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Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

4.3
4.3
1216 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian

Gracious and elegant, Amaya serves contemporary California-bistro cuisine in a glamorous Old World setting. Take your time on the flower-filled terrace by the fountain for breakfast or dinner. Inspired by locally-sourced ingredients, the menu features the best in the region’s fresh and seasonal farm-to-market and sea-to-table ingredients.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Dining Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 314-2727

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bryn McArthur

  • Private party facilities

    Please email all inquiries to GDM.AmayaHost@Fairmont.com

  • Private party contact

    Kaley Kenney: (858) 314-1967

  • Neighborhood

    Del Mar

  • Cross street

    Carmel Country Road

  • Parking details

    We are pleased to provide diners with complimentary valet parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,216 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. JS

    JSanDiego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Every item in our dinners at Amaya tasted great, though portions were quite small, bordering on ludicrously small in some cases (for the prices). For example, the cauliflower that came with the scallops main course was a few tiny perfect bites, of three different colors, each about the size of a thumbnail, with three perfect scallops, all very well prepared, mind you, but still just three, for nearly $40. The quality of the food was tops (including some of the best oysters we have ever had), the service is wonderful, the atmosphere is expansive and very nice, etc. This is a restaurant that's perfect if one wants top quality, but only a few bites of any item. (Though one can fill up on their heavenly Parker House rolls.)

  2. PW

    PatW

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Hollandaise sauce was lukewarm and service was sporadic. Classic breakfast was perfect.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Upon arrival on Father’s Day, there was only one hostess and she was not very welcoming and barely looked up while she kept us waiting. We were taken to a table which was half in the sun - we asked to sit at the next table which was shadier and were told no, the tables are allocated and that’s for someone else who’s coming. I explained we were already here though and they might not even show up, but that didn’t help. Our table meanwhile, was missing a chair, so that didn’t seem like they allocated very well. The restaurant was pretty empty, about 1/3 of the patio filled. We later saw that same table offered to a walk in family and then they actually moved tables one after the other because of sun, so the “tables are allocated” comment didn’t apply to them and was of course nonsense. The food was decent but things like moldy berries on pastries, forgetting the jam which comes with the $18 Bakery basket, forgetting a spoon with the açaí bowl when one isn’t provided in the place setting, forgetting an extra egg ordered with avocado toast made the experience frustrating and tedious to having to keep flagging down people to ask for something that should have been included. The patio needs fans, it was a beautiful 72 degrees but the glass enclosure restricts the breeze and it’s quite stuffy. Not a single staff member wished my husband a happy Father’s Day when he was accompanied by his daughter. Overall we would not return. The service was all around poor except for the busboys and the food is nothing to note. It was not very busy so i would not excuse the poor service to being busy on a holiday.

  4. M

    Missnyc

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    The hotel and restaurant are stunning and visually live up to the fairmont name. However, the food was just ok for the price and the service was lacking. Before we were even seated, we asked if we could sit outdoors and were told that all the tables were spoken for with reservations. The entire two hours we were at our indoor table, more than half of the outdoor seating remained empty! Then, our waiter was quite patient and attentive until food was on the table. After that he was hard to track down when food from our order was missing and we wanted to order coffee. All in all it’s a stunning setting with less than stellar customer service.

  5. GB

    GabrielB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great place for a quick breakfast. Our Italian waiter who's name we didn't note was outstanding. Spoke to my elderly parents in Spanish and made a simple breakfast that much better.

  6. J

    Jess

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and professional service by Ignacio and team. Thank you!

  7. n

    nobu

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    This is my third time here. I moved nearby, I wanted to come here often, so I visited yesterday. I understand that there are many people with children since summer vacation has started. But how about having a child sit right next to the two of us even though there are many seats left? Child's voice was so loud that I ruined my meal. I thought the food was very delicious and wonderful.The atmosphere was good, too. Unless a family with a small children is right next to me. It was a bit disappointing even though it was a restaurant in the hotel in Grand Delmer.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Beautiful restaurant. Service and food good, but not great. Best items were the raw oyster appetizer and the dessert.

  9. A

    Aloanbyanna

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service and food were amazing and flavorful. The banana bread dessert was creative delicious and crave able! My striped sea bass was really wonderful! The only complaint was that the online menus were not updated.

  10. V

    Velk1976

    San Diego

    88 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    I had high expectations for Amaya. Although everything looked beautiful and tasted fine, the flavor was very mild on every dish we ordered. We enjoyed the beautiful views and the staff were more than attentive.

  11. AV

    AquaV

    San Diego

    203 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    203 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fantastic brunch experience here. Very clean outdoor dining. Beautiful grounds to admire. The service and server were impeccable. So impressive. This will definitely be a new regular brunch spot for us.

  12. DK

    DaveK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Average average average Made reservations, I made a special reservation for a birthday and restaurant didn’t even acknowledge it was her birthday as if nobody even cared

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    I like the hotel itself, but the food quality is average! I wish it is more gourmet foods with more choices

  14. N

    Nitakins

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    the waiter was very efficient and helpful and the food was good (maybe a wider choices on the menu,

  15. w

    waterskius

    Los Angeles

    49 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food5service5ambience4

    They didn’t let me play the piano. Kai and Luke were rude. They should be fired

  16. HF

    HappyFoodie

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    I eat there all the time, but the food was boring, I miss the old wait staff. I hated it

  17. JJ

    JenniferJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We ate at the Amaya for our anniversary dinner. We chose a later time and not many people were there so it was a nice, calm atmosphere. The waiter was wonderful and funny. Great service. We both had the 10oz Striploin and both were cooked to perfection (medium rare and well done). We also ordered one beet salad, one lobster soup, and an order of fingerings. The lobster soup tasted really good, but was powdered lobster (dehydrated) that they poured the broth over. The beets were a little crunchy for my liking, but had small slices of orange that added to the taste. Potatoes were really good and enough to share. Overall really good. The absolute only downside was pricing, way overpriced. Our meal was $200 and we did not order drinks. We expected at least $100-125 but we did not expect the small sides to be so much. The beet salad was $18, and there were only 8 small beet halves. Another plus, they did provide us with a complementary dessert because it was our anniversary, very nice touch. If not for pricing, I would have rated a 5⭐️

  18. E

    Eastcoaster

    Central Coast

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Very good but limited selection. Ask for heated patio overlooking garden.

