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Sea and Smoke, an American Brasserie
Sea and Smoke, an American Brasserie

Sea and Smoke, an American Brasserie Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://seaandsmoke.com/menus/
  • Phone: (858) 925-8212
  • Hours of Operation: Open daily at 8:30 a.m. and serving our breakfast/lunch menu until 3:30 p.m.
    Dinner begins nightly at 3:30 pm.
    We close Sunday through Tuesday at 10pm.
    Wednesday through Saturday 11pm
    Bar stays open 1 hour after kitchen closes
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Organic, American
  • Executive Chef: Matt Gordon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We are the perfect venue for party! Please contact Kristine to discuss the various options here at Sea & Smoke.
  • Private Party Contact: kristine.solace@gmail.com (619) 203-6918
  • Entertainment: We feature live music on various nights. Check with the restaurant for upcoming scheduled artists

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Andreas
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is a public lot surrounding the restaurant, a parking garage just behind the whole foods with lots of parking available.
A word from Sea and Smoke, an American Brasserie
Located in the heart of Del Mar at Flower Hill with Chef Matt Gordon at the helm, Sea & Smoke explores modern and fresh interpretations of American dishes that celebrate simplicity and wholesome integrity. Keeping true to Chef Matt's principles and commitment to healthful living, Sea & Smoke serves responsibly sourced meats, seafood and vegetables.

Inspired by the centrally located wood-fired oven, Sea & Smoke's menu features unique preparations of a variety of dishes - vegetables, meats and seafood. A light and airy brasserie-style dining room and sprawling patio space offers an inviting experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The warmly lit, low-ceiling bar creates a charming ambiance, where drinks are served with modern twists of classic American cocktails.

Come visit one of San Diego's most highly anticipated new restaurants.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Dinner was so good on Friday night, had to come back Sunday for cinnamon roll breakfast!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "As an individual with very specific consumption preferences, I find it difficult to dine out often. (I cook and prepare about 90-95% of what I consume.) After making a reservation, I called in to let them know about my dietary needs. I especially requested an entree that was organic, vegan, gluten free and soy free, in addition to being high in protein. Taylor took the time to speak with Sous Chef Aaron/Erin and quickly worked together to ensure that my request will be met. When it came to dinner time, Sous Chef was able to deliver a delicious organic, vegan, gluten free and soy free plate that was delicious, satisfying and nutritious. What a nice treat! It was nice to feel heard and acknowledged."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Highly recommend this restaurant. The service was great, people were friendly, and the food was incredible!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My fiancé and I came here for brunch.. Found it on yelp. We were kinda surprised it wasn't busier for Sunday brunch time. The decor was nice I liked the blue color on the walls in one of the dining areas and their patio is huge and they had a live music. Our server was nice and friendly, checked on us frequently but wasn't in our face. The food was absolutely amazing. I ordered the cast iron Benedict with pork belly -- cooked to perfection it was so good. They make it with brioche instead of an English muffin and I loved it. It had great flavor with a little kick. My fiancé ordered their cinnamon roll sandwich. I'm not a huge fan of cinnamon rolls, but it looked yummy. He said it was very tasty! We will definitely be back to try more!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was very good and our server was extremely friendly. However, the service was extremely slow. It probably took 25 minutes just to get out the salads. It is hard to say that the food was not worth the price because I thought the food actually tasted delicious. Everything was prepared well and seasoned appropriately but I still am not sure that the food was worth the prices. The wine list was impressive (but costed well over retail) but we had a very nice pinot noir. They did bring out a delicious (and free) dessert for my friend's birthday and it wasn't small (perfect for sharing) so that was a nice bonus. Overall a great meal but slow and overpriced."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The serving staff were all extremely friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable about the menu, restaurant history, etc. The ambience is great -- quiet and comfortable. Nice change from loud foodie bar spots. The only quibble we had (both my companion and myself ordered the same entrée -- scallops) was that the food wasn't quite hot enough. That is why I rated food very good rather than excellent."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Service was horrible and food was not outstanding, just ok. Scallops were cold and mac n cheese where bland. Perhaps there was an issue in kitchen as they kept apologizing for how long it took. At least could have offered another cocktail...as we had to flag down the waiter twice just to get a drink. Bummed we really wanted to enjoy an would have if the food would have been better."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I ate here last week and got a table in the courtyard, which was fantastic. From the front it looks like a big empty restaurant, but they walk you through to the back where there were many more people eating in an outdoor setting. I loved the atmosphere, I may come back here with friends just to hang out and get a drink. The food was good, I had the bone marrow and steak. I loved the steak and all the things which came along with it, but I wasn't blown away by the bone marrow (hence the four stars). The horseradish really threw it off for me. I loved the rest of my meal including the drinks and the desserts."