Cafe La Rue at La Valencia Hotel

Sundays are our lazy sleep-in days. By 1pm, the hunger inside was roaring for us to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! San Diego Restaurant Week had just started and Cafe La Rue won out as our destination based on distance and menu potential. I was also drawn to the thought of visiting La Valencia Hotel since I've seen tons of buzz on my instagram feed.

The main bar and dining area was spacious and not busy in the early afternoon. For this photo view, Dennis tested out a new 14mm Ultra-Wide angle lens which gave approximately a 110 degree view on his camera.

I love cozy booths like this so we plopped down happily into the cushions. There are three booths inside with the rest using regular, single person chairs.

The SDRW menu was $20 and gave several choices for the main course and the dessert course. Each main course had three components per the description "Main Course - Menage a Trois." Full menu is attached at the end of the post.

Muffuleta Sandwich, Soup du Jour & Truffle Fries

I don't know what a muffeleta is so we had to check it out. This sandwich was cut interestingly, super skinny! The tapenade layer reminded Dennis of one he tried at Costco and I think the middle was ham. I tasted more mustard bite and a saltier bottom due to the olives. The toasted foccacia bread was thick and firm enough to hold shape but the insides slid around with each bite. It was a fun sandwich to try but I could do without olives. We both were fans of the french fries though, soft crispy and flavored with fresh grated cheese, herbs and the right amount of salt.

The soup of the day was Lobster Bisque and it turned out to be very salty. We couldn't eat it and unfortunately had to send it back.

The waiter offered to switch it out to the French Onion Soup. This looked amazing in its honeypot-like bowl. The melted cheese layer was slightly browned and the very richly flavored soup underneath was simmering hot. I still felt it was more oily and brothier than I liked.

Crepes du Jour, Salad & Fresh Fruit

The other main course popped with a little more color. It totally felt like the healthy option with the thin slices of carrots and yellow squash in addition to the salad and tomato halves. I was delighted to find FIGS as part of the meal. The other fruits included apple, grapes, and blueberries, a favorable selection of fresh produce.

Here's a closeup of the Crepes du Jour. The crepe wrapper wasn't anything special though, sort of plain, and was NOT stuffed enough. I wanted more onions and mushrooms inside but at least there was enough artichokes topping it. Dennis liked that it was savory rather than sweet. As a meal altogether, it's super light.

Desserts took more time to come out than entrees.

The Lavender Creme Brulee had fresh berries, a fried caramel crisp, and a decorative lavendar sprig. The creme layer was a sort of lumpier texture and wasn't the best we've had though still decent. Berries made my day here.

We also ordered the Fresh Berries Beignets. They were sort of like a donut but seemed too plain, even with the powdered sugar and chocolate sauce espresso .

Here's our MODIFIED improvement... beignets stuffed with creme brulee and drizzled in chocolate! BOMB.

The menus had thoughtful combinations showcasing fresh local items though some were executed better than others. The prices were decent due to SDRW. It did take a little bit of time to get our food even though it wasn't that busy. I'm a bit curious about the main restaurant, also run by Chef James Montejano, who seems to be all over social media. Perhaps we need a fancy date night occasion excuse to come back...

Have you visited La Valencia Hotel or its restaurants before?

Cafe la Rue Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cafe La Rue [La Valencia Hotel]
1132 Prospect St
La Jolla CA 92037
(858) 454-0771

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Submitted by Laura @ Sprint ... (not verified) on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 1:19pm

Ive been there for drinks and to enjoy the view, but found the service to be terrible at the bar. I do stalk their IG pics and would love to try that main restaurant though!

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Submitted by lynn on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 4:39pm

View? Hmm, I must have been too focused on the food that day because we were ravenous. They have such great plating on IG don't they? That's another reason I decided to try it. Didn't realize this was the little side cafe at first!

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Submitted by J.S. @ Sun Dieg... (not verified) on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 1:50pm

Amazing pictures ! I've always wanted to go to Hotel Valencia but have yet to make it up there. It looks quite pretty.

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Submitted by lynn on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 4:41pm

I bet the hotel is beautiful. I'll make a point to check it out if we are back in the area! We don't travel to La Jolla too often though.

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Submitted by Ning Wei Wang (not verified) on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 5:35am

I love the food. Yummy,yummy, very delicious!! I love Fresh Berries Beignets!! I love food writing,too. I love chinese traditional food!! Not only could I enjoy the food carefully, but also learn the history blackground knowledge from the process of writing. This is my food blog:

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Submitted by lynn on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 4:52pm

I need to try a little more chinese traditional food! Hit me up when you are back in San Diego.

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Submitted by Soo @ hungryones (not verified) on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 8:53am

Place looks really fancy! You should go on a date night there and report back!

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Submitted by lynn on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 4:54pm

I definitely need a date night. I have plenty of places on my to-go list so need to get grubbing! Maybe when my workload slows down more...

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Submitted by Elizabeth (not verified) on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 3:57pm

This looks amazing!! I want to go now! We need to reunite one of these days- let me know if you're free for a new restaurant review soon! :)

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Submitted by lynn on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 4:57pm

Yes! Always interested in trying out new restaurants. Or a cooking date. I wouldn't mind being your kitchen assistant. Swap away! :)

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Submitted by Linda (not verified) on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 10:27am

I am digging your photos, Lynn!

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 9:31am

I dig yours too! :)

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