Best Restaurants in La Jolla, CA

Home to gorgeous beaches, upscale shopping and one of the nation’s finest municipal golf courses, Torrey Pines, La Jolla was originally called carpet kulaaxuuyor “land of holes” by the Kumeyaay, presumably in reference to the sea caves along the north-facing cliffs. Although it is commonly believed to be translated from Spanish as “The Jewel”, the etymology of the name is still unclear. said, this seaside district is real gems may well be its restaurants.

Despite its reputation for big name and high-end restaurants — though there are plenty, that’s for sure — La Jolla’s dining scene isn’t limited to white tablecloths. It’s also about affordable pizzas, taco stands, and loads of fresh fish. Since the biggest problem you’ll have when choosing where to eat in La Jolla is that you’re spoiled for choice, we’re here to help: here are your go-to restaurants in this charming waterfront neighborhood.

Michael Gardiner is a freelance food, wine, and travel writer and licensed California attorney based in San Diego, CA and Rosarito Beach, Baja California. He blogs at; follow him on Twitter at @MAGARDINER and on Instagram at @sdfoodtravel.

Mary Beth Abate is a freelance writer based in San Diego via Chicago and Los Angeles. Her hobbies include yoga, pickling and fermenting, reading cookbooks and drinking fabulous gin. Follow his experiences @MaryBeth_Abate.

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