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James' Place

3.9
3.9
725 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Asian

James’ Place Prime and Seafood a high quality and moderate price dining establishment. Specializing in Asian fusion cuisine, with a large variety of appetizers, and a nice selection of entrees.

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Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian, Unspecified, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 638-7778

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    James Holder

  • Catering

    James' Place Prime and Seafood offers on site and off site catering

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a Private screened in dining area that can fit up to 18 people, or the out side patio can be reserved for up 32 people for sit down dining, you can also reserve the entire restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Anthony Doll anthonydoll@jamesplacesd.com: (619) 638-7778

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Cross street

    Gilman Dr.

  • Parking details

    Free on Weekends $2 on weekdays after 4:30pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 725 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The food was fabulous. But, my husband ordered a Diet Coke and when the server asked if he wanted a refill twice he said yes. When we got our bill he was charged for three sodas. I asked the server and she ask this is what they do. As good as the food was, we will seriously think about returning.

  2. d

    donna

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Pleasant patio seating BUT: plastic "walls" were not needed and impeded fresh air flow. Server Anthea was terrific!

  3. SS

    SherryS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our dinners and wine were delicious. We had the Crispy Tofu & Veggies and the Grilled Chicken. The waitress was great

  4. SN

    SharonN

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    The venue had outdoor seating was very sparse. The food was good

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    We were sat at our table and they dis not come by for 10 minutes (not even water) we flagged down a server and she made us feel she was doing us a favor. We order a drink (1 drink) and it took another 10 to 15 minutes to bring it to the table. At that point we order an appetizer and the main course. They came in with the main course and 5 minutes later they brought the appetizer. Service was horrendous. The staff is not trained and they don’t care about the costumers. I don’t recommend this place.

  6. DM

    DelMarDavid

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    Great location for the theater, good menu and food. Surroundings are plain, but appropriate and the noise level allows for comfortable conversation. Regrettably that is all destroyed by the terrible service. Very long wait (not good when dining before the theater), mixed up and incorrect orders, orders to the wrong table, general confusion. The servers seemed to try very hard to make things work but back kitchen must be in disarray and no managers in sight to provide any guidance, assistance or training. Great pity as we will need to go back to our old pre theater restaurant that is not nearly as convenient.

  7. UF

    UrbanFarm

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    The food was fine but they were slow. We assume understaffed, but it took 25 minutes to get a drink and we never saw our server. Not attentive to patrons.

  8. JF

    JoannaF

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    My husband's favorite restaurant on the coast to celebrate his birthday. Did not disappoint!

  9. D

    Debbie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely dinner. Perfect dinner before La Jolla Playhouse!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I ate there with my 13 year old grandaughter before seeing FLY. I appreciated that our 6:30 dinner time was workable with the 7:30 curtain time. Service was attentive , food delicious and its a cool place!

  11. SS

    SteveS

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service, good food. Great place prior to a show!

  12. RO

    RObert

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Good food, great service, and reasonably quiet so that our table of 6 could all hear the conversation. Great pre-theater spot for when La Jolla Playhouse reopens.

  13. CC

    CarolC

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    The noise level was so high it made the meal not enjoyable

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Both of our dishes were incredibly delicious. Our drinks were perfect and dessert was yummy. Jeremy was our waiter and was wonderful and attentive. It was a busy night in the restaurant so nothing really to do about the noise level.

  15. B

    Birthday46

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for convenient dinner before La Jolla Playhouse performance. Service was top notch level. Food was extremely flavorful.

  16. MS

    MarilynS

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    We will go again! It’s perfect for dinner before a play at the La Jolla Playhouse! Our waitress was a little slow, but we made it in time to pick up our tickets at Will Call, and into our seats on time. One of our guests complained that we had to pay $3 for bread. The beet salad was terrific, clam chowder was very tasty and the spicy shrimp appetizer was very good. One person in our party ordered the heirloom tomato salad, that looked amazing, and there was nothing left on her plate!

  17. C

    Cathy

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    If you live near James Place or going to La Jolla Playhouse, this is a great place to dine. Our food was very good. Jeremy was a great waiter.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Dinner before FLY was great!!!!

  19. JB

    JamesB

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great food and great place before the play would definitely recommend it

  20. l

    leasaf

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a lovely evening ~ I would recommend. A perfect place to go before you hit La Jolla Playhouse.

