Brigantine Del Mar
Brigantine Del Mar

Brigantine Del Mar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brigantine.com/
  • Phone: 8584811166
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Champagne Sunday Brunch: 10:30-2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Mason Garske
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Brigantine Custom Catering offers cuisine options from our Brigantine Seafood Restaurants and Miguel's Cocina.

    From take-out hors d'oeuvres and party platters to full-service dinners with bar, Brigantine Custom Catering will tailor a menu and service package to meet your individual needs.

    With more than 15 years experience in San Diego, your most important occasions will flourish under our attentive expertise.

    Call Gabe at 619-298-9840.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private event areas are available for weddings, receptions, and special events of all kinds.

    Dining Room - Seating for 80-100 guests
    Deck - Seating for 80-100 guests
    Garden - 160 seated; 250 standing

    Food and beverage minimums apply for private space. Please contact our group sales representative for current menus and detailed information.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer Hawley 8582681030

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Via de la Valle
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The Del Mar Brigantine offers valet parking at lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch for a nominal fee. Limited street parking is also available.
A word from Brigantine Del Mar
A San Diego tradition since 1969, the Brigantine has received many accolades in our 40+ year history. "BEST SEAFOOD", "BEST CASUAL SEAFOOD", "BEST HAPPY HOUR", and even "BEST SWORDFISH IN THE WORLD", according to USA Today.

Well-known for our signature Clam Chowder, Grilled Swordfish, and Crème Brûlée, the Brigantine is a favorite among locals for consistently fresh seafood, succulent steaks and grilled meats.

Perched between the spectacular Pacific Ocean and the hills of Rancho Santa Fe, the Del Mar Brigantine sits high above the action of the Del Mar racetrack.

A lushly landscaped garden offers an unparalleled setting for weddings and outdoor-themed events. Indoors, a formal dining room looks out to the garden through floor-to-ceiling french doors. For more casual dining, the glass-enclosed deck is a year-round favorite.

