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Win Delicious La Jolla Foodie Getaway

October 18, 2013 | By More
La Valencia Dining

Diners at THE MED enjoy flavorful New American cuisine and a great ocean view.

Win Getaway and enjoy the best of beautiful La Jolla.

La Jolla, California – San Diego’s favorite coastal community – is a haven for foodies.  Here’s your chance to dine in La Jolla’s best restaurants, sip great California wines, and sample some San Diego craft beer (without ever pulling out your wallet).

The winners will also be treated to a scenic helicopter flight along the San Diego coast and have plenty of time (between the great dining experiences) for walking on the beach, kayaking, shopping, soaking up the scenery and watching the sun set over the Pacific.

Lodging will be in a one- or two-bedroom coastal vacation rental home, which could include an ocean view, swimming pool, or hot tub. Most of these are pet-friendly.

Foodie Highlights:

Enjoy The Artisan Table experience at A. R. Valentien, the signature restaurant at the Lodge at Torrey Pines overlooking the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Also savor the flavors of Chef Daniel Barron’s New American cuisine at THE MED at La Valencia, La Jolla’s beautiful pink Spanish-style hotel (with an amazing ocean view).

Be the guest of award-winning Karl Strauss Brewing Company for a craft beer tasting, brewery tour and lunch or dinner for two.

Winners will also feast on San Diego’s favorite tacos, take part in cooking classes or shop at Sur La Table, and have a chance to “talk food” with award-winning chefs.

The winner of the La Jolla Foodie Getaway will spend 3 nights in a one- or two-bedroom vacation rental home in La Jolla.

The winner of the La Jolla Foodie Getaway will spend 3 nights
in a one- or two-bedroom SeaBreeze vacation rental home in La Jolla.


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  • Everyone – EVEN SUBSCRIBERS – needs to ANSWER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS in the comment box at the bottom of this article:

If you could dine anywhere in La Jolla, where would it be?


What is your favorite restaurant (anywhere in the world)? 

For instance: Bar Tomo / Chicago


Your dining tip will be helpful to other travelers, but won’t impact your chance of winning this contest. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing.

The communal Artisan Table at A. R. Valentien takes place on Thursday night.

The communal Artisan Table at A. R. Valentien takes place on Thursday night.


The Delicious La Jolla Foodie Getaway includes:

  • Two people for three nights in a one- or two-bedroom Sea Breeze Vacation Rental house ($900 value). Optional extra nights at 50% discount. Guests will receive a SeaBreeze VIP card for discounts on fun stuff around town – including snorkel, kayak or bike adventures. Most properties are pet friendly. Depending on availability, rental house may include ocean view, hot tub and/or swimming pool.
  • A 45-minute scenic flight along the La Jolla coast with Icon Helicopters ($550 value).
  • Cooking classes or shopping at Sur La Table La Jolla (two $79 gift cards, redeemable for one class for two people or two classes for one person). Gift cards can also be used for shopping online or shopping at any Sur La Table store.
  • Dinner for two at THE MED at La Valencia Hotel ($100 gift card). Enjoy Chef Daniel Barron’s great food and a beautiful ocean view.
  • Dinner for two at The Artisan Table at A. R. Valentien, The Lodge at Torrey Pines. (Valid on Thursdays.) Chat with chef and sommelier, as well as kindred spirits, over platters of  superb farm-to-table food ($170 value).
  • A meal (lunch or dinner) at Rubio’s in La Jolla (famous fish tacos, $35 gift card).
  • Craft beer tasting, brewery tour and lunch or dinner for two at award-winning Karl Strauss Brewing Company in La Jolla ($50 gift card).
  • One hour of personalized trip planning by Elizabeth Hansen – to ensure that your time in La Jolla will go smoothly ($75 value).
  • An autographed copy of Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego by Maria Montana. This is the best guide to San Diego’s food, wine, and beer scene.

Sur La Table Cooking Classes


The winner of the Delicious La Jolla Foodie Getaway has the option of enjoying the trip or transferring the prize. Wouldn’t this make a wonderful gift for someone special?


  • The Delicious La Jolla Foodie Getaway excludes airfare and ground transportation.
  • The prize is good for one year, but Christmas week 2013, New Year’s week 2013/2014, Easter week 2014, and Memorial Day to Labor Day 2014 are blackout periods
  • Lodging, meals, the helicopter flight and cooking classes are subject to availability.
  • The Karl Strauss gift card cannot be used for brewery tours Friday and Saturday 5-8pm.
  • Artisan Table dining at A. R. Valentien is only possible on Thursday night and no substitution is available.
  • The drawing will take place on December 17, 2013 and announced the following day.
  • Entries must be submitted before midnight (Pacific Standard Time) December 16, 2013.


  • Participants must be 21 years of age or older residing within or outside of the United States.
  • Winner will be drawn at random by computer and notified by the email you used to subscribe to this website.
  • Only one entry per person please (leave only one comment below).

Fish Tacos from Rubio’s, Beer Sampler from Karl Strauss.

