I used to live in La Jolla before it became developed with commercial buildings and high rises. But I always return for special occasions to the Ocean Terrace. The food is always excellent and the menu mercifully short. Service is impeccable. It is usually difficult to get seating at the rail (no guarantees even with a reservation) but the atmosphere is friendly and fun. If you have to wait, by all means sit at the bar and soak in the atmosphere. I highly recommend the Sticky Toffee Pudding if your arteries are up to it.