Best Restaurants in La Jolla, CA


Home to gorgeous beaches, luxury shopping and one of the finest municipal golf courses in the country, Torrey pinesLa Jolla was originally called carpet kulaaxuuyor “land of holes” by the Kumeyaay, probably referring to the sea caves along the north-facing cliffs. Although it is generally believed to be translated from Spanish as “The Jewel”, the name etymology is still unclear. That said, this seaside district is real gems may well be its restaurants.

Despite its reputation for big name and high-end restaurants — though there are plenty, that’s for sure — La Jolla’s dining scene isn’t limited to white tablecloths. It is also an affordable pizza, taco stands, and shipments of fresh fish. Since the biggest problem you’ll have when choosing where to eat in La Jolla is that you’re spoiled for choice, we’re here to help: here are your go-to restaurants in this charming waterfront neighborhood.

Michael Gardiner is a freelance food, wine, and travel writer and licensed California attorney based in San Diego, CA and Rosarito Beach, Baja California. He blogs at; follow him on Twitter at @MAGARDINER and on Instagram at @sdfoodtravel.

Mary Beth Abate is a freelance writer based in San Diego via Chicago and Los Angeles. Her hobbies include yoga, pickling and fermenting, reading cookbooks and drinking fabulous gin. Follow his experiences @MaryBeth_Abate.


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