Jake's Del Mar

4.7
6238 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
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great lunch at Jake's Del Mar. Ariel provided excellent service, which made our meal perfect. The fish tacos are outstanding. The chef's burger and ceasar salad were also really good. We topped off our meal with Hula pie...perfection. The tables on the patio provide the best views of the ocean. We would highly recommend Jake's for lunch or dinner!!!

DP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter Dustin at the bar was so friendly and helpful
Our waiter Clayton was also great with service and friendliness
Wonderful evening

IW
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time and good food. Enjoyed my birthday dinner and our waiter Josh was very terrific.

V
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cameron the waiter was excellent!!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible as usual. Never disappoints

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

always fabulous food, fantastic ocean view from tables inside the front windows. Excellent service. Love this place

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

Way too expensive for value! Two people - more than $100.00 plus parking six dollars. This was lunch. If wealthy people don't mind the cost, then it is a great place. Service, ambiance was great! Two tacos, bowl of soup, and shared cerviche. Cocktails too expensive. chips were stale.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Energetic for very loud noise level? What marketing BS. The food was well prepared and flavorful, the service was diffident.

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

A local must visit! Going to Jakes use to mean casual, 75% chance everyone would be happy with the meal, but 100% would love to view. This past time we found a certain unexplained improvement in the Ribeye and fresh fish. The staff have always been a plus there, although they were slammed so we had to be patient, but we were plesantly pleased with the meals. We have been going for three years, and intend to continue. The bar scene was over the top this week. Crowded with track goers and some locals. Great night out following a beach walk or preparing for one.

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

Unfortunately, it was a very busy Wed night, being Race track season and all. We had 5:45 reservataions. I put in a special request for a window seat. Didn't get it. (never do!!) Got seated right away but didn't get our first cocktails until 6:30! Then we ordered appetizers and dinner and dinner came around 7:25 and our apps never showed up! One of us ordered the special sea bass and it came in 4 chunks with hardly any panko crust. They took it back and brought another entree pretty quickly. I usually love this place, but taking our friend there for her birthday was a bit disappointing this time.

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

Our server was excellent! She had the most beautiful smile and such a pleasant manner about her ! She was very attentive.
We enjoyed every minute and we will be back as soon as possible! The Hula pie is amazing.

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

I have always wanted to eat at Jake's, to sit by the window, have a great meal with my family, and enjoy the sunset and waves. I had the Brussels sprouts and the mixed seafood pot, they were both delicious. I can't wait to dine there again

BG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Took an out-of-town colleague here for dinner, and she loved it. The setting makes for an awesome experience. That said, the food was just OK. My entre, a crusted sea bass special, was bland. Desert was the highlight. The hula pie was divine. They should expand the woman’s bathroom. For a restaurant this size, two stalls in the ladies room and no place to line up to wait, almost guarantee you will get whacked by the door as ladies enter expecting a bigger space. For special occasions or to wow out-of-towers, this is a great choice. The value for money is not there, and you will not eat anything (except desert) that is nearly as memorable as the view.

OL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had another great lunch at Jake's. This has been one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego for over 20 years. My husband had the Achiote Roasted Fish and I had the Ahi on the Ceasar Salad. They were both superb!!! The ocean view is beautiful, the atmosphere is always lovely, everyone is having a good time and the service is excellent.

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

Jake's is an enjoyable 'beach front' restaurant. We have been there multiple times and the service is top notch. Our visits have always been for dinner, therefore, we are not able to tell you much about the luncheon menu. But our dinner's have always been extremely good. Medium portion size, but still good. The deserts are also recommended. Jake's is always on our radar.

RG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place, beautiful ocean views, excellent food, super friendly courteous and knowledgeable staff. We will be back next time we are in town.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation celebration

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D
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our only complaint is the crowding in dining area closest to windows, we were a table of 4 and once seated, you could not get out of your seat unless you bothered the table next to you. Noise level was such you could not hear anyone talking across the table of 4. Food and service is always excellent.

KG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The child host coordinating reservations did not seem up to the job. The position appeared to be beyond his current skill set. However our waiter was fabulous.

M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Booked a table for 12:15, arrived 20 mins early and finally got seated at 12:45. Although the food and service (once seated) were great, not sure it was worth the wait.

KB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent the day at Del Mar race track and went to Jakes after for dinner. Since we had a reservation on a very busy night, they sat us quickly and we got a seat with Ocean view as requested. Our waiter was so friendly and our food just amazing. I had the halibut special and our friends had the seafood bowl. Everyone in our group love the food. We will definitely go back next time we are in town.

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great waiter and the food was delicious and came out fast. The only bummer was we weren’t seated near the water and the host wasn’t exactly accommodating or kind about it but we had a great experience otherwise.

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

We were given the best table without any wait thanks for our reservation with open table.

w
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ariel was our server, and as always, we had an awesome time. food was yummy Zaza the drinks were on point, and dessert was, well, hula pie!

SP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the view and the food and service was excellent

JB
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation for 7 pm but were not seated until after 7:30. Our server was prompt and through the course of the meal the wait staff was very attentive. The meals were good. I gave it 3 stars only because of the extended wait with a reservation and the noise level. It was sometimes very difficult to carry on a reasonable conversation

Those two negatives will make it more likely I will not return.

T
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my mom’s 70th birthday. We had an amazing time and an amazing view. The food was outstanding. We will definitely be back!

H
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable meal for our anniversary dinner. Food and service were both very good and location was wonderful !

LR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view, great service. Waiter (Alex) even pointed out a dolphin pod just off shore. Lovely dinner experience. Highly recommend.

SB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love Jake's Del Mar. Always have a fabulous dining experience plus watching the beach goers is always fun. My colleague had the chowder and the berry salad and she said it was very good, but portions were a bit small. I had the cheeseburger with bacon and avo and it was great. We will be back, for sure.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was phenomenal from the view to the food. Only issue was we weren’t sat until 45 minutes after our reservation time...

OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Meeting long time friends in town. A bit too noisy for a good conversation unfortunately but the food was excellent!

D
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our "go to" place for out of town guests. Can make reservations. Outstanding view/location. Great service and food.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drive from Phoenix every year to celebrate mine and my husbands bday. We bring along our friends. Everything was excellent except we were disappointed that in February and August you did not offer the Halibut . You also did not have it last August. This is our favorite.

R
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Excellent food and service and the ambiance is exceptional next to the beach... we will continue to visit this beautiful restaurant as we are able....

t
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We sat in the inside dining room at lunch and it was so loud that we could not hear a word the person next to us said. The food was just mediocre. My friend had the ahi and it was like rubber and the chicken salad was blah . I won't be going back anytime soon.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going away to college ...!

KK
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Australian family visit. Had to take them to our favorite place.

NW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We ordered chicken fingers for our son and it wasn’t cooked. The waiter didn’t really apologize. That left a bad taste in our mouths. Other than that it was a nice meal. Beautiful location on the water.

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