San Diego, California Food Guide: 3 European food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in La Jolla

April 25, 2020 Almeta Stockton

Discover Restaurants offering the best European food in La Jolla, San Diego, California. Topnotch golf courses, art galleries and seals share the dramatic oceanside landscape of La Jolla, an affluent community 15 minutes from downtown San Diego. Swimmers, snorkelers and kayakers dip into La Jolla Cove, where the protected waters shield an abundance of bright orange Garibaldi fish and sea caves indent the cliffs. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the family-friendly Birch Aquarium and the acclaimed La Jolla Playhouse deliver breaks from the sun.
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1. Barbarella Restaurant & Bar

2171 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215 Italian, American, Bar, European, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout, Private Dining, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +1 858-454-7373 http://www.barbarellarestaurant.com/
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4 based on 299 reviews

Barbarella Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By 2beans2000

Stopping by at Barbarella in September/October is a must!Barbara started her custom of “enthusiastic decorating” many years ago and the Shores wouldn’t be the same without it even though Barbarella is now under new owners yet they are keeping up with great traditions, great food and great staff.My two favorites on the menu are the Bib and Blue salad with grilled atlantic salmon.....the salmon is done to perfection!And my other fav is the pizza max.... can be ordered any time, breakfast lunch or brunch or di ner. Thin crust, salmon, capers, and craime freche. What’s not to like? Delish.Parking is on the street... be patient and persistent, try side streets.Seating is available inside or outside.I have reserved the patio for breakfasts/brunches for about 25 people and Barbara used to offer a fixed menu with a sweet and a savory offering. This is a wonderful setting for a breakfast/brunch. Going early affords people easy parking. Not so easy at lunchtime.Enjoy!

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2. Cafe la Rue

1132 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4533 French, Bar, Cafe, European, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Valet Parking, Table Service, Live Music [email protected] +1 855-818-6857 http://www.lavalencia.com/dining/cafe-la-rue.aspx
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4 based on 118 reviews

Cafe la Rue

Café la Rue translates to "the street," and in La Jolla all streets lead to La Valencia Hotel and her chic, casual bistro designed as a European brasserie perfect for people watching. The eatery's natural light and airy art deco-inspired ambiance is accen

Reviewed By Catherine T

Just had dinner for birthday and was utterly disappointed. Food is mediocre: vegetable dip was a block of cream cheese with lettuce as garnish, ordered strozapreti pasta with wild mushroom, hazelnut, arugula and lemon zest with brown butter sauce and got pasta with what looked like canned button mushroom slices and a few slices of almonds in wine sauce. I asked the waiter if it is the right dish and he said yes the mushroom are white not wild, the menu said hazelnut but it is wrong and the chef does not like arugula so he did not put any. Seriously?Dear Catherine,I am so sorry to hear that your recent dining experience at Cafe la Rue wasn't to your (or our) expectations. We very rarely deviate from our recipes, so please know that your comments have been taken to our culinary team for further review and action. I hope you will offer us another opportunity to exceed all expectations in the future. Kind Regards,Melissa King, Marketing Manager

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3. Bistro du Marche

7437 Girard Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-5143 French, European Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service +1 858-551-7500 http://www.bistrodumarche.net/
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4 based on 63 reviews

Bistro du Marche

Reviewed By Jeanmarc3

This is an average French restaurant in an fancy area, and unfortunately overpriced. We went for the Tuesday mussels special. Mussels were hard to chew and obviously pre-frozen. The "gougeres" appetizers were decent. The floating island was good but not worth the $12 price point. Overall, not a bad restaurant, just nothing to justify the prices, or going back.

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