Jake's Del Mar

4.7
7570 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 7570 people are saying
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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wattaguy
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best steak I've ever had! Try a POG and Rum cocktail you will enjoy it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood Pot was excellent and you definitely can't go wrong with the Calimari. Always a pleasure to eat there.

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viplola777
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great lunch with friends at Jake's Del Mar. Great food, amazing staff and gorgeous views. A perfect day!!!!

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AlohA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Jake's many times over many years, and this restaurant never falls short of excellent! Calamari appetizer - best I've had...anywhere; the Achiote Roasted Fish was so moist, tender and flavorful - there was nothing left on my plate at the end of the meal. The service was amazing and the ambience - nothing beats sitting outside next to sand and ocean on a beautiful summer day!

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33yrsmeandmine2cool
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is selection limited but the quality of the food is unparalleled. Although, we have had primarily their entrees in the past we decided to order 2 appetizers, 1 entree, 1 desert and split all 3. What a great treat! The variety of flavors and textures was truly delightful. Will do the same next year.

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vipcarrie
Palm Springs
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband’s birthday. Had a great view window and was very accommodating.

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jackiek
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! The food was delicious too! Love the Seafood Pot and Surfing Steak was awesome! Husband had the scallops which were light and fresh in a paprika lemon sauce/marinade. It’s a must go to restaurant!

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vipErinE
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The seafood pot and Achiote fish were incredible!

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MShilling
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really recommend it

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Charisse
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, had grilled fish tacos 😋. The waiter was exceptional, funny, efficient and polite! Couldn’t ask for better waiter. Only con is I wish you still served the bread/butter, Jakes along with many other restaurants stopped serving bread during COVID, we’d like to see it come back. Overall it was a lovely lunch and Birthday celebration. Thanks!!

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jj1234
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jake's is one of my favorite restaurants! The food is always excellent and the service is equally outstanding. We celebrated a birthday during our most recent outing to Jake's and the food and service were once again fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accidentally made reservations for 4 for my moms bday when it should have been 5. Server handled it like a rock star and got us moved to a larger booth without us even asking. Much appreciated!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

The food was great! However, we did not enjoy our dining experience. The windows were wired open and they would not close the windows when asked. We changed tables twice and we’re still uncomfortably cold during our dinner. We will not return until the windows can be closed. Very disappointing!

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CraigB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jakes never disappoints. Fantastic food, great service, and wonderful atmosphere. really enjoyed or meal and would highly recommend to anyone.

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MikelH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time going. Great atmosphere and the beach view is outstanding!!

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TomasR
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good spot for brunch great food n service .. love the view by the beach .. make sure u reserve or it will be a long wait!

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vipjerryD
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great views, lunch menu was very reduced, not alot of sandwich choices .

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ocean views for our 16th anniversary dinner!

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SusanG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love Jake’s missed being here during Covid!

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vipCheriR
Cincinnati
37 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for lunch and to enjoy the beach atmosphere The service was excellent. The hostess was very friendly as was the server in the bar. Food was good

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ValerieZ
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience3

Valet drop off took too long. Waited for a table too long (with reservation). We were asked to wrap up within 10 minutes because they needed to prep for dinner reservations. Could not be seated at another table. Ridiculous!!!!

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DebbieS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 2 tables combined for our group of 9, including 3 kids.
Trey, our server, was excellent. Between his great service , the food, and the view, we had a memorable vacation experience for our family who are here from Oklahoma and Massachusetts.
See you again next time.
PS. The kids also liked your place mat game and prizes.

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KarenT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great settling for lunch on the beach. Fresh delicious salmon ceasar salad.

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AlexanderF
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food was very good and service was amazing. The size of the portions and drinks however were a bit small for what we are used to. Nevertheless, will definitely be visiting again.

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BriannaC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and incredible ambiance. The wind was quite strong and the staff was able to adjust the window to let in a comfortable breeze. We will visit again on our next trip to San Diego.

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vipDavenport
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful views of Del Mar beach ... Try to get a table near the windows overlooking the beach ... Very good food ... Speedy and friendly service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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RichardB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ordered hamburger…….poor quality
Appetizer had hair in it…..server graciously replaced it and did not charge….nice
2 people had fish…….delicious.
Have not been to Jakes for a few years……..not the quality I remember

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vipbbme999
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful time, a beautiful setting, excellent food and service. Ambience exceeded expectations. Had an early reservation, and was able to get a table by the window. I recommend the restaurant and everything else. It was delicious and I would definitely be back next time in San Diego!

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CindiC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been to this restaurant many time over the years and it has alway been wonderful. We take family and friends here for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and just for the lovely views. We always enjoy the food and service we receive when we visit Jakes in Del Mar.

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Visitor
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Nice enjoying lunch overlooking beach.

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vipBeachDesert
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch. our server, Alicia, was awesome.

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LisaD
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic meal and celebration. Excellent service from all. The food surpassed expectations and the views were stunning. Looking forward to a return visit.

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MEGS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat to be able to have lunch at Jakes. We were lucky enough to be there on their first Tuesday re-opening for lunch and it couldn't have been better. Not overly crowded (most people probably didn't even know it was open) with a seat right at the beach. Food and service were outstanding.

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vipSnyderC
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I had the fish and chips, they were over cooked! And hardly any fish in the large amount of batter. The rest of our food was good? The hula pie was soft and not up to par with the ones in the past?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was okay steak overdone for medium rare. Very very limited menu other then that Jake’s is still a great place to go

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DonS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our birthday celebration dinner at Jake's was great, close to perfect. We were seated within a few minutes after arriving, at a requested window table on a gorgeous day. Maggie gave us outstanding service the entire time. The dinners and drinks that everybody ordered were great, and the complementary birthday Hula Pie was enough to share and was enjoyed by all. What a beautiful place to enjoy a special celebration. I highly recommend it, and will be going back whenever I can.

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FotomanCB
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Ordered the special of the day. Halibut. First came after quite awhile. Seemed the cold side. Then I couldn’t cut it with just a fork. Unusual for a flaky fish like Halibut. So I cut into the middle. It was tough and could hardly cut it. It was pink in the middle.

Waitress agreed it was raw and took it back. 2nd halibut came out much quicker cooked but was very greasy. It had grilled chunks on it from a prior meat or fish and was absolutely tasteless.

We’re from out town. But have eaten at Jakes 15-20 times over the years while we’re at Del Mar. so disappointed.

Waitress gets 4 stars for not charging me but the damage has been done.

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Joey
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Bartender fantastic

Hostess said our table was ready and we paid for our bar tab. Afterwards we went over to be seated and hostess said they are cleaning our table 25 minutes additional wait.
Crazy.

Waiter staff real slow

Food excellent but aggravating waiting and waiting.

No excuse for this

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cmac
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It is a nice location. Right on the beach. We had calamari appetizer. It was very good. A nice size serving. Thank goodness we ordered it because our entrees were not enough to call a meal. The scallops were done well, but there were only 3 of them on a small smear of mashed potato. There were a small amount of green vegies mixed in, but they were so small I couldn't tell what they were. Maybe asparagus. My husband had the seafood pot. We were going to share, but there wasn't much of anything in the sauce. 1/2 of a tiny lobster tail, 2 shrimp and a little piece of some sort of fish. Maybe wee hit it on a bad day or something. No bread was offered to soak up the broth. We asked the waitress for some and it took a little while to get it because she said they make it up fresh when you order it (some sort of dry focaccia bread). Wouldn't eat here again. The entrees cost was 33.50 and 35.00. They charged 3.00 for the bread. We had 2 martinis and 1 beer. Cost us 165.00 with tip. We got a taco on the way home.