Jake's Del Mar
Jake's Del Mar

Jake's Del Mar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jakesdelmar.com/
  • Phone: 8587552002x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Jake's Del Mar reviews from OpenTable diners
445 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (394)special occasion (262)romantic (182)great for lunch (156)fit for foodies (126)neighborhood gem (123)great for brunch (116)great for outdoor dining (103)hot spot (103)vibrant bar scene (101)good for groups (82)notable wine list (53)kid-friendly (38)late-night find (24)Show More
  • The best calamari that I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/9/2010
    The best calamari that I have ever had. Also, love the hula pie. Our table was wonderful with such a beautiful view. The only negative...we made a reservation and still had to wait 15-20 minutes for our table.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Someone else noted that with
    BFBSDVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2010
    Someone else noted that with its fantastic ocean view, Jake's food is better than it needs to be. This is defintely true -- in fact the food is very good as is the service. However, it is a very busy restaurant and can get noisy at night -- it's not the place for a quiet romantic dinner for two but lunches are often less hectic. Locals love it; out of town visitors love it so be sure to make a reservation -- otherwise you could be in for an extended wait. Back to the food, it's both creative and tasty and the close-up view of the beach and the ocean is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had the best Veggie burger
    JohnE
    Dined on 1/8/2010
    Had the best Veggie burger ever! What a total surprise. Waitress was extremely friendly and accomadating. Great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My parents love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/2/2010
    My parents love this place and have going there for years. They usual go for lunch but when asked where they would like us to take them to dinner, they said Jake's. The view was wonderful and the service was friendly. The food was just O.K. Why can't you get great food and a view?
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely environment for a 1st
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/2/2010
    Lovely environment for a 1st date! We had a wonderful late lunch, the service was excellent, the view was spectacular, and afterwards, we took a long walk on the beach! Valet parking was also a pleasurable experience. 10 STARS!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is an outstanding restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/1/2010
    This is an outstanding restaurant in every way. How could you not enjoy this picture: the view from our requested table was near the panoramic view through large window glass, with lights shining west from the beach onto the incoming rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean's blue waters? They made us feel important. It was my wife's birthday, and while I notified them by email, and then confirmed this before seating, the waiter did not know of this, and said "I'm sorry, I will take care of it." Not a perfect job, but the dessert was complimentary for her birthday, and outstanding--mud pie. The best we have ever had. Really. Pricing of food was reasonable, and it was worth every penny. Jake, we loved your restaurant and can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular sunsets. Right
    LaneySVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2010
    Spectacular sunsets. Right on the water. Nice decor, great atmosphere. Portions were large.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was a little to fast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    Service was a little to fast for New Year's Eve dinner but great otherwise!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jake's is always a good place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    Jake's is always a good place for a special occasion. Our waitress was knowledgeable and attentive. It was busy, but not too crowded; we could listen to the conversations on either side but they didn't intrude on our own. For a New Year's Even dinner, it was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always love Jakes for over
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    Always love Jakes for over 30 years now... One thing I thought could be improved upon is the limited menu... I remember more choices in the past and I was a little disappointed by a "short" menu... especially when the prices are this steep.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was fairly good... some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    Food was fairly good... some entrees better than others at the table, but overall very good. Service was only fair... long delays, forgetful waiter (15 minutes to get a dessert menu?), brought the wrong orders to the table twice (asking for espresso after the meal does not equal cups of coffee), and appeared embarrassed at the end of the service... let the busser handle the check and "goodnight", while our waiter sat at the register watching. Jake's is still a restaurant we enjoy and will go again... we'll just hope for a different server next time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Year's Eve was wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    New Year's Eve was wonderful at Jake's Del Mar. We had a reservation and they were right on with seating us at that time. The table was by the window with the ocean view which is what I had requested. Service was fantastic. Food was superb. As a party of 3 we ordered 3 different entrees and shared. Everything was just right. The salmon with macadamia nut coating was wonderful. We had a great experience and would recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jake's is, hands-down, one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    Jake's is, hands-down, one of the top restaurants in San Diego. The atmosphere is intimate and inviting, the service is attentive without being intrusive, and the food is incredible. If you are craving a five-star experience that is as relaxed as it is elegant, then Jake's is for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Customer service is above
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    Customer service is above average along with the food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistenltly well prepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/30/2009
    Consistenltly well prepared and seasoned, every item we have tried has met or exceeded our expectations. Phenominal location and warm atmosphere. A must for special occasions for couples.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salads were heavily dressed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2009
    Salads were heavily dressed. Drenched actually. The layered seafood cocktail had far too much sauce as well. Service was slow and often times our server disappeared for long stretches.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Management is worst I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/29/2009
    Management is worst I have ever experienced. It is clear this place survives by location alone being one of the few places on the water in north county. From the inexperienced rude greeting by teenagers to bartenders working on closing rather than servicing customers to manager not keeping staff focused on service rather than allowing chatting, phone texting, and other distracting activity.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunning location. Make sure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/28/2009
    Stunning location. Make sure you get a window seat. Lovely for lunch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The experience was excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/19/2009
    The experience was excellent, My wife and me both had a great time, the food and service were both awesome. The money spent was well worthy. Great job
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was great but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/19/2009
    Service was great but the food was a disappointment.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our group lunch was so enjoyable
    Solstice
    Dined on 12/18/2009
    Our group lunch was so enjoyable because of the ambiance,the ocean view and the good food, that we have set the date for our next quarterly meeting, the Vernal Equinox, to be held at Jakes. It was a unanimous vote to return instead of selecting a different venue. The ease of the online reservation system was smooth. Getting a reminder was nice. I hope other restaurants will use this system for its convenience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I make it a point to take
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/17/2009
    I make it a point to take all my visiting business guests to Jake's. They have always been impressed by the exceptional quality of the food and the general ambiance. I describe Jake's to my friends and associates as 'classy beach casual'. The bartenders and servers are knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. It is a pleasure to tip them and they provide excellent service. My business group is scattered all over the USA and Canada. During visits we have dined at various restaurants from the Gaslamp District on the south to Carlsbad to the north. The consensus is that Jake's is the best overall value. The calamari appetizer is the best and we've tried many.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always great service great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/12/2009
    As always great service great food. We came for lunch and stayed until dinner service. No matter the time of year great scenery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Jake's! Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/9/2009
    We love Jake's! Great food and you can't beat the view! Their staff is always pleasant and accommodating. We will enjoy another meal at Jake's next time we are in Del Mar!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The wok seared ahi was the
    rsfbarbieVIP
    Dined on 12/9/2009
    The wok seared ahi was the best ahi I have ever had and the server was attentive but not pushy - very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was great. The food was
    jmemma
    Dined on 12/6/2009
    It was great. The food was good, although not a lot of plain egg type dishes on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a very good dinner, great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/5/2009
    Had a very good dinner, great view, and very good overall experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always enjoy meeting friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/3/2009
    We always enjoy meeting friends for lunch at Jake's - great view and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service and an outstandin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/1/2009
    Excellent service and an outstanding view. I highly recommend Jake's for a great casual dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious meal, chilled wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/1/2009
    Delicious meal, chilled wine in bucket....and when I told the waitress I'd forgotten my camera in the car [valet parked] she retrieved it for me and took photos of my guest and me, as did another waiter. I've been to Jake's a number of times previously, but on all accounts, this was the best of all my visits....shan't wait so long to return!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We made a reservation for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/27/2009
    We made a reservation for happy hour; but when we get there, there was no table. We had to stand and wait to grab. What's the purpose of reservation? There are many empty tables, but all reserved for dinner.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gary our waiter was superb,the
    C5VETTE
    Dined on 11/24/2009
    Gary our waiter was superb,the only negative was they seem to not want to supply much butter with there rolls.Evan though we had to ask several times.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The views are amazing. However,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2009
    The views are amazing. However, that's the only positive thing we can say about our experience. The service was extremely slow and unattentive. In fact, my husband and I sat there completely ignored. We had to flag someone down for when we were ready to order, when we needed more to drink, when we needed the check. It was my husband's birthday but we left before the cake because we were so disappointed. I have dined here a couple of times a few years back and it was delicious and wonderful. Now, not so much. It was very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been to Jake's several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/20/2009
    We have been to Jake's several times, even though it is quite a distance from our house. It's worth the trip everytime. We love the creative and delicious dishes, the excellent intuitive service, and the warm atmosphere right on the beach. It's bog thumbs-up especially when we have visitors from the Midwest. It gives the whole California dining experience a good name.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jake's was recommended by
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/19/2009
    Jake's was recommended by our hotel. We went for dinner and had a lovely table next to the window with an ocean view. There was a large group sitting next to us celebrating a birthday, I beleive they received a free Hula Pie. Which was our choice of dessert too...very yummy. One of our favorites in the San Diego area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jakes is like a good friend,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/18/2009
    Jakes is like a good friend, always there for you, never lets you down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Other than a table facing
    TsaintTVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2009
    Other than a table facing the corner the place was super. Great food, attentive service and a hip crowd.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were disappointed that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/17/2009
    We were disappointed that our server was so anxious for us to eat and leave.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the food was great. and it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/15/2009
    the food was great. and it was fun watching the people on the beach
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE Jakes! Have loved it
    Flemings
    Dined on 11/14/2009
    LOVE Jakes! Have loved it since the first time I came to San Diego as a tourist and now that I live it I continue to visit. Always a wonderful dining experience and the most scenic restaurant I know of!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate