La Jolla & North County Coast restaurants

Top Choice Californian in La Jolla

George's at the Cove

The Euro-Cal cooking is as dramatic as the oceanfront location, thanks to the bottomless imagination of chef Trey Foshee. George’s has graced just about every list of top restaurants in California, and indeed the US…
Top Choice Seafood in Encinitas

Fish 101

In this casual grown-up fish shack, order at the counter, sidle up to a butcher-block table, sip craft beer or Mexican coke from a mason jar and tuck into albacore-tuna poke, clam chowder, shrimp po'boy or fish-and-…
Top Choice Californian in La Jolla

Shore Rider Cafe

For tasty eats in a surf vibe right near the beach, head to Shore Rider's new mellow open-air patio, where they play California rock and serve beer on tap and lunch plates like mahimahi and shrimp ceviche, blue chee…
Top Choice Italian in Encinitas

Trattoria I Trulli

Country-style seating indoors and great people-watching on the sidewalk. Just one taste of the homemade ravioli or lasagna, salmon with arugula, capers and red onion, or pollo uno zero uno (101; chicken stuffed with…
Top Choice Mexican in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Las Olas

For fish tacos with a sea view, Las Olas is so popular it has its own traffic light, right across the street from the beach. Lobster is served in the style of the legendary Baja California lobster village, Puerto Nu…
Diner in La Jolla

Harry’s Coffee Shop

This classic 1960 coffee shop has a posse of regulars from blue-haired socialites to sports celebs. The food is American at its best – pancakes, tuna melts, burgers (and a local concession, breakfast burritos). Wash…
Diner in Oceanside

101 Café

This tiny, streamlined modern diner (1928) serves all-American classics from omelets and burgers to chicken-fried steak with country gravy, or steak and eggs and hash browns. Check out the local historic photos on t…
Californian in La Jolla

George's Ocean Terrace

For beautiful ocean views and a laid-back atmosphere, this rooftop-dining space is heated during winter months, and gets booked up quick in the summer. Choose from dishes like achiote-rubbed yellowtail, spaghetti wi…
Californian in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Ki’s Restaurant

Across from the beach, Ki’s is an organic cafe-restaurant and a hub of local activity. At the juice bar on the first floor are awesome smoothies, healthy burgers, salads, tacos and butternut-squash-and-corn enchilad…
Cafe in Encinitas

Swami’s Café

This local institution can't be beat for breakfast burritos, multigrain pancakes, stir-fries, salads, smoothies and three-egg ohm-lettes (sorry, we couldn’t resist). Vegetarians will be satisfied, too. Most of the s…