Category: cooking classes, Restaurants, Vacation Rentals

About the Author ()

I live in La Jolla and I'm a travel writer, so in addition to enjoying my home town's great weather, beautiful surroundings, and range of cultural and recreational options, I also see La Jolla - and the rest of San Diego - as a travel destination. And what I see sometimes drives me batty. People vacation in La Jolla, but don't take advantage of everything our community offers, so I decided to start this blog and provide insider advice for out-of-towners. Hey. I figure if I can write insider tips about exotic destinations on Authentic Luxury Travel, I ought to be able to lead readers off the beaten path that starts just outside my front door. In the process, I'm having fun revisiting my favorite places and discovering some new ones. Travel writers are naturally snoopy, and this blog is my excuse to have a good ol' sticky beak around my home town. I hope you find it helpful. If you are coming to La Jolla or another area of San Diego and would like my help in planning your trip, please read "Need Help Planning Your Trip" and then email me at ehansen298@aol.com. Elizabeth Hansen

Comments (271)

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  1. Keri Bohlken says:

    What an Amazing giveaway!!! Although, your question is quite difficult to answer as there are SO many fabulous spots to dine in La Jolla, it’s not easy choosing just one! 🙂 Narrowing it down, I would have to go with George’s At The Cove. They have spectacular food and drinks and a dining view that is to die for.
    Another favorite spot is Truluck’s! Talk about a culinary experience that you will never forget! The seafood is scrumptious and the staff truly makes you feel like royalty.
    I love La Jolla! The shopping, beaches and best of all the amazing cuisine!

    • Lorita Winfield says:

      I am not sure…is this how I enter?????

      My very favorite restaurants in Phoenix/Scottsdale Arizona are

      T-Cooks at the Royal Palm Resort – Spanish-romantic-a perfect anniversary spot

      and in Old Town Scottsdale: Marcellino’s – true high end northern Italian cuisine with
      all pastas hand/home made and the chef owner and wife to make sure you dine with
      the best of wines

    • Debbie says:

      George’s at the Cove

    • Mindy says:

      Oh, Il Falconeri, Cortona, Italy!
      Returning to Tuscany. My intoxicating obsession. In every sense of the word!
      Take my back, por favore!

  2. Steve Dadolf says:

    I’d love to take my wife to the Marine Room….I want to show her the great ocean view.

  3. James Hudson says:

    The Shores – they have a winning combination of food and the view

  4. Diane Leone says:

    I think I would love to try La Dolce Vita Ristorante as I love Italian food!

  5. Bruce Robinson says:

    I’m thinking the Marine Room, but honestly, it’s just a matter of what water view hits me at the time. I’ll bet some other comments here will set me straight.

  6. Ashley Deas says:

    Love George’s at the Cove. The views, the food…amazing!

  7. Annette Easton says:

    I love Roppongi. The sushi bar and interesting appetizers are all great to start and can make a full meal with so much variety

  8. Tia Marie says:

    George’s At The Cove would be one of the places in La Jolla that I would like to try because I’ve never been there 🙂

  9. Nicole says:

    I have to join the George’s at the Cove choir. I’ve never been, but have heard great things about it. Who doesn’t love great food with a view?

  10. Nancy H says:

    Marine Room never experienced yet…

  11. Sarah says:

    I would have to say Marine Room. It seems just about every “best” list – be it for view or romance or service or seafood, names the Marine Room. A girl can dream! :–) Definitely on my wish list…

  12. RosemaryC says:

    I lived in the San Diego beach area for many years–since moving to Colorado, I miss at Rubios. There was also another wonderful restaurant that overlooked the cover that I loved to dine at just at sunset–can’t recall the name. the Marine Room is also a great experience!

  13. Nicole Mcfarland says:

    I think I would try nine-ten. Haven’t been to that one and the food is supposed to be great!

  14. Biggles209 says:

    A.R. Valentien looks wonderful. I really appreciate the Farm to Table concept.

  15. Gia says:

    Those tacos from Karl Strauss look stellar!

  16. Heidi Anderberg says:

    Marine Room @ high tide.

  17. Lupita Perez says:

    I have to also say at George’s at the Cove. The view is spectacular! !

  18. Michelle Rosborough says:

    I like trying different sandwiches and the ones on the Goldfish Point Café menu look really good.

  19. Marie Bologna says:

    George’s at the Cove

  20. I want to dine at The Crab Catcher:) This is an AMAZING giveaway. Thank you so much for hosting it. It would be delightful to go on a getaway since my boyfriend of 8 years and I have never been on a vacation, lol. We are just that busy!

  21. Vanessa says:

    I would live to go up the Marine Room. You can’t beat the view and the food is superb!!

  22. D. Banks says:

    A near perfect area to visit in every way. The Artisan Table at A. R. Valentien is on my list, for sure… Great contest…

  23. Andy Green says:

    This looks like a great giveaway!

    If I come to La Jolla I would want to check out The Marine Room. I love seafood and that place looks amazing.

  24. barry miller says:

    Marine Room

  25. Andy O. says:

    George’s at the Cove

  26. Carrie Weaver says:

    George’s at the Cove. Great food and view.

  27. tara b. says:

    I have never been to this area………so no clue on where i’d want to eat the most…can’t i just say all of them????

  28. Debbie Terry says:

    Brockton Villa for brunch and then The Shores for dinner. Unless it is the winter then I would go to high tide breakfast at the Marine Room. Unless I was with friends and just wanted a great happy hour and light dinner then I would go to Georges Bistro unless I was taking my granddaughter and then we would go to Codys

  29. My favorite? Definitely Piatti for the location, intimate dining experience. twms

  30. James Kraft says:

    I’d love to try George’s at the Cove.

  31. Kristian Lorenzo says:

    Truluck’s. I lived near it for 4 years during college but as a college student it was way out of my price range!

