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Restaurant of the Week: The Shores Restaurant

Located inside the La Jolla Shores Hotel, The Shores Restaurant brings together local ingredients, including sustainable seafood, and ocean views for an unforgettable beachside dining experience.

With gorgeous arched window surrounds, lovely tilework and touches of light weathered wood, The Shores looks like a life-sized sandcastle. It is comfortable and welcoming, including for those dining with young children, but equally elegant. And that’s just the interior. The Shores patio is accented with cozy twinkle lights and vibrant flora and fauna–though it is hard for even the prettiest patio to compete with the oceanside scenery. Come sunset, the sky turns hot pick and purple, and The Shores diners have a front-row seat to the spectacle.

The Shores, with Executive Chef Mike Minor at the helm, serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and nightly specials in the dining room and on the patio. Though there are plenty of salads, sandwiches and meat-forward entrees to satiate any diner, the restaurant’s beachside setting is the perfect locale for savoring The Shores’ seafood selection.

The black mussel steamers is an appetizer of ancho chiles, chorizo, roasted garlic, anejo tequila, lime and ciabatta that isn’t to be missed. Request a few extra slices of ciabatta to soak up the divine (even drinkable!) broth. The Baja fish tacos is another generously sized crowd-pleaser, sided with black beans, rice, salsa, guacamole and cilantro crema.

For a more refined repast, the sizzling Baja-style cioppino or swordfish entrees, with cilantro-pesto risotto, artichokes, blistered tomatoes, capers and olives, are the way to go. Each dish spotlights local sustainable seafood.

The decadence continues into dessert with The Shores’ signature Mudd pie. The crispy cookie crust is topped with layers of mocha, almond and fudge ice cream. The rich dish will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but also your after-dinner coffee craving.

The Shores Restaurant is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. To learn more, visit

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