Physician recruiters headed to the annual NAPR/NALTO convention next week are in for a treat. La Jolla boasts 266 days of sunshine a year, sandy beaches, dramatic sea cliffs, and spectacular views. You’ll also find restaurants to suit every taste. When you’re ready for dinner or drinks after conference hours, check out one of these popular spots.
Dinner with a View
With two unique restaurants, George’s at the Cove is routinely rated one of the best places to dine in San Diego. Ocean Terrace offers rooftop dining with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The casual menu includes fish tacos, salads, sandwiches, seafood, and pasta. California Modern, located inside, is considered one of America’s best fine dining restaurants. Though à la carte ordering is available, Chef Trey Foshee and his staff encourage diners to choose one of their tasting menus for the full “San Diego lifestyle” experience.
A local favorite since 1941, The Marine Room is known equally for its close proximity to the surf – waves crash against the windows at high tide – and its commitment to serving world class seafood and desserts. Like George’s, The Marine Room prides itself on using seasonal, local ingredients whenever possible.
Duke’s La Jolla offers a more casual environment, but equally stunning views. Named for Olympic medalist and surfing pioneer Duke Kahanamoku, Duke’s serves traditional Hawaiian seafood plates with a contemporary twist. Mainlanders will also appreciate their classic steaks and burgers.
If you’re looking for something lower-key, try El Pescador. Ultra-fresh seafood and reasonable prices have made this fish market popular with La Jolla locals since 1978. Pick your favorite from a long list of fish. Then choose to have it sautéed or char-grilled and served as a sandwich, salad, or full plate with rice and grilled veggies.
When you’ve had enough seafood, it’s time for Porkyland, another local institution. What started as a simple tortilla shop in 1982 has become one of San Diego’s most popular Mexican restaurants. Their authentic carnitas are especially popular. You can also choose from tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and breakfast served all day.
Or, try Burger Lounge. You’ll find everything from grass-fed beef to quinoa veggie burgers, salads, and floats made with Batch Craft Soda™.
For happy hour, head to Herringbone, where you can enjoy $1 oysters daily from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The “Oyster Hour” menu also offers discounted wine, beer, and cocktails, plus appetizers like mussels tiki masala and wood-fired pizza.
Located a little farther South in Bird Rock, Beaumont’s Eatery is a local gathering spot for craft cocktails and live music. A seasonal menu highlights seafood and creative shared plates. Happy Hour runs until 6:30 daily.
Returning to George’s at the Cove, La Jolla’s newest happy hour hangout is now open on Level 2. Sample classic and innovative cocktails while taking in George’s panoramic ocean view.
Be sure to save some time for the sun, drinks, and dining in La Jolla!