About Decoy Dockside

From serene lake views to cozy fireplaces, it’s #openseason at Decoy to celebrate the unexpected! We invite you to our peaceful lake side retreat to feast among the flora and fauna on a menu of new American cuisine inspired by the great outdoors and prepared by Chef David Warner. Grab a stool at our floating lakefront bar for a casual drink or sit down for a decadent meal among friends. However you choose to experience dockside dining, Decoy welcomes you to join our table.

1035 La Bonita Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078
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Dining Style:
Elegant Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Monday-Saturday 8am - 11am
Brunch Sunday 8am-2pm
Lunch Monday-Saturday 11am-2pm
Dinner Sunday-Thursday 5pm-9pm and Friday-Saturday 5pm-10pm

DOCK BAR downstairs dining : casual dining on the lake level with an all day menu
Monday - Friday 2pm - Close
Saturday & Sunday 10am-Close

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 744-0120

Website:
http://decoydockside.com/

Executive Chef:
Chef David Warner

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Decoy Dockside Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.7

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (51)
Scenic View (48)
Great for Outdoor Dining (36)
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Special Occasion (36)
Good for a Date (36)
Good for Groups (27)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Romantic (25)
Bar Seating (23)
Great for Brunch (21)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Casual (20)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Business Meals (14)
Fun (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Cozy (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Healthy (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Seasonal (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Authentic (4)
Great Beer (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

They have a very good breakfast menu. The yogurt and fruit bowl was delicious. They make a very yummy honey, crunchy granola on top. The loose tea is presented in a French press. Nice space with a water view from every table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Experience was good., however requested a round table for 5 for business dinner and was told unavailable. There were round tables available. Would have preferred an email after making reservation that round table was unavailable so reservation could have been made elsewhere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Meal service a bit too slow, otherwise excellent food service and atmosphere.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The ambience for Decoy is over the top! It is all about being tucked away on the Lake, the views and the fountain light presentations. The various dining room settings (fireplace, bar, etc.) and Dockside add to the overall warmth and inviting atmosphere. On our first couple of visits, the menu seemed to offer more variety (duck, rack of lamb, etc.). We will return in hopes that the kitchen brings back some of our favorites.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

As a spoiled New Yorker, I’d say this is one of the better restaurants in North County. The price is high and the value is almost there, and I’m really rooting for them. That’s why I wrote this review when I rarely do. The food and drinks are very good. There are some kinks worth working out with the service and noise levels. Some better vegetarian options would also be appreciated. Will eat here again for sure. Thank you!

Tags: Waterfront, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The service was slow. Our dishes came out without serving spoons or an oyster fork. The waiter didn't even notice so we had to call him over to remedy the situation. Poor service because of that.
Food very pricey and just mediocre. Not a good value for the price.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

A group of us arrived for breakfast . The table was ready and waiting. The server and hostess were super friendly , attentive and helpful. The feeling was they were glad we were there. Nothing was a problem ,separate checks, extra person showed up,or lots of refills on coffee. They were glad to oblige. The setting is beautiful and comfy. We are for sure going back there.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Decoy is an amazing restaurant with spectacular views, a gorgeous dining room and a comfortable, modern setting. The food is good, but the menu has become more average, less interesting. Please bring back some of the more interesting duck, lamb and pork dishes please. I have been there many times and feel that you are missing an opportunity to cater to more elevated tastes.

Tags: Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Amazing venue for Sunday brunch. I had been here before for a girls dinner and was impressed then with the ambiance, food, and drink selection and was pleased again after having Sunday brunch here for my mom's birthday. What a great venue. Attention to detail was amazing and the service is what stood out for me. That is where restaurants need to understand that's what keeps a customer coming back. Our server, Mike, was amazing and super attentive and friendly. What a lovely venue with high quality, fresh food, bottomless mimosas and great selection. Worth it - have already referred friends to this place.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Fantastic Birthday Night. Started with a pontoon ride and cocktail, watched the light show and ended with a window seat for dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving buffet was ok, food was a bit salty for my taste. The venue was nice, felt like the hostess & bartender were a lot more nicer & attentive to the white patrons & felt like they looked down on us. Really wanted to like this place but honestly kind of mediocre & not worth the drive or the price.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Waterfront, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We so enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner 2017 at Decoy! Our group ranged in age from 10-90, and everyone had a blast. Little surprises like the light show, the boat ride, and the bean bag game added to the beautiful view and vibrant feel of the place. Oh, and the food was abundant and extremely delicious! If the rolls had been warm, that would have been great, but they were so busy, I forgave them. Thank you for the wonderful meal and happy memories, Decoy!

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

There was breakfast food in the buffet fir thanksgiving dinner. Service was poor. Champagne wasn't good. Not a good value.

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My family and I had a great and fun experience here for Thanksgiving. There were games for the kids to play and we enjoyed the food tremendously.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great ambiance and service. Our server was very attentive and timely, but not overbearing. Food was delicious - highly recommend their steaks. Will definitely be back for more!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

This is an absolutely beautiful restaurant and we loved it. The food was better than most. The service, however, was quite slow so do not be in a hurry to get anywhere. It was also EXTREMELY expensive...but depending on the occasion, worth it.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Our first visit, beautiful restauramt. The food, apmosphere and waiter service was excellent. The only negative was the long waits between courses.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I love Decoy. Great food and beautiful décor close to home makes you feel like you're on vacation:)

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great Setting, Food was delicious, service was not great and wine list overpriced for selection.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time for my wife and I. We had a great time. The food and atmosphere was excellent! Will definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food & service. Can't wait to go back😊. Beautiful light show!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Loved this place. We have been looking for a new brunch restaurant and we have found it. The food selection was large and the quality seemed good. The restaurant sits on San Marcos lake so it is waterfront. It was a nice surprise to take a free boat ride after brunch. It really made the day special.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great ambience! Always such a hit when I bring my friends to Decoy! Beautiful food, beautiful restaurant and lovely staff!

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I found this place on Opentable and it sounded great. It had a huge menu and great views.

We got there and the views were great, but it’s actually two different restaurants and each has its own menu.

I liked the downstairs menu personally, but most of my guests liked the one from the upstairs dining room.

I asked the waiter about the Duck and he told me I could order it “crispy”, so I did.

It wasn’t at all crispy. It was rather flavorless and tough, drowned in some sweet sauce.

I may have to go back because the family liked the atmosphere, but to me, it was a fail.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Best meal, view, and service we have had in years. HIGHLY recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Decoy Dockside was a perfect choice to celebrate my wife's birthday. The restaurant is quite beautiful and the food was excellent with unique ingredients and combinations that worked surprisingly well. And the desserts were amazing! They also projected an impressive and entertaining Halloween program onto the fountain mist in the lake outside the restaurant twice while we were there. All things considered, we had a lovely celebration!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always enjoy getting together with friends at The Decoy! So lucky to have this gem in our lakeside community!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The location is spectacular with a view of the lake. I used to go there when it was Quails Inn. It has gotten a great facelift. I had lox and bagels. The lox were great, but the bagel was too thick. Next time I will ask to substitute toasted rosemary bread instead. My friend loved the fruit and the avocado smash. I was also there a week or so ago (return visit is a good sign) and I had the shrimp Po Boy! It was delicious. Definitely, worth the drive!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

The entrees were very good, however, we did order the $73 seafood platter and that was not good, the crab legs were still frozen and the portion was much smaller than expected.

Tags: Waterfront, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Amazingly good food for suburban San Diego! Everything was great from the menu to the food to the feel of the place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We had a very nice time and especially enjoyed the service. The food portions were quite large and we did end up ordering too much. The restaurant has an energetic vibe and we had a great time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Casual, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Decoy for brunch was a great choice! We were a party of 6 that sat for several hours without being pressured to leave. Our server, Raye, was a hoot and kept us laughing while she poured the (bottomless) mimosas. The food was displayed very well, with different choices to satisfy every palette. I will definitely be back soon!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We love Decoys Dockside dining so we decided to go to brunch. Food we good and view is very nice. Service was not so great for the price point but we think they were understaffed. Manager and staff don't put out extra effort but decor and view make it worthwhile. Price was high so we expected a better experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Kid-friendly
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Went to Dockside for Restaurant Week. Food was good, but not spectacular. The brick chicken was the best dish we had. Short ribs were very one-note and a bit salty. Wish they had options for dessert for those that don't want the rich chocolate Decoy Bar.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Excellent hidden gem!!! is a very nice place in north San Diego, we try this restaurant as part of our SDRW and for sure is a most in our list from know.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our meal at Decoy was excellent and the atmosphere was fun and lively. I'd recommend this place for a great evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was great. I was anticipating asking my server to box the remaining salmon, but somehow he never even bothered to ask if I was finished and the food disappeared. That is my only gripe so far. This is my third visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Waterfront, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Over priced for the quality of food and wines. The service was very slow and waited longer than we should have for the main entrée.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

The ambiance is outstanding. The service was very good. The food leaves a lot to be desired.
For the second time in a row eating there, they were out of my first choice for an entree (different each time). This is inexcusable at 6:00 PM or 7:00 PM (the times I dined). I ordered the scallops as a second choice. They were very soft, almost mushy. Very poorly prepared.
This would be one of my favorite places if they could get the food right. Kitchen management definitely needs improvement.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Got doneplaying golf at St Marks a short distance away. I requested to sit outside since i wanted to cool off. Beautiful lake view with black swans and several Duffys taking guests on tour of the lake. My appetizer was a wood fire Octopus, delicious. Main entree was a Braised Short Rib and my side was Cremini Mushrooms which I took home.My waiter was Noe, he was punctual and very nice young man. The restaurant was packed of out of town families and a few locals. Decoy has updated their menu with local organic grown foods. Before the menu was California fusion which people didn't like or understand. But now its more American style.

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