Best of La Jolla

HERE’S THE BEST OF THE COMMUNITY VOTED BY MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND OUR READERS. Hope you see some of your frequented businesses here and learn of a few others as well!

Best Private School: 
Gillispie School

An independent toddler through Grade 6 school that specializes in childhood education, Gillispie School balances a child-centered approach that does not rush childhood, with well-researched academic programs that demand higher-level thinking. With a focus on social-emotional learning that develops strength of character, kindness and openness to diverse ideas and cultures, Gillispie students become joyous learners, empathetic citizens of the world, articulate communicators, and independent and confident problem-solvers. To learn more, attend a preschool through Grade 6 open house on January 11 or 24, or a Kindergarten-specific open house on January 19. 

Best Fine Dining: 
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

A luxury dining destination known for the freshest seafood flown in from pristine waters globally, as well as its premium hand-carved steaks, Eddie V’s offers dishes that are artistically prepared and features an ever-changing array of seasonal seafood, along with critically acclaimed prime center-cut steaks that are aged 28 days and broiled to perfection. The restaurant’s award-wining wine list has more than 300 wines curated by Eddie V’s very own Advanced Sommelier. In the V Lounge, guests can sip classic and creative cocktails, and enjoy signature appetizers against a backdrop of soulful jazz and seductive lighting. 

Best Retirement Community: 
Casa de Mañana

Located on the Coast Walk overlooking La Jolla Cove, Casa de Mañana offers resort-style amenities like oceanfront dining, fitness center, art studio, 24-hour wellness center and Truly Yours, their customized approach to assisted living services delivered to the privacy of your home. Casa offers a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities, educational classes and special events. Relax in the sparkling pool and spa or shop or dine in the nearby shops and restaurants. Casa’s friendly and attentive staff takes care of daily tasks so you can concentrate on living well and pursuing your passions. 

Best Dessert/Bakery: 
Sugar & Scribe

Home of Food Network Champion Chef Maeve, Sugar & Scribe is a quintessential La Jolla hangout. Inspired by the classic bakeries of the world, the design is at once sophisticated and relaxed. The space includes sit-down dining, bakery counter, coffee bar and dog-friendly patio. Everything you will see and taste is of the finest quality. They source only the best ingredients and prepare virtually everything from scratch. The menu includes California favorites like salmon and salads, classics like benedicts and chicken salad, and select Irish favorites. And no visit is complete without a treat from the bakery! 

Best Fitness Center: 
Dan McKinney Family YMCA

After 30 months of construction, the New Dan McKinney Family YMCA is officially complete! The newly renovated facility features endless amenities including an expansive new Fitness Center with gorgeous sweeping views of the La Jolla coastline. You will also find men’s, women’s and family locker rooms, sauna and steam rooms, two outdoor pools, a children’s splash pad, teaching kitchen, child watch center, gymnastics center, preschool and childcare classrooms, an adventure playground, multiple studios, and member lounges spread throughout the facility. Stop by for a tour and grab some complimentary guest passes! 

Best Realtor: 
Coast and Ranch Property

In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. For Michelle Serafini and Rosa Buettner, the mantra is – Location, location, coastal! The views, vistas, and rhythm of the ocean are the essence of selling homes in coastal SD. All the awards – from being named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Realtors in SoCal to top producers in La Jolla and Top 10 Teams in San Diego and Riverside County for Coldwell Banker, to receiving for nine consecutive years the Best in Client Satisfaction Award by San Diego Magazine – are a reflection of their commitment to their clients.

Best Home Builder/Remodeler: 
Lars Remodeling & Design

Proudly serving San Diego for over 26 years, Lars Remodeling & Design, San Diego’s Premier Home Remodeler, guides homeowners through the process of remodeling from conception to completion with Architectural Design Services, Interior Design Services, Budgetary Planning Services, 3-D Conceptual Preview, Appliances & Plumbing Fixtures Direct and On-Site Project Management. Meet the team at one of their remodeling seminars, a complimentary in-home design consultation or visit the Kearny Mesa Design Center to begin your dream remodel to experience the Lars difference. 

Best Day Spa/Med Spa: 
The Spa at Estancia La Jolla

The Spa at Estancia is a retreat within a retreat, nestled within 10 acres of lush tranquil gardens at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. Find ultimate relaxation with luxurious massages, facials, body skincare and nail services and unwind even further with a resort spa package that includes services and overnight accommodations. Relax in the eucalyptus steam room, and enjoy the resort pool, saltwater whirlpools, meditation garden, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, rain showers and more. For a romantic wellness escape, reserve the intimate couple’s bungalow featuring a private deck and outdoor soaking tub for two. 

