Brigantine Del Mar
Brigantine Del Mar

Brigantine Del Mar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brigantine.com/
  • Phone: (858) 481-1166
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Champagne Sunday Brunch: 10:30-2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Mason Garske
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Brigantine Custom Catering offers cuisine options from our Brigantine Seafood Restaurants and Miguel's Cocina.

    From take-out hors d'oeuvres and party platters to full-service dinners with bar, Brigantine Custom Catering will tailor a menu and service package to meet your individual needs.

    With more than 15 years experience in San Diego, your most important occasions will flourish under our attentive expertise.

    Call Gabe at 619-298-9840.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private event areas are available for weddings, receptions, and special events of all kinds.

    Dining Room - Seating for 80-100 guests
    Deck - Seating for 80-100 guests
    Garden - 160 seated; 250 standing

    Food and beverage minimums apply for private space. Please contact our group sales representative for current menus and detailed information.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer Hawley 8582681030

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Via de la Valle
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The Del Mar Brigantine offers valet parking at lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch for a nominal fee. Limited street parking is also available.
A word from Brigantine Del Mar
A San Diego tradition since 1969, the Brigantine has received many accolades in our 40+ year history. "BEST SEAFOOD", "BEST CASUAL SEAFOOD", "BEST HAPPY HOUR", and even "BEST SWORDFISH IN THE WORLD", according to USA Today.

Well-known for our signature Clam Chowder, Grilled Swordfish, and Crème Brûlée, the Brigantine is a favorite among locals for consistently fresh seafood, succulent steaks and grilled meats.

Perched between the spectacular Pacific Ocean and the hills of Rancho Santa Fe, the Del Mar Brigantine sits high above the action of the Del Mar racetrack.

A lushly landscaped garden offers an unparalleled setting for weddings and outdoor-themed events. Indoors, a formal dining room looks out to the garden through floor-to-ceiling french doors. For more casual dining, the glass-enclosed deck is a year-round favorite.

