Lauded as the highest-end offering at La Jolla’s tony George's at the Cove, this culinary darling is equal parts stunning views and stellar cuisine. Set on the building’s lowest level, its subterranean vibe quickly fades as diners approach the panoramic, ocean-facing windows. Tables there may be few and coveted, but you won’t miss a minute of the beautiful sunset even if you're seated elsewhere in the room.
While this kitchen could coast on vistas alone, it’s not nearly inclined to settle, turning out a meticulously sourced menu that doesn’t sacrifice a San Diego sense of place. Local spot prawns, plancha-grilled with fennel butter and a squeeze of Meyer lemon, are absolutely divine—not unlike the heirloom tomatoes nestled in creamy burrata and bright nettle pesto. Then lamb loin may arrive thinly sliced, fanned over a tranche of stewed summer squash, and brightened by a drizzle of black olive jus and confit garlic.
The thoughtful staff is at the ready with suggestions, and diners with dietary restrictions will find they’re paid special attention here. For those with the urge to indulge, a warm chocolate tart with Bourbon caramel and dulce de leche makes for a very exciting conclusion.