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Wed, 4/25
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9:30 PM
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Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

4.3
906 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
With stunning views of Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s Mediterranean-inspired architecture and pristine golf course, you'll forget your actually dining at a San Diego restaurant. Let Amaya whisk you off to the coast of Italy, as you enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner on the shaded terrace or within the relaxed yet refined dining room.

Amaya's distinctive menus feature Californian cuisine with Italian influences and the season's finest market ingredients. Chef de Cuisine Bryn McArthur presents an array of breakfast classics, seasonal salads, hearty sandwiches, tempting appetizers, satisfying pastas and risottos, and savory entrées. To finish, decadent desserts highlight seasonal fruits and classic indulgences. An expansive selection of wines from Italy further enhance the Italian flavors of Amaya.

Custom menus and private dining rooms are available for groups.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Italian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily, 7:00 am – 11:00 am

Brunch
Saturday – Sunday, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Lunch
Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Dinner
Daily, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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Phone number
(858) 314-2727
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bryn McArthur
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Carmel Country Road
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Parking details
We are pleased to provide diners with complimentary valet parking.
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Special events & promotions
NICKEL & NICKEL WINE DINNER AT AMAYA
Thursday, May 24, 5:30 pm

Nickel & Nickel is dedicated exclusively to producing 100 percent varietal, single-vineyard wines that best express the distinct personality of each vineyard. Chef de Cuisine Bryn McArthur’s special four-course menu pairs perfectly with the world-class Cabernet Sauvignons and other varietals of the Oakville, Napa Valley winery.

$175 per adult, includes four-course tasting menu with wine pairings
Reservations: 858.314.2727

TREFETHEN WINE DINNER AT AMAYA
Friday, June 15, 5:30 pm

Discover a diverse range of award-winning varietal, blended and reserve wines from the Trefethen Family Vineyards in Napa Valley. Chef de Cuisine Bryn McArthur's special four-course menu pairs perfectly with the richness, elegance and complexity of these fine wines.

$175 per adult, includes four-course tasting menu and wine pairings
Reservations: 858.314.2727
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Let Amaya whisk you off to the coast of Italy, as you enjoy Californian cuisine with Italian influences in a relaxed yet refined setting. From two separate, intimate rooms to an authentic, working wine cellar, Amaya’s private dining venues ensure a memorable occasion.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Celebrate with a 3 course brunch handcrafted by Amaya’s talented culinary team, featuring an Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie Board, Smoked Salmon Benedict and Chocolate Panna Cotta with Passion Fruit Sauce. Complimentary glass of sparkling wine for mothers.
$95 adult, $20 child

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 906 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I was asked to pick a nice spot for a birthday celebration. I decided to try Amaya for our party of 4 adults. It had been a couple years since I have dined there and I was looking forward to returning. The food and service was good. However, the evening turned really nasty when a table with a large family arrived midway through our meal. Not sure what set it off but the kids started fussing and I mean full on screaming and crying. I have grandkids so I understand this happens but this turned to the ridiculous. The kids were not the worst part - the mother started yelling hysterically. This went on and on and on. I guess there was not much management could do as they were obviously guests of the hotel. Some acknowledgement by the management would have been appreciated but such was not the case.
I don’t mind paying for a nice meal in an elegant setting but for $400 it was not an experience I will repeat anytime soon.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had brunch on Saturday and ordered the Grand Brunch for two. The food was good, but not amazing. The bloody marys and mimosa were good as well.
The service and the setting were wonderful, and the weather was great.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We had a great experience (food and service) here last summer. Ryan /our server was great. Can't say enough about him. Made it a fun dining out. Please send him our thanks. Love the outside terrace also . Had the filet mignon. Not quite as tasty and melt in your mouth as last dining . Fingerling potatoes not as good also.They were a reason we wanted to return. My husband had the Mahi . Really enjoyed it. Will give it another try when we return for another stay at the Hotel.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Decent hotel restaurant with expected hotel premium pricing of all items. Nice that they also honour the kids eat for 50% off of any regular menu item for hotel guests. Food was good, but in some cases portion sized could have been more generous.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The food was average. There are better options in San Diego county available. If I spend a lot of money for food, I expect superior quality and that did not happen.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everything was lovely

