Pacifica Del Mar
Pacifica Del Mar

Pacifica Del Mar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pacificadelmar.com/
  • Phone: 8587920476x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Friday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 4:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Mark Bolton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Pacifica Del Mar is able to bring its award winning cuisine to you. We can create a special menu for you and your guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th Street
  • Public Transit: Across the street on Camino Del Mar
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Three levels of parking available underneath the restaurant with optional valet.
A word from Pacifica Del Mar
Awarded the California Restaurant Association's prestigious Gold Medallion for "Best Seafood Dining in San Diego," and Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, Pacifica Del Mar is one of San Diego's most popular Costal Ocean View Restaurants. Casual dining on the deck features breathtaking sunsets and creative costal cuisine with mouthwatering selections of fresh seafood, steak, and pasta. Inside, the art adorned feng shui setting also offers relaxed ocean view dining. Pacifica Del Mar has become the dining experience of choice, celebrated year round for it’s warmth, hospitality, service, and unforgettable ocean view dining.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Pacifica Del Mar reviews from OpenTable diners
216 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (185)great for outdoor dining (170)special occasion (101)romantic (86)fit for foodies (73)neighborhood gem (59)great for lunch (54)vibrant bar scene (49)notable wine list (47)good for groups (31)great for brunch (30)hot spot (19)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • anns
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    excellent food glad we tried it. we will gladly recommend it to everyone coming to the area. we come for the del mar fair and racing meet. We will most likely dine a this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Early evening Paciifica Experience
    LouM
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Went to the restaurant in early evening following afternoon at Del Mar. Getting seated was a bit chaotic even with reservations. Not the restaurants fault but parking was confusing. The facility was quite nice but needs to provide the diner with more of a dinner house feel and less of a coffee shop environment. We felt like the restaurant operation was a bit robotic. Our food was quite good. Diners should be aware that sea food is obviously the main fare. Service was somewhat inconsistent during our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than ever
    sksgoldfish
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We've been to Pacifica many times over the years, and it has always been good. However, we usually don't think of the food quality as being on par with real fine dining options in San Diego. Our meal last Saturday was excellent. We tried their three small plate special and a silver salmon special. Really excellent. We'll make it a point to go more often now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    20 minutes just to put order in (was not busy), order was incomplete, wrong salad, shared side broccolini missing. Altogether we sat for an hour before receiving food, plus another 15 just to get it put into togo boxes.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • loves to eat out regularly in SD...
    lovetodine
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The patio was so hot I thought we would die as we arrived after the races at Del Mar. The meal, service were good. Just keep in mind the sun shines right into the patio until well after 7PM if you are dining in the summer. You can eat inside and miss the view and ambiance and still enjoy the good food
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs More Attention to Detail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food is very good but the servers need to pay more attention to details. When silverware is removed with the appetizer plates, it should be replaced automatically. When side dishes intended for sharing are served, there should be a utensil included so that they can be served without people using their own forks or spoons. Water glasses should be refilled without asking and crumbs cleared from the table after the meal and before serving dessert. Aside from these basic service missteps the food and the wine list are very good without breaking the bank although that is an option. Worth a visit. Go early and stay for the sunset.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carol
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Beautiful spot and excellent food. Service was pretty good but lacked something in matching the ambiance of the place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time at Pacifica Del Mar
    Rippla
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Just moved to the area and Pacifica was recommended. I was able to get reservation on a Friday night without a lot of notice. Staff was friendly and professional. Great selection of small plates as well as appetizers. Food was fantastic (we had scallops, catfish and lamb meat balls). Add a gorgeous sunset and you can't go wrong! Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Splendid Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went to Pacifica Del Mar three out of five evenings during the week we were in town. I strongly recommend the scallops. The scallops were large, fresh, and the texture was perfect. The service was personable and excellent. The Mocha Semifreddo for dessert was outstanding. It is enough for four people to taste and it is very rich. The texture was perfect. Thursday night is half price night for wines and we took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a splendid Ken Brown Pinot Noir. I recommend making reservations one half hour before sunset while dining on their outside patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for sunset dinners