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary here, and we were quite impressed! I'm a foodie, and there were so many things on the menu that I've heard about from watching Food Network, so I got to try some of them for the first time! My husband had the Sea Bass and loved it! So many wonderful flavors and textures danced in his mouth! I HAD to have a bite of his, but my Scallops w/Pork Belly were amazing as well, and yes I gave my husband a taste of mine! We ordered two different desserts, and they comped both of them because it was our anniversary! The Hazelnut/Toffee Brownie was amazing! The whole experience was definitely a winner! We'll be back! Thanks Sea and Smoke!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband and I love Solace & the Moonlight lounge and Urban Solace and we're pleasantly surprised by Sea & Smoke too. Everything from the food, the wine to the ambiance of the restaurant was fabulous, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We'll definitely come back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I had the king trumpet plate, which was well prepared and presented. I also ordered the Brussel sprouts to go along. They were prepared okay, could have used a little more "char" but that's a personal preference I suppose. My date had the polenta. It was flavorful but more like grits than polenta. The cheese board was very good as well, but the cheese portions were very small in comparison to the meat portions, personal preference is the opposite. The panna cotta was excellent. If you are seeking large portions this is not the place. If you like moderate portions of well presented food you will like it. Not overly busy even with the fair going on and plenty of free parking."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our first visit for dinner. The dinner was great. It was quiet enough that a conversation can be carried without screaming. The wine list was good, and the service was excellent. This is a great place for dinner. We tried it for brunch and breakfast, and the menu was quite esoteric for breakfast for a person who likes his eggs simply over easy."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Cool drinks (big list), great cheese and meat plate, fresh/well-prepared salmon... Friendly/professional service. Outdoor patio is nice if the weather is good. Better than you might expect for a mall restaurant (+ much better than prior place at this location)."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Great presentation on the plates, but flavor was missing. So you might Want to bring your own Rosemary. Salads, nothing to right home about. I had to order something extra on top( Scallps) to kick it up a knotch. Dessarts, nothing special ! But other than that a the theam & atmospher Was great!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Sat out on the back patio and the weather made it very pleasant. Enjoyed the artichoke dip and meat and cheese board for appetizers. They even accomodated our request for gluten free bread. The halibut was also delicious. Nothing extraordinary but very good service and really good food. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Brunch menu good until early afternoon; yummy breakfast & lunch choices at reasonable prices. Recommend the cast iron skillet meals. Decent wine list. Great patio with comfy chairs, tables with sun or shade-your choice. Excellent, attentive service. Dinner menu pricey. Lovely bar. Parking a challenge @ Flower Hill."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "When I made the reservation, I explained it was a birthday. When they called to remind me of the date & time, I repeated it and they said they send out a small dessert with a candle. They forgot. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I've always been a fan of Matt Gordons resturaunts. We've been patrons of Urban Solace since 2008 and Moonlight Lounge since it open a few years back. The food was amazing (ordered the main scallops with pork belly). I would highly recommend this place to anyone. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Charges same prices as some nice Del Mar restaurants but lacks the quality, service, ambiance and pleasure that you can get elsewhere. Negatives No table bread Club soda served out of screw top jar (horrible container for drinking) Service slow for drinks, no water top up offered Ordered gluten free version of something and there was no substitution or increasing other meal components Tiny portions, make sure to get at least a side or starter if you are moderately active and normally eat three meals a day Positives Errm, the food was ok Overall, not worth what they charge. I'm guessing all the glowing reviews are for lunch."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "First time visit. Exceeded my expectations. Great atmosphere. Excellent service, and quality food. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Portion sizes are small (or as I like to say, the right size). The cheese plate was a disappointment however, small for the price and poorly cut to eat with ease. The mussels were fab. The marrow bone was not worth it and definitely not a shareable item. The main courses, however were delicious and the right size. The dessert we ordered was delish. Definitely a place to put in the mix, but sticking with mostly main courses in the future."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We went here on our anniversary, we were not disappointed. Everything is so amazing! "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Ate outside on the protected patio--a very windy day but fine there. Burgers and fries were good, not great (a bit overcooked for medium). The homemade pickle was so good I could have eaten a pickle order! The strawberry napoleon was terrific--dense chocolate brownie on the bottom with layers of cream filling, fresh strawberries and a phyllo-type thin flakey topper with basil ice cream--perfection in all those flavors together:)"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is wonderful- fabulous food, great service, wonderful ambience ( outdoor dining is lovely). We have been meeting for business lunches here several times in the last few weeks- always a great experience."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Food was so salty that it had to be returned to the kitchen; appetizer came and it was cold in a hot hot bowl! Did not think that was healthy to eat; left disappointed and hungry!"
