Jake's Del Mar

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Jake’s Del Mar brings new American cooking to the edge – to the water’s edge that is. Located right on the beach in Del Mar Chef Paul Niles uses fresh, seasonal products as the inspiration for updating classic preparations of fresh fish, shellfish and premium meats. The lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menus showcase clean, eclectic flavors and local, sustainable products that are complemented by Jake’s jaw dropping location on the sand. The nightly Chef’s Special is a seasonal creation that features the best seafood, meats and produce available and through the Legacy of Aloha program, Jake’s donates a portion the proceeds from the Chef’s Special to the San Diego Food Bank.
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San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome waiter

HB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Jakes’s. Food, view and service were great. Our server had some issues with our check but eventually, it was correct and we left pleased, as usual.

AL
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful settings, seaview, great seafood and vegetarian dishes

P
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The location could not be better, the drinks always good, valet great, service staff awesome, food negative. Each person at our table agreed, come here for the location and view. Food always disappoints.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great view and the waitstaff was excellent

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jake’s never disappoints! The food is always excellent and the staff is always awesome. We’ve been going there for almost 20 years!

D
Phoenix
53 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot right on the Pacific. Good food and service. Bit noisy but still an excellent experience.

FD
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect place to celebrate my wife’s birthday. From the moment we walked in with the greeter who when asked if we could have table facing the ocean who said “No Problem!” To our table which had a Happy Birthday Card signed by the staff to everyone who waited on ask asking who’s birthday it was. Making my wife feel special and our food was perfection in every way. Our server even brought my wife out a piece of ice cream cake with a candle. Could not have asked for a more perfect evening. Thank you Jake’s!!! Outstanding job!!!

RE
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

fantastic healthy food.

great views and service.

not to be missed.

MB
San Diego
71 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, and scenery that proves that San Diego is the best place to live, in CA, or anywhere!

AF
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambiance were fantastic! Great to enjoy brunch with friends while taking in the beauty of the Pacific Ocean! I cannot recommend it more highly!

JS
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jake's was probably one of the very best seafood restaurants I have ever eaten at. The fish was incredibly fresh and the lobster tail was outstanding. We had deep fried calamari as an appetizer and it was absolutely delicious. Nice choice of wine and beer and the service was five star. We had a view of the crashing waves only a few feet away from our table. Will be back for sure!

S
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! The hostess and waitress were extremely friendly and pleasant to talk to. The food was amazing as well. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

J
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good but very noisy.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really, enjoyed dinner. I have been there 4 times. Everyone raves about the ice cream pie. Very sweet if thats your thing. I really liked the seafood stew with the potato cake in the middle. OMG, was it a great piece of comfort food heaven. Give it a try.

OT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed lunch on the enclosed patio with views of the beach and ocean. Service was good and food was great. Recommend just for the views.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

HR
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I really enjoy Jake's, and it's a good place to bring clients because the location and food are so good. It does get a little noisy, though, and so it can be difficult to hear my guests at times. In general the prices seem to be fair for quality of food and service, I've always been pleased with the food.

JB
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food from the calamari at the start to the hula pie as dessert. We had a very nice table with ocean and beach view. Perfected cooked and seasoned fish tacos were the highlight of my meal. We really enjoy the friendly wonderful service - always a great experience. We did miss the delicious sourdough bread though.

F
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I would recommend Jake’s since the shortcomings were slight. We had the Caesar salad, fried calamari appetizer, both excellent. Dinner we had the beef short ribs, really tasty but overly fatty. My husband had the scallops, perfectly done. The place was packed at 5:30, many like us for the gorgeous sunset that didn’t disappoint. After all, Jake’s is right on the beach! Shortcomings? All the servers acted like we were lucky to be there for dinner and let’s hurry up. Lots of rushing around so not relaxing for the diners. Oh, and another $6.00 to park? We did know it was as extra unless we parked across a busy street. Since I’m handicapped we didn’t feel it was an option.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town business associate was impressed with the beautiful view, calamari and swordfish!

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

The noise level was extremely loud. Waitress was very busy and didn’t check on us but only a couple of times. Drinks went empty. My file mignon was over cook (well done instead of medium). By the time the waitress finally came by to ask how our food was, the rest of my party was finished eating and I had not touched my steak. She offered to have it remade but it was pointless to make everyone else wait for me to get my food (again) plus eat it. Once we were all ready for the bill, we waited another 18 minutes for the waitress to come by again to ask for the check. Thankfully my order was not charged on the tab but I really would have liked to eat dinner instead of grabbing food on the way home after paying $150 for my family to eat. I doubt I will come here again. Thank you for ruining my mother’s 66th birthday dinner.

KL
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great restaurant and great food. Seaside venue makes this restaurant lovely.

B
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall fairly good accept we received our meals just warm. Looked like they had been sitting a while before served.

MM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Noisy, steak wasn't done but was replaced, water spilled and slow cleanup. Food otherwise excellent and service otherwise very friendly after we got wait staff attention.

L
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We loved the location and the views; the staff was superior. The food was very good, but not very original and the menu was limited. Having said that, if you feel like being on vacation, if you feel like being in Hawaii this is the place. They have mai tais and cool breezes. Jake's is a lovely spot.

BD
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Server was great, but we waited a long time for our food, and others around us were having a similar experience

BB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Jakes has a good ocean view and good service. The prices are commensurate with the food, which is delicious. The real problem is the deafening noise level at dinner. I could not hear what my guest was saying even though she was seated directly next to me. I would not bring a guest here on a Friday or Saturday evening if you expect to have a conversation.

F
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. However, they messed up our reservation time and we didn’t get a table until 15-20 minutes past. That was disappointing.

B
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A long time favorite of ours for special occasions. Food was outstanding especially the Ahi, waiter very attentive. Great view of the sunset over the ocean. A bit noisy if that's a concern. Otherwise, Jakes has never let us down and this was no exception.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good times great views

SI
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I have been going here for many years but this visit was disappointing. I had the seafood salad which had very little seafood and nonexistent dressing. The chowder was bland. The service was great and the view worth the hour drive.

JA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought friends who live in Palm Springs, so we knew they would enjoy eating near the water. We had an excellent table and the staff gladly closed one of the windows so the cool air would not blow on us. The whole experience was excellent.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic view and food. Outstanding and attentive service!

H
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Usually love Jake's but the last few visits have been a disappointment. This time, the service was so atrocious it was embarrassing... the food was not tasty to me, either. My salad was drowned in dressing, the potatoes overcooked. :(

H
Portland
38 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

They pay no attention to regular clients as to seating location or promptness.

This always the same. Will not return!

BG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great evening watching the sun set and enjoying good food. Overall a nice dinner. The waiter could turn down the acting a notch but he was efficient and, if anything, the pace of the dinner was too fast. So. Cal and not Europe, of course.

MO
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jake’s is always a great place to dine. I come to Jakes frequently with family and friends. I use Open Table to make a reservation. The view of course is fabulous. The staff is always pleasant and the food is excellent.

CO
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Front desk very ‘Rule Bound”...Waitress & location terrific. Food- fine.

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