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Amaya at The Grand Del Mar
Amaya at The Grand Del Mar

Amaya at The Grand Del Mar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thegranddelmar.com/san-diego-dining-amaya/
  • Phone: (858) 314-2727
  • Hours of Operation: Open daily. Breakfast: 6:30am - 11:00am / Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:00am - 2:30pm / Intermezzo: 2:30pm - 5:30pm / Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm / Saturday and Sunday "A la Carte" Brunch: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Sramek
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carmel Country Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We are pleased to provide diners with complimentary valet parking.
A word from Amaya at The Grand Del Mar
With stunning views of The Grand Del Mar’s Mediterranean inspiration, you'll forget your actually dining in San Diego. Let Amaya whisk you off to the coasts of Spain, Italy and France, as you enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on the cozily shaded terrace or within the refined dining room. MENU: Amaya's distinctive menu features American cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Chef Matthew Sramek presents an array of tempting appetizers, pastas and risotto, and savory entrees, such as Grilled Garlic Prawns with a pistachio and sweet pepper romesco and Rotisserie Veal Chop with gratin of asparagus and prosciutto. To finish, decadent desserts highlight seasonal fruits and classic indulgences. WINE PROGRAM: An expansive selection of wines from Spain, Italy and France further enhance the Mediterranean flavors of Sramek' menu. CHEF'S TASTING MENU: Chef offers a nightly 3-course tasting menu with wine pairings for only $85.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "We live close by but have never tried Amaya before. Our loss. We came as a party of four and enjoyed four great dishes, perfectly prepared. We intend to return often. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Beautiful place, good service, fine food. One giant problem... An extremely noisy party of 7 drunk fat housewives out for a raucous dinner destroyed the atmosphere completely. Unable to even have a conversation during dinner due to their huge noise and rowdy behavior. Their fault, but where was the wait staff or manager to ask them to moderate. Everyone suffered ans even overheard others at the valet with the same complaint..."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Pretty simple review here -- it was absolutely amazing. That was the best dinner I've had in a long, long time."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "A long lunch at Amaya is a mini-vacation for me - a great way to decompress mid-week. Best cheeseburger in San Diego. Fresh ingredients cooked to perfection, brought to the table while the melted cheese is still blistering. I've ordered cheeseburger 3 times now and it's perfection every time. I can't believe that cheeseburger is now my new favorite at Amaya!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was average, Brioche french toast looked good but really dry,(needed to be dipped longer in egg mixture) eggs benedict so so.Hollandaise sparse and not much flavor. The atmosphere amazing, service excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This "casual" dining spot at the Grand Del Mar has wonderful food and service. Both dinner and breakfast were outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I just love dining at Amaya at The Grand Del Mar. Everything about the restaurant is awesome...the location, hotel beauty, quality of food, ambience, friendly staff, gorgeous views! It's like getting away, but yet so close to home. It's the perfect place for a special occasion, and makes an every day visit feel like one."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This dining experience was really special! The waiters were very good and the food was really unique! We had a 6 year old and she loved the rocking chairs by the fire outside!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Service excellent. Calm, private place. Relaxing for lunch."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I booked an evening at The Grand for my parent's 40th anniversary and father's birthday. I booked a dinner and breakfast reservation at Amaya. I wanted to pay for everything, and have all reservations in place so they wouldn't have to worry about anything. It was a little difficult to arrange for the credit card authorization. After speaking with 2 different people, I was eventually able to speak to the daytime manager who was great, and sent me the cc authorization form right away. My parents had a wonderful dinner and breakfast at Amaya. They loved the food and overall experience! My father's birthday dinner was made special with a birthday dessert."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Dined here for combination birthday and Fathers Day. It is one of our favorite restaurants and didn't disappoint this time. Superb cuisine, service and ambiance. Everything from the warm pretzel rolls to crisp salads, perfectly seasoned entrees, and beautiful desserts were absolutely delicious. Multiple waitstaff ensured we never had an empty glass, and everyone at the hotel was perfectly friendly and well mannered. We have never had a less than exceptional experience at the Grand Del Mar!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food is not outstanding just ok and too expensive even for a nice place"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed a quiet dinner for two, with a nice bottle of wine and a four course meal. The shrimp appetizer was better than dessert. The pace and attentiveness of the servers was absolutely perfect for us to share our meal, conversation and the view."