EDDIE V'S PRIME SEAFOOD
(858) 459-5500 1270 PROSPECT STREET, LA JOLLA, 92037 (MAP)
ROMANTIC, ELEGANT, FULL OCEAN VIEW, JAZZ AT NIGHT, ACTIVE COCKTAIL BAR, CLASSY SAN DIEGO DINING, GREAT LUNCH SPOT
I get asked a lot where to go for San Diego's BEST ocean view restaurant dining. In the past I had my usual suspects - George's at the Cove's Ocean Terrace, Marine Room, Jake's Del Mar - but now I have to add Eddie V's in La Jolla, the perfect combination of stunning views, elegant dining and exquisite food. Think I'm overstating this? I'm not!
Let's start with the location in La Jolla. The view is full on ocean, located right above the La Jolla Cave Store (aka Sunny Jim Cave). Waves splashing, seals barking, we're talking full on unobstructed view, one of the best in all of San Diego. How good is the view? How about this?
When you're done staring at the view you'll be equally impressed with the menu. I love Eddie V's for lunch because unlike so many ocean view restaurants the prices are downright reasonable. Get a burger - I mean a really great Wagyu burger with bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and fries- for $14! And this isn't a "back at the bar" special, this is white tablecloth, ocean view dining. Or try the Maine Lobster Tacos, two full size, fully loaded tacos, for $19. Yes, full size, not silly "street tacos". That's a great deal anywhere in San Diego, even without a view. Let me put it this way - whether you're a San Diego local or an out of town visitor, you have to come here for lunch.
So lunch it is. I started my meal with some oysters. I love that they have plenty of oyster options. If you don't know what you want then have the waiter bring out a selection. The oysters were fresh, clean tasting, a perfect start with a glass of sparkling wine.
And I love appetizers! And Crab Cakes! And Asian inspired food! So when I saw Jumbo Lump Crab Cake and Kung Pao Calamari, well, you know I had to get them both. Let's start with the crab cake.
Is that not perfect? The Jumbo Lump Crab Cake at Eddie V's is perhaps my most favorite, a large serving with virtually no fillers. Crispy exterior, moist fresh crab, a spicy Remoulade sauce, if you love seafood you need to get this. Simply the best. Ever.
Next up was the Point Judith Calamari, served Kung Pao style with crispy rice noodles and cashews.
Nice, crispy calamari on top of a bed of even crispier and crunchier noodles, big enough to share with a group of four. I liked it, though if I had to choose I'd stick with the crab cake. Still, I give Eddie V's an A for effort and my wife loved, loved, loved it. But by now I was thinking of my entree.
That's right baby, I went for the Steak Frites! The steak was a 10 oz PRIME ribeye (this was lunch, after all) served up with a variety of truffle scented mushrooms and a side of crispy Parmesan-Chive French Fries. Oh, there was a salad as well but who cares about that when you have a giant steak and fries in front of you? And yes, Eddie V's lives up to the PRIME in its name, the steak was perfectly cooked, tender, very delicious. Dinner portions are even larger - 22 oz bone-in ribeye, anyone?
My wife was a bit more responsible with her order, getting the Parmesan Lemon Sole with lemon garlic butter. Very light, crispy exterior, and very fresh. Good one! I've heard from others that the Hong Kong style sea bass is outstanding - next time.
Now for some reason we ordered a side of Crab Fried Rice with mushrooms and scallions. I mean, I don't know what we were thinking as we already had enough food on the table to feed an Army. But wow, was this good. A bit decadent, a bit rich, a huge portion, really nice addition but oh so stuffed by now.
At night the menu changes up a bit, prices edge up into the $30's but it's right in line with San Diego's dining scene. Live jazz every night in the ocean view bar, Eddie V's in La Jolla doesn't miss a beat and nails it on view, ambiance, service, and food quality. It surely has to be one of San Diego's best Ocean View restaurants and one of our best places to eat overall! Go there, spend some time at the bar or savoring the view, Eddie V's is one of the quintessential San Diego restaurant experiences.
EDDIE V'S LA JOLLA: Best Ocean View Dining in San Diego, Classy and Elegant, Best lunch value in La Jolla, best place to impress a date, romantic dining, Best Views.