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The Whaling Bar

La Valencia Hotel, The Whaling Bar
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    We are delighted to welcome back the iconic Whaling Bar to La Valencia Hotel in partnership with San Diego's acclaimed SDCM restaurant group.

    The historic cocktail lounge opened in 1949 and regularly played host to star-studded parties and notable regulars, including Theodor Geisel, novelist Raymond Chandler, and Hollywood luminary and founder of the La Jolla Playhouse's famed summer theatre, Gregory Peck. It was closed for a decade, but its significance to the La Jolla community has endured.



      (858) 551-3758

    Our Menus Ornate Pattern Home Social

    • BUBBLY

      Perle De Ma Mere Cremant de Bourgogne
      Burgundy, FR NV

      Scarpetta Prosecco
      Grave del Friuli, IT

      Gosset Grand Blanc De Blancs Brut
      Champagne, FR NV

      Sokol Blosser Bluebird Brut Cuvee
      Willamette Valley, OR 2020

      Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier 1er Cru
      Champagne, FR NV (375mL)

      Collet Champagne Rose
      Riems, FR NV

      WHITE

      Ferdinand Albariño
      Lodi, CA 2021

      Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc
      Rutherford, CA 2022

      Dashe Cellars Chenin Blanc
      Clarksburg, CA 2023

      Martinelli Winery Chardonnay
      Sonoma Coast, CA 2020

      Comte de la Chevaliere Sauvignon Blanc
      Sancerre, FR 2021

      Flora Springs Soliloquy White Blend
      Napa, CA 2021

      Chateau Montelena Chardonnay
      Napa, CA 2021

      Philippe Colin 1Er Cru Les Chaumees Clos
      Saint-Abdon Chardonnay Chassagne Montrachet, FR 2020

      ROSE

      Chateau d'Estoublon Roseblood Rose
      Provence, FR 2023

      RED

      Anthill Pinot Noir
      Sonoma Coast, CA 2021

      Marietta Christo Red Blend
      North Coast, CA 2021

      Stolpman Estate Sangiovese
      Santa Barbara, CA 2020

      Piedrassi Syrah
      Santa Barbara, CA 2021

      Verdad Tempranillo
      Edna Valley, CA 2018

      Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon
      Happy Canyon, CA 2019

      Ponzi Laurelwood Pinot Noir
      Willamette Valley, OR 2022

      Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel
      Sonoma, CA 2021

      B. Leighton Gratitude Red Blend
      Yakima Valley, WA 2020

      Scribe Cabernet Sauvignon
      Atlas Peak, CA

      Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon
      Napa Valley, CA

      Caymus Special Select Cabernet Sauvignon
      Napa Valley, CA

      Scarzello Boschetti Nebbiolo
      Barolo, IT 2017

    • REFRESHING

      Green Dragon
      Avocado Tequila, Verde Poblano Chile, Toasted Rice Coconut, Lime, Pineapple

      Pink Royale
      Vodka, Raspberry Cream Cheese, Brioche, Lemon

      Gold Set
      Orange Chai Tea Infused Bourbon, Blood Orange Amaro, Lemon, Honey, Cinnamon, Orange, Angostura Bitters

      The Jewel
      Mezcal, Green Tea, Lemon Grass, Honey, Lemon, Red Alaea Sea Salt

      Bishop’s Daiquiri
      Coconut Rum, White Rum, Ube, Lime, Mint

      Cove Tea
      Earl Gray Gin, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Lime, Seltzer

      DIRECT

      Parm To Glass
      Parmesan Fat Washed Titos, Fino Sherry, House Dry Vermouth, House Olive Brine, Olive, Dehydrated Cherry Tomato

      Rolls Royce
      Gin No. 3, House Sweet Vermouth, House Dry Vermouth, Benedictine, Lemon Peel

      Truffle Old Fashioned
      Macallan 12yr, TruŒe, Porcini Mushroom, Xocolate Bitters, Stave Char

      NIGHTCAP

      The Whaler
      Cognac, Co‘ee Liqueur, Shanky’s Whip, Homemade Ice Cream, Creme Chantilly

      Irish Coffee
      Irish Whiskey, Cane, Co‘ee, House Whipped Cream

    •  

      “The Hamburger”
      Caramel Cake, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

