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Cheese Shop

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2165 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
+1 858-459-3921
08:00 - 16:00
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San Diego, California
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217 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We've been going to the Cheese Shop for over 20 years. We often stop by to pick up sandwiches for the beach or before going sailing. Delicious sandwiches.... HUGE! You may want to plan on sharing! Be sure to leave room for their home-made cookies, the flourless oatmeal cookies are famous to the locals! My kids (now nearly adults) always... More 

Thank 2beans2000
Puyallup, Washington
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Loved my tuna sandwich! It was actually big enough for two. Staff are very friendly as well! You can take your sandwich and drinks to go and bring it to the beach!

Thank Chaching1197
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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99 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overall a great spot, but do not forget to get a cookie while you're there! Sandwiches and cheese are great as well!

Thank TravelingGuy4400
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176 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved my kids sandwiches more than my own. Mistakingly thought the ham and cheese was to be grilled, but it was not. The oatmeal cookies are very good too.

Thank Mahulu
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Good food, great service, but they close at 1600 hours each day. My family ate the sandwiches which are huge and priced right. I went with the salad. Probably will not try the salad again for it was a bit dry.

Thank 532trail
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Their specialty is the turkey, avocado and cheese sandwich. You can actually buy some cheeses and crackers here, but it is predominantly a good sandwich shop. As a side treat, they sell old style candy selections from the 60's and 70's.

Thank Frank S
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

The Cheese Shop sells a great sandwich for under ~$10.00. I ordered their most popular sandwich the Turkey, Jack Cheese and Avocado. Loved it! Be warned it's huge; so big in fact that you can share with someone or save the other half for later. I've stayed in La Jolla several times for business and somehow missed this great sandwich... More 

Thank Paul M
Columbia, Maryland
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229 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Wanting a sandwich beyween a bike tour and kayaking, I picked the Cheese Shop. This is a friendly little shop very close to the beach,recommended by my locwl guide. The sandwiches are excellent- big, nice thick breads (rosemary for me), fresh ingredients inclyding homemade cranberry sauce on my chicken muenster and cranberry sandwich. Yum! You also need an oatmeal cookie:)... More 

Thank Deborah F
San Diego, California
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46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

My granddaughter loves the Cheese Shop and we go for lunch all the time. Real turkey, roast beef, avocado. Lots of cheese selections and great homemade cookies. The Cheese Shop has many old-time candies and several candies at a child's eye level so be prepared to disappoint the young ones or give in to their sweet teeth. No indoor seating... More 

Thank Neil R
Lafayette, Louisiana
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Just walking by and decided to stop in and check it out! Super cool and fun. Everyone was so friendly and the food was amazing! A must do if you are in La Jolla!!

Thank aprilnleblanc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2165 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-459-3921

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