Considering how beautiful the coast is between the Scripps Pier and Ocean Beach, there should be more places to eat where one can also gobble up the view. That’s been my opinion for a long time. So I was delighted to hear when my friend told me about Caroline’s Seaside Café by Giuseppe.
That’s Giuseppe Ciuffa, the the enthusiastic and charming caterer/chef who’s been reliably turning out excellent fare at both the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla and the Sculpture Court Cafe adjoining the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park.
Ambience at Caroline’s cafe
The Caroline’s cafe occupies the second floor of the Scripps Seaside Forum, the beautiful wooden structure that’s the southernmost building on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus (north of where El Paseo Grande turns east to connect up with La Jolla Shores Drive).
Tables fill a large outdoor patio with sweeping views north to the pier and beyond and south to take in the whole sweep of La Jolla Shores, the sea caves,the Cove and beyond. You can practically count the seals at the Children’s Cove.
When I went to Caroline’s Seaside Cafe for lunch yesterday, a heavy marine layer was leaching most of the color out of the day. But the seascape still was alluring enough to make me want to sit outside. I couldn’t have been happier with the food.
Giuseppe’s cafe Menu
Although the menu is not incredibly creative — the same salads and sandwiches and tuna melts and burgers that you can find at dozens of restaurants around town — for the ingredients, Giuseppe conscientiously focuses on “organic and sustainable resources, hormone-free meats and poultry, locally grown fresh produce, and seafood selections meeting nationally recognized sustainability criteria.”
Visiting Caroline’s Seaside Café
I chose Classic BLT which was delicious, the ciabatta fresh and well made, the accompanying salad tender. My friend Leslie opted for a tasty black bean soup and harvest chicken salad sandwich (made with Bartlett pears, celery hearts, pecans, and orange aoili).
By 12:15, every table on the outdoor deck was full. I imagine the crowds will grow denser as word spreads about the charms of this place. Parking seems like it should be a nightmare, but actually there’s lots of street parking nearby, not to mention the big lots at La Jolla Shores, a short stroll away.
Giuseppe’s cafe is open for breakfast and lunch daily, starting at 8 a.m. weekdays and weekends.