  32. shawna enriquez says:

    georges at the cove or the marine room

  33. Candace says:

    I would like to dine at Karl Strauss Brewing since we are of German descent annd frequent German clubs and restaurants. We are always looking for a better beer and better sauerkraut!

  34. We’ve always enjoyed Eddie V’s – love the fried calamari, Asian style! Haven’t been to the Manhattan Room in years, but remember it being delicious!

  35. Karl says:

    I would like to dine at THE MED at La Valencia Hotel since I have heard so much about it!

  36. Never having been to that area, I would love to try all of them as well. I think that I would pick Elizabeth’s brain and pallet and if I only had one to chose from, probably go with her expert advice.

  37. Lori Nettleton says:

    I Love Manhatten. Dirk is our favorite waiter. BTW the old guys from the Whaling Bar are there, so the Whaler Drinks are alive and well!

  38. Seema Sueko says:

    marine room!

  39. shelley says:

    A.R. Valentien because I have not yet been there.

  40. Bob Rast says:

    Truluck’s–I’ve been there many times, and they are CONSISTANTLY great–Food, service, venue and they have a great happy hour!

  41. Diana Kutlow says:

    I would go to Alfonso’s, even though it is getting a little run down at the heels, because it was one of the first places my husband and I got to know in La Jolla after we got married at the Hotel del Coronado and moved to San Diego.

  42. John Benbow says:

    So many choices! We love places as diverse as George’s and Come On In; Nine Ten and Spice & Rice, Rappongi and Rebecca’s (at SRI). Our next big dinner date: Either Marine Room or A. R. Valentin. Can’t decide.

  43. Bill Hensge says:

    George’s at the Cove because of food, view, ambiance & sentimental recollections.

  44. Patti Londre says:

    I’ve been DYING to try The Med at La V, fingers crossed it will happen soon!

  45. Ursula S. Moede says:

    Cafe Manhattan. It is different from the more touristic ones. The food is excellent and on the weekends there is good music

  46. Andrew P says:

    I love Mexican street food (I lived there for two years), so if I were in southern California, I would certainly need to have some! In that case, I would try Puesto Mexican Street Food.

  47. Vicki Fischer says:

    I have never been to the area & I woyuld love to eat at many wonderful spots but for certain I will eat at The Artisan Table at A. R. Valentien.

  48. Pat Bowler says:

    Eddie V. – our friends from AZ who came to visit loved this restaurant and we did too.

  49. Bridget Bowler says:

    Roppongi – great food, fabulous ambiance, good happy hour

  50. Lou Robertson says:

    Any & all restaurants in La Jolla.

  51. Mary McBride says:

    Love Piatti’s especially in the fall for the squash ravioli.especially with a good friend.

  52. Jenni Prisk says:

    George’s at the Cove Ocean Terrace! When you reach the top step and look out at the ocean, you could be a thousand miles from home or in your own playground. It’s simple and sophisticated, delicious and delightful, and the vistas are to die for!

  53. Janelle says:

    I’m a sucker for some fabulous French Toast and Cody’s definitely delivers! I would love to explore La Jolla more with this giveaway! Cheers!

  54. Abhishek Sachdeva says:

    Electric Karma / Beverly Hills.

  55. lynette blakney says:

    El Rancho to bring back memories of high school at Bishop’s

  56. Sue Reddel says:

    So many great choices but I’d go for Georges At the Cove for great food and awesome view.

  57. Niza Brown says:

    Since I don’t see answers for favorite restaurant in the world, I’m going to answer that one…

    L’Atelier in St Cirq Lapopie, France. Awesome location and great french home cooking!

  58. yvonne hanson says:


    Authentic italian . Owner and servers are almost all italian and speak with accents which makes me feel like i’m in
    Viareggio, Italy.

    Drawback: the menu does not change. Nonetheless, everything on it is delicious. An Osteria is typically a place where wine and simple food is served. Located in the Shores and just a short distance to the La Jolla shores boardwalk where you can take a short stroll after dinner. In Italy, this would be comparable to “la Passeggiatta” : a place where locals stroll at night after work or after dinner.

    I really don’t have “a favorite restaurant” unless a favorite restaurant is defined as a place frequented often, in which case, I would have to say Osteria Romantica!

  59. Jason says:

    I would dine at Jiro’s Sushi in Japan

  60. Debi Lander says:

    Allegro restaurant in the Four Seasons Prague Hotel.

  61. laurent says:

    Costes in Budapest off Calvin Ter.

  62. Jan Eckland says:

    The Marine Room in La Jolla is incredibly romantic, has amazing views of the surf and the food is some of the best I’ve enjoyed anywhere in my travels. And of course, for wicked fish tacos and fresh sustainably-sourced seafood, one must stop in at La Jolla’s El Pescador!

  63. Lupita Perez says:


  64. My favourite restaurant in the world is Sushi Zanmai, a tiny closet-sized sushi joint only a few stumbling blocks away from the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. I love to get up at the crack of dawn to go to the market, where I gape over the enormous tuna sold on auction and dodge shouting people on forklifts past crates of seafood. Then after I’ve worked up a considerable appetite, I stand in a long line for a delicious sushi breakfast, downed piece by piece at the counter.

  65. Andy Green says:

    My favorite restaurant in the world is a small pizzeria in Paris. It is a block away from the Louvre called Pizza Oskian. Tastes like Italy.

