This coffee purveyor now rivals Starbuck's for bragging rights for the world's most popular coffee. The bright and lively coffeehouse is a central meeting place for both locals and visitors of La Jolla. Outdoor and indoor seating allow a picturesque break from all the local shopping. Bulk sales of coffees and fine teas are available. Fresh-baked pastries and light lunch selections, including sandwiches and soups, are sold here as well.
The atmosphere at this popular restaurant and bar is best characterized as colorful. The bright yellow sign, along with a front door featuring yellow, blue and green prints, welcome guests into the restaurant. Once inside, guests will notice colorful tabletops as well as mural-covered walls. The small, busy restaurant offers juke box music and a big bar. Carne asada- grilled steak, tops the menu, including combination of tacos, tortas and burritos. The place also offers marinated steak with a cheese enchilada and guacamole. Jose's Court Room is the place for great craft cocktails and delectable eats done the authentic Mexican way.
The Shores Steak & Seafood restaurant combines classic steakhouse favorites and innovative coastal cuisine with spectacular oceanfront views. Their focus is on exceptional quality and fresh local ingredients. The restaurant's surf-side views and inviting atmosphere make for a dining experience you won't soon forget. The restaurant is located at the Sea Lodge Hotel on La Jolla Shores. Call or visit their website for menus and reservations.
Located in a Spanish Colonial style building that features an outdoor fountain and flora common to Mexico and the American southwest, Casa de Bandini recreates a dining experience from Old California. Outside, guests can sit at a bench and enjoy the shade beneath one the many trees near the fountain or at a table with an umbrella. Inside, guests can dine in a well-lit, multi-colored dining room, where they can also watch the making of hand-made tortillas. While guests enjoy their meals of enchiladas, burritos, and other Mexican favorites, they can listen to the sounds of the house Mariachi band. Casa de Bandini also offers a Gluten free menu, vegetarian menu, and a happy hour every weekday from 4p until 7p. - Erick Petterson
Visit Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse if you want to indulge yourselves. From magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, to the sublime prime steaks and seafood with the heartiness of Italian cooking, will just make you want for more. Their full bar features an impressive wine list. The Seafood & Steakhouse is a great place for parties and special events with an awe inspiring ocean backdrop or just dine in their grand private dining room for an atmosphere of the classic Italian charm. Godere!
Fresco Trattoria & Bar at Carlsbad is an upscale Italian restaurant with an extensive menu of pasta, pizza, soup and salads. The restaurant is cozy and charming with its cream and coffee hues, dark wooden furniture, hand painted murals, lovely outdoor patios and its close proximity to the ocean. You can just hear the waves calling out to you if you are dining at the patio. The food is a work of love, deliciously hearty and soul warming such as the Rigatoni Salsiccia alla Siciliana, Veal Milanese, Pizza Rustica and Linguine Mare Mosso. And a delightful end with desserts like chocolate souffle, raspberry sorbet and pastries. Fresco has an amazing wine list, so whether you are a wine aficionado or a newbie, you will have plenty to choose from. The restaurant has got two patios while one is by the sidewalk with a lot of tables laid in front, the other is wonderfully landscaped. Fresco is ideal for a memorable evening of romance.
Take a break from your everyday food and savor flavorsome street-style Mexican delicacies at Señor Grubby’s. Their extensive menu features a slew of tacos, burritos, rice bowls, breakfast specials, and other classic Mexican fare. There is a special menu for the little ones as well. Loyal patrons swear by their Carlsbad Burrito, Cali to Denver Scramble, and Machaca Plate. The decor is pleasant with thoughtful lighting accents and wooden furnishings. A laid back vibe, prompt staff and pocket-friendly prices make you keep coming back for more.
Jay's Gourmet Restaurant combines a casual atmosphere with incredible culinary favorites. Guests may sit at the bar, which covers one wall, or at wooden tables. Pictures of family and friends decorate the inside walls, while the outdoor seating is complemented by greenery and gaslamps. Pizzas, pasta and seafood are the featured entrees. Consider fresh clams, fresh salmon or fresh halibut. Each of these seafood specialties are sauteed with garlic and served over linguini, with red or white wine sauce.
Located on the second story of a trendy Carlsbad shopping arena, Gregorio's Italian Restaurant sports a modern atmosphere and top-notch cuisine. Inside, black and white decor creates a contemporary look. Customers are seated among black tables and chairs, or at the sleek bar. On the outside, several umbrella-topped tables line the balcony, overlooking downtown Carlsbad. Specialty pizzas are popular. Consider eggplant pizza, with mozzarella, plum tomatoes, fresh garlic and eggplant. The restaurant serves delicious pasta entrees as well. Pasta Emilia offers vodka cream sauce with peas and mushrooms.
Within steps of the cliffs overlooking Carlsbad State Beach, Las Olas offers a glimpse into San Diego's culture that visitors cannot get elsewhere. Located on the west side of the famous Highway 101, on the outside Las Olas may not look busy, though most days their combination of daily lunch specials, happy hour, take out, delivery, and catering makes them a favorite Mexican hang out for locals and visitors. Among their less traditional dishes, Las Olas offers a Smokin' Quesadilla Pizza for starters, as well as a vegetable quesadilla, fresh local "Puerto Nuevo Style" lobster, Mexican Seafood Sautée, and so much more. - Erick Pettersen
Not many people are aware about Yoshino Japanese Deli but those in the know queue outside for its delightful seafood dishes. It is best known for sushi rolls and poke bowls in varieties like yellowfin tuna, salmon and crab. Try the Spicy Salmon Roll and the Ahi or Tuna Poke Bowls with visually-appealing garnishes such as wasabi, avocados and green salad. This restaurant offers good value for money with reasonable prices on flavorful Japanese food. It is open for only three hours for lunch and has few seats, hence it is wise to head here early if you wish to dine-in. Be sure to carry sufficient cash as this eatery does not accept credit cards.