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Tapenade Restaurant - CLOSED

7612 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4841
+1 858-551-7500
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
30 Jun 2015
“Will re-open in different location”
18 May 2015
“Great Dinner..”
Restaurant Hours Closed
French, American
7612 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4841
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1 - 10 of 87 reviews

Reviewed 1 July 2015

This was an excellent restaurant, but they were forced to vacate the location that they had been in for many years. They are working on their new location, about five minutes away from the old one. They may open with a somewhat different style restaurant.

Thank Barry L
Reviewed 19 May 2015 via mobile

Went out to dinner with family and friends. The staff and service was great. The food was wonderful. I had the Short Rib. So delicious. A wonderful place . Will be back..

Thank A. Vinnie V
Reviewed 17 March 2015

I lot Tapenade for the fish. It is always tender with a wonderful French sauce. The other entrees are also excellent but you can never go wrong with the fish. If you want a small salad first they do offer a mixed greens dinner salad...More

Thank Phyl145
Reviewed 23 February 2015

Been here twice now and may well make it an annual Mardi Gras dinner. Chef obviously loves planning for taste and presentation; both are equally refined. Subtlety appreciable -- just the right soupçon of heat in the remoulade for shrimp cocktail, a sliver of duck...More

Thank lrbarile
Reviewed 7 February 2015

SUPER good food. Great service. Delicious. Not for kids though. More of a couple or adult place. This is a nice upscale restaurant.

Thank gabi692015
Reviewed 10 January 2015

Maybe we were expecting too much based on reviews, but I would not go back here. My fresh Alaskan halibut was overcooked. And one of the main reasons we chose this place was for the profiteroles on the dessert menu. They were not good. The...More

1  Thank adongeorge
Reviewed 8 January 2015

I took my daughter and granddaughter here when they were visiting me. We all simply LOVED what we ordered. The service is very good but not intrusive, and the noise level was also not too loud. This is consistently one of the best restaurants in...More

Thank wally k
Reviewed 7 November 2014

Tapenade can be one of the best meals in La Jolla. They have also had off nights. The indoor atmosphere is quiet and serene, nice for a restaurant where one can actually talk to one's partner! The wines are excellent, the food classic, the service...More

Thank ljtraveler2013
Sylvie D, Owner at Tapenade Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2014

Dear Madame, Thank you for visiting Tapenade and taking the time to let us know how you liked your visit. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed it. Please let us know when you visit again. Kind regards, Jean-Michel Diot

Reviewed 16 July 2014

Came here to celebrate my son's 21st birthday. My son was driving back from out-of-town just for this dinner celebration but was running late due traffic so I had to delay the reservation for an hour. They easily agreed. When we got there then I...More

1  Thank W2SH
Sylvie D, Owner at Tapenade Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2014

We are sorry to hear that you did not have a satisfying experience during your visit last April. We no longer propose monkfish on our menu and we currently feature the fish of the day that is halibut, or sea bass. Regarding the clientele attendance...More

Reviewed 15 July 2014

We have tried this restaurant on a couple occasions and found it mediocre at best. The decor lacks charm. The menu is sparse and on the night we were there the dish we wanted was not available. The kitchen, we feel, produces dishes that are...More

Thank jflocks
Sylvie D, Owner at Tapenade Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2014

Established since 1998 we have served many customers who had pleasant experiences and we are sorry that you did not enjoy your experiences with us. Jean-Michel Diot.

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$10 - US$80
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7612 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4841
    (Pearl Street and Kline Street)
  • Public Transportation: Torrey Pines Road at Virginia Way
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-551-7500
  • E-mail
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