Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

New American cuisine in an ocean-view setting at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla.


Breakfast & Dinner daily, Lunch Mon.-Fri., Brunch Sat.-Sun.

* Click here for rating key

THE MED, La Jolla, CA

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

THE MED Restaurant Review

: La Valencia Hotel, the regal "Pink Lady," proposes several dining experiences. Guests can enjoy libations and nibbles in La Sala or bistro fare in Café La Rue. THE MED is airy and bright with three distinct dining areas: the street-facing patio, main dining room with large windows showcasing views of the Pacific, and the adjacent terrace also overlooking the ocean. The menus offer New American cuisine, from a local lobster Benedict in the morning, to an Angus burger or a pineapple poke bowl for lunch, and Pacific snapper with prawn brandade and sweet corn purée at night. Diners may also encounter specials like cream of mushroom soup, quiche and swordfish. Brunch on the patio is a La Jolla favorite with Blood Marys and farmer’s market vegetable hash. (Timothy Ralphs is now the executive chef.) Local craft brews are featured along with classic and original cocktails. The sophisticated wine list strives to provide interesting selections for enthusiasts. THE MED also hosts a wine dinner series, so keep an eye out for those events.

New craft beers

Read GAYOT's reviews of new craft beer releases from top producers.

Stay in a romantic mood with this Rosé Champagne.

Read GAYOT's review.