On the Menu: For fun, food and friends it’s a night at Beaumont’s Neighborhood Eatery

By Will Parson


Halfway between the heart of La Jolla and Pacific Beach lies Beaumont’s Eatery, where a mix of briefcase-types and burnt-skin surfers whirl around each other like they were stuck in one of the roundabouts lining their Bird Rock neighborhood.

Gavin McMahanes, right, mixes drinks at Beaumont's.

Pull up to the bar during happy hour and you’ll find the regulars come to Beaumont’s for different reasons. On a Thursday night I found La Jollan Patrick Breslin, who visits Beaumont’s about once week, chatting about surfing with the bartender and making an acquaintance of a seasoned Bird Rock venture capitalist. While the businessman praised Beaumont’s for the surprisingly large stack of business cards he’s accumulated at the barstool, Breslin pointed out Beaumont’s proclivity for attracting singles who have outgrown the bar scene in Pacific Beach.

“When you drive by here on Thursday and Friday nights it’s just packed with women for happy hour.”

Breslin also pointed out that Beaumont’s is a great brunch spot on the weekends, with dogs being quite welcome on the patio. “You’ve never seen so many dogs getting fed top-shelf French bread under the table.”

Families can also be spotted at Beaumont’s, especially earlier in the evening on the weekends before the place gets crowded and the live music starts playing. December Enriquez recently visited two nights in a row with her husband Mike and their infant daughter Maisie. While dining they took advantage of Wine Wednesday, when most bottles of wine are half price.

“I had the Spaghettini last night, which is my new favorite dish, full of fresh vegetables — spectacular.”

Also on the menu you’ll find Slow Braised Short Rib, which is currently the most popular dish. The California Cioppino, Port Braised Dijon Lamb Shank, and Ahi Tuna Tartare also are at the top of the list for chef Scott Cathcart, who has been at Beaumont’s from the start.

With a laid-back classiness, there is something for everyone at Beaumont’s — from food and drinks to people and music. A diversity of Bird Rock locals frequent this melting pot, and on occasion, they entertain the outsiders who often overlook this part of town.

Chef Scott Cathcart says California Cioppino is among his favorite dishes. We've got the recipe below!

Beaumont’s Eatery

Address: 5662 La Jolla Boulevard

The Vibe: Casual, lively, friendly, classy

Signature Dish: Slow Braised Short Rib

Open Since: 2006

Hours: Monday-Friday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. latest

Web: beaumontseatery.com

Phone: (858) 459-0474

Reservations: Yes

Patio Seating: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Happy Hour: 4-6:30 p.m. daily; Wine Wednesday, most bottles half-price

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