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) 653-3230

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

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (47)
Good for a Date (45)
Waterfront (44)
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Good for Anniversaries (38)
Special Occasion (38)
Romantic (36)
Great for Outdoor Dining (32)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Good for Groups (26)
Great for Brunch (26)
Happy Hour (24)
Great for Lunch (24)
Bar Seating (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Business Meals (19)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Casual (16)
Hot Spot (16)
Cozy (14)
Fun (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Seasonal (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Late-night Find (8)
People Watching (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Great Beer (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Healthy (5)
Live Sports (5)
Authentic (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Music (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

The octopus appetizer is quite good. The special menu serving sizes are minuscule. Avoid the Prime Beef Stroganoff. The beef tastes like liver, and the portion size is small.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Our meals were not prepared the way that we ask them to be. I ordered fish and ask for it to be well done and it came out swimming. We were sat on the patio and we're hardly paid attention to. I had to find the manager to assist us with correcting our meals and getting our bill. They discounted our food but restaurant should not have to do this. They should prepare the meals as they are requested per customer.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food, good service, and great view. Nothing like it in San Diego County.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Waitress was very evidently a smoker.
Lobster had to be sent back - under cooked
Very very $$$$ for the meal we got _

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 (Miami)·Dined 7 days ago

Went for valentines day dinner. This was our fourth visit. previously all VG experiences. I ordered the beef medallion and ordered it well done as I knew it would come back medium. My girlfriend ordered the swordfish. After a longer than usual delay, our food arrived. Her fish was 'warm", my beef was bloody and rare. They took it back and butterflied the beef and returned it 10 mins. later without the peppercorn sauce. By then my girlfriend had finished. The beef was very tasty finally but I ate it alone. The dessert was lava cakes but they arrived way overcooked and "no lava". The waiter was very good and did reduce the price by ~15% but that wasn't the issue. We will still go back there as the food and service was very good previously but NOT on a Valentine's Day when the menu is limited and the food wasn't done properly.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

We were at Decoy for Valentines Day dinner. We had a couple nice dinners there previously but I did not realize there would be a prix fixe menu that night with limited offerings . I have a mostly plant-based diet, very little wheat, very little dairy, no chicken or red meat, but I do eat fish once a week. The only fish on the menu was topped with chorizo, which the chef could not (would not?) alter. That left me with a pasta dish, not really on my diet but I ordered it anyway. Disappointing. Moral of story, make sure they're serving full menu when you go.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Live Music
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

So glad you are in the neighborhood! Second visit. Will be here many more times. If you liked and miss Bentley’s, give this gem a try!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Live Music, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Beautiful place!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Such a special restaurant. Ambiance can’t be beat, absolutely beautiful and chic. Service is fantastic. View of the lake and the light show at night, wonderful. Good is excellent. Decoy is a treat of a restaurant!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Cozy, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Perth / WA)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Really fun evening - did not expect fountain the light show. Pork chop was very flavorful as were the short ribs - nice evening

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Although the food and ambiance was nice, our server was less than attentive, we started with cocktails and had he come around more we would have added a bottle of wine. We had to ask the bus boy to bring us a glass (by the time we got someone's attention we were almost done with dinner) but the restaurant loss an opportunity to sell additional drinks and wine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The place is nice, but the filet mignon was not so good! The service is good!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Was restaurant week...it’s a place we love.
Steak was tough and so was my friends pork...unusual for this great dining spot!
Will still go again...love the place ....

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 28, 2018

GREAT DINNER!!!! FOOD WAS EXCELLENT!! AND THE SERVICE WAS GREAT!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food is amazing. The entire staff is friendly and attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food and staff good but it is so load. The music is so load everyone is yelling to be heard. Pump some white noise into the building. Since there is no dance floor I don't understand why the music is so load. Recommend it for lunch but not dinner. Second time there will be the last.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Since moving to Lake San Marcos we have enjoyed bringing friends to dinner and having lunch by the lake. Wonderful to get a boat ride around the lake after lunch and Light show with dinner.
Very Enjoyable.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Went for restaurant week and the appetizers were good but my friend’s ravioli was so salty it was inedible. My pork entree was raw. Sent them both back. Her second plate was under salted and my pork came back 15 minutes later more than well done. We had an 8:15 reservation and were seated right away. We finally walked out of there after dessert at 11:15. The entrees came out late with the waiter stating there was a computer glitch that the order didn’t get sent back to the kitchen. I struggle with that explanation since our appetizers came out in a relatively decent time. No manager came over to see how things were even though we were there for so long. I had to complain that the air conditioning was running and everyone around us was wearing their winter coats to eat dinner.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I thought to try Decoy during restaurant week, since I read reviews on next door about very improved service and food was spool much better. I agree with improved food quality and presentation. Also service was notably improved. Ambiance was spot on and water show was one of the best. Tried another restaurants (French restaurant) in Carlsbad did not come close to the food flavor and quality that we enjoyed at Decoy. Thank you Decoy for the wonderful experience. Will be ordering the Salmon everyone is raving about. Definitely will recommend Decoy to my friends. Congrats to Eddy (Best Bartender) for much deserved promotion. Great job on all fronts.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Two thumbs up! I'd give three thumbs up if I had a third one. The light show is awesome!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