  21. JV

    JamesV

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall3food1service3ambience3

    If going to the La Jolla Playhouse and you're looking for a good restaurant, this is not the place. Factor in extra time and plan on going someplace in the village. While it is conveniently located next to theater, the food quality (we had sushi) was much more on par with campus food (the restaurant is on UCSD's campus). Perhaps some of their other types of fare are better. They do have a nice interior and the drinks are decent.

  22. u

    uncleoogie

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Great place for pre-play dinner at the La Jolla Playhouse!

  23. j

    joelb

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Recommend this restaurant if you are attending a performance at the Playhouse.

  24. B

    Bonner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall3food4service5ambience4

    Our waiter was great! The person that checked us in made it a bit awkward because he couldnt find our reservation that we booked on open table. So he went back and fourth with me stating he didn't see a reservation under my name. Very awkward especially since he had plenty of empty tables. I had to look my reservations up on line and show him then he gave us a table.

  25. S

    Sherriesther

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome service and great food. Love coming here before a show!

  26. t

    tippy

    Seattle

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We go to James Place before the theatre like everyone else who is there. It is always a good place to have dinner, but this time it was really exceptionally good. All of our dinner, two appetizers and two entrees were excellent. One of the best meals we have had in San Diego for a long time.

  27. E

    Elisabeth

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    It’s always a pleasure to dine at James’ Place and especially before our play at La Jolla Playhouse! The cuisine is excellent and the ambience is energetic and fun! I brought a friend who had not dined here before and she liked her lobster dinner very much.

  28. a

    amterr

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for dinner before a play. Love their sushi and my margarita(s) was(ere) great! :-)

  29. t

    toms

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had dinner before show at LJPH on Sunday evening. Food was delicious and service was excellent. We celebrated a friend's birthday and she was brought a dessert at the end of the meal, which was a nice touch. We always enjoy eating at James' place.

  30. c

    cpsd

    San Diego

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Perfect for pre- or post- theatre.

  31. RL

    ReggieLoves

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall4food2service4ambience4

    Portions for the prices are very small, I had the braised beef short ribs with garlic mashed potatoes with baby peeled carrots and French beans, veggies were fine, mashed potatoes tasted like regular mashed potatoes and the beef was very small only 3 2 inch pieces and they were very sweet and was in much need of salt and more seasoning, very disappointed

  32. J

    Julie

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    The food is mediocre at best. The only thing they have going for them is convenience if you are going to a play.

  33. B

    Bubs

    San Diego

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent but a bit over priced for the portion size.

  34. GF

    GailF

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Theater-goers can load up a plate or snack and enjoy a variety in the menu. Everything was tasty.

  35. BH

    BrendaH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Attentive service. Food was average. Pricey for what we received - seared scallops with risotto. Not much taste to the scallops. The lemon sushi roll was good. The server was aware that we were going to the La Jolla Playhouse so she geared the timing of the service, which was appreciated.

  36. W

    Waldo

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great before theater restaurant! Always love the sushi!

  37. JB

    JohnB

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic cocktails, food and service! Our server, John was so friendly and helpful that we instantly knew we were in for a great dining experience! The wonderful meal at a venue so close to the theater, followed by a great play, made for a fun and memorable evening!

  38. MM

    MayM

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Nice place to dine before the show. The stuffed mushrooms were scrumptious. I found the lobster and shrimp with truffle fried rice to be very salty, however. The wine recommended by the server was very good, and service was good as well.

  39. 2

    2diners

    San Diego

    196 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    196 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We both enjoyed the Chicken Caesar Salad before seeing our play - tasted great! Service was very good

  40. MB

    MonicaB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2019

    overall1food3service4ambience4

    The only reason to eat here is the proximity to the La Jolla Playhouse. Food is overpriced and just average. Selections for gluten-free are few. Our server was good, helpful. But so expensive! Our creme brulee was stone cold, and had no hard sugar crust, a real disapointment. Entrees were just ok.

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James' Place is rated 3.9 stars by 725 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 10 times today
Google Map for James' Place

2910 La Jolla Village Dr. San Diego, CA 92037

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gilman Dr.

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian, Unspecified, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free on Weekends $2 on weekdays after 4:30pm.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    James Holder

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 638-7778

  • Catering

    James' Place Prime and Seafood offers on site and off site catering

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a Private screened in dining area that can fit up to 18 people, or the out side patio can be reserved for up 32 people for sit down dining, you can also reserve the entire restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Anthony Doll anthonydoll@jamesplacesd.com: (619) 638-7778

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