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Manhattan of La Jolla

7766 Fay Ave, Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
+1 858-459-0700
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“cannelloni” (35 reviews)
“caesar salad” (25 reviews)
“steak” (26 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
7766 Fay Ave, Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an Old School Restaurant. The servers, busboys and food runners were all 'mature' but gave great service. I ordered the shrimp scampi and it was delicious. There was a beautiful fish tank with assorted various coloured fish. Relaxing to sit back and look...More

Thank carolsusangraham
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have been here before and decided to come back. The experience was consistent with our last visit. Amazing. The service is extraordinary and the food is delicious. We arrived early for our reservation, but they sat us right away. The atmosphere is very relaxing...More

Thank MrsK45963
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate dinner our first night in La Jolla. Has the wonderful italian garlic smell, dark woody ambience with interestibg art work. Menu was great along with a good wine list. I had the salmon and it was very good. Definitely recommend.

Thank spidersuz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Made a reservation in the main dining room based on a locals recommendation. The piano musician was great, not too loud and all songs you could sing along. The table side Caesar is one of the bests we ever had! Our server was very knowledgeable...More

Thank Halley S
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary and had dinner in our hotel restaurant. Could not have asked for better food or service.

Thank kendall9492017
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Had to stay in our room and could not go out for dinner. Trying to figure out what to do and decided on room service from Manhattan. Lobster Ravioli was yummy, especially the sauce. My only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was the...More

Thank ChinoKim
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Valet parking at the door. Up scale dinning at it's best. Ambiance, service, food quality, wine selection, live music, everything you want for a special night out. The daily dinner specials covered a variety of tastes. The four-course meal was nothing short of spectacular. The...More

Thank Emory B
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Our wonderful meal started out with great service and a feeling that you are NOT being rushed. The salads and main courses (ranging from steak to pasta) all turned out great, and our server made sure we always had enough water, wine, butter, etc. You...More

Thank Randy J
Reviewed 24 April 2017

I can honestly say that I have never seen anyone else in here. The staff are mostly ageing gentlemen who seem to dislike your presence or even completely ignore you. On one occasion I had five different people serve me. The advantage I guess is...More

Thank ProfessorCalculus
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Friendly service. Fine food and delicious desserts. My wife and I had the Ceasar salad for 2, prepared right at our table. I enjoyed my Chicken Parmigiana and veggies. Should have ordered a small side of pasta to go along with it. My wife had...More

Thank ABP21
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mria o
2 August 2015|
Response from Saracia | Reviewed this property |
Sit in the bar. Great light menu. Caesar Salad is perfect. It is a place for after work people so it gets crowded at the bar early but you can sit at one of he little tables. Their menu changes so check their website.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$24 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7766 Fay Ave, Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
    (Silverado Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-459-0700
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.
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