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Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

4.2
894 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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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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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What 894 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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4.2
service
4.5
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3.6
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OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We had an awesome waiter

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vipbuenabrenda (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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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Janp (San Diego)
4.0  Dined 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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vipCMIL (San Diego)
2.0  Dined 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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Kuay (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 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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vipHammond (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined 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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wwwUnhooknow (San Diego)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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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vipGregariousGourmet (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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vipKaldune (San Diego)
2.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Great food, ambiance, and attentive service

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RogerG (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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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Coop10 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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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vipArielX (New York Area)
1.0  Dined 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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vipSuzQSD (San Diego)
2.0  Dined 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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vipKhozemaS (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined 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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vipRandJM (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined 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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MariposaBelgiumEU (San Diego)
4.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Anniversary dinner

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Setting is impeccable; food was boring, teaseless and not fresh, way below the expected standard of an upscale restaurant at such a luxury hotel. Disappointed.

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