Eat beat: La Jolla Groves

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One of the more delectable platters is placed at the table at La Jolla Groves. (Photo by Natalie Stoker.)
One of the more delectable platters is placed at the table at La Jolla Groves. (Photo by Natalie Stoker.)

Being swept away to the coast of Italy while tasting the decadent foods is a luxurious experience that can be done locally in Provo at La Jolla Groves.

“We were on the island of Capri just off the coast of Italy, and there was this restaurant and it was outdoors,” said Steve Hasler, partner of La Jolla Groves. “It was out in the lemon orchard, you sat there and the lemons were in blossom; it was the most amazing smell you could ever imagine. All the salt water, humidity, create this whole atmosphere of an appeal to every sense that you can imagine because the food was amazing.”

This type of restaurant was something Hasler wanted to replicate in Provo as well as bring options for healthy, portion-controlled meals.

Guests favorites

Everything on the menu has wonderful flavor, but the top entree, appetizer and dessert are the tenderloin medallions, tomato capri and the lemon bundt cake.

Opened since

La Jolla Groves will be hitting four years in July.

Hours

La Jolla Groves is open Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Pricing

Appetizers start at $7.50; entrees range from $10 to $28.50; desserts $5–$7.

Fun fact

The restaurant’s services are under a lemon tree canopy that was inspired by Hasler’s time in Capri.

The Chef says:

“I’m proud of what I serve,” said Thomas Meehan, executive chef. “In order to put out good food you have to not only enjoy what you are doing but how you’re doing it and what you’re giving to the guest. Food is an intimate experience. I don’t know everyone I serve, but I feel like I have a connection with them because I’m making them happy.”

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