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Elijah's Restaurant and Delicatessen

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8861 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1918
+1 858-455-1461
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri 07:00 - 23:00
Sat 08:00 - 23:00
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San Diego, California
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

First of all this restaurant has moved to 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd which was formerly a sports bar with minimum modifications so it doesn't look like it's former La Jolla location. With that being said, I really enjoyed the lunch with my mother. We were seated very quickly and drink orders were taken right away. Once we finally decided, my... More 

San Diego, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 July 2016

I was expecting this place to knock my socks off. I looked at the menu on line and I was very anxious about visiting. When I got there , they only had 3 customers the whole time I was having dinner 6:30-7:30. That should speak volumes about what to expect. The menu choices were great, but the food was mediocre... More 

Thank Dale H
Angola, Indiana
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

Although this was one of my favorite restaurants when it was located on La Jolla Village Drive, it has really declined since moving to Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. The acoustics in the new location are very poor which makes for a noisy atmosphere. The service is still excellent, but the food has declined as well. None of the beef dishes, whether... More 

Thank Fredred2000
Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

First off if your looking for a REAL Deli atmosphere this isn't your type its more like a someones bad ideas put together Along with that the food is not really good ,,//M sister got a Rueben but put pastrami on it (Rachel) The pickling spice blew this sandwich away she didn't eat even half I ordered the Corned beef... More 

Thank Saberghoff
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393 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016

We’d eaten at Elijah’s in La Jolla several times before it closed and liked it. This last trip to San Diego we had some extra time, so found the deli’s new place in a San Diego strip mall. Wow, what a change. While the old location had a certain rustic, rough-around-the-edges charm, the new Elijah’s is thoroughly modern. It doesn’t... More 

Thank dwg51357
West Bloomfield, Michigan
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228 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

Four of us went for dinner. Both couples shared food. My husband and I shared Matzo Ball soup and a Ruben. Our service was excellent. Our server came back without prompting and filled our water glasses.she filled our orders correctly. I did not realize there was not a cup of matzo ball soup. Two bowls was toooooo much. She offered... More 

Thank Computernana
San Diego, California
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148 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2015

The corned beef on rye was a master piece built by trained professionals in the art of a true deli, this meal stands alone with perfect flavor without the need for dressing but if you like sauerkraut you can't go wrong.

Thank Winrow1
Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
Reviewed 30 November 2015

We had our Thanksgiving dinner catered to us during our stay in San Diego. It was delivered on time and everything was delicious--Carved turkey, dressing, yams, roasted vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, apple pie, rolls & butter. More time for sightseeing and less time in the kitchen! We are planning on a repeat next year!

Thank Mack1952
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Went there expecting the usual warm welcoming atmosphere.It has now moved to a large ,stark,unfriendly modern block! There is NO DELI????Ordered hot corned beef sandwich,whilst also ordered chicken in the pot. We were told there are no longer pickles????A corned beef sandwich with NO PICKLES???The sandwich was very small and dry? The chicken in the pot was awful,looked awful tasted... More 

Thank 204alexcOl
Angola, Indiana
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2015

Elijah's had to move their location from La Jolla Village Square to Clairemont Mesa Blvd. We were concerned that they would lose a lot of their customers. But the restaurant has recovered and appears to be doing well. The food here has always been excellent and the service has always been great. This appears to be a truly well run,... More 

Thank Fredred2000

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8861 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1918
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-455-1461

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?