About Americana Restaurant

Americana, a little gem of a restaurant has been located at the prime corner of 15th Street and Camino Del Mar in Old Del Mar for 12 years. A comfortable and inviting sidewalk café wraps around the restaurant surrounded by lush vegetation and ocean views. Americana serves a great breakfast, lunch & dinner with a full bar in the day light hours. Many say the Bloody Mary’s are the best in the county. Americana Restaurant does not require reservations for Breakfast or Lunch so please come on it. At night time, the lights dim and the restaurant becomes a quaint bistro serving Mediterranean influenced fare with carefully chosen wines and great cocktails. Bon Appetit.

1454 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014-2510
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:

Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 12:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
15th St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 794-6838

Website:
http://www.americanarestaurant.com/

Catering:
Chef Randy would be happy to help you plan a special event on or off premises.We can handle any kind of catering event.

Parking Details:
Parking is available on the surrounding neighborhood streets or in the lot across the street.

Executive Chef:
Randy Gruber

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Americana Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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3.9

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3.8

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3.6

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Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (65)
Neighborhood Gem (61)
Great for Lunch (35)
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Great for Brunch (30)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Kid-friendly (27)
Scenic View (24)
Good for Groups (18)
Special Occasion (12)
Romantic (11)
Notable Wine List (8)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Fun (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Place is quite original, food is delicious and kind of "California Cuisine." It's casual but also a special experience. Great service and a lovely spot!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Wonderful evening! Food, ambiance-outdoor seating. Will return!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 20, 2017

This restaurant has one of the best locations in town. Unfortunately, based on our experience, one of the two things it has going for it. The other is a bright, very nice waitress. From the moment we walked in the woman we assume was most likely the owner was so unfriendly we felt like we were in the way. We were seated outside (our choice). The iced tea I was served was rancid. The waitress took it away but no offer to make another. We ordered the CRISPY chicken and what was served was undercooked in the middle, dry at the edges with limp skin chicken. The "roasted" brussell sprouts were actually sautéed and undercooked.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 17, 2017

The ribs were horrible! So tough you couldn't cut them off the bone with a steak knife. Brussels sprouts undercooked. Waitress was nice, she was new and messed up our check. Will never go back!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Four of us ordered four different things. Everything was delicious - flatbreads, salads, steak, fish! The servers let us change our table when we decided to sit in the sun not the shade. Service was amazing and friendly. Special requests were handled with a "not-a-problem" attitude.

Oh - did I say the food was delicious?

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2017

What a great find....and just a few communities down from where we live. Can't wait to try them for lunch and breakfast.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 27, 2016

The day of our visit was a sweltering hot "Santa Ana" weather pattern we have a couple times a year in San Diego...temperature hovering close to 100 degrees and we were eagerly looking forward to relaxing at an air-conditioned table for a great meal. As we walked in, an oven blast of wilting air hit us. "We don't have air conditioning," remarked the hostess/server. "Would you like to sit outside?" We debated that, but decided to sit at a north-facing table where occasional breezes would provide some relief from the heat. But any relief was negated by a large squadron of flies that had us waving our arms like we were conducting the San Diego Symphony. "I haven't seen the flies this bad since the horse racing season stopped" (at nearby Del Mar Race Track) said our server Linda. The flies landed directly on our food countless times as we attempted to eat.


I ordered the Jidori Chicken and a side of asparagus. My friend ordered the Grilled Vegetable Stack.

Linda emphasized it was happy hour, and we ordered the Baja Fish Tacos for $6 (regularly $10.25).

The Jidori Chicken, was dry and lacked flavor. Particularly unpleasant was the accompanying lemon-pepper faro risotto, which was very salty. My friend tried it, also finding it unenjoyable. The asparagus had been taken back and re-served and had lost much of its appeal during the wait.

My friend enjoyed her grilled vegetables very much. We also received fresh, hot bread.

When the bill arrived, Linda had charged us the full price of the fish tacos. I called her attention to it and she claimed that, because we received a discount on our meals, we must pay full price for the tacos. I answered by saying the happy hour price was offered to ALL patrons BY THE RESTAURANT who entered during the stated hours. She, and another server who identified herself as the manager, insisted we pay the full price for happy hour tacos.

