San Diego Publisher Barry Berndes was recently awarded a “Barry Berndes Day” by the San Diego City Council for his important contribution to the city of San Diego of sharing his knowledge of the city with 20 million visitors annually. San Diego city tours with sightseeing and lunch with local celebrity, and internationally acclaimed… Read more »
Mandarin House (15) offers a perfect setting for delicious Chinese cuisine and exceptional service. The inviting dining room offers comfortable seating in big, inviting leather booths, which are perfect for families or a romantic dinner for two. The extensive menu offers an impressive selection of chicken, beef, pork, duck and seafood dishes. They also have… Read more »
The best Mexican food in Solana BeachThe mood at Alfonso’s (5) is always festive with happy diners. Alfonso is there too, chatting with his guests, catering to special requests. He is a perfect host, always cordial and accommodating. If there is a secret to his success, it has to be in the well-guarded Mexican recipes… Read more »
The Sheraton La Jolla Hotel is a low-rise resort-style hotel encompassing 7.5 acres of tropical beauty. We are just a 10-minute drive from spectacular beaches, tide pools, the famous Torrey Pines Golf Club, snorkeling and sunbathing at romantic La Jolla Cove and the Pacific Ocean. Step out their doors and walk to theaters, restaurants, and… Read more »
Piatti is nestled in the unique La Jolla Shores neighborhood with an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. Their light and airy interior décor features an exhibition kitchen and full service bar. Outside, they offer two tree-covered patios – perfect for a private event or al fresco dining. Piatti’s Executive Chef, Pepe Ccapatinta, has developed their menu… Read more »
Scuba San Diego with over 40 years in business offers scuba adventures. Undoubtedly their underwater tour of La Jolla’s Ecological Reserve is an adventure that everyone enjoys. You’ll see the La Jolla kelp forest up close along with colorful fish. They also offer scuba certification classes, beginner scuba lessons and more advanced scuba excursions such… Read more »
Situated in the upscale suburb of La Jolla in San Diego, the striking double towers of the San Diego California Temple soar above I-5 in heavily populated Southern California. Connecting the towers at the center is a supernal star-shaped atrium filled with a healthy, colorful garden. The atrium is accessed from the breathtaking two-story Celestial Room filled with towering art glass, suspended light fixtures, and featuring a grand staircase to an upper-level balcony. The public is invited to tour the manicured temple grounds.
A new hamburger chain coming out of Colorado is taking San Diego by storm. A taste test by comparing Smashburger against two other local hamburger restaurants, Smashburger came in on top. To begin with, it is the bun and then it’s the burger itself, which is fresh angus beef and is larger than the bun…. Read more »
Situated atop cliffs towering above the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, California, golfers marvel at the views of the coastline and deep ravines. Nature lovers can spot wildlife and the famous Torrey Pines trees that are indigenous to the area. It was recently home to the PGA tour and is also the site of the… Read more »
Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House is definitely the best upscale restaurant in San Diego. Plus, they offer valet parking. So from the moment you arrive till the moment you leave, you will be treated like royalty. Truluck’s Restaurant in La Jolla has won ‘Best of the Best’ in the San Diego Magazine Readers’ Poll… Read more »
Every Sunday, the upper playground at La Jolla Elementary is transformed into a colorful, friendly and wholesome Farmer’s Market. Come and experience the community feel, live music, colorful and creative artisans, diverse Food Court for lunch, and Certified Farmer’s Market fruits, vegetables and flowers. There’s always free parking and we’re open rain or shine!
