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Gourmet Dining in La Jolla

Manhattan of La Jolla is an independent locally owned and operated New York Style Italian Steakhouse - transporting you to the best of New York via the cozy, upscale village of La Jolla. Located in the Empress Hotel on Fay Avenue, it is an elegant, casual and classy place where you would expect to see Old Blue Eyes or Danny Ocean romancing a beautiful woman while she sips her Cosmo over dinner.

With quality Italian charm, Manhattan offers classic cocktails that get you into that New York swing--and the entrees are as good as it gets. Liberal olive oil, garlic, lemon and pepper complement the Zagat Award winning veal chop, steaks and seafood. Signature scampi, classic cannelloni, pasta al dente, and other succulent dishes, plus professional service and decor make this a terrific spot for a romantic dinner or mixing business and pleasure. Manhattan in La Jolla gets you the best of both worlds. Manhattan is an award winning La Jolla favorite, celebrating its 36th year.

Don't feel like eating out? Guests staying at The Empress Hotel can order room service directly from Manhattan of La Jolla. Room service is available nightly for dinner and three days-a-week for lunch.

Where Locals Go For Great Food and Entertainment

Voted Best Steakhouse and Best Martini in the 2022 La Jolla Village Readers' Choice Awards

Voted Best Restaurant for Special Occasions in the 2023 OpenTable Diner's Choice Awards!

Live Music

Wednesdays and Thursdays | 6 - 9 PM

Fridays and Saturdays | 7 - 10 PM

Sundays | 6 - 8 PM: Live Piano w/Mike Wofford

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Rooms & Suites

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  • Great experience

    "Great location. Walking distance to the cove and village. Having a valet which was really convenient. Very clean hotel. Great friendly staff. Shames was very very Nice and helpful. My experience was great."
    -Sadi M

  • Empress Saved our Anniversary Trip, Thank you!!

    "My husband and I visited La Jolla for our 20th anniversary. Our Air BnB reservation fell through in a very bad way, and we had to find a hotel for the next six nights, STAT. While my husband was dealing with Air BnB, I set out to search for something in the same area so we could..."

  • The Room Even Had A Piano

    "Came to La Jolla for a quick weekend trip from Los Angeles. Read all the good reviews and decided to give The Empress a try. Glad I did. The hotel is on the corner of Fay and Silverado in the heart of La Jolla Village, within easy walking distance of all the Village stores and restaurants and La Jolla Cove."

  • Amazing European Experience in La Jolla

    "From the moment I booked this hotel the staff, mainly Shamiss, was professional, courteous and exceeded my expectations! The Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the city, making the best restaurants, coffee shops and stores in easy walking distance..."

  • Lovely historic hotel close to everything in La Jolla.

    "This is a gorgeous renovated hotel right in the middle of La Jolla. Parking is not available but they do have curbside valet and there is a parking garage over the road. We were lucky to be there on a Sunday so we were able to park free on the road until the morning. They have the yummiest cookies at check-in"-Vivienne N