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About Arterra

Arterra is putting itself back on the map with a new chef, innovative menu, exciting events and plenty of music. Diners are invited to travel around the globe one bite at a time with newly appointed Executive Chef Evan Cruz’s new menu, inspired by his expeditions around the globe and ample experience in San Diego and beyond.
Behind the sushi bar, Chef Andrew Hoh continues to create signature rolls such as his fresh Albino Roll and decadent Scrumptious Roll which combine the eclectic flavors of Southern California, a technique he is known for, while inventing new rolls on the spot to diners’ delight.
In addition to their new menus, Arterra has rolled out a new craft cocktail program starting with a new bourbon menu featuring a selection of premium, handcrafted bourbons, bourbon infused cocktails and bourbon flights of small batch, single barrel, grain, age and distillery bourbons. A new wine list and cocktail program for the outdoor lounge are also available.

11966 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:30 am
Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Bar
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 369-6032

Website:
http://www.arterradelmar.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music Wednesday through Saturday, 6:30PM-10:30PM

Parking Details:
Valet and self parking available.

Executive Chef:
Evan Cruz

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Arterra has both private dining rooms and large reception venues. Whether hosting a large celebration such as a wedding reception, birthday dinner or hosting a business meeting, Arterra has an ideal spot for your next special event.

Arterra Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

3.8

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
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Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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Happy Hour (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Live Sports (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
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Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Special Occasion (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Delicious, eclectic menu! Fresh fish and great steaks! Cool cocktail menu, also. We did not have sushi but heard that it's excellent here.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 27, 2016

The lobster roll was delicious. The service was very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Brought girlfriend for birthday lunch, everything was perfect, and they also provided a birthday dessert. Thank you for a great time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 15, 2016

My family and I have been Arterra fans for many years. Excellent food and friendly service. It's a hidden gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 9, 2016

We reside in Carmel Valley and chose Arterra due to out of state family staying at nearby hotel. Food and service was outstanding from the moment we arrived until we left. Our server Joslin was excellent. Everyone enjoyed the meal from sushi, meat, and pasta. The menu had a variety for everyone including elderly parents.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 20, 2016

I think they might have been understaffed. Our reservation was at 7 pm and we had to get someone to the airport at 9 pm. We were finally seated around 7:30, waited forever to order, waited forever to get our dinner, then had to gobble it down very quickly and take the rest to-go in order to get to the airport in time. The food was okay and the wait staff was friendly but seemed overwhelmed. The restaurant wasn't especially packed but it was very noisy - too loud to have a conversation.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 28, 2016

We had heard that Arterra had improved with a new chef, so we came back. The food was just OK but the problem is they need to decide if they want to be a quality dining experience or a sports bar. It is just one big room where the noise level from the bar echoes through the place at a high level.
Food wise, the choices are limited an standard fare, nothing special.
So, overall, a disappointment.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 28, 2016

Don't bother to go

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 27, 2016

I had the Cobb salad with added chicken breast, it was great. This venue is easy to find, parking is great and the food is consisten

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 27, 2016

Great patio when sun is out

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 26, 2016

Jose provided very nice service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Loved this place, I was having a hard time selecting a Brunch place for Mothers Day and I am glad I selected this one. The food was amazing and I loved all the stations they had, the unlimited mimosas were a plus. The staff was great and always willing to accommodate, my mother had some special requests and they had no problem helping her out. They even gave all of us Mothers a rose before our departure made us all feel a little extra special that day!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 7, 2016

I remember this place when it was a 5 star dining experience. It is now below average, over priced, has low food quality, and has poorly trained/slow service. The manager did her best to be nice and gave us personal attention to try and make our experience better, but it was not enought. It's sad as Arterra is no longer the gem it used to be. It still looks nice, but do yourself a favor and skip this place until they make drastic changes and recommit to excellence.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 19, 2016

Although the prices were a little steep, our server was fantastic! He was very attentive, engaging and knowledgeable, which we appreciated.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 18, 2016

12 dollar salads plus something like 9 dollars to add chicken, plus 12 with shrimp. Arterra is sticking it to the salad eaters. Over 20 dollars for a tasty, moderate sized salad. No thank you.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 16, 2016

This was our first time at Arterra in a couple of years and the food was nowhere near as good as it was back then. The mushrooms that came with my steak were tough and dry, while the fingerling potatoes were overcooked and mushy. Both the mushrooms and the potatoes tasted like they had been under a heat lamp for hours. The steaks themselves we're just okay; they were tender enough and cooked as requested but they lacked flavor ... not even close to the great steaks we have had at Island Prime and other top notch places around town.

