Jake's Del Mar
Jake's Del Mar

Jake's Del Mar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jakesdelmar.com/
  • Phone: 8587552002x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Jake's Del Mar reviews from OpenTable diners
443 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (393)special occasion (263)romantic (182)great for lunch (156)fit for foodies (125)neighborhood gem (122)great for brunch (115)great for outdoor dining (104)hot spot (101)vibrant bar scene (100)good for groups (83)notable wine list (53)kid-friendly (38)late-night find (24)Show More
  • JAKE'S DEL MAR
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    TOLD THEM UPON RESERVATION THAT IT WAS OUR ANNIVERSARY AND REQUESTED A NICE OCEAN VIEW. I HAVE BEEN TO JAKE'S MANY TIMES BUT OUR TABLE AND VIEW THIS TIME WERE SUPERB. SERVICE WAS GOOD AND THEY WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE OUR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SPECIAL.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The service for providing food was so slow: Waiting for order dishes, serve meals, for order desert, and for requesting a check, each step takes time. Waiting time was much greater than eating. No explanation of dishes.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful view, food and waiter!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a 7pm sunset dinner reserved for our 11th year anniversary and Jake's did not upset! We had a wonderful ocean view table next to the window with a very kind "Happy Anniversary" card and seashell on our table. it was very romantic. Everyone there was warm and inviting. Most notably, our waiter Derick who was superb in every way possible. He was extrememly polite and knew the Chef's special down to the T. He recommended the 12oz NY cut steak with bacon jam and chimichurri and it was outstanding! Thank you for making our anniversary a thing to remember!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jakes remains excellent
    Carol
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    There is a good reason Jakes is always crowded. From the spectacular views to excellent food, it's a place to be counted on. There was a time when the food had fallen to just good but last eek it was back to excellent. The scallops were beautifully done! If you let them know you have a special occasion, they add in a mud pie with pizazz to top off your meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the new look, menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We've been to Jake's Del Mar several times over the years. New interior and updated menu are great and the setting sun at dinner is not to be missed. Despite being packed on a Saturday evening, the service and food were great. We'll continue to come back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly staff
    kn2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was expecting very snooty staff, but they were all very friendly. Great ocean view. Food was fine, but not great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DavetheWave
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our favorite place to dine. Always great service, food excellent, view superb! Love the happy hour Duke's Mai tai!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over shadowed
    Fridayfoody
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The basic principle of make the seafood the star is lost. Too many things added to the dish when the fish could stand on its own
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • favorite spot
    notlob
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great beach location. Excellent seafood. Live new menu and decor.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food service
    Padre12
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It took a very long time to receive our lunch order.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous, Great Wait Staff
    BigElVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Terrific dinner with an ocean setting. Our waiter Daniel was fabulous and was a difference maker. Upbeat and knowledgeable. Great neighborhood spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Linzy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Such an AMAZING view and great service! Perfect location for a dinner date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great view of beach. Good food. The fish is a little overcook. Very nice and delicious sauce. Overall taste good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening
    Chiccon
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Make reservations online, and said"anniversary and window table" Showed up for res, and they were expecting us...position "A" table by the window with ocean breeze, plus a nice card wishing us a Happy Anni, coupled with a great server...Adam. Not too over the top with a forced personality....we like that. My wife is a vegan, and ordered the Quinoa medley...most restaurant's version of vegan usually miss the mark with her, and is hard to please, however Jake's hit the target with her...She loved it...Thanks
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular views good food
    Chris
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Love Jakes however this time we were seated behind a large noisy party of about 25 people - it was so noisy we could not hear each other talking.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suzanne's birthday
    Martini
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Outstanding service. Very attentive and pleasant. Food was very good to excellent. Will return
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Del Mar's Best!
    SuzyVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The place to be which makes any night a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arnie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Dining was fine, three of the menu items were not available at 7PM.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another enjoyable return
    KennyDVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The updated interiors, those stunning beach views and a sunset to swoon for all made this return visit another memorable occasion. Service levels remain very good and the new menu and new wine choices have perked up the dining experience yet again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romance for all ages
    Commander
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We always enjoy Jakes. It has been our favorite date spot for 30 years. It has a vibrant, young feel, yet still wonderful for the older crowd. The food is consistently delicious and well presented. We take our out-of-town guests to Jakes at every opportunity. I would highly recommend this beautiful spot by the ocean. Service is always top notch and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • StuinSDVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    an excellent dinner... fine service... great view... killer desserts
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the dish I expected
    ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I ordered my all-time favorite of Jake's, Shrimp Scampi. They must have a new chef but it was very different from the old recipe. It was spicy served on some type of squash...couldn't really identify it. It was good but I wouldn't order it again. Never mess with a proven winner like the former recipe! The beet salad and fried calamari were very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost Perfect
    Localvore
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Enjoyed a great time at Jakes recently - wonderful AND FRIENDLY service. Just one or two small issues that could be fixed by avoiding them: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are not good - dry dry dry and the lemon is only in the supersweet curd served on the side. Other diner's entrees looked and smelled wonderful and were much more abundant. Cappucinos arrived at the table without foam and the waiter apologized that he didnt know how to work the machine. At $3.50 per for a small cup, please try to get it right. Otherwise, fantastic - just dont order the Ricotta Pancakes nor the cappucino.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice but ....