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We always love Amaya! The ambience, quality of food and service was great! It’s always a pleasure to dine here.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Great service

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Terrific food and service. Unfortunately they intentionally put items such as a $16 pizza on the menu which attracts a casual family crowd. Not really consistent with what one expects in a fine dining restaurant serving a $62 filet mignon or a $170 Tomahawk steak or $69 shellfish appetizer plate. Suggest they use a separate dining area for those groups as it ruined what would have been a terrific ambiance and dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Dylber in the bar is such a great host. Welcoming, knows the wines, eager to accommodate (serving from both the bar and dining room menus). The best.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

While our food was very good the service was horrible!! When your service is bad it taints everything else.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Excellent from start to finish.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Good food along with great service. Very nice decor and beautiful surroundings but expensive.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Dined here for breakfast twice during a recent three-night stay at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Excellent blend of great service (genuine, friendly, and professional), delicious breakfast, and beautiful setting. Really enjoyed some of the Mexican-influences in the menu on some of the dishes and are looking forward to our next visit!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We had an awesome waiter

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

My husband & I wanted to have steak. We live close by, I got what I wanted; steak, puree potatoes and honey glazed carrots! LOVE the pretzel bread. Great service Ignacio, thank you. Ryan nice to see you!

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Very good friends of ours gave us a Christmas gift certificate and, after looking at the menu, decided the best value was to go for brunch. My husband had the porchetta sandwich and I had the Cobb salad with chicken. Both of our dishes tasted very good. The pretzel rolls they brought out before the meal were tasty but still cold in the center and after seating us, we never saw our waitress nor did anyone come and check on us or ask if we needed anything until we were finished our meal. The restaurant is very beautiful inside and has a lovely patio for outside dining. This is a restaurant that should be experienced once but I feel there are other restaurants where a really good meal can be had at a better price.

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2.0Dined on January 28, 2018

The service was haphazard. It seemed as if the resturant was very short staffed.
Two persons in group received stone cold food another person’s food was tepid.
Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Very nice place for my mother and brother! We enjoyed our dinner very much. My mother really loved it. I have to bring her back for more dinners!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Love Vladimir service. My friends were very happy to see this place. Service was superb. Pretzel bread was so fattening but good!! 😜 the cheese board is a must.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Unfortunately the seafood pasta was swimming in oil so greasy and cold I couldn’t eat it..
It was a special occasion so I didn’t want to ruin the moment so I went home hungry on my birthday..!!

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

The dinner was great, food was great, and the service was outstanding.

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2.0Dined on January 7, 2018

I thought the food was good, not great. The service was excellent and the cost was very high.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We like to go to Amaya for Sunday brunch or coffee with friends. Lové ambiance and cousine. Stuff is very courteous and attentive, definitely recommend!

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1.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The Fairmont Grant Hyatt is an exquisite hotel, dining and food impeccable! We enjoy celebrating special occasions there.

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2.0Dined on December 28, 2017

We came 12/28 for a Birthday Party... it's expensive but my friends wanted to see the Holiday Decorations that's why we selected this expensive place. To our surprise they took down all the Holiday decor the day after Christmas but did not tell anyone! Disappointing.... we came early to take time to tour the facilities... but instead went to lunch but since it did not start till 11:30 we had to wait..... then we got burnt prezel bread which we sent back when we could find our waiter...tiny little butter, so we had to wait to find our waiter to get more, then got salads with dressing on the side, but 2 of the 4 had it poured on, one missing dressing and it was not on the side so she again had to wait to find the waiter..he had to run somewhere and showed up when the rest of us were 1/2 done! Disappointing all around... won't be back... Just 4 salads for $$, it was sub par service because they did not have enough staff!