On a positive note, our waiter was great and my wife enjoyed the carmelized baby carrots that came with her dinner. We also enjoyed the ribs that we had in the Arterra lounge before dinner.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Nice environment and delicious food! Just a little noisy for me.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 16, 2016

First time lunching at Arterra, was expecting fabulous. Overall pretty good, with a fabulous dessert. We shared the empanadas (light flaky dough, fillings were good but the beef filling has lots of mushrooms!). The dipping sauces were just ok - the chimichurri had no bite and was very oily (ick). The salsa had a nice smokey flavor, so we combined the two and it worked. We also shared the heirloom tomato and burrata salad. The toms were yummy, and so was the cheese, but the dressing was oily and had no flavor. Had to ask for a side of balsamic vinegar to give it a lift!?!?!

The highlight of the meal was the warm skillet cookie.... oh my! Still dreaming about that little beauty! Warm cookie with a crunchy outside and topped with ice cream and chocolate and caramel sauces.... now THAT was FABULOUS. Our server was friendly and very attentive, and gave us good feedback on different items we asked about. I'd go back just for dessert, but would try something different for a meal if I did.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2016

Almost everything was terrific. One of my guests, though, was a wine buff. He ordered something that was on the menu, but the staff couldn't find it. By the time we learned they couldn't, we were almost finished. He tried 2 more - same result. The staff was so embarrassed they came round with something else - after we were through with dinner. It was really awkward for all of us. Better for lunch or breakfast.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 6, 2015

Service was not up to par with what I remember. We waited a long time for our food and when we got it, it wasn't as great as in previous lunches.

Maybe an of day for them, but will give them another shot another day

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 14, 2015

We enjoyed dinner very much. We were surprised at the quality and taste of the food. The chicken wings were delicious. Nice portions for the main course also. We recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2015

I only had a salad, but the combination was delicious and the ingredients fresh. One of my companions had a sandwich, which he liked. The other person had the steak salad, which he declared "only fair" considering the price.

One of the people in my party left his briefcase behind at the table, and a server chased us down all the way across the parking lot to return it.

All of the servers were kind and professional. I enjoyed lunch, but was glad it was a business expense.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 31, 2015

I really enjoyed the cobb salad. It had beets and excellent blue cheese. I like the additional choices on the lunch menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 15, 2015

New Chef Evan Cruz brings bold flavors, incredible imagination and award winning presentation skills to this Marriott hotel. One can tell that Evan's enthusiasm for adventurous dining has infected the kitchen and front-of-house attitude. The staff, especially manager Cathrine & our waiter Ken, did a phenomenal job of making recommendations....and all were home-runs! I left without having a favorite because everything was so good....and it seems we tried nearly everything! By the way, we dined on a Saturday night and had the place nearly to ourselves. Don't let that worry you. This is a hotel, remember. If Arterra was in the Gaslamp or along the coast as a stand-alone restaurant, there'd be a 2 hour wait for a table! It's that good! Instead, it was check-out day for many families heading home as school starts up. So, the good news ....for now at least, is if you want to avoid the huge crowds on a Saturday night, Arterra would be my recommendation......along with ANY of the following items: Duck Steambuns (to die for!), Korean Grilled Chicken Wings (good heat), Coca Cola Glazed Ribs, Agnolotti (OMG are they good & rich!), Rib Eye Cap (love the smoked mushrooms!), Yellowtail & Ahi sushi (so fresh, probably in the ocean Sat AM!). Word is getting out about the new Arterra. Suggest you get in soon. - john & beth

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 1, 2015

Poor value, even with my 2 for 1 passport card. Very limited dinner menu. Overpriced, tiny main course portions, that should be called appetizers, at a lower price. Poor service. This restaurant is really a high priced,noisy sports bar. Will not go back or recommend to friends.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 31, 2015

We love this place, will come back often. We plan to bring the kids to enjoy the happy hours.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 22, 2015

This was to be our anniversary celebration for breakfast. It was pretty much empty but it was fine with my husband and I. We were able to enjoy each other's company without any distractions. The seating was very comfortable and the food was great made to order, perfectly! They even gave us the passport discount when they weren't supposed to. Usually it's used for lunch and dinner but since it was a special occasion, they made an exception.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 7, 2015

I had a business lunch there recently and noticed Arterra has a completely different menu. Therefore I was not surprised to be informed of a recent change in head-chef. I was disappointed at the change as the prior menu had a good selection of classic dishes and the quality was always very consistent. This menu had primarily sandwiches/burgers and salads. I ordered the salmon Caesar salad which is nothing esoteric. However, the salad came with the dressing neither tossed nor drizzled on top. Instead, 4 large dollops of dressing were placed underneath the romaine, leaving the diner to have to either mix it in herself or eat around it. It was an odd way of serving a Caesar salad. The positive was that the salmon was not over-cooked.

