Jake's Del Mar

4.7
5945 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 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
43 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous lunch at Jake's. The fish tacos and the hamburger were both very good. Trey, our server provided excellent service. Jake's is very lucky to have him on their team.

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

Birthday dinner

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M
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our first time dining at Jake's. The restaurant was lovely, the food was very good and the service was pretty good. My only complaint is we were rushed out of the restaurant. We had a table of 6 people. We finished our meal and paid our bill as we were not interested in having dessert. As we sat chatting away with our friends who were visiting from out of town, we attempted to order another round of drinks, to which our server Trey responded "well, there is another party waiting for your table, so..." I found that extremely rude. We had just collectively spent $300 and now our business is no longer desired? We would have easily spent another $80 just for drinks but apparently we had wore out our welcome after a mere hour and fifteen minutes in to our reservation. I would expect that kind of treatment from a quick service restaurant like Applebee's or Chili's, not from such a fine establishment as Jake's.

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b
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I’ve eaten here once before and had forgotten how loud it gets. The three will of us couldn’t hear each other all night. It was a very busy Tuesday night and our waitress was a bit slow to make first contact but good delivery of food. And of course, a perfect view of sunset which is why we’re there, right? Food nothing special but satisfied our hunger.

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BN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good except for ceviche.
Ceviche was delicious when we were there a year ago. Served in a bowel with stem.

Loved table 7!and view.

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DO
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I have been to Jake’s many time over the years, the quality/dining experience has deteriorated in recent years. In our last lunch, we had to remind waiter to add water after the glass was empty for a while, and the appetizer never came (only three items ordered in the first place). Small details and probably not even worth brought up, but I expect more from Jake’s

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T
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us went to Jakes’s for a birthday celebration for a friend from out of town. We were seated promptly at the time of our reservation and had a table right by the windows. The ambiance, food and service were excellent!

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KM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Jake's Del Mar! We were celebrating our son's graduation. We had a few drinks at the bar which were great. They gave us a nice table by the window so we could see the ocean. Our waitress was wonderful! She was very knowledgable about the menu and food. She made sure we got everything we needed and put up with my jokes. It was a wonderful dinner. Looking forward to our next visit.

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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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F
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Little noisy but great food and service. Solid place for good food and location.

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m
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food were amazing! Come to Jake’s with friends and family! I highly recommend ordering the Hula Pie for dessert- there is enough yumminess to share for all:)

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G
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

1st time customers. We were checked out in someone else's bill and had to be corrected. It was obvious the business wants you to get your food quickly and leave to turn the table. People pass through noting with iPads who's almost done.

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GM
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wanted to get a quick bite to eat on the coast before our family get together. Chose Jake's because it was recommended by the hotel we are staying at. Parking wasn't easy as the valet was completely packed. We parked across the street, which cost us $20. But it was vacation and we wanted to have fun. The restaurant was nice, but so loud it was hard to have a conversation without raising your voice. Overall, though, I'd go back again.

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L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our lunch service for 5 took 2 hours from start to finish. It was so painfully slow. Obviously Jake's needs more wait staff.

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JG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Everything was great except our Ahi tostada appetizer was so bad we couldn’t eat it. Other than that it was good

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p
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to Del Mar every year to celebrate my birthday and always a "must" stop at Jake's Del Mar for a wonderful evening of dining and celebrating. We have been returning to Jake's for about 15 years now. Parking can be a problem but....... there is public parking across the street. Our server for the last 2 years has been Clayton and I recommend him as well as all the other great servers that Jake's employes. Try to get the windows next to the beach for a fantastic view of a california sunsets.

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uno de los mejores restaurantes de la costa de California.

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MT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Love Jake's, been here a few times. This time I got a very tough stringy steak, so tough that I had to give up on eating it. Very unusual for Jakes, hopefully a one-time issue. One of their bartenders didn't even know what a Kir Royale was and then proceeded to argue with me - not good. Hopefully next time will be much better.

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S
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner at Jake's -- which is what we always have! Great service, great food, great sunset. Wait staff could not have been more professional and attentive. Thank you Jake's for a great birthday dinner and for doing what you do so well!

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NW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They treated my husband and I very well for our anniversary dinner. Lovely atmosphere and dinner. Will definitively go back.

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AN
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place. Views are terrific. Right on the beach. Service was perfect, friendly and professional. The food was also really good. Well presented, fresh, nice and hot and good prices. My scallops were delicious and my husband ‘s steak was cooked just right and very tender. I would go back!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I was disappointed in their service.
The food was very good.

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LS
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience from the pre dinner cocktails to the huge dessert. Gorgeous ocean view table. The restaurant was full but the service was still great. We will be back!

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DC
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great evening at Jakes.

Swordfish just slightly over cooked.

Great waiter and great sunset.

Noise is the only real issue at Jakes. It’s reflective I guess in the fact that everyone is having a good time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience at Jakes. Waitress took really good care of our party. View of the Pacific was amazing.

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JF
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dustin was a very attentive server. Really enjoy the atmosphere.

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PC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the setting, right on the beach. Servers will all courteous and fast, even on Mothers Day when they were quite busy. Thank you

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CM
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day, great experience all around halibut special was awesome, service was great.

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D
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The views exquisite. It was a five star experience! The hula pie is to die for:)

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BH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Creativity on food is outstanding, ambience is priceless, service was stellar.

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OT
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mother's Day lunch!

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HC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Wonderful venue as always. We were there for Mother’s Day. Service at opening-time was slow to start. Check ins with wait staff was ok. We love the view but maybe think again for a busy special occasion.

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KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit crazy in the parking lot when you get there, but the valets soon handle everything. The food and service was wonderful, and sitting beachside with the sunset was perfect. Wonderful Mother's Day dinner for the family.

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BV
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is no place we would rather celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary than at Jake’s! Thanks to Michael and the whole staff!

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HM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Happy hour in the bar is great. The oceanfront views are amazing. The food is very good. The ambient noise level is very loud. Parking is tough, but valet parking is very reasonable.

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BL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much! We had a lovely anniversary dinner together :)

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j
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was great. What a nice place with a beautiful view.

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

We ate here for a long overdue family reunion, and it was absolutely perfect! The meal was by far the best over the 5 day trip!

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DE
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Upon arrival the hostess was rather snooty. Food was average or, a notch below. Service good.

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