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1.0Dined on December 27, 2017

I had $350 in gift certificates and we planned a nice Holiday dinner for our family. Everything was overpriced, the service was extremely slow, we waited over an hour for our entrees to arrive. And the bill for 6 drinks, 4 entrees and 2 appetizers was $80 over the $350. We arrived at
5pm and we left at 8:30pm. Our waitress Stella and the bus servicers were excellent. The kitchen needs a 5 star chef and a full staff so the hour long wait is corrected.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Besim & Vladimire are always excellent and remember me which makes for a very nice time.
Very gracious and willing to go out of their way to make it a pleasant lunch experience.

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3.0Dined on December 21, 2017

It was the holidays. A greeting would be nice. The staff was efficient but cold. We were directed to the stairs to Amaya and not informed that there was elevator access. The valet had apparently just finished a cigarette when he got
My car and I could smell it in the vehicle.

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2017

They overcharged my credit card by $5.00. Otherwise a most enjoyable evening.

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2.0Dined on December 18, 2017

The service is so so horrific it’s absolutely astounding. Drinks are impossible to get, dinner mistakes, slow, no attention. The waiter we had is under qualified to work at Burger King. How disappointing in every way.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

The hotel is beautiful, and the Amaya restaurant has very attentive staff and management; after a visit at Amaya in December 2017 when things weren’t as “Fairmont perfect” as expected, today we tried Amaya again, for my mom’s birthday, and we had a wonderful time.

Everything was perfect, down to the smallest detail, and so representative of Fairmont’s culture of excellence in customer service.

Our server Adan was very professional, helpful, and attentive, he made excellent coffee, took the order impeccably well, and made sure our entire experience was wonderful to the last detail.

The hotel was as beautiful as ever, with tasteful decor and amazing flower arrangements. It makes your heart happy to be in such lovely surroundings.

We are thrilled to see that Fairmont Grand Del Mar and Amaya’s management pay attention to, and care enough about, customers’ comments, to make things right for their customers. It truly shows that the Fairmont culture of excellence and high quality customer care are more alive than ever!!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Great food, ambiance, and attentive service

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

We always enjoy visiting your hotel and restaurant. It is so beautiful there and they treat us and in first class manner at the restaurant. A special treat was the hotel being decorated for Christmas, thank you very much.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful food, wonderful service. The French toast was amazing! The hotel and restaurant looked magical for the holidays.

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1.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving was a disaster. It took an HOUR AND A HALF to receive the first course. The service was abysmal. Wait staff seemed flustered. No one stopped by to explain what was happening.
It was $85/person, and we've had better service at Dennys.

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2.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Dined for Thanksgiving and it was very disappointing. Have dined here before with no issues. After over an hour of waiting for first course the starter salad came out as a large Lobster cobb entree size salad and was not as listed on the menu. (?) It was a set menu so why so many delays--so bazaar? Had to ask for water to be refilled, spoon for soup, bread was stale, as others have mentioned service was really bad and restaurant was not prepared for Thanksgiving. They just kept blaming it on the kitchen/ chef. By the time we ate there were very few tables left so not sure why service was so bad or why they were backed up. We did however enjoy being outside by the fire.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

We came for thanksgiving. Terrific venue. Meal was very good, but not amazing. White turkey was a tad dry, but soup / salad was very good, desserts were solid.

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2017

This was Thanksgiving dinner - 4:00 PM res and not crowded at arrival. Place is sumptuous and the price was high. Oddly the first courses and the deserts were wonderful. There were three of us and we tried them all. Uniformly great.

But the turkey entree was very poorly prepared. A couple of odd chunks of not very warm turkey, with skimpy, watery gravy. A few coolish Brussels sprouts and a scoop of plain mashed potatoes. Had to ask (when the waiter finally made it around) for more gravy which took awhile and then we got a small boat, half full and lukewarm. You would think the restaurant (especially such a highly rated place) would try to do something nice for the holiday. At $100 a person, this was a disappointment.

Indifferent service - not terrible but not great.

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2017

After some business days, the target was to finalize our visit to San Diego with having and enjoying a good meal in a quiet, nice decorated, discrete environment , with a friendly professional staff, ..
Regards from Belgium.

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