  19. RS

    RobertS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    Menu choices and times of service listed on OpenTable did not correspond to what was offered

  20. KD

    KimberlyD

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect meal . Service was perfect !! Loved it 😊

  21. CE

    CECILia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    the best, food and service, the place is spectacular

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  23. L

    Letseat

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Here is the low down on our visit to the restaurant 1. It took 22 minutes after we were seated (table touch) to be offered water, cocktail etc not busy either FAIL 2. Food was very good YAY 3. Coffee was not good, not a good thing for a place with this supposed quality FAIL 4. I would still recommend if you are ok with their faults which they should not have 5. AT THIS PRICE POINT THERE SHOULD BE NO SHORT COMINGS

  24. SP

    SameerP

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4

    For the price they charged, the service was poor. Most of the wait staff seed new with hardly any knowledge or quality control over the day's menu. Many diners had to wait for over an hour for their food in spite of being a reservation only event (mother's day brunch). The description said Caviar in one of the entries but it was missing; when brought it up with the wait staff, they had no clue about it. The resort property is certainly nice but they need to do a better job at satisfying the dining experience for the price they charge.

  25. H

    Harold

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Service was excellent. Food was not impressive. Given that it was Mother’s Day and a special prix fix menu ($165 per person) one would have expected the dishes to be more elevated. I have eaten here for lunch and it was great so maybe this was an exception. Still love the ambiance and the attentiveness of the staff. They were great as always.

  26. G

    Good

    San Diego

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a consistent, remarkable, and pleasing experience for our family. Thank you.

  27. F

    Fabulous100

    Houston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service in divine surroundings. I would recommend it highly.

  28. PB

    PamB

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Kevin (Director of Rooms) made us feel like celebrities!!! It was fantastic ❤️. We will return often

  29. AK

    AndreaK

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were great! We had both dinner and breakfast at Amaya, everyone was friendly and the view was spectacular!

  30. DB

    DebB

    San Diego

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Good food, Very good service, delicious cocktails!

  31. SN

    SteveN

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The only thing better than the food was the service.

  32. KL

    KrystalL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    It's a VERY beautiful place with impeccable service. Food is decent but overly priced. Fun place to bring folks from out of town. The setting is so relaxing, and you're surrounding by green. Truly a lovely setting.

  33. AH

    ArtH

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3

    It was unfortunate how terrible the food was and how ridiculous was the menu. Extremely expensive and terrible food. However,The service as always impeccable.

  34. CR

    ClaudiaR

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We waited 45 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. Once seated the service was excellent. The price was very high and even the mimosa’s were charged separately.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We had Easter brunch reserved for months here. This was the worst experience ever! They were so far behind with reservations and food that it took an act of god to get a table and then they sat us at a table with a broken leaf. The food was so bad, no timing or any consistency. Everyone apologized over and over again, but it did not save us from having to wait hours to never get our food, we finally left and went to find food somewhere else. It was a total disaster, everyone in the place was unhappy and hungry! Pass on this one!!

  36. MF

    MikeF

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3

    Chaos at checkin. I arrived at reception podium at 1:07 (1p.m. apptmt) and was told table was not ready, that they would text me. At 1:40 I returned to find them seating people on demand. Was told my table was no longer available. After a heated back & forth was shown to an uncleared table & a wait for its reset of another 10 min. On the other hand, wait staff at table were excellent.

  37. j

    jennifer

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1

    The Easter Brunch was awful. They didn't seat us until 1/2 an hour after our reservation time although there were seats available. Then they split our party into two tables. For the price per person the quality of the food should have been better and the kitchen should have been prepared. The server was doing the best he could under the circumstances but I was very disappointed in the quality of the food and the length of time it took to get our food. The Easter Brunch should never have cost $155 per person and I heard a lot of grumbling from other patrons as well.

  38. SL

    SeaLegs

    Phoenix

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience5

    Easter brunch. A miserable fixed menu. Nothing for kids, or most adults , to eat. Peas and porridge, jumbo cold asparagus, cold pastries, lox bagels, not toasted…salad drowning in dressing…this was absolutely terrible. We declined every entree. Service , tried, but slow and no pace Easter ham, and seafood, missing! It was comical. The kitchen did prepare chicken tenders and a burger, for my grandchildren. I noticed other tables started to request.

  39. m

    michaelp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there for Easter brunch. best service, best atmosphere, food was generous- charcuterie board, scones, pastries, bagel with salmon, caviar, lamb, halibut, salad, polenta and frittata all served to our table (not a buffet). Vladmir our server was amazing. Kids did the egg hunt right after with a visit from the Easter Bunny. I think this will be our new Easter brunch tradition.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    Terrible service. Food came Out very slowly. Food quality was so far. Food was not adequate for children. Alternatives are offered. The price was obnoxious.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

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Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del Mar is rated 4.3 stars by 1216 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

5300 Grand Del Mar Court San Diego, CA 92130

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Carmel Country Road

  • Neighborhood

    Del Mar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Dining Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We are pleased to provide diners with complimentary valet parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bryn McArthur

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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