George’s At The Cove in La Jolla Menu For Success

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We recently spent a day and night in La Jolla, California. We’d like to thank the Grande Colonial Hotel, George’s at the Cove, and the San Diego Tourism Authority for their help in planning our trip. We were not paid for our reviews. All opinions reflect our own opinions and experiences.

George's at the Cove La Jolla Menu -Courtesy San
George’s at the Cove La Jolla -Courtesy

Three Levels of Dining

While visiting La Jolla we had the opportunity to dine at George’s at the Cove. Fodor’s named George’s at the Cove “One of the World’s Top Ten Restaurants”. Featuring three different levels to explore George’s at the Cove menu varies at each unique level.  The casual rooftop Ocean Terrace offers a terrific view (perfect for a spectacular sunset) of La Jolla Cove and serves up lunch and dinner. Next, on the middle level is Level 2, which prepares special cocktails and offers a casual lunch and dinner menu. The lower level is home to California Modern, where we discovered an eclectic gourmet dinner menu designed to please every food traveler.

Cocktails at George's on the Cove
Cocktails at George’s at the Cove

Cocktails Abound

If you wander to the restaurant downstairs you’ll want to order one of their unique hand-crafted cocktails as you ponder exactly how you’re going to choose what to order from this tasty menu.

We were really impressed with their diverse cocktail and wine list. This is definitely a place to order a special cocktail.

We had the Something with Pears made with local pear-infused gin, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, ginger, tea, lemon and cold smoked egg white (which I loved). We also sampled the Bad Apple with house rum blend, fresh citrus, house-made spiced apple butter, and Pernod Absinthe Superieure, which was also delightfully refreshing.

Fish Tacos Starter Georges on the Cove Food Travelist
Fish Tacos Starter George’s at the Cove Food Travelist

Let’s Eat

The menu is set up to order either ala carte, a four-course tasting menu or an eight-course tasting menu. Diana and I had the four-course tasting and Nancy, Diana’s Mom, decided to go ala carte.

Classically trained at The Culinary Institute of America in New York,  Chef Trey Foshee’s motto is serving up locally-sourced sustainable products and this is his idea of what San Diego would taste like. Through our tasting he really let us discover San Diego with his unique food creations.

Since I love seafood, I focused on many of the local seafood dishes. The “fish tacos” contained yellowfin tuna sliced into taco-like shells filled with tuna tartar. I could have made a meal just out of this dish alone.

Grilled Octopus Georges on the Cove La Jolla
Grilled Octopus George’s at the Cove La Jolla

The grilled octopus with whole grain mustard vinaigrette included charred eggplant, fennel, roasted garlic squid ink potatoes. I love octopus and this was prepared just right with a rich smoky flavor and plenty of octopus. I really enjoyed the garlic squid ink potatoes too!

Baby Beet Salad Georges on the Cove
Baby Beet Salad George’s at the Cove

Vegetable Shine at George’s at the Cove

Nancy decided to go veggie for the evening and George’s at the Cove certainly has many delicious vegetable choices on their menu.

She started with the beet salad, with fresh cheese mousse, avocado, citrus, fennel, and walnuts. Everything was fresh and tasty in this bright California-inspired salad.

Persimmon Salad at Georges on the Cove La Jolla
Persimmon Salad at George’s at the Cove La Jolla

Diana had the salad with persimmons, brassicas, ricotta salata, local dates, buttermilk dressing, pistachio, mint, and pomegranate. It struck just the right blend of tangy, savory and sweet with an excellent and satisfying combination of textures and tastes.

Stinging Nettle Spaghetti at George's on the Cove in La Jolla
Stinging Nettle Spaghetti at George’s at the Cove Dinner

Moving on, we tried the stinging nettle spaghetti with Chino Farms broccoli, broccoli pesto, aged cheddar, and sourdough gremolata. This unique dish with ingredients we hadn’t tasted before (have you tasted stinging nettle spaghetti yet?) left us wishing we had a second stomach.

