Bakery | Californian | Eclectic
Worth driving from anywhere!

The Cottage exudes the upmarket serenity of old LaJolla. Sunlight streaming in the windows makes pale yellow walls glow; jazz recordings waft through the dining room and into the palm-shaded patio; pretty waitresses in shorts carry fruit-garnished dinners of salubrious California food.

If you walk past around 7am, you’ll smell baked apple and oatmeal muffins, muffins packed with blueberries or laced with carrots, muffins of cornmeal or bran. The aromas might also include yeasty cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, and the hefty, gnarled “health muffins” which are unsweet and genuinely healthy-tasting. The muffin we like best is a pale gold one made with peaches and poppy seeds. Behind the bakery case where the muffins are displayed are all the appurtenances for brewing espresso and steaming milk to make cappuccino and Cottage Cafe mocha — a blend of espresso, steamed milk, chocolate, and cinnamon.

In addition to the bakery goodies, there are omelets of all kinds, from machaca (shredded beef) to a luxurious California combo of avocado, bacon, Monterey jack cheese, and sour cream. There are oatmeal pancakes, huevos rancheros, granola with steamed milk or yogurt, or eggs-and-cheese enchiladas. Best of all is the Irish oatmeal, served with brown sugar, raisins, bananas, milk, and something listed on the menu as caramelized walnuts — a kind of crunchy, sticky, sweet, nutty condiment that semi-melts when you sprinkle it atop the hot oatmeal. Sheer heaven!

Beyond breakfast, we love The Cottage for its fabulous version of the San Diego favorite, fish tacos. Built around grilled mahi-mahi, these extraordinary tacos are dressed with cilantro-avocado sauce and accompanied by bowls of creamy black beans and chunky papaya relish.

What to Eat
Cottage, Fish Tacos
Fish Tacos
The Cottage's fish tacos are positively elegant. Chunks of mahi-mahi are grilled, not deep-fried, but have a brilliant crunch to their fire-seared crust. Instead of the thick white sauce that is customary on fish tacos, these come with a robust-flavored cilantro-avocado condiment, black beans and chunky papaya relish.
Cottage, Hamburger
One of the things that distinguishes some of Southern California's very best hamburgers is the way they are dressed. While the beef here is superb, the fresh garnishes, grilled onions, homemade 1000 Island dressing and melted cheese take this hamburger to a higher plane.
Cottage, Buttermilk Coffee Cake
Buttermilk Coffee Cake
Buttermilk coffee cake -- in the foreground -- is baked each morning, and if you arrive relatively early during breakfast, it will still be warm. Behind it are equally wonderful nut-topped cinnamon rolls.
Cottage, House-Baked Granola
House-Baked Granola
Warm, moist sweetened oats, fresh from the oven, mixed with pecans and Craisins, topped with fresh fruit, and served with milk.
Cottage, Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie
Homey but not homely, Cottage chicken pot pie is a comfort-food triumph.
Cottage, Salmon Salad
Salmon Salad
Is the salmon fresh? Does the sun shine in La Jolla?
Cottage, Bread Pudding
Bread Pudding
Cottage bread pudding is choc-a-bloc with fresh fruit that in no way diminishes its luxury.
Cottage, Rocky Road Brownie
Rocky Road Brownie
Rocky Road Brownie. Sorry, there are no words to describe how good it is.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7:30am - 3pm
Monday7:30am - 3pm
Tuesday7:30am - 3pm
Wednesday7:30am - 3pm
Thursday7:30am - 3pm
Friday7:30am - 3pm
Saturday7:30am - 3pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 85 MILES | 2 hr 23 min

Starting with refreshing smoothies in Laguna Beach, this Coast Highway drive leads to surfer burgers supreme, tacos by the highway, breakfast of the gods and the quintessential SoCal coffee shop.

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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