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The Del Mar Dining Scene: 10 of the Best Places to Dine in Del Mar

Shannon Biszantz

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Feb 8 9 minutes read

One of the things that a person looks forward to after a hard day at work or a taxing workweek is to be able to go out and enjoy a well deserved sumptuous meal in a beautiful yet familiar place, surrounded by great people. If you're fortunate enough, you won't be walled in a city somewhere but is facing the beach, at sunset, music in the background, sea breeze in your hair, and your favorite cocktail in hand while waiting for the meal that you've been craving for the whole day. 

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Welcome to Del Mar, where that picture isn't just a thought or a faraway wish in your head. As previously hinted, you won't be walled in amongst skyscrapers because most of the restaurants in the area do an amazing job of maximizing the ocean breeze, and incorporating the view and the casual beach vibe.  This may be a small area but your restaurant options and menu choices are huge. You will see a variety of cuisines and dishes that fits from one end of the budget spectrum to the other.

Since the only difficult decision that you'll be making is where to go, we have decided to help you out a bit by compiling 10 of the best places to dine in Del Mar county. Find out if these local institutions are indeed well loved by checking out the ratings and reviews by diners. Enjoy!

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1. Jake's Del Mar

Address: 1660 Coast Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

Phone number: +1 858-755-2002 


Rating: 4.5 stars (1,247 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Jake’s Del Mar brings new American cooking to the edge – to the water’s edge that is. Located right on the beach in Del Mar, Chef Duvinh Ta uses fresh, seasonal products as the inspiration for updating classic preparations of fresh fish, shellfish and premium meats. The lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menus showcase clean, eclectic flavors and local, sustainable products that are complemented by Jake’s jaw dropping location on the sand. The nightly Chef’s Special is a seasonal creation that features the best seafood, meats and produce available and through the Legacy of Aloha program, Jake’s donates a portion the proceeds from the Chef’s Special to the San Diego Food Bank.

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2. Board & Brew

Address: 1212 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar CA 92014

Phone Number: +1-858-481-1021 


Rating: 4.5 stars (846 reviews via Yelp)

For over 30 years, Board & Brew has remained a timeless classic. Casual, laid-back atmosphere, quality sandwiches, and craft beer – that’s what Board & Brew is all about. Fans of their sandwiches have spread the word across Southern California because they love the simple, straightforward menu and consistent everyday value. 

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3. Market Restaurant + Bar

Address: 3702 Via De La Valle, Del Mar CA 90214 

Phone Number: +1-858-523-0007


Ratings: 4.5 stars (764 reviews via Yelp)

Upscale, earth tone-hued space for California fare with a local, seasonal focus, and some fixed menus. MARKET Restaurant + Bar is where Chef Carl Schroeder's passion for product-driven cuisine inspires him to change the menu daily and the food is complemented with casual, yet upscale service by a well trained staff. This place earns consistently positive reviews for chef creativity, outstanding seasonal cuisine and top notch customer service. Guests love the complimentary amuse bouche, sushi and other favorites.

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4. Del Mar Rendezvous 

Address: 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 102, Del Mar, CA 92014

Phone Number:  +1 858-755-2669


Ratings: 4.5 stars (223 reviews via TripAdvisor)

From the creator of the famous Dumpling Inn on Convoy Street, Del Mar Rendezvous has been enticing the locals with its wide array of Chinese fare complimented by a modern mix of Asian flavors for over a decade. Rendezvous boasts craft, local, and high-end import beer on draft, Japanese sakes, as well as a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list with over 100 wines all at the Best Price in San Diego everyday. With over 100 different dishes on its menu, Rendezvous also caters to both gluten-free and vegetarian guests with over 40 dedicated options to choose from on each menu. The ambiance of the interior and patio, with glimpses of the Pacific Ocean, offer a calming and inviting atmosphere.

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5. Urban Plates - Del Mar

Address:  Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 12857 El  Camino Real, San Diego CA 92130

Phone Number: +1-858-509-1800


Ratings: 4.5 stars (189 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Urban Plates' casual counter serves specialize in wholesome, flavorful New American fare such as salads, sandwiches and pizzas, plus a sizable selection of house made baked goods in bright and modern surrounds.Image Source: Open Table

6. Cucina Enoteca Del Mar

Address: 2730 Via De La Valle, Del Mar CA 90214

Phone Number: +1-858-704-4500


Ratings: 4 stars (756 reviews via Yelp)

CUCINA Enoteca’s menu features Italian classics with a modern twist, traditionally coursed or served family-style, and made with the freshest local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Enjoy wine by the glass or visit the wine shop and select a bottle from over 100 selections at retail price ($9 corkage fee applies).

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7. Poseidon on the Beach

Address: 1670 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar CA 92014

Phone Number: +1 858-755-9345


Ratings: 4 stars (705 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Next to Jake’s and also sitting virtually completely on the beach, Poseidon is lower-priced and more informal than Jake’s, but still delicious. If you’re looking for beachfront brunch options, you will not be disappointed – Poseidon’s brunch is award winning. If you’re not in the mood for brunch, you’ll find something else to enjoy from the predominantly seafood menu.

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8. Pacifica Del Mar

Address: 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014

Phone Number: +1 858-792-0476


Ratings: 4.5 stars (519 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Fabulous ocean views, a lively bar scene, an award-winning wine list, and a well-conceived menu have catapulted Pacifica Del Mar to the top of the metro San Diego restaurant heap. The menu is varied, emphasizing seafood dishes such as arborio rice crusted halibut, salt and pepper prawns with udon noodles and black bean-garlic sauce, and broiled lobster. The house-cured ribeye is fantastic, too. Wednesday's half-price martini night is well attended and it's the perfect time to try out one of their creative cocktails, like the Kiwi-Tini, Pomerita or Blueberrry Mojito. They are open for both lunch and dinner as well as breakfast on the weekends.

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9. Sbicca

Address: 215 15th Street, Del Mar CA 92014

Phone Number: +1 858-481-1001


Ratings: 4.5 Stars (330 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Located in beautiful, quaint Del Mar and winner of the "Gold Medallion Award" for Best Neighborhood Restaurant awarded by the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association. Known to the locals as the favorite "Neighborhood" restaurant. Dine up on the Ocean View deck and take in the blue pacific while enjoying award winning cuisine or sit on the ocean view sidewalk cafe and sip on one of the Wine Spectator award winning wine list wines.

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10. Shimbashi Izakaya

Address: 1555 Camino Del Mar Suite 201, Del Mar CA 92014

Phone Number: +1 858-523-0479


Ratings: 4 stars (307 reviews via Yelp)

Shimbashi Izakaya, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, is located on the Market Level at the Del Mar Plaza. They offer an extensive seasonal menu, fresh sushi and sashimi, a wide selection of sake and Japanese beer.  Japanese menu served tapas-style, Shimbashi Izakaya features fresh seafood that is always in season.

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