Dynamite Dining

New And Noteworthy

We know you know downtown San Diego, but how well do you know La Jolla? If you're hankering for a good eat or two by the water, then check out these DiningOut picks. We guarantee you won't leave hungry—or unsatisfied.

Bernini’s Bistro {7550 Fay Avenue; 858.454.5013}

This picturesque, European-style bistro serves brunch, lunch, and dinner daily. Decorated with murals and photography by Owner Hamdi Gumustekin, it’s a favorite spot among locals who rave about the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and reasonably-priced Italian fare. There’s live music Thursday through Saturday, and the extensive (and affordable) breakfast menu, with everything from Berry Crêpes to Huevos Rancheros, is available until 5pm. berninibistro.com

Goldfish Point Café {1255 Coast Boulevard; 858.459.7407}

This casual, European-style café specializes in affordable early morning and midday meals, plus specialty coffees, all served with a gorgeous oceanfront view. Go for hearty breakfast classics like breakfast burritos and croissant sandwiches, or swing by around lunchtime for salads and specialty sandwiches. goldfishpointcafe.com

We Olive {1158 Prospect Street; 858.551.8250}

This gourmand’s paradise is La Jolla’s premier destination for extra virgin olive oil. Stop in to sample olive oils, vinegars, and other gourmet foods, and stay for a glass of wine and a cheese plate on the balcony overlooking the ocean. Daily specials, like complimentary gourmet bites from 6pm to close on Fridays, make a visit even sweeter. lajolla.weolive.com

Blended Industries {1025 Prospect Street, Suite 220; 858.225.8205}

If you crave a glass of vino while browsing for designer deals, make Blended Industries your next shopping stop. The high-end boutique features big name designers and an in-store wine bar stocked with a top-notch selection of wines, bringing a unique shopping experience for both men and women to La Jolla. blendedindustries.com

Other Hidden Jewels:

La Taverna {927 Silverado Street; 858.454.0100}

Homestyle Italian fare is La Taverna’s specialty, from bruschetta crafted from homemade bread, to heaping bowls of pasta, like the popular Pasta La Jolla (grilled chicken breast, oven-roasted tomatoes, and mushrooms tossed in a Parmesan cream sauce with pennette). Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited at this cozy trattoria. lataverna.com

Michele Coulon Dessertier {7556 Fay Avenue, Suite D; 858.456.5098}

This tiny shop stocks a staggering selection of gourmet desserts, plus savory lunch items including quiche, sandwiches, and salads, all made with high-quality ingredients like local organic produce, real butter, and imported Belgian chocolate. On the sweeter side of the menu, temptations like French macaroons, petit fours, and cake by the slice await your sweet tooth. Can’t decide? The Gâteau Aileen sponge cake, layered with berries and buttercream, is a stunner. dessertier.com

Juice Kaboose {7556 Fay Avenue; 858.456.9300}

Slurp a smoothie or sip from a selection of fresh-pressed fruit and vegetable juices at this healthy, all-natural café. Fresh fruit is brought in daily, and no sugar or preservatives are added to anything, so you can rest easy knowing that you’re eating well. A selection of made-to-order sandwiches and bowls are also available, if you’re looking for a more substantial meal. juicekaboose.com

Rimel's Rotisserie {1030 Torrey Pines Road; 858.454.6045}

At Rimel’s Rotisserie, quality ingredients are prepared with care, and the results are delicious. The menu features a wide variety of items, from fresh seafood (either caught by the restaurant or purchased from local fishermen) to fresh meats, poultry, and game sourced from Homegrown Meats. Whichever way you go, don’t miss the green sauce. It’s the restaurant’s signature condiment, and complements everything from fish tacos to roasted chicken. rimelrestaurants.com/la-jolla