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About Brigantine Del Mar

A San Diego tradition since 1969, the Brigantine has received many accolades in our 40+ year history. "BEST SEAFOOD", "BEST CASUAL SEAFOOD", "BEST HAPPY HOUR", and even "BEST SWORDFISH IN THE WORLD", according to USA Today.

Well-known for our signature Clam Chowder, Grilled Swordfish, and Crème Brûlée, the Brigantine is a favorite among locals for consistently fresh seafood, succulent steaks and grilled meats.

Perched between the spectacular Pacific Ocean and the hills of Rancho Santa Fe, the Del Mar Brigantine sits high above the action of the Del Mar racetrack.

A lushly landscaped garden offers an unparalleled setting for weddings and outdoor-themed events. Indoors, a formal dining room looks out to the garden through floor-to-ceiling french doors. For more casual dining, the glass-enclosed deck is a year-round favorite.

The Del Mar Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, lunch Monday-Saturday, and brunch each Sunday.

3263 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch Sunday: 10:30-2:30pm; Oyster Bar Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-10:00pm; Oyster Bar Friday-Saturday: 11:30am-10:30pm; Oyster Bar Sunday: 10:00am-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Via de la Valle

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(858) 481-1166

Website:
http://www.brigantine.com/

Catering:
Brigantine Custom Catering offers cuisine options from our Brigantine Seafood Restaurants and Miguel's Cocina.

From take-out hors d'oeuvres and party platters to full-service dinners with bar, Brigantine Custom Catering will tailor a menu and service package to meet your individual needs.

With more than 15 years experience in San Diego, your most important occasions will flourish under our attentive expertise.

Call Jenny at 619-298-9840.

Parking Details:
The Del Mar Brigantine offers valet parking at lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch for a nominal fee. Limited street parking is also available.

Executive Chef:
Reymundo Baez

Private Party Facilities:
Private event areas are available for weddings, receptions, and special events of all kinds.

Dining Room - Seating for 80-100 guests
Deck - Seating for 80-100 guests
Garden - 160 seated; 250 standing

Food and beverage minimums apply for private space. Please contact our group sales representative for current menus and detailed information.

Private Party Contact:
Melissa Besada: (858) 481-1166

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Brigantine Del Mar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (51)
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Great for Lunch (32)
Bar Seating (30)
Casual (30)
Fun (29)
Good for a Date (28)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Good for Groups (26)
Happy Hour (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Worth the Drive (23)
Romantic (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Business Meals (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Waterfront (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
People Watching (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Authentic (12)
Cozy (11)
Healthy (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Notable Wine List (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Seasonal (6)
Live Sports (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Great Beer (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food is good and so is the view of the Del Mar Racetrack. Service is good. However, Brigantine Del Mar is fairly noisy making it a bit difficult to hear someone seated across from you. Valet parking has at least four cars in front of you when you arrive so it takes a bit of time (5 minutes or less) to get into the restaurant. Normally not a problem but coming from the North you might be hung out on the main road waiting to valet. Overall, a good restaurant, we enjoyed it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We just moved to the neighborhood, and this was our second dining experience with once on a weekend, and the other a slow week day. Both times the the drinks were horribly slow to get to our table during the entire service, so we finally ordered a bottle of wine and asked for it to be left on the table. Regarding the food, we ordered the Halibut special this week, and it was unbelievably overcooked. We informed the waiter, and was provided a dessert. However, we would have much preferred a properly cooked fish. We are hoping that the third time will be the charm.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Love this restaurant and the service and food is excellent.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Got the worst seat and the restaurant wasn't even busy. Ahi tuna was awful. They told open table we didn't show for our reservation and we did, unfortunately. Would never go back

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

The meal was excellent with the exception of the filet medallions, which tho perfectly cooked, lacked seasoning and were bland. The restaurant is nice but the patrons were exceptionally loud and our party of four were barely able to hear one another speaking. Our waiter was very busy with large groups and therefore forgetful of us and our requests.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Our family has dined at this Brigantine for many years. We like their fresh fish and seafood, and the portions are always generous. Service is good and reliable; we like the view and the vibe, plus sometimes the sports on TV in the bar.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Amazing fish tacos. Sat at the raw bar and was amazed at how efficient the kitchen staff was. Great group of guys. Delicious!

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Bar Seating, Romantic, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Arrived earlier than planned, got us right in. Excellent service. Food was great.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We are in Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup. The Brigantine was recommended to us by a friend as a must go to place. It did not disappoint! Nate was a fantastic server and the food was outstanding.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent service.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent, reasonably priced entrees. Sat at window in glassed in dining room. Great view, romantic setting. Service prompt and competent.

Tags: Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great ambiance. Very disappointing service. Good food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Service was poor. We literally had to track down a waiter. Prior to that, nobody from restaurant even looked at us for 15 minutes. Once we found waiter, he was helpful and courteous. Food was good. Mildly overpriced. Didn’t use valet, because in past they were rude. Overall, this place is trendy and busy and seems to rest on that a bit too much. I’d be more impressed if they actually seemed to care about service more. Might not return for quite awhile given the number of other local options.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

