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Jake's Del Mar
Jake's Del Mar

Jake's Del Mar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jakesdelmar.com
  • Phone: (858) 755-2002
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Duvinh Ta
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $4 parking through Sunset Valet
A word from Jake's Del Mar
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.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Our dinner with friends last night was spectacular! The food was positively awesome! We were so hot at home, all of us were melting… and when we got to the restaurant they had a table for us in front of an open window right on the beach. The surf was splashing and the sea breeze was fabulous. The entire staff made us all feel like we were special. Ceviche that was to die for, I believe it was the best I have ever eaten. We had the Seafood pot,[lobster, shrimp, scallops, and a fishcake in a dark creamy broth with caviar on top, OMG!]. The calamari appetizer was the best we have had in a long time, I would go back just for the ceviche! We thought the portions were spot on, and the price was well worth the value. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Went To Celebrate My Daughter's Birthday And Requested A Window Seat On My ReservatioN. When We Arrived, They Took Us To A INside Table, I Asked For A WindoW Table And was told there would be a 20 min wait. i wouldnt mind waiting but my daughter was hungry and didnt want to wait. before we even ordered, a window table emptied, but we were not offerred the table, at no time did they apologize for not having a window table. nice birthday card and hula pie was amazing."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Had a delicious meal for my birthday. The vegetarian black bean dish, salmon, surf and turf and all the salads were top notch. Our handsome waiter who used his English accent for us was also excellent!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our July 6 Sunday brunch at Jake's was a 27-year anniversary outing. The restaurant has upgraded its interior over the years -- we celebrated our 10 year anniversary there and pop in from time to time for nosh. The menu is diverse and contemporary without being pretentious. Fish was prepared to perfection - pan seared Mahi-Mahi on a quinoa bake with a ginger sauce. Better-than-the-usual Sunday champagne by the glass at the right price. Service was par - knowledge, efficient and friendly wait staff could have known more about wine, but did have excellent food recommendations. Everything was fresh, hot and timed well to the table. Price point was spot on. Our beach front table made us want to stay all day."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Jake's is a guarantee for good food and service, our brunch was not only delicious, prepared as it should and brought in a timely manner, but very enjoyable as we had one of the best seats in the house: the ocean view. Our server was very polite and kind, we loved it!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "A delicious restaurant in an idyllic setting in downtown Del Mar. The food was great & the service matched."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "As close as you can get to fine dining on the sand! Great service and great food. ALWAYS a treat."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Excellent view,service and food. Seating was alittle close for comfort as we had a large party with children in the patio area."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I had to laugh when my friend was unable to find the ONE scallop in her order. The waitress said it was wrapped by the one shrimp. She decided she may have eaten it and not realized it. Having a conversation was very difficult as the restaurant is very noisy. We had excellent service, but I would not return."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Always love going to Jakes when we are in town. Good view, good service and can't beat it for watching the sunset!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Right on the beach windows opening up to the ocean breeze, Jake's is always the perfect dining option after spending the day at the beach. We had the pistachio crusted opaka, and the filet mignon/lobster tail entrees. Both are outstanding! The opkaka was cooked through and had great taste, and tge filet was cooked to order...a bit past medium rare but not yet medium. For dessert, any of them are fantastic! Our server did a good job, but had his attention diverted by a family that was very needy and constantly bombarding him with questions, etc. he didn't seem to grasp that he was losing my tip while catering to a table that was going to probably stiff him at the end anyway. Those types always do. That part of the service was annoying."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Jake's Del Mar has great ambiance with a great ocean view. The food could have been better (the salmon was a bit dry) but the service was very good. The wine list seemed to feature some of the lesser known brands but the glass I had was pretty good and wasn't too outrageously priced. All in all, it was a pleasurable experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Ordered a steak/seafood combination entree. Steak was not cooked properly to the ordered temperature (was med. rare instead of med.). When sent back, kitched just refired it, and it returned both dry and with a grainy/mealy texture. But worst of all, the meat was NOT AT ALL seasoned and was essentially tasteless. I've never had a steak that was prepared so poorly. And the waiter was essentially useless in resolving the issues above. Should have spoken to management, but was in a rush and could not wait."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I had the Chef Special, The Ono dish and it was dry. We asked for bread for the kids and they never brought it. The waiter was good, the view beautiful. The dessert as usual to "trendy" and not a classic ítem. Sometimes is nice just to have a chocolate cake or something sweet and not all this sweet and salty stuff or tiramisu w bacon."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Made a reservation for Tuesday 7/1 with several days in advance, but when I got there I had between 15-30 people ahead of me, and I was told that "they were running a bit late". I asked how late, and they said "we cannot give you a time". They not only not honored my reservation, but also didn't even apologize. I have dinned in around 200 restaurants in OpenTable, never something like this happened to me. There is certainly no excuse for 15-30 overbooks, not a minor difference. That utmost disregard of the service to loyal customers, make me doubt their attention to hygiene and overall quality."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had a great table with a view and wonderful food. Highly recommend for visitor or local for a very good meal."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The service was great from the Valet to the server. The food was excellent; try the brussel sprouts. Pricing was very reasonable for the high quality."