  66. Kaitlyn Cox says:

    La Hacienda in Milton, FL

  67. Erica A says:

    I just love George’s on the Cove … Best steaks ever

  68. Phxbne says:

    Have always wanted to try George’s


    Favorite Restaurant:

    Mystic Fish, Palm Harbor, Fl

    Excellent fresh local fish

  70. Elizabeth Sather says:

    The Blossoming Lotus in Kapa’a, Kaua’i – gourmet organic vegan!

  71. I love George’s and The Marine Room! Why choose when you are in La Jolla, you can have both!!!!

  72. Lindsay says:

    George’s at the cove!!!!

  73. Robert says:

    Brockton Villa – outstanding breakfast and great view!

  74. Katie says:

    I really like Whisk’n’Ladle.

  75. ChadP says:

    The Bazaar / Los Angeles, California

  76. Bo says:

    I love Gramercy Tavern in New York City! Amazing food!

  77. sarah c says:

    I love Piatti’s!

  78. Maribeth Mellin says:

    Love nine-ten and Tapenade. Would like to try George’s, on someone else’s expense account!

  79. Memo Q. says:

    We never dinned at George’s, So I say George’s would be a great choice! 🙂

  80. Denise Millán says:

    Marine Room/ La Jolla

  81. Ria Duykers says:

    My choice for dining anywhere in La Jolla would be The Artisan Table after reading all the suggestions, reviews, tweets and great testimonials.

  82. Frankie Laney says:

    I have say George’s on the Cove, it’s just sooooo good.

  83. Elisa Kotin says:

    La Jolla is a great destination for shopping, relaxing, and casual and fine dining. I love strolling through fun, unique boutiques. Everyone is always so friendly and I find the coolest stuff. I like to stroll along clean beaches, watch the sun set and finish off the day with a to die for view at one of several excellent restaurants, Georges at the Cove being a definite favorite!

  84. Kim Prisk says:

    Favorite restaurant:

    Merideths, Dominion Rd, Auckland, NZ

  85. Elizabeth Voigt says:

    Difficult to select just one restuarant over another, as choice depends on the occasion, ethnic dishes and whether night or daytime. George’s at the Cove would be my choice

  86. Agnes Huff says:

    The Hotel Shangri-la Santa Monica Dining Room overlooks the Pacific and the seasonally varied cuisine with locally sourced produce from the Farmer’s market is always a treat.

  87. David Adams says:

    My favorite restaurant in La Jolla is George’s At The Cove

  88. Mary W says:

    Since I have 5 Georges in my family, I have to say George’s At The Cove.

  89. Susan P. says:

    Victoria & Albert’s restaurant in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Resort is expensive but worth the price. They always have unusual meats and a very attentive staff with impeccable service. Wine pairing is available.

  90. K. Watkins says:

    My favorite La Jolla restaurant is the patio at Georges, but my absolute favorite restaurant is Michael Mina in SF.

  91. A Meals says:

    If you could dine anywhere in La Jolla, where would it be?

  92. Freya says:

    I have never been to La Jolla, so I would like to try out as many restaurants as I can.

  93. Blue by Eric Ripert @ Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

  94. I absolutely love The Marine Room. Chefs Bernard and Ron are fabulous!

  95. Elizabeth C. says:

    In La Jolla….I would love to experience High Tide at the Marine Room and/or the Tasting Table at AR Valentien!

  96. Sheila Carson says:

    The Marine Room in La Jolla, CA

  97. Michael says:

    HRD Coffee Shop / San Francisco
    HRD Smokin’ Grill / San Francisco

    Everything tastes delicious here! Just ask Guy Fieri of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”.

  98. Sarah says:

    The Hake Kitchen and Bar

  99. Jessica Sumego says:

    We visited San Diego last year. Cannot wait to go back! We wanted to dine at the Marine Room while there, but we did not get the chance. Seems like such a beautiful dining experience!

  100. Kelley says:

    My Favorite Restaurant in La Jolla:

    – Piatti – on their patio

    Favorite Restaurant in the world:

    – Ristoro di Lamole – Greve in Chianti, Italy

  101. Jen says:

    I love breakfast at Coffee Cup! For dinner…Karl Strauss Brewing or George’s at the Cove.

  102. Cynthia says:

    An evening of dining which I will always cherish was in Bagan, Myanmar, a place known for more than 2,000 pagodas. The highlight of my al fresco dinner at Xanadu’s, a restaurant at the Aureum Palace Hotel, was the background of hundreds of lit pagodas. Making the evening even more special is that we wore traditional Burmese attire.

  103. Christina Gace says:

    Tanta/Chicago. But I would love to have a new favorite, preferably with an ocean view.

  104. My favorite restaurant is the 3 Michelin star Hertog Jan, Brugge, Belgium

  105. Goldin says:

    George’s is the place I take visitors but right now I am loving Iberico, the new Spanish/tapas restaurant!

  106. Ron Hodson says:

    Living in Encinitas, I’d have to say my favorite restaurant right now – anywhere – would be Bull Taco in the Cardiff State Beach campground. Cliff-top views of the coast, sitting out in the open, eating Bull Taco’s famous “inauthentic Mexican” food. They even have evening music during the summer.

  107. Jerry says:

    If you could dine anywhere in La Jolla, where would it be?
    Marine Room, but specifically on Sunday, high tide brunch with my bride.