It is a very nice restaurant. The food is excellent. I love restaurants with a view. This definitely has a good one of race track and ocean. It is nice before the theatre, for a special occasion etc.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great fresh local seafood and beautiful views. The menu offers a lot of options for those with diverse palates. I had the SWEET & SOUR CHARRED OCTOPUS / 14.50
Fingerling potatoes, cherry tomatoes, scallions, citrus aioli, crispy pork & unagi sauce.
Decadent!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food is good and the service excellent. It’s just a fun place at reasonable prices.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Overall it's worth a visit. Views of Del Mar Racetrack and the ocean are wonderful. It is too noisy for conversation at dinner. Also, the service was very fast paced, in that entrees arrived before salad course finished.
For lunch or a drink, fantastic. Dinner, not so much.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had a party of 6 and the noise level was so loud you couldn’t talk across the table. The portions were very small —since when does fish and chips come with 2 small pieces of cod and a few fries, and the scallops with 3small scallops and a dozen peas, and the classic steakhouse burger shrunken so that it was lost in the bun? Then again, the food wasn’t very good, so I guess it didn’t matter so much that there wasn’t much of it. The saucer-sized Caesar salad had a half dozen tiny, dry, room temperature pieces of bland chicken. The ahi, inexplicably covered in won tons, was bland and unremarkable, which, I guess compared to the rest of the meals, means that it was the star.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Had GREAT evening, celebrating a birthday. We arrived a little early for our reservation, but they seated us right away. We had a fantastic view overlooking the Del Mar racetrack, and the beach, which made for a great view while eating and enjoying the evening. Our server, Todd, was excellent...making good recommendations for the dinner, then getting everything to us while it was hot. After dinner, because it was a birthday dinner, he brought over a complimentary piece of Mud Pie which we quickly devoured. It was a little noisy for our taste, but a great place to enjoy delicious seafood and a view. I would recommend it for future dinner dates.

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Went with a group of Cotillion Moms while our boys were at the San Dieguito Cotillion in Del Mar. The staff was amazing! From our bartender to our waitress, very accommodating and professional. Drinks were excellent, Food was beyond delicious and we all had a great time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I've been going to the Del Mar Brigantine since about 1982 and it is just as good now as it was back then. Keep up the great work guys!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Food was good & waiter was very personable. Birthday dessert very good. But 6 of us were squashed in a booth that should only seat 4. Entrees came out way too fast-- served 5 minutes after we got our salads. Table was too small for six dinner plates plus bread plates. Had to dump our salads onto our bread plates so we could finish them after dinner. Felt like we were sardines in a can. Place was a madhouse on a Tues night even though we had an early reservation trying to avoid lots of noise & confusion. People in bar area allowed their children to run through the dining room & out on the patio. Valet parking was jammed. Later learned that Tues is always busy due to reduced bar prices. So, if a nice, leisurely, quiet meal is what you want don't go here on a Tues.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Last time we go to the Brigantine! We decided to eat in the bar because the hostesses couldn't figure out how to seat us even though we had reservations. The waitress was amazingly snarky. There were a ton of kids running around the bar and the food wasn't good. We're locals and after telling friends about our experience there they told us they stay away from the place and know others who feel the same. It's disappointing because we really had liked the place in the past.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Delicious dinner for five and great service. Beautiful restaurant. We had a booth. Sand dabs divine. Nice cocktails. Fish and fish tacos for most. Lovely salads all different. Great night thanks.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The ambiance is great with a view of the racetrack and rivermouth. Unfortunately, the pork carnitas tacos did not settle with my stomach too well the last couple of days. And, we sat down at the outside bar at 525p and finally had to go in search of the waitress at 535/540pm. We knew it was happy hour on a Sat evening but it would have been nice to at least be acknowledged.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 5, 2017

I am so lucky to live so near the Del Mar Brigantine, and while it's close by, stepping inside the big wooden doors is like going on vacation.
My server, Chad, was helpful, friendly and very attentive. My friend and I enjoyed appetizers and were not disappointed. It was Wednesday which is half priced bottles of wine!
So much the better. Don't save this restaurant for special occasions. Make it a special occasion by going to the Brig.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 3, 2017

We sat at a perfect table by the bar with a view of the Del Mar track, the lagoon and the Pacific. At lunch time, quick and attentive service. Excellent clam chowder. Both crab cake and fish & chips (true cod) were great. Will return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good food and service. Please note that they do not takr reservations for the dog area which is not listed on their website.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Have been to several Brigantines..
This one was good but not the best.
Will be back

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 28, 2017

A local friend of ours suggested this place and he joined us for dinner. Started out with the clam chowder which was excellent.
My wife got the Cod which was small and I had the Mahi-Mahi which was also small for the price.
Neither of us thought the food was spectacular or even memorable. Good place to try once. Certainly a locals hang out

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great location, beautiful view from covered outdoor patio. Noise level very high, service terrible and food just so so.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our dinner seemed very overpriced and not very special. I don't mind spending $$$ for a good, filling meal....my filets (2) were the size of silver dollars and the crab cakes were of similar size. Not worth the price. The view is beautiful and our waiter was very helpful and attentive. I just don't know if we'll be back.

Tags: Great Beer, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 24, 2017

It’s always fun going to the Brigantine Del Mar. Great location, great food, and the staff is pleasant and efficient.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Organic, Vegan, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 23, 2017

A group of us took a friend here for her birthday dinner. The food was wonderful and the restaurant is very nice. However our server seemed to be rushed the whole time and not very friendly at all. He seemed annoyed with us, not sure why. His behavior did not reflect positively on the Brigantine.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We always enjoy it. It is very popular and because of that, very noisy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We had lots of fun and food was great. We were able to have a conversation, hearing each other perfectly, even though the restaurant was full.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great dinner on a Tuesday night. Place was packed but the food and service was excellent. Be sure to make reservations and use valet parking for ease.

Tags: Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Great waiter

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

While the web site advertised that they do weekend brunch and offered bottomless mimosas, the waiter quickly told us that the website was wrong and needed to be updated.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Excellent service. Our server Matt could not have been any more accommodating or pleasant!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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