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Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in Del Mar

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A photo of Jake's Del Mar restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Del Mar
Booked 157 times today
Aloha friends of Jake’s Del Mar! We are open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. Visit jakesdelmar.com to view our menus or place a takeout order online!Jake’s is the quintessential California oceanfront dining experience. The eclectic menu compliments the casual, yet elegant restaurant atmosphere right on the Del Mar shore. With chef-driven California coastal fare, craft cocktails, and unforgettable ocean views, it’s the best of the west coast. Whether for a date night or a celebration with friends and family, Jake’s serves up something special every time.
A photo of Pacifica Del Mar restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Seafood • Del Mar
Booked 45 times today
Perched atop the Del Mar Plaza in the heart of the Village, Pacifica Del Mar has remained a local gem for years as one of the neighborhood’s most sought-after places to dine, wine and gather with friends and family. Their menu showcases casual and inspired fare - like fresh seafood, steak and pasta - complimented by an award-winning wine list and creative cocktails.Whether you choose to dine on their cozy ocean view patio, or join them in our vibrant dining room or bar, their warm service and great food and drink will provide a memorable dining experience.We look forward to seeing you at Pacifica Del Mar. Please note that in an effort to give our staff enough time to turn over and sanitize tables between diners, reservations will be limited to an hour and a half for parties of 4 or less, and 2 hours for parties 5+. We thank you for understanding and helping us keep things safe for you.
A photo of Beeside Balcony Del Mar restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary European • Del Mar
Booked 33 times today
Beeside Balcony is a hidden gem in old Del Mar, CA with a relaxed seaside chic décor where guests enjoy global mediterranean cuisine and ocean views from the covered outside balcony. A third generation chef of Spanish and Italian descent, and hailing form Paris, France, Christophe's restaurant career began at 17 in the kitchen of his father's restaurant in Pasadena when they first emigrated to the USA. Upon returning to southern California in 2011, Christophe spent 8 years as the managing partner of Eddie V's Prime Seafood in La Jolla. Here he deepened his knowledge of sourcing and cooking the freshest seafood available, while delivering world class service. The laid back coastal vibe of Del Mar, combined with the attention to detail from Christophe's fine dining background, infuses Beeside Balcony with an easy elegance that elevates any gathering, and makes the perfect backdrop to showcase his global mediterranean menu.
A photo of Tamarindo Latin Kitchen- Del Mar restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Mexican • Del Mar
Booked 33 times today
Tamarindo Del Mar **NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH AND DINNER**Kitchen closes promptly at 9pm Sunday-Thursday and 10pm on Friday+Saturday's.
A photo of Sbicca - Del Mar restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary American • Del Mar
Booked 24 times today
Sbicca - Del Mar is a neighborhood gem, loved by locals for its fantastic food and service. The restaurant offers a beautiful ocean view, delicious cuisine and has received several awards for its service. As one reviewer put it, 'Great local spot! Stopped in for happy hour and there were solid food and cocktails options… friendly service and welcoming feel to this neighborhood gem.'
A photo of Salt + Lime Del Mar restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Mexican • Del Mar
Booked 25 times today
Salt and Lime combines authenticity with innovation to create a sensory Mexican cuisine experience. A modern design offering outdoor seating with a bar providing a distinctive culinary experience. Diners are invited to explore diverse flavors of Mexican gastronomy, ranging from tacos to traditional seafood ceviches in a high energy setting with Ocean views in the heart of Del Mar.Expect the unexpected, because too much of a good thing is never enough! Come try our spicy Cilantro Jalapeño Margarita or cool down with our Piña Coco Limon cocktail.We are now offering Breakfast SATURDAY - SUNDAY FROM 9:30AM - 1:00PM.
A photo of Shimbashi Izakaya restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Japanese • Del Mar
Booked 13 times today
Shimbashi's theme is based on the Izakaya, a Japanese tapas restaurant. We offer a multi-faceted menu that can be used as a pairing with sake for the light eater or sophisticated dinner entrées served in the Japanese tradition. Our menu changes with the season making each dining experience a new adventure.
A photo of Il Fornaio - Del Mar restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Del Mar
Booked 24 times today
Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Repeat winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
A photo of Coya Peruvian Secret restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Peruvian • Del Mar
Booked 14 times today
Located next to Del Mar beach on 11th street, Coya Peruvian Secret Restaurant offers award winning gourmet Peruvian- Cali fusion Peruvian cuisine in charming cottage house under a tree. All seats are outside tucked in greenery so its in all casual seating. Voted best Seafood by locals and best Latin American in SD we are primally seafood place but we also proudly serve great meat choices, like our surf and turf with Rib Eye, traditional Lomo with Filet mignon, lamb stew with New Zealand lamb, excellent short rib with sweet potatoes and Peruvian half roasted chicken. If you seeking cozy color full vibe full of magic for a date or family reunion we are perfect choice. You will astonish your party with unforgettable flavors. Take them of a gourmet trip to Peru and back tonight.
A photo of Poseidon restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Seafood • Del Mar
Booked 50 times today
The minute you walk into Poseidon, you’ll be swept by the fabulous view. You couldn’t be closer to the sand and the beach than sitting at Poseidon on their beautiful outdoor patio. With such a spectacular ocean view, you’ll experience breathtaking sunsets and during the right season even catch a glimpse of the whales migrating up or down the coast. The bar offers a large circular firepit, which is nice on those chilly fall or winter nights. Off to the side of the bar is a split level dining room offering every table a panoramic view of the beach and the ocean. For decades, Poseidon has delighted both local San Diegans and the tourists that love the beach.

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Discover best neighborhood gem restaurants in Del Mar

Discover the charm of "neighborhood gems" in Del Mar, North San Diego, where each restaurant offers a unique blend of local flavors, exceptional service, and a welcoming atmosphere. These hidden treasures in Del Mar are celebrated for their authentic cuisines, from classic Italian to contemporary American, ensuring a memorable dining experience for every palate. Patrons consistently praise the cozy ambiance, friendly staff, and the quality of the meals, making these spots highly recommended by locals and visitors alike. The dining scene in Del Mar is vibrant and diverse, characterized by its stunning ocean views and a commitment to high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients. Whether you're looking for a casual meal or a fine dining experience, these neighborhood gems in Del Mar provide the perfect setting for any occasion. Each restaurant's dedication to excellence and authentic dining experience make them stand out as must-visit locations in North San Diego. Embrace the local charm and culinary delights of Del Mar’s neighborhood gems on your next dining adventure.

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