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Poseidon Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.poseidonrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (858) 755-9345
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Monday - Friday 11:00am - 3:30pm
    Dinner Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch Saturday - Sunday 9:00am - 3:30pm
    Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4:00pm - 6:30pm
    Bar Hours Monday - Sunday 11:00am - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Mourad Jamal
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We accomodate large parties up to 50 people. One check - 4 course meals from $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. Host or no host bar can be provided. We have a wide selection of wines and full bar. There is a $200 room charge. A $200 refundable deposit is required to accept your reservation.
  • Private Party Contact: Dinner: Chef Jamal - Lunch: Toni Bretzing (888) 637-3254

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Private Lot
A word from Poseidon
The minute you walk into Poseidon, you’ll be swept by the fabulous view. You couldn’t be closer to the sand and the beach than sitting at Poseidon on their beautiful outdoor patio. With such a spectacular ocean view, you’ll experience breathtaking sunsets and during the right season even catch a glimpse of the whales migrating up or down the coast. The bar offers a large circular firepit, which is nice on those chilly fall or winter nights. Off to the side of the bar is a split level dining room offering every table a panoramic view of the beach and the ocean. For over 33 years, Poseidon has delighted both local San Diegans and the tourists that love the beach. An excellent menu, a favorite with all the locals is designed to cater to all appetites and pocketbooks.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "you are on the sand, can hear the surf, but the patio is quite noisy. Everyone talking pretty loud and music playing. Perhaps a later lunch will be less crowed/hectic. Food is good, parking is a nightmare.."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Super fun, great food, AMAZING view... Service was on time"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Right on the beach. Nothing between you and the water but the sandy beach. And the food is always super yummy. Only complaint is that it took a lot longer than normal to get our dinner."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Been to Poseidon few weeks ago for the first time for a farewell dinner with a group of 12 people . The seating outside was amazing with the beach right next to you and the food was delicious . Had calamari for the first time and it was oh so yummy . Made reservations to go there again when my husband came back home from an overseas deployment and again the whole experience and the food was amazing . If I ever come back to San Diego will for sure come and eat there again . :)"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Poseidon fantastic view of Del Mar beach. Great menu selections, attentive wait staff, food was excellent!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It's been a while since we've been to Poseidon and the restaurant has changed for the better. The menu is more sophisticated and the food was excellent. The fish was fresh and the portions were large. We sat on the patio and had an incredible view of the ocean as sunset approached. The service was impeccable and the food came out quickly. I wouldn't call it relaxing but the noise level was much lower than I expectedf given how crowded the restaurant was."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our dining experience was outstanding. We were recommended by a friend and couldn't of been more pleased. Was greeted at the door by friendly smiling faces. Wait staff was great! Our waitress Nilmin (don't know if that is the proper spelling) was outstanding. Very attentive! Ambiance was perfect. Food came out in a timely matter! We will definelty come back the next time we come to visit California."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Always have a great time here. Good food, great location; can't beat meeting friends, enjoying a meal, and watching the waves and sunsets"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I made reservations for a ocean view. All I saw was a dirty table and the the view of the restaurant. The food was ok the service was ok. Next time I'm going next door."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I know it's in a tourisy area but restaurants with menu items $30+ for dinner should not allow guys in sleeveless t-shirts and baseball caps in for dinner. It takes away the entire 'nice dining' aspect"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I REALLY want to like Poseidon. The views are great, and each time I've gone, the service has been really good, but it's just that the food is kinda "meh." Nothing really stands out. The calamari was OK, but not great, the sauces taste like they came from Trader Joe's. The rocket salad was pretty good, but the Mahi Mahi had zero flavor. I just find the food uninspiring. Each time I've gone before, I've set inside and this time, I remembered to request the patio. It's crowded, and the night we were there, the heat lamps made it an inferno. My guests seemed to like the place, but I can't tell if they really enjoyed, or were just being polite. It's not awful, but if it weren't for the views, it just wouldn't be memorable."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I took my mom here for a belated Mothers Day dinner where she requested the beach dining to watch the sunset. This was perfect. We sat there right next to the sand for over 2 hours and the waitress did not rush us at all and was happy that we were enjoying the evening. The food was just spectacular. I got the Lobester Tail and my mom got the Surf & Turf, we did not speak that whole time the food was just so good. Go! You will be happy you did."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We loved the restaurant. Had a great dinner, a great server, and a great table. We'll do it again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I can't think of a better place to be on a San Diego sunny afternoon on the Summer Solstice for lunch than Poseidon. The day was perfect, the ambiance, sights and sounds made you not really want to go back to work (AKA "Sad Hour). Your so engaged with the surroundings they could serve you a flip-flop and you probably wouldn't notice. But they don't, and the food was very good. Always the right portions and the flavors spot on. I had the 'Fish Tacos" which were teaming with the right ingredients and sauces. Service was always there and attentive."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Halibut was sadly overdone and service was sadly slow. More servers are needed for the Wednesday lunch."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Never disappoints. Right on the beach and food is always good."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Otherwise, it was a great experience, and we understand that this is temporary during kitchen renovations."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. Food is always wonderful and you can't beat the patio for close to the ocean dining!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was a perfect place for the team to "debrief" after an all-day meeting. The scenic view was beautiful and just what the team needed at the end of a long day of travel and meetings."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "When you are seated outside for dinner and the view is a setting sun over the Pacific, paddle boarders, and surfers, it is hard to imagine it getting much better...HOWEVER, the food was fantastic and our service was perfect! Great way to spend an anniversary evening."