  108. Beth K says:

    Fogo De Chao

  109. KLD says:

    My favorite is The Crab Catcher

  110. I have to say that the La Valencia Sunday Brunch is so rellaxing and spectacular that it’s just about my favorite. The variety is amazing and quality is superb. When I was a young reporter, we hung out at Jose’s but that was more about the company that the cuisine!

  111. Lai says:

    If I could dine anywhere at La Jolla I would go to George’s at the Cove. If you’re a foodie and you have never experienced George’s at the Cove, you MUST try it! They offer the perfect combination of spectacular food and great ambience.

  112. Kelly G says:

    Favorite restaurant anywhere in the world would be a tiny gelato place down an alley in Siena, Italy. The most bold flavors I have ever tasted.

  113. Suzanne says:

    My all-time favorite restaurant is the Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, CA.

  114. Steve Brown says:

    My favorite restaurant in the world? That’s a tough one, but one favorite at the moment is the Butterfield Room at La Casa del Zorro in Borrego Springs. Chef Kurt Hauser has done wonders there with the food, and the ambience of that classic desert resort is magnificent.

  115. Cynthia says:

    I would love to try brunch at the Whisknladle!!!

  116. I’d be delighted to eat at any of the restaurants mentioned in the contest. If I had to pick one probably the Artisan Table at Torrey Pines. As a golfer, the history of Torrey Pines is so compelling.

  117. Chloe Pedersen says:

    If I could dine anywhere in La Jolla, it would be Herringbone. The relaxed, earthy atmosphere is a perfect gathering place for those who either like to meet friends after work or for those who are looking for a romantic evening one-on-one. It has the right amount of class along with its whimsical atmosphere — it’s perfect for a wide variety of tastes!

  118. Susie says:

    My favorite restaurant in San Diego Eddie V’s in La Jolla!

  119. Karen Gee McAuley says:

    Favorite restaurant is Din Tai Fung in US and Taipei

  120. Ria Duykers says:

    Sparklin Hill Resort, a European Wellness Model in a Canadian environment with millions of Swarovsky chrysalis used throughout the resort, excellent themed sauna’s and the only Cold Sauna (-110 celcius) in North America.

  121. Sherri says:

    I would have to say my favorite restaurant in La Jolla is George’s on the patio at sunset!

  122. Fran says:

    My favorite restaurant is Eddie V’s.

  123. Olivia says:

    Fav in La Jolla is George’s

  124. Kenna says:

    Georges at the Cove, La Jolla

  125. CoCo Harper says:

    The veranda at La V. although I do love the crab cake at Eddie Vs

  126. George says:

    George’s as I’ve heard so much about it! For our 10th Anniversary…

  127. Mike Gerrard says:

    I’d love to eat at NINE-TEN restaurant in La Jolla. We stayed at the Grande Colonial Hotel on our last visit and loved it, but didn’t get chance to eat in their restaurant.

  128. I have so many favorites — it is hard to pick one: Marine Room, Nine Ten, Georges, A R Valentien

  129. John Lamkin says:

    Thanks for the chance! My current favorite restaurant is Blue Water Grill / Ambergris Caye, Belize. Maybe that will change when I get to La Jolla!

  130. Karl says:

    I enjoy dining at Herringbone in La Jolla. Outside of that, I love “The Restaurant” at The Dolder Grand in Zurich Switzerland.

  131. John Cheetham says:

    Karl Strauss

  132. Karin Leperi says:

    It’s been over 30 years since I’ve been to La Jolla so I guess I would have to choose the Artisan Table as my “expected” favorite. If I could dine anywhere, it would be Bien Shur in Albuquerque.

    Was in Carlsbad last December and very impressed with the culinary scene. With fingers crossed, hoping to check out La Jolla.

  133. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London – Where else can you dine on thoughtfully created cuisine from 1500’s to 20th century?

  134. Karen says:

    I have never been to La Jolla, so I would love to eat anywhere, and I dont have a favorite restaurant.

  135. Christy says:

    Oh my! I usually have to plan my own birthday celebration since it falls on Christmas Day…this would be a heavenly birthday bash for myself 🙂

  136. I’m intrigued by A.R. Valentien. Their menu looks fabulous and I like the use of local providers and the emphasis on letting simple flavors come through. When is my reservation?? 🙂

  137. Charles Walther-Meade says:

    The Med.

  138. Itto says:

    My favorite place to dine in La Jolla is probably PrepKitchen or WhisknLadle (same owners). Great food, affordable, and lovely atmosphere.

  139. Yusuf YAZICI says:

    I have never been to La Jolla,
    would like to try anywhere…

  140. Chuck Presley says:

    I have eattin at Rubio’s in the past and it is awesome. would love to return from Kansas

  141. Laura Martone says:

    What a wonderful giveaway, Elizabeth! Thanks for taking the time to put it together. Anyway, in answer to your second question – “What is your favorite restaurant (anywhere in the world)?” – I’d have to say that, beyond many options in New Orleans (my hometown and a definite foodie’s paradise), my favorite restaurant is Pierre’s Restaurant in Islamorada, Florida. In addition to serving delicious, creative seafood, Pierre’s offers impeccable service, a laid-back Florida Keys atmosphere, and a terrific location on the beach. My husband and I find it extremely romantic, especially if you opt for a table on the rear balcony, overlooking the tiki torches along the sand.

  142. Lisa Kennedy says:

    George’s at the Cove for sure!!!