Beef Cheeks Georges on the Cove La Jolla
Beef Cheeks at George’s at the Cove La Jolla

Hearty Vegetables

Although I was thoroughly enjoying the seafood dishes I really wanted to try some meat too, so I went with the red wine braised beef cheeks. This dish was just outstanding! Everyone sampled the beef cheeks that seemed to melt in your mouth. The well-balanced plate included potato-horseradish puree, pickled cabbage, puffed tendon, mustard seeds, carrots, spring onions, and fine herbs. Again, I would return for this dish alone.

Roasted Cauliflower entree at George's At The Cove La Jolla
Roasted Cauliflower entree at George’s At The Cove La Jolla

The next veggie dish on George’s at the Cove menu was so flavorful and robust it would make even meat-lovers jealous. Roasted cauliflower with sunchokes, wood-grilled Chino Farms vegetable top jam, wild mushrooms and Buddha’s hand in a  caramelized vegetable demi-glace. If that sounds deeply satisfying to you, you wouldn’t be disappointed. The colorful plate was delicious and rewarding.

Roasted Chicken and Bread Pudding Georges on the Cove Food Travelist
Roasted Chicken and Bread Pudding at George’s at the Cove

The Menu That Doesn’t Stop

The roasted Jidori Chicken with black trumpet mushroom bread pudding, sweet potato and China Farms mustards was yet another perfect combination of flavors. This tasty combination served to bring out the best of each element for a delightfully enjoyable dish.

Donuts at Georges on the Cove La Jolla
Donuts at George’s at the Cove La Jolla

Just Desserts

Although we were sufficiently sated, we simply couldn’t pass up dessert so we tried several yummy menu items.

We finished our wonderfully creative meal with doughnuts and dips. Fluffy little donuts with cranberry pineapple, toasted marshmallow, salted chocolate, and burnt cinnamon caramel. Yes, they were as irresistible as they sound!

Warm Chocolate Tart at George's At The Cove
Warm Chocolate Tart at George’s At The Cove

Just Desserts

We also tried the warm chocolate tart with passionfruit, toasted banana bread and kinako ice cream. In this rich but not cloying combination of fruity, creamy, chocolatey heaven, the flavors burst in your mouth giving you a wonderful way to end to a remarkable meal.

It was a spectacular food adventure from start to finish. We will say that we thought the portions were more than generous. We were quite full from our four-course tasting and might suggest going ala carte for light eaters. Even so, we certainly are more than happy that we got to try so many of Chef Trey Fosse’s wonderfully created dishes.

If you find yourself in La Jolla you must stop at George’s at the Cove for lunch or dinner. We highly recommend you experience the unique locally-sourced California Modern cuisine Chef Fosse is serving up.

George’s At The Cove 

1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA

Check out George’s At The Cove Menu and be sure to make reservations. This is one spot in La Jolla you won’t want to miss.

Spending just 24 hours in La Jolla is such a tease. We know we’re going to return to enjoy the sun, sea, and great food very soon for a much longer visit.

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  1. This is my favorite restaurant in La Jolla, + almost anywhere. The staff is always nice + professional + they remember you if you’re a regular, the service is welcoming + wonderful. The cuisine is fresh + delicious; drinks are always spot on, + they have unique things to try. The atmosphere is classy casual. I love Georges at the Cove for many reasons!

  2. I think I should make a point of only reading your posts when I’m sure to be eating soon. Everything at George’s looks amazing. No, I’ve never had stinging nettle spaghetti, but I’m eager to try. My fave dish in your pics is the roasted chicken – made my mouth water. La Jolla is a great place to be dining with a view, too.

  3. First, I would want to visit all three levels. Love great views. Cocktails would be fun and the food in the restaurant looked amazing. Those doughnuts and dips definitely caught my attention. Now I’m hungry.

  4. I used to go to San Diego several times a year to visit a friend. George’s in La Jolla is my favorite restaurant! I have to admit, I’ve never eaten on the deck — the view is gorgeous. I guess I’ll have to go back!

  5. Wowza! That menu at the Cove La Jolla looks pretty amazing. Especially that chocolate tart! I’ve been to San Diego, but I don’t recall the La Jolla area. Will have to bookmark this for my next visit. Cheers!

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