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Market Restaurant and Bar
Market Restaurant and Bar

Market Restaurant and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.marketdelmar.com
  • Email: terryl@marketdelmar.com
  • Phone: (858) 523-0007
  • Hours of Operation: Our bar opens daily for Cocktails at 5:00 pm.
    Dinner is served nightly.
    Sunday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
    Friday - Saturday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Carl Schroeder
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private dining available.
  • Private Party Contact: Gabrielle Clift (858) 523-0007

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Camino Real
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet.
A word from Market Restaurant and Bar
MARKET Restaurant + Bar, where Chef Carl Schroeder's passion for
product-driven cuisine inspires him to change the menu daily and the food is complemented with casual, yet upscale service by a well trained staff.

We search out the best produce, seafood and meat from local markets. Chef Schroeder's passion for perfection and the spontaneous nature of what is available to us are showcased in our daily changing menu.

We pour ourselves into every aspect of Market to ensure a unique dining experience. We change our craft cocktail menu to accent local fruit. Our award winning wine list has a worldwide selection of boutique wineries whose obsession with quality mirrors our own.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in North County San Diego and it never disappoints. I do love the menu, although I probably should change my selections and try one of the other items on the menu. I am a creature of habit and order the same thing, for the most part, however, it is always good and my husband and I love it and go whenever we can."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "From start to finish, The Market aims to impress. The valet service is personable and respectful, hostesses are ready and know who they are expecting, seating is comfortable with modern decor. waitstaff is accommodating, personable and knowledgeable about each of the items on the menu. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We're fairly new to North County San Diego (and I'm a native New Yorker with Manhattan tastes) and we were bowled over by this restaurant. I booked a party of four for my husband's birthday--we're foodies and our friends are both chefs. From start to finish, this restaurant is SUPERB. The menu is outstanding, food is fabulous and food quality is extremely high. The ambience is spot on and feels very cosmopolitan but welcoming at the same time. And the service blew us away. These people are trained by someone who REALLY knows what great service is all about. Our new fave place to eat--anywhere. (This review is truncated; see my review coming on Yelp.)"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • ""Superb relaxed atmosphere – A place for dining with friends. This is my 4th visit and every dish is a excellent surprise. The chef takes great pride in every dish whether it's the appetizer, main course, or desert. The best food, very fresh and delicious. I loved the experience at Market every time. It's a little pricy but well worth it. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "The wait service was excellent as was the food and the entire experience. We will be back often."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I was very impressed with the creative appetizers and entrees with unique flavor combinations that were delicious and totally new to me. Small complimentary appetizers sent from the chef from time to time are an excellent touch! The service was excellent, and not too intrusive as it often is in fancier restaurants. My only negative is that the tables for two are all lined up right next to each other, which means you are likely to have another couple right next to you while dining, which I always find awkward. We were lucky and had nobody at the tables next to us."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I used to think Market was a special occasion only restaurant. Last week was my fourth or fifth visit in the last few months. The service and food are always five star. Great cocktails too. Try the Spicy Don. Now my goal is to work my way through the ever changing menu. So----what was great the last time? Duck pate outstanding; Ahi tuna with an Asian slaw----hard to share with husband but did allow one forkful. Fellow diners devoured their Maytag blue soufflé, tempura shrimp and smoked trout appetizers. No they didn't offer to share. Equally un-sharable were the beef two ways, duck two ways and filet. Great all around and I'll be back next week to celebrate a special occasion!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Market's new updated look improved and the food is consistently superb."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Fantastic place. 2nd visit. Both times food and drink we're amazing. No bad appetizers or entrees; everything is perfectly executed. Our personal favorite = braised short ribs. After you eat these, you will dream about them for a long time. :)"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "In old Del Mar you have the race track and you have The Market restaurant. Both are winners! Located across from the Polo Fields on Via de la Valle, The Market serves as a neighborhood restaurant and a real gem for sophisticated diners who enjoy a great meal and a relaxing bar atmosphere. While The Market is a bit pricey, it's well worth the dining experience. /We enjoyed their fabulous lobster bisque and spring onion soup along with two entrees, duck and veal loin. Both were cooked to perfection. I've been eating at many of the old stand-by restaurants in Del Mar for years and sorry I missed The Market until recently. I'll definitely be back! Valet parking is complimentary."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The flavors, presentation, combinations and quality were all outstanding. The portion sizes and service were very good. You knew you had a special meal for its cost."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I have had skirt steak just enough times to give up on it, until I reluctantly tried the skirt steak + short ribs. Short ribs came recommended and they definitely met the expectations. Skirt steak however, took me by surprise. They had a nice crust on the outside and were oh so juicy inside. I have tasted 18 different items, including appetizers/entrees/desserts and they all have exceeded the expectations. It is on our repeat list, which is pretty short so far."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Was a wonderful experience, had dined there many years ago and found it drab and pricey. What a wonderful surprise this time, food was great and service was wonderful. Would highly recommend the pate appetizer and the yellowtail."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I had a shrimp and sesame seed crusted halibut. It was the best halibut I have ever tasted. I shared a malted vanilla ice cream- butterscotch pudding and chocolate lava cake small bites dessert. It was excellent. The ice cream was stellar."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was our first time dining and after having dinner at Addison the night before we were truly amazed. This chef is terrific and everything we tried was wonderful. After getting great help from our waitress and letting her know about food allergies, we went for it and had a terrific meal. Could not help to notice the restaurant was almost completely full by 6:30pm and totally full by 7pm. Very loyal clientele who seems to know what the best in town is! Great service as well. Will definitely return when in Del Mar again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Market is our favorite restaurant in all of San Diego. It is consistently the best food and service out there. We have been here several times and have not once been even slightly disappointed. Every item that lands at the table is fresh, distinctly flavored, beautifully presented and just a burst of flavor in your mouth. Our favorites are the short ribs, duck confit, lamb, halibut, beet salad, mushroom tart, amberjack stack...everything is outstanding!