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2016

There was nothing good about our dining experience here. We ordered two specials - one fish and one skirt steak. All of the food was overcooked. Flavors were blah. The service was barely acceptable. The table that was seated next to us (seated after us) received a bread basket whereas we did not get bread until we flagged down our waitress (when she was visible to us - which was seldom) and requested it. The best thing I can say is that they do take the Passport card, so we saved the price of an entree. Regardless, we are unlikely to come back.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 11, 2016

Server was polite but completely failed to deliver one of our party their food for 10 minutes after everyone else was served. Turkey meatloaf tasteless. Half price wine was a relative bargain.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Great Smoothies! Enjoyed the outside seating. Our server was fabulous!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 12, 2016

The food was OK. The out door searing was nice and the view was great. The service was good. With all the good restaurants in Del Mar I would probably not go back.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Great dinners tonight - lamb chops were excellent as were the accompaniments !
We also had the seared Ahi - Also excellent !
Service very attentive and great views outside -
How could you go wrong ?

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 (Miami)·Dined on June 8, 2016

Our teens liked it. Good was good. Service was a little slow due to 1 server. However, the restaurant is not that large so it isn't a big deal. We enjoyed it and will be back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 16, 2016

I found Americana through a yelp review in an effort to find a last minute spot for dinner. I had 10 people with me and this was literally the only restaurant that would take us. We basically stumbled upon it. I expected the worst but I was pleasantly surprised. Service was okay. The waiter seemed overwhelmed by our group and distracted. But the food was okay. The burgers look good. But it was a bit pricy... like any California restaurant. Not sure I would go back but it worked for us at the time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 12, 2016

Great food and friendly service!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 16, 2015

Great healthy and great service. Recommend for anyone wanting a variety

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 8, 2015

We didn't have a good experience. The restaurant had no record of our Open Table reservation. The waitress was unfriendly, forgot our bread, and overall service was bad. Can't really say anything good about the food, either. We had fried calamari that was very chewy, the pasta was just OK, and the burger was soggy and fell apart. Thank god for the rosemary fries.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 25, 2015

We went for dinner Thursday evening. It was not busy at all. Got good table indoors. Outdoor seating was also available. Server was nice but overall service seemed very slow. We only saw one server, may be due to slowe traffic.

Food was excellent. We had great time once food was on the table.

We went again on Sunday for breakfast. This time place was busy and many servers to serve but service seemed slow but faster than dinner time.

Food was great once again.

This place does take passport discount card.

Great place for romantic or family gathering. Good choices for the brunch menu and included few vegetarian choices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 4, 2015

The food was very good. My wife had the fish chips and the best she has had and I had the turkey meatloaf that was full flavors.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 26, 2015

The menu looked promising but, the food was a bit over average. The service was my big issue. The waitress acted over worked and rushed. The hostess/manager (not sure what she was) acted exhausted and started turning off the lights as we were leaving (it as 8:30). We were not the last guest to leave and there were still diners in the restaurant.
I think they should simplify their menu because clearly it's a little too ambitious for the chef.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Americana is excellent for breakfast, but their dinner menu is quite nice too. The food is always fresh and creative. Staff is local and friendly, efficient and responsive. Always a pleasure to eat at Americana.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2015

The restaurant had not booked our reservation even though we had booked it through open table and had received a confirmation. The food was marginal and the service was slow.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2014

Food was good and service was quick. We did go on a rainy evening so the restaurant was pretty empty, which may account for that some. The place seemed very busy for breakfast that morning so I take it as a very popular local spot. Although we went to go have a traditional sit down dinner, we opted for just a tapas style meal instead. We ordered sliders, buffalo wings and flat bread (Hawaiian style. i.e. Pineapple and ham). All were very tasty and properly cooked. I ended up eating all the buffalo wings (6 pieces) as they were a little too hot/spicy for the wife, but alright by my taste. We shared the sliders (3) and the flat bread (Appeared to be about 12x6 inches) and had lemonade and Ice tea for drinks, both of which were fine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 15, 2014

Americana provides good, somewhat basic fare in a convenient Del Mar location. The restaurant is very kid-friendly (all the servers that we've had are great with the littles). For example, this visit, we had four adults and three kids and the waitress learned all the kids names and addressed them directly.

We ordered crab cakes, seared ahi, and the steak to share between two adults and a baby. The crab cakes were generously sized (would have fit a bun) and quite tasty - the 9-month-old devoured almost an entire one on her own. The ahi was fresh and very well prepared, with just the slightest sear. Steak was delivered medium, as order, rather than overcooked the way most places seem to any more. In all, a very enjoyable meal.

