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Manhattan of La Jolla, San Diego, CA

Manhattan of La Jolla

4.7
4.7
1623 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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 36th year.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Steak, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 459-0700
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Please call for details. The Garden Room at Manhattan seats up to 60 people. Manhattan of La Jolla can seat up to 120 and can be bought out for the evening.
  • Private party contact
    Bill Wolf or Nancy O'Donnell: (858) 459-0700
  • Neighborhood
    La Jolla
  • Cross street
    Silverado Street
  • Parking details
    We offer curb side valet parking or you may self park on street. Valet is offered by The Empress Hotel.
  • Entertainment
    We offer live music 5 DAYS A WEEK! Our Schedule is Wednesday through Sunday. Wednesday evenings Mikan Zlatkovich’s jazz trio will preform 6:00-9:00 pm. Thursday evening 6:00-9:00 world-class entertainer Tad Sisler will be entertaining. Friday and Saturday Tad Sisler will continue with outstanding vocals plus excellent musicianship on piano and keyboards 7:00-10:00 pm. Sunday Mike Wofford will be jazzing up the evening on the piano from 6:00-8:15.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,623 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

1,623 Reviews
  1. Hals

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great, one of our favorites Avery time we visit. Excellent food and atmosphere

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  2. Edsiesgems

    San Diego

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our fav restaurant in LJ. Excellent drinks, food and service. Both special occasions and great for special night out.

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  3. lindam

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time, food great; but Cesar salad could be fresher and use more anchovies. Service excellent especially because of Isella as waitress. She is so personal, caring and attentive. It was easy to tip her. Desserts ohhh excellent in flavors and not a ton of sugar. Music relaxing.

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  4. jenfa

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Manhattan is my favorite restaurant in San Diego. Thank you for always providing a sophisticated, professional and pleasurable experience. PS, we really enjoyed the young fellow who brought us water. A terrific addition to your great staff.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best time! The food was fantastic. Service and ambience was amazing! Highly recommend if you’re in La Jolla!

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  6. Lizzylocks

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot for an intimate date night or birthday celebration. I would go again and try for small bites and a happy hour if available. The staff, service and food were excellent!

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  7. JimB

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service, but a very lively crowd and as such, it was noisy.

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  8. peterm

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great dining experience. very old school caesar salad is delicious and presentation at table is nice good wine list. celebrated wife’s birthday only complaint was that the cioppino was too salty

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  9. JeffreyK

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent Caesar salad the Petrale Sole and steak Flambeau were both outstanding as well. A wonderful time was enjoyed by all four of us!

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  10. Sandy

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved, loved, loved having Holly Hofmann and Rob Thorsen accompany Mike Wofford. It was spectacular and enjoyed by all!

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  11. RBHF

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We have dined here several times and is always so disappointing and irritating that they make you wait 20/30 minutes for your table. Last night we almost left as everyone was tired of waiting. The excuse is always that the ppl at the table don’t want to leave. Any other restaurant brings you the check, or goes to the point to tell you you have the table for certain amount of time, -not the case here. I noticed they take every reservation regardless if they have the space or not, to keep the restaurant busy. Bad management, you can’t allow ppl to seat from 5 pm to 9, while your other guests is waiting for the table for 45 minutes. Your reservation means nothing.

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  12. JohnP

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place - old fine dining not normally found in California.

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  13. ChristyLundy

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An incredible restaurant. Great food, live music, wonderful service. Can’t wait to return!

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  14. LindaS

    San Diego

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great old school atmosphere. Iceberg wedge was not up to par. Iceberg lettuce with core & wilted leaves. Had to ask for more dressing. Really skimpy on bacon & dressing. Calamari, cannoli,Both outstanding! Veal chop as well.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time here. Food is delicious and everyone is very friendly and welcoming Definitely have to try it if you haven’t yet.

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  16. StephanieS

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The table side Caesar salad packed salt - we asked for salt to remedy it

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere, good energy, great piano, great singing, good food, fast drinking service, but a bit slow in food service.

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  18. cpsd

    San Diego

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reliable LJ dinner spot consistently serving pleasing food in two nostalgic, comfortable rooms. Also special for the original LJ Whaler ice cream cocktail 😋 Excellent pre-concert choice.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were fantastic. We will definitely be back soon

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  20. TerryW

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner location. Could not ask for more.

