Awards & Accolades

We are proud to have been acknowledged both locally and nationally as one of the best restaurants in San Diego. But, don't take their word for it, come and experience George's for yourself!

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National Accolades

One of the “Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America" (Ocean Terrace)


A MICHELIN Plate Restaurant

2019 edition of the MICHELIN Guide California
"...It is a place to enjoy a quiet, romantic meal prepared by a chef who takes extra steps to make everything special. Crisp linen-covered tables by the windows are coveted by all—request one when making your reservation. Choose from two different prix-fixe menus or go à la carte, but don't miss their stunning and smartly composed take on beef tartare. Other highlights include an eye-catching and deeply flavorful lasagna layered with ricotta, huitlacoche and maitake mushrooms..."
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Named in "A Local's Guide To San Diego" as a Top Place To Eat

The Washington Post
"...George’s at the Cove is a restaurant that maximizes your sunset experience, boasting both a sophisticated interior and an oceanfront terrace. Fish, lobster and beef dishes are prepared by nationally renowned chef Trey Foshee. The craft cocktails at George’s Level2 bar are inspired by 23 San Diego neighborhoods..."
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“Top 100+ North American Restaurants 2019” (California Modern)

Opinionated About Dining (OAD)
"...In business since 1984 and known as George's by the Cove for more than 20 years, perceptions changed when Chef Trey Foshee started offering diners the opportunity to eat at Table Three..."
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One of San Diego's “10 Best Foodie Spots”

USA Today
"...If you dream of an exquisite but unpretentious restaurant (that happens to overlook one of the country's most beatific seaside coves) you've dreamed of George's. Chef Trey Foshee's cuisine is what's described as California Modern. It's both healthy and indulgent at once, super fresh and so well presented it's almost a shame to eat. Fish, game, meat and veggies have found their shaman here. You will too...."
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Top Eatery Pick in “San Diego Weekend Trips for Romance”

USA Today
"...George's at the Cove just screams "special night out." Mention it upon booking a table and they'll make certain you commandeer a quiet table with a breathtaking view of the Pacific. If the sunset doesn't take your breath away, a crafty cocktail or vintage wine paired with chef Trey Foshee's so-right-now, locally inspired menu will..."
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One of the "Best Bars in California" (Level2)

"Given its prime La Jolla location—with a Pacific panorama to match—this stylish, modern bar could get away with serving almost anything. But lucky for spirits enthusiasts, George’s Level2 (one of three venues that make up George’s at the Cove) literally wrote the book on San Diego’s craft cocktail scene..."
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Sea3 featured in "10 Most Popular Cocktail Recipes of 2016" (Level2)

Tales of the Cocktail
"With mango, lime and chile-infused Cimarrón Blanco, lime juice and agave syrup poured on top of the finely crafted sea cube, the cocktail is a more exotic take on the margarita."
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Trey Foshee Named One of “America’s Best New Chefs”

Food & Wine Magazine

Trey Foshee Named in “Best Chefs America”

Best Chefs America

“Top 25 Southern California” & “Top 25 New American” (California Modern)

Opinionated About Dining (OAD)
"...Located in the heart of La Jolla Village, the combination of "solid food" and "an exceptional view" make it "the best restaurant between Los Angeles and the Mexican border..."

One of the “World’s Top 10 Restaurants”

Fodor's Choice

Fish Tacos Featured on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”

Food Network
"...They have taken the whole fish taco concept and taken it to the next reinvented classic I've ever had..." —HGTV Host, Aaron Sanchez

“World’s Hottest Rooftop Restaurants” (Ocean Terrace)

Travel + Leisure
"...Diners gaze out at Scripps Park and the northern San Diego coastline to the crashing Pacific beyond. Whatever the season, you can hear the squeals of swimmers at La Jolla Beach Cove below..."
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Golden Dish Award

GQ Magazine

San Diego’s “Most Popular Restaurant”

Zagat Guide to San Diego

Award of Excellence

Wine Spectator Magazine

Gourmet Magazine’s Pick for “Where to Eat Right Now”

Gourmet Magazine
"...Together, the chef and [Chino Farms] create sublime moments in George's formal Ocean View Room...San Diegans have always thought of George's as the city's big-deal restaurant. Now that the food soars, it really is..."