  143. Sarah says:

    Tadashi Sushi, La Jolla

  144. Lynn Smith-Johnson says:

    Marine Room La Jolla at High Tide

  145. Louella says:

    The Marine Room in La JOlla is the best place to be, delicious food and view…


  146. Sam says:

    The Marine Room has been recommended to me. One of my favorite restaurants is Tarantino’s in San Francisco.

  147. El Pescador Fish Market in La Jolla is definitely a stop to make next time in the area.

  148. Diane Leone says:

    I love to eat at Vapiano in downtown Charlotte NC whenever I’m in town. Good Italian food, wonderful contemporary decor and a unique way of serving. You get a “charge card” from the hostess and you use it at the various “stations” to purchase a la carte what you want and then you settle up with the hostess when you leave.

  149. Tamara Von Dohren says:

    This is easy! My favorite restaurant in the world is a little place next to Shakespeare and Co bookstore in Paris. It’s called ‘Le Petit Chatelet’ and their pistachio duck confit is to die for! Plus their service is just amazing. Really makes you feel like you have popped into a local home for the night. 🙂

  150. Milena Araujo says:

    I would say The Artisan Table experience at A. R. Valentien!

  151. lissette says:

    spice market/ Manhattan, NY

  152. Erik says:

    If you happen to be in Rome, a must visit/eat is Spirito Divino, with a wine cellar that predates the birth of Christ and a menu that is positively unstoppable! The owners are magnificent, friendly people too…

  153. Tara Pate says:

    I would consider myself a newbie foodie–at the ripe ol’ age of 26 I have just begun to experience the world of cuisine. My husband is in the Navy and this has brought us to our current duty station located just outside of Seattle. Our very favorite restaurant to dine at would be The Walrus and The Carpenter–several big write-ups including the NYT put a stamp of approval on this amazing place. It’s our special occasion restaurant although we tend to make excuses for a visit. Would LOVE the chance to explore La Jolla while stationed on the West Coast!

  154. Steve Edwards says:

    My favorite restaurant is Maggiano’s Little Italy in Dallas. There is NOTHING on their menu that I’ve tried that I didn’t like! The service is excellent. The atmosphere is genuinely Italian and the food is outstanding!

  155. Trina Palmer says:

    I would love to go eat at the Manhatten of La Jolla Italian Cuisine!!

    My mother and stepfather went for their 15th Anniversary and had an amazing time, I couldn’t stop asking her about it.

    It looks and sound so magical!

    I would love to propose to my husband in a beautiful place like he did for me 5 years ago!!!!!

  156. Mike says:

    The Bazaar / Los Angeles, CA

  157. Monika Shukla says:

    The Great Kabab Factory, Muscat, Oman

    I love all types of VEGETARIAN Kababs…. would love to have it anywhere in the world

  158. Tim Ball says:

    I’d like to dine in The Lodge At Torrey Pines, particularly after a round on the South Course.

  159. Michelle Schwartz says:

    George’s at the Cove

    View cannot be beat 🙂

  160. bob langmaid says:

    I would love to dine at George’s at the Cove!

  161. Dawny B. says:

    Fine food w/friends would be fabulous at George’s at the Cove
    P L E A S E! db

  162. Heather says:

    I’ve never been to La Jolla and this sounds wonderful! What a fun contest and everyone’s answers make me hungry looking places up!

    So then to answer the question of my favorite restaurant anywhere I would have to say Spago in Beverly Hills, CA. Their short ribs are my absolute favorite and their desserts are to die for. They’ve recently changed things up including a new pastry chef and everything is still great. Super bonus is I’ve never had anything I did not like 🙂

  163. Heather says:

    Would love to try George’s at the Cove!

  164. SSM says:

    Founding Farmers/Washington DC!

  165. Biggles209 says:

    My favorite restaurant is Trattoria Der Pallaro in Rome.

  166. Carli says:

    I have never been to the area but the Artisan Table sounds amazing.

  167. Lindsay Pond says:

    I love Rubio’s fish tacos, so I’d eat at Rubio’s!

  168. elizabeth says:

    leon’s in decatur, ga

  169. Alexandra says:

    LaJola. Love Eddie Vs. Go at sunset and request coroner window. The vistas are lovely. Service is great!

  170. Bruce R says:

    Tapenade or Eddie V’s

  171. Sandra Khimthang says:

    If I could dine any where in La Jolla it would be The Artisan Table at A. R. Valentien

  172. Lora Rose Robb says:

    My favorite restaurant in the world is Lulou’s in downtown Reno, Nevada!

  173. Erika Loescher says:

    Tried George’s at The Cove for the first time last year. Yum! I also really like The Dead Fish in Crockett, CA and the Portland City Grill in Prtland, OR. I like my meal with a great view!

  174. Lainie Carter says:

    If I could dine anywhere in La Jolla, it would be at Truluck’s. It is one of my favorite restaurants, anywhere!

  175. Tanika Campbell says:

    I love Cheese Cake Factory. Please pick me and expand my culinary experience!

  176. Michael Campbell says:

    I would LOVE to experience THE MED!

  177. Barbara Metz says:

    Tapenade or Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla; best of all: The Herb Farm outside of Seattle.

  178. Molly says:

    Victoria’s in Green Bay, WI has the best gnocchi I’ve ever had.

  179. Peter Ward says:

    La Valencia Hotel Sky Room: outstanding view & service.

