbohydrate cuisine. My partner had the bacon and eggs and she said it would have been perfect had it arrived at the table hot. I know, the timing of getting two types of dishes to finish at the same time is tricky. Her eggs probably waited for my logs to finish. I haven't had a chance yet to try anything outside of breakfast fare, but the menu, while limited, looks scrumptious. This restaurant is at the outside edge of a massive parking garage, so pay attention to the signs pointing the way to Great Maple once you arrive. It does not connect directly to the inner mall.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed February 20, 2019

I've been to the San Diego location and am quite a fan so I thought I would try this new location in La Jolla. There is parking right behind the restaurant in the shopping mall (2 free hours). I came during lunch and they were...moderately busy. Because I was alone, I opted to sit at the bar rather than take up a whole table. Should have taken a table. The restaurant itself is quite appealing and comfortable. But when I sat at the bar, it took an extraordinarily long time for someone to come over and give me a menu or take my drink order. There was a bartender, but she was busy having a conversation with some of the other patrons at the bar. Despite making eye contact with the bartender no less than six times, she just kept going on and on with her conversation. I really wouldn't care except she was the only one working the bar, which seemed odd since it was the lunch hour and as stated, moderately busy. When she finally finished her conversation, she headed my way only to stop at the people next to me, who already had food & drink, and ask if everything was okay or if they needed anything. Finally, she comes to help me but with a look on her face that says she is already annoyed because I was looking at her while she was busy talking. I ordered an iced tea which she did get and looked over the menu. The menu seems similar to the one in San Diego; I wanted an egg white scramble but with a few veggies mixed in. When the bartender/server came back, I asked her about this and she told me "no" they don't do that. WTF?!? I wanted mushrooms, spinach and some goat/feta cheese. They do make an egg scramble with "market vegetables" but really... what restaurant doesn't have any spinach? And who ever heard of "market vegetables"? I was hungry and just wanted something to eat so I went with the "two egg breakfast". Surprisingly, my food order came out rather quickly and to be honest, looked absolutely amazing when it was brought out. The eggs were hot and fluffy and so delicious! The meal came with fingerling potatoes that tasted like they were fried a little and then baked. Incredibly delicious. I don't think there was any seasoning on them and they were perfect tasting as they were. They serve something they call "rustic toast" which seemed similar to sourdough. The butter comes on the side so you can take it dry or really butter it up. It also came with some fresh fruit which consisted of about eight blueberries, one sliced up strawberry and some cantaloupe slices (cantaloupe was not ripe). Okay, overall impression. Overly pretentious and not as customer friendly as the one in San Diego. When I go to the one in San Diego, there is never a problem getting spinach, mushrooms and goat cheese in my egg whites but this has to be the first restaurant not to have any spinach. The "market vegetables" they were serving included brussel sprouts. Brussel sprouts in scrambled eggs? That's a first but if you can serve that, how hard could it possibly be to also have some spinach? Mushrooms? By the way... Snooze which in only a mile away, does serve an egg white scramble with any veggies and cheese you can ask for. So, the food is solid but sadly limited. The service is good... when they finally get to you. They aren't as good as the San Diego location and frankly, a bit expensive. I don't mind paying a little more, but if I'm paying more, I expect to get what I want and asking for spinach and mushrooms isn't asking for anything outrageous. Not sure I will come back simply because for the cost, it just isn't all that special.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed January 23, 2019 via mobile

Service started out well, but proved to be spotty during our dinner at Great Maple La Jolla. This is a new location, so they have some kinks to work out. We chose from the three course restaurant week prix fixe dinner menu. The Caesar with...shaved Brussels sprouts was overdressed. I asked for my maple glazed salmon to be cooked medium, but the center was completely raw. The fat on my daughter’s ribs wasn’t rendered and the ribs weren’t very tender. The warm maple glazed donut with bacon for dessert was good, as was my daughter’s cocktail. Ambience was nice, but the two person banquet felt a bit awkward, as I had to lean forward to reach the plate. GM is known for their brunch, so I may give them another try for that meal after they (hopefully) get their act together.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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