      Budino
      Caramel, Crème Fraîche, Maldon Sea Salt

      Prime New York Striploin
      Bone Marrow, Garlic Confit, Compound Butter

      Urfa Chicken
      Pickled Red Onions, Yogurt, Cilantro, Honey

      Maine Scallops
      Two Fork Farms Caulilini, Burnt Scallion

      Duck Meatballs
      Focaccia, Gioia Mozzarella, Basil

      Polenta
      Piperade, Benton’s Ham, Frica

      Rioja Braised Short Rib BAO
      Pickled Red Onion, Parsley, Stilton

      Liver and Onions
      Caramelized Shallot, Brioche

      Lobster Roll “Dip”
      Chips, Tarragon, Shellfish Broth

      Pickled Fingerling Potatoes
      Dill, Burnt Butter, Yogurt Aioli

      Whipped Buttermilk Ricotta
      Aleppo, Lava Salt, Dill, Tarragon, Focaccia

      Caesar “Twinkie” Salad
      Romaine Lettuce, “Twinkies”, Parmesan, Olive Oil

      Celery Salad
      Dates, Walnut, Olive Oil, Pecorino

      Kale Salad
      Parmesan, Raisins, Almonds, Lemon, Olive Oil

      Carrot-Walnut Bread
      House Churned Butter

      Osetra Caviar
      Buckwheat Pancakes, Egg, Shallot, Créme Fraîche

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      Osetra Caviar
      Buckwheat Pancakes, Egg, Shallot, Créme Fraîche

      Kale Salad
      Parmesan, Raisins, Almonds, Lemon, Olive Oil

      Celery Salad
      Dates, Walnut, Olive Oil, Pecorino

      Caesar “Twinkie” Salad
      Romaine Lettuce, “Twinkies”, Parmesan, Olive Oil

      Grilled Chicken Salad
      Urfa Chili, Baby Lettuces, Feta, Herbs

      Whipped Buttermilk Ricotta
      Aleppo, Lava Salt, Dill, Tarragon, Focaccia

      Pickled Fingerling Potatoes
      Dill, Burnt Butter, Yogurt Aioli

      Liver and Onions
      Caramelized Shallot, Brioche

      Rioja Braised Short Rib BAO
      Pickled Red Onion, Parsley, Stilton

      Lobster Roll “Dip”
      Chips, Tarragon, Shellfish Broth

      Polenta
      Piperade, Benton’s Ham, Frica

      Duck Meatballs
      Focaccia, Gioia Mozzarella, Basil

      Maine Scallops
      Two Fork Farms Caulilini, Burnt Scallion

      Double Double
      Feta Cheese, Pickled Red Onion, Arugula, Harissa Aioli

      Za'atar Fried Chicken Sandwhich
      Hot Honey, Lettuce, Tomato, Chili Lime Yogurt

      Budino
      Caramel, Crème Fraîche, Maldon Sea Salt

    • COCKTAILS

      Whaling Vesper
      Gin, Vodka, Blanc Vermouth, Lemon Expression

      Dirty Martini
      Vodka, House Olive Brine, Olive Oil, Assorted Olives

      Perfect Manhattan
      Rye Whiskey, House Dry & Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, Maraschino Cherry

      Afternoon Aperitivo
      Fords Gin, Select Aperitivo, Dry Vermouth, Cucumber

      Prospect Margarita
      Tequila, Lime, Agave, Red Alaea Sea Salt

      BITES

      Kale Salad
      Parmesan, Raisins, Almonds, Lemon, Olive Oil

      Caesar "Twinkie" Salad
      Romaine Lettuce, "Twinkies", Parmesan, Olive Oil

      Whipped Buttermilk Ricotta
      Aleppo, Lava Salt, Dill, Tarragon, Focaccia

      Duck Meatballs
      Focaccia, Gioia Mozzarella, Basil

      Double Double
      Feta Cheese, Pickled Red Onion, Arugula, Harissa Aioli

      Za’atar Fried Chicken
      Spicy Honey, Chili Lime Yogurt

     

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    An SDCM Restaurant

    The new iteration of The Whaling Bar features a design by Schoos Design in collaboration with the La Valencia team and SDCM, complete with the beloved original 1940s-era Wing Howard paintings. As the operating partner, SDCM restaurant group leads day-to-day operations of The Whaling Bar including a cocktail menu and complimentary food menu by its award-winning team that counts Bar Director Eric Johnson and Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski.
    SDCM

      Hours of Operation

      Lunch 11am-3pm
      Happy Hour 3pm-5pm
      Dinner 5pm-10:00pm
      Bar 11am-Close

      Dining Reservations

      Large Parties

      For large parties and general inquires please contact concierge@whalingbarlj.com
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