This gallery boutique showcases the works of world renowned Mexican and Latin American artisans. Their works include handmade, museum quality artwork in the form of jewelry, silver work, fiber art and garments, religious-works, wall art, lighting and accent furniture. Selected pieces from artists featured here can be seen in the renowned publication, Great Masters of… Read more »
The original Harry’s Bar and American Grill (31) opened in Venice in 1931. It was a hangout of Ernest Hemingway when he was writing Across the River and into the Trees. Famous people including kings, queens and royalty have dined at a Harry’s Bar and American Grill—and so should you! This one of San Diego’s… Read more »
A North County treasure for more than 25 years is Leucadia Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant. As you enter the restaurant the tantalizing aroma of freshly baked garlic bread fills the air, which is a promise of good things to come. They have dozens of delicious pastas and entrées to choose from. These include wonderful-tasting lasagna,… Read more »
Located in the Heart of La Jolla, St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, this is not a gift shop you would expect to find in a church. The St. James Gift Shop is the perfect place to buy something for yourself or someone special. Yes, this spacious gift shop has an extensive array of religious gifts… Read more »
Karl Strauss is one of San Diego’s most well known microbreweries, with several locations in San Diego, including their premier beer garden in Sorrento Valley. A great place to enjoy a cold pint with friends or to have your own event. Well known for their great selection of food, unique pairings with their featured beers… Read more »
In one of La Jolla’s most romantic settings, this restaurant overlooks the ocean and the beautiful La Jolla Cove. Romantic sunsets and dramatic views are the order of the day. And the cuisine is just as great. For a really romantic table, ask for table 7 or 20 inside, or table 75, 76 or 77… Read more »
A pre-dinner tradition is to have a cocktail at their famous bar. The Whaling Bar & Grill is one of three award-winning restaurants in the world famous La Valencia Hotel. Everything from the 1,000-item wine list to the fine menu is first class. For the best booth ask for number 3 or 4. Award-winning dining… Read more »
The Sky Room, which is aptly named, sits atop La Valencia Hotel. This vantage point offers a panoramic view of picturesque La Jolla cove and the La Jolla coastline. So if you’re looking for a romantic place to dine or a special place for a special occasion, this is the place. An exclusive prix fixe… Read more »
Having breakfast or lunch at Harry’s has been a La Jolla tradition for the past 48 years. In fact, local and international celebrities and athletes have dined here. Harry’s prides itself in offering the best in home-cooked meals. Diners enjoy sitting in the comfortable leather booths or at the popular lunch counter. And like any… Read more »
Girard Gourmet (10) celebrating 25 years in business as La Jolla’s premier deli, bakery, restaurant & caterer is known worldwide and has been featured in The New York Times and Zagat Guide. Plus, they are listed in numerous travel books and were voted “Best deli, best bakery, best catering, best takeout and best sandwich in… Read more »
La Jolla Kayak, 2199 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla (858-459-1114) [lajollakayak.com]. Open daily 8 a.m.–sunset. Established in 1995, they are the original ocean adventure outfitter in San Diego. Today, this full-service kayak, snorkel and bike rental company offers fascinating 90-minute guided tours of the spectacular sea cliffs at the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, the… Read more »
This beautiful church, renowned for beautiful music, is located across from the La Jolla Museum of Art. Encircled by palm trees, the Spanish-style church was built in 1930. Take a rest from your day and enjoy the bell chimes and the St. James Gift Shop.
Rated “Top New Restaurant Worldwide” by Condé Nast publications should tell you how good this restaurant is. So from the beginning you know Whisknladle is a great dining destination. Their philosophy is you get out of the pot what you put into it. Thus they use only the freshest local ingredients including organic produce, free-range… Read more »
Fun is always on tap when you dine at Rock Bottom Brewery. Rock Bottom Brewery is a lively and casual dining experience featuring fresh, handcrafted beers brewed on premise and an innovative menu. Rock Bottom Brewery, which is a giant in the microbrewing industry has an excellent location in nearby La Jolla. You’ll discover that… Read more »
Image Courtesy of: The Marine Room The Marine Room Restaurant, which opened its doors in 1941, is a world class multi-award winner in a class all by itself. Yes, The Marine Room Restaurant (17) is a special occasion restaurant destination second to none. But any occasion is a special occasion, when you dine here! Thus,… Read more »
Highlighted with oceanfront views of the surf splashing onto the beach. Plus they have open-air walkways and comfortable accommodations. The La Jolla Shores Hotel is one of the select few hotels in San Diego situated directly on the beach. This beachfront hotel in La Jolla, California creates vacation memories that last a lifetime.
A visit to La Jolla wouldn’t be complete without discovering La Valencia Hotel. It has been a La Jolla landmark since 1926. With its Spanish architecture and tradition, La Valencia was a hide away for movie stars Greta Garbo, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks during an era when the trip from Hollywood to La Jolla… Read more »
Birch Aquarium (22) is the public outreach center for world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where visitors of all ages can explore more than 3,000 colorful fish and invertebrates as well as cutting-edge ocean- and earth-science research. This is a must-see attraction, with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla. The aquarium boasts more… Read more »
The Shores Restaurant (16) offers spectacular, unobstructed, beach front views combined with an unforgettable dining experience. The Shores Restaurant is ideally located in the La Jolla Shores Hotel, which was formerly called the Sea Lodge Hotel. Here in this upscale, yet casual hotel, setting Executive Chef, Bernard Guillas, and Chef de Cuisine, Augie Saucedo, have… Read more »