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  21. Benitezzzz

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an excellent, old-school Italian restaurant hidden in a small hotel in the heart of downtown La Jolla! I've lived in San Diego for years but never knew about Manhattan of La Jolla until a friend recommended it. Do you know how hard it is to find a restaurant these days that is QUIET? OMG... such a delight (and a relief)! If you don't like it quiet, you can sit in the lounge area with live music that's not too overwhelming. If you prefer a quiet experience, ask to be seated in the booths away from the music. We recommend the tableside Caesar salad. The cannelloni and spinach and cheese ravioli were both excellent. The waiter was friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. He also boxed up our leftovers. This doesn't seem like much, but it is a rare service in restaurants these days and was appreciated. GREAT evening!

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  22. StephanieS

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For us the most important thing is the quiet and the quality of the food - they were great!

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  23. CarolinaM

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant is great for drinks, and a nice dinner while you chat! The live piano really adds to the ambiance of the place. For food, we've ordered the caesar salad table-side service, alfredo fettucine, and steak florentine. All 10/10. Portions are really big! So consider sharing or come with an empty stomach. The servers are incredibly kind and attentive!

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  24. tinsley

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is excellent! Best veal saltimbocca anywhere.

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  25. ChefEddiesCritique

    San Diego

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very enjoyable evening. We requested a quiet table and were seated in the back of the dining room. Food, wine, service were great. Caesar salad prepared table side was a nice touch.

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  26. BradL

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome place. Like stepping back in time. Great staff and food. Highly recommend.

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  27. AmyD

    St. Louis

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very cool restaurant. Love the old school ambience. From Illinois and reminded me of Chicago Italian restaurants. Food and service was great. Stayed at hotel and ambience seemed to not quite match the hotel.

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  28. alohasd

    San Diego

    110 reviews

    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Manhattan never fails to delight. Great food, good service at reasonable prices. Our local go to.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service, as always. Husband had the veal chop Milanese which was delicious. I had veal piccata. I requested light sauce on the piccata but it was heavy and not hot enough as was pasta. But, still enjoyable and will continue to go back!

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  30. Manhattan

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and atmosphere. Very friendly service.

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  31. ryans

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Manny is awesome as always! Manhattan’s has now become our favorite restaurant.

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  32. Apparition

    San Diego

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the absolute best time! This was our first time at this restaurant and it far exceeded our expectations. This is an "old fashion" Italian Steak house. The service was exceptional. Manny our waiter made us feel welcome and like a member of the family. We were instantly relaxed and able to enjoy a nice leisurely evening. Would definitely recommend for anyone wanting to have a nice meal at a very welcoming place.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. Ask to sit in the room with the aquarium , away from the bar and piano bar if you actually want to talk to the person you came with.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicioso!!!! Excelente servicio música en vivo Excelente ambiente

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is becoming a must when we visit San Diego. Great food, service and piano bar to boot!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service food was good but a little on the expensive side for the quality.

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  37. SavannahF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was great! A little pricy on Valentine’s Day… service was alright are the bread before cocktails and had no celebration for our 3 year anniversary

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  38. Begodo

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Enjoyed the big leather booths. Steak Flambé prepared right at the table was a treat. Service was efficient but wait staff not particularly pleasant or friendly.

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  39. SonnyS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time here and another great experience.

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  40. DianeK

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite restaurant for special occasions — I feel transported to a different time and place like maybe 1940’s New York with Sinatra singing love songs at a piano bar. I had the Delmonico steak which was cooked to perfection. Martinis of course, a good bottle of red and Gran Marinier to toast the end of a very exceptional night of dining and listening to the Piano Man.

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FAQs

Manhattan of La Jolla does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Manhattan of La Jolla also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 459-0700.

Manhattan of La Jolla is rated 4.7 stars by 1623 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Manhattan of La Jolla

7766 Fay Ave, San Diego, CA 92037

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Silverado Street
  • Neighborhood
    La Jolla
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Steak, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We offer curb side valet parking or you may self park on street. Valet is offered by The Empress Hotel.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    We offer live music 5 DAYS A WEEK! Our Schedule is Wednesday through Sunday. Wednesday evenings Mikan Zlatkovich’s jazz trio will preform 6:00-9:00 pm. Thursday evening 6:00-9:00 world-class entertainer Tad Sisler will be entertaining. Friday and Saturday Tad Sisler will continue with outstanding vocals plus excellent musicianship on piano and keyboards 7:00-10:00 pm. Sunday Mike Wofford will be jazzing up the evening on the piano from 6:00-8:15.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (858) 459-0700
  • Private party facilities
    Please call for details. The Garden Room at Manhattan seats up to 60 people. Manhattan of La Jolla can seat up to 120 and can be bought out for the evening.
  • Private party contact
    Bill Wolf or Nancy O'Donnell: (858) 459-0700
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