Jake's Del Mar
Jake's Del Mar

Jake's Del Mar

  • 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: 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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Jake's Del Mar reviews from OpenTable diners
430 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (374)special occasion (259)romantic (178)great for lunch (173)fit for foodies (162)neighborhood gem (141)hot spot (120)great for outdoor dining (110)vibrant bar scene (105)great for brunch (105)good for groups (88)notable wine list (46)kid-friendly (32)late-night find (25)Show More
  • Been here many times....
    jeubs
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Always great food and great times. The food this time just wasn't up to the usual greatness that we have come to expect and enjoy. Wasn't bad, just wasn't great. The Brussels Sprouts can be taken off the menu, very disappointing. Our waiter was quite good. He knew his job, however tried to get us to up our wine selection, by recommending something $15 more. I like to hear recommendations, but the $$ should be of a comparable value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner after the races...
    Jmoney
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Beautiful view of the ocean! Food was outstanding! Kobe burger amazing. Ahi was like a marshmallow.... Highly recommend Jakes! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, great service, great food!
    KathyT
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This has to be one of our favorite restaurants in the world! We arrived early to request a window table at sunset. Those prime tables are first come first served regardless of whether you have a reservation. So incredibly beautiful, watching the last of the surfers, people strolling on the beach and the beautiful waves that are softly lit while enjoying a glass of wine and appetizer. The service here is second to none, and the food as well. Our party of four all had seafood. The shrimp scampi was excellent! We also had salmon and mahi mahi. All very good. This place is never a disappointment! Pricy but not ridiculous. Well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • veterans day
    surfhapakVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    we love the surf n turf! received a free hula pie for my birthday.....yum!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Jake's was a wonderful experience. The food was so good. Our server was very personable and efficient. Overall , it was a 10!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • second time
    bequest33
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    this was the second time coming here and I did it for my birthday. The first time I went the service was bad but the food was good. Well this time the service was excellent and the food was ok. I had the turf and surf. The Lobster was ok but I thought the filet was alittle small and over cooked. I looked the mash potatoes and the veggies were excellent. Other people in my group liked there food and we all shared a beet salad, which was good. I would recommend this place but you need to come right before your reservation. The bar is nice but alittle small.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avoid the Rush
    JimmyVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Went to Jake's following the Horse Races at Del Mar.....Avoid the Rush...leave the races early and enjoy a nice reserved table with an ocean view..otherwise...only pickpockets like the crowds you will encounter...menu selections were limited....view is not...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    foodienat
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I requested a table for 8 people for a bday dinner with a window table if possible. They were great and totally accommodated my request. It was a great dinner with my family. Food was great as always. Service was a little slow, but the restaurant was very busy. I was extremely grateful for the wonderful evening, and will continue to eat at Jake's as we have for years. You can't beat the view also!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eating on the beach
    VisitiBoston
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Eating at Jakes is as good as you can imagine in having a great meal on the beach. Wonderful view, great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jakes and open table
    MEGAN
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Jakes was fine but this web site did absolutely nothing for me. We arrived and no reservation was acknowledged nor any request honored. we ended up at a not so great table and had I known, I would have introduced new San Diegan to another restaurant where reservations matter.
    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 LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Seafood
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Dinner at Jake's on a Wednesday night was another wonderful experience. I had the barramundi special and the fish was perfectly cooked, moist, flavorful, and delicious. My companion had the seared ahi and was also very satisfied with his meal. Our server was helpful and attentive, the water view was romantic, and the wine list was full of great selections. I am looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The wife and I loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We went on 11/5/14 to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We loved it. Great food, great service, great view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jscme
    jscme
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We had a reservation but it took a bit to seat us even though there were open tables. After alerting the hostess again, we were seated. Very friendly and kind staff. Love the remodel in that it allows for a much improved view of the ocean. Our food looked amazing on the menu but was very salty. I will try it again based on the other reviews and the convenience/beauty of location -- otherwise I would not give it another shot based on the food. Valet service was efficient and pleasant as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always a treat
    KonaBound
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Fabulous ocean view, excellent food and wine, and the server was professional yet friendly and personable. It's our 2nd time there for an anniversary, and won't be our last. And the hula pie is great too. All thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had a great Haloween evening. The service was fabulous as well as the food. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food was good but not as good as before. Had a burger and fries. The burger was good but not great. The meat was so-so and the fries were stale
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharon's comments..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Amazing scallops, outrageous lemon drop martini, and the best steak my colleague ever had. Our waiter was so great, we invited him to sit down with us-too bad he didn't...;(love this restaurant and make it a destination must when were in San Diego for business....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The atmosphere was very friendly and beautiful. Our waiter Danny had such great customer service with a twist of honesty and humor. The Mary Chicken and Artistian Romaine was great, I had a big smile once my dish arrived. My only complaint was the noise but that's normal in a very popular place. I recommended this place for anyone who wants to take that special person out but save up first...lol!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Jared
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Awesome view and even better food! The service was very professional and the staff is very polite. Highly recommend this place for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don12
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Ocean front with a great view. Food was okay. We had twin lobster tails, but they tasted a little old. Won't rule it out based on the lobster, that happen once in awhile. Had a great meal with the same view next door at the Poseidon the night before.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but
    Maggie
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We loved our table and our waiter/etc. Service was great. The fish sandwich was "awful," said my sister. I loved my turkey sandwich. I think my friend liked her pork tacos. No other complaints.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jake's a Winner !
    MotaVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This consistently top notch Del Mar gem is a must visit. The excellent service and good food is only topped by one of the best sunset views in all of Southern California. Ask for waiter Derrick from Hawaii. He's one of their best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing atmosphere
    J9luvly
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    All of the staff extremely professional and knowledgable of the menu. Great customer service. Everybody was organized and all staff worked well together.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kingkongzilla
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I felt I got taken. The waiter told of us of specials not on menu, we ordered two New York steak dinners not on menu. Failed to get price on these dinners, only to receive a bill for 84.00 for two New York steak dinners. Believe I could of had Prime Rib cheaper. It was our 36th anniversary all and all a beautiful time, just a negative on the ordering and pricing.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jakes is great for anytime.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    With the view that Jake's has, it is a great place for lunch or dinner. Great service and great food!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't beat the view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I particularly love Jake's when I can get a window table and feel like I'm at the beach with great food and service, not a picnic lunch. We took a friend for her birthday and it was a wonderful time. I had ceviche which was served molded topped with a sorbet. Different and very refreshing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Place
    LadyDeeDiner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Jake's is an institution in Del Mar and has been serving wonderful meals for decades. I love the place. The view is incredible year round. The service is wonderful with so many efficient and friendly servers to wait on you. I highly recommend this restaurant. A bit noisy at times but still a delight to dine there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for our anniversary.
    Evodine
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Love Jakes! Great food, excellent service, unbeatable view. Celebrated our anniversary with beautiful view of the ocean on a sunny afternoon. Couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic View
    Brooms
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This is one of the best places in Del Mar to impress your date with. The service was great, the food was fantastic and the view is very inpressive. Don't worry about missing it at night either because they have lights outside so you can still see the waves. Can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raves for Jakes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My friends and I had a wonderful experience at Jake's, beginning with enjoying the sunset on the beach and moving on to tasty cocktails and fabulous food. We try places all over the country and Jake's is one of our new favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant!
    NMWhite
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    A top notch, vibrant restaurant right on the ocean. Great menu, friendly staff, delicious food, terrific ambience....and what a view! The place was packed at sunset/happy hour. Best place on the coast to catch the sun go down over the pacific. Patio dining, open air windows...you feel like you're in a tropical locale, not just 20 minutes from home! Wonderful menu choices..varied and delicious. Can't wait to return...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good location for lunch
    notlob
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great brunch and lunch menu. Interesting take on classic dishes and always well presented and served. Love the ocean views.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Kimbre
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Jakes is always consistent with food quality, food service and ambience. What most people don't know is how truly affordable Jakes is for brunch. Average price for entree ranges $11.00 to $16.00. Food portions are just the perfect size and a variety of selections to please everyone's palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great as always
    Joseph
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We are Jake's regulars. We eat there at least once a month. My wife is a vegetarian and I am a carnivore. We are never disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem in Del Mar
    EatingwithAdam
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went for our anniversary and had a wonderful experience. Food, service, and view of the sunset was amazing; unforgettable. Go early to get a front row seat along the beach, and stay for dessert to see the sunset from your table. It's also very child friendly with a great kids menu. And there are plenty of gluten free options for those with Celiac disease; our service person was very aware of dietary needs, which was wonderful. Without a doubt, 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable birthday lunch
    Jakefan
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Just celebrated another birthday at Jakes. I had the ceviche, tuna tartar tacos and the lobster sandwich, all yummy. Cannot beat the views of the ocean and the breeze. Service was fast and very attentive. The staff left a sweet birthday card with 2 sea shells for me which was totally unexpected but very appreciated. They topped this off with a decadent ice cream cake with a candle. I will be back every time I have a chance. We capped off the memory with a walk on the beach.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant Surprise!
    InSearchOfVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We've tried all the area beach-front restaurants and have generally been disappointed by the food quality and lack of culinary concern. Sure, the views are stunning, but the owners seem satisfied to serve up tourist grade menus at best along with generic CA wine lists. This was true about Jake's about two years ago on our last visit there, but we went for dinner this week and were amazed by the remodel, the great menu and the excellent food quality and preparation. We had one of the best filets and lobster tails ever and the brussel sprout appetizer was unique and tasty. We also appreciate the fact there were at least two european white wines on the list. Someone creative and attentive to quality is definitely in the kitchen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy but great view, food, service
    Tolot
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Had a great time again at Jake's while being on vacation with my folks. Erin took great care of us. Food was excellent, Hula Pie can be a bit overwhelming though. Sunset was beautiful. Only downside was high noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can never go wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food and service is always phenomenal! I highly recommend this place as a romantic dinner or a semi-casual lunch. Favorite restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seen better days
    NYCGourmandVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    There's no getting around Pacific Ocean waves and unspoiled beaches at sunset so....Jake's location in Del Mar can't be beat. But from all accounts, the food has taken a turn for the worse. Drinks had to be sent back, seafood orders weren't up to snuff, and the only positive thing was a restaurant willing to take the offending item off the bill with what felt like a sincere apology. Chef's night off? Who knows. But what was coming out of the kitchen was pedestrian and just poorly prepared. Our server, Derek, was in top form, gracious and amiable at all times. Be warned: the place is crowded beyond belief....no one seems to care that much about the food....that's how beautiful those waves are!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic