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Cusp Dining & Drinks

7955 La Jolla Shores Dr. (Torrey Pines Rd.) Send to Phone
Enjoy views of La Jolla and the Pacific while savoring Mediterranean fare.
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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Cusp Dining & Drinks Restaurant Review

: We like the bird's-eye view from this chic hotel restaurant, with its giant glass windows framing coastal La Jolla and the big blue. Chef Donald Lockhart's creativity infuses the Mediterranean cuisine and keeps us coming back for more, while mixologist Nate Howell, plucked from Chicago, concocts clever cocktails that makes the daily happy hour the place to be at sunset. His "Remember the Mayans" is a spirited medley of Herradura tequila and Cynar, slightly tamed with ginger syrup, fresh lime, sriracha, cilantro and cucumber. Start with the toasted quinoa with velvety yellowtail, dressed up with curry cream, followed by mussels bathed in white wine with nuggets of garlic and Spanish chorizo. In addition to Lockhart's Moroccan-spiced king salmon, we recommend his pork ragoût with house-made pappardelle. Rustic flatbreads or daily ceviche appeal to those opting for a lighter meal. Finish with caramel panna cotta or after-dinner alchemy like Howell's "Don't Be Cruel," made with Zacapa rum, caramel, crème de banana, chocolate bitters, whole egg and nutmeg.

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