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The Cottage La Jolla

$$ - $$$American, Cafe,
7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
+1 858-454-8409
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (152 reviews)
“french toast” (129 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (94 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My family had breakfast on Memorial Day. Our server, Elizabeth, was friendly and gave great advice on the various dishes. She also jazzed up my father's breakfast-in honor of his service in the Air Force, she made his french toast patriotic- strawberries, bananas and blueberries...More

Thank Henry B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So while on vacation we walked from inn by the sea to the cottage for brunch. What a great place with an interesting menu. Outside and In side seating, which was nice. Food and service was great!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Here's the problem: Any time you want to go here (weekends/holidays), they are insanely crowded, and they have adopted an assembly line approach to food service where it's quite clear you need to hurry up and order, eat, pay, and get out. Some wait staff...More

Thank Dave H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great brunch spot. Their food is really good, and the restaurant is very cute. There is outdoor seating, and a few tables inside. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. The food came out rather slowly, but they were pretty busy when...More

Thank Margaret L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is in very high demand during brunch hours, so you want to make sure you have about an hour to wait around for a table, depending on the day of course. The cottage had one of the coolest patios, and it was very...More

Thank J_Huney
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our breakfast here. My wife and I were on our annual anniversary trip by ourselves and we ate outside on the patio. I try french toast or pancakes in every city I travel to and this was good. Not incredible, but good.

Thank seanhughley
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

Had breakfast here while stopping in La Jolla. The breakfast was good and generous portions we had the cottage French toast and cinnamon pancakes, both were tasty. We sat outside which was nice, inside seems a bit dark and outdated. Service was ok, I think...More

1  Thank Rravi23
Reviewed 3 May 2018

Between the four of us we sampled a number of dishes - all excellent, fresh and great portions. My egg scramble with avocado was so divine. The fresh scones are served with homemade jams - deelish! The chicken sausage is excellent. Coffee very good. Service...More

Thank petie614
Reviewed 2 May 2018

Have been going for years with a dear friend, it is our favorite lunch place ! Welcoming staff, good food, you can sit inside or outside, although traffic is a little close if you choose outside...........prices seems to be going up, so, less frequented by...More

Thank ghm11_2
Reviewed 1 May 2018

LOVED that this place served grass-fed beef burgers. 2 of us ordered them and they were fantastic. They made an error on the temp and realized it before they even served it to us and brought them back perfectly cooked. I ordered a veggie wrap...More

Thank grubyrun
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18 February 2018|
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Response from vinmarine1 | Reviewed this property |
The cooks will customize a plate if salt is an issue. They are really good at working with customers on any culinary/health issues.
30 November 2017|
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Response from Ellen A | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, can't answer that question. Just call the restaurant and ask what hours they'll maintain on Christmas day. GOOD luck.
8 April 2017|
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Response from DeAnna S | Reviewed this property |
7:40-3:00. Use the app NoWait to put your name of the waiting list. This will prevent you from waiting so long to be seated.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7702 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-8409
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Over 24 years ago, we stumbled onto a sleepy little restaurant called the Cottage La Jolla. The restaurant was a local hangout and had a reputation for delicious food and friendly, personal service. Since 1992, our business has exploded, and in late 2009 we finished a complete renovation of the restaurant. Improvements include a handicap lift & restrooms, expanded kitchen & a fresh, new look. What hasn't changed is our passion for serving tasty, classic American & Southern California influenced food. We are also proud of the many servers, bussers and cooks that have been with us for years & years. We are often asked how we are able to operate two restaurants on different coasts, and our response is, "It's all about the people." Please take a moment to say hello to our Manager, Michael Harrison, on your next visit. Welcome to the Cottage!
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