Visitors to San Diego frequently ask about “lunch with the best beach view,”and my answer flops around depending on if they want casual or special occasion, with kids or without. However, after experiencing lunch at The Shores Restaurant in the La Jolla Shores Hotel last week, I think it really is the best choice for the majority of circumstances.
Because it’s smack on the beach, we were able to watch kayakers, boogie boarders, and sand-castle-builders through large picture windows – while also enjoying A/C, great food, and reasonable service. (The über-charming Bulgarian busboy made up for our distracted waiter.) I also really appreciated the complimentary parking.
I walk past the La Jolla Shores Hotel (formerly the Sea Lodge) several times a week, so the view wasn’t a surprise. Frankly, it was the food that really got my attention.
The Shores’ accurately describes their offerings as “Neighborhood American Cuisine.” I enjoyed every bite of my slow roasted turkey club with bacon, tomato and Provolone on multigrain bread, and my husband devoured his pan roasted diver sea scallops. My sister liked the Brandt Farms beef burger with bacon and Vermont cheddar on a Kaiser roll. Our other guest – often a picky eater – had good things to say about the hot pastrami on rye with whole grain mustard, cabbage, and Swiss cheese.
None of us had room for dessert, but I enjoyed a cup of tea that was actually hot and served in a large ceramic mug. Quite possibly the best cuppa on offer in a San Diego restaurant.
The Shores is best on a sunny day, so take a look at the webcam, then make a reservation online or by calling 866-644-2630 or 858-456-0600. Restaurant hours are daily 7am – 10pm. Bar, 10am – 10pm. Happy hour, Monday – Friday 4 – 6pm.
Category: dining with a view