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“Enjoy a great Happy Hour Experience!”

Manhattan of La Jolla
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Ranked #31 of 1,237 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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.
Okanagan Falls, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Enjoy a great Happy Hour Experience!”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

Happy Hour at the Manhattan includes drink specials and half price appetizers. It's both a great value and tasty experience for those with smaller appetites. All this and cloth tablecloths and cloth napkins and a friendly server. You will be treated to live piano music at the end of Happy Hour if you are lucky. The only downside is that it can be a bit noisy if it is busy, but hey it is a lounge so completely understandable!

  • Visited February 2014
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Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this review, October 22, 2014
Thank you Lynn for stopping by and for leaving us this kind review. We hope to see you again soon for more appetizers and drinks :)
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Sonoma County, California
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101 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A flashback!”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

Straight out of the history pages. Typical Italian/American food - nothing outstanding but basically good food not prone to offending any diner. Staff was aptly tuxedoed and attentive, pictures of Marilyn and Sinatra on the dark walls. If you are over 60 and love that Rat Pack thingy then you will love this spot.

  • Visited February 2014
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Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this review, November 11, 2014
Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to write this review. We would love to see you again soon!
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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“Great and Old School”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

Thank goodness there's somewhere to take over from the regrettably demised Whaling Bar. Not a cheap place to eat and drink, but worth it. Usually a quiet and mature crowd (Friday/Saturday can be quite otherwise). Excellent staff but kitchen can be a bit uneven.

  • Visited January 2014
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Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this review, November 11, 2014
Thank you very much for writing this lovely review about us. We hope to see you again soon!!
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La Jolla, California
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
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“A 1960's Style with 2014 Food!”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Know to La Jolla locals but not normally on the tourist radar Manhattan has great food...especially the veal. Entertainment on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. My favorite is Wednesday the singer sounds like Dean Martin. Great for special occasions or a romantic dinner.

Visited January 2014
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Thank David W
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Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this review, November 11, 2014
Thank you very much for writing such a kind review about us David. We hope to see you again for another romantic dinner with the sounds of Frank Sinatra :)
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“Good Italian Food - Great bar!”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

A very popular bar throughout the evening. And the service was very good. I had the mussels and my husband had veal and pasta. Both were OK

Visited December 2013
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Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this review, November 11, 2014
Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to write us a review. Make sure to try our homemade cannelloni, lobster bisque and award winning veal chop the next time you stop by. We are certain you will enjoy it. Hope to see you again soon!
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