George’s at the Cove

I never miss an opportunity to visit George’s at the Cove in La Jolla when I am in San Diego. It’s cliffside location with views of the ocean is nothing short of spectacular. It’s a great spot for lunch, for drinks or for dinner.

George’s is actually three restaurants in one, all have great ocean views. The lower level is the elegant, fine dining, California Modern (temporarily closed as of 12/21) which offers a unique dinner called TBL3 (table 3) a one-of-the-kind 12-14 course tasting experience. There are no choices and no substitutions. Instead, you will be at the whim of the chef. California Modern’s Fish Tacos were also featured on the Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” show.

Level 2 is a cocktail bar featuring all the classics and innovative modern creations. It also offers a casual lunch and dinner menu.

With wonderful weather year round, the open air Ocean Terrace is my favorite of the three. Life is good sitting outside, under umbrellas with heaters to take off the night chill. You certainly won’t sacrifice food quality here as the food just enhances the experience.

Chips with fresh guacamole and salsa and herbed fries are a perfect snack when you are just there for drinks. Beyond that, here’s some menu highlights; Butternut Squash Soup, lentils, apple, pepitas, chive; Shrimp & Grits, Anson Mills polenta, grilled broccoli, salsa verde; Braised Short Rib, potato purée, red cabbage, crispy onion; Crispy Mahi Mahi, avocado purée, pickled carrots, watercress, tortillas; Warm Chocolate Cake, caramel crunch ice cream, dulce de leche espuma; Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée, salted chocolate buckwheat cookie.

Excellent cocktail list, Wine Spectator award winning wine list and a fantastic list of digestifs.

ROMANTIC QUOTIENT: There’s something about sitting high above the water, watching the waves crash against the cliffs that is very romantic.

Award of Excellence – Wine Spectator
AAA Four Diamond Award
One of the “Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America” Open Table
“Best Outdoor Patio” and “Best View” San Diego Magazine