So this was my second time here and the first few times I was not impressed. The food I felt has always been good, this visit the food was great. Came out hot and it didn’t take forever. They gave time between courses to digest and talk. Our server Margarito, even though he was very busy, gave us enough attention. I had the salmon for main dish and it was perfect! I am a bread fanatic and their bread was a disappointment. If they are going to give that bread they are better off not serving it at all. Dessert was also a disappointment as the pastry was undercooked and soggy. I will go back but I just may skip dessert and the bread!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great service from Ryan during restaurant week! Absolutely loved the ambiance — particularly the light show. Food was good — not great. Pork belly appetizer stood out. Tomato bisque soup was cool, chicken was pedestrian but sirloin was cooked perfectly.
We will return for the bar and perhaps another go round with regular menu!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great food, ambiance, and not too crowded. Service was slow and on-existent at times. Had to track down our waiter a few times after not seeing him or anyone for long periods of time.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We went because it was on the list for restaurants during san diego restaurant week. The food was so tasty, the wine was good and the show in the water was a great surprise.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We arrived 20 minutes late for our reservation, and the restaurant was very accommodating. Our server, Maguerito (not sure how to spell his name) was amazing.
We went for restaurant week, and our food was very good- the 3 course meals were $40- and $50.
My husband had the ahi tuna appetizer and he would definitely order that again.
The light show was an added bonus.

will definitely be back when my mother comes into town.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

This place is lovely - it has a nice resort-on-the-lake feel (well, because it is part of a resort on a lake. Almost all of our food was excellent - the Salmon Oscar was great, for example. One dish - Pumpkin Ravioli - was swimming in butter, and I had chosen it because I thought it would be a somewhat light dish. There is a light show on the water (6:00 pm and 7:30 pm) that was really fun! Our server was very nice. Service was definitely slow, which was not a problem at all for us as we wanted time to catch up with our friends anyway, so for us it was a positive thing. But I commented as we left that if you are in a hurry (or you are dining with kids who would get restless) it would not be a good place to go. Overall, we really enjoyed our experience there!

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Lovely location. We opted for the downstairs bar seating. Food was great. Great service. Fun spot. We will come back. Glad I found it on Open Table. I would have never thought Lake San Marcos would be a restaurant location.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This is a great North County gem, good menu in main dining and also another menu for dockside downstairs. The issue is the service needs a tune up, I have informed management before but it still has not improved. Checking in at hostess, no one was there to greet for 10 minutes and several employees including what looked like a supervisor just walk by. I hope it improves as I love the ambience.

Tags: Live Sports, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

On this occasion we had early dinner with our daughter who had just arrived from Florida. We ordered from the Sundown menu, which is a great value. The chef is creative with the menu choices and has a fine hand with seasoning. Service has improved over recent months. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Decoy puts on a light show over the lake that is a must to see. Breakfast overlooking the lake is my idea of a perfect way to start the day.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 18, 2018

This was our 5th meal in the Decoy (plus one downstairs at the Dockside). The food was not quite as good as previous times. Wife's salmon was undercooked. She ordered it medium but it was closer to rare. The waiter thought that it looked medium but if you google for images of both medium and rare - it matched the photos of rare. It tasted good to me. My Prime Rib Stroganoff came lukewarm. The meat was less than tender and it was missing the peas and mashed potatoes. Waiter said potatoes on the menu was incorrect - it didn't go with the gnocchi. He brought me a little cup of peas to add, but they were refrigerator cold. The sauce was so good that it made the dish desirable anyway. The best part was the butternut squash soup - best we've ever had. The waiter was nice but seemed to lack an understanding of the above issues. Overall service was great - and the atmosphere is always fantastic. Even though it was a Thursday, they had the lightshow over the water and it has gotten better over the months. The acoustics need some tweaking. It's much too loud and a drinking group in the bar area were so loud that people in the restaurant were shushing them repeatedly. Hanging some decorative panels to absorb the sound might help. We went for the Sunset dinner special which was a good value.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Sports, Fun, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Nice spot. Good food, service, atmosphere. Nice Sunset menu. Quite pleasant fo any occasion.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Service was excellent, food was very good, a little noisy

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Amazing brunch spread, healthy and varied options (meats and veggies alike), this brunch is one of a kind. And a dessert table to bring out the “excited kid on Christmas morning” feeling! Service was great, attentive and respectful of our ongoing conversation and trips to get food. I would recommend the brunch here for friend or family get together. $40 for bottomless champagne and food, there are complimentary boat rides around the lake as well, simply bring your receipt after your meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I have been to the upstairs fancier restaurant upstairs and it was amazing atmosphere and the food was delicious! Our waiter Abdul was fantastic!!
Also, took my handicapped mother to the dockside restaurant outdoors,
very accessible,
the heaters are great and the lake and boats are wonderful scenery to see.
Food is great at both places. Service was a bit slow at the dockside table, but maybe a little under staffed for the afternoon rush.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Casual, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our server Cara was a delight she also suggested the boat ride after dinner which was s great way to end a wonderful dining experience. Thanks Cara!

Tags: Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Last Saturday was our first time at Decoy and all 4 of us enjoyed it. We all did the sun-downer menu (or whatever it's called) and enjoyed the various courses. And the price was quite good. A word of warning though. The wine has an extraordinary mark-up. Bring your own. The view out to the lake with that unbelievable water/light show was amazing. Don't sit, like we did, across from the wall decoration with the white plates. The reflection ruins the view of the show! We are going again next week to give it another try. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Our dinner was delicious, great service and very nice ambiance. We frequently go to Decoy and always have good food & service.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Came here for our usual Sunday night out and was a great experience. Will be back!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great place- good food and a surprise water and light show on the lake (6:00, 7:30, and 9pm). Hidden jewel in north county.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

What a nice place to have dinner with the family. It is truly a wonderful place to spend time on a special occasion

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