    Cadoxtonkid
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Jake's has been our place for anniversaries for several years. The food selection is very good but you do have to watch out for the occasional disappointment. The cocktail list is very short but the "champagne by the glass" is good quality. Recently, my wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and I chose a scallop entree. I really hoped it would be up to "Hell's Kitchen" standards. I was very disappointed that there were only three (yes, 3) small scallops on the dish and none had been seared on both sides. They were well cooked, soft and cooked right through, but I can't help but think that Gordon would have asked "where's the other two?" Nevertheless, Jake's is definitely one to put on your list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mostly Good
    DearProf
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very good food and food service; however, it took a long time to get a second draft beer. Apparently our waiter was not also our "beer waiter." The particular beer was gone but no one came to the table to inform us. Too noisy, but that is the case at so many places these days. On the rating sheet I think "Noise Level" should also include "Excessive". "Energetic" sounds positive, which may be for some, not for all.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lola
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Enjoyable lunch. .. Good food, but somewhat surprised at the limited selections on the menu. Great service. .. Jack was our waiter and he could not have been more pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Made reservation and when we arrived table not available! Very disappointed as this was a special occasion and we traveled 1 1/2 hours . Even with reservations it is first come first seated at prime front tables. Too bad they do not honor made ahead requests.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebrating Anniversary
    SangriaVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We are vacationing from MI and enjoyed a scrumptious dinner at Jake's. Our table had a beautiful view of the ocean, the staff congratulated us on our anniversary, very nice touch, with a personal card awaiting us. I highly recommend the Brussels Sprouts as an appetizer they were delicious. Our entrees were perfect and we enjoyed a complimentary Hula Pie, over the top delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    TracyVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Lovely view, phenomenal food and excellent service! Kudos Jakes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Always a pleasure to go to Jakes and this time did not disappoint. Beautiful view, terrific menu, great food and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get rec!
    yummers
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My aunt recommended j's and boy I wasn't let down! The drinks and atmosphere was great! The food however I was super impressed - fresh and delicious! The eggplant bruschetta was to die for and I'm obsessed with Ahi tuna so I enjoyed some tacos and a salad. I will say the calamari was a tad bland, but not terrible. Perhaps the sauce was a but too sweet since the calamari wasn't salty...? They were out of some seafood due to the holiday and let us know upfront and apologized, but we still loved it! Danny was a great waiter as well! All the best! Can't wait to travel to one of their other locations! 😊
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Ocean-View Restaurant
    CaliforniaCarol
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Jake's has a varied menu of seafood and grilled entrees. After dining there a number of times, I was able to try a lot of menu items. Also, I always sample my husband's meal so I can honestly say everything on Jake's menu is awesome. The wait-staff is very attentive, from the hostesses to the servers. We have had the honor of having Avi as our server three times and it's like talking to an old friend when we get him again. The whole atmosphere of Jake's is very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Fun
    Dalleyboy11
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Evelyn our server was awesome. She made our experience feel warm and friendly. Beautiful scenic views and great food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wow
    samdust
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    amazing brunch ever!!!! for was amazing the stuffed banana french toast to die for!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but late delivery
    smartbooks
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    All was good as in past EXCEPT: (1) Long delay for food. Kitchen lost our order per the server. They did take something off the bill without us asking. (2) My son left his Del Mar tickets on the table. He realized it within a minute or less after leaving the table but they had already thrown the tickets in the garbage (retrieved eventually).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    LuvSD
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Fantastic dinner, great service, and outstanding ocean view. Love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible staff
    gmmjn5VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great job selecting your staff. We interacted with hostess, bar staff and servers and ALL were superb. The food will not disappoint either. I only wish we lived on the west coast so we could make Jake's our "go to" restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a favorite !
    MauitravelVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Whether at Jakes or Kimo's or anyone of the locations that you find this restaurant group [Maui, Lake Tahoe, etc] - Jake's never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Met a couple girlfriends for dinner who were down from Los Angeles on business and had a great experience. Booked our reservation via Open Table and we were seated within 10 minutes. Staff and food were excellent but best part was our view of the ocean. My girlfriends were quite impressed with everything. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always love it.
    LoveSanDiego
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The view is stunning. The food is always very good. I am from the Midwest and try to eat there everytime in am in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.