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Consistently good food. Get there early if you want a table on the deck."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Seafood Trio is my favorite and never fails to please. The view of the beach and sea is fabulous. The service is always great. But I always book - it gets busy most days."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had a family dinner at Jake's to celebrate my husband's birthday. The view of the beach was spectacular and the food was fantastic. Ahi Tartare tacos and Moroccan grilled shrimp were amazing. Kids menu was a great value. Hula pie is a must."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We found this place on Trip Advisor and thought that we had to go there based on the amazing reviews. You must go early to watch the sunset and ask for a table by the window on the beach. It was beautiful. And restaurant had a great upbeat vibe. Very fun and trendy. The service was great and the food was yummy. We had the Paella and the Lobster. Both were delicious. We will definitely be coming back next time in town!!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We were seated promptly, had a very nice table. The first drink order was fast, the second order took some time to be delivered. We did have to ask for bread, it was not offered but was good. The dinner took close to 30 minutes to be delivered, and seemed mildly warm. The steak was a bit tough, we did expect better. It was a birthday celebration and we were offered a very nice desert. I would rate the dinner experience fair. I checked my bank record the next day and received a double charge from the resturant and now having to file a claim to remove the second over charge, not thrilled about that."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This is a really special place to meet friends or to take someone for a special occasion. The view of the ocean during sun set just about stops all activity in the place. The food is excellent (and they make a perfect Dirty Martini). The Chilean Sea Bass (special) was spot on and I was able to pair it with one of their great wine selections. Many servers and all were very attentive and accommodating."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Wonderful food! Service was attentive and personal without being intrusive. We spent our anniversary here and had a great experience. The seafood pot is incredible!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food and the service were superb, I highly recommend Jake's based on those two aspects alone. The only negatives were the parking (valet parking is well worth it, less expensive than the pay lot was across the street), and the noise level, which was a little oppresive (because we got there at a busy time with the county fair going on a few blocks away - also, recommend getting there around dusk so the summer beach crowd thins out)."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "A Tuesday night: arrived on time for a 7:15 reservation and had to wait 35 minutes for a table. Very loud. Killer views of the ocean from the patio section don't make up for the pedestrian food, prepared by a chef who should be much better. Ordered my steak medium rare (came out medium) with soggy "roasted" potatoes and mushy, overcooked vegetables. A popular spot, very loud, not relaxing, but right on the water. I have been here a few times previous and have been mildly disappointed, but this time was the first complete disappointment."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Always great fun to sit by the beach at Jakes. The service is always friendly and attentive, and the food very good. Wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Outstanding service and window view. Our reservations were honored with just a short wait. Salmon was good, would have preferred it grilled by itself. I would return."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Great ambience, wonderful ocean view, good food. Jessica, our waitress was a GEM! She made the night (my mother in law's 85th birthday) special and fun."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Jake's is absolutely my favorite place in al of San Diego! Whether for brunch, lunch, happy hour or dinner, the food and service are always fantastic!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "One of my favorite places! The food is always good and an ocean view. Love it!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "It had been awhile since we had dinner at Jake's but my husband wanted to go for father's day. I had requested a window table which we got with an excellent view on the patio. I was disappointed that they didn't seat us for 30 min beyond our reservation time. They were extremely busy and offered to keep our bottle of wine chilled while we waited and comp'd us for the corkage fee. Overall a very nice dinner. Loved the opakapaka fish dinner."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Too loud. Too windy and cold sitting under a ceiling fan and near open door. Food was good; but not exceptional. Parking was a problem."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Upon checking in, there was a glitch with the reservation. The hostess was extremely apologetic and although the restaurant was booked, she managed to get us a table within 20 minutes. Server was friendly and efficient, yet didn't hover. If you have a chance, try the Seabass...perfectly cooked with a fantastic red bell pepper puree as sauce. Skip the pork chop."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We celebrated our 40th Anniversary. They had a special window table with a card welcoming us. My wife had the best fish and I had a tasty quinoa vegetable "cake" with garden veggies. They topped the dinner with a huge slice of their famous chocolate covered mud pie. Our waiter was the best. We at dinner watching people surf at sunset. Does it get any better? It was like being in Hawaii only better. Jakes is our favorite place to eat and we always go there when "showing off San Diego" to visitors and for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Will not seat unless entire party is present; hugely embarrassing when you were putting together a business meeting to have important people standing in the lobby waiting for table because one person is running late; also will not hold requested table until entire party is there and will give it away to others; policy should be changed"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A lovely friendly setting with a outstanding view and special attention from all the staff, in addition to an excellent menu."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant and sunset :) Food was very good and service was attentive."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Dining with an ocean view doesn't get much better than this! Interesting food, good service and busy vibe. Will definitely be back for brunch, lunch and drinks."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Great view, great location,great service and great food!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014