  180. Lorita Winfield says:

    T-Cook’s at the Royal Palms Resort, Scottsdale, Az

  181. Kristen M says:

    I’m also going to say George’s at the Cove. Never been there but I’m a sucker for the a gorgeous ocean view! I also would like to try Mandarin House.

  182. kari says:


  183. Isabel M says:

    the combination of La jolla and cooking is exquisite!

  184. Scott M. says:

    Perla in the West Village, NYC

  185. Jordan Johnson says:

    My favorite restaurant anywhere in the world is Aldo’s in San Antonio. BEST Chicken Marsala ever!!

  186. Penni says:

    George’s at the Cove!

  187. I have 2 favorite restaurants, one is Aqua located in Grand Cayman Island, near seven mile beach and the other is Chandler’s in Petoskey, Michigan
    Chandler’s, although a local favorite is a foodies haven.

  188. Candace P says:

    Del Posto, NYC

  189. I think I’ll pick the Artisan Table!

  190. Kelly R says:

    Acqua Al 2 in Florence but I love their sister in San Diego, too!

  191. tina tessina says:

    Favorite restaurant: Ambrosia in Long Beach, CA

  192. Ann Hill says:

    Hotel Lungarno in Florence, Italy

  193. Nate Y. says:

    My wife and I would dine at El Pescador Fish Market. It is casual and relaxed place to grab great fresh fish tacos. We love taking the food to go and having a picnic on the beach together. There isn’t a better place for fresh fish!

  194. Beth H says:

    I cannot choose between Rubio’s for a pesky combo or Rimel’s for the chicken! too hard – they are both delicious!

  195. Christine Foreman Barker says:

    Karl Strauss sounds like my kind of place…would love to try it!

  196. Teresa Manzardo says:

    Rubio’s in La Jolla

  197. Karen Miller says:

    Pump Room in Chicago, IL

  198. Christel says:

    I’d like to try the French toast at the Brockton Villa in La Jolla!

  199. Judith Wilson says:

    French Laundry / Yountville, CA

  200. Zack says:

    Fathead in Pittsburgh

  201. Kiran says:

    My favourite restaurant is Leutschenhaus, in Freienbach, Switzerland. Sadly, it has closed down now but they will be opening in another TBC location soon!

  202. Amy says:

    Trattoria i Trulli in Encinitas

  203. I have fond memories of an important dinner date at El Pescador (La Jolla) and try to return there whenever I have a chance. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. Since I will be there over Christmas, just maybe…

  204. Jasmine Jia says:

    There are so many! My recent favorite is Zuzu in Napa, CA. Everything was made fabulously beautiful and delicious, and the atmosphere was fun, earthy, and trendy. For a Chinese American who has been spoiled by all kinds of great Chinese food all my life, this is one of few Western restaurants that was able to win my heart!

  205. Aggie Zamir says:

    Juvia / Miami

  206. Andy Twietmeyer says:

    Hunan Mao in Rosemead, CA. Authentic Chinese Southwestern SPICY food.

  207. Favorite restaurant: The Beaver Club in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Canada

  208. Sharon McDonnell says:

    favorite restaurant: Sooke Harbour House, Vancouver Island, B.C. The food, view, art & wine.

  209. My favourite restaurant is Kingyo in Vancouver my hometown. This trip sounds amazing. I am a food writer and would die to cover some of this stuff!

  210. Frankie Laney says:

    In La Jolla, I’ve got to go with George’s at the Cove.

  211. My favorite is Mi Tierra’s, San Antonio, Texas. Thanks.

  212. I recently had the opportunity to eat at Vera, a fine dining Italian restaurant inside the Tcherassi Hotel in Cartagena. I have never had such amazing Italian food in my life (and I grew up in Boston, famous for it’s Italian North End). The grilled octopus at Vera was cooked to succulent and tender perfection, and the Jardin de Flores dessert, a rich yet light dessert featuring dark chocolate crumbs, homemade milk chocolate gelatto, and fresh edible flowers, was served on top of a white chocolate mousse that can only be described as “like eating angels!”

    I would love the opportunity to experience luxury and fine dining in La Jolla. As a travel photographer and video host, I would definitely bring my other blogger friend with me to experience a little luxury, and create some great content, about La Jolla!

  213. Bryce Hodgson says:

    Cow Restaurant, Queenstown, NZ

  214. Karen Parrell says:

    Living just north of Toronto,Canada,I don’t get to the Pacific Ocean very often. 30+ years ago, while visiting my Great Aunt in La Jolla she took me to the Marine Room for a magnificent and memorable experience. The fabulous food! The View! I will also remember how she made me feel that night.Very fond thoughts of the Marine Room indeed.

  215. Wayne Dunlap says:

    We like the split bean soup and view at George’s in La Jolla

  216. Suzzanne Ravitz says:

    My favorite restaurant in La Jolla is probably Eddie V’s. For the views I would pick The Marine Room.

    Favorite restaurant ever was this place in Edinburgh called The Grain Store. It was so good!

  217. The Marine Room – at high tide, during a winter storm.

  218. Mike Auda says:

    George’s at the Cove.

  219. Cherie says:

    Tough question! I LOVE dining in La Jolla!

    If pressed – is have to say Marine Room is my fave!

  220. Laura says:

    I don’t want to be obvious but George’s At The Cove is always a great place!

  221. Nicole Larson says:

    What a fabulous giveaway, Elizabeth! My two LJ favorites are the Marine Room and A.R. Valentien. My mouth is watering just thinking of them!