The Del Mar Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, lunch Monday-Saturday, and brunch each Sunday.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Brigantine Del Mar reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (97)great for outdoor dining (87)vibrant bar scene (55)neighborhood gem (47)special occasion (47)good for groups (41)romantic (39)great for lunch (39)hot spot (37)great for brunch (31)fit for foodies (28)kid-friendly (22)notable wine list (15)late-night find (11)Show More
  • Grilled Oyster Appetizer
    TravellingDadVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Grilled Oyster Appetizer is a must try, it was outstanding. The halibut special with chorizo polenta was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view of Del Mar Raceway
    TravellingMomma
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We brought our family (includes 2 children, ages 4 and 9) to Brigantine on our recent vacation. The service was great, our waiter was friendly and suggested a few dishes which we hadn't considered. The meal was delicious, and our drinks were perfect. The place is a bit noisy, but the outside air, and the overall vibe was fun. Would definitely recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushed through dinner
    JoeKVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    went here on Friday with a party of 9. we arrived at 5:45 for our 6:00 reservation but were seated right away. our waiter was quick to order drinks. we ordered 2 appetizers which arrived in 5 minutes. we then placed our entree order which arrived about 10 minutes later. one guestfinished her meal before the rest, her plate was removed right away, this started a domino efexeffect of plares being removed one by one, the last diners plate was almost taken before she finished. after everyone was done we place our dessert order- total elapsed time now 35 minutes. our dessert arrived in about 3 minutes. very rushed. not supposed to be a fast food restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    Bill
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Had another great experience here. You can't go wrong choosing the Brig!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    tguadseattle
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food and service was very good. The manager Alex was awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Worth the drive from Murrieta. Food is always great and service is the same. Fish tacos and seafood omelet were delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food & view, 1 romantic night
    Fabulous1
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    My husband made reservations for my birthday by the window to see the ocean and the Del Mar Fair. Our first time there and it was incredible. Tate our waiter he was awesome and he had great recommendations. Nice strong drinks not stingy at all on the alcohol :) The swordfish tacos were amazing! So flavorful and scrumptious. Oh the oysters topped with wonton were fantastic! Overall everything was just right for my birthday dinner. Thank you Brigantine for a beautiful night.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed lunch
    SjcjoVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Second time at this location...great table on the deck overlooking the fairgrounds. Valet parking is a plus in busy Del Mar
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place!!!
    Luv2Eat
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    It was my first time coming here and I wasn't disappointed. The service was VERY GOOD! I ordered the NY Steak and my husband ordered Filet Mignon. I've always doubted most restaurants on how good they can make their steaks, so far…there's only a few and this restaurant got my steak right!!! Succulent, juicy steak…just the way I like it!!! It was my husband's birthday, and they gave him a free mud pie cake for dessert which was huge, with a candle! I love this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening out and gorgeous view
    CathyMcGVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Fantastic food as at all the Brig restaurants - La Mesa is still my favorite, but Del Mar does have the scenery. A terrific evening out with old friends and my kids even tolerated it. I call that a win-win. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Brig
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our dinner here was overall good. Our server CoCo was the very best. Her customer service was excellent. She made our time here the best it could be. The view was so beautiful and the feel of the restaurant just great. The food was better than average but not that great. We had to send back our seafood Bouillabaisse because the seafood was way over cooked and the broth tasted like water. However, that being said I would give this restaurant another chance and come here again. I do wish they would bring back the crab stuffed prawns wrapped in bacon with the jalapeno white sauce. Oh we had oysters on the half shell that were excellent and a crab cobb salad that was delish. The dressing was soooo good. The clam chowder was ok.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KG
    KG14
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Wonderful dinner - outstanding service and beautiful location
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and Fresh.
    Robert
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    While the service in the dining room seemed scattered (I think my server was new), the overall experience was wonderful. Great bar service and presentation. Wonderful dinner and view. Skip the desert of you're looking for something above average, but by all means don't miss the calamari!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We were seated in a timely manner. Service was outstanding and personable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    Lulula
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was ok, patio is nice, great view, service was non existent. Disappointing
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Experience.
    Waddayaknow
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food was good. Nothing special. Too much salt in the clam chowder. The venue is pleasant. Unless one parks on the street, where there is no parking to be had, one must use valet parking.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant!
    discerningdiner
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We celebrated two 65th birthdays and an anniversary with out-of-town guests. It was a great place to go. The waitress was very friendly and helpful, the food was great and the service superb. We will definitely return. The restaurant was slightly noisy, but it was a Friday night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd time the charm
    Barnacle6
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This was our second time at this restaurant. It was just great but very crowded. The food was good and the service, this time, was great! Not a big fan of the must use valet packing fee but near the beach, that is what you get. The "Catch of the Day" was excellant and the prices reasonable. nice spot but would be crazy in race season and when that fair comes to town..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • as usual- great!
    localdiner
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Food, atmosphere and service has gotten better each year, for the last ten years just simply great. Prices had gone up, but, compared with other restaurants in the area, very reasonable price wise. The bar scene is not for me, but needed, because all in the area have the bar scene, if they are successful. I like the separate booths, they are removed from the bar noise. the dining/bar spaces are carefully arranged to provide a separate experience, for young and old. I once frequented the bar area, no longer. EXCEPT FOR TACO TUESDAYS!! Another great idea! I always come here for my favorite times and birthdays.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice location in Del Mar
