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Paradisaea Restaurant – Iconic Piano Building

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Perched on the corner of La Jolla Boulevard and Bird Rock Avenue, Paradisaea is a haven for culinary pleasure seekers and those seduced by the laid-back vibe synonymous with California coastal culture. The owners sought out local artists to provide many of the touches/pops of vibrant color and custom materials that bring this design to life.

Paradisaea’s logo, designed by co-owner Eric Kleinbub, adorns a neon pink sign marking the entrance to Paradisaea, casting a warm glow against hand-made tiles by Josh Herman mimicking volcanic rock. Upon entry, guests are greeted by a mirrored glass beverage pillar anchoring the sandy-colored travertine and glass paneled bar. Grass cloth wallpaper and white oak battens line the surrounding walls, guiding guests past a capiz shell curtain into the main dining area. A large tropical mural painted by artist Eva Struble adorns the back wall with custom tables made by Josh Herman.

Special care was taken to honor the building’s unique mid-century geometry, while blending natural materials and textiles that exude the tranquil vibe. The contrast is apparent in the exterior geometric façade and the sweeping curve of its iconic roof shape against the whimsical yet sophisticated interiors that creates a dreamlike culinary escape.

5680 La Jolla Boulevard

Project Owner/Developer:
Birdfood Restaurant Group / Piano Building Ventures

Contact Name/Email:
Zoe Kleinbub / zzaitze@aol.com

Project Architect/Designer:
Georgis & Mirgorodsky (Interiors & Design) / Arista Architects (Building Shell)

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  1. Melanie Blair

    Love walking into this jaw-dropping space, truly gorgeous design choices – modern, welcoming, chic…can’t say enough great things.

  2. Eric Kleinbub

    Amazingly unique space. Both beautiful and welcoming.

    • Kathy

      Hands down the best decor and vibe in La Jolla! And love the cocktails and food as much as setting!

  3. William Georgis

    Georgis & Mirgorodsky is honored to have been involved with the interior architecture and design of Paradisaea.

  4. Petra Ives

    What a beautiful, unique space. And that color palette. Yummy!

  5. Jennifer Findley

    Love it. So chic and smart. Come for the design, stay for the food and drinks.

    • Natasha Zaitzeff

      Such and wonderfully inviting space. It’s warm and cool at the same time. Love spending time enjoying the space, food and drink.

  6. Tom Klopack

    The custom mural is great. Lovely space to relax and enjoy incredible food.

    • Josh Herman

      Exceptional design! Honored to have my ceramic work as part of Paradisaea and the energy that it has brought to Bird Rock. Thank you for the mention.

  7. Fischer Family

    Beautiful welcoming and beautiful . From the warm smile and courtesy of the Dodo donuts attendants to the fabulous food. Happy customer

  8. Nyah Aguayo

    The ambiance here is so fresh and inviting plus the food is incredible!

  9. Christian Kleinbub

    Unique and wonderful food–best place in the city!

  10. Russ Ives

    Congrats on a unique add to San Diego dining.

    A very different and creative atmosphere with superbe food to match.

  11. Alli Thurman

    Walking into Paradisaea is truly a pleasure. The atmosphere is so tastefully designed you never want to leave.


    beautiful beyond belief

  13. Fred Kleinbub

    Love going here. So warm and friendly

  14. Alexis

    We love Paradisaea! The menu in unique and delicious, and the atmosphere is incredible.

  15. Ashley Martino

    Beautiful place,amazing food

  16. Dale C

    Truly great looking space

  17. Josie

    Beautiful ambiance with delicious cuisine.

  18. Lonnie Burns

    I’m not surprised to see Paradisaea on this list. It’s simple to see the care and detail taken in cultivating the menu and thoughtful design of the dinning space.

  19. Jini

    Gorgeous setting with sophisticated food and cocktail options. A real winner!

  20. Amanda Gluibizzi

    Paradisaea preserved the epochal mid-century Piano Building while also introducing the most singular examples of contemporary design. From the individual tiles to the hand-painted mural, the restaurant aims for beauty in every respect. And the food is delicious, too: I’m especially fond of the seafood options and the non-alcoholic cocktails!

  21. Adrian

    Come enjoy a good time, great service and a great meal!

  22. Stephen Hall

    Breathtaking design! I have not seen anything like it.

  23. Damion Humphrey

    Incredible atmosphere! Food was unbelievable, Whiskey drinks were like soda…… If you haven’t been here, you’re missing out!

  24. Susan

    It doesn’t get any better than Paradesia! Top-notch in every way…atmosphere, food, and service!

  25. Kate

    Obsessed with the attention to detail!

  26. Brian

    Absolutely stunning property with amazing food.

  27. Gus

    Paradisaea is second to none!!

  28. Mary Z.

    Beautiful style with unique and delicious menu.

  29. Darrin

    Such a fantastic setting for an amazing meal

  30. Jack Fup

    One of the best restaurants in all of Southern California

  31. Stacie Rivera

    Gorgeous space and warm vibe, love it!

  32. Nick

    Great restaurant!

  33. Stephanie

    Very impressive renovation!

  34. Bashar Wali

    This place fills me with joy – it transforms me to the Slim Aarons Days of Mediterranean Glam. I feel like I am on a yacht in the Cote de Azur yet it also invokes my favorite neighborhood joint vibes. This is what effortless, approachable, non-snooty glamour should look like.

    The food – DROOL WORTHY.

  35. Vidi Revelli

    I live a few blocks from this incredible restaurant and it has transformed our community. To have such a unique 5 star dining experience here is so refreshing. We love going to hang out at the bar and have never gone without ordering the Caesar salad it is my favorite for life! Other favorites include all of the mock tails, the burger, the lettuce fish wraps, and Jamón Ibérico. Also if you want to feel like you’ve gone to heaven I recommend ending with the straus milk and honey sundae you won’t regret it! xoxo Vidi

  36. German

    Excellent ambiance for any occasion, everyone here is very attentive to what the guest needs.
    Food and design are on point!

    10/10 recomend.


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