Fine Dining Hall of Fame Award

Nation's Restaurant News

AAA Four Diamond Award

Automobile Club of California

One of the “Top Restaurants USA”

Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA)

Local Accolades

“Best of the Best" Fancy Restaurant Category (California Modern)

San Diego Magazine, Critic's Pick

“Best Special Occasion Restaurant" (California Modern)

San Diego Magazine, Runner-Up

“Best Outdoor Patio" (Ocean Terrace)

San Diego Magazine, Readers' Pick

“Best View (Water)" (Ocean Terrace)

San Diego Magazine, Runner-Up

Beef Tartare featured in “103 Dishes You Should Absolutely Positively Eat Before You Die” (California Modern)

San Diego Magazine
"Tastes like the best Reuben you’ve ever eaten."
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One of "The Hottest Cocktail Bars in San Diego" (Level2)

Eater San Diego
"Looking for stellar cocktails with million-dollar ocean views? Level2 in La Jolla ticks that box nicely."
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One of the "Great San Diego Restaurants With Equally Good Cocktails” (California Modern)

Eater San Diego
"You’ll find a small but perfectly curated selection of seasonal cocktails at California Modern, all of which pair perfectly with owner/executive chef Trey Foshee’s locally driven cuisine."
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One of “12 Awesome San Diego Restaurants for Your Wedding Day”

Eater San Diego

One of the “10 Best Patios for Summer Dining”
"...George’s at the Cove absorbs the beauty of the sea with one of the grandest patios for al fresco dining. Pull up a seat on the Ocean Terrace and take in the stunning views of the Pacific..." Read Full Article Here

“Best Service”

San Diego Magazine, Readers' Pick

One of the “38 Essential San Diego Restaurants”

Eater San Diego
"This three floor oceanview stunner offers choose your own adventure dining. Opt for the casual rooftop terrace, the craft cocktail-focused gastrobar, or the acclaimed fine dining restaurant that offers a top-shelf tasting menu. Executive chef/partner Trey Foshee, one of the city's most admired chefs, keeps each kitchen running on a high level." Read Full Article Here

“Best Outdoor Restaurant,” “Best Lunch” & “Best American”

La Jolla Light

“Best Vegetarian”

San Diego Magazine, Critic’s Pick

“Best Vegetable Dish” (TBL3, California Modern)

Gastro Bits
"...The carrot cooked from the coffee crust grill was an amazing preparation. The carrot was prepared to actually taste similar to meat in heartiness and texture. The flavors meshed together incredibly well..."

“Most Romantic” & “Super Diners’ Favorite Views”

San Diego Union-Tribune

“Best First Date Bars” (Ocean Terrace)

San Diego Magazine
"...A memorable night starts with a sunset, amazing specialty cocktails, and ultra modern décor..."

Silver Fork Award (California Modern)

San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles

“Favorite Dining Patios”

San Diego Reader

Golden Medallion: “Best American” (Ocean Terrace)

California Restaurant Association

“#1 Best Restaurant” (Ocean Terrace)

North County Times

One of the “City’s Best Views”

944 Magazine

One of San Diego’s “A-List” Dining Choices

San Diego Metropolitan Magazine

“Best Restaurant View” (Ocean Terrace)

Ranch & Coast Magazine

Trey Foshee Named “Best Chef”

San Diego Magazine, Editor's Pick

Trey Foshee Named to “Inaugural Chefs Hall of Fame”

San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles
"...Foshee's menus are highly seasonal and his dishes made with invention and the freshest-possible local ingredients. That's his brand of California Modern cooking..." Read Full Article Here

“Best Place to Take Out of Town Guests” & “Best Outdoor Dining (Ocean Terrace)”

San Diego Home & Garden, Readers' Choice Awards

“Best Proposal Spot”

Citysearch, Best of Citysearch

“Best Service” & “Best Dining With A View”

San Diego Magazine, Readers' Pick