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Aldea La Jolla, La Jolla, CA

Aldea La Jolla

3.9
3.9
28 Reviews
$31 to $50
Regional Mexican (Baja Med)
Aldea is a Baja Coastal inspired kitchen & bar located in the heart of La Jolla village. It's menu, crafted with passion and precision, is an inspiration of the vibrant flavors of Baja and SoCal coastline. Aldea, Spanish for "village," is committed to making your visit one you'll be sure to remember. Aldea, where community thrives and memories are made.

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2 people

9:00 pm


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Regional Mexican (Baja Med), Steakhouse, American
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 999-0205
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    La Jolla
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 28 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Good for business meals

  • San Diego

    Innovative

  • San Diego

    Good for business meals

  • San Diego

    Innovative

28 Reviews
  1. KimF

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The aguachile and ceviche were delicious! My caeser salad had good shrimp but the dressing could have been better. My friend's steak was fantastic and the chicken was great! Wonderful service but the restaurant was cold since it was open to the air.

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  2. LENW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a party of 4 and all were delighted with their food. It was our third visit to Aldea and have had a great experience each time

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great new addition to La Jolla! We came during Happy Hour and really enjoyed the calamari and oysters. The Azul cocktail was delicious and so was the beautiful mocktail Tara made for my wife who doesnt drink. The atmosphere was so inviting we decided to stay and try the ribeye which was HUGE and delicious. Highly recommend and we will definitely be back to try some.of the other beautiful dishes we saw coming from the kitchen!

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  4. MichaelH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool new spot right in the heart of the village! Love the big, open bar and the beautiful deck with fire pit. It’ll be a summertime spot for us! The ceviche and yellowfin were some of the best I’ve ever had. Highly recommend.

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  5. RossF

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great new high end Latin food place. Lounge like indoor seating allows for lots of spacing and privacy. Food is amazing.

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  6. mrse

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are so glad we chose this brand new restaurant during our short stay in San Diego! The restaurant has a cool ambiance, and the service was excellent! The food was absolutely delicious! We had the oysters, the dips, the mahi mahi, the short ribs and several of their sides. Everything was absolutely yummy! Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant!

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  7. MiaB

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were excellent . Service was good . Very accommodating… There were 8 of us and we could hear each other but the restaurant wasnt full . Hope they make it !

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  8. Tania

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Let me start by letting you know that we are definitely not going back (and we are locals). The restaurant has a nice decor. There is no management, no interest on customers. They didn’t care what we thought about the food. The Menu is extremely limited, bad explanations, you don’t know if the restaurant is Mexican, Spanish or ?????? And expensive for what it is. They don’t have fresh limes so I don’t understand why they sell tequila. The calabacitas are not squash, they serve you squash blossoms (flor de calabaza). Bar personnel need way more training.

    1 person found this helpful

  9. DaveFromLaJolla

    Dallas

    30 reviews

    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Unfortunately we were very disappointed. To start, while it is Mexican cuisine, there isn't a margarita on the menu. The bar tender made one which was very small and not very good. Prices are hefty. I ordered the Birria which was very fatty, poorly seasoned, and $68. My wife had the yellow fin tuna which wasn't bad, but better just about everywhere else, along with the Elote (street corn) which again is better just about everywhere else. For an appetizer we had the Aguachile (yellowtail) which was good. Many of the dishes are in Spanish and difficult to decipher. Those items and 3 very small, marginal margaritas was right at $250 after tax and gratuity. There is no chips/salsa, bread, or anything of that nature. Seating was comfortable, but only after we rejected the table right inside the door which is part of the waiting area. The restaurant is one large room with no divisions, tables and booths placed around the room, and random lighting. We counted just two waiters, which accounted for the slow but acceptable service. If you drink wine or beer, and choose dishes other than the Birria or Tuna, you will likely enjoy it. And the comfortable chairs count for something.

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  10. Cindy

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing food and service! Great cocktails. The birria is so good we ordered a second for the table.

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  11. Schin

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The portions are small and the food is overpriced. The food is good, but there are so many other restaurants in La Jolla to choose from that are not as expensive. Hopefully, Aldea will not go out of business .

