LA JOLLA HEAT WAVE La Jolla is known for its refined eateries and acclaimed chefs—from Trey Foshee at George's at the Cove to Jason Knibb at Nine-Ten. Say hello to their fab new neighbors.
he dining scene in this upscale enclave of San Diego has experienced an influx of bold new eateries over the last two years. Sophisticated dining and elegant décor embody chic Herringbone, where La Jolla socialites can be found sipping martinis, and the menu is best described as “fish meets field;” while Cusp, featuring Mediterranean small plates and custom craft cocktails, boasts panoramic coastline views from 11 stories up at Hotel La Jolla; and the sumptuously decorated Amaya La Jolla is earning raves for its refined twist on Southern cuisine. More casual options are also making their mark, including: Finch’s Bistro & Wine Bar, a quaint hole in the wall known for its Euro-inspired plates; The Promiscuous Fork, a foodieacclaimed joint with the best pot-roast sandwich in the area;
and Puesto, a cult-followed eatery serving up organic Mexican street food in an ultra-casual setting. Brand-new to the community, The Hake Kitchen & Bar features a global menu ranging from grilled octopus to hamachi tartare, plus the largest mezcal selection in San Diego—all amid an eclectic-mod décor. Iberico Spanish Bistro boasts an impressive selection of tapas, paella and its own gin club—the first of its kind in SoCal. At quietly cool Stella, expect modern Italian fare, ocean views and an exceptional wine list. Finally, over at the iconic La Valencia Hotel (or “La V”), the historic property is undergoing a major overhaul. Acclaimed Chef Daniel Barron oversees The Med, featuring an expanded cove-facing terrace and “New American” cuisine; while Café la Rue just reopened as a Frenchcountryside-inspired bistro.
From top: Iberico Spanish Bistro; buttermilk-fried quail at Amaya La Jolla; croquetas at The Hake.
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