The Del Mar Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, lunch Monday-Saturday, and brunch each Sunday.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Brigantine Del Mar reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (114)great for outdoor dining (93)vibrant bar scene (61)special occasion (53)neighborhood gem (46)great for lunch (45)romantic (42)good for groups (42)great for brunch (39)hot spot (31)kid-friendly (26)fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (15)late-night find (10)Show More
  • Nice Brunch and Very Good Service
    RobHVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The food was good and there is a very nice ambience during Brunch time.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, horrific service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Our waitress was so bad that she: -brought drinks 40 min after we placed the orders for them -routinely brought the wrong items or forgot items -brought us our bills at the end of the meal (party of 7, not rocket science) and some of the people's bills were up to $30 more than other people's, when we asked for an even split -proceeded to ask us to help her divide the bill by 7, as she couldn't do the math -didn't seem to be aware how embarrassing and unprofessional she was
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Kayy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for our anniversary dinner. The view was amazing and the resturant has a romantic feel. I asked for a table with a view in my reservation notes and they were able to do that for me :) needless to say I scored "cute points" with my girlfriend.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HungaryDutchman2
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    What is Bunch? Other than that the experience was great.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Experience!
    lousy777
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The hostess was the most rude ever!! She told us we "had" to sit at a table we didn't like because all the tables (empty at the time) were all mapped out. The table she wanted us to sit at was by an open door and we were cold. Since the dining room was empty, we asked for another table. She said no, that is when I got angry and asked if she wanted us to leave. The food was delicious, but the waiter was in attentive at best. I will not go back, and I won't recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointed...
    Dinnerfor2
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    A little disappointed by the food. Brigantine has been around a long time so I expected more.. You have to be doing something right to still be around, but on this night I wasn't sure what that was..
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely experience with windows
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Lovely experience with windows overlooking the Del Mar race travel.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food is excellent and prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Food is excellent and prices are very reasonable. Great location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not in line with the hype.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Visiting from out of town. Was highly rated but don't get it...lobster wasn't particularly fresh and fried seafood was greasy. Wouldn't seek this place out again.Assumed San Diego being a coastal town highly rated seafood was a lock...my bad!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location, good food
    Talon38
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    As two couples we went to the Brigantine for dinner. The parking is a bit tough, but definitely valet. We had a crab and lobster salad which was marginal and crab cakes (actually cake) which looked like a small dinner roll. Our friends had the special fish dish and thought that was great. The staff was very nice. It is definitely noisy but it was a Saturday night. We, perhaps, just hit on a bad night as this restaurant had been recommended two us by several people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Champagne Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Eggs Benedict was very good. Plenty of champagne flowing. Had a waiter in training who reached across me each time he was serving so I had to move back and interrupt my conversation. There was plenty of room for him to serve from the other side. It was noisy and very casual. An ok place to go for a non occasion. I'll go back again and eat at the Bar.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish Fish
    Kris
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We love the fish selection. We usually get the swordfish. Always delicious and can always count on it being cooked, just right! The restaurant is a favorite and we enjoy both the Del Mar and Shelter Island locations. Thanks always for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Less than remarkable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Requested a table with a view on the deck, but received a booth near the hostess stand and bar, which made for a noisy dinner with foot traffic and distractions. Server was inaccurate with the menu and specials all the way around. Her attention to detail and our needs at the table were poor. Our family dinner expectations were not even close to being met during our visit to this restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific view and food!
    Ljng
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Super fresh fish, great service, and beautiful view. The fish tacos were perfectly fried (light and crispy not oily). The bouillabaisse was very flavorful but the lobster and shrimp were a bit overcooked. Definitely valet. Will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and even better food!
    Momof3VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Our server was amazing. We had a party of 6 and we prompting seated and had water and bread within minutes. My hubby and I both had the swordfish and it was delicious. Our friend had the shrimp pasta and love it. The kids ( who got their meals first - love that touch BTW) all even their meals. One had shrimp , one grilled chicken and one salmon . All looked amazing for kid entrees and the portions were just right Will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great views where the turf
    greek
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    great views where the turf meets the surf!!!! good food good service good bar
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We have had good experiences in the past, so perhaps this was just one of those days. The standard Brig fair, fish tacos and such, are always excellent and were this time too. We also tried the bouillabaisse this time, and can't recommend it. Very small portions of fish, over-cooked shrimp (and shrimpy), and a broth that was salt water.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Way over-rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Mediocre food and service. There is a difference between loudly energetic and loudly irritating. While I really like to former level of noise, this fits far more into the latter. Service is not prompt, but when it does come it feels rushed and impersonal. Food is fine , I suppose, but sauces tend to be heavy rather than fine, and are certainly not delicate as would be expected with this reputation. Too many Italian restaurants around to waste time and $$$$ on this one.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb food, Outstanding Service,
    dktrjane
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Celebrated birthday at Brigantine today. Had the best service from LISA; very attentive; made sure we had everything we needed and checked on us frequently. Appetizer came out in plenty of time before food so we could enjoy. Food was fantastic; grilled Mahi Mahi and Soft shell crab were both fresh and tasted great. Big piece of Mud Pie as birthday dessert. This is one of our favorite spots to dine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brigatine Del Mar
    mom2three
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great place to gather for any occasion. The garden is well maintained and beautiful and the view of the water is spectacular. Very enjoyable experience and loved the grilled salmon tacos and fish. The desserts were absolutely delicious especially the Mudd Pie. Would highly recommend this to our family and friends and look forward to coming here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As expected
    iZenDiegoVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The service was excellent and very accommodating. Everyone was efficient, ready with the water and bread, servers came with a smile and busboys were quick and unobtrusive. They were able to move us from a table to a booth after one came open which was very helpful as we had a young child with us. The grilled shrimp were slightly overdone but spiced well, Steamed vegetables came out with just the right amount of crisp left in em (overcooked vegetables are terrible, so kudos to Brigantine here) and the lemon pasta had been either undercooked or more likely over-worked/kneaded as it was a little hard/rubbery. The flavor was right on but the texture lacked. Overall it was still a nice meal in a solid environment and we would go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Turning 70 is Fun
    gettingolder
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    A great day for six of us to celebrate Grandpa's 70th birthday. We had a quite booth in the back of the room which worked out for us so we could all talk together. Our server, Todd, was attentive, friendly, and helpful with our food selection. Our food choices varied from tacos, fresh fish, chicken, fish and chips, to the good old standby hamburger. All of our food was outstanding. Can't wait for Grandma to turn 70. Or maybe we can just celebrate a beautiful day and sit in the bar area closer to the view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    BOOMER
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The noise level was so loud that our party of four couldn't have a conversation without yelling. I wasn't given an option under Noise Level in this review for "unbearable", but that would be the category it deserves. Food just ok, service good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Oldie But A Goodie
    ollie
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    I have lived in the area for 10 years, but had never gotten to the Brigantine. What a nice surprise. Great service, good food and if you can get there for lunch or before sunset, the view is great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last night in San Diego
    TamS
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Had a great finale to our San Diego trip at Brigantine! Excellent food and service! The ahi dish was perfect and my husband enjoyed the sea bass!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • why did we wait to finally go here?
    mafortinVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We'd driven by numerous times and commented that we should check it out but never managed to get there. Well we finally went and were pleased. I went with my husband and 2 sons (ages 12 and 16) and everyone liked the view from the glazed-in porch. We all agreed that going back when there was some action at the race track is a must. The service was prompt and friendly - attentive without being intrusive. The seafood dishes and the steak were all flavorful and well prepared. It was great to have a menu that met everyone's wish lists and delivered tasty, satisfying food with great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A large choice
    Lovely
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    The large menu was very helpful since we were taking folks with a wide range of tastes and diet restrictions for a dinner out. We were very pleased with our choices and definitely would return to try some other options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food better looking than tasting
    patty
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Lobster Benedict had plenty of lobster and looked fantastic but the flavor just wasn't there. The dish needed more sauce, more salt (and I'm not usually one to add salt) and more lemon, which the waiter was happy to bring. Still, when you order a "Benedict" you expect to get a wonderfully lemony Hollandaise, and this one had a skimpy saucing and the sauce itself was bland. I think that the chef who created this dish would have been very disappointed with the execution of it on this occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service, and location
    JackVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The Brigantine Del Mar is an excellent restuarant, as long as you are OK with valet parking. We dined there late afternoon on Saturday. It was busy, but my OpenTable reservation ensured we got right in. We sat on the patio, overlooking the Del Mar fairgrounds and racetrack. The service was excellent and the food was great. I had the special steakhouse burger and definitely recommend it. My wife had a slad that she said was great and my daughter had the crab cake, which she loved. All in all, a great meal, with great service, and a really nice view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner w contreras clan
    Andy123VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The Brig came thru tonight. Classic seafood fare hit the spot tonight.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Brig at Night
    Godberm
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    For some reason when I go to this restaurant whether for lunch or dinner I get lousy seating. Whether this is a coincidence or they have some poorly arranged seating I cannot tell. This restaurant has greatly improved since the remodel and it unparalleled location will always be a hit.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go to the bar area
    John
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Service in the bar area was excellent, the service in the dinning area was very poor. I recommend the bar area but not the dinning portion.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the best of the Brigantine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I have been to other Brig locations, but this one I was excited to try since it is close to my neighborhood. I was very happy that we were seated right away because usually at steakhouses we are made to wait an extra 15 minutes or so even with a reservation. Unfortunately that is where the happiness ended. The waitress was very slow and it seemed like it was her first night ever waiting on a table. My grandpa spilled his drink and you would think that there are no rags in the whole restaurant because it took 15 minutes for someone to find one. They did serve complimentary dessert for my grandma's birthday which was a nice gesture. Since we have many favorite restaurants around town we probably won't ever be back to this one.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yummy!
    1Dandydiner
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Had shrimp and crab dip, swordfish and crab cake dinners. Excellent meal, we got seated at a table with no light above us so hard to see menu and food. A bush blocked our view of the track. The food was great however and that made the night. The decor is modern and comfortable not pretentious. We were dressed in suits but dress code was variable so jeans seemed ok too. We ate coming back for the swordfish, it's stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Happy Hour Deals
    Mike
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    They offer some very good early bird dinner specials, and all of their dishes are well prepared and presented. The place can get a little noisy, but this is to be expected in a very popular place. We like the way they have remodeled the place...very open but with a subdued nautical flavor. Nice views of the Del Mar race track and grounds during the day. Convenient valet parking.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for brunch. Very
    babsVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Great place for brunch. Very fun and lively in the bar area to watch a game also! The atmosphere and service is exceptional!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place
    Chuck
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Good food and reasonable service. A good, low volume (you can hear yourself think) place to go have a meal and a conversation. Not one of the great restaurants of the world but a nice place. No cappuccino machine - Really?!?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food with a great view
    GavinVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    We had the perfect outdoor table with the amazing view. We tried a few different items for lunch and agreed everything was really good, not fantastic, but still very good. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but noisy
    Girl60
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    This was my first time visiting this location because I live in Pasadena and was visiting La Jolla. I liked being able to make reservations through Open Table. The restaurant was nice but very noisy. I ordered the crab cakes and my husband ordered the New York steak. The steak was good, the crab cakes were just ok. They had too much bread and not enough crab. I had pilaf and veggies with the crab cakes. They were good but I only received 1 piece of carrot and 5 green beans, thank God for the bread that came with the meal, otherwise I would have still been hungry. My Bloody Mary was very good. Our server was very nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    Erin
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I don't live in So Cal, but love coming here for dinner when ever I am in the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic