7955 La Jolla Shores Dr, La Jolla, CA | Directions 9203732.851062 -117.254232
Neighborhoods: La Jolla Shores, Northern San Diego, Northern
Food doesn't live up to the view. – Though Clay's clearly tries to look upscale, its food and wine was pedestrian. We went for happy hour, and happy hour tends to be a good barometer for the quality of the overall restaurant. A great happy hour, even when scaled down for price, still shows off the great flavors and range of the restaurant. Not so at Clay's.
The house chardonay tasted as if it had been left uncorked for a couple days, then chilled. The potato pancakes were mushy and served with a bizzare cream sauce flavored with (of all things) fish sauce. A request for dressing on the side of the cesear salad was ignored. The goat cheese fondu was a broiled cheese wheel in a sea of overly greasy tomato sauce, served around it were toast points smothered in fake butter, so oily that you needed to wipe your hands throughly after taking a bite.
Service was slow and a little rude. The hostess, clad in an unfortunate '80's throwback, greeted us with, "Do you have a question?" and our server didn't ask us if we enjoyed our meal (wine glasses full and plates too). While the view is great, I'd suggest enjoying sunset with a bottled beer at happy hour. -Then leaving for a better place for dinner.
Healthy California fare in an upscale hotel with a panoramic view of La Jolla shores. – In Short
Walk inside Hotel La Jolla, turn right and set the elevator for the 11th floor. Emerge to a stunning floor-to-ceiling view of the Pacific, elegant tables dressed with flowers and candles and possibly a jazz band or DJ playing in the corner. Look for the banana pancakes for breakfast, goat cheese salad for lunch, and sea bass or steak as dinner options. The drink menu offers 100 wines, mainly from Northern California.
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