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Although one expects overly priced food in a hotel restaurant, especially the Grand Del Mar, one expects the food to be delicious. Not so at the Amaya. It was mediocre at best and the portions were much smaller than expected. Because the restaurant choices at the hotel were limited, we gave the Amaya a second chance. Unfortunately, it was not better than our first dining experience. We should have spent our last night off property."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We have been to Amaya several times in the past. Our last visit fell short. It was a busy night and and the wait staff just couldn't keep up. We sat for 10 minutes before someone came to the table. The trend continued thru the evening. The food was okay, but nothing on par with our previous meals. We had a so-so dinner when we expected better."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This restaurant is located in the gorgeous Grand Del Mar Resort so my wife and I had high expectations. Pulling up to the Hotel's grand entry next to a black Maserati in our 2012 Toyota made us feel somewhat like gypsies in the palace, and when we walked into their opulent lobby our feelings were confirmed. The wine list was amazing, and our four course meal was superb. "So why the heck was it only 'almost' perfect?" One word...service. The food was five star but the service was pure hotel lobby restaurant stuff. Appetizers and salads came out together, water glasses left empty...15-20 minute gaps between courses....ugh. I have given it 3 stars because the food was sooooo good, but everything else...well...I am sorry to say meh."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We started off with an unappetizing Lobster Bisque which tasted just like the water that the lobster was cooked in. This was shared with the waiter but he did nothing to deal with the comment. The pretzel rolls were good but the butter was so cold that by the time it was spread on the roll it too was cold. The sea bass was good but the sauce was bland. The asparagus only amounted to a couple of chunks hidden under the fish to make the fish look larger than it was. Then a couple of razor thin shaved asparagus strips on top that were tough. The other two meals delivered to our table were steaks. After cutting into them it was realized they each had been given the other's steak. The dinner was overpriced considering the food and attention."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Thank you for a wonderful meal and exceptional service. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Our Open Table reservation had us assigned a table outside without being asked. It was cool and the restaurant was almost empty so we requested an inside table thereby seeming to confuse everyone mightily! After a time we were offered a table at the open door; no different to being outside, temperaturewise. So we asked for an inside table, again, and further confused the hostess. Eventually we suggested an inside booth and reluctantly and moodily we were seated. We have dined at Amaya often for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It seems, however, that the reputation of the Grand Hotel and Amaya has led to complacency and haughtiness. There are other options available, Rancho Valencia's Veladora, for instance, where we will go in future."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Went to Amaya Grand Del Mar for an early Mother's Day breakfast (day before). Lots of nice details/high-end elements to the food. Great service (e.g., multiple servers at once...). The venue is phenomenal/nice view... Have been here for dinner, late night drinks too. Can't go wrong. Prices are high but not ultra high. Good value for what you get. Feels like being in a palace. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I came with my family to celebrate by daughter's 10th birthday. Service was great. Everyone greeted her and made her feel special. The kids had burger and mac and cheese (the celebrant's favorite). I started with squash blossom risotto and sea bass for entree. Both of which were very good. My husband had duck breast and kale salad. Both of which were great too. The kitchen/chef was flexible and added chanterelle to the entree. The bread pudding specially made for her was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "excellent ambience. The food was excellent. I would have liked slightly faster service but it was satisfactory. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Wonderful service, food and absolutely beautiful. It's like being in Europe."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Lovely, serene garden setting from outdoor patio, reminded us of Versailles. Access to patio for ambulatory challenged folks very nice."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "With a varied menu and knowledgable servers, any diet can be accommodated at this wonderful retreat. Save it for a special occasion, or just going there MAKES the occasion special!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Outdoor setting for Amaya is peaceful and green and your neighbor's table is not in your lap. Took a friend for her birthday lunch because I wanted it all to feel special and it was! Shrimp and salmon on the salads were perfectly cooked, butter for rolls was soft for spreading, iced tea was unsweetened with orange slices as requested. The birthday dessert was layers of chocolate-- one tasting crunchy and another tasted of peanut butter... together it was one of my top 5 desserts ever! Excellent service-never rushed so we could talk. Thank you Amaya!