In terms of service, we had about 5 restaurant staff members approach our table (during 1-1/2 - hour lunch) asking how everything was. This was a bit disruptive since having our main waitress checking in would have been sufficient.

We always found Arterra a convenient location for business meals, easy access to parking and with a good overall atmosphere. But I'm unlikely to return due to the recent change.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 6, 2015

Food takes more than 30 mins to arrive. According to the server (whom we had to call for several times before we even saw him), there was a huge order in front of us. But that's really no excuse for the prices they are charging. Furthermore, the food really wasn't great.

Save yourself some time and effort and go elsewhere.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 21, 2015

Bought the "sushi" package ($50 dining credit) as part of a one night stay at the Marriott to celebrate my 22 wedding anniversary. Arterra staff knew nothing of this "sushi" package and took our poor waiter 20 minutes of running around to find the answer from management. Wish he could have taken our drink order before his search :(. Beer selection was great and the sushi was good, not great. Our waiter provided good service after our initial first impression (not good) of waiting at our table unattended for 20 minutes. No water, nothing. They did acknowledge our anniversary with a little dessert that was a nice touch. All in all was an average dining experience. They can do better.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 13, 2015

We went there on Feb. 13th on a Friday for dinner and the place was completely dead for a 7pm reservation. I don't take that as a great sign. We were planning to have dinner there but when I saw how empty the restaurant was I quickly ordered a single appetizer and then we went to a different restaurant. The Marriott is definitely footing the bill big time to keep this place opened.

The sushi was good but extremely overpriced/expensive.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2015

Arterra consistently serves fine food. My oatmeal was good and my colleague's eggs benedict was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 19, 2014

I had lunch here at Arterra with three of my clients at this restaurant on Friday. I ordered the Arterra burger with french fries. The meal was a horrible but I didn't say anything because I was with my important clients. I asked for certain items to be removed from burger, and the waiter screwed up, and my fries were super cold, and i know my clients fries were cold. So I ordered four champagnes as well to help ease the pain. I have been eating here for over 10 years and come here all the time. My experience is usually very very positive.

After my lunch I spoke with the manager and I told her about my experience and her reply was "I will make a note of it and tell my chef"

Seriously? I don't know if it was her rudeness or the lack of empathy but This is not how you treat an important customer Nor a person

I hope someone here will do the right thing and that this gets attention
Travis

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2014

My wife and I took our moms to Arterra for Thanksgiving dinner. The restaurant is located inside the Marriott in Carmel Valley, which is a nice setting. The service was excellent! The food was very good, though we got there right at the end of their dinner hour and some of the food at the buffet had been out for a while and was starting to get a little bit dry. But it still tasted excellent and we were very pleased. Our moms were happy. :)

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 1, 2014

We brought guests from NY thinking Arterra was like it used to be. No chance.
Wood table was chipped and never set up. Waitress was sorely underdressed. So noisy we asked for music to be turned down but were told it was a private party. Embarrassing evening and we won't be back. Apparently others felt the same way because there were maybe two other tables of diners on a Saturday night. Awful.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 2014

Too tired to venture out from the Marriott Del Mar for dinner, we decided to try this for dinner.
Wow were we gkad we did! Delicious everything! Loved the chicken tortilla corn fritter soup & lobster mac n cheese; followed by lovely scallops in a marscapone sauce & hubby's "perfect" pork, med. rare like he likes it. Unfortunately we were far too full for dessert, but hoping one of the nights we're here to try some😉. Would come to eat here even if not staying at the Marriott.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2014

The restaurant week menu was not very balanced - for example there was no salad appetizer or vegetarian main course. The food was rather ordinary as was the service - nothing to get excited about here. It seems that Arterra is having an identity problem - it no longer tries to be an up-market restaurant - perhaps because of its in-the-lobby location.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 22, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The wait staff were extremely attentive (not many patrons in the restaurant). One of the chefs came to ask about our meal...learned they are looking for a head chef so kudos to the sous chefs who put this menu together!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2014

Located near the Carmel Valley/ Del Mar Heights business park, Arterra is a great spot for a lunch time business meeting. The food is the best in the area, and the staff is accommodating when you are on a tight time frame. I come here frequently with coworkers or business contacts and always opt for a salad with added salmon or seared ahi. I have never been disappointed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 24, 2014

This was my first time at this restaurant. It seems most people hang out and eat in the Bar and Patio area where they have a nice sushi and appetizer menu. We sat in the dining room because we didn't realize this and you can order from all 3 menus there, sushi, appetizers and dinner. However, the restaurant was sparsely populated with two single diners and one two top, probably staying in the hotel for business. In retrospect, I think we would have enjoyed the Bar and Patio area better as it was more casual and energetic.

Although we only ordered sushi, it was fresh and delicious. The dining menu was simple with about 8 options, including meat, fish, and pasta.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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