This La Jolla legend offers local, seasonally-inspired American cuisine in an waterfront setting with three different levels of dining options, all with views of the shimmering Pacific Ocean. California Modern, the sleek space on the bottom floor, is the place for high-end dining and the culinary playground of the celebrated Trey Foshee, a member of the San Diego Chefs Hall of Fame. A reinvention of the traditional, Baja-style fish tacos is a standout of the tidy a la carte menu, which offers fresh seafood, beef, and lamb dishes; the vegetarian/vegan plates are also big hits. But it's the tasting menus —including an 8-course offered nightly, or a more exclusive 14-course available for a single table only three nights a week—that set this restaurant apart.

Upstairs at the indoor/outdoor George's Bar, the vibe is more casual, with daily food and drink specials plus televisions and the occasional DJ. On the rooftop, the always- bustling, open air Ocean Terrace serves up ceviches, tacos, and specialty cocktails, such as the Bee Sting, made with kumquats, honey, ginger and lemongrass, as well as great views of La Jolla Cove.