Jake's Del Mar

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5859 reviews
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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 Duvinh Ta 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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Orlando
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a wonderful atmosphere.

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c
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our dinner at Jake’s! The ceviche, ahi tuna and scallops were delicious. Next time we will visit during the day—bet the views and sunset are amazing!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter 2019

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MD
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our brunch at Jake’s.
Our server was very attentive and paid attention to all details

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Husbands birthday

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WB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I know the seafood chowder was an appetizer, but I've never seen such a small serving at a restaurant ever. My wife and I stopped at a restaurant about three hours later and my wife scarfed down half of a large pizza (the most pizza she probably has ever eaten). And it isn't like it's the cheapest thing on the menu. The other things our party ordered were adequate and good.

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NM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a special day for my daughter. she wanted to come to jakes and it did not dissapoint . thanks you

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BK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I was a bit disappointed in the service. Drinks were late, requested bread was late and then taken away before I was finished with the food. No refills of drinks were offered.

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LT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

After hearing so many great things about this restaurant, we went here for dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The service was the best part of our experience, everything else was very disappointing.

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FL
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The bread crumbs on the Ceasar salad were awful. The dressing not a classic one. We also had the swordfish on the lentils which I would not order again. All in all a "just fair" experience as to food. The service was good, however.

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a
San Diego
97 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This visit was not a home run.
The lobster came out translucent and the ceviche had so much lime, it tasted like you were eating a lime straight up. The server noticed they were not eaten, never asked how they were. Even brought over a menu to find something else... didn’t remove these items from the bill.
We won’t come back for a while...

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Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here in celebration of my husbands birthday. It exceeded expectations. In response to my request, the had a lovely corner table by the window for us. Fabulous sunset viewing! The spicy margarita was delish! We had prawns, crab cake (amazing) and ceviche for starters. My husband has several allergies and they were accommodating and careful with our food choices. We shared the Ahi tuna, which was fantastic. We will be back soon! Our server was Ashley - he was very informed, helpful and prompt. We had a great bday memory!

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Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent location, excellent service, great food.

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San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time at Jake's. We always have a great meal and enjoy the service. This time we had a server named "Nathan" who was outstanding! Look forward to going back! Thanks!

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SP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

We had to wait a long time for our table. When I finally approached the front desk to ask why and when we would be seated they told me that they were waiting for us to tell them if our whole party had arrived. They never mentioned that when we checked in and that was quite a surprise considering our whole party had been there for a while.
Restaurant was so noisy we could not talk.
Food was ok but small portions for the money.
We do not plan on going back.

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J
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always.

Great service and vibe was awesome. Food was great too, but portions were a little small.

Can't beat the view!

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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The view was fantastic, I always enjoy people watching. I had the seafood omelet with spaghetti squash - the omelet was perfect, but the squash was served lukewarm with cold spots and lacked seasoning. They did replace the squash with a dish that was warmer...still bland. Required salt and pepper before I could eat it.
My companion is VERY picky about his eggs...they didn't get it right, even on the second try. But, they did try.
Am willing to try this place again, but maybe lunch or dinner.

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SC
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sunday Brunch on the beach so we expected crowded but we got there before the big rush. Server was awesome, friendly, attentive, made suggestions, etc. Eggs Benedict was as good as any other however the english muffin they used was outstanding. Really made the dish. Please don't change that. Breakfast Burrito, the hubby had, he said was good, certainly plentiful and fresh ingredients. View was awesome. Price was very good. Valet parking was non-optional @ $6 plus tip, but necessary. Definitely a great place.

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EA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a good time taking my wife out on a date

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CN
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful time catching up on life and basking in the atmosphere of beach and sun while enjoying a delicious dinner.

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great overall. We had made our reservation for the wrong date but were happy to seat us within 15 minutes.

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JC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location and very good food. Would recommend to anyone.

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TC
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Jake’s. It’s consistently good food, and service is great. Love the views. Jake’s is the complete package. Never disappoints!

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AH
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal staff and food and view!!! I’ve been taking business associates here from Master Lock Company for years. Imagine their reaction: Del Mar in January bs Milwaukee!

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We ordered to glosses of Dauo Cab and it was brought to the table with no chance to taste. The next morning we both had headaches. I think we were given an inferior quality wine from the taste and after effect. Also the portion size was very small. Three medium scallops for 32.00.

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PC
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was friendly but professional. You can’t beat the ocean view. My swordfish entree was flavorful and beautifully presented.

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K
New England
35 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Jake's is a fun place that really knows how to handle the crowd of diners who flock there, even on a Tuesday night. After a short wait, we were seated by the windows, as we requested. Our waiter was delightful. Our two entrees (short ribs and halibut) were very good, and the aloha pie for desert was exceptional. Our table overlooking the beach/ocean was perfect--especially at sunset.

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jake's is amazing! I was in town to run the Carlsbad 5000 with my friend and wanted to take her to all the great Southern California locations. Jake's was definitely on the list and did not disappoint. We were able to be seated with a view and I had the same waiter last time I ate at Jakes. Thank you for the amazing food, service and views!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jake’s never disappoints! Food was fantastic, service was fantastic. This is our special occasion go to place!

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DN
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my birthday dinner by the Pacific. The view was terrific and the waiter was very attentive...good personality.

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JD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had a reservation made a week or so in advance. It was my wife’s birthday so I kindly requested a window seat to watch the sunset. When we entered the hostess was not that accommodating at all. She said no window available and sat us at a terrible table underneath a giant fan. We moved and sat at the bar instead. The bartenders saved the date. They were awesome. We had the burger and the fish special. Both good not great. The views are quite nice. It was happy hour all day on Monday so they had some specials. I would recommend this place. Pretty casual too.

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R
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Jake's a very special restaurant and I always take my out of town guests there. The service on this visit was not as good as usual. The server appeared unfocused. I was surprised to learn that bread did not come automatically with my meal. I had to ask for it to enjoy the wonderful broth of my fish stew.

I'll continue to go back to Jake's, but i have noticed a decline in the quality of the service.

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KW
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for lunch with a friend. We both had the ahi poke bowl and it was excellent. The service was also excellent. I drink a lot of ice tea and my glass never went empty.

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DW
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jake's has been our go to special occasion restaurant for years. For may daughters 19th birthday dinner she chose Jake's as she does every birthday. I reserved a window table for 7 and notified them we were running about 30 minutes late, they said no problem. Our waiter Josh was amazing, personable, funny and very accommodating. I split the ribeye steak special with my 13 year old daughter which was fantastic. She had left a couple bites on her plate and Josh asked her if she would like to take it to go. She said that would be great. While we were enjoying our mud pie, Josh came over to apologize that the staff threw her left overs out. He felt bad and had the chef cook her another ribeye dinner to go. Best waiter and service ever! The food is always great and the view at sunset makes you feel like your on a holiday. I can't say enough good things about Jake's and our waiter Josh.

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R
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Jake’s many times and it’s always perfect. The view especially in the patio area, is fantastic. A great view of the Pacific ocean and beach. Great food great ambience and a perfect place for lunch.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out waiter Kawika was awesome! Great experience

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BN
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! The bartender was quick to attend to us, we asked what his favorite entree on the menu was and without hesitation he said the hash. We sat at the table and our view was spectacular, our waiter Chuck was so enjoyable and let me try the crabmeat before I ordered, ( so nice ) and in the end we split a fantastic citrus & avacado Salad and the hash. 5 Stars!!!it was exactly what the bartender said, “Amazing!”

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DW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is fantastic. Beautiful views of the ocean. Friendly staff. My only complaint is portion size. The food, though small, was delicious.

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JW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

For so many years we have trailered our cars to the "Goodguys" car show and always without missing a day we would always come and have dinner there at Jakes. I really bragged up your place and this year I brought my Fiancé to Jakes for her Birthday. Her steak was ordered "Medium", She received her steak in a pool of blood. I was embarrassed for you, as well as my self. Our server was very busy and we waited as long as we could and flagged down another server. He returned the steak to the kitchen and then our server came by and ask were was her steak, we explained the situation. Our server returned with the steak a while later and ask her to inspect it. This time the steak was rare and for people who enjoy that it would have been perfect. However when she explaine that she ordered it
Medium", our waited question this....Then he checked the order and realized she was correct....Our server then returned the steak and when he brought it back to our table it was really really crisp on the out side and very well done on the inside. ...She tried to eat it but couldn't...We paid our Bill and left...Oh, the server removed the cost of the steak from our bill but we were both very disappointed...As a business owner myself, this should never happen in the sequence that it did....

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MD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come every year for my husband's birthday and always get great food, great service, and a great view.

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