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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
  • "We really enjoyed the ambiance though lots of cougars at the bar. It was slammed by 5pm and parking in Del Mar can be a bit of a hassle. Valet is convenient. The seafood dishes were prepared perfectly but the sides were lack luster which brought things down as a whole. Would visit again for drinks and apps."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We have gone to Jake's during our annual San Diego weekend for three years. Each time I have found them to be welcoming when we walk in the door, quick in getting us seated (considering how busy it can get), service above par and food classic yet creative. Recently, they have been updating the interior design and decor and it has updated/modernized the space nicely while maintaining the breezy, beachy feel that we love. When we visited this weekend, I noticed the staff working like a well-oiled machine, with others stepping in to assist us when our waiter was busy elsewhere and the staff looking during their interactions like they genuinely enjoy being there. Good for date night and families."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We loved the view of the ocean and the outside dining area. Service was great and food delicious. Definitely will return the next time we are visiting the area."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The entrees, the complements, the tastes and flavors were ALL amazing and the service was outstanding. Staying away from Del Mar for 60 years was too long, but Jake's helped make up for lost time."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Want a fairly expensive restuarant (but not insulting expensive) with a KILLER KILLER KILLER view and location - there is no place like Jake's. I come here once a year for many years and the food is always excellent but never "foodie level" but everything else is awesome. Come for the view and atmosphere. Leave with your waller a little lighter but your spirit soaring."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Even though it was too noisy, I would come back again for the wonderful food. I got the special - Ono and it was delicious. My husband had the filet and he loved every bite. The noise level in the restaurant was not what I expected at 8:45pm. It did not quite down until around 9:30pm when 4 of the tables near us left for the evening. The view out the windows was spectacular - night time on the ocean with the wave crashing in and people playing volley ball and making sand castles (there was lighting outside the restaurant allowing people to play). Would I go back again next time we are in Del Mar? Definitely Yes!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Jakes is always very good. The service was great and the sunset awesome. It was way too loud (noise from the bar?) where we were sitting."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The menu was very limited and the quality of the food was terrible. The service loved interrupting our conversations thinking that they we were there to entertain them. No more Jake's in Del Mar."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Great restaurant location, perfect for foreigners - great table with view of a most beautiful sunset, perfect service and sweet understanding for children's restlessness. Who would not love to be entertained and spoiled at Jake's."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We loved the food and service and would go back just for that. However if you make reservations and get there early for a window seat you will not be disappointed with the sunset !!! We were told to get there at 5pm and we got there 4:45 and were seated promptly at 5pm. Try as we may to prolong our eating til 8 when the sunset did not work for us so we went out to the beach after dinner and waited (we still enjoyed it a lot)! Tip get the valet even for $5 it is worth it."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "If you are visiting the Del Mar area and thinking about where to dine, look no further. This is the best restaurant - it is my favorite restaurant and a highlight of every trip to San Diego. The food is impeccably prepared and delicious, yet unique, in terms of the creativity of the chef (i.e. Seafood Trio). The portions are perfect in both proportion and presentation. They don't substitute quantity for quality like some other places do. The servers are friendly, kind and helpful... never snobby. It is a delight to dine here everytime we are in the San Diego area, right on the beach in Del Mar."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The Ahi taco appetizer is fabulous. And save room for dessert because the caramel creme brûlée is out of this world!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "What a great choice for a Birthday dinner for my wife. Upon arriving the hostess at the front desk took our reservation and wished my wife a Happy Birthday. Things got even better from there. We had a fantastic waiter, Danny, who allowed us to take our time and not feel rushed at all. He informed us of the specials and gave advise when requested. The food was superb and the atmosphere was outstanding. We never felt ignored and would definitely be back the next time we visit the area."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Disappointing experience considering Jake's reputation and location. Had reservation but could not be seated and start with a drink because one of our members not present. Once final party member arrived, still made us wait to be seated. Waiter was not as attentive as would have liked - would have ordered add'l but he was incognito. Menu selection was quite minimalist for both the price and menu description. Food tasted good, but it did not measure up to the description or price. Hugely disappointed the "outdoor" space was now enclosed. Could not hear the waves crashing the shore, the birds nor have the benefit of the sun. Probably will not return… too many much better places in SD County."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Seated immediately. our waitress had the table next to us and it took her 8 min to acknowledge us, (there were 2-3 other waitresses in our area, they managed to promptly take care of their customers). She asked if we wanted bread and several minutes later we had to ask for it. There was no water glasses filled until she finally approached us. My Birthday brunch and it started BADLY. We have been to Jakes many times and I was sadly disappointed at the quality of service. The food as usual saved the day. She finally became moderately attentive. I will go back but not soon."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "It was a special birthday this past weekend, and Jake's made it more special. The food was delicious, the service excellent, and our window table was perfect. We will definitely celebrate other special occasions there!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great meal with an incredible view. Causal and comfortable atmosphere. It was a very relaxed atmosphere which was a pleasant surprise."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A beautiful view overlooking the ocean with delicious food at a reasonable price! What more could you ask for?"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Jakes by far has my top 5 list of favorite restaurants. The food is great and you can't beat the views. It took 40 minutes for our server to take our order. After he took our order it took another 30 minutes to get it. We had to ask the server we had on a previous visit (Heather, who is awesome by the way) to refill our coffee and she brought us bread. Aside from our poor service from our server Jakes remains on my list as my favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Well prepared but small portions. Ocean breezes and sunsets very nice Location."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We went to Jakes for our anniversary as we have done for the past 6 years and it was great! The seafood and apitizers were delicious. We were greeted warmly with a "Happy Anniversary" and seated at a table that had a wonderful view of the sunset. Our server was friendly and the ambiance was just right. Thanks again!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "dan the waiter was the best lunch was great and he view was like you are in hawaia"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Used Open Table to book a last minute business lunch. This worked out perfectly as we got a great table at this great location which led to a great meeting."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Two friends and I went recently for a birthday brunch. The waitress was great, the location lovely, and the food was delicious. Really no complaints whatsoever. It was busy, but the kitchen got food out fast and tasty. Can't wait for another birthday!"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Consistently good food. Get there early if you want a table on the deck."
    Dined on 6/28/2014