Best Orthodontist: 
Dr. Robert Sunstein, 
The Sunny Smile Specialist

Combine the expertise of Dr. Robert Sunstein and his staff, a family atmosphere, and the latest orthodontic techniques, and it’s no wonder Dr. Sunstein’s office has been voted one of the best orthodontists by the San Diego Union Tribune for the last five years. Dr. Sunstein earned his doctorate of dental surgery from UCLA and his orthodontic degree from Columbia University. In addition, he has three postdoctoral certificates in aesthetic dentistry, and orthodontics. For over 20 years, Dr. Sunstein has been practicing at his Carmel Valley and La Jolla offices. 

Best Dentist: 
Dr. Jaime Breziner, R&B La Jolla
 Family Smile and Design

For over 20 years, Drs. Romanowsky and Breziner have been serving the La Jolla community. From the latest technology and services to some of the best talent in the business, the entire staff is committed to patient satisfaction for the whole family. In addition to unrivaled dental care, the doctors and staff prioritize comfort for their patients. TV, radio, pillows, blankets, and an office that’s more reminiscent of a spa than a medical practice – these creature comforts, combined with a genuine caring staff, make this a dental practice like no other. 

Best Luxury Automotive: 
Ferrari of San Diego

Ferrari and Maserati of San Diego are honored to have shared their passion of Italian automobiles with the San Diego community. They are excited to announce that they are growing and will be soon moving to a new facility in Kearny Mesa that will have their service center, Maserati showroom and a second Ferrari showroom under one roof. The new location will help better serve customers with its state of the art service center and central location. |

Best Home Décor 
and Furnishings: 
Nativa Interiors

A San Diego-based business providing work to more than 300 people in the San Diego-Tijuana area, Nativa Interiors is determined to improve the level of education of their factory workers by partnering with the National Institute for Adult Education in Mexico (INEA). Through this initiative, Nativa ensured 21 factory workers across the border completed either their Elementary or High School diploma. Nativa also received a certificate from INEA for 100 percent literacy among workers. Nativa is one of the first five companies in Tijuana (Mexico’s fourth largest city) and the first in the furniture industry to receive this award.

Best Hair Salon: 
Drybar La Jolla

Drybar is based on a simple philosophy: Focus on one thing and be the best at it. For Drybar, that’s blowouts. The idea was a natural one for curly-haired founder Alli Webb, a longtime professional stylist, who grew tired of overpaying for blowouts at traditional salons. Named one of the top ‘100 Brilliant Ideas’ by Entrepreneur Magazine and one of New York Magazine’s Boom Brands, Drybar provides professional blowouts, regardless of hair length or thickness (wash included!). At the core of the experience is Drybar’s dedication to over-the-top customer service and obsessive attention to every last detail.

Best Heating/Cooling/Plumbing: 
AMERI-CAL Repipe and Plumbing

A trusted name and family-owned business for over 20 years, specializing in all water and plumbing needs! AMERI-CAL has re-piped over 10,000 homes in Southern California and expanded into San Diego in 2017. Whether re-piping your entire home, or general plumbing installation needs, such as Water Treatment Systems, Water Heater – Tankless Water Heaters and/or recirculation pumps, call today on their toll free number on 877.789.7786 for a free quote. All re-pipes come with a lifetime limited workmanship warranty from certified technicians. AMERI-CAL is fully Insured and Licensed, and cares about good clean water for your home and family. 

Best Landscape/Lawn Care: 
Happy Roots Landscape

When you combine dedication to excellence and a business philosophy based on honesty and integrity, the results are award winning landscapes with exuberant clients. Although winning awards are great, what it comes down to is the responsibility to make your experience unique, customized and amazing. That’s the mission at Happy Roots Landscape, a full service offering design, installation and maintenance, specializing in hardscape and concrete work. The maintenance aspect they recommend is to allow your investment to develop their ‘happy roots’. Their ultimate goal is to add value to a client’s property while exceeding expectations with budget and timeline.

Best Cosmetic Surgeon: 
Dr. Lori Saltz M.D., LJ Cosmetic 
Surgery Center

Dr. Saltz is a highly experienced cosmetic surgeon with a strong following of highly satisfied breast and body patients. Board certified in cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, she is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Saltz also brings the perspective of a female plastic surgeon. Skilled in many areas of plastic surgery, she has the largest cosmetic breast surgery practice at the Center, having completed over 3,000 breast surgery cases since she joined LJCSC in 1990.

Best Dermatologist: 
Dr. Susan Stuart, La Jolla 
Plastic Surgery & Dermatology

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart is loved by her patients and respected by her peers and the media, both locally and nationally. She attained this impressive reputation by combining her natural aptitudes — which include a zest for life and learning, a caring personality, and vibrant creativity — with a rigorous education by innovators in aesthetic dermatology. She serves San Diego County women and men at La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology. She and Dr. Chaffoo offer the benefits of a multi-specialty practice like theirs by combining plastic surgery with dermatology, so patients can enjoy the combined expertise and experience of two physicians working closely together.

Best Optometrist: 
GW Eye Design & Optometry

Gordon Wong Eye Designs & Optometry is an affiliate of NVISION Laser Eye Centers, and is run by Dr. Gordon Wong and Dr. Wildon Wong, who offer everything from precise diagnoses to high-quality eyewear solutions – all in one location. Their spectrum of care includes comprehensive eye examinations, contact lens fittings and evaluations, unique and contemporary designer eyewear, eyeglass design to meet special visual needs, eyeglass prescriptions filled onsite and laser surgery consultation and management. They are committed to premium patient care, and their meticulous and patient manner truly sets them apart.

Best Financial and Wealth Management: 
La Jolla Institute for Wealth Management

A full-service, independent, state registered investment advisory firm located in La Jolla, that secures investment, legal and insurance services from leading third-party providers, they serve clients throughout the San Diego metropolitan area and Southern California, and in states across the country, offering fee-based, objective advise on specialty areas that include independent investment counsel, estate and income tax planning, intergenerational succession, wealth management trust ©, capital preservation and asset protection, and retirement planning and distribution analysis. The mission here is not just money management but rather wealth management to help you on your path to financial security.

Best Jeweler: 
Bowers Jeweler

You will be delighted with the selection of eclectic and contemporary pieces on offer at Bowers Jewelers located on Girard Ave. Having served the community since 1945 with exceptional jewelry designs and beautiful pieces for all types of occasions, their jewelry business has become a family tradition. Find the perfect wedding ring for your loved one or a new pair of earrings for yourself. If you have a design in mind or want to make an adjustment to a family heirloom, stop into Bowers Jewelers to discuss your ideas with the custom jewelry team to transform your ideas to reality.

Best Insurance Agent:
 Jawad Bisharat, Allstate

As a Personal Financial Representative in La Jolla, Bisharat helps local families with his knowledge and understanding of the community, and provides customers with an outstanding level of service to protect the things that are important – your family, home, car and more. He can assist with preparing a strategy to achieve your financial goals, his specialties including all lines of personal, commercial and life/health insurance products. Having been raised in San Diego, Bisharat has a strong connection to the community. With affiliations to philanthropic organizations like PEERS Network and Rady’s Children’s Hospital, he knows and understands the importance of giving back to the community.

Best Dog Care/Grooming: 
All About Animals

Serving La Jolla since 2002, All About Animals is your family owned pet store. With over 25 years of experience in the pet industry, their highly trained and compassionate staff endeavors to provide excellent customer service while always remaining available to assist clients in maintaining the health and happiness of their pets. Their in-home pet care and dog walking service includes feeding, exercising and brushing pets, daily cleaning of litter boxes, vet treatment assistance, daily health monitoring, pet supply delivery among other offerings. They also offer Anesthesia free dental cleaning, and spa pick up and drop off.

Best Veterinarian: 
La Jolla Veterinary Hospital

An established, full-service animal hospital that takes great pride in practicing superior-quality veterinary medicine with a personal touch that manifests hospitality second to none. They have built a culture of kindness and a fun workplace by furnishing their practice with a stellar base of individuals that are not only committed to the health of animals but also to the existence of a positive working environment and their clients’ experience. Founded in 1948, they are very active and supportive members of the local community, hosting La Jolla’s largest animal charity event every year.

Best Casual Dining/Sports Bar:
Bella Vista Social Caffe

A family owned and operated business, Bella Vista is a gathering place for large parties, casual dinner, day out with family or fun time with friends. From the moment owners Amanda and Nico set eyes on the spot, they shared the same vision of creating the perfect ‘piazza’ for the community, perched above the Torrey Pines Gliderport and located next to Salk, Scripps, and UC San Diego. Bella Vista is now a buzzing social hub for locals and visitors alike. They also offer live music and lounge DJ along with fabulous eats inspired by their global experiences.