    1 person found this helpful

  12. OliverKC

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good but seemed quite high priced. The mains were priced on the high side of what you might see at similar restaurants but did not include sides, which had to be ordered and paid for separately. It’s a nice space and the appetizers and small plates were good but price seems too high for mains.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. hannahr

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was not great/drinks were weird flavors - only 4 tables with people - really quite like too quiet for a restaurantI think they just rebranded mermaids and cowboys this place will not last. Trying to hard and it did not hit. Our server was really sweet and nice so somewhat made up for it ?

    1 person found this helpful

  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very excited about this new restaurant! Pork Belly (among other things on menu) was great! Cant wait to try more dishes next time! We will be back…

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food, people and place !!!!! Steve and Stu help make folks feel welcome and bar and ambiance are just right !!!!

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  16. Ame1

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    amazing dinner!! had the aquachilie, squash blossom, street corn, short rib, yellowtail and snapper. split it all - was great. service was awesome and food was delish. can’t wait to go back!

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  17. Chica

    San Diego

    52 reviews

    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The portions were very small. The menu was pretty strange and it was very expensive. We were the only people in this gorgeous remodel of a restaurant.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience as the previous restaurant at same location with different genre and name was terrible. We decided to give Aldea a try for our wedding anniversary. Food and service was outstanding plus we had the bar manager at our table providing us attention and suggestions for their tequila selection. We will definitely return and also tell our friends to try it.

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  19. AmyC

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recently visited an amazing restaurant that I highly recommend. The service was absolutely awesome, with attentive and friendly staff who went above and beyond to make our dining experience memorable. The managers were also great, ensuring that everything ran smoothly and providing excellent customer service. Now let's talk about the food. The restaurant had a great selection of dishes, but what stood out to me were the oysters, Caesar salad, yellowfin tuna, and corn. The oysters were incredibly fresh and flavorful, while the Caesar salad was perfectly balanced with crisp lettuce, creamy dressing, and a hint of garlic. The yellowfin tuna was cooked to perfection, with a tender and meaty texture that melted in my mouth. And the corn was a delightful surprise, sweet and juicy. Overall, I had a fantastic dining experience at this restaurant. The combination of awesome service, great managers, and delicious food made it a memorable visit. I can't wait to go back and try more of their offerings.

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  20. SteveSC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dont change a thing. Outstanding! Food is best in class and service first rate.

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  21. Onlythebestwilldo

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dishes we had were soooo delicious! Can’t wait to return and try other menu items!!

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  22. JenL

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aldea La Jolla is a beautiful and sophisticated dining experience! It lived up to all the hype and definitely will be back! The Aquachili appetizer is a must have and I would also recommend the Filet with a side of papa bravas, it was so delicious!

    2 people found this helpful

  23. IvanB

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful new addition to La Jolla Village. Truly unique and inventive dining. Make sure and try the La Jolla salad its wonderful

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  24. SabrinaP

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aldea is a beautiful venue. I loved everything from the classy bar, to the velvet booths, to the glassware. I am looking forward to the next few months when the outside dining patio, fire pit and warm evenings allow the guests to experience another ambience within the same space. The food was amazing in presentation and taste. We brought our teen age boys who devoured everything and agreed that the food was exceptional. The staff was super friendly and very professional. We look forward to frequenting this new neighborhood restaurant. Welcome to La Jolla, Aldea!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time! Dining on Alden’s 2nd night we were impress with how polished the Staff and service flow was. The food was fantastic - fresh, seasonal, beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. The restaurant ambiance was warm, relaxed and comfortable. Thrilled La Jolla has this new addition and look forward to returning to try more the menu.

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  26. HSreview

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Aldea opened too soon. Many wrinkles to be ironed. I won’t be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. BeckyS

    New York City

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Need the opening weekend kinks worked out. Drinks can out very slow and very small. I think I had three sips of my margarita because it was pack with so much ice. Food was okay….. my chicken seemed underdone but I was assured it wasn’t . Heads up to no kids menu!

    1 person found this helpful

  28. Ashley

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience. Steve and Tara are doing a great job !

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Aldea La Jolla is rated 3.9 stars by 28 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

9:00 pm


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Aldea La Jolla

1251 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037-3610

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    La Jolla
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Regional Mexican (Baja Med), Steakhouse, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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