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Second time to The Market and it was just as great as we remembered it. I had the lamb chops and they were done to perfection. My husband had the special which was steak and ribs. He enjoyed but said he probably would order differently next time. Was a very nice time."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "One of the best meals in a Long time.!!! Unique flavor combinations... Delicious fresh food.... Wonderful service. Wonderful drinks!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I went with a group of five, and we had a wonderful time. I need to single out the hostess for being especially attentive to helping solve a problem of changing the reservation from 4 people to 5 on a busy Saturday. It's nice to go to a restaurant that not only has great food, but actually cares about the patrons. Thank you so much!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was simply terrific. Service meant well and was very pleasant but it was a hour before the main meal arrived on a Saturday night with 7:30 pm reservations. I will go back but maybe with an earlier time or a different night. Kitchen could not keep up demand, it seemed. We have been there several times before this occasion and for some reason this was particularly poor."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went there as a result of the opentable reviews. This restaurant was outstanding. Excellent selection of wines. My wife had the mushroom tartlet first and the shortribs. Both excellent, the shortribs so tender they were falling apart. I had the Maytag blue cheese souffle and the yellowtail. both outstanding. Very intimate and low noise level. The server knew all of the dishes and was attentive. We will be back on our next trip out to Del Mar,"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Food has always been very good...now the new decor has really improved the dining experience."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food was good. The amuse bouche was good, appetizer was really good, the tenderloin entree good - my friend's beef short ribs really good. Service is a bit amateur for a nice restaurant - kinda noisy, constantly reaching over and around to pick up dishes, etc."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The reviews that I read before dining at Market were spot on. Wonderful, unique, delicious food! Questionable ambience. The restaurant is smaller than it appears from the outside is basically one large rectangle. The ceilings are low and it is pretty crammed with tables. That being said, I would come back in a heartbeat because this chef really knows his stuff! The incredients he chooses, the way he seasons each dish and the presentation of it all had our party of 3 very happy and satisfied. The food is what we came for and it was just perfection!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This restaurant continues to offer the finest food in San Diego and most probably in all of Southern California. Each meal is exquisitely prepared with amazing seasonings and ingredients. It doesn't get any better than this!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I took my husband here for his birthday and had an amazing time! We had not been since November and our visit was way overdue. The staff were very accommodating and seemed to enjoy celebrating the occasion with us. We ordered a Chino farms salad made with the freshest ingredients. The vegetables are the best you will ever eat, from the local Chino farms. Next we ordered a smoke salmon starter with cornmeal blinis - to die for! For entrees, my husband ordered the beef tenderloin which was amazing and cooked to perfection. I ordered the short ribs which melted in my mouth. Our dinners paired perfectly with the Sommelier suggestion. If you are looking for amazing food and amazing service then there is no better place to go."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We came on a friend's recommendation and could not have been more pleased. Outstanding food, perfect portions, great service. One of the best places we have dined in San Diego."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "It's no wonder that the chef is a James Beard semi-finalist. Excellent, thoughtful cuisine!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants I have eaten at. the food was incredible. Every course was amazing!! I wish I lived nearby."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "I threw a surprise birthday for my bf here, we haven't been to Market in over a year, and the place changed dramatically . It was a nice surprise, it's updated, and more modern. The food was amazing, everyone enjoyed their meal."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The fish dishes were over spiced with hot peppers. Too much kills your taste buds. The hake and yellow tail were both hot as were the side dishes with them. The fish was great but---- That does not make them desirable. When we reported this casually to our waitress, we did not get any further attention including asking for more water to put out the fire. The salads are very interesting and generally good. Prices are high."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Amazing food and wine, personable service. This is the best meal I have had in San Diego."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This is one of my absolute favorite restaurants. The food is always phenomenal, the service on point, and drinks crafted perfectly. Thank you for being the BEST, always!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "While always incredibly good, the Market manages to stay dependably outstanding while preparing and presenting fresh new dishes. Absolutely the best in North County Coastal, maybe San Diego!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "With the new renovations and seasonal menu, the Market did not disappoint. Usually, I sit in the bar/lounge area, but opted for the dining room since we were celebrating a friends birthday. Great service from all staff members. Cheers to chef Carl Schroeder for an innovative menu. Thanks for a great meal. I'll be back soon."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The food is always good at Market Restaurant and so is the service. The big drawback for me is the seating. I just don't like the single "wrap around" bench seat along the walls with the tables coming off from it. There is a feeling of intrusion from the diners at the next table, as the tables are just too close. The seating is just terrible... I have never liked it and this is what keeps us from going there more often."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Market is a wonderful experience with innovative cuisine beautifully presented and immpecable service."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Great place. My favorite in SD by far, good food, good service"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Our server was average, corkage too high and wine list WAY to difficult to work thru and strange selections Food was outstanding"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "One of the signs of a good chef is the ability to combine flavours and textures to enhance the main dish and this chef was an expert. Both my scallops and my husband's yellowtail were perfect and beautifully presented. The amuse-bouche was a delightful touch. The wait staff were knowledgeable and attentive. Certainly we will be back."
    Dined on 2/24/2014