    mauinokaoi
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Had a great dinner with another couple. The Sea Bass was nicely done, as was the Ahi. This is a great place to eat and watch the sunset, and always has consistently good food. We brought our own wine since they do have corkage and the wine prices are high. This is one of our favorite places in Del Mar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish tacos have changed
    smm51
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I usually order the fish tacos at lunch. I didn't know they had changed the dish and I was disappointed. I probably will not order them again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful lunch
    thelunchpro
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I invited my life-long friend to lunch for her birthday and was so glad I chose Pacifica del Mar. Although we ate light, our crab salads were excellent. The crab tasted like it was just gathered from the sea that morning! We had a chance to review your dinner menu and commented that we had found a "keeper" to return to. We look forward to returning again and again. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cuisine
    1expensivetaste
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Had the pork tenderloin and it was awesome! It wasn't under/over cooked yet it melts in your mouth. My husband had the lamb meatballs which were just as awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parking disaster
    Escondidodiner1
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Parking is a disaster. No one to monitor traffic going into and out of the structure. No one to call if there's a problem Fee collection is automated. Almost no signage to guide you to the exits The parking detracts from an otherwise great evening. They absolutely need to have an attendant at each exit and improve signage. Picture yourself at a gate with five cars behind you and the machine that collects the money will not accept cash. You can't back up. You can't turn. Cars behind you are honking. The line interferes with incoming traffic. WHY?!!!!!!!!!!!! There is a sign that directs you to a cash exit that you cannot get to. Horrible planning.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ezdining
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've eaten at Pacifica in Palm Springs and enjoyed it looking for a dinner spot remembered Pacifica Had A Location In Del Mar Really enjoyed food, atmosphere and service was great! Went around 5:00 on a Sunday great Sunset prices not to crowded. As we were leaving it was getting busy timed it just right.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    SteveT
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Good Food, not very romantic,noisy, fish tank in the dining area bordered on tacky.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    bmax
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went for our anniversary on a Thursday. This place was hopping with locals. A good sign. Found out it was half price wine bottles. A bonus. Food was fresh and well prepared. Wish it was closer to home
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistently delicious
    JanRSF
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We went for our anniversary on a Thursday night when wine is half-priced. We were there early so ordered the early dinner special which is a great value. There are about six dinner choices that come with a soup or salad for $23.95. The house salad is delicious. I had the steak which is always delicious at this seafood restaurant, served with mashed potatoes and broccolini. My husband had the salmon which is always cooked to perfection. We have never been disappointed with the food or the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good food, great view
    OldHRHitter
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Consistently good food, great view and service. Their regular menu has something for everyone, the early bird is a great value and their bar menu has a lot of interesting small plates at low prices during happy hour. Great servers and great view. Their "frequent diner's club" is a nice perk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely view and great food!
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We went to this restaurant for our 1st anniversary just the other day. We were visiting San Diego. The food was good, but what really made the evening was good, friendly service and when we walked in for our res the hostess told the woman that sat us "seat them anywhere they'd like". We obviously wanted the two top with the great view. That's a great way to impress me. The drink menu is on an iPad and there were lots to choose from. The Lemon Meringue Martini and berry mixes vodka drinks were delish. We shared the lobster with a small filet and had amazing brussel sprouts in the side. The restaurant brought us a creme brûlée for free which was also very nice. Great overall experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner-eat food and service
    SauceonthesideVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    As always, Pacifica Del Mar does not disappoint. Tasting menu delightful and I rarely venture to try something with so many sauces. Guests enjoyed theirs as well topped off with dessert trio. Perfect setting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, beautiful view
    Bree
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for a birthday breakfast. We ordered the Caribbean-Seasoned Hash and the Chicken. The chicken was succulent and the hints of mango in the hash were fantastic. We were helped by Scott who was just the right amount of attentive without being annoying. Overall fantastic experience. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best places in Del Mar
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great food, fantastic view of the ocean, and we have always had excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner!
    Eatingout
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Always great, and we saved room for dessert...yum.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Turned out okay
    Maggie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had a reservation -told we had to wait 15 mins to sit outside. so we waited, which was fine. We were seated and then ignored for at least 15 mins. I finally stopped a busboy and asked him if he could send our waiter over - he said he could take our drink order - so we told him what we wanted - then the waitress came over to explain that the wine was not available by the bottle.......so we ordered another. The manager, I assume, brought the bottle, apologized for the wait, said the bottle of wine was on the house as well as any dessert we'd like........so sort of made up for it. We took the wine, opted out of dessert. Guess it was just an oversight on their part that we were ignored for so long - they were willing to make it right.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sunset Dinner
    ChowHound
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Took my wife here for her birthday. It was a great experience. Great view of the ocean and definitely recommended for dining at sunset. Excellent choice of dishes and food was perfectly prepared. Will be adding this to my favorites.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Menu, Spectacular View
    YumyumTrail
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We enjoyed all aspects of our dinner starting with a yummy cocktail....blackberry smoothie in a large glass; followed by Blue Point Oysters and then a special value trio of salads for $25.(beet, heirloom tomatoes and halibut). We tried the sampler trio for dessert and that was just enough to satisfy our sweet tooth. Attentive service and a fabulous table facing the Pacific Ocean
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and view
    frenchfan8VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    lovely setting where we celebrated our anniversary
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Perfect
    EatHere
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Everything at Pacifica Del Mar is just perfect. The view and the food are serene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor Patio View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We dined at Pacifica recently for Sunday brunch, although it really was more of a lunch menu and not a "brunch" at all. The stars of our meal were the fresh oysters. The Blue Points were excellent. Our other entrees were fine, but nothing exceptional. We did, however, have exceptional service from a young man by the name of Casey. It was a beautiful summer afternoon and the view was lovely. Overall it was a nice lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh
    Doggybag
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our food quality was very fresh and seemed to have had special attention to preparation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good seafood
    AraTucson
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The restaurant deserves its Zagat rating of 25 for food. The seafood served was fresh and light, cooked imaginatively and well-balanced with vegetables and spices. The outdoor seating area is quite pleasant, though somewhat crowded. The service was fast and efficient, the tables were clean and well-maintained, and the overall experience was very good. The wine list offered by the restaurant is quite reasonable. The prices are high but expected for the location and quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    What a beautiful place to eat and look out over the ocean as the sun was setting. The service was terrific, and the food delicious. The waitstaff was very courteous, and the meals came out hot and rather quickly. Lovely place and will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perennial disappointment
    DelMarLocalVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Come here at times mainly for work; food not great, but high price to ratio is a common north county ill. Despite low expectations, recent trip w/family was a disaster. Kids food was expensive and the chicken like rubber--nearly impossible to cut. A corn leek soup--good concept--arrived so hot that even the server commented on it. As it cooled it became clear why so hot--heavily floured beyond the point of taste. Calamari is reliably good--light batter and properly cooked. $24 in oysters were only half shucked and a day or two off fresh (we left some uneaten). Ribeye ordered medium rare arrived medium +--sent it back and walked out. all in $172 for no actual adult dinner. Beware late afteronnons-strong sunlight in eyes.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had a large group and we were accommodated nicely, no big fuss. Our waitress was great, and the food was totally great. I would recommend this place to everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location, Location, Location
    LagosgirlVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The restaurant has a lovely patio that looks across the street to the ocean. The view and patio are great. Parking is available in the garage and it can be validated. The food and service were pretty average.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, as always
    Mdsandiego
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My favorite spot in San Diego never fails to impress.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pacifica was wonderful
    Exploringnewvenues
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    There were 6 in our party. We dined on the patio. The sunset was spectacular, the food wonderful and there was a cocktail that was made with black raspberries that was terrific. I highly recommend this restaurant
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pacifica Del Mar
    gourmetcc
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Excellent food, attentive service, good ambiance. I suffer from Gluten and Corn intolerance, informed the waiter, and had absolutly no issues with the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    JanRSF
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We went for the early dinner on a Thursday night when most of the wine list is half-priced. The early dinner is a great value with soup or salad and a choice of six entrees. Their house salad is excellent. My husband really likes the salmon but I prefer the steak which was almost a filet, very tasty, tender and delicious. We had a bottle of wine that complemented our meal well. Always enjoy the food, view and ambiance of Pacifica Del Mar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet