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Manhattan of La Jolla

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7766 Fay Ave., Empress Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037 (Silverado Street)
+1 858-459-0700
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I got two meals during my stay at the Empress, and they were nothing to write home about. The staff, however, was great - friendly and helpful.

Thank cldwntr
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Manhattan is tucked away at the Empress hotel in the heart of La Jolla. The food is authentic Italian, served by an Italian speaking staff. The shrimp scampi, clams, pasta and all the dishes are first rate. That atmosphere is upscale bar, with live piano music.Not on the ocean but worth going to for a great meal, good music and... More 

Thank MGuarneri
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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175 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Jolla is full of wonderful places for a Happy Hour, this was not one of them. We arrived st 4.45 and found the bar monopolized by locals and no barman. We waited a while before he returned. My husband had to go to the bar to order our drinks a white wine and a Cosmo. We were given no... More 

Thank MicheleColette
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430 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Manhattan wants to be a high-end restaurant, but they've missed the mark. Our Maitre D'/waiter was snarky, condescending, and ultimately rude - definitely in the wrong line of work. The menu has a lot of options, but our dinners weren't all that special. They do have live music some nights, It's convenient, in the Empress Hotel, but there are a... More 

Thank Gus B
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear you feel this way Gus and hope you give us another opportunity to serve you again - and exceed your expectations - sometime soon! More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We always make a reservation here when we are in town. We LOVE the ambiance, atmosphere, them and decor, and the warm and coziness of the restaurant. Usually there is someone in the main room playing the piano, next to the bar. The back room has a fish tank and circular booths. We prefer that room, as it is somewhat... More 

Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your continuous support and for taking the time to write us this kind review. We hope to see you again for more very soon! More 

Tehachapi, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We ordered room service from the Manhattan restaurant on two occasions and found the portions plentuiful and authentic Italin, check out my name...mom's from Italy.

Thank vinnieapicella
Boise, Idaho
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

4 different sets of bus. friends said this was great--especially since we were staying at the hotel--The Empress in La Jolla. Not; despite the attempted decor update to Post-Modern the service was lacking and the awesomely inspiring food delivery was late and, uninspired. Skip it and do better for yourselves.

Thank SteveSmithPhoto
New England
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Wow, what a wonderful experience! My daughter and I were extremely impressed by the ambience and staff, and the eggplant caponata was undoubtedly the best dish I have had in a long time. If you're craving a bit of old-time Manhattan charm, this is definitely a place to consider.

Thank AngelNewEngland
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear you and your daughter enjoyed your experience with us Angel! We hope you both stop by again to try a few other items on the menu. Among my personal favorites are: homemade gnocchi, homemade cannelloni, table side caesar salad and the Zagat Award winning veal chop fiorentina! We hope to see you again soon! More 

San Diego, California
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Hubby and I had been here a year ago with dear friends. It was so good that I've been wanting to go again ever since! So last night we joined the same couple once more and also invited a third couple to join us. It was even better this time than before, if that is indeed possible.The atmosphere is old-school... More 

Thank CarolFromPL
Paradise Valley, Arizona
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106 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Looking for Italian dinner? Go here. Easy to find in the Empress Hotel. Generous servings (we'll split next time) of Cannoli - probably the best I've ever had. The other dish we tried, also enough for two, is the sausage and peppers - Wow!

Thank EasyTravel365
Renatadb, Manager at Manhattan of La Jolla, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$24 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
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
    (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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?