    99Irishgirl
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This restaurant is right next to the race track and also has views of the ocean. The service was very good, as was the food. We had read that the fish tacos were good, and we ordered the grilled swordfish tacos which were excellent. The margaritas were quite tasty as well!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Its been better
    GonealohaVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We have had better here. This time it seemed like the macadamia crust or the coating on the sole were there to hide the very poor quality of the fish. Fish tacos were fantastic as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great in lots of ways!
    Barnacle6
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The view here is wonderful and the menu perfect for beach dining. We were a bit upset about the services ... we had a good waitress but she had too many tables and was not very attentive. Maybe they need to hire more bus boys?Really left dirty plates on the table way to long. This was our first time and we would go back. The drink menu is good too but might want to add some local craft beers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food and server.
    Bigpapa
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Karen was great. She helps us find the best item in their menu. And great suggestions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch on a Wednesday
    GretschandaSuperReverb
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    One customer was able to delay the entire line for 5 to 7+ minutes (an eternity) at the hostess stand. Guy who brought the water was great. Waitress displayed little interest in our table. Food was marginal; not unacceptable but not really very good either. Loud; people all around were speaking too loud. The noise just bounced around. I had trouble hearing the others at the table for four. Seemed expensive considering the experience and quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect place for a celebration
    bucketlistbabe
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Celebrated my mom's 92nd b'day with brunch here and it did not disappoint. Our waiter was knowledgeable with the menu and took very good care of the 6 of us. We had a lovely round table in the middle of the dining room that had a nice view of the track. We brought our own dessert and were not dinged (aka cutting fee) which is always appreciated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Great views, all directions. Food was awesome and reasonable. Swordfish tacos were super! Very popular local restaurant. Will definitely return! Plan on valet parking.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The seafood fondue was too heavy and rich otherwise the food was good
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    JodineVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Great restaurant for any occasion. Nice to sit out on the patio and enjoy the views. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambience & View Outstanding
    retiredfromkitchenVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Brigantine Del Mar has been a favorite locale of ours for many years. Their recent renovations are spectacular. The ambience and views are definitely the highlights. The food has been very disappointing for quite some time. At brunch on Sunday, I asked for softly scrambled eggs and they arrived like rubber. Also all the food was completely cold. On another recent occasion, I had to return the shrimp cocktail at the bar -- it was pathetically small and wilted and certainly not worth the price they charge -- the server actually agreed with me! We will continue to frequent this location for the ambience, views and service; but it won't be for the food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We were a bit disappointed as the menu totally changed. We felt it was pricey and the food just okay. Do not plan to go back for dinner but might consider lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good choice
    Leendar
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The service is friendly, but understaffed during busy times. Very nice staff members. The food is dependably high quality and the wine list is quite nice. Had the special this week of wild king salmon - two versions with the wine selection glass with it. Both salmon and sides were very good. Caesar salad is so-so.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scenic View Restaurant
    Best2Dine
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We had always stopped here for Taco Tuesday. Their classic taco is fabulous and inexpensive on Tuesdays. We decided to try it for dinner as it was a special occasion with friends from same area Phoenix . Fortunately you need to make reservations as the restaurant is popular and has a small valet parking lot. They sat us on the outside patio with a terrific view of Del Mar race Track and the ocean to the right. The meal was terrific. Great selection of entrees. The service was outstanding. There is some extra noise as the restaurant was full. Highly recommend. The restaurant also has a small dining area below on a separate patio, but it was full that night.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Brunch and Very Good Service
    RobHVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The food was good and there is a very nice ambience during Brunch time.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, horrific service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Our waitress was so bad that she: -brought drinks 40 min after we placed the orders for them -routinely brought the wrong items or forgot items -brought us our bills at the end of the meal (party of 7, not rocket science) and some of the people's bills were up to $30 more than other people's, when we asked for an even split -proceeded to ask us to help her divide the bill by 7, as she couldn't do the math -didn't seem to be aware how embarrassing and unprofessional she was
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Kayy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for our anniversary dinner. The view was amazing and the resturant has a romantic feel. I asked for a table with a view in my reservation notes and they were able to do that for me :) needless to say I scored "cute points" with my girlfriend.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HungaryDutchman2
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    What is Bunch? Other than that the experience was great.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Experience!
    lousy777
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The hostess was the most rude ever!! She told us we "had" to sit at a table we didn't like because all the tables (empty at the time) were all mapped out. The table she wanted us to sit at was by an open door and we were cold. Since the dining room was empty, we asked for another table. She said no, that is when I got angry and asked if she wanted us to leave. The food was delicious, but the waiter was in attentive at best. I will not go back, and I won't recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointed...
    Dinnerfor2
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    A little disappointed by the food. Brigantine has been around a long time so I expected more.. You have to be doing something right to still be around, but on this night I wasn't sure what that was..
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely experience with windows
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Lovely experience with windows overlooking the Del Mar race travel.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food is excellent and prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Food is excellent and prices are very reasonable. Great location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.