Our friends ordered a burger, the jidori chicken, a kids' chicken finger plate (shared by a 2- and 4-year-old), and an apple cobbler for the table. They said the food was very good, and the cobbler was definitely a hit with the kids.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 16, 2014

The hostess was unconnected. Never welcomed us. Just asked did we want a table and then said ok go pick one. We didn't feel welcome until the waitperson came to take care of us. Also the lighting was quite bright for dinner service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 22, 2014

A warm, inviting atmosphere in the heart of Del Mar offers a menu with something for everyone. I hear it is great for breakfast but dinner (especially the unique Kale salad) was wonderful. The massive banana split was the best I have ever had and perfect as a group dessert.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 1, 2014

Americana Restaurant was definitely a poor choice for my family and guests really because of the food. We were a party of seven and each one of us felt disappointed in the taste and quality of our meals. In fact, being quite hungry when we arrived, none of us even completely finished our meals and discussed making dessert at home to satisfy our still somewhat empty stomaches. The very overpriced and disappointing entrees have left us no desire to return. Americana Restaurant has a great location and that's all.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 31, 2014

Very European in feel, with Del Mar Village right out the many windows. A block from 15th Street beach scene, perfect for walking to before or after dinner. The best part was the menu, with unusual takes on American-friendly food. A Del Mar neighborhood gem and a very good value with extremely friendly service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 13, 2014

Have always loved this place for breakfast and lunch, but was disappointed in the dinner service. The food was over-priced for the quality, and the service was pathetically slow despite not being very busy. Will be back, but not for dinner.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 24, 2014

Great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu is well conceived and unpretentious in its sophistication.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 12, 2014

This place is so cute and quaint. They have a great food selection with indoor and outdoor dining. The outdoor dining has a beautiful fire place for those chilly nights. They have several wines to choose from, and a great selection of food for both vegetarians and meat eaters. They have an bar also inside if you don’t want a bite to eat, and also a wonderful selection of baked goods to sample if you are just passing by, or want a delicious after dinner treat. This place is a must try when you are in Del Mar.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 29, 2014

Great placde for family friends and clients, Highly recommended for any time and any season.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2014

The food was excellent and the service was perfect. Great location and setting. You could not ask for a better experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2014

We weren't very impressed with our Valentine's dinner at Americana. I called ahead for a gluten-free menu and received a prompt call back stating there would be plenty to eat. Our waitress didn't know gluten from Elmer's glue, so our ordering experience was a bit academic. She called in back-up and we were able to order. The wine took a while to come out and I think she forgot about our appetizer until we reminded her. I'm pretty sure our entree was under a heat lamp while we ate our appetizer since it was hot on the outside and cool on the inside by the time we got our meal. My wife ordered medium well and the steak was fully cooked.

Maybe it's not a dinner place, I think I'll try it for breakfast since I've heard it's OK then.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Good was very good. But not a place for a special occasion. Went here for Valentines Day and felt like I had to apologize to my wife. The food was great and the service was very good. But didn't not serve the purpose for a special occasion dinner. Too many better choices on same street. Better place for lunch or for a family.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Our group of 6 had the most amazing meal on New Years Eve! Osso Buco was to die for and well as the Cioppino was superb! A low key cafe ambiance with a very talented chef, we will be back for sure.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 19, 2013

great location on the corner of 15th and the main drag of Del Mar. it was strangely empty for restaurant week. The three of us ended up ordering from the regular menu as most items were not that expensive and we usually only order one appetizer and one dessert between the three of us (myself, husband and 24 year old son). Bread was good and came with a very tasty garlic butter. Veg stack was intimidatingly huge, excellent pesto but the cheese was a bit rubbery. Fig flat bread was not balanced between the figs and cheese, too many figs and the flatbread was rather dry. The Caesar salad was excellent and fresh but the chicken on top was ho hum. Service was good.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 18, 2013

We've been meaning to stop in for a long time, and restaurant week finally gave us the excuse we needed- such an awesome date night! We ate on the patio, which was pretty quiet but right on the sidewalk for fun people watching. They just rolled out a new craft cocktail menu- my sangria was lovely and sweet, his gimlet was strong but just fruity enough to be enjoyable. Dinner was great. Highlights were the appetizers for us- garlicky mussels in a white wine tomato broth and, surprisingly, wondefully seasoned deviled eggs. Service was great- our server was open with her advice, and suggested modifications when she thought we were getting dishes that were too similar to share. She timed everything so that we could relax and enjoy ourselves.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 10, 2013

We went on a Tuesday night and had plenty of empty tables around us. The waitress was very attentive, but not hovering. The food was exceptional. My friend took advantage of the prix fixe menu and was very happy with the meal. I ordered a la carte and was just as satisfied. She had salmon and I had a shrimp & prosciuto appetizer and a flatbread BBQ chicken pizza. GREAT stuff all around.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 17, 2013

The steak I had was just so-so... but we sat outside on the north west side of he building and had a view to the ocean. The view and the ambiance were worth the trip. The server was great. The manager had us move because the corner table had been reserved (even though there was no reserved sign) and then the mystery reserver's never showed.... but it was a fine restaurant for the price and the outdoor seating was great

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