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Manhattan of La Jolla
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Ranked #17 of 1,242 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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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.
Reviewed July 18, 2010

My wife had Halibut and said it was to die for. I had a steak that was so tender it couldbe
cut with a fork. It was all top notch. service was excellent as well. Highly recommend it

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Reviewed April 26, 2010

Great spot in La Jolla! Food and service was great. Michael Buble or Sinatra could be walking through the door at any moment- That is the feeling you get while dining there.....

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Reviewed March 27, 2010

Based on the reviews, we were looking forward to a wonderful night at Manhattan. Unfortunately, we had the opposite experience. We were seated at a lovely booth. The lighting was dim, almost too dark. The room was very warm. We received no greeting but were tossed menus, no wine list. My husband ordered a drink and I asked for a few minutes to decide. His drink was brought to the table - the waiter brought both lemon and lime (in his hand!) as he could not recall which my husband had asked for. He squeezed the asked for lime at the table and shoved the drink at my husband. No eye contact, and he was gone. A party of 4 had just arrived in his section and they got all his attention. He never glanced at us again.
We sat for a while, waiting for service. Finally, I approached the maitre d', explaining the situation, and requested a new server. She was apologetic, and did send some one over quickly. He seemed very surprised that I didn't have a drink yet, wondered why we didn't have a wine list, and was uncomfortable that no one had greeted us or talked about the specials yet. I did order a drink, but we were seething. Our original waiter walked back and forth in front of our table serving this other party and never apologized or even looked our way. Why give our business to a restaurant like this? We paid for our drinks (they did try to comp us, but we insisted on paying) and left. We have never been treated so rudely!

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Reviewed February 16, 2010

The restaurant is currently doing some remodeling, but it has not affected the food or service. We had made reservations using the Open Table website, and the hostess told us when we arrived that their Open Table service had been down for a few days. Regardless, they were able to accommodate us at a table right away. The service was great; the staff was attentive but not overly intrusive. The food was delicious.

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Reviewed January 30, 2010

The food at Manhattan is fabulous and the Caesar Salad is like no other, but the best experience at this restaurant is the ambience created by the music, the delightful staff, and the comfy booths. The Italian waitstaff could not have been more friendly. We could have hung around there all night!

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