  222. Diana Kutlow says:

    For those who like their places a little more authentic than A.R. Valentien, I recommend Bull Taco, the tiny but delicious taco stand that is inside the State campground in Cardiff and has one of the best views of any “restaurant” in San Diego country. Their patio hangs over the beach and looks all the way to La Jolla.

  223. Gary says:

    Tapenade in La Jolla.

  224. Fran Vallelungo says:

    My all time favorite would be Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, LA

  225. Brenda Holtzclaw says:

    Georges at the Cove xoxo

  226. Raffaella says:

    My favorite restaurant is Osteria Nobili Santi in Monte Argentario, Tuscany – Italy


  227. LesliCKellow says:

    I would love the communal eating setting of the Artisan Table!

  228. Lindsay E. says:

    Whisknladle in La Jolla! I have never been but I would love to go!

  229. wm.courtney III says:

    The Artisan’s Table-Torrey Pines–La Jolla

  230. Amy Peterson says:

    I love Sa Wad Dee Thai in Meridian, Idaho!!

  231. Beth Randolph says:

    FAvorite Restaurant- Chops Atlanta

  232. My favorite restaurant is Lo Zodiaco in Rome. Ciao ciao

  233. LaurieAnn Dyson says:

    My Favorite restaurant to go to at any time of the year in La Jolla is Georges at The Cove. Not only for the amazing choices in food…….the view and ambiance is top notch!

  234. Mercedes Lopez Martin says:

    La Jolla is a Jewel means is a BEAUTIFUL city, in San Diego
    one’s of my favorites is Marine Room Restaurant in the Shores!!

    With love


  235. Pauline Messenger says:

    Never been, but desperately would love to go!! All restaurants look amazing, would love to try Marine or Georges at the Cove? Thank you!

  236. Georgie’s at the Cove, La Jolla! Was there once and loved it, wouldn’t mind eating there again

  237. Bill says:

    Georges at the cove for La Jolla and Boquinistes in Paris

  238. John says:

    What is your favorite restaurant (anywhere in the world)? My absolutely most favorite restaurant in is located in Rome, Italia by the name of “La Campana,” and has been around since 1518. Their service, quality of ingredients, taste of food and overall experience is second to none.

  239. Maralyn Hill says:

    LeSud in Lyon, but there are many worldwide.

  240. Pete Janzen says:

    Favorite place anywhere in the world? Blue Moon Cafe, Manteo, North Carolina. Fantastic seafood creations and an overall ambiance to the business, the downtown district and the town as a whole that I just love.

  241. What an amazing opportunity! I have only been to La Jolla Shores once, and absolutely fell in love with it! I attended a Balloon release on October 15, 2012 A Day of Remembrance in honor of all babies that are gone too soon. This has become a very special place to my husband and myself. We lost a baby in 2012. It would be amazing to win this! My favorite place to Dine is Taps Brewery in Brea Ca. We love the atmosphere and love the food.
    Thanks you for this opportunity to win an amazing Getaway!!

  242. Karen Prince says:

    Seeing that I am in the middle of Oklahoma….I have to say Texas Roadhouse is my favorite regularly visited place to eat. Perhaps if I win this contest, somewhere in sunny California would become my favorite 🙂

  243. Cristina says:

    The White House in Anaheim 😉

  244. Colleen says:

    George’s @ the Cove

  245. Karen G says:

    I always wanted to go to the Sky Room at the Valencia but didn’t make it before it closed. So…favorite Brunch spot is Brockton Villa. YUM

  246. Maggie McCann says:

    Aria on Perry in Manhattan

  247. Hayley says:

    Bambuddha Grove Ibiza – exquisite far eastern meets Mediterranean fusion cuisine. Perfect every time!

  248. Al Forno / Providence, RI

  249. Marilyn says:

    La Ribaudière – a 1 star Michelin restaurant in Bourg Charente – France – not far from Cognac. Excellent food at a reasonable price considering the quality. Modern atmosphere next to the Charente river.


  250. Carolyn Passeneau says:

    My favorite La Jolla restaurant Is George’s At The Cove.

  251. lauren crowley says:

    I would dine at George’s At The Cove in La Jolla, CA.

    If I could dine anywhere in the world, I would dine at French Laundry.

  252. herb glatter says:

    Market Restaurant Del Mar

  253. Guadalupe Serrano says:

    Crab Catcher

  254. Action Camper says:

    My favorite restaurant (anywhere in the world)? That’s easy. Aquagrill, in Union Square, New York City

  255. Bethany Odell says:

    I love the food at Roppongi/La Jolla!

  256. Rappongi is my favorite restaurant in La Jolla. Wonderful happy hour, delicious variety of smaller portions available, the food always fresh, creatively prepared and beautifully presented. Location is great oo!

  257. Jennifer Hayden says:

    My favorite restaurant is a small restaurant near Traverse City called The Boathouse. I’ve never been to La Jolla but would love to go!

  258. Blue City Cafe in Memphis. The ribs were ridiculously good.

  259. Sandra Yaeger says:

    A. R. Valentien, the signature restaurant at the Lodge at Torrey Pines

  260. John W. Carney says:

    Cliffhouse in San Franicisco

  261. diana says:

    Nobu in the Atlantis, Bahamas

  262. Brian Bush says:

    My favorite restaurant is Winston’s in Toronto.