La Jolla Restaurants and Recommendations

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Classic. Iconic. Paradise. Known as San Diego’s “jewel” for a reason. If you’re in the area, here’s some La Jolla recommendations of the best La Jolla restaurants and food scenes!

La Jolla restaurants are no short of divine and magical. It’s one of my favorite places on Earth. Growing up, La Jolla, California was one of my family’s most frequented summer vacation spots. For some reason, a ton of El Paso families vacation here, so our weeks spent there were full of joint beach cookouts, spending time at each other’s condos and hotel rooms, and all of the kids wandering around town together like we were locals.

When I think about La Jolla, I think of the smell of sunscreen and of the ocean breeze in the air, of the hot sand at the beach, and of a slower, more relaxed sense of time (if any at all). It’s a sleepy, old-timey little beach town with the most beautiful views and amazing restaurants. If you’re in the area, which you’re so lucky if you are, here are some of La Jolla recommendations and it’s own little jewels that you should most definitely check out:


La Jolla Restaurants:

♥= healthy favorite

-The Cheese Shop (deli; get sandwiches/food here for the beach. Has the BEST oatmeal cookies $)

♥Pressed Juicery (cold-pressed juice and fro-yo made of JUST fruit juice!!! $)

♥Caroline’s (breakfast/brunch w/ beach views $$)

-La Jolla Shores (the restaurant here has the best fish tacos and nachos I swear $$)

-George’s at the Cove (cali cuisine at it’s finest $$$)

-Herringbone’s (whole fish ceviche is a must $$$)

-Piatti (yummy cozy Italian $$$)

-The Med ( Mediterranean food in the beautiful historic La Valencia  hotel $$$)

-Barbarella (European restaurant that’s upscale but good for families too! $$$)

-Eddie V’s (a little basic, but sitting atop one of the best views $$$$)

♥ Trilogy Sanctuary (Organic w/ vegan, gluten-free options $$)

♥Lagom Balanced Food (Healthy/GF/DF smoothies, baked goods, and bowls $)

-Turmeric Thai Kitchen (delicious, hidden local Thai spot $)


La Jolla Things to Do:

♥Open Aire Farmers Market (One of the best ever. Sundays 9-1, go hungry)

-Shopping (downtown LJ/Girard St has great boutiques)

Scripps Pier (good photo op)

-Rent Kayaks (guids will take you around the coves)

-Rent a boat for a day (can also drive to Mission Beach and do this)

-La Jolla Cove (come see sea lions everywhere)

-Hike up and around Torrey Pines (especially nice in the early morning and at sunset)

Of course there’s a ton more to do around San Diego and neighboring parts of California, but these are some of the best things to do in and around La Jolla specifically.

If you have any La Jolla recommendations, or are going to one of these places and want a recommendation on what to order, comment below!! I’d love to hear about y’alls La Jolla adventures!

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  1. April 26, 2019 / 11:18 pm

    My favorite spot in La Jolla is a restaurant/bar called The Shack. It’s small and cozy. Great atmosphere and great food! Reasonable pricing too (for the area )

    • April 28, 2019 / 3:06 am

      Ooh I’ll have to check that out next time I’m there! Thank you so much for the recommendation! πŸ™‚

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