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This was our first visit to The Grand Del Mar. Beautiful place and our meal was fantastic! As we were celebrating out 31st wedding anniversary, they were kind enough to start us out with a complimentary glass of bubbly and finished with complimentary dessert which was unexpected and very much appreciated!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I don't normally give 5 stars but this place is worth it."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The Amaya is a top notch place to get together with Business Colleagues and take you time having a group dinner on a business trip. The menu is well put together and has a unique focus that allows for quick ordering. We started with the lobster bisque and Catalan-style Shrimp. The bisque had an outstanding flavor and depth and was a outstanding start to dinner. The Shrimp was a favorite with 4 of our party, and lived up to the billing of our waiter. The main courses were well prepared and filling, I would recommend this place to anyone"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "The Amaya is a beautiful restaurant at The Grand. The food is excellent, the service is both efficient and friendly, and the ambience is great. We all asked for a Cobb salad but with shrimps instead of chicken (we've done this before!), and it was really tasty - in fact our server thought they ought to put it on the menu! If the weather is warm, sit outside, as that is really a beautiful setting."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We had a very nice leisurely time over crab cake, salmon salad, and cheesecake. Everything was delicious."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "What a great find. Wonderful ambience and food for my husband's birthday. Loved that there is a separate vegetarian menu in a fine dining establishment. Outstanding customer service. Eat in or out, both areas are comfortable and beautiful. We had a romantic and sweet brunch and will be back!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I picked this restaurant for our anniversary dinner because of its largely positive reviews on both OpenTable and Yelp. However, it did not live up to its expectations. We received barely any service because we sat outside. It was a very romantic and beautiful environment, but we didn't see our waiter for the first fifteen minutes, didn't have drink menus, and waited for about half an hour between our appetizer and entrees. The waiter gave us a complimentary round of drinks, but it wasn't quite enough to remedy the situation. The food was decent, but definitely not something we'd come back for considering the service we received. If you come, DO NOT sit outside or you will be forgotten."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I LOVE the Amaya Grill, however I was very disapointed in the quality of their Valentines prefixed dinner. Typically the food is wonderful and you can't go wrong whatever you order. I don't know if it was because of the heavy voluume of diners they expected, or just plain old holiday greed. At $135.00 per person (without wine pairing) portions were tiny, tiny, and the quality absolutely DID NOT live up to it's normal every day fare. Service was exceptional as always, just such a shame about the food. If you go to the Amaya Grill to dine any other time, great. I'd stay away, at least, for Valentines Day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was a great way to spend a special occasion. We definitely will return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dinner was okay, but there was a lack of attentiveness and attention to detail. Not what I expected for a $360 meal for two. I ordered my entrée without goat cheese, and it came with the goat cheese. I mentioned it kindly at the end of the meal (since the server never came back while we were eating), and was told that "goat cheese is an acquired taste." I stated that is exactly the reason I had requested the meal without goat cheese. The server gave a very noncommittal (and passive) response: "Well, a mistake must have been made." They ended up taking the entrée off the bill, but more attention to detail would have avoided the mistake. I wonder if the servers would have been more attentive if my colleague and I were men?"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I am not sure if they changed chefs but I was not as excited about the menu selections. My husband had the clay pot fish ( can't remember what kind of fish) but not memorable and the sauce for the pork chop was Ok. The service was great as always and very accmodating. Probably would give it another try. But would certainly check the menu on their web site before returning"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "It is always a treat to eat here. Wonderful service, wonderful food, wonderful ambiance. We'll be back time and time again."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have eaten several times at Amaya. The atmosphere and service are excellent and previously the food was good although servings were not especially generous. On this occasion we ordered beet salads which were ok and opted to split an order of seabass. Each plate had two bites of fish and a little garnish. The plate may have consisted of 50 calories maximum. It was such a small amount of food for half an entree as to look like a joke. I've never had an appetizer as small. The food on both plates together was a tiny serving. Because we were dining with friends we didn't say anything to the waiter or make a complaint. It's just unpleasant to do that."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "This was my first time in the Grand Del Mar as well as Amaya. It was a memorable experience. It was a birthday celebration for me with my boyfriend. Very romantic and special."
    Dined on 2/1/2014