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San Diego Neighborhood Guide: La Jolla–UTC Area

Between the residential complexes and office parks near University City is a growing stable of cool restaurants, hip shops, and more


Mendocino Farms

La Jolla–UTC Area This Month:

San Diego Beer Week events at Regents Pizzeria, November 3, 6, 8, and 10 

Giving Tuesday donation event at Westfield UTC, November 28

Mendocino Farms

At the newest location of the LA-based sandwich pros—their largest to date—look for high-end sandwiches with ingredients like nitrate-free applewood-smoked bacon and house-candied Fresno chiles, as well as superfood salads, sundaes made with gelato soft serve, and craft beer. It’s kid-friendly, too, with a chalkboard wall, playground, and cornhole.



Regents Pizzeria

This bright, friendly restaurant is all about the deep-dish pizza—made with two layers of dough that take 45 minutes to bake—as well as a lengthy beer list that includes taps from Modern Times and The Lost Abbey. For something lighter, they also make thinner New York–style slices and have an impressive selection of small plates, like tempura-battered fried cauliflower in buffalo sauce. 



Red O

Red O

The opulent restaurant guided by famed chef Rick Bayless puts a Cali spin on Mexican cuisine. Look for corn and goat cheese tamales, carnitas empanadas with avocado salsa, shrimp with árbol chiles, cool cocktails, and more. There’s also a menu for kids 12 and under (grilled steak tacos, cheese quesadillas) and a lively happy hour scene daily from 3 to 7 p.m., with enough appetizers and tacos to call it dinner. 



Rose Canyon Open Space Park

Don’t be surprised to have Mother Nature to yourself on this under-the-radar trail. The mostly shaded 5-mile out-and-back trek is a dirt path that follows train tracks and opens up to canyon views, ideal for running and hiking.




The breakfast specialists continue to dominate the a.m. game, and at this new location, they’re serving all their hallmarks, including Benedicts and pancakes made with ingredients from local purveyors like Gabriel Tortilleria. They’ve also partnered on community outreach with nonprofits like EdUCate!, which raises funds for University City public schools. 



Westfield UTC

Just a mall? Hardly. Beyond new tenants like Joie and Room & Board plus the revamped Nordstrom, there’s a slate of exciting new dining options, including San Diego’s first Shake Shack, the hugely popular NYC-based burger brand.


Westfield UTC


Dry Bar La Jolla

Settle into the cushy salon chairs with a beverage (water, coffee, mimosas, or wine) while you get styled with one of the blowout salon’s signature ’dos: everything from straight, wavy, and braided looks to Old Hollywood glamour. And don’t miss their dry shampoo (in both spray and foam versions), so you can keep styling on. 


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