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We came for a family luncheon for my son's graduation. We were pretty disappointed. The server was slow and inattentive, and quite unhelpful when I asked for more vegetarian lunch choices. My mother's food had to be sent back, my mother-in-law didn't want to bother when hers was wrong, and two of my kids just didn't like their lukewarm meals. The food was definitely mediocre at best, and the service was worse. The meals were overpriced for what they were. The waiter coming in on the next shift was infinitely more helpful than our main server. The view was lovely, and the restaurant was clean. I just wish we had a better experience. I doubt we will be back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I've been going to Poseidons for the past 6 years, and they get a little worse each time I go. This time they sat us outside in the evening, but didn't offer a heater or check in on our comfort. Maybe they have a heater shortage. Eventually we asked to be moved inside. The main course was at least 30 minutes after our soup and we came hungry which made it seem longer. My steak was significantly overcooked (asked for medium rare and got well done) and I didn't want to wait for another one. The waiter offered to pick up the dessert which was nice, but I really just wanted a nice red juicy steak on Father's Day. Oh well, this is why I prefer to grill my own meat, it's just not that hard to get it right."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great food, service, ambience! We had a cozy booth with a beautiful ocean view! A new favorite restaurant for our family."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had lunch on the beach patio on a sunny day. The food was great (blackened halibut sandwich) and the outdoor patio location is fabuous! This was not my first time nor will it be my last......"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I am a repeat diner and this time I was disappointed. The entre portion of the menu was lack luster. I settled on Fish and Chips. The fish bordered on the dry side and the chips were the large, thick slices of potato that tend to be dry. We were entertaining friends from back East and they requested "by the ocean". That we got but the food was definitely a means to an opportunity to sit by the ocean, rather than a compliment to scenery."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Good view of the ocean, we had a great table and even saw a sea lion. Wait staff friendly and cheerful. Kept our water glasses full, good table busing. Our waitress: great gal, recommended the Chilean Sea Bass, delicious except for the spinach crust, not so much. Swordfish for my husband, good. The asparagus with it that he gave to me..heaven, cooked just right. Cerviche: disappointing: 1. I am allergic to shrimp so had to remove all the little bay shrimp. Left with tiny bits of white fish. Not as good as Mexico or Peru. Shrimp should not be served: nets catch and kill too many other wildlife. Dessert: trio of sorbet: lemon grass is too strong. Other flavors good. Good wine rec by our waitress. EXPENSIVE!!! But great for my B-Day!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great location for evening dining on the beach at sunset. Service was very good and the salmon was excellent."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We've been to Poseidon many times. We mostly go for the view and outdoor ambience. The food has never been a draw for foodies or anything special, but it's good enough to warrant a once every 4-6 months visit. We have a Passport card through my work, Qualcomm, and they wouldn't honor it because we didn't order two entrees. I ordered two appetizers instead of my entree and my husband ordered a regular entree. The two appetizers added up to the price of an entree. Wasn't the waitress' fault, but apparently her manager wouldn't approve the discount. Very short sighted. 30,000 people work at Qualcomm and all carry Passport cards. A loss of our future business and those of my co-workers. Not smart."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had forgotten house delightful Poseidon is. Our table was inside, but right where the doors had opened, so we were protected yet still right at the beautiful ocean. Particularly important is their early evening hour, since dinner and the theater can be a puzzlement on time. Both our meals were excellent. Outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Food is good but the view will make it great! Servers could stand to be a bit more attentive."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Poseidon is in among our top three favorite places to eat. The food & service is consistently great! I love their Margaritas and they have the best fish tacos. On any day dining on the large patio is a must, if it's cool they have heaters!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food preparation and presentation is as usual, excellent. Table service is normally outstanding except this time we got a server who was nothing more than an order taker. Nothing destroys a dining experience more than when get an order taker whom you see only when you arrive, takes your order and then you don't see again until they present you with a bill. That kind of service you can obtain from a food truck. Food quality and previous experience says that I would still give this restaurant at least 3 stars."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Whenever I want someone to have a San Diego experience I bring them to the Poseidon. A no fail option. Everyone wants to linger as long as they can."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We enjoyed a combination birthday/Mother's Day dinner there recently and it was superb! Obviously the view is to die for as we were on the beach for a great sun-set. Service was excellent, wine well priced (for a restaurant) and the service was wonderful. Great spot to bring "out-of-towners" to show off one of San Diego's many charms."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Excellent ocean venue. Good food menu, a little pricey for wines and liquor. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My husband took me here for my birthday Friday night. We were early for our reservation but were seated right away. We got a beautiful table right on the ocean. Didn't get appetizers but our dinner was delicious! I got the special swordfish which was cooked perfectly. My husband got the sea bass which looked like gelato it was so smooth and tender. We both loved the combination of flavors in the dishes. Complex but complimentary. Absolutely delicious! I got the chocolate torte for dessert and it was ok. The service was informal but good."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I haven't been to Poseidon in a while so I was looking forward to birthday lunch there. We got seated right away (reservation) outside. View was great. Server was very friendly. Food -- I had the catch of the day sandwich which turned out to be halibut. Without a doubt the halibut was overcooked. It was very dry and I had to wash it down with every bite. The bottom bun was soggy. Although it was a sandiwich I ate it with a knife and fork. The bun fell apart so I couldn't pick it up. Dressing on the salad was great. Ice tea drink - didn't refill. I finally asked once as the server passed by and got a refill. Got very loud and felt so cramped in there. Couldn't hear ourselves speak. Probably won't return any time soon."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Terrible food and mediocre service. The view is nice but many other options in the area are better. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great place to enjoy the ocean breeze and a drink but don't expect much as far as service or food. Three stars are based solely on beach setting."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We sat in the patio area where was just next to the beach. My family enjoyed the view but it was just little bit too hot there. Food is good but little bit too pricy. Ordered two mojito and cost me $26.. I think thats what we pay for the view but not the food. Overall it was good and we will go there again"
    Dined on 5/18/2014