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "We had such a good meal a couple of weeks ago, we took a group this time. Everyone enjoyed it. Great food and service."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We've been here several times since we discovered this restaurant. We've been here for breakfast, lunch and brunch and everything has been excellent each time. The food choices are interesting and creative, the ambiance is very pleasing and the servers are great. It's one of my favorite places to eat."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Celebrated Mother's Day with a phenomenal brunch. I had the lemon ricotta pancakes and sugar spiced bacon. So good! The corn bread skillets are a staple on the menu and you can't go wrong with any of them. The staff is always friendly. One of the best places for breakfast in North County!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was our second time and as before it was perfect. Great food, great wine and wonderful service. We will be back many more times. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Knowing the pedigree of the other restaurants in this group, we wanted to try it. This is fabulous. Many interesting taste combinations from the starter through to dessert. Everyone tried the other's dishes and we were pleasantly surprised. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My wife had been bugging me to go to Sea & Smoke for a few weeks. The opportunity came up to entertain future business associates and we decided to go for it. The food (brunch) was very good, unique and tasted great. Service was Johnny on the spot. We are looking forward to returning!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The breakfast oriented day time menu is limited, and not very satisfying. They leave the doors wide open regardless of whether the temperature has dropped. Why do I need to wear a jacket ? Close the doors please. The service is amateurish, particularly during the day time… The servers disappear for long stretches, with no one minding the customers… Please refill my drinks..."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Food was again top n itch. Great value, good kitchen. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I was very disappointed in the food at Sea and Smoke. The Simple Salad was just lettuce. I should have taken the name literally. I ordered the Sea Bass. The presentation seemed to be more important than the quality. The fish, just a few pieces which contained some bones, arrived on a plate that visually was overworked and unappealing. I also ordered a side of grits. They look and tasted liked a bowl of margarine. I can say that the bread that came with the meal was outstanding. Everyone raved about it. Sorry to say, I would not recommend Sea and Smoke as a dining experience to enjoy and remember."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This place is really cute and so delicious. Met a friend for brunch here and it didn't disappoint. We both ordered the eggs benedict with bacon. It is served in a cast iron skillet atop cornbread (instead of the traditional English muffin). You have a choice of toppings, but I'm a bacon addict so that's what I went with. It came out crispy and sweet, like they candied it somehow. Just.so.good. the French fries were amazing as well. Go there. Deal with the annoying parking situation because it's worth it! "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "A surprise for all. It was beyond delicious. Every dish was just as good if not better. I have a picky palate and was thrilled with everything."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Our party of 5 enjoyed the food. The drinks were good. Service was quite slow at first....took some time to even be acknowledged once we were seated. Improved as we went along....all in all, we enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I really enjoy dining on their patio. My GF and I had a great lunch!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We went for brunch. This restaurant serves breakfast every day and their breakfast menu looks amazing. It wasn't. My omelette was not really an omelette. The cheese was on top. On the side were some sad little fingerling potatoes and some wilted lettuce. No toast. My husband's skillet was ok, but the fruit on his plate looked old and just thrown on."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Everything is just ok. Nothing special and overpriced."
    Dined on 4/19/2014