Foodie Guide to La Jolla, California

Foodie Guide to La Jolla, California

Prior to my weekend getaway to La Jolla, I really had no idea they had so much good food! La Jolla is a beautiful beach town in San Diego that is full of luxury and great hospitality. I’m not exaggerating either when I say all I did this venture was shamelessly stuff my face so I thought why not blog a short food guide?


The Cottage was my favorite spot for brunch. The served up four different types of French toast platters. I usually try to order different entrées when I go to the same restaurant but I couldn’t help but it, both times I ordered their stuffed French toast which oozed out strawberries and whip cream. I never had a Mexican mocha til The Cottage and I’m slightly obsessed now.


Elixir Espresso Bar

Some mornings I don’t really get a normal breakfast craving. Instead, all I want is a nice coffee and pastry. After finding Elixir Espresso Bar on yelp and learning they were showing the World Cup game it was a done deal. The inside is surprisingly big and oh so cute, come to find out they are also a wine bar, so cool! I ordered a delicious Mexican mocha to try their version (only this time it was iced). I sat down with my go to almond croissant and enjoyed the first half of the England vs Croatia game. Before leaving I just had to purchase some espresso beans to add to my foreign coffee collection at home.



George’s at The Cove is a popular lunch/dinner spot I’m sure you have heard of. Regrettably I did not get the chance to dine in and enjoy their epic ocean view terrace or try any cocktails. Still sad about this. On the bright side, I did get to try their food by ordering to go and since I had to pick up I had the chance to see their upstairs view and it was absolutely breathtaking, no exaggeration! I could have stayed there gazing at the ocean and ate my pasta in the plastic box but I had a sick boyfriend waiting in the room for me. I ordered thier gnocchi in vodka sauce and it was by far the best gnocchi I’ve ever had.

Between my large breakfasts and early dinners there wasn’t much need for lunch. After strolling along Prospect street touring all of the art galleries we came across We Olive a cute wine bar with an ocean view. We Olive was a perfect spot to relax and try their huge display of sauces and wines. We ordered two Cabs that were rich and divine, I just had to take a bottle home. Before leaving I sampled a wasabi-sake mustard and an artichoke lemon pesto sauce. Both were coming home with me.


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The Med is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant located in La Velencia hotel where we were staying. The restaurant itself projects a gorgeous spanish feel with a beautiful outdoor terrace for dining. Their ocean view came really close to Georege’s at The Cove. I made sure to book a dinner reservation for the end table around 7:45pm just in time for sunset. During my dinner I tasted a blood orange margarita and a watermelon martini both hitting the spot perfectly! The Med offered a small portion 5 course menu for dinner. My date and I strategically ordered opposite entrées and really got to enjoy most of their menu. The most memorable dishes were the seabass and foie gras. IMG_1860

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Thank you for reading my very fist travel food guide! Let me know if I should do more!





  1. July 28, 2018 / 3:27 PM

    This was fantastic! Yes, more please!

    • Carmen
      July 28, 2018 / 5:41 PM

      Thanks Josh! 🙂

  2. July 29, 2018 / 6:52 AM

    Such gorgeous pictures!

  3. July 30, 2018 / 3:54 AM

    Lovely job!

    Next time I visit La Jolla I will try some of these places!

    • Carmen
      July 30, 2018 / 8:49 AM

      Thanks Nancy!

  4. August 13, 2018 / 5:56 AM

    Thank you for widening my world and letting me know about Mexican Mochas. I shall get right down to making one! 🙂

    • Carmen
      August 13, 2018 / 8:04 AM

      No problemo! They’re great!

    • Carmen
      August 14, 2018 / 9:14 PM

      Definitely worth the visit!

    • Carmen